The sporting calendar has leapt into life this week and over 60 children will have enjoyed representing Gateway School in a wide variety of different sports. We have already had football, rugby and hockey matches this week and today we have pupils involved in more hockey and rugby matches, as well as our Triathlon team away in Essex at the first of the Independent Schools Association event of this academic year. Saturday morning then brings the first of the Bucks Schools Cross Country events. All these different activities provide so many valuable opportunities for our pupils to be competitive whilst enjoying working as a team, learning how to play fairly and enjoying the health benefits.
Mrs Shaw has selected and trained her skilled Year 6 Playground Leaders and they were introduced to the children this week in assembly. These Year 6 pupils will be assisting the younger pupils in the playground and helping them to make the best use of all the super new playground markings. This initiative was introduced after the pupils’ questionnaire flagged a desire from all age groups to have more opportunities to work and play together. It has been very popular with all the pupils. The tables under the shelter are also providing a valuable new play area and the children are finding many creative ways to amuse themselves here too.
I have also been delighted to award our first Merit Badges of the year to 3 senior pupils. These pupils have all earned 30 merits through showing sustained effort in different subjects, being awarded My Best certificates, being helpful and kind and a myriad of other different reasons. We are very proud of them and we are looking forward to many other Gateway pupils being awarded these badges in the weeks to come.
It is Walk to School Week next week and Mr Bridges with his team of Junior Road Safety Officers used our Thursday assembly to inspire all the children to want to take part by pointing out the many benefits of a morning constitutional. I hope that Gateway parents will be able to support this very worthwhile initiative and can park in the Link Road Car Park, the Black Horse Pub car park or the station car park and walk to school.
Mrs La Farge