Blog week ending 1st March

Posted on: 01/03/2019

MFL Y10 & 11 Spanish students travelled to Barcelona during half term to practice their language skills and explore the city.  The girls got to see all the major sites by day and night and we managed to combine all interests including culture, food and shopping. It was a packed trip with the girls being out and about from 8am till late into the night. The students were a credit to the school and made the most of the opportunities provided to take in all the sites. Visits included La Sagrada Familia, Monjuic Castle, the Olympic park, the Boqueria market, the Gothic quarter, las Ramblas, Barceloneta beach and Maremagnum shopping centre and more…

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Students and staff also travelled to Italy during half term for the annual Ski Trip.  All had an amazing time and a full report written by students will be included in next week’s blog

Spelling Bee.  Our WG6 Student leaders and Miss Smith staged a Spelling Bee in the hall following form group heats.  Each form was represented by their winning candidate, who all performed excellently.  In fact the final went significantly over time as each contestant kept getting the words right!

Congratulations to the winners;

Sami R – 7A

Ruth A – 8O

Sydney S – 9O

Charlene A – 10O

Elizabeth O – 11H

A special congratulations to Oak House for having three year group winners.

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Year 10 Work Shadowing Day, Friday 8th March.  We are excited to launch the Year 10 Work Shadowing Day which we hope will give students an insight into working life and provide stimulus when considering their future career path.  The aim is to provide all Y10 students with the opportunity to shadow their parent/guardian, a close relative or family friend at work to enable them to experience the workplace on a regular day.

Mrs Martin, Careers Guidance will also be working with students to provide advice and information in conjunction with the below events.

4 – 8 March National Apprenticeship Week 2019

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a career. 

We will be sharing information and updates from Alumni currently on degree apprenticeships to find out more about what is involved and have arranged for employers and training providers to attend the careers fair on 22 March 2019 which is attended by year 10 to 13 


4 – 9 March National Careers Week 2019

National Careers Week celebrates UK careers guidance and free education resources. It helps to bring together students, employers, educators and career advisers through careers events and activities. As well as the Career Convention we will be sharing links to free resources with students during this week.

During half term a group of 45 Year 13 WG6 students embarked on a cultural trip to New York. The group had the opportunity to visit the Empire State building, Rockefeller centre, a Broadway show, 9/11 memorial, stature of liberty, ice skating in central park and much more.  The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all students and staff

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A double celebration for two WGSG students who have won major Cyclocross competitions.  Congratulations go to Emily L of 10H who has won the London X League Cyclocross series 2018/19.  This is a major achievement that saw Emily take a convincing win in the last race of the series to become the overall winner.  Congratulations also go to Tulsi B of 7O who won the London X League Cyclocross series 2018/19 for age group, Under 12 female.  This is a significant win for Tulsi who is an up and coming star of the sport.

Both girls have been with Team Darenth Cycling club since they were around 5 years old, the club meets at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys on a Saturday where they teach members the fundamentals of cycling & mountain biking cycling in Joyden’s Wood and on Dartford Heath.  From there, Both Emily and Tulsi took up racing.  For more details The Team Darenth website can be viewed here

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The PFA will be staging a pre-Mothers' Day Pamper and Shopping Evening on Friday 29th of March, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, in the School Hall.  

Tickets are £5 each, including a free ticket and glass of Prosecco for mum. We would hope that this would be a nice treat for mums and daughters alike.

There are a variety of pampering treatments on offer as well as an array of indulgence products such as scented candles and bath bombs, fashion clothing and accessories, jewellery, and brands such as Bodyshop, Tropic and many more.  There will also be a Raffle Tombola with amazing prizes to be won including Molton Brown, Ted Baker products, fashion jewellery and so much more.

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Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at WGSG and is taught to all pupils. Our curriculum empowers children to become critical thinkers and to understand how they can to stay safe and behave appropriately online, but we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with you.  Our recent Safer Internet Day assemblies enhanced student understanding of information sharing online.  Please see the letter on our website for further details.

Over the course of this term there will be an increased number of after school clubs as students continue their preparations for the examinations in the summer.  May I take this opportunity to remind parents of the school premises timings;

The school buildings are opened from 7.30am and parents are asked not to drop off students before this time.  Between 7.30 and 8 am, students are able to work in the library or go directly to the Hall, where breakfast is available. From 8am, students may go to their form rooms. 

At the end of the school day a variety of enrichment opportunities are offered and are staffed by various people throughout the year. In general however, if students are in school awaiting late parental collection, they are asked to wait in the library or in room G5 or G7 and need to sign in at reception so we are aware of which students are on site. This facility is offered for 1.5 hours after the close of the school day at 3.30pm and it is the responsibility of parents to ensure their children are collected by 5.00pm. Please adhere to this as staff are not available to monitor students beyond this time and in the absence of evening events, the site is fully locked and vacated shortly after.  In the event of an unforeseen problem, once the buildings are locked a student will need to wait outside the Grange but should remain within the school grounds.

During half term builders contracted by KCC were working on the creation of a newly resurfaced access road off of Common Lane in preparation for the building of our new teaching block and Sports Hall, which is at last starting to materialise. Simultaneously, a grounds team were working on the opposite side of the road to ensure a new coach drop off/ pickup point can be created to reduce traffic congestion on the local roads. It is with a heavy heart that we returned from half term to see that a couple of much loved trees had had to be felled. We are advised that the tress have been felled in such a way as to allow wildlife to find a new home and whilst we are pleased to be able to assist in relieving the congestion in and around Parsons Lane, it is nevertheless sad to see the loss of part of the beautiful, natural environment that surrounds our school. Unfortunately this was unavoidable in order to give access for the coaches. We look forward to completion of the works and plan to mark the opening of our new sports and teaching facilities by planting two new trees in a suitable location.

 

Best wishes,

Sue Hunt

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