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

3rd December 2014

 

The Christmas trees have arrived and it is starting to look very festive all around school. The marvellous—or should I say AMAZING!— Pre Prep nativity play What a Star played to a packed house on Friday. They really were stars, performing and singing with confidence and enthusiasm as they reminded us of the real meaning of Christmas. We are looking forward to further Christmas celebrations and events, culminating in our Carol Service at the end of term. Before that, we have performances of the Senior Production, The Importance of Being Earnest, on Thursday and Friday evening. The cast and everyone helping with the play have been working hard to bring Oscar Wilde’s witty characters to life, so the production promises to be highly entertaining. I hope to see you there! 

Dr Sarah Welch, Principal

20th November, 2014

Last week, I attended the ISA Autumn Study Conference. It was an excellent opportunity to hear a variety of expert speakers and to continue building relationships with fellow Heads. One of the speakers, Marilyn Hawes from Enough Abuse, will be coming to speak to staff here on our next in-service training day about how we can protect young people in an age of social networking. We will be sharing her advice with parents as we work together to look after our pupils and develop their understanding of how they can keep themselves safe.

This is Anti-Bullying Week, and a thoughtful assembly was delivered to remind pupils about the need to respect and be kind to one another and to let them know who they can turn to if they have problems. Head Boy Connor and Head Girl Charlotte have produced a leaflet about our pastoral care here, including how they and our safeguarding staff are available at lunchtimes if anyone wants to come and talk over their problems or concerns. It is not always easy coping with friendship issues, body image concerns, pressures of academic work, etc that are a normal part of growing up. We want all our young people to know that there is a network of support for them here at Gosfield. 

Dr Sarah Welch, Principal

12th November, 2014

I was very impressed at my Principal’s Tea with Prep pupils this week that many of them knew the meaning of—and three could spell— onomatopoeia! In their Star of the Week assembly, Mrs King commended all of the Year 6 pupils who had written poems about the First World War using sound devices: we heard one which vividly depicted the suffering of the soldiers facing the roar of artillery in the squelching mud of the trenches. This week, we have been joining people around the world remembering and reflecting on that appalling conflict, ‘the war to end all wars.’ It is to be hoped that the young people at Gosfield and across the globe will learn lessons from history and grow up determined to strive for peace, tolerance and unity. 

Dr Sarah Welch, Principal

4th November, 2014

It was a pleasure welcoming everyone back after the half term break. There has been plenty of progress on the Prep School build while the pupils have been away: the classroom block is now sporting some Gosfield green and the ground is being leveled for play areas. The build is watertight—just in time for the onset of the Autumn weather—and we are still on schedule to complete the build this side of Christmas.

On Monday, Beth from ‘Cry in the Dark’ came to speak to us in assembly about another building, Casa Lumina: a home for life that the charity has built for young people in poverty in Romania. This was a good opportunity to hear more about their work and demonstrate our commitment as a school to supporting such an excellent cause. Miss Lambert will be running an activity next term to raise awareness about, as well as money for, ‘Cry in the Dark’, and in the future we hope to send teams of young people to Romania to assist with the work at their children’s home and in the local community.

Dr Sarah Welch, Principal

14th October, 2014

Open Morning was a great success. We welcomed 35 families, representing over 50 prospective pupils, and enjoyed showing them all that a Gosfield education has to offer. As ever, we had excellent feedback from our visitors on the courtesy and confidence of our pupils who conducted tours and took part in a range of activities during the morning. Following a fine turnout for our Open Doors event earlier this month, we look forward to seeing our Gosfield community continuing to grow and flourish.

Half term will be upon us very soon. Where has the time gone? Our boarders have been getting us ready for Halloween: overnight, spooky carved pumpkins have appeared on the front steps….

I wish everyone an enjoyable and refreshing half term break.

Dr Sarah Welch, Principal

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