As a school, Gateway aims to develop pupils who are resilient and actively encourages them to try new things and to challenge themselves. This means guiding them to explore new ideas and innovative strategies, challenging their ways of thinking and encouraging them to be confident in those decisions. This lifelong skill requires children to push themselves to step out of their comfort zone, knowing that learning is sometimes uncomfortable, and become courageous in their choices and actions. Many examples of this work can be seen around the classrooms each and every day but it is also seen in extra-curricular activities which enable the children to try so many different activities and to challenge themselves in many different ways. It will also be seen in the next couple of weeks as all our pupils will take part in their Christmas productions. Over the past few weeks, every child from Preschool to Year 4 has been preparing for their Christmas production, always an exciting highlight of the school year. Productions such as these provide a wonderful opportunity for all children to ‘have a go’ regardless of their ability. For some, this has been a totally new experience and brand new skills have been learnt; for others a time to showcase their talents. But all will have been challenged in some way or another and we know they will impress us all on the day. It always amazes me how, in such a short period of time, so many lines, songs, movements and dances are learnt and then performed with great panache and confidence. Performances like these is a great way for pupils to gain a stronger and more lasting sense of both self-confidence and self-esteem. We look forward to welcoming you to the various performances.
My thanks to the parent body, and particularly to the hard working FOG representatives and committee, for all the preparation work that has gone into the organisation of the Christmas Fair this weekend. The event looks set to be as magical as ever and the children will absolutely love all the treats planned. Please come along and enjoy the start of Christmas!