The School Blog

Posted on: 13/10/2017

Blog week ending 13th October

Our Science Department staged its own Biology Week, in conjunction with the Royal Society of Biology’s Biology Week. Students from Y7 & 8 took part in lunchtime activities to discover and study how infection is spread.  They have learnt how to take swab samples and culture ‘bugs’.

Pictured left, Nutrient agar plate with swab samples from around the school.  Note the interesting ‘octopus’ growth is a bacillus mycoides-filamentous soil bacteria from a shoe which is used in pesticides to inhibit growth of harmful bacteria and fungi.   Pictured right, A lawn plate where bacillus subtilus has grown across the surface of the plate and antibiotic discs of penicillin have been added.  Bacteria growth has been inhibited in the zones around the discs.

 

Pictured below shows bacteria from a finger print both before and after hand washing

Pictured, Y12 Peer Mentors discussing findings with the Y7 & 8 students.

Students pictured working on their Posters to explain and describe ‘What is microbiology’?

We were pleased to welcome the Director of Whitecode Engineering, Alex Hill into the WGSB site on Wednesday. Whitecode are sponsoring the new Design, Engineer, Construct course and whenever Alex visits his old school he brings with him the latest industry ideas and know how. During the visit he demonstrated how his brand new camera is revolutionising the world of construction by creating 3D images.

During the summer Alex and a team of his staff, opened up the entrance to the school by demolishing the old high wall and rebuilding a more functional one in its place. His team helped with decoration and relaying flag stones, all on a voluntary basis. It is wonderful to have such supportive alumni and it is great that Whitecode Engineering are able to offer such fulfilling pathways for our current students. Five of our WG6 students joined his business this year alone. 

Pictured from left, Alex Hill of Whitecode Engineering, Charlie Guthrie WGSB & Donna Lodge Executive Head Teacher

On the 28th of September, Years 7 and 8 celebrated National Poetry Day by looking at poems on the theme of freedom in their lessons. We now have a display of many of those poems in the Manor. “Invictus” is a poem about Nelson Mandela which has been explored nationally and some of our year 8 were challenged to write their own versions of this poem.

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

 

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

 

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

 

by W E Henley

By Holly B of 8C

Left Invictus by Dami of 9B and right The Refugee by Imogen H of 7B

 

The year 11 Chemistry class made slime using PVA and Borax to represent a polymer and polymerisation. Having just completed the unit this was a fun experiment for them to do - and near Halloween too!

 

We are delighted to have such a talented rhythmic gymnast joining our school.  Thais of 7A is a member of the British Gymnastics team competing for England and her club A&V Rhythmic Gymnastics in international competitions. She has won medals in Malta and Italy for individual performances, and gold for the London International Spring Cup. With her team, Thais won bronze in Disney Gymnastique Magique, Paris. Thais and her team travelled to the USA to the LA Lights Rhythmic Gymnastics where they proudly represented Great Britain. Recently, Thais attended an Intensive elite training programme in Moscow with her idol, the Russian Olympian gymnast Margarita Mamun (pictured below).  We look forward to hearing news of your future competitions!

Emily of 9B and Jemima of 10B travelled to Disneyland Paris representing their dance school Liz Burville Performing Arts at the IFDPA Competition. They did extremely well and received two first place trophies and three second place trophies and were crowned overall grand champions and lead the celebratory parade.  What a brilliant achievement, congratulations girls! 

Well done to our students who took part in the recent Elite Dance Challenge Grand Finals.  Mayze D of 9H, Josie H of 9B and Cara of 7H all competed, coming 3rd overall! Good luck to the team when they travel to Blackpool on the 11th November for the Grand Final of the UK Dance Challenge with their club Fryday’s Academy.