Headteacher’s Blog – Week 37

Last week I shared with you the success of our senior student team. This week the new Head students (Tanzeela C and Charlie L) got straight to work by joining the school’s Senior Leadership Team meeting to present their ideas to further improve our school. Here are some of their reflections:

More wonderful students last week were recognised for achieving the highest number of merits in their House. Sex & Relationships education was the curriculum being taught in their Life Skills lesson when I called in to drop off their certificates and badges. There were a few blushes as I walked into form discussions about relationships. Well done to all our merit winners last month:

Gaskell - Charlie L 10N
Lowry - Patrycja K 8I
Pankhurst - Emelia T 10E
Rylands - Imogen D 9T
Turing - Harry W-F 8K
Whitworth - Brandon S-B 8H

Duke of Edinburgh Update 

On Friday 2nd July and Saturday 3rd July, some of our wonderful Year 10 students, accompanied by our staff, completed their Duke of Edinburgh expedition - with a difference. 

The students were fantastic - walking 16km on Friday, including around Lantern Pike and then another 17.5km on Saturday, along canals and into Lyme Park. They were an absolute credit to the school on an expedition which experienced the full spectrum of weather from sunshine and rain! 

On the Friday students also cooked a meal in front of their assessors - pasta and sauce with chorizo was a winner - don't forget George's olive oil to add extra taste! 

Huge shout out to Li C, who suffered significantly with hay fever on the Friday but battled on and completed both days with great resilience and determination!

Transition Update 

Last Thursday should have been one of our annual celebration days, where we get to welcome our wonderful new Year 7s in preparation for September. Unfortunately, to ensure everyone’s safety we decided that we would move this all virtually. Dr Holdsworth and Ms Lavanini visited as many of our primaries as we could fit in. Whilst we know the day was not the same as it would have been face to face we hope that the students and their families will have enjoyed the videos from key Year 7 staff and the activities that our wonderful departments put together for them. This page will remain active throughout the summer. 

However, we are delighted that we have had over 150 Year 6s sign up for our "7-Up Summer School"! This week-long event will be packed with activities such as Forest School, cooking, art attack and even a sports day and performance. All families who have signed up will be receiving a letter by the end of this week outlining the details and programme that will be available. We hope to keep everyone updated with their progress over the summer.

Year 11 Opportunities 

Although Year 11s are not in school they are never far from our thoughts so we were delighted to be able to offer them a brilliant opportunity via the Education Learning Trust. First Aid is a hugely important life skill and one which is great to include on all future applications and CVs. As such we are delighted to have teamed up with the local organisation Millie’s Trust. They will deliver a course, at Gatley Primary School, to any of our Year 11s who sign up. The course will cover CPR, burns and choking. There are two possible time slots available on Wednesday 21st July (9:30-11:30 or 13:00-15:00). If any Year 11 student wish to attend this course and learn valuable life saving skills please send an email (from your personal email address) indicating which time slot is your preferred one to office@gatleyprimary.com

It is likely to be very popular so please sign up sooner rather than later.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Friday 16th July Break up for Summer Holidays (students finish at noon)
Wednesday 1st September Staff INSET Day
Thursday 2nd September Staff INSET Day
Friday 3rd September Year 7 & Year 11 students return 8:30am
Monday 6th September All students return to school 8:30am

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.

Mrs J. Lowe

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