Monday 2nd October 2017
It is hard to believe that we are already over half way through Term 1. It has been a very busy but hugely positive start to the school year. I am very grateful to parents, in particular, for their support of the amended uniform policy. This has led to much greater consistency and many fewer issues. It’s a really important statement about what it is to be part of Gordano. Behaviour in lessons and around the school site has been mostly excellent and students have shown a really positive response to a few changes that have been made in this regard. We do have a few concerns around the behaviour of students outside of school, and notably on the way to and from school. It is important that students are aware that the school will deal with incidents of poor behaviour to and from school in the same way as if they occurred at school. We work very hard to build and maintain the reputation of the school in our community, and students are acting as ambassadors for the school at any time when they are wearing their school uniform.
Last week’s closure of the Portbury Hundred provided us with a few challenges, but thanks to the patience and dedication of staff, students and parents, we managed to continue our normal business with very little impact on the school day. It does create a timely opportunity to remind parents to access the school website, or even better, our school Twitter feed (@gordanoschnews), to keep up to date with communications from the school.
Finally, Thursday’s Year 6 Open Evening showcased the very best of what Gordano is all about. From amazing ‘Mallards’ (a Year 11 band) acting as the ‘warm-up act’ (and totally stealing the show!) at the main presentation; to our three Year 7 speakers; to the most positive and enthusiastic tour guides and to the brilliant displays and activities in the different faculties across the school - it was a fantastic welcome to Gordano for the next generation of Gordano students and their parents. It’s so reassuring to see so many current students wanting to showcase their school, and I’m hugely grateful to all involved.
Mr T. Inman