Blog week ending 22nd June

Posted on: 22/06/2018

Y10 Geography Field Trip GCSE fieldwork in Reculver, Kent.  On Thursday 14th June, 73 Y10 students carried out some fieldwork at Reculver, near Herne Bay, Kent.  The work involved surveying the profile of the beach by measuring evidence of longshore drift.  The students carried out the investigations very effectively and seemed to enjoy the day very much – although, the greatest excitement seemed to come from their time in the children’s play area!

There will be a second fieldtrip, early in Y11 and together these field trips will equip the students very well for completing the fieldwork questions in their geography GCSE examinations.




Ms Fisk, the WGSB Librarian invited Mrs Black and her Carnegie Shadowing Book Club students down to the boys’ site to watch the live announcement and presentation of this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal.  In addition to the live broadcast students enjoyed a hotly contested Carnegie Shortlist themed game of Articulate!   As part of the shadowing group activities students designed alternative book covers and marketing posters for their favourite books on the shortlist.  Congratulations to the winner, Isabelle S of 9B, who received a signed copy of After the Fire by Will Hill – a favourite of our students

The winner was revealed as Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean.  Inspired by an historical record from 18th century St Kilda, the book explores the fates of a group of men and boys who find themselves stranded on a remote and inhospitable sea stac after their return boat mysteriously fails to turn up.

All Carnegie shortlisted books are available to borrow from the library.

A big thank you to Ms Fisk at WGSB and her Carnegie Book Group for hosting such an enjoyable event.

Pictured, students from both groups with Mr Guthrie, Head Teacher WGSB and Mrs Lodge CEO Endeavour MAT & Executive Head Teacher WGSG

A selection of books gifted to participants of the Carnegie Shadowing Groups & right, watching the live broadcast.


The winning entry by Isabelle S of 9B

Student Articulate teams.

Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition.  Nine teams completed their practice expedition and have made myself, Ms Richardson, Mrs Baillie, Mrs Dobson and Miss Jones very proud.  I am looking forward to seeing you display your skills when you complete your assessed expedition in September.  Well done!  Mrs Maycock.

Group 23 have written the following account of their experience:

We left school on Friday dreading the weekend ahead; rain soaked feet, tasteless pasta, 15kg rucksacks, sleeping among the element…  It was seeming to be a challenging few days ahead.  We arrived at Swattenden Centre after school on Friday and after a small briefing we set up our tents and headed straight to bed to get our sleep for the expedition.

The sun awoke us bright and early at 5:30 the following morning.  After breakfast we met with our supervisor, Rob, who prepared us for the journey we were about to face.  We set off and after a long day of walking up steep hills, trekking through fields of tall wheat, running from cows and sheep, meeting friendly locals and getting lost, we made it back, just in time at 2:30.

Being the first group back, we set up our tents and decided to have a well-earned nap while awaiting the other groups.  After all the teams returned, we cooked pasta on the trangia for dinner and some extra for lunch the next day.  We then spent the evening relaxing in our tents and playing Uno (in which Jenni suspiciously won five times in a row) before going to bed ready to do it all again in the morning.

On Sunday morning, the weather was not quite as bright as the previous day, and we knew we would be walking in the rain.  After quickly meeting Rob for a check-in, we left once again for the second walk. The rain soon cleared up and we managed to make it back at 2, ready to be picked up and taken home, feeling proud of the team and extremely tired.

Our Y12 Students attended The South London Higher Education Exhibition at Goldsmiths, University of London.  Exhibitors included UCAS experts, university and college representatives, the armed forces and industry professionals offering apprenticeships - all on hand to offer advice, information ... and a lot of free pens(!) to our students.

Students had the opportunity to get application advice, attend seminars and get first-hand insight from current university students.  It was a unique experience to kick-start research or refine futures choices.   The exhibition was a hugely beneficial experience for our students and it generated a lot of excited debate and discussion on the way back to school.