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  • STEM boost

    Published 12/08/22

    Finishing touches being made to the new Science laboratory, which will allow students to undertake more practical work in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and reflects the growing popularity of this STEM subject as well as the changes to the GCSE and A Level specifications. The science laboratory is the school’s seventh and has been made possible thanks to a £44,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation which supports and promotes excellence in education.

    Building and renovation works being carried out this Summer also include enlarging and relocating the Fitness Suite to the Sports Hub; the former Fitness Suite on the Parade Square becoming a second art studio; the refurbishment of the Simmons Memorial Library; addition of a new Science classroom next to Sudan and work to Sandringham and Balmoral Houses as part of the first phase of a five year £1 million refurbishment to senior Residential Boarding Houses.

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  • Piping Live!

    Published 11/08/22

    Performing in the beautiful Glasgow sunshine this afternoon, the Gordon’s Pipes and Drums. The band is taking part in the annual Piping Live! Festival, playing at the Glasgow Concert Hall, Buchanan Street and St Enoch. Tomorrow it's off to Glasgow Green for the World Pipe Band Championships!

     

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  • Pipers make history in Scotland

    Published 03/08/22

    Believed to be the first English juvenile pipe band to take part in the Scottish Pipe Band Championships for a very long time, if not ever, pipers from Gordon’s, together with Senior Pipe Major Iona Scotson competed against 110 other bands in the prestigious competition. Mrs Scotson said afterwards: “A short, yet sweet trip; and whilst not getting placed, new experiences were had and memories were made to treasure. There are things to work on, but the only way is up. Hugely proud of these guys. Nobody can fault their continuous enthusiasm, resilience and commitment but more importantly their team ethos and that above all else, is what is most important”.

    Gordon's Pipes and Drums are this year celebrating their 80th Anniversary of being on the Surrey Heath site of the school and have been involved in around 40 public performances, ranging from playing alongside the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the 10 Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment Pipes and Drums to taking part in the Armed Forces Day Military Convoy and the Menin Gate Service of Remembrance. Next week they are off to Glasgow again for Piping Live and the World Pipe Band Championships!

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  • Costa Rica for global citizen award winner

    Published 02/08/22

    The start of his adventure of a life time – Edward de Vries, winner of the inaugural Wynter Bee Global Citizen Award, has arrived in Costa Rica. Edward will spend two weeks on an all-expenses paid trip to take part in conservation and development work. As well as keeping track of the population of indigenous species there by trekking in the forest and setting up camera traps, Edward will be canoeing down the rivers of Tortuguero National Park to observe rare bird species and heading out at night to spot mother turtles making their nests on the beach.

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  • Gordonians going for gold in Commonwealth Games

    Published 02/08/22

    Gordonians have helped England get off to a flying start at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Eboni Usoro-Brown and her team defending their netball title, beat Trinidad and Tobago 74-22 in their opening game. Meanwhile Ellie Boatman (pictured above) scored a stunning four tries in the first half of England’s 57-0 win against Sri Lanka in the Women’s Rugby 7s. Ellie, a former Kensington House student excelled in sport during her time here, playing for the netball team, captaining the hockey team and riding in the equestrian team. Olympic gold medallist Hannah Russell OBE, competing in her first Commonwealth Games, finished in the silver medal position in the Women's 50m Freestyle S13 final.

    We wish them all the best of luck in the Games. 

    For more information on their time at Gordon's and for other Gordonian achievers, please click here.

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  • Art exhibition

    Published 28/07/22

    No mistaking Gordon’s contribution to the current exhibition at Woking’s Lightbox Gallery! Paint Club students created these in response to John Rattenbury-Skeaping’s ‘Star Turn’, which will be on display until 14th August as part of  ‘Centrepiece’. Centrepiece works with a number of local schools, allowing exclusive access to work from the Ingram Collection.

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  • Cup win for James!

    Published 23/07/22

    The smile says it all. A cup win at the Staines Amateur Regatta in the Junior 16 sculls for James Gibson. The plucky rower who has been unable to compete until now - or even train since May - due to an injury at the start of the year, more than made up for it in Staines today! Fellow rowers were equally delighted at his success in his first race as while he was unable to compete, he has cheered them on from riverbanks as they represented the school’s boat club. Congratulations James!

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  • going for gold

    Published 12/07/22

    Reaching the pinnacle of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, just some of our students trekking in the Black Mountains now to train for their Gold expedition later this month. Their expedition involves three days of camping and eight hours of planned activity for four days, walking 23km daily. All taking their climb to the top of Hay Bluff in their stride! Best of luck to them.

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  • Pipes and Drums Perform at Menin Gate

    Published 07/07/22

    An honour for our PIpes and Drums to play at last night’s Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres. The ceremony, held every evening at 8pm since 2nd July 1928, is in remembrance of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War.

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  • Psychology Team Award

    Published 05/07/22

    Second place for our students in the National Royal Holloway University of London Psychology Competition. These four Psychology students from Year 12 competed against 24 schools across the country in the competition, producing an outstanding three minute video, poster and presentation on their chosen topic of postpartum depression in men and the importance of raising awareness for positive change and support to both men and women. Congratulations!

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  • Headed for Rome

    Published 04/07/22

    Sixth Form students Isaac Johnson (left) and Daniel Drakeford (right) have spurned the lure of beaches, nightclubs and festivals as a celebration of the end of their A Levels in favour of  the challenge of the Via Francigena, a 1,900km pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome via the Alps! The two have chosen to raise money for the whole-school charity the Camelthorn Foundation which is raising money to build a girls' boarding house in Zimbabwe, to be named Gordon's House.  For the full story, please click here. For further information on Gordon's House, please click here. To donate, please visit their Justgiving page here.

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  • 137th Annual Parade and Inspection

    Published 02/07/22

    In a glorious celebration, marking the end of the academic year, staff, parents, gordonians and friends congregated on the Front Field at Gordon’s today for the 137th Annual Parade and Inspection. Leading the Pipes and Drums for the last time, Drum Major Rose Roberts, to ‘The Spirit of Gordon’, which was composed by four students over lockdown. Inspecting the Parade was Guest of Honour General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE DL, former Chairman of the Gordon Foundation.  Sir Peter said: "It's wonderful to see how the military connection with General Charles Gordon is maintained". After paying tribute to Governors, staff and parents, he told students who are leaving this year: "...wherever you go, you are an ambassador for this great school". For those staying on, he advised: "...come back here next term and seize the opportunities that Gordon's provides with even great vigour". Sir Peter all paid tribute to the Pipes and Drums, who in this their 80th anniversary year, have carried out 40 engagements.

    Please see below for a short video of the Parade:

     

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