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A co-educational independent through school
Nursery – Prep – Senior – Sixth Form

2nd March 2017

There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away…’ This line of poetry by Emily Dickinson reminds us of how reading can transport and inspire us, and there is no doubt how inspired—and creative--our pupils were as we celebrated World Book Day on Thursday. The Prep School was full of storybook characters: Oompa Loompas and Big Bad Wolves and Very Hungry Caterpillars, to name just a few! Prep pupils had made models of scenes from their favourite books and Senior pupils decorated their tutor room doors, so that walking down the corridors was like browsing the shelves in a well-stocked library. It is good to see how books continue to intrigue and stimulate our young people who live in a world dominated by far more sophisticated forms of entertainment and sources of information. There is something about holding a book in one’s hand and turning each page not knowing what the next one has in store that is enduringly special. We hope that our children’s love of books and of reading lasts a lifetime.

23rd February 2017

Prince Harry has been commenting on education at this week’s Global Teacher awards. He stated that the ‘very best teachers go beyond the pages of textbooks to teach young people about determination, aspiration, resilience and, of course, compassion.’ We encourage all of our pupils to be kind and caring towards one another—and in our through school we see daily examples of older children looking after and helping younger ones. Beyond this, our pupils show compassion in their charity fundraising. Plans are underway for World Wildlife Day in March, when we will be raising money for the WWF, one of the global charities our pupils have chosen to support, as well as for ‘Red Nose Day’. Increasingly, pupils approach me with ideas for charity initiatives, from the now legendary GIFA football marathon to more modest sponsored events. They choose causes that are close to their hearts and come up with creative ways to raise not only money but also awareness. It is important that pupils leave our school with academic qualifications but also a generosity of spirit that will help them make a valuable contribution to their communities.

10th February 2017

This week, we have been conducting Sixth Form interviews. Many of our Year 11 pupils plan to stay with us for their A Level studies, and it was interesting to hear what it is that they are looking forward to as they move to the final stage of their careers at Gosfield. I was impressed by how thoughtfully they discussed the importance of being fully supported by teachers they know and trust, the challenges of organising their own time and the opportunities to develop leadership skills. In a through school such as ours, our Sixth Form students are role models for the younger pupils and do a great deal to help and guide them—from running activities and listening to readers in the Prep School to presenting assemblies and mentoring individuals. They also get the chance to organise events, including the Prom, and some are involved in fundraising for the Kenya expedition this summer.

It is not only those at the top of the School who take the initiative and make a positive contribution. Last Friday, two of our Year 8 pupils, Ellena and Libby, did a sponsored silence for cancer charities. They dressed in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer and raised a good deal of money by managing to keep quiet the whole day. I think they have been making up for it since! Well done, girls.

25th January 2017

As I write, I have just attended an assembly run by our Sixth Form girls who wanted to speak to our younger girls about how to cope with puberty and growing up. I was so impressed by how confidently and sensitively they raised a whole range of issues from acne to exam stress, encouraging their fellow pupils to take care of themselves and each other, to avoid the pressure to look and be perfect, and to seek help and advice to support them through their challenging teenage years. The Sixth Form students were candid, friendly and approachable, so I am sure our Year 7-9 girls will feel comfortable speaking to them about their feelings and concerns. This was not a one-off presentation: the Sixth Form girls will be following it up in tutor time over the coming weeks. It makes me very proud when our young people take the initiative in this way, especially when it is to help others and to nurture the family atmosphere that is such an important feature of the school.

20th January 2017

While our Prep children enjoy their 'Star of the Week' awards, it is important that we also have the chance to congratulate pupils of all ages who have gone above and beyond. This week's Personal Excellence assembly was a great opportunity to celebrate the success of our older pupils as well as some in Year 6 who will soon be making the transition to Senior School. Mrs Gwynne spoke about their achievements, which ranged from service to the school community as prefects, librarians and parliament representatives to fantastic performances in sport and the arts, as well as excellent attitude towards academic studies. She included wise words from Steve Jobs about teamwork and inspirational images from the Rio Olympics of sportsmen and women reaping the rewards of years of hard work. We hope all of our pupils go on to fulfil their potential, use their talents to the maximum and make a positive and lasting difference to their communities.

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