Already the outlook is brighter - glimmers of light as I leave home in the mornings this week and some glimpses of sunshine in the last couple of days. This makes such a difference to my feeling of well being and I am sure it must have an effect on the pupils too. It is so encouraging to think that Spring is on the way!
Year 3 and 4 House Football was played in rather boggy conditions this week, but although wet underfoot the pupils were giving their best and PE staff report that they saw some close matches and some great football. Final results will be published after the completion of the Year 5 and 6 competitions. The footballers also excelled themselves in the ISA 5-a-side tournament yesterday. I am delighted to report that the A team qualified for the National Finals after some impressive wins in their matches and the B team were a point away from qualifying. Read more from Mr Judge.
The merit marks in Year 5 and 6 are continuing to prove an effective motivator for all senior pupils and I am delighted that this week I was able to present the first two Star Badges of the year to Imogen Clarke and Abi Borgeson, both in 5AB. The girls have worked really hard and earned a total of 80 merits each. Congratulations to both of them!
I am delighted that Gateway School is now able to offer the chance for current Year 4 and 5 pupils to join their friends on a ski week in April 2017. Mrs Outten, a very experienced, keen skier and a regular member of previous trips will be leading the trip. Details have gone out to parents but if you missed the email or are still interested in securing a place please contact the School Office early next week.
I will be out of school from Wednesday next week for 3 days as I am joining an Independent Schools Inspectorate team at a school in the West Midlands. I am a trained ISI Inspector and always try to attend at least one per year. It is a fantastic opportunity to see what other schools do well and to poach some good ideas to continue to move Gateway forward!
Mrs La Farge