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Head Teachers Blog - 16th December

As we approach the end of this unique (and, in many ways, surreal) year my overriding feeling is of great pride. Pride in the community for all of your support throughout some very challenging times; pride in all of our staff who have placed themselves selflessly at the forefront of the national response of the pandemic at considerable personal risk, and pride in our wonderful students who, at a time in life where they should be enjoying the journey of discovery and growing independence, have responded so maturely and responsibly given the huge limitations placed upon their lives.

As we approach the end of this unique (and, in many ways, surreal) year my overriding feeling is of great pride. Pride in the community for all of your support throughout some very challenging times; pride in all of our staff who have placed themselves selflessly at the forefront of the national response of the pandemic at considerable personal risk, and pride in our wonderful students who, at a time in life where they should be enjoying the journey of discovery and growing independence, have responded so maturely and responsibly given the huge limitations placed upon their lives.

It is, of course, a great shame that we are missing the usual trappings of December at Gordano; the carol service, Christmas concerts, numerous charity events and Christmas dinners. These are, of course, hallmarks of a strong community that values what happens outside of lessons as much as inside them in developing our young people into the brilliant young adults that we see them grow into. But I think we have seen something very different this year, and even more powerful – the coming together as a community, in looking after each other and supporting each other through these tough times. It may be less ‘visible’ than a Christmas concert, but it just as important. I have felt the ‘spirit’ of Gordano more strongly in recent months than ever before and I know that this will stand us in great stead for the challenges that 2021 will no doubt present.

Thank you to every member of our community for playing your part so willingly and so positively. A strong community comes from the contribution of everyone within it, and we have seen the best of that this year.

Wishing you all a very well-deserved, safe and enjoyable Christmas break. 

Tom Inman

Headteacher