Friday 18th March 2016
With just two shorter weeks of this term remaining either side of the Easter Bank holiday long weekend it is nice that we are finally able to appreciate some more spring-like weather. There has certainly been a spring in the step of our student sports stars and the PE department as they continue to win matches at local, regional and national level.
In recent weeks the Sixth Form Rugby team have made a good account of themselves in the National Roslyn Park Sevens tournament but it is the girls’ football teams that continue to steal the limelight as a result of their success. In particular, I have to highlight the tremendous achievement of both the Under 12s 5-a-side team and U13s 11-a-side team, both of whom got to the National Finals in their respective competitions. Although they were both unsuccessful in winning at the finals stage I’m confident, with the breadth of talent within each team, that in the future we will be reporting on the accolade of them winning one of these hugely competitive competitions. Well done teams and thank you to all the parents who continue to support our teams from the side lines and to the PE department for the opportunities they continue to offer.
You will read later in the newsletter that our success in student competitions hasn’t been limited to the sports arena. In Design and Technology it is also pleasing to hear about the success of our Flying Start Challenge student teams in their recent Grand Final, led by David Stanton . All three teams qualified for the final back in February but it was team ‘Hammerheads’ that took the spoils from the Gordano teams securing a very commendable third place finish amongst the other twelve teams who had qualified from the South West. Thirty Year 7 students also participated in the annual BBC School Report, led by Chris Turner, with some being invited to report behind the scenes with one our Gordano Partners; Hargreaves Lansdown.
Many of you would have also attended the recent Dance Showcase evenings and will have experienced first-hand the array of talented dancers amongst our student body, led by Caroline Gaze. It’s pleasing to see so many of our students engaging so positivity in the very many opportunities that staff are providing through our extensive Gordano Extra Programme, coordinated by Beth Davis. We place great value on the benefits associated with student participation in these clubs and thank you for encouraging your son/daughter to take part.
The countdown continues on the final preparations of Year 11, 12 and 13 for their summer exams and also for Year 10 to secure their summer term Work Experience placement. Staff continue to offer faculty based revision and study support at lunch times and after school to provide extra help to those who require it. The Careers team are also at hand to assist any Year 10 students in securing their work placement and also to offer careers information, advice or guidance to any student from any year in support of their planning for their next steps in life after Gordano.
Rod Bell, Deputy Headteacher