Gardner's World: Happy New Year [Archive]

I'd like to wish you a happy and prosperous new year! I have high hopes for 2023 and I am confident that we will continue to change lives, empower our students to be their best selves, and grow as individuals and as a Trust.

As I look to the year ahead, I see a landscape of opportunity to deepen our connections within the communities we serve, whether that be through working on environmental pledges or raising money for community projects. Last term, we saw many schools across the Trust go out and show just how much community spirit means to us, and it fills me with great pride to see how many staff and students are invested in making a difference.

During term three, we will also be celebrating our long service awards, congratulating staff that have completed 5–25 years’ service in their schools or the Trust. Many schools will be planning parties, assemblies, and surprises for their colleagues and peers, and I look forward to hearing the story of their journeys and what’s to come next.

I feel privileged to begin a new year with such a fantastic network of schools and central services. I wish everyone a year filled with success, accomplishment and celebration.

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School Highlights

Sea swimmers brave chilly sea temperatures to raise money for green space and garden at Furzeham

The sea swimming community from Brixham, in our South West region of schools, enjoyed a dip in the sea on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day to raise money for a green space and garden area for Furzeham Primary School and Nursery.

The school doesn't have its own outdoor green space, so they are receiving support from the brilliant 365 Sea Swimming community group to raise money to create their own conservation area.

It's another gold for The Portsmouth Academy as they win sports award

Sports enthusiasts at The Portsmouth Academy are celebrating gold after the school was recognised for its commitment to the development of competition across the school and into the community.

The school has been accredited with the School Games Mark Gold award for its outstanding physical education delivery and enrichment activities, with a focus on friendly tournaments.

Students invited to visit the National Tennis Centre (NTC) and meet Ryan Peniston, GB Number 5

Goodwin students, Artie, Beau and Liam; Tennis Leaders within the LTA, were among 28 pupils across Deal to visit the National Tennis Centre.

They had a fantastic day meeting GB Number 5 player, Ryan Peniston, trying their hand at Pedel and exploring the NTC facility, where they were fortunate to see Wheelchair Tennis Number 1 in doubles Alfie Hewett and GB Number 4 Jack Draper training. 

Deal Parochial C.E Primary School praised the boys, saying they are a credit to Goodwin and the Tennis School. 

Goodwin Academy welcome new Headteacher as Simon Smith leaves after 17 years

Goodwin Academy also said goodbye to their Principal of 6 years, Simon Smith, as he left to try a new challenge, working within Kent County Council.

Stepping up into the role, Rachael Moon has now started as Headteacher from this term.

Rachael is a wonderful, well-established member of the Goodwin team who will be a fantastic head of the school! 

New Horizons celebrates being awarded Eco Schools Green Flag

New Horizons Primary School in Portsmouth has been recognised for its commitment to environmental issues. Eco Schools, a national programme that provides schools with an educational framework about being more eco-friendly, has presented the school with Green Flag status to acknowledge their drive to protect the planet.

Well done and congratulations to all the children and staff.

Our Thinking Fitness family of gyms has grown!

Thinking Fitness Brixham and Thinking Fitness Rochester are now OPEN!

Our Rochester site offers brand new, state-of-the-art facilities, including a purpose-built dance studio and sports hall. Thinking Fitness Brixham has also had a recent makeover, now boasting new equipment and a fresh new look. 

Well done to the Thinking Fitness team on the opening of their two new gyms. It's fantastic to see our new facilities and equipment enjoyed by both our students and members of the public.