Wednesday 29th March 2017
I don’t think that I can remember a time of quite so much activity and achievement in school. You will see reports in the newsletter of a great many team and individual successes. In the last couple of days, we have heard of several accomplishments for our young people from beyond their school commitments.
Danny Mulligan of Year 9 has been rowing with City of Bristol Rowing Club for several years. On Friday last, his coxed four were placed second out of 63 racing boats at the Head of River competition at Eton Dorney. Congratulations to Danny who clearly has a big future ahead of him at this most gruelling of sports.
I heard today about Phoebe Turner’s National title in senior women’s beam at the 2017 British Gymnastics Championship at Liverpool. We have so many exceptional gymnasts at Gordano because of Portishead Academy’s national reputation, but it is quite something to have a national champion in our midst.
Next Sunday afternoon, I’ll be at Wembley to watch our Year 8 girls play the final of the EFL Trust Sports Competition. The girls are on immediately ahead of the Checkatrade Trophy final between Oxford United and Coventry City so it will be a big crowd. Fingers crossed.
Less dramatically, but very importantly, we spent yesterday out on the Quantocks with nearly 200 of our young people preparing for their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Although it is great to see the heroic achievements of our most talented sports people, days like yesterday reminded me that achieving something great is for the many, and not the few. I really appreciate the investment of time given by our staff and our parent volunteers to make this happen.