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The week has flown by and we have all enjoyed a really positive end to this half term. I am sure many of you are looking forward to a break from the school routine next week.

Gateway pupils have been involved in so many different activities recently and I am delighted to report fantastic performances from everyone. Last Saturday some of our Senior pupils once again wowed the judges at the Chesham Arts Festival, winning the Senior Verse Speaking competition overall. My thanks to Mrs O'Hare for preparing the pupils so well.

Mrs Izard has worked for months with the Senior Choir to prepare them for their part in the Young Voices choir at the O2 arena on Monday evening. This was a fantastic opportunity for all the pupils taking part and the concert was thoroughly enjoyed by the massive audience of proud parents and Headteachers! The whole school enjoyed singing one of the tracks, Power in me, in our assembly on Thursday morning. On a smaller scale we also enjoyed showcasing our talented musicians at this half term's Music tea on Wednesday evening. A great range of instruments and some very accomplished performances.

The sports department have been particularly busy in the last couple of weeks with a multitude of different events organised for Gateway pupils to get involved in. My thanks to all the PE staff for organising these fixtures and ensuring the pupils are well prepared for the competitions. Write up for all the fixtures are below. The highlight of the sporting week must be our great success at the ISA London North Cross Country Regional Final, where three of our pupils qualified to run at the nationals in March . I know it was a demanding course run in rather tricky conditions but as ever the Gateway team gave it their best and turned in some fantastic times.

We ended the week with an invasion of tropical animals in the hall on Thursday when Impeyan Productions came to visit us and shared their exotic pets with the spellbound EYU children. Year 3 pupils all enjoyed a great day at Warwick Castle, astounding the guides there with their knowledge of castles and defence strategies. Year 6 pupils were very interested to hear Mr Keuning talk about 'What is a business and how do businesses make money.' A huge topic but one which our enterprising Year 6 pupils were keen to learn more about and they had some great ideas for businesses they would like to start up. Hopefully this means their Summer Fair stalls will be great money making ventures!

To top the week off The Problem Solving Company took over the hall today and challenged all the pupils from Year 1 to Year 3 to develop their thinking skills and communication skills through a great variety of practical puzzles which needed investigating. It was great to watch and listen to the children really engaged in their learning, eloquently explaining all their great ideas and working co-operatively with their class mates.. A fitting end to the half term.

Our visitors from other Bellevue schools really enjoyed their three days with us and I am delighted that they all found new ideas to take back to their own schools. It is so important that schools share great practice and ideas with each other so we all have the opportunity innovate and improve. Mr Grosse and Mr Atkinson have already completed a similar exercise at other Bellevue schools and both have come back with some suggestions. These visits will continue through the rest of the year.

May you have a wonderful week ‘off’ with your talented children – they certainly deserve it.

Kind regards

Mrs La Farge

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