Thursday 12th November 2015
I was able to attend the Shakespeare for Schools Festival at the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol last night. It was a real pleasure and source of pride to see our Year 10s perform their version of Romeo and Juliet. The performance was very well received by the audience and by the professional director who reviewed their work. A number of this cast have different roles (but in the same play) in our school production next February. We shall be expecting great things.
I enjoyed an equally compelling performance when Colour Sergeant Lee Spencer of the Royal Marines came to talk to our Year 11s on Wednesday. CSgt Spencer had served alongside Mr Reddrop of our PE Faculty, who was previously a Sergeant and PT Instructor with the Marines. Both had served in Afghanistan and CSgt Spencer was able to tell us about both his journey to the 4th Commando Brigade and also the loss of his leg and his battle back to fitness. He is just about to take part in a four man row across the Atlantic with other marine amputees. His is a story of resilience, courage and optimism. It was inspiring for your Year 11 pupils, and helpful, as they look for these qualities to face their own challenges this year.
We have had a great many of our pupils involved in marking Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. Rebekah Hinchliffe sounded the last post at events in Portishead last weekend and our cadets, who were involved in the parade in town, then wore their uniforms to school on Wednesday. We have also had assemblies given by Rosa Matthews and Aaron Thorne who visited the Somme with Mr Powell last month. The themes of loss and courage remain as resonant as ever in 2015.
The School is preparing for our Sixth Form Open Evening tonight. It is a good moment for me to reflect on the huge advantages that our Sixth Form brings to the school in energy, talent, role modelling, ambition and staff recruitment. I hope that our Sixth Formers feel as proud to be part of Gordano as I am of their contribution to school life.