Artsmark - Inspiring young people through the arts and culture.
At WGSG we are committed to the pursuit of excellence and supporting the development of our students to achieve their maximum potential in all aspects of life. We recognise that achievement can be measured in many forms and across all disciplines. The Artmark quality principles reflect our values, ethos and vision. Our motto of ‘in pursuit of excellence’ identifies our focus on resilience and character. We are committed to supporting all of our students to have the confidence to accept challenge, embrace change, celebrate diversity and accept that failure is a natural part of learning on the path to success and achievement. We are a community that celebrates success, achievement and effort alongside a belief that the right mindset makes anything possible. The arts are of equal value to all other areas of the curriculum in supporting the hopes and dreams of every student.
Silver Arts Award
Congratulations to the below students who have achieved the Silver Arts Award, a Level 2 qualification. The qualification has two units – Unit 1: arts practice and Unit 2: arts leadership. The Silver Award involves achieving an arts challenge, reviewing arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, and delivering an arts leadership project.
The students worked individually for their challenge improving their creative skills, from song writing to 3d clay portraiture, horse event photography to acrylic painting.
Most students ran a club for their leadership unit – art and ukulele clubs are still running. Some others worked with the visiting artist Clare McEwan to design a banner for the wall outside the Connell wing. They priced and pitched the idea and it may well be an ongoing project to celebrate the 60th year of WGSG next year.
All students worked incredibly hard and demonstrated great creative innovation, dedication and maturity – well done to you all. Laura B, Eloise H, Ella R, Sidney O Cristiana W of 10C, of Damilola O of 10B, Aayesako A of 9C, Jasmine B, Verity S, Charlotte H of 9A, Odie-Grace U, Maia Z, Isabelle S of 9B, Charlotte H 9H, Rubie L, Mica M of 9O.
Bronze Arts Award
Mrs O’Donnell would like us to join her in congratulating our Year 9 students who have successfully passed, and been awarded their Bronze Arts Award which was moderated by Trinity College, London. They will receive their certificates on return to school.
“The Arts Award students started their Bronze Award with me in Year 8, attending a lunchtime club. Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in any art form. The global pandemic and lockdown, interrupted our plans to visit a gallery in person, and take part in an artist workshop. But, despite all of this, the students continued to work diligently over the summer holiday and on return to school in September to meet all four sections of the qualification. They managed to creatively problem solve any obstacles to completion of the award, through reflecting on virtual gallery exhibitions and sharing their skills with others remotely. I have been very impressed with their level of commitment and effort and am delighted to share the news that all ten students have deservingly passed the award”. Mrs O’Donnell
'Trash to Treasure' Project & Gallery
Our Art Department welcomed local artist Wendy Smith into the school to work with a selected group of students in year 9 as part of the Artsmark project on the theme of ‘Trash to Treasure’. This has been funded and organised by the Arts Council Bridge Organisation and Dartford Council as part of the Dartford Artsmark town.
This week they had two mornings to produce sculpture and installation pieces working with collected scrap materials. They worked in groups to generate ideas concerning the concepts of trash and effects on our world. The work included junk flowers, a turtle and a junk character entitled, ”you are what you eat”. Another sculpture was a textural 3D world and a contrasting sculpture of birds flying around a world. Others had a more abstract concept of the nature of trash including bottles filled with junk to be suspended and decaying branches with fabric draped from them. The girls responded in really thoughtful and creative ways and worked hard to complete their work within the time available.
On previous occasions they have developed drawing skills focussing on bold marker pen drawings of discarded junk items and Gelli printing - again using rubbish. This artwork will contribute to designs to go on dustbin lorries around Dartford.
There will be an exhibition of the work in the spring next year in Dartford by all the contributing schools.
As part of our Artsmark Award project students from WGSG collaborated with other local schools to create the new design for Dartford Borough Council Refuse Truck. Our students contributed gelli printing which has become the sky together with graphic line drawings of discarded objects and rubbish which were used for the impactful black and white Dartford town design. The truck has now been launched so keep an eye out for it around Dartford Town.
We were delighted when our school song, Unity was selected from very strong competition to be performed live at the SSAT National Conference in Birmingham last December. This is an extremely important event in the education calendar with national prominence and international representation. Very special congratulations go to Victoria, Marvel, Emily, Joyce, Danielle and Pelumi who were responsible for composing, recording and performing this wonderful song.
The audience feedback was overwhelming with comments including “I could listen to these brilliant girls all day” and “a beautiful performance with a message that resonates with the conference’s theme & leadership”. We couldn’t have been more proud of them!
Pictured, the group at the recording studio and performing at the event in Birmingham
To see their performance please click below
PE Department Mural
The Changing rooms are having a mural painted by a creative group of year 9 students doing their Bronze Arts Award. The girls have consulted with the PE staff to design a mural to celebrate sports and cheer up the changing rooms. They started painting on Monday, and after another couple of hours after school on Wednesday have virtually completed one wall already. The design of silhouettes of sporting figures will continue around other walls in the changing room. The bright and pastel colours are to suggest movement and give a lively mood.