10 October 2014
It was really good to see our Careers convention so well attended last week. I am very grateful to Alison Wood, Debbie Crosby and Lisa Gardiner on our staff for their various roles in bringing the event to fruition. As you will know, engagement with employers is a high priority in the school and I am glad that we can offer students the chance to hear the message directly from the experts in industry and Higher Education.
A contrasting event takes place this evening in the Sixth Form Kenyan celebrations. I am looking forward to hearing about the very exciting visit that our students made to western Kenya last July. As well as offering our school an amazing experience the visit to Kenya has cemented our involvement with the Mend the Gap charity which is especially active in working with educational projects in Kenya. This will be a key beneficiary of our fast approaching RAG week.
You will see elsewhere in the newsletter that BBC’s Any Questions? Is being recorded at Gordano on 12th December. I hope that many of our parents will want to join the audience and I am sure that many of our staff and Sixth Form will be eager to take up tickets before we open the opportunity to the wider public.
I expect to be facing some questions myself at our next Parental Consultation event on October 21st at 6pm. Our theme is Year 11 Support and Sixth Form Transition. We are prioritising parents of Year 12 students who are closest to these two themes. If you would like to be involved in the conversation please email my PA, Shirley Boden, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our uniform stockist, Price and Buckland, has now fully restocked with blazers and I hope that all outstanding orders have been completed. They have all uniform items in stock and these can be ordered for their website www.pbparentsonline.co.uk\Gordano. The Sports Shop, on the High Street, are also imminently receiving stocks of blazers and jumpers and already have all other items of school uniform and PE kit available. Once again, can I thank parents for both their forbearance and support on this issue.
Lastly, we made some changes to our homework policy and expectations after a Parental Consultation last year. I hope that you are seeing your sons and daughters from Year 7 to Year 13 engaged with the right amount of appropriate and interesting homework. I would suggest that perfection is beyond our reach on this topic but I would welcome observations on progress to date.