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Dear Parents

Although a quieter school without our Year 6 pupils, the Year 5 children have manfully stepped up to take the lead as our most responsible and mature pupils. We have all been very impressed with how sensible and helpful they have been this week.

The Year 6s and accompanying staff have had a great week in France. The weather has been good and they have enjoyed a great range of different activities from abseiling, archery and canoeing to a visit to the trenches and to a farm. It is certainly a highlight for the pupils during their time at Gateway and quite an achievement to spend four nights away from home. I think there will be some very exhausted children to collect this evening.

The eagle eyed amongst you may notice that Gateway School has, once again, won the Stoke Mandeville Athletics competition and the rather fine trophy is back in our cabinet. The Year 4 and 5 pupils excelled themselves and were particularly impressive in the relay races. Mr Clark says it was all down to the changeovers! This win is all the more impressive as we were unable to take any of our Year 6 athletes. This augurs well for next year!

I thoroughly enjoyed our Muddy Fun Run yesterday, what a great selection of activities and the children had so much fun! This lovely activity was organised by Mrs Kemp and Mrs Outten to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. This is a charity which has been so helpful to a Gateway family over the last few months and it is fantastic that we have been able to help to give something back. A big thank you to all the parents who were able to join us and support this event.

With the better weather I need to encourage Gateway parents to use the Link Road parking facility. Sadly we are receiving many complaints from local residents about inconsiderate and even illegal parking at school drop off and collection times in neighbouring roads. Although out of our control it is upsetting and embarrassing to have to deal with these complaints.

I hope everyone enjoys all the planned celebrations for the Queen's official birthday this weekend and I look forward to celebrating with the school on Monday.

Sue La Farge

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