Friday 27th May 2016
We were recently invited to Buckingham Palace to receive our accreditation as a directly licensed centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Tom Inman and Jack Cartwright, who lead so many of our weekend activities, attended the Garden Party which was hosted by Prince Philip and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. It is very encouraging to be recognised for playing a part in such a brilliant programme. Hundreds of our pupils benefit from the challenge and character development that DofE, as we call it, brings. It is also tremendous fun. My own children are loving being involved in the programme and I hope that you will encourage your children to enrol as they reach Year 9.
Equally character building is the opportunity of competitive sport. I offer my congratulations to our Head of PE, Emma Rose, who leads by example and has just become National Champion in Women’s Table Tennis (veteran category).
Also surging forward are our girls footballers. We have had success on many fronts this year and this week our Year 7 girls qualified for the semi-finals of the National Cup by defeating Cherwell School, Oxford 7-2 in the quarter finals. How exciting!
Our students were also energised by a visit from a Royal Navy helicopter and a Royal Marines school visit day recently. One of our trainee teachers, James Reddrop organised this. Until recently James was a Royal Marine sergeant and he has been training with our PE faculty as part of the troops to teachers’ scheme. It was quite something to see £28m worth of military hardware land on our playing fields and the team gave a brilliant exposition of both the engineering and the military use of the aircraft.
I am very grateful to the members of Gordano Valley Church who gave up their weekend to transform our “Secret Garden”. The area has become overgrown and our friends at GVC have helped us draw up an exciting scheme to use the area for performances, forest school and all sorts of activities. We hope that our partner primaries will also make use of the space.
Lastly, it appears that all the schools that have been consulting on joining together in a Multi-Academy Trust have agreed. As I write, just St Mary’s remains to vote. I’ll be writing to parents formally to communicate the outcome but I want to say how pleased I am with this and confident that it puts Gordano School in the best possible circumstances to enjoy continuing success and deliver on our goals of Pride, Achievement and Community.
Gary Lewis, Headteacher