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Dear Parents

We have truly ended the year on a high. The last days of the summer term have been filled with many fantastic events which we were delighted to share with many proud parents. Thank you all for your support of all the staff and me this last year. We do appreciate it.

Missenden Hall came alive to the sound of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 enchanting us with their end of term productions. The children were amazing - the difference from the productions that we enjoyed at Christmas was striking. Thanks to the skill and hard work of the Junior School team the children have developed so much, they were able to speak confidently, and sing and dance their way through numerous songs. All the children made us very proud and we are grateful for all the help with arranging costumes and practising lines at home. They are all now ready and excited to move up to their next year groups, and we are looking forward to supporting them through their next exciting challenges.

The Year 6 production was a triumph - tackling the Lion King was ambitious enough but then also organising to put it on at the Elgiva Theatre added yet another dimension to the fantastic production. I was delighted that so many parents, pupils and past pupils were able to come and enjoy it. The Year 6 pupils rose magnificently to the challenge, thoroughly enjoying the preparation and working tirelessly on their lines, their songs, the dancing and their characterisation. The masks and collars which the pupils created under the very creative watch of the art department were stunning and really helped to bring the production to life. There were of course many talented individual performances but what impressed me particularly were the pupils I wasn't expecting who came alive on the stage and we all enjoyed seeing a different side to them. Once again the combined talents and genius of Mrs Izard and Mrs O'Hare have staged another professional production and one which the Year 6 leavers, and their parents, will remember for their lifetime. I am very grateful for their inspiring direction and production.

Senior Sports afternoon ran like clockwork in perfect conditions and was enjoyed by all. Once again the children had been well prepared, were organised into appropriate races and we enjoyed some close finishes. This event helped to reinforce the marvellous sportsmanlike behaviour which is instilled into the pupils here. It was lovely to hear the genuine encouragement and praise from the pupils for each other.

Staff and I are looking forward to the Leavers Evening at Missenden Hall this evening. I am looking forward to the opportunity to speak individually about all the Year 6 pupils and hopefully to provide a small flavour of the contribution they have all made to the school during their time here. They have been a very impressive cohort.

It is always sad to say goodbye to children and staff leaving Gateway this year but I am sure that they will all go on to enjoy their next schools and I hope they will continue to live by their Gateway ASPIRE values. We wish them all the very best and hope they keep in touch.

After a very busy but enjoyable last few weeks, I am sure all the staff and families are looking for some down time. I hope all Gateway families have a super summer holiday and I look forward to welcoming many of you back in September.

Mrs La Farge

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