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23rd June 2017

It was a great pleasure attending the ISA National Athletics Competition at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Monday, where I had the honour of handing out some of the medals in my capacity as Acting Chair of the Association. What a contrast from last year when it was teeming with rain! I take my hat off to all the young athletes who performed to such a high standard in the sweltering heat. Of course, I am particularly proud of the Gosfield pupils who took part and acquitted themselves so well. It is a tremendous achievement to reach the finals, when one considers that ISA now has 430 schools in membership. I hope they all enjoyed the experience as much as I did.

Later in the week, I was away inspecting another independent school. This is something I do a couple of times a year, both to support the schools in question but also to help me and my colleagues at Gosfield keep completely up to date with the current regulatory requirements as well as educational developments and initiatives. It is always good to get back to Gosfield, though, to see all the learning and activities going on and to appreciate yet again the fabulous grounds, facilities and community here.

16th June 2017

On Monday, we paid tribute to our Year 11 and 13 pupils who are coming to the end of their GCSE years at Gosfield. In an assembly, their tutors reminded us of the unique attributes of each pupil and how much they have contributed to the school community. Afterwards, they enjoyed a barbeque and bouncy castle in the walled garden and the traditional shirt signing. We are delighted that some of our Year 11 pupils will be returning to us for Sixth Form, and we wish all of them every success and happiness in the future.

While we have been saying farewell to our leavers, we welcomed plenty of newcomers on New Pupil Day. On Friday, pupils who are joining us in September spent the day with us, getting to know one another, current pupils and teachers. Parents were greeted by the PTA and had the chance to meet staff. I trust that the day helped all of our new families feel very much a part of the growing Gosfield community.

9th June 2017

How sad it is that we have again this week had to pause and pay our respects to innocent people, the victims of the London attack. As a school community, we encourage tolerance, generosity of spirit and kindness, qualities that will help our young people make a positive difference in the world.

One of the ways that we will be making the future brighter is by helping to build a United World School in Cambodia. Along with forty other ISA schools, Gosfield has pledged to raise funds to set up the first school in the remote community of Pong Tek, which will have a transformational impact on the whole community. UWS have informed us that the pledges made so far have meant they can move forward with the construction: they have finished the school frame and the first of four classrooms. As the pictures below show, they have also purchased a set of desks and are running informal classes for the whole community.

We are delighted to be involved in this initiative and thank our pupils and families in advance for their support in the coming year to reach our pledge amount of £500.

I hope all of our pupils and families have a refreshing half term break. Let’s hope the lovely weather lasts and we can all get outside to enjoy it.

26th May 2017

On Thursday we observed a minute’s silence, along with people across the country, in memory of the victims of the Manchester bombing. Such loss of life and devastation to families saddened us all, particularly as many of the victims were young people with potentially full and happy lives ahead of them. Out of horrific events of this kind, however, emerge kindness, community spirit and an added appreciation of our loved ones. This is what gives us all the courage to carry on with our lives and fills us with hope for the future even at the bleakest of times.

Our leaders face particular challenges nowadays, and we are looking ahead to the General Election in June. The PSHE and History Departments have been taking the lead in preparing pupils from Year 5 and up for a mock election which we will hold after half term. Posters made in tutor time are appearing around school for all the main parties—and others, including the Monster Raving Loony party! The mock election will give pupils a hands-on experience of the democratic process—even Year 10 who will be on work experience at the time and are completing ‘postal votes’.

I hope all of our pupils and families have a refreshing half term break. Let’s hope the lovely weather lasts and we can all get outside to enjoy it.

19th May 2017

It was good to see our wonderful new pavilion in use this week, not only by our cricketers but also by the PTA, who welcomed current and prospective parents to a coffee morning—and provided super cakes for the occasion. Prep parents stayed on for Year 3’s assembly which was, appropriately, all about the digestive system! The children clearly enjoyed taking part, especially while performing their rap. Year 9 also presented an assembly this week, focusing on two charities we are supporting: the RSPCA and PARC, which provides play and recreational facilities to additional needs children and young adults in Essex. They spoke about the good work these organisations undertake and ran a quiz to reinforce their message. Assemblies like these give our pupils of all ages the chance to share knowledge and views with their peers and develop confidence and presentation skills.

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