As we come to the end of the first half term I am delighted to be able to say that every student in Year 3 to Year 6 has been given the opportunity to represent the school in a sports fixture. We have seen many wonderful individual and team performances in a range of sports including football, hockey, rugby and cross country. Two particular highlights for me this term were the U10 boys rugby matches against Thorpe House and the U11 mixed hockey against Gayhurst. They were two very competitive fixtures and the teamwork and sportsmanship on display was exemplary. All the students should be extremely proud of their efforts and achievements in the school fixtures they have played in and I am very much looking forward to the fixtures we have coming up after half term.
Our U11 Boys football team has performed exceptionally well this term. Having qualified for the English Schools Football Association U11 7-a-side District Finals, they managed to reach the semi finals narrowly losing 1 - 0. They have also progressed to the second round of the Chiltern & South Bucks Primary Schools FA U11 Cup thanks to a 1 - 0 win over Chalfont St Peter.
Our U11 Girls football team have also had their first fixtures of the academic year. Firstly we had two very competitive and enjoyable games against Westbrook Hay. Next in the Chiltern & South Bucks Primary Schools FA U11 Girls Cup they produced an excellent performance against a strong side from Farnham Common Junior School, narrowly losing 1 - 0. It is hugely encouraging to see the girls football continue to grow and progress at Gateway and the students who participated in these fixtures were outstanding role models.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a challenge that Mr Roberts will be taking on in November. He will be trying to complete 3000 push ups in the month in order to raise money for Teenager Cancer Research. Please feel free to challenge him to a few push ups in order to help him reach this goal.