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  • New Student Leaders Appointed

    Published 25/11/22

    Congratulations to our newly-appointed Senior Student Leadership Team of Head Girl Libby Lomas, Head Boy Sam Moreau, Deputy Head Girl Eleanor Scarlett, Deputy Head Boy Alex Perry, School Sergeant Major Sophie Bodell and Colour Sergeant Jack Goate. The six of them will begin their duties in January and were appointed after submitting a CV and letter of application as well as attending interviews. For more information on their roles and responsibilities, please click here.

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  • Any Questions?

    Published 25/11/22

    BBC Radio 4s Any Questions? comes to Gordon's tonight for a live broadcast that promises to be full of interesting and topical debate. The panel will be trade unionist and writer Paul Embery; Shadow Business Minister Seema Malhotra MP; Transport Minister Huw Merriman MP and Economist Editor Zanny Minto Beddoes. For tickets, please click here.

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  • expert advice

    Published 21/11/22

    E-safety expert Karl Hopwood will be visiting Gordon’s tomorrow to speak to students. His talk in the evening (6pm in the Rec) on how to keep children safe online, is open to all in the wider community as well as Gordon's parents. Tickets are free and available here. Internet safety tips for parents are available here on the school website.

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  • Piping at Parliament

    Published 21/11/22

    More used to playing a little further along the road at the annual Whitehall Parade, the Pipes and Drums (shown here on the steps of Great Westminster Hall) had the privilege of playing at 494 Fighter Squadron's (United States Air Force Europe) Dinner Night at Parliament on Friday. An exceptional evening all round was made even more special with all members of the Pipes and Drums being presented with a unique Commander's Coin by the Commander of 494 Squadron, also known as the Mighty Black Panthers.

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  • Snowman takes first prize

    Published 16/11/22

    For her snowman, complete with red scarf and hat, Darcey was chosen as the 2022 winner for this year’s PTI Christmas card competition. The competition attracted entries from all over the country and Darcey’s winning design will be sent to supporters of the PTI this year. Also confirmed today were the results of the Winter Arts competition with Pia’s village scene voted the winner, followed by Emily’s trees and Morgan’s robin.

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  • musicians of note

    Published 16/11/22

    Major awards for Gordon’s soloists and instrumentalists as they hit the high notes at the Woking Music Festival. Alice Kermeen sung her way to a First Place (Folk Song U19), Distinction, The Ryde Cup (U19 for a musical after 1970) and the Newman Cup in Musical Theatre (U19 category); Emily Hallett bagged the Pop/Jazz U19 category as well as the Hilliger Memorial Cup (U19 Solo category) and Max Scannell was awarded distinction in the String Sonata category. Congratulations all!

    Emily Hallett, winner of the Pop/Jazz U19 category as well as
    the Hilliger Memorial Cup (U19 Solo category).

     Alice Kermeen, First Place (Folk Song U19), Distinction, The Ryde Cup (U19 for a musical after 1970) and the Newman Cup in Musical Theatre (U19 category).

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  • out now!

    Published 15/11/22

    The latest edition of Semper Fidelis, featuring school news and events from the passed sixth months is now available, please click here to view. Hard copies will be distributed via the Houses within the next few weeks. 

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  • Remembrance Sunday

    Published 14/11/22

    Members of the community joined students, parents and staff from Gordon’s on Sunday for the Parade and Service of Remembrance around the Parade Square, conducted by the School Chaplain the Reverend Graham Wright.

    Dressed in their Blues uniform and accompanied by the Pipes and Drums – a unique feature of Gordon’s that has been part of the school since its inception over a century ago – the student body marched and remembered the sacrifices of so many, including the 155 former students killed in action during the First World War; 31 in the Second World War and Gordonian Darryl Gardiner and affiliated staff member Steve Curley, both killed in Afghanistan.

    Poppy wreaths were laid by Mrs Jane Valner, on behalf of the Gordon Foundation Trustees; Gordonian Jessica Kruger for the Gordonians and Gordon’s School Sergeant Major Isabelle Fleming for students and staff.

    Staff, students and their families – many of whom are currently serving their country in the Forces - observed the two minute silence, preceded by The Last Post played by trumpeter Jess Fowler.  The Reveille was performed by trumpeter Ben Hallett with Pipe Major Lucy Massie piping the Lament.

    In his address the Reverend Wright said: “…Sacrifice is the supreme act of love. The exact opposite of the ‘me culture’ where ‘self comes first’. Acts of sacrifice for others are at the heart of the Gordon’s culture. It sums up the true value of stopping today to remember the fallen and taking the time to consider the direction of our own lives…”   

     

     

     

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  • Return to the Falkland Islands

    Published 11/11/22

    Particularly special for Gordon’s Contingent Commander of the school’s CCF, Major John Balmer, to meet Gordonian Paul Gardiner during his visit to the Falkland Islands this week. Paul, who is stationed with the RAF on the Islands, is the brother of Gordonian Darryl Gardiner, who was killed by a mine strike in Afghanistan in 2008 and in whose memory an award is made every year to the best senior cadet in the school.

    As well as laying a wreath in remembrance of his fallen colleagues from the Falkland Island’s War, Major Balmer, who was one of the 26,000 Armed Forces personnel deployed there 40 years ago as a section commander in the Third Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, has been visiting memorials and both British and Argentinian war graves.

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  • Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

    Published 10/11/22

    Congratulations to the 31 students from Gordon’s who received their Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 2 awards this week, at an awards evening also attended by Woking High School.

    Gordon’s School and Woking High School, both members of the Arete Partnership of schools, collaborated on the training for the course, which is designed to develop leadership and management skills for a recognised qualification.

    The two-module course, taken by 40 students from the two schools, covers self-leadership and mentoring skills and is designed to develop self-leadership and resilience in young people.

    All Gordon’s Junior Prefects were encouraged to study for their ILM Level 2 Leadership and Team Skills qualification. They were presented with their certificates by Woking High School’s Headteacher Maiken Walter at a ceremony also attended by the Headteacher of Gordon’s, Andrew Moss.

    Mr Moss described the group as the “next aspiring leaders” and said that the ethos behind the awards was “leading for a reason, not just for yourself but to try and serve other people”.

    The opportunity to study leadership and management skills, leading to professional qualifications through the Institute of Leadership and Management has long been afforded to students and staff at both schools. So committed were Gordon’s and Woking High to the programme of leadership awards, that they became an approved centre in 2015.

    Mr Moss explained: “We became an approved centre a few years ago, offering ILM courses to all our staff – both teaching and support. After seeing the benefits to staff we decided to extend the courses to Key Stage 4 and 5 students to enhance their profile for university applications and give them the edge when applying for apprenticeships”.

    Please click here for further information about ILM at Gordon's.

     

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  • They're back - The Global Citizen Awards!

    Published 09/11/22

    Two of the biggest and best competitions in the school are back! The Wynter Bee Global Citizen Award offers students in KS4/5 the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Costa Rica to take part in a conservation and development project and for students in KS3 entering the Headmaster’s Global Citizen Award, a Red Letter Day experience of their choice. To enter one of these exciting competitions students should present their views on one of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how the issue might be addressed or resolved. The competitions complement Gordon’s commitment to supporting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and to promote and engage students. For further information, please click here.

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  • On the Wire

    Published 08/11/22

    Creating stunning wire sculptures today, Year 10 GCSE art students. The group are using zigged wire for their artworks, under the direction of Darcy Turner of Artists in Schools.

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