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I was delighted to take our whole school assembly on Monday morning as there was so much to celebrate from so many areas of Gateway life. Not only was I able to present forty or more My Best certificates to individual children for such a super range of achievements: from a very creative pair of shoes made in Technology, to mastering some tricky Maths, predicting scientific results, making huge progress with swimming, trying different foods at lunchtime, being kind and helpful to a sad classmate etc etc, but we were also able to share the latest achievements from our talented sportsmen and women, our angelic choral singers and our General Knowledge quiz teams.

Mr Clark and I were thrilled to attend the Independent Schools Association National Swimming finals last Saturday, which was once again held at the London Aquatics Centre on the Olympic Park. This is such an iconic venue and a truly memorable day for the swimmers from Gateway who had qualified for this event. They all gave their best and we were delighted with the results. We were also able to celebrate the Year 6 boys Football teams' efforts and recent achievements. They have qualified for the ISA National 6 a side competition and so will travel to Leicestershire later this term.

The music department have also enjoyed an exciting couple of weeks. Forty-four children had a fantastic evening performing at the O2 arena, and Mrs Izard received the impressive news that the Chamber Choir have qualified for the final of the National Choral Competition and will have the opportunity to perform at the Royal Festival Hall later on this term. This is a fantastic achievement as they were selected from hundreds of entries and are down to the last 18 Junior age choirs.

Our two General Knowledge teams also performed really well in their competition last Friday. The mixed age teams demonstrated a wealth of knowledge ranging over many different subjects. They kept all their supporters on the edge of their seats as the positions of the teams kept changing.

All of this and the great unveiling of our Take One Picture choice for 2017. The art department have chosen The Graham Family by William Hogarth and all the classes enjoyed the simultaneous unveiling of the picture and an opportunity to ask many 'I wonder' questions. These questions will form the basis of our planning and our activities for our Take One Picture Week starting on Monday 20 February. If you are visiting the National Gallery in the next few weeks please do take your children to see the original painting.

As ever a lovely busy week was enjoyed at school despite the bitterly cold conditions. I do hope the weather is a little kinder for the Cross Country competition on Saturday!

Mrs La Farge

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