Gateacre School is proud to be one of the first schools in England to sign up to the new National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), funded by the Department for Education and delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.
Our Art Department are already getting ready for the Chinese New Year!
Pagoda Arts are a local organisation who introduce and celebrate Chinese Culture in Merseyside and beyond. This year, Pagoda Arts are creating a huge Pigsy – to celebrate the year of the pig. They have 50,000 red money envelopes recycled and shipped from Hong Kong’s 2018 New Year celebrations. Our Keystage 3 students are all learning the art of paper folding whilst helping Pagode create an amazing piece of public art.
It certainly wasn't a "silent night" when the faithful duly came to enjoy a night of carols and festive music-making at Gateacre's 2018 Christmas Concert.
A typical bleak mid-winter's evening was duly brightened by the Gateacre orchestra's rendition of "O Holy Night" along with impressive solo performances from GCSE Music students Gabrielle Brittles ("A Spaceman Came Travelling"), Caoimhe Quinn ("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"), Amy Figueira with our year 7 backing singers ("Do You Hear What I Hear?"), Charley Brown-Eaton (a swinging "Santa Baby") and Georgia Johnson ("Underneath The Tree").
Read for Good has been running its read in individual schools since 1984. Last year, the charity teamed up with the Liverpool Learning Partnership to bring the power of its read for the first time to a whole city.
Money raised is now being used by school libraries and by the charities to fund their work in Liverpool, including Read for Good’s mobile bookcase and resident storyteller at Alder Hey.
On Saturday 8th December, our multi award-winning community venture The BIG Little Library again gave away brand new books for Christmas.
The campaign was in conjunction with BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity and Belle Vale shopping centre in Liverpool. We also had 100's of nearly new books which were kindly donated by the former Ticket to Read Project in Woolton Village.
Year 8 have been exploring the topic of Homelessness and as part of the course they have been asked to donate one item for the homeless charity ‘The Basement.’
Their mission is to challenge homelessness and addiction by promoting recovery and empowering people to transform their own lives. The Basement came into school and held an assembly to speak to students about the topic of Homelessness and to dispel any misunderstandings students may have regarding the subject.
Our Business Studies students recently held a wonderful Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings for our local older community.
Residents from Churchfield Court, Dolan Court, Joseph Williams Mews & 5 areas of Netherley/Valley had a wonderful afternoon, hosted by our Year 12 and 13 students, serving a full Christmas Dinner followed by a few intense games of bingo and a raffle, with prizes donated by staff and students.
Back in October the thought occurred to us that our music technology students would benefit greatly from working in a fully professional context, planning, recording and producing a CD for sale in the community.
So, with this in mind we contacted Middlefield Primary School and arranged for students from Gateacre to record their Middlefield counterparts.
If there is one thing that Gateacre School definitely has, it is a wonderful sense of humour.
There is not a day that goes by where a student doesn’t make us smile and what better time to show off their wonderful personalities than at Christmas when, let’s face it, we could all do with a laugh! Most of the acts in our Comedy Showcase had been thought up by the students themselves and they have given up hours of their own time so thank you to them and, as always parents, thank you for allowing them and supporting them in giving our Drama department so much.
As is now tradition, our local primary schools helped us create 100’s of wonderful Christmas decorations for Belle Vale Shopping Centre’s Christmas Tree to help advertise the Zoe’s Place Light up a Life campaign.
Our BIG Little Library was also used to show the wonderful decorations from the students created by all ages of students and fill the shop with added Christmas cheer.