I must start my bulletin with a massive congratulations to our five Silver Star Award winners in Year 5 and 6. Badges have now been awarded to Jayden O, Tilly S, Amber H, Imogen C and Abi B and I am sure there are many more to come in the next few weeks. I am delighted to say, and to photograph, this well deserving bunch of seniors who have already achieved 80 merits this academic year. These pupils have all been rewarded for a variety of different reasons but primarily for consistently adhering to our Gateway acronym to ASPIRE which stands for Achieve, Strive, Persevere, Investigate, Respect and Enjoy. All important traits that we value at Gateway and those important traits which will ensure the children are well prepared for their future education.
This week I have enjoyed seeing the Year 3 pupils participate in Gateway's first Harry Potter afternoon. The creative Year 3 team of teachers and Ms Njeim planned a trio of Harry Potter themed activities which the enthusiastic Year 3's, and their parents, got involved in.
It’s been another busy week for the sports department. Year 5 and 6 netballers were involved in a local match against Great Missenden C of E School; our Year 4, 5 and 6 swimmers enjoyed representing the school at the Gayhurst Gala on Thursday evening; and some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in the Buckinghamshire Schools' Cross Country Championships at Hughenden Valley Park on Wednesday. Well done to all those who competed. Reports on these events are below.
Year 6 enjoyed a visit from Sgt Upton and PCSO Hinckley in their Current Affairs lesson. The pupils listened attentively to their talk about the role of the police in the local area and had some very sensible questions to ask at the end. They also spoke about Internet Safety which linked in well with Mr Wallace's assembly on Safer Internet Day 2016. Last week I spoke to Year 6 about the idea being discussed in Parliament of an English National Anthem. After finding out more about the top contenders, listening to the music and studying the words, they had an opportunity to vote for their choice of anthem. Fifty-eight per cent chose Jerusalem, 24% Land of Hope and Glory and 18% want to keep God Save the Queen. It was interesting to hear their views on this topic.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we have four visitors from other Bellevue schools. The team will be enjoying some lessons with us, looking at books and speaking to the children about life at Gateway. I am sure it will be a really good opportunity for us all to share best practice and to learn from each other.
I hope the U9 footballers and their parents enjoy the tournament on Saturday - I look forward to reading the tweet of our results!
Mrs La Farge