Children in Need
So far GVC have raised over £206 for Children In Need, this amount seems to be increasing day by day thanks to the continuous efforts from the Children at GVC.
Can I say a big thank you to all parents and friends of the school who supported our Open Evening earlier this week. The evening was a tremendous success both in terms of numbers attending and in the feedback we have received from prospective pupils and their parents. Our own pupils did a superb job in showing off how the school works on a day to day basis, demonstrating many of the exciting and interesting activities that they take part in.
Everyone enjoyed watching the video of the school that we produced recently. This will be on the website very shortly for everyone to enjoy. Our thanks go to Ella and Charlotte Fenwick and family who allowed themselves to be filmed at home getting ready for school and to everyone else who was involved in producing such a tremendous piece of digital history for the school.
Thank you for the feedback that has been given on the Show My Homework system that we introduced two weeks ago. This has been very useful in helping us evaluate the effectiveness of the scheme. The initial response from both pupils and parents has been extremely positive which is very encouraging. I hope those who attended the training/information sessions for Show My Homework, found them useful and informative.
We have very mixed emotions about losing Mrs Osborne for the next twelve months. Parents will be aware that she is leaving to embark on ‘adoption leave’. We are all absolutely delighted that she and her husband are to receive an eight month old baby into their lives and we wish them well in their new role as parents. We will, however, miss the drive and energy that Mrs Osborne has brought to the school over the last three years. She has been the catalyst for so many positive changes that have taken place at GVC. Her expertise in the classroom will be greatly missed, as will the positive experiences that she has created for both the pupils and her colleagues which are too numerous to mention. She has been responsible for a complete transformation in the way that teaching takes place in the school as well as leading an English department which now produces results that exceed both county and national averages.
Mrs Osborne will be replaced in the first instance by Mrs Oliver, an experienced teacher of English who has worked in both middle and upper schools for many years. She has also worked for the Central Bedfordshire Schools’ advisory service. Mrs Oliver will take over Mrs Osborne’s classes from the start of next term.
Next term begins on Monday 3rd November. We hope you all have a restful half term.
Science Stars of the Week
Week commencing 20th October
Yr 5 Thomas Gwilliam
Yr 6 James Ellis-Crease
Yr 7 Megan Sutton
Yr 8 Emilia Dell'Anno
Week commencing 3rd November
Yr 5 Harley Briggs
Yr 6 Sophie Kerr
Yr 7 Liam Richardson
Yr 8 Ella Fenwick
Week commencing 10th November
Yr 5 Lucy Rafferty
Yr 6 Fiona Busby
Yr 7 Victoria Boyne
Yr 8 Liberty Lorne
Well done to all of you.
Stratton Year 11-13 Awards Evening
Friday 7th November saw the Stratton Upper School Year 11-13 Awards Evening take place and once again ex Gamlingay Village College pupils were among those to have their efforts recognised. The awards were presented by guest of honour and ex pupil, Michael Bates, OBE. The prize winners were:
Year 11 - Achievement Award For Excellence in Geography and a range of other subjects, Tom White.
Year 11 - Achievement Award for Endeavour; John Suba, Resistant materials; India Parris, English; Kiaran McNally-Aitcheson, Additional Science.
Year 12 – Achievement Award for Excellence: Sophie Collins, English; Lucie Brown, Personal Finance.
Year 13 – Achievement Award for Excellence: Toby Milligan, Economics and a broad range of subjects; Matthew White, Physical Education.
Year 13 – Achievement Award for Endeavour: Megan Wood, Film Studies; James Hough, Financial Studies; Olivia Freeman, Physical Education; Sophie Matthews, Psychology; Daniel Gray, Travel and Tourism; George Nuth, a broad range of subjects.
The Head Student Award was presented to Toby Milligan.
Congratulations to all of our ex-pupils who received their awards. We are extremely proud of them all.
Biggleswade Sandy Lions Club Poster Competition
We are delighted to announce that Andrew Barnes has won the ‘Biggleswade Sandy Lions Club Poster competition. Andrews winning poster represented depicted how the values ‘Peace, Love and Understanding’ will always overcome hate and war.
Andrew was presented with his award by Roger Wolburn. Andrew received a £25 gift voucher and a certificate. If his entry wins at county level, his work will be submitted to a countrywide competition and thereafter a national competition.
Good luck Andrew