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Dear Parents

Another great week to be at Gateway School!

The weather was kind to Mr Judge and his team on Tuesday morning and I believe the Junior Sports events were enjoyed by all. I am so sorry I missed them.

We enjoyed three fantastic swimming galas on Thursday. Once again they all ran like clockwork due to the expert organisation of Mrs Hughes and the Chesham Pool staff. The races were keenly competed with some impressive swimming and some very close finishes. The House competition was also not decided until the last races in the Year 6 gala so it really was all to swim for. The events were tinged with sadness as it was to be Mrs Hughes's last swimming gala at Gateway School, (although I still think it is worth trying to get her back for the event next year!) Mrs Hughes has worked here for 8 years and after some persuasion took on the organisation of the swimming, and in the last couple of years has been up with the larks on a Wednesday morning to facilitate the training of the swim squad. She is a dedicated teacher and we have been very lucky to have her help developing swimming at Gateway. A tough act to follow!

This morning we had a whole school assembly on the Bloodhound, Supersonic Car, Project, which was presented by Sasha Penfold, a Rolls Royce engineer. The Year 6s went on to have a 'Rocket Morning', where they built models of the Bloodhound car and were also joined by Lieutenant Colonel Borgeson, a rocket scientist, who 'fired' several rockets on the school field. A great time was had by all!  We are so lucky to have access to such interesting projects. My thanks to Mrs Cleary and Mr Borgeson for organising this day for us. What a treat.

As I write this, Year 3 are heading out to a production of Groovy Greeks at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and I am about to walk to Missenden Hall to be entertained by the end of year productions from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. I know which productions I would rather see! These are always lovely events and are a great opportunity to showcase just how much progress the children have made this year in their Junior classes. The difference from their first Celebration Assembly to final productions in July is staggering. I know the children will make us all very proud.

Please read the report below of our successes at the ISA National Athletics Finals. The Chesham Triathlon, an exciting Year 2 trip to Mop End and the first House Chess Competition have also taken place this week. As ever, so much going on and so many opportunities for all the pupils to enjoy their school days as we hurtle towards the summer holidays.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs La Farge

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