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Mrs La Farge's blog - Reflecting on a fantastic term

Dear Parents

What a fantastic end to a really busy and inspiring term. The children have all enjoyed entertaining us in their Christmas productions over the last week. It is so impressive to see them all with parts to perform, working so successfully as a team to delight their parents and visitors with their pride and confidence in their efforts.

The term has seen many great achievements, both individually for the children and collectively as a school. Our sports teams have already played 72 matches against numerous schools, enabling 62% of all KS2 pupils to experience representing their school and working as part of a team. Over 40 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.

Every year group has enjoyed the educational benefits of at least one day trip to a local place of interest to further enhance their learning. These trips bring learning to life and are often a very memorable part of the term for many of the children as they tell us in their personal Mentoring sessions with their Class Teachers.

Mr Atkinson and the School Council have had a very busy term having already organised a very successful Children in Need day, A Teddy Bear Swap, our Christmas Jumper Day and democratically agreed our two charities for the year, Shelter Box and Rosie’s Rainbow Fund. In January, Mr Atkinson will meet his new team of School Council reps voted on early next term.  The super Friends of Gateway team, led by Ainsley Grant, has also excelled this term, organising a record number of events for the children and parents at school. The Christmas Fair was once again a great success, the inaugural Movie Night and a Disco were well supported and parents enjoyed a great wreath making evening last week.

Here at Gateway we recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents and how this positively impacts pupils’ progress. We have enjoyed many opportunities to meet with Gateway parents this term. There have been two parents evenings for all our pupils and also very informative Curriculum Information evenings for every year group, not to mention the many informal meetings and conversations that staff have had with parents over the term.

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 would like to wish everyone a happy and festive break, and all the very best for 2018.

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