Blog week ending 21st September

Posted on: 21/09/2018

Spotlight on our Music Department.  Creativitiy abounds throughout our music department!  The purpose -built classrooms and recording spaces allow for flexibility of teaching and house a plethora of musical instruments and technical equipment, enabling the department to deliver groundbreaking and stimulating lessons and enrichment opportunities.  A full schedule of extra-curriculur clubs and activities is avaialble (detailed below), some, such as Guitar Club have a specialist external tutor. 

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In addition to regular curriculum lessons and enrichment clubs, private music lessons can be arranged (please note these lessons have a cost implication) and instuments can be borrowed as part of the scheme.  Letters regarding these schemes can be found on our website here

Students that choose the GCSE develop their skills not only in performing but gaining a deeper knowledge about the analysis of music. Each student will compose two compositions, and in doing so learn the process of how to plan and record their different instruments / vocal layers - a challenging but rewarding experience.

We encourage all styles of music in the department and have had some incredibly successful pieces recorded with our year 9 rap unit last year. The students enjoy their learning in the Music department, and are always given opportunities to develop their skills, and shine!

 

  

Pictured lunch time Guitar Club

Dartford Golf Club are inviting our students to come along to their club for free golf taster sessions.  It's a wonderful opportunity to try the sport and find out more information about playing at the club.  Sessions are open to all our students and are available Tuesday 25th September and Friday 28th September 6pm-7pm or Saturday 6th October 11am-12pm.  For directions and more information about Dartford Golf Club please see their website here

Our Modern Foreign Languages Department has created a number of special lessons and assemblies to mark European Day of Languages, Wednesday 26th September.  Students up and down the school have been sharing their home languages with students during the assemblies.  Following the assemblies, classes will help put together a new display in the MFL corridor to include career opportunities for linguists, facts regarding different languages and greetings in languages from around the world.  A linguist’s quiz has been prepared for Form Time and Year 7 & 8 classes will be making ‘hello’ badges to distribute throughout forms.  The presentation given by Mrs Mattheus during the assembly can be viewed on our website here

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.

If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela

 

Mrs Munden, Head of Science, and students would like to thank our lovely PFA who provided the funding for these wonderful new microscopes.  They are a fantastic purchase and already supporting teaching and learning in the department across all year groups.

 

 

Please do come along to our PFA AGM meeting and cheese and wine evening.  Details as below.

Our Year 12 students have made a very positive and enthusiastic start to their A Level studies.  To aid the transition into WG6 and to familiarise students with expectations a series of induction tasks and activities were scheduled.  The Expectations Evening presentation and discussion outlined opportunities available as well as academic and behavioural expectations.  The presentation was led by the WG6 senior leadership team and included a further education talk from a representative of Surrey University.  The full presentations can be viewed on our website here

Pictured, Students taking part in team-building tasks

  

 

Best wishes,

Sue Hunt

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