Friday 14th October 2016
It’s the last newsletter before half-term and I’m wondering where the weeks have gone. We’ve certainly had a very busy term and I know that a great many parents have visited school for Information Evenings and the Careers Convention. The latter event was particularly well attended this year and I hope that it will have helped many of our young people on towards exciting futures.
Our engagement with the business community continues to develop and Thursday morning saw our first Gordano Partners’ Business Breakfast of the year. These events have become very beneficial to the school and our students are seeing the opportunity too. Our Head Boy, James Robinson, seized his chance and sorted out his work experience in one shot with a polite and skilful request made at the right moment. Our Partners have been getting involved in dozens of opportunities to bring the commercial world closer to school. This is a huge advantage for Gordano pupils and is stoking their ambition and confidence.
If you are a Sixth Form parent, you may have heard that we are running our study facilities in a more structured and formal way this year. It has been a great success and the atmosphere in the Library and Learning Curve is really supporting the high achievement of our students. Establishing good study habits is the essential first step on the way to full independence and the feedback and evidence shows that Year 12 are making a great start and appreciating the environment that we offer.
Our plans for the new building are about to go to planning and I’ll be sharing those with the community soon. I’ve put a visualisation of the building on the website here if you would like an early peek.
I’m now going to introduce a topic that I shall return to after the half-term break. I have been concerned in recent weeks about some of the communications of our young people on Social Media platforms such as Snapchat. As a parent of teenagers myself, I am now taking a very close interest in how my own children are using these resources. I encourage you to do the same. I am going to revise all our provision for education about this topic next term and will be looking for parental involvement. I hope that many of you will want to discuss that with us so that we can meet the needs of our young people in the best and safest ways possible.
And finally, I was delighted to attend the Art Exhibition to see the huge talent on display of some of our Creative Arts students. It was also lovely to see so many students celebrate European Day of Languages by practising their language skills when the Languages Faculty was transformed into a Continental Café last month.