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Dear Parents

We now know that the most used words to describe the lessons at Gateway School are Engaged, Challenged, Active and Fun. What a great selection and a real credit to the inspiring teaching team here. All Gateway teaching staff were set the task of visiting three classrooms around the school this week, aiming for lessons out of their key stage and away from their specialist subject. Then they had to come up with a word to describe each lesson. It was all done without warning,anonymously and ended with an extremely pleasing result. Far from resting on our laurels, however, we will ensure that this is still the case when the task is repeated later in the year.

It was lovely to see so many of you supporting our Macmillan Coffee Morning - what a sumptuous collection of cakes! I hope you were also able to enjoy the Year 6 Roald Dahl statues. The whole school were timetabled to come and watch them during the day which everyone enjoyed. It is always lovely to see the younger pupils being inspired by our senior pupils. Mrs O'Hare has expertly guided these talented children to help them bring these cameos to life and they really were a credit to her. We will announce the total amount raised when we have a final figure.

Thursday saw our Harvest Festival assembly kindly led by Carolyn Bailey from St Peter and St Paul Church in Great Missenden. All your generous gifts were quickly distributed to the very grateful Chiltern Food Bank and Woodlands Care Home.

I am delighted to report that our School Council, under the watchful eye of Mr Atkinson, Head of Pastoral Care, have all agreed on our charity for this academic year. This year Gateway School will be supporting Ronald McDonald House Charity which provides free 'home away from home' accommodation to families while their child is in hospital. A representative from their local branch is going to come in to an assembly to tell all the children about their work. I know that the super FOG team have many great activities planned this year to help raise money for this very deserving charity.

Good luck to all our Cross Country runners this weekend. The sporting calendar has certainly got started this week and there is plenty more to come this half term, including another Triathlon next week and our first Hockey fixtures for a few years.

I hope everyone has a super weekend and I look forward to welcoming all the children back on Monday for another engaging, challenging, active and fun week of learning!

Mrs La Farge

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