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    Published 22/05/20

    She has entertained students and staff by her oboe playing in concerts and Inter-House Music competitions. Now Sixth Form oboist Emily Menezes, who plays with the Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra has been selected to play for the English Schools’ Orchestra. The orchestra comprises of young musicians who are of Grade 8 and above and only one or two oboists in the country are selected to play for this national youth orchestra. Emily, who has been playing the instrument for eight years and achieved distinction in Grade 8 a few years ago said she was very much looking to working with such talented people. She added: “Although I don’t intend to study music at university, I definitely want to continue playing in orchestras as that it where I am happiest - making amazing music with kind and like-minded people.”

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    Published 22/05/20

    The School Chaplain, the Reverend Sarah Norbron writes:

    'My husband and I were watching the Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Tuesday evening and I have to admit I loved seeing some of the gardens from previous years and seeing garden tours from some of the presenters. It’s good that they are addressing the need for making the most of urban gardens and I can imagine that for many, a balcony or a patio has been very welcome in the glorious weather during lockdown. Our garden is not the best, especially the lawn, which could be better described as ‘a moss’. However, regular visits into the garden have meant that we have been able to study and watch the growth of the plants more closely. I can’t believe how quickly an Acer has come into leaf and my ‘Blessings’ rose has gone from bud to full flower in two days. Amazing.

    When Jesus taught his followers, he often used plant analogies. There were figs and mustard seeds, wheat and weeds, but the favourite of mine is the vine. Jesus says of himself that “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” He goes on to talk about the pruning that is necessary for the vine to be fruitful. And sometimes this pruning is not always that comfortable. In my experience when things are not so easy, when life is uncomfortable, I know I need to root myself in Jesus’s love and it is this that carries me through.

    For many of us it is half term. My prayer for our students is that they will grow and eventually bloom through this lockdown experience, even though they might feel like they are being pruned a bit. They are working so hard and so are their parents, and they thoroughly deserve their week off. Enjoy!

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    Published 20/05/20

    Thank a Teacher Day and what better testament to our teaching staff than an email from a parent this week about the Home Schooling: ‘…the staff's dedication to the pupils, their learning, their welfare and the parents' concerns and welfare has been exemplary’. Describing her children’s House Parents as ‘cheerful, enthusiastic and incredibly supportive’, the parent opines: ‘This has been a very difficult and stressful time for everyone, affecting lots of us in varied and different ways. However one thing we have not had to worry about has been the boys' schooling and your support in that regard. This has been a huge relief to us as parents, and we count ourselves extremely fortunate to be part of the Gordon's family.’ 

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    Published 19/05/20

    General Sir Peter Wall will be giving Thursday’s Insight Talk on ‘How is the global pandemic shaping UK prospects in the current superpower confrontation?’ Sir Peter, Chairman of the Gordon Foundation Trustees, served with the Royal Engineers, retiring after a 40 year career as Chief of the British Army. The talk is open to all and Sir Peter will also be available for questions. Please book to listen via Zoom on 21st May at 5pm through or click here.

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    Published 18/05/20

    Unable to go ahead with their planned trip to Sudan in March for an exchange visit with the Khartoum International Community School (KICS), our students, together with staff and parents, have nonetheless run and cycled there (and back!). Since the Gordon’s Strava Club was launched four weeks ago, the 105 members have cycled 1,3046 kilometres and run 5,345 kilometres! Here’s hoping they can soon meet again in person and rekindled friendships made in the past.

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    Published 15/05/20

    Appearing in his first Lockdown Live, Head of Gravesend House, Gary Knight, will be bringing his own brand of 'Swing' to Gordon's School, with some classic songs from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and Sammy Davis Jr mixed with a few modern surprises. Watch live tonight from 7.00pm via the Gordon's School Facebook page (@GordonsSch) or the Gravesend House Instagram page (gravesend_gordons).

