It always gives me great pleasure to welcome new students to Bayside School and this year even more so as we all look forward to the many changes that will be implemented as form September 2019. Years 7 and 8 students joining us then will be making educational history in Gibraltar as they will be the first cohorts starting in a co-education setting at secondary level. They will also be part of the Key Stage 3 realignment and, of course, they will be the first users of the new school building along with the rest of our school population in Years 9 to 13. Exciting prospects indeed.
Starting in a new school can be a daunting prospect at the best of times, particularly for young students coming into an unknown environment. By September, though, we will have met and addressed all new students and parents, and I am confident that any apprehensions will have been allayed by then. Bayside is a caring school where we strive to look after the best interests of our students, provide all the necessary pastoral support and guidance, and foster effective learning and study habits. Indeed, our aim is to provide all students with the best possible opportunities to fulfil their potential and, at the same time, promote personal values that will help them become responsible and upstanding members of our community.
In order to achieve our educational aims we need to work in partnership with parents and, as such, we have to rely on your support and cooperation. Our common goal should be the students’ personal well-being and guiding them through a successful school journey. I certainly look forward to working in close collaboration with all of you. Please allow me to end this foreword by wishing all students happy, productive and fulfilling years at Bayside School.