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Dear Parents

The children now seem to have settled back into the school routine and the snow yesterday evening provided an exciting end to the week!

We are sending out the Curriculum Termly Overviews for each year group today, so please take a look at these and enjoy the exciting range of topics being covered this term. Mr Grosse and I have both tracked classes for half a day this week and both of us have been impressed with the variety and challenge the children enjoy during their day.

Last Friday we received very exciting musical news - our Chamber Choir have reached the final of a national choral competition! They have been invited to perform at the Royal Festival Hall and will be against another 17 primary school choirs. This is a fabulous opportunity for these talented singers and would not be possible without the passion and drive of Mrs Izard. They now have until March to refine their pieces so lots of hard work ahead! But before they start this work 43 of our senior choir are preparing to sing at the O2 next Wednesday. I am sure they will enjoy this experience, it was certainly a great concert last year.

On a more sombre note we are very concerned about the safety of our pupils travelling to and from school on these dark mornings and evenings. The High Street is busy and the pavement area is unfortunately quite narrow. We would therefore encourage all parents to obtain a Parking Permit for the Link Road Car Park and to walk up to school from there. In the Office Bulletin we have provided a recap on how to get a permit and how to access the back gate.

I will be away from school next week for three days as I have been invited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate to join an inspection team at another Independent School. This is always a very interesting few days for me and I know I leave the school in good hands. Mr Grosse and the senior management team will happily take charge and will enjoy the opportunity!

I hope the weather improves for the weekend and all Gateway families can rest and recuperate ready for the week ahead.

Mrs La Farge

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