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Mrs La Farge's blog - reflecting on a fantastic term

Dear Parents

What a fabulous end to a very busy term. The Gateway children have continued to excel across a wide variety of different areas and many have met impressive personal targets during the term. I am sure you are as proud of them as we are.

This half term, our creative Take One Picture project has been the forefront of school life. The staff have once again planned and organised a fantastic range of different activities for all the pupils which has led to some great questioning and investigative learning. I am sure you were impressed by the variety and the quality of the finished work. Activities I particularly enjoyed ranged from Year 6 Science examining a pair of sheep’s lungs, to Year 1 and 2 having a whole afternoon of science activities centered around the importance of oxygen. The PE Department made good use of the topic to investigate the aerobic capacity of lungs during periods of exercise and the Music Department focused on the moon and the use of light in the painting and how this is portrayed in music. Once again an impressive range of creative learning opportunities sparked by one picture.

Mrs Izard and the Music Department have had a particularly busy and successful term, organising two Music Teas and accompanying the choirs to various outside events including the prestigious National Choral Competition at the Festival Hall. The Chamber Choir also performed at the Bellevue Music Festival on Monday evening and made us all very proud. Click the links to watch video clips of the impressive performances.

The sporting term has been busy and varied with many pupils representing the school and achieving success in a variety of competitions. Sadly the bad weather cancelled numerous events, including the ISA National Cross Country event which has been rescheduled and then cancelled again last weekend, but we all enjoyed our Sport Relief day on Tuesday which was organised and run so efficiently by the PE Department. It was lovely to see so many staff, pupils and parents getting involved. I am delighted to confirm that Gateway has raised £321 for this worthwhile cause.

Many thanks to all Gateway parents who responded to the parent survey issued in February. With feedback from over 53% of families, we can use the data to support the forward planning of the school and we look forward to sharing the results with you after the Easter break.

Lastly, but no less importantly, I am delighted to share news regarding our latest inspection. As many of you will be aware, Gateway School underwent a two-day Regulatory Compliance Inspection carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in February. We have emailed a letter and the report to you all today. You will see from the report that in each of the areas, following a brief narrative, that the School has ‘met the standard’ in all areas. As unexciting as this may appear, it is the highest possible achievement under the current inspection framework and nevertheless a huge accolade.

All that remains to say is I hope that all Gateway families enjoy a lovely holiday and we look forward to welcoming all the children back on Tuesday 17th April (normal time).

Mrs La Farge

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