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Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to the final newsletter of the first half of the Spring Half Term. As the wind and rain increases and the storms cause damage to various parts of our country I am left reflecting on what was a wonderful week last week was in many different ways.
Bands Night - Industry Day
Last Thursday saw Industry Day: a day where students worked with an outside company, Adlib, in order that they may understand all that is involved in live sound and lighting engineering along with the production skills necessary to stage a rock concert. From the budgeting aspects, to catering, to the hands on sound and light checks, Gateacre students got a first-hand understanding of what this part of the entertainment industry has to offer.
This hard work culminated in the fantastic display from students of differing ages performing together, live, in a variety of bands, supported by students controlling the sound and lights in what was a superb evening. Our thanks go to Andy Dockerty from Adlib (a former Gateacre student) who gave up a day of his time and thousands of pounds worth of equipment to support our students interested in this line of business. Well done to all those students who took part.
Last week also saw GCSE geography students visit Southport where they studied a variety of fieldwork tasks, including land use, which gave them first-hand experience of topics questioned in their written GCSE examinations.
This, as always, links to what this week has to offer. Tuesday 11th February, Gateacre School hosts its first Careers Fair of the academic year. As part of the Careers package provided by the school, students are given the opportunity to review the huge variety of jobs that are now available both in this country and abroad. This is followed by Careers Day on Wednesday 12th February where students are given the opportunity to meet with employers, both local and national, enabling them to get a first-hand understanding of what certain careers involve, through ‘meet and greet’ opportunities, discussions and Q&A sessions. All these will provide our students with a hands on understanding of what the ‘world of work’ involves.
Year 10 trip to Barcelona.
Departing this Friday, the trip offers Y10 students a wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in the city of Barcelona, speak the language and understand a little better the culture of the Catalonian people. They will return to this country around 18:00 hours on Monday 17th February.
GCSE Exam Countdown
A number of these events link back to GCSE studies. With one week before half term and only 50 school days remaining until the first written external examination begins, it is now vitally important that Year 11 students have begun preparing for these examinations. From the recent lessons observations I have carried out it is clear that an increasing number of Year 11 students are nearing the end of the taught part of their course. This means that many of them will be receiving past papers as part of their homework and as part of their revision.
We ask that parents of Y11 students please ensure you encourage your child to work hard completing these so that they are able to receive the appropriate feedback that will enable them to improve further.
Half Term is a perfect time for Year 11 students to balance both a relaxing break from school with family whilst spending some of their time revising for GCSE examinations.
Monday 11th May 2020 GCSE written examinations begin.
Another highlight of last week was the weekly attendance. For the first time that I can remember, the attendance on Friday did not decrease; Friday’s attendance was in fact better than Thursday. Last week’s attendance can be seen in the graph below:
It is essential that all students consistently complete a full week in school, every week. There is no reason why Friday should be seen as a day out of school and at home.
1 day a week missed schooling equals 2 months a year lost in education.
In school. On time. Every day.
Creative Writing Competition
We are delighted to announce a new annual creative writing competition, the Carole Weston Kyewski Creative Writing Competition, open to all Gateacre School students. News of this exciting competition was shared with students last week and entries are now open until the closing date of March 9th.
Carole Weston Kyewski grew up in Netherley but moved to California to start a new life. She had an exhuberant passion for life and a great love of writing. Sadly, Carole recently passed away in autumn 2019. To extend her legacy by inspiring other young people to be creative and courageous and expand their view of what their world could be, and to give back to the community in which she grew up, Carole's husband, Ron has very generously set up an annual creative writing competition for Gateacre School students with an amazing total prize fund of £1,000. For full details about the competition and more about Carole ....READ MORE
Key Dates For Your Diary 2020:
Year 10 & 13 Playhouse Trip Thursday 13th February 6:30pm
Year 10 Barcelona Trip Friday 14th February 2020
HALF TERM Monday 17th-21st February
School Re-opens Monday 24th February
Sixth Form Open Evening Thursday 27th February 4-6pm
Key Stage 3 Parents Meeting 6pm Thursday 27th February 6pm
Year 8 Parent Evening Thursday 26th March 3:30-6pm
Year 7 Parent Evening Thursday 2nd April 3:30pm-6pm
End of Term Friday 3rd April
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