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Dear Parents

What a fabulous last week of term! Thank you for supporting our Christmas Jumper Day theme, the children all look amazing and were in the perfect outfits to enjoy our delicious Christmas lunch.

It has been lovely to see many of you at school enjoying the Christmas celebrations. I have been lucky enough to watch more fabulous productions this week. On Tuesday evening the Year 5 and 6 pupils treated us all to an excellent Carol Concert at St Peter and St Paul Church in Great Missenden and then two stunning performances from the Year 3 and 4 children on Wednesday. If this wasn't enough we also had over 25 musicians playing for us at a Music Tea on Wednesday evening. My thanks to all the staff involved in preparing the pupils for these events and especially to Mrs Izard who has once again prepared the pupils so brilliantly for these performances.

In amongst all Mrs Izard's external choir and school commitments, she was selected to study for a Choir Master qualification This involved weekend courses and a very testing exam. I am delighted to tell you that she passed this with flying colours and achieved an ABRSM Diploma in Choral Conducting from the Association of British Choral Conductors. She now feels that she will be able to get an even better sound from her choirs!

Mr Wallace has also been very busy this week, planning and recording a radio show with a group of Year 3 pupils! After the resounding success of his show last year we were once again invited to record a slot for Radio Christmas and I am delighted to say that Mr Wallace was up for the challenge and the show will be aired on Monday 14th December at 6pm. Please set an alarm and follow this link to listen, I am confident it will be an entertaining hour!

Our knowledgeable Science Quiz team also surpassed themselves on Monday by coming 6th in the National Science Quiz competition. They were up against some very tough competition from large London prep schools and had to face very challenging questions but they kept their cool and gave it their best. Well done to all of them and to Mr Bridges for preparing them so well.

We have also taken the opportunity this week to share our talented pupils with some local elderly people. The School Council members from year 4 -6 happily decorated and ate some Christmas biscuits at Woodlands Care Home, and then the impressive Chamber Choir have visited two local homes and treated them to a small concert of Christmas carols. It is lovely to be able to bring some joy to these elderly people and the staff at the homes are very grateful.

Thank you for all of your support at the many school events this term. We are very grateful for the thanks and encouragement we receive. It means a lot to us all!

I hope all Gateway families enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday 5th January.

Sue La Farge

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