Gordon’s School

SOME colourful, fast and very, very messy fundraising took place at Gordon’s School.

Pupils from the West End secondary joined together to raise £800 for charity in a Colour Run

Anna Rakoczi, Hana Godfrey and Laila Pell joined hundreds of others at Gordon’s to raise money for Eikon Charity and Pride in Surrey

More than 200 were pelted with powder paint of many colours as they ran a circuit of a school playing field. Many of them completed several laps.

Each had paid to take part and the proceeds were donated to local charities including the Eikon Charity, which supports vulnerable young people in Surrey, and the Pride in Surrey organisation.

The event marked the International Day Against Homophobia; Biphobia and Transphobia.

It was organised by Sarah Maslen, the LGBT+ lead at Gordon’s, who said: “This is one of the most popular charity events held at Gordon’s. As usual, it was enjoyed by students and staff alike. We were delighted to raise money for these charities.”

For the special picture feature get the 30 May edition of the News & Mail

MEMBERS of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at Gordon’s School welcomed Wing Commander Martin Larwood-Hughes recently to review their Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force Sections for the biennial inspection.

Balanced Outlook – Outdoor adventures for the Army section of the Gordon’s Combined Cadet Force

Wing Commander Larwood-Hughes, head of the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) branch of the Air Cadets, inspected a parade of the cadets, accompanied by the school’s Pipes and Drums.

Afterwards he visited a number of training stands to see the school’s tri-service cadets in action.

Royal Air Force cadets perfect their landing techniques with the school’s new flight simulator

Navy cadets were in the swimming pool practising their watermanship skills, while Army cadets put on a display of target shooting in the school’s indoor shooting range.

The role of the CCF at Gordon’s in West End, Woking, is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their powers of leadership, self-reliance and resourcefulness.

Wing Commander Larwood-Hughes said: “What a fabulous day reviewing the CCF. I was treated to a fantastic opening parade, then following an excellent lunch I watched lots of activities. Well done Gordon’s, you did your school proud.”

For the full story get the 16 May edition of the News & Mail

A TEENAGER from Woking has found new independence and freedom after being presented with a powered wheelchair.

The chair was bought for 14-year-old Thomas Dring thanks to the fundraising efforts of customers and staff at a gaming centre.

Thomas Dring, with dad Paul and mum Solange, in his new wheelchair

Thomas, a pupil at Gordons School at West End, suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder that causes muscle degeneration and weakness.

His wheelchair was provided thanks to Cashino Putney, one of the main fundraisers for the charity CHIPS.

CHIPS was set up on behalf of the casino and gaming industry to provide specialised powered wheelchairs for children with severe mobility problems.

Thomas’s mum, Solange, said: “Thomas can only walk short distances and tires very quickly. He has an NHS wheelchair that is in reasonably good condition but, unfortunately, he’s outgrown it.

“He’s really competitive but can’t keep up with his friends or get around school too well, which is causing him to become frustrated. All of this is causing an impact on his independence and emotional stability.”

“The powered wheelchair will be life changing for Thomas, and our whole family. It’ll give him back his independence, freedom and mobility, meaning we can spend more time outdoors as a family.”

A spokesman for Cashino Putney said: “It is such a proud moment to know that our fundraising efforts have helped Thomas be able to get around a bit easier. Walking is something that most of us take for granted, so it makes us all overwhelmed to know that he has been given more of a chance to enjoy his life as much as he can.”

CHIPS, through fundraising which includes contributions from Cashino and its parent company Praesepe, has so far raised more than £2.2m, enabling the charity to present over 520 wheelchairs to children throughout the UK.

A NEW £6 million sports hall and all-weather pitch at Gordon’s School will be available for use by residents to play sports such as badminton, basketball and indoor cricket.

The hall at the secondary school in West End will have enough space for four badminton courts, changing rooms, a café, first aid room and storage.

The new sports hall will allow the school to take part in more competitive events at all levels and will enable students to participate in a sporting activity whatever the weather

The development, which will be funded by the Gordon Foundation, was approved Environment Secretary Michael Gove last week.

Plans had been passed by Surrey Heath Borough Council and then had to go to Mr Gove because the development is above the size permitted on Green Belt Land and not in the local plan.

A spokesman for the school said the new facilities will allow its pupils to take part in more competitive events at all levels, whatever the weather.

“Students currently take part in over 22 extracurricular sporting activities,” she added. “The all-weather floodlit pitch will enable the PE programme to be expanded to include sports such as basketball, badminton and volleyball.”

Jamie Sinclair, the school’s head of house, will be taking part in the London Marathon to raise funds for the facility.

For the full story, see the 21 February edition of the News & Mail

SILVER SERVICE – Hannah Russell grabbed silver in the first of five Paralympic swimming events

LOCAL swimming sensation Hannah Russell smashed her personal best by SIX seconds to grab a Paralympic silver medal in the  400metres freestyle.

Hannah, who is only 16 and attends Gordon’s School in West End, was just 0.71 seconds behind Russian winner Oxana Savchenko
in a time of 4min 38.60sec.

She thrilled the partisan crowd in the Olympic Aquatic Centre but had a slight wait before realising she had nailed silver.

Hannah and her fellow sight-impaired S12 swimmers are unable to see the scoreboard but she must have had a pretty good idea she had picked up a medal from the loud cheers of the home fans

She said: “Everyone congratulates each other even though we don’t really have a clue how well we’ve done. It was only when I got out of the pool that I found out.

“The support was amazing and having the fans bringing me back to the finish line really helped me.”

Hannah, who was born in Chertsey but now lives in Ottershaw, joined the Playground to Podium programme two years ago, a vital scheme that  funds young disabled sporting talent.

She had been expected to feature in the medals at Rio in 2016 but recent successes in high-profile meetings meant she was given an earlier-than-expected chance at the London Games.

Hannah will also be competing in the S12 100m butterfly (September 2), S12 100m freestyle (September 4), S12 100m backstroke (September 5) and S12 50m freestyle (September 7)

The Guildford City ace is next in action on Sunday in the S12 100m butterfly.

Earlier this month Hannah received a pre-Paralympics boost by picking up eight GCSEs, including an A* in her favourite subject PE.

Gordon’s headteacher Andrew Moss admitted “Everyone at the school is very proud of Hannah.”