This has been a very moving week at school - I am sure you will agree the field of crosses has created a simple but very thought provoking display and has no doubt prompted much discussion at home as well as at school. The pupils were exemplary during our whole school Remembrance Service held on the courts. As I would expect they were quietly respectful and it was lovely to have even our youngest pupils join us for this important event. The service was made even more memorable by Mr Wallace playing the Last Post for us and the seniors singing 'I Vow to Thee My Country.' Altogether a fine example of Gateway pupils, parents and staff working together to make things happen. Thank you for helping us with the crosses.
This week pupils have also been encouraged to remember happy times with Mrs Henson - Derby and they have written some very moving Memory Flowers. I showed the display of these to the children in our assemblies at the end of the week, and talked about the many lovely things that they had remembered. This fitted in nicely with our theme of Heroes for Children in Need. The older pupils defined a hero as someone who you look up to and who inspires you, of course this is exactly the way Mrs Henson-Derby was regarded by the children and staff at Gateway.
Today on Children in Need day we are remembering all the children who are not as fortunate as ourselves both in this country and across the world. Discussion at school and home of the plight of others is very important to help develop children’s awareness of the outside world. We appear to cover this well between us, as the pupils at Gateway School show a very mature level of empathy and awareness of others which they have demonstrated admirably in all these events this week.