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    Published 15/05/20

    Friday Reflection from the School Chaplain, the Reverend Sarah Norbron:

    I think that many of us are getting used to having to use Zoom or other meeting platforms at the moment, although I admit to not being a great host. I usually get confused about something, the screen or who I can see, and one of the participants, usually an 11-year-old, puts me right. I love to see everyone on the screen, but one of the things I find difficult is spotting the person who is speaking. I know that they are highlighted, but I just don’t seem to be quick enough. I scan the screen and by the time I have located them, someone else is talking.

    I have always been moved by the way that Jesus could spot someone in need in a crowd. On one occasion he was being pushed and shoved from all sides, but it was when his strength left him momentarily that he noticed a woman. She had been bleeding for years and no one could do anything for her, but the moment she touched Jesus, she was healed. But Jesus didn’t leave it there. He spoke with her tenderly and gave her the attention that she had been denied for twelve years. The woman’s faith had a significant impact on her life. And that can be the same for each one of us if we turn to Jesus in faith.

    I am touched by the individual attention that so many are able to receive during these difficult times through carers, volunteers and neighbours, but I am aware that there must still be many who are lonely. I pray that each and every one of us will know how to spot these people in a crowd and to give them the bit of special attention they would so appreciate. May God bless you all.

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    Published 14/05/20

    Motivational messages and bright pictures are now adorning the inside of London ambulances to cheer up COVID-19 patients thanks to student Elysee Spacie. The keen baker, who drew and laminated sheets of colourful images, is also producing cakes and brownies and biscuits for ICU staff at St Peter’s Hospital each week to give them a treat while working. Each delicious offering from the young student, who makes between 60 and 70 each week, comes complete with a message of hope for those on the frontline.

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    Published 13/05/20

    Minibuses in action – not transporting to matches and events but taking donations to help in the community. Food Technician Claire Neale, who volunteers at the Woking and Sam Beare Hospice took food from the school kitchens to give to patients and staff there. Rhona Byrne at the Hospice said: “Without supporters such as Gordon’s we would not be able to continue to offer the fantastic level of care we provide to our patients”.

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    Published 12/05/20

    He’s won two Olympic medals, is a three times World Champion and has competed in four Oxford v Cambridge Boat Races.  Last year the rower opened our new Ergo Centre and now George Nash MBE is back for a virtual breakfast when he will talk about his rowing days and his career in engineering over a cup of coffee and piece of toast. The talk is available  on the Careers section of the Gordon’s website.

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    Published 08/05/20

    Remembering all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Second World War and our own, commemorated on the Roll of Honour In the school chapel.

    The Friday Reflection from the Reverend Sarah Norbron the school Chaplain:

    VE day celebrations have been somewhat dampened by the lockdown situation we find ourselves in. When the decision was made to change the Bank Holiday date, we could never have expected to be largely ‘Staying at home’ due to the coronavirus. Today there is a plan for remembering the fallen in a two-minute silence at 11.00am, for listening to Churchill’s speech and to sing along with Vera. This is good and important that we remember, and the words of ‘We’ll meet again’ ring very true at this time. But I do hope we are honouring the heroes of today as well as those of yesteryear, celebrating the multicultural Britain that we are, and those who are putting themselves on the frontline for us all. I know we are, and the NHS/key worker banners and rainbows will no doubt mingle with British bunting.

    After war there usually follows a degree of peace. And I know that many of us are looking forward to greater peace to calm anxieties once the virus is no longer a threat. But I do believe that we don’t have to wait until such a threat is over, to experience this inner peace. Yes, there will still be those moments of fear, but God can give us ‘The peace that passes all understanding.’ May those going through difficulties right now, know this peace, whether they are sick, know someone who is sick, or are working on the frontline. I hope this UK blessing from Churches around the country, offers you that peace right now. Please click here for 'The Blessing' from churches across the UK.

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    Published 05/05/20

    A look back at last year’s Longmoor competition, in which every House competes for the coveted Longmoor Cup (girls’ Houses) and Talbot Cup (boys’ Houses). Weeks of preparations are usually involved in what has become one of the most hotly contested events in the Inter-House calendar. Lunchtime drill rehearsals and plenty of elbow grease is involved with students turning out in their beautifully ironed Blues complete with sparkling shoes. The winning Houses last year were China House and Buckingham House.

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