What a fabulous end to a really busy and inspiring term. The children have all enchanted us in their various Christmas productions over the last week. It is so impressive to see them all with parts to perform, working so successfully and confidently as a year group to delight their parents and visitors. A great team effort from all the year groups which provided a lovely start to our Christmas celebrations. The Year 5 and 6 pupils completed the festivities by delivering a magical Christmas Concert at the packed St Peter & St Paul Church on Wednesday evening. My thanks to all of the teaching teams, and the Music and Drama teachers, who worked so successfully to get these excellent productions to the stage.
This first term has seen many great achievements, both individually for the children and collectively as a school. Our KS2 pupils schools have been involved in many sporting fixtures and events both locally and nationally. For the first time the sports department have ensured that all of our Year 4 and 5 pupils have taken part in at least one competitive fixture this term, which is a fantastic achievement. Over 50 pupils have entertained us at two Music Teas, providing the opportunity for many emerging musicians to play their first public performance and the more experienced performers to enjoy an opportunity to perform and the chance to inspire others.
The Friends of Gateway team, helped by many parent volunteers, have also been busy this term organising some super events for the children to enjoy. The Movie Night and Disco were well supported and the Christmas Fair was once again a great success, raising around £5,000.
Mr Atkinson and the School Council have had a very busy term having already organised a very successful Children in Need day, our Christmas Jumper Day and democratically agreed our two charities for the year, Hope House and Young Minds.
Sadly, we have said goodbye to a few staff this Christmas. Mrs Nurse has been a fantastic nurse at Gateway for many years but she has decided the time is right to return to the NHS and her original specialism in Breast Cancer Care. Mrs Markeseth-Gunther is moving back to Belgium with her RAF husband who has been posted there and Mrs Glasspoole is needing to be more available for her children over the next couple of years. All of these ladies will be sorely missed by the children and staff but we thank them for everything they have done at Gateway and wish them all the very best in their new lives.
It has been a fantastic first term with events, celebrations, fixtures and performances on every week, not forgetting all the inspirational lessons that have been delivered across the school every day. I would like to thank all the staff for their tireless enthusiasm and continued commitment to all the pupils here. I think after such a great term all the pupils and hard working staff are ready for a holiday! On behalf of all the staff at Gateway School I wish all our families a wonderful festive season and a happy new year!
Mrs La Farge