Monday 9th May 2016
Last week we welcomed the parents of our incoming Year 7s to the school community. It was good to hear how much their children are looking forward to all the opportunities and challenges of Gordano School. My message to them was that the test of us all, as teachers and parents, is to create an environment around our young people where they find ‘taking part’ to be completely natural and expected. We work hard to ensure that there is a brilliant extra-curricular offer available and I trust that you are nudging your sons and daughters towards it – you will find the summer term programme on the red tab on the front page of the school website.
Our star in Year 8, violinist Anna Faram, played a piece by Paganini at the Year 7 Intake evening and did so brilliantly. I heard her interviewed at the weekend on BBC Bristol talking about her experiences with the National Children’s Orchestra. A slightly more senior violinist at Gordano, Inga Szmigiel, played the solo part just over a month ago at the North Somerset Music Services annual Concerto Concert at Weston-super-Mare. Playing the Bruch Violin Concerto with a full orchestra behind you must be quite an experience at any age but Inga is just in Year 10. Supporting as many of our young people as possible to these sorts of experiences is what our school ethos is all about. I’m always proud of our students’ achievements, be they academic, sporting, in outdoor education or in artistic pursuits.
Progress is continuing on our multi-academy trust proposal. We have now received permission to operate as a group of schools and we will be called the Lighthouse Schools Partnership. St Mary’s, St Peter’s, Portishead Primary and High Down schools have all also received permission to convert to Academy status. The consultation process has now closed and governors will be making final decisions this month. As our relationships between schools have deepened we all continue to see huge opportunities in working together. This is a tremendously exciting project for Portishead and for our family of schools.
Lastly, Year 11 and Sixth Form are on the very brink of exams season. Can I thank all parents in those year groups for their support of their children and of us in preparing for exams. Let us know of any areas for further assistance and keep up the supply of chocolate biscuits and encouragement!
Gary Lewis, Headteacher