Blog week ending 5th October

Posted on: 05/10/2018

Year 11 Geographers completed their second fieldwork investigation this week. They travelled to the London Olympic Park in Stratford to investigate the impacts of urban redevelopment on the area and in particular whether the benefits of redevelopment had been equally shared in two different neighbourhoods with very contrasting characteristics. The day was very successful and interesting as students collected evidence from surveys and questionnaires.  Students are now writing up their findings as part of their preparation for their Geography exam.

 

Our Geography department is in the news!  This week’s Dartford Messenger is reporting on that we have been awarded the Centre of Excellence status by The Geography Association.

Our new Junior Prefects have been elected for their roles for the current school year. Each house has a prefect responsible for leading the following areas; House, Respect, Learning For Life, Charity and School Council.  We look forward to working with you over the current school year.

Pictured below, Chestnut House Prefects, Ruth S, Aimee J, Amber B, Laura B and Sam L

The Hazel Junior Prefects are Holly M, Aycicek S, Amelia W, Joy N and Zahra K

The Oak Junior Prefect are Tahlia G, Jennifer A, Amelia L, Riya T and Charlene A

The Beech Junior Prefects are Daniella O, Damilola O, Martina A, Victoria J and Enya N

The Ash Junior Prefects are Abiola-Sara A, Mia T, Baily P, Thievya K and Lola H.

Preparations are underway for a series of activities to celebrate Wilmington Grammar School for Girls 60th Anniversary.  Students will experience themed lessons throughout next Friday’s lessons and lunch will be a special event!  On Saturday 13th October we are opening our doors between 10am and 3pm to ex-staff and alumni for refreshments and student guided tours (on the hour).

Congratulations to 10 teams of Duke of Edinburgh participants who endured relentlessly wet and windy conditions to successfully complete their assessed expedition.  The girls showed true spirit and determination, well done to your all!  A huge thank you all staff who gave up their time to support the girls over the weekend. The teams now just need to present their projects to finalise this section of their award.

Pictured, beautiful, but extremely wet, scenic point on the expedition routes

The U13 Netball Team were in action this week against DSTC.  Both our teams are exceedingly strong the A team only conceded one goal and the B Team won all their games except the one against the WGSG A Team.

The teams are Alyssa S, Tiffy A, Olivia H, Rhianna M, Elena D, Alesha S and Ruth C.   And Evie C, Rebecca H, Cara B, Gabby B, Poppy M, Charlotte G and Jasmine F-H.  Well done girls!

Year 12 & 13 A level art students visited the V & A museum as stimuli for their coursework projects.  Students made drawing and studies to capture styles and ideas to be developed in class.

Thank you to all parents who attended our recent Year 8 Expectations Evening, I hope you all found the evening useful.  If you would like to clarify any points or were unable to attend the meeting the presentation can be found on our website here

Y12 A Level Media Studies students have been developing their practical media production skills whilst applying their newly gained understanding of narrative theory.  Their task is to produce a coherent narrative that follows Todorov’s Equilibrium structure.  Here we can see them turning their storyboarded ideas into carefully constructed shots which they will later edit using high-end video production software.  They will also add in visual and sound effects, and title sequences, to achieve an engaging media product.

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Year 13 DEC students were visited by Alex Hill from WhiteCode Design Associates this week where he taught the students about wall structures and thermal properties. He even showed the students a mobile phone accessory which enables you to see the thermal activity of a room. The students are currently putting the final materials to their building which they have designed on Revit. They will now work in conjunction with WhiteCode to add in pipework for water and drainage.

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Students and staff(!) all took to the dance floor at the recent Year 7 & 8 PFA disco.  Thank you to all students, parents and staff who helped make it such a memorable event.  The PFA raised £1,300 which will be spent on future school projects. Pictured below, PFA parents from left to right, Racheal Panda-Noah, Kam Narwan, Catherine Goodhind, Suzanne Kaufman and Helen Shonowo. Other PFA parents not pictured who also helped out include Fi Williams, Shelly Seal and Doyin Olorunfemi.  

Please do join our PFA annual general meeting and cheese and wine evening next week.  Details are as below;

Please join us in wishing Mr Miller, our Assistant Premises Manager a very happy 60th birthday.  Mr Miller has always looked after us and our school with the utmost care and it was wonderful to be able to celebrate his birthday in such a lovely way.  Mrs Stanley, senior technology technician baked the incredible ‘fishing’ cake. Mr Miller is an integral part of the school and has been a vital component in keeping the school running smoothly for more than a decade.

 Mrs Bonner, Mr Miller and Mrs Stanley

 

Please join me in congratulating Alexandra of 11A who has recently passed the British Horse Society (BHS) Stage 1 Complete Horsemanship.  Alexandra, who has been riding since she was eight is dedicated to continuing her studies and will be completing Stage 2 next summer.

Update on the proposed new 6th form Centre and move to 6 form Entry.  As you may remember, we sought your feedback as part of the application process to the Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) that we hope will enable us to create a new 6th from Centre.  Thank you to all those who gave feedback and attended the ‘drop-in’ session as part of the consultation.  All responses were considered, and informed the application which Endeavour MAT made to the SSEF in early August.  We hope to have news on our application by the end of November and will update you in due course.

Best wishes,

Sue Hunt

 

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