Suddenly we seem to have come to the end of week two and I have been delighted with how quickly the children have settled into their new classrooms. Their teachers are getting to know them all individually, assessing their strengths and areas for development. Thank you to all our parents for your help in adhering to our new arrival and dismissal arrangements. These are working well and they do ensure that children from different phases of the school are not coming into contact within each other as they start their school day.
School life at Gateway is certainly not only about the core curriculum, of course this is an important part, but the children are offered so much more. It has been wonderful to see and hear them all back at school interacting with their friends and their teachers. They have already had many opportunities to enrich their learning through our broad curriculum, taught by our talented group of specialist teachers. These lessons have all started up again this term and all our specialist teaching spaces are being fully utilised. I have been delighted to see so many of our new pupils really relishing these extra opportunities and getting involved with life at Gateway.
School assemblies at the moment are being pre-recorded and are being shared with children in their classes at an appropriate time. Although I am hopeful that we can introduce phase group assemblies as we move through the term. Our assemblies at the beginning of the term introduce our Personal, Social and Health education topic for the half term, Being Me in My World, and they are also used to focus on our ASPIRE values. This week the EYFS and Key Stage 1 children have focused on our ASPIRE value of STRIVE (def : make great efforts to achieve or obtain something). This is such a key value and one that we encourage in all pupils across the whole age range. This ability to persevere to achieve a goal is so important for all young people throughout their education, and in fact throughout life. So as the children bring home homework, learn a musical instrument and get involved in new activities please ensure you join with us to help them to continue to strive for success. We are all aiming to build a resilient, challenge- seeking child that will be able to take their learning and experiences with them to senior school and adapt them to meet the demands of their new environments.
Let’s embrace the challenges of a new academic year and encourage all our children to continue to strive for success in their chosen goals.