The School Blog

Posted on: 15/09/2017

Blog week ending 15th September

I’m delighted to introduce the new members of the Senior Leadership Team.  Each brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on WGSG.  They have prepared a short outline of their role and responsibilities as below;

Mr Richard Beaumont – Deputy Head.  My role here at WGSG is to monitor and maintain standards in terms of student outcomes through effective data management, as well as oversight of ongoing Curriculum Developments and Timetabling. I look forward to working with the excellent team of staff here at WGSG and to helping the school develop both in terms of nurturing confident independent learners and as a strong learning community.  My hobbies include playing music, contemporary military history and the development of engineering and technology and their roles in modern society.

Miss Jodie Wallace – Assistant Head.  I have worked in secondary schools across London and Kent teaching Religious Studies as subject lead and shaping school ethos.  More recently I managed KS4 taking responsibility for data management and outcomes.  My role here at WGSG as Assistant Head takes in responsibility for Teaching and Learning across the school.  Out of school I play a lot of sport, enjoy regular trips to the theatre and read historical fiction.

Mrs Leamon - Assistant Head.  I have worked here at WGSG for the past seven years as part of the PE department both as head of department and head of year.  My current role has developed from my increasing interest and involvement in pastoral issues culminating in my promotion to Assistant Head with responsibility for Behaviour, Welfare and Personal Development.  I look forward to building on the successes in all areas and in particular, continuation of attainment through celebrating student’s achievements and positive mindset.

Year 7 students have made a most enthusiastic start to their Mandarin studies.  This term they will master basic pinyin and characters, approaching the topics of greetings and how to talk about your family.

 

 

Congratulations to the new 8 Oak House form representatives on their new positions. Good luck in your new roles and I’m sure you will have a successful term.

From left to right:

Student Council: Jamie-Lee S

Charity Rep: Sasha K

Vice-Form Captain: Elisa L

Form Captain: Abigail W

House Captain: Meenatchi T

Welcome back Oak House Prefects. Well done for all of your hard work last year and I’m looking forward to working with Oak House’s amazing prefects.  Mr Biggenden

From left to right:

Marvel O – Charity Rep

Victoria A – House Rep

Joyce A – School Council

Emily M – Learning for Life

Meliz H – Respect Rep

WGSG is able to offer Acting lessons via a guest teacher.  For further details and contact information please see the below;

ACTING

The person you are is a thousand times more interesting than the best actor you could ever hope to be…..  -Stanislavski

​Which is true, but that doesn’t mean we won’t keep trying our hardest to disprove it! Our students work closely with us to understand the process of inhabiting a role. Asking questions of themselves about the characters they are creating, the physical demonstration of emotions, learning about the major practitioners, stagecraft, theatrical convention, subtext, and how to convince an audience to suspend their disbelief.

 

We are incredibly proud of the consistently excellent results achieved by our students from Grade 1 to Grade 8, with the vast majority achieving Merits and Distinctions. Students passing grades 6, 7 & 8 are awarded UCAS points which are of tremendous benefit to anyone pursuing further study.

 

In addition to the LAMDA qualifications achieved the lessons are of tremendous benefit to students studying GCSE and A level Drama as they offer a deeper insight into the subject. We are proud to be in our third year at WGSG working with students from year 7 to year 13. We have a few places available to study with us, beginning in September. A 20 minute lesson in Acting or Musical Theatre costs £9 a week (£4.50 if shared with another student) and can be arranged by emailing kelly@articul8.co.uk

 

Year 9 Students prepared spaghetti bolognaise, each adapting the ingredients to accommodate different diets.  Students prepared delicious recipes individual to their family’s taste and nutritional requirements.

Pictured from left Millie and Katie of 9B

From left Bisola & Dami of 9B and on the right, Favor of 9A

 

WG6 is now working with Unifrog, the award-winning online platform which helps students make intelligent choices about their futures, while allowing teachers to track their progress.  The platform steers students through the process of finding and applying for the best courses and apprenticeships for them, as well as making it easy for students to use multiple datapoints to compare individual university courses and apprenticeships.  Unifrog is an intuitive tool with ease of use for both students and teaching staff alike producing ‘tasks’ with prompts and deadlines.  Mr Sexton is leading the project.  Further details can be found here.

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Wonderful news!  Mrs McKenna has had a beautiful baby girl, whom she’s named Sophie Violet.  Sophie arrived on 26th July at 14:16 & weighed 5lbs 6ozs. She was born at Darent Valley Hospital & was three weeks early. She's now 7 weeks old & weighs almost 9lbs so she's doing well!  Mrs McKenna would like to thank all the parents/carers & students for their wonderful cards, presents & emails

Best wishes,

 

Sue Hunt