A Message from the Head of School, Maria Gilmore
At Gordonbrock, we focus on providing a safe and nourishing environment where children feel accepted, included and able to take on new challenges. With this in place, we know that we can instill a love of learning in our children. Our policy and practice is based on what we know about how our brains learn most effectively. Our teaching strategies are ‘brain-friendly’ and provide children with what they need to learn best. We are committed to developing lifelong learners who value and exhibit qualities such as: resilience; aspiration; imagination; confidence and collaboration. We believe in the creation of a culture in which difficulty is seen, not just as normal, but as beneficial - where mistakes are seen as valuable. A mistake is another learning opportunity and children know that their classrooms are safe places to try new things.
We are committed to fair and equal access to the curriculum for all children, regardless of their starting points and taking into account any additional needs they may have. We are highly aspirational for all of our children and we do whatever it takes to enable them to overcome barriers to their learning. In many cases we have to think ‘outside the box’ if we are to ensure that a child maximises his/her potential. We work together to do what it takes, and we do not give up.
All of this is underpinned by our unwavering commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. We will act quickly and follow our procedures to ensure children receive early help, effective support, protection and justice in a culture of transparency, openness and, if needed, challenge with regards to maintaining high standards in safeguarding.
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Gordonbrock Samba-Reggae Band at Blackheath Halls
On Wednesday 14th March, the Samba-Reggae band took part in the 'Lewisham Live! Bernstein Celebration' at Blackheath Halls. The event involved music ensembles from all over Lewisham who performed different elements of Bernstein's repertoire. The Gordonbrock Samba-Reggae Band concluded the first half by getting the audience on their feet with a conga through the hall, led by their amazing leader, Mac.
In the second half, we joined forces with all of the performers in a musical extravaganza, inspired by Bernstein. We created body percussion riffs and improvised singing melodies as part of the brand new commission. Peter Hayward, the Head of Lewisham Music Service, described the performance as 'a triumph and testament to all of the talented young musicians involved'.
Well done Gordonbrock Samba-Reggae band for a truly magical performance! Without your commitment and dedication, we couldn't have pulled off such a fantastic concert.
Congratulations to everyone that took part.
Miss Miner, Music Subject Leader
Sapphire 5 Perform at Trinity Laban
For the last eight weeks, Sapphire 5 have been working alongside specialist dance and music teachers from Trinity Laban. Our theme was ‘Space’ and the children have been exploring different ways of moving, working both independently and collaboratively, as well as using a range of percussion instruments.
It has been extremely rewarding, and the children’s hard work paid off on Tuesday evening when we were invited to perform at Trinity Laban as part of the Lewisham Live festival. From rockets blasting into space, to exploding stars and rotating planets, the children performed amazingly! They were the youngest of all the performers, but throughout the whole day they were complimented not only on their performance, but on their behaviour and grown-up attitudes!
Gill, Miss Cox and I could not have been prouder of all the children!
Thank you, Sapphire 5, for making it a very special day!
Charlotte Bradbury, Sapphire 5 Teacher
Our River, Our Docklands
On Friday 16th March, Key Stage 2 were lucky to have a visit from the Museum of London to talk to us about the River Thames and the history of the Docklands.
We became curators and thought about what the different objects found in the Thames could tell us about the history of London and the Docklands area.
We also learned about the importance of the docks in Roman, Victorian and modern day times and how the area has changed.
Afterwards, Year 5 had workshops and studied lots of different primary sources and investigated different objects to help them start thinking about rivers for their Summer Term Geography unit.
Have a go at solving one of our Maths Problems from the Maths Corner.
Not sure which book to read next? Have a look at a selection of Miss Gilmore’s Reads of the Week to help you decide.
- May 4, 2018Year 5 Assembly
- May 7, 2018May Bank Holiday - School Closed
- May 14, 2018Key Stage 2 SATS Week
- May 18, 2018Year 3 & 4 Dads Breakfast
For a more detailed overview of upcoming events and to look at further ahead please visit our School Diary page