I’ve just spent the most heart-warming lunchtime with a small group of students in the Sixth Form, reflecting on their recent achievements and positive contributions to the life of the school. Amidst an edifying and thought-provoking discussion, their pride in the school was infectious, as was their belief in its power to transform lives – through the bursary programme in particular – and to instil the very best values. Those who had joined the school at the beginning of Year 12 from other schools described the warmest of welcomes from a kind and principled group of peers.
Of course, this kind of testimony is what we always hope is the lived experience for our pupils, and it is just what bursary donors want to hear, as well as parents. So when you hear first-hand how this school and its pupils are making a positive difference to one another’s lives, near and far, it is not just encouraging, it is uplifting.
And this week, I must also thank parents for the wonderful generosity shown in the collection for children in Gipton. Our annual appeal for St George’s Crypt and its work with the homeless in Leeds starts this week; thank you in advance for the thoughtfulness and generosity you always show, especially when the nightly temperatures are so low and we value the warmth of our own homes more than ever.
Accessing links in the bulletin
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Whole school notices
Acceptable use policy (AUP)
Our acceptable use policy (AUP) has been shared during form time today which covers the use of laptops and the systems at GSAL. Next week during form time, we will be asking students to routinely shut down their laptops, allow for any updates to be installed and ask them to accept the terms outlined in the senior school acceptable use policy, appendix 3 of the online safety policy.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Tue 7 – Thu 9 December, 7pm
This year’s senior school production is the children’s classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. This ambitious production involves over 130 of pupils who bring to life C.S. Lewis’s story of the magical world of Narnia and the struggle between good and evil. Please note that the Thursday night performance has sold out and there are a limited number of tickets left for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
Sunday 12 December, 6.30pm
Tickets are available to book here for this popular traditional service that many see as the start to the Christmas festivities.
September 2022 entry
We are experiencing very high demand for places in September 2022 so if you are considering applying, please ensure you complete our online application form as soon as possible, but no later than 31 December 2021.
Applications received after December will not be considered for the entrance exam in January and will have to wait until later in the year to be assessed, subject to places being available.
St George’s Crypt collection
We are collecting dried and canned food for St Georges Crypt to support the homeless and also gifts suitable for children to support Leeds Annual Gift Appeal. Donations will be collected in form groups and need to be received by Friday 10 Dec. If students want to get involved in fundraising for these excellent causes or you would like further information please email email@example.com
Please see the attached update from Mr O’Brien, Director of Sport.
End of term
There will be no co-curricular clubs on the last day of term (Friday 17 December).
Year 11 notices
A-level subject choices
Please see the attached letter from Mr J Veitch, Head of Y11.
Fri 17 Dec – term ends
Thu 6 Jan – term begins
Fri 21 Jan – entrance exam (school closed)
Fri 11 Feb – school closes for half-term
Mon 21 Feb – school reopens
Fri 1 Apr – term ends
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Congratulations to GSAL senior students, Abigail, Jess and Josh on your national #sportingsuccesses. Abigail and Jess have been invited to compete @EnglandAthletic national finals later this year and Josh, who has secured a place on the England Schools golf team. @GSALSport https://t.co/Obl6D4fLLb
It was GSAL’s Senior School sports day on Friday with a packed programme of track and field events. Congratulations to Powell house who won the most points overall! @GSALSport #participation #GSALSenior #SportsDay2022 #BeInspired #GSALtogether https://t.co/ZYkeozFkjT
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