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Dear Parents

It was super to see so many parents attending the Parent Consultation evenings this week. We aim to make these events as accessible as possible to our parents by publishing the dates and times far in advance and making the appointment bookings online. I am delighted that the vast majority of parents were able to attend. I trust that you found the evenings informative and have taken away your child's ASPIRE feedback sheet. If you didn't get this then please speak to your child's class teacher.

Huge congratulations to everyone at Gateway for all the events to raise money for Children in Need. The total raised was an astounding £1554. Well done to Mr Atkinson and the School Council for organising us all and for counting up all the money. Thank you, also, to FOG for their help with the very popular cake sale.

This week also saw another busy and successful sporting calendar. Our swimmers competed strongly at the ISA Regional Gala and we are hoping that some will qualify for the Nationals but we are awaiting confirmation of times. Thanks to the work of Mrs Shaw and Ms Lawrence, girls hockey is going from strength to strength and this week they had fixtures against two schools and an ISA tournament. The girls are loving this addition to their sporting calendar and are proving just how versatile they are. Rugby fixtures have also continued aplenty and Mr Hill, our new rugby coach, is keen to work with the children to develop this further.

The Chamber Choir were also busy last Saturday performing an impressive repertoire of pieces at the Wendover Concert 'Let the Chilterns Sing'. They had the opportunity to sing some pieces on their own, and also some with the Military Wives Choir and with the Chess Valley Male Voice Choir. They are a very gifted group and Mrs Izard has worked tirelessly to develop their talents. They performed brilliantly and we were all very proud of them. In recognition of the school's support for this event the Rotary Club are presenting us with a cheque next Monday in assembly for our school charity Ronald McDonald House.

Mrs Izard and Mrs Wilkes have now turned their attentions to the next important occasion on the calendar and the cheerful sounds of Christmas songs are now reverberating around the school.  I know that ambitious plans are underway to entertain us with all the end of term productions. The confidence and enjoyment displayed by the children at these events is a real life affirming moment for me and I look forward to seeing many of you at these events.

This weekend we are also hosting a Chess Tournament. We have 9 schools competing and the hall will be taken over by some very talented young chess players. Good luck to all of our players.

Mrs La Farge

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