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Nursery – Prep – Senior – Sixth Form

10th October, 2014

It is pouring with rain as I write, but we were very luck with the weather for our enrichment day last week: the sun shone as pupils enjoyed the climbing tower and the welly walk. Indoors, they produced beautiful African style artwork and wrote praise poems and haiku on African themes. In assembly on Monday, Year 12 History students spoke to us about Black History Month, reminding us of the varied and significant contributions over the years of people of African descent.

The history of our school has been the focus for one of our old boys who attended Gosfield School in the 1940s. He is coming on a weekly basis to sort through our archive of old photographs and documents, which include everything from the original lease for Cut Hedge Park to exercise books of boys here during the Second World War. There is a wealth of information about the past which we hope to preserve and make available, not only to our former pupils, but also to current pupils and their families.

Dr Sarah Welch, Principal

 

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30th September, 2014

Over the past week, I have visited the site of the new Prep build twice. With the windows and doors in and the roof on, the building is nearing completion, and we are starting to discuss the details—paint, flooring, furniture and equipment—all very exciting! I have no doubt that, when the pupils and teachers move in next term, it will prove an excellent space for learning and development.

As it is still a building site, I needed my wellies to negotiate the mud and puddles. All of us will be putting our wellies on this Friday during Enrichment Day to join in the Great African Welly Walk fundraiser for Farm Africa. Our ‘welly miles’ will be added to those of everyone around the country taking part in the event, and the money we raise through sponsorship will help rural populations in Africa ‘give hunger the boot’ through more effective farming.

Dr Sarah Welch, Principal

25th September, 2014

When I went over to the Pre Prep yesterday, the Year 1 classroom was full of dinosaurs! The dino that had hatched from the egg they found in the woods had been joined by lots of others that the pupils had brought in from home. They were finishing off a wonderful display, complete with a volcano spewing lava and a smelly swamp, by writing labels and captions and interesting facts. They certainly know a lot about dinosaurs and are clearly enjoying learning even more about them.

While there is plenty to enjoy during the school week, we have been particularly looking forward to Friday, when there will be delicious cakes on sale as we support the MacMillan Coffee Morning. Parents will be coming in, too, for refreshments in the Library, and there will be a raffle for Mrs Bowles’ beautifully decorated cake, so we hope to raise plenty of money for this excellent cause. We are delighted that pupils and staff contributed £450 on Jeans for Genes day, another very worthwhile charity to be supporting.

Dr Sarah Welch, Principal

23rd September, 2014

After the excitement of celebrating our candidates' excellent exam results over the summer and having welcomed pupils, including plenty of new boys and girls, at the start of term, the school year is now in full swing. We enjoyed marking Gosfield's 85th year with a reception for parents--complete with a marvellous birthday cake baked by catering manager Jill--the first Friday back, which followed the official opening of our new cricket square. Last week, the annual FOGS ball, on this occasion with a Roaring 20's theme, took place at the Fennes estate: it was not only a superb event in itself but also a significant fundraiser both for the School and for Essex Air Ambulance. The Prep School build has shot up since last term: the roof is on and the windows are being installled. As it takes shape, we look forward to equipping it ready for pupils to move in early next term. In the meantime, we have a busy few months ahead of us with charity events, sports fixtures, an enrichment day and the senior play, as well as plenty of hard work and academic progress on the part of our pupils. We hope you can join us for our Open Mornings coming up soon on 3rd and 11th October to see all that is happening here at Gosfield.

Dr Sarah Welch, Principal

26th July, 2014

What a busy week it has been! Tuesday saw the first Gosfield Bake Off. I had the challenging but delicious task of helping to judge entries from our own pupils and those from local schools who took part. The cakes, gateaux, macaroons, roulades and tarts produced were wonderful, showing plenty of budding culinary talent. Thanks go to Miss Webb for organizing what we hope will become an annual event.

The Prom the same evening was marvellous—and well done to the Sixth Form who organized the event, especially Charlotte, our Head Girl. The venue was stunning, the outfits—boys’ and girls’—glamorous and the atmosphere lovely.

Sports Day on Wednesday was excellent, too, with all our pupils enjoying the range of events and friendly but determined competition, with fine athletic prowess on display. I am grateful to FOGS for again providing refreshments and to all those who came to support the event, especially since we changed the date at short notice to avoid forecast torrential rain. The PE Department and the grounds staff did us proud and all the competitors are to be congratulated for their enthusiasm and sportsmanship.

Dr Sarah Welch, Principal

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