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  • PRIZE-GIVING

    Published 04/07/20

    For the first time in Gordon’s history, Prize-Giving will be virtual today. The day’s events would have begun with the 135th Annual Parade and Inspection, attracting hundreds of Gordonians, families and friends. Marquees on the Front Field, teas in residential and day boarding houses, farewells and reunions. Usually held in the first weekend of July, the Annual Parade and Inspection is a highlight in the Gordon’s calendar. Today we look back at two previous parades - one from May 2015 and the other from last year’s Annual Parade and Inspection when sweltering temperatures moved the parade to the Front Field. This afternoon prize winners will be addressed by the Chairman of Governors Richard Whittington and Head Teacher Andrew Moss. Click here to see the parades.

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  • ROWING BRONZE

    Published 29/06/20

    It’s a bronze for rower James Gibson, who swept to third place in the Year 9 Boys event on Sunday in a nail-biting finish at the British Rowing Virtual Championships. James, part of a team of rowers from the Gordon’s Boat Club also made his personal best. Our rowers, many of whom achieved top ten placings in their categories, joined over a thousand entrants from 30 countries world-wide, competing in real-time, side by side races in their own homes. Their coach, three times Olympian Cox Alan Inns told them: “…if the rowing world did not know who Gordon’s Boat Club are, they do now”.

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  • A SCRUM OF RUGBY LEGENDS

    Published 26/06/20

    The XV Rugby side celebrating their most successful season ever, welcomed a line-up of rugby legends from across the world at their virtual awards evening this week. The evening of celebrations included Saracens prop Richard Barrington; Wales Rugby, British Lions and Exeter Chiefs Alex Cuthbert; Trevor Leota from Wasps Rugby, who won 30 caps for Samoa; Fijian Rugby Union and Sevens player and Olympic Gold Medallist Jasa Veremalua and the King of Sevens, Waisale Serevi. The rugby heroes congratulated the Gordon’s team on their successes at The Stoop; Seaford College Sevens and South Africa tour and wished them luck in the coming season. Five of the First XV team currently play for their county with the school's Player of the Year, Corum trialing for Wales Under 18s and appearing for Scarlets and Welsh Exiles.

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  • REFLECTIONS ON RESILIENCE, LEADERSHIP...AND SEA SICKNESS

    Published 23/06/20

    They were the first official British Army team to complete the world’s toughest ocean row – the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2019/2020. On Thursday 25th June at 5pm, Lt Col Richard Hall will take us through their epic journey and the 37 gruelling days spent on the water. A challenge which raised over £40,000 for ABF The Soldiers' Charity. To book for the webinar, please visit the box office or click here.

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  • WELCOME BACK!

    Published 15/06/20

    Delighted to welcome back students in Years 10 and 12 today to join the children of key workers. The Parade Square a hub of activity once more with staff and students greeting each other after so many months apart. 

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  • TAKING THE GORDON'S STAGE

    Published 09/06/20

    His music career has spanned over 20 years and brought him international fame, but was music the path his parents wanted him to follow? Singer/songwriter Frank Turner, has performed at Leeds and Reading Festivals for the past ten years as well as packed out arenas across the world. On Thursday evening he is taking to the stage at Gordon’s for an Insight Talk Webinar – ‘Black Sheep: following a career path that everyone warned you against’. For free tickets click here.

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  • FROM TEN TORS TO INTERNATIONAL CRISES

    Published 02/06/20

    Now a trained to respond rapidly to crises around the globe within hours and assist with disaster response, evacuations and small focussed intervention operations, Gordonian Major Stephanie Manning-Degobertiere began her military life as part of Gordon’s CCF, completing the Ten Tors Challenge as the only female member of the team after Mr Fox's “…excellent training and guidance”. She says of him “He showed me anything is possible if you put your mind to it”. On Thursday, Major Manning-Degobertiere, who was deployed to China to help with the repatriation of British Nationals from Wuhan, will be giving a Careers Insight Webinar. Find out about the route she took for her role; what qualifications she needed and advice for anybody wishing to join the Army. Click here to book your free place.

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  • NATIONAL ORCHESTRA SELECTION

    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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  • FRIDAY REFLECTION FOR HALF TERM

    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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  • THANK YOU TEACHERS

    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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  • INSIGHT TALK - GENERAL SIR PETER WALL

    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 www.gordons.school/boxoffice or click here.

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  • WEST END TO KHARTOUM

    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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