En garde! New school sport is having the desired classroom effect at Gomer Junior School


Many pupils will go through the motions of playing football, tennis and doing athletics in the summer months. But at Gomer Junior School in Gosport, this has all been turned on its head. The students have recently taken up fencing as part of their sporting curriculum, which has reinvigorated their interest in PE., it is the students in Year 6 that have been taking fencing lessons, which headteacher Georgina Mulhall says has taught them a great technical discipline. She said: ‘This is the first time we have done this – we wanted our students to get involved in a variety of different sports. ‘I think some of the pupils were surprised at how energetic the sport is, as well as the discipline that it requires.’ According to Mrs Mulhall, the introduction of fencing into the school curriculum has allowed students who might not get the most out of traditional PE sports to really shine. She said: ‘I think it is a very inclusive sport, and there is a real level playing field for the students. ‘All of the children are applying themselves brilliantly to it – and some of those who might not enjoy some of the more traditional sports have been really enthusiastic about it, which is great to see. ‘One of the brilliant things about this is how the students are both learning about the terminology and theory behind the sport. ‘They understand the rules and the historic tradition, so it also serves as a great way to learn. ‘Fencing is all about being composed – it isn’t really an aggressive sport and the children have picked up on that brilliantly. ‘It is something different and everyone seems to be enjoying it.’

Bay House students celebrate Chinese New Year

SECONDARY school students have taken time out of their usual timetable to learn more about the importance of Chinese New Year. Pupils from Bay House School in Gosport have been celebrating Chinese New Year with lessons in Mandarin, as well as the rehearsal and performance of a traditional lion dance.

Executive headteacher Ian Potter said: ‘We are very proud of our strong links with China and our Confucius Classroom status and International Award both recognise our ongoing commitment of the need to promote and grow cultural understanding.

‘The lion dance is an impressive and magical performance that our pupils and students enjoy very much. ‘It was in the year of the dog in 1958 that the Bay House site opened its doors as a school and it is special that 60 years later that our youngsters have been a part of this symbolic lion dance today.’

Brune Park Dancers compete at UDance

SECONDARY school pupils say they are ‘100 per cent ready’ for an upcoming regional dance competition. Dancers from Brune Park Community School in Military Road, Gosport, will be taking part in the U.Dance south west regional competition on Sunday, with the hopes of making it to the national finals in Leeds. Many of the entrants in the competition are from established dance academies, rather than schools. The team of 16 dancers has been rehearsing since the start of the school year, and students are looking forward to the event. 7 ways you can bring the outdoors in to freshen up your home The great outdoors helps and heals us. Create a homely haven inspired by nature to combat stress and promote relaxation. Emma Merchant-Locke, from Year 9, said: ‘Our dance teachers told us about the competition and we decided it would be fun to enter.’ She added: ‘I really do think we can make it to the finals – our rehearsals have gone really well and we’re really looking forward to it.’ Nick Nutt, also in Year 9, said: ‘We have done some performances outside of school in the past, but we have never done anything like this. ‘The performance we are doing is quite an emotional dance due to the nature of the music – so as a group we have tried to avoid doing anything too gimmicky and have kept it serious.’ The students will be performing a piece called Aberfan ‘A Generation Wiped Out’ – a piece that marks the Aberfan coal tip disaster, when 116 children were killed in a collapse near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. Teacher Emma Godsall has praised the dedication and energy of the school’s dancers. She said: ‘U.Dance is a national competition – we’ll be entering the regional finals in Bournemouth at the end of this week. ‘All of these students either study dance or performing arts – some even do both – but this group of pupils was put together specifically for the U.Dance competition. ‘Collectively we are both excited and nervous about it at the same time, but above all I am absolutely thrilled for these guys. ‘They have all worked incredibly hard on the performance and are a genuine credit to themselves, to their parents and to the school. ‘Whatever the result is for us on Sunday, we are so proud of what they have achieved.’

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Presentation slides to all staff

Please find attached the slides presented to all staff across all GFM schools during the week beginning 23rd January 2017.

GFM Presentation Slides