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Dear Parents

Mr Atkinson started our week with a good quote ' It's Monday, don't forget to be awesome'
Gateway children did not forget to be awesome all week and they have had plenty of opportunity this week to show just how impressive they are in the classroom, on the sports field and in all their extra curricular activities. We have started the year with some strong sporting successes: in cross country last weekend retaining the Chris Aperghis Cup; U11 football where we have qualified for the ESFA finals on Saturday; and in another fine performance at a Triathlon in Essex on Thursday. We have also enjoyed our first House Meetings of the year and had our first update on House positions. I have also awarded the first three House Merit Badges of the year to three Year 6 pupils.

I must update you all with some upcoming staff news. Sadly Mrs Sam Taylor, Art teacher is moving away to the frozen North at Christmas. Mrs Taylor has worked at Gateway for 7 years and is such an inspiration to the children in the art room and in the classroom she will be sorely missed. We have appointed Mrs Liz Crossfield to fill this vacancy and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to the school in January. Mrs Kate Kay has also agreed to teach Ms Atkins’ class on a Friday. Mrs Kay is keen to get to know the children in this class this term and I am sure she will be a great addition to the Gateway team.

We also have some changes to the School Office team coming up. Mrs Carol Westland is going to work just two days at Gateway and her new role will be as a Data Administrator. Luckily we will still have her expertise with our academic database and with all our online booking systems. To replace Mrs Westland in the office we have appointed Ms Laura Manners. She will start with us on Thursday 10 November and until then Mrs Helen Brown and Mr Kristopher George are going to help us out in the office. Obviously we will miss Mrs Westland's encyclopedic knowledge and efficiency, but luckily Mrs Taylor will still be on hand to help all the parents and pupils while our new staff get up to speed.

A busy weekend ahead with our first Rugby and Hockey fixtures of the season and an Open Morning at school on Saturday. My thanks to all the Year 6 pupils who have volunteered to come in and help to guide prospective parents around the school. Their enthusiastic and honest recounts of life at Gateway are a real hit with visiting parents.

Mrs La Farge

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