October 24th 2014
The Sixth Form Rag Week has been as creative, enjoyable and frantic as ever. I am sure there must have been a few confused conversations in Portishead about why Sixth Formers were walking to school dressed as cowboys, Disney characters and so on. I think that our Sixth Formers have struck a really good balance between having fun and raising both awareness and funds for their charities. Proceeds this year will be going to Mend the Gap (a community development charity focussing on western Kenya) and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. I know that more than £1,000 was raised at yesterday’s Rag Fair and I look forward to seeing the total at the end of the week.
We hope to keep the spirit of Rag going all year through our new Fun Day Thursdays which will be running every other week. Simon Faulkner, House Learning Manager for Portland House, will be organising a fun inter-house competition each time. The first will be focussing on the traditional games from a Primary School sports day. Which House will triumph in the sack race?
I attended Year 7’s celebration assembly this morning and was delighted to see that literally hundreds of Year 7 students have 100% attendance records so far at Gordano. Every single tutor group was far ahead of our school attendance target of 98%. I am really pleased with this and the fantastic way that Year 7 have settled into our school so quickly. I hope that they can all reflect on a very enjoyable first term at Gordano.
So after eight weeks of work, fun and learning we are ready for a few days’ break. Next term will be just as busy with Year 11 mocks, Christmas concerts and BBC Any Questions to deliver. We’ll regroup and be ready to go again in November.
G J Lewis