Blog week ending 29th March

Posted on: 29/03/2019

Students across the school have been involved in the care and monitoring of our caterpillars as they study the stages of metamorphosis.  During this Y7 class students recorded the development of the caterpillars noting changes not just in growth but in terms of life-cycle.  The caterpillars have certainly been very hungry!  They are now shedding their exoskeleton to allow more room for growth, and some have started spinning a silk web which they use to attach to a plant stem and as protection from predators. As part of the project students are making promotional posters to illustrate the life-cyle. 

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Adedoyin A of 7O is working on this wonderfully designed and informative poster for display in the Science Department.

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A group of 33 Year 12 and Year 13 Psychology students attended the Psychology Conference at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster.  There were some big names in the field of psychology talking about their work and how this can lead to big change in society.  All talks were tailored to link in with the topics within the A Level and all students found it insightful and engaging.  The ‘headline act’ of the day was a lecture from Elizabeth Loftus who spoke about her pioneering work into human memory; more specifically; false memories.  Key studies by Loftus are crucial to the study of A Level Psychology and students were able to hear about progress that has been made within this field since these studies took place.  Students were also able to hear and meet famous Criminologist Professor David Wilson who spoke in great detail about his investigation into the case of Jack the Ripper ahead of his BBC documentary being released next week which was very exciting! Overall, this conference was an excellent opportunity for students to indulge their intellectual curiosity and delve deeper into specific A Level topics. 

Pictured left, Lucy Cruickshank Hannah Rowe with their signed copies of Professor David Wilson’s book.  Pictured right, Psychology students with keynote speaker Professor Elizabeth Loftus

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Riya N of 7B brought in her Tabla drums to perform to her form group during a music lesson. She also led the class in a percussion workshop which merged her rhythmic performances with that of her peers, who were using djembe drums. The class had fun with their learning. Thank you Riya for an enjoyable and engaging session!

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Careers Convention.  A large number of universities and businesses were represented at our annual further education and apprenticeship convention.  All exhibitors were able to offer first-hand advice and information to our Y10 /11 and 12 students to help navigate the way through the many opportunities available to them.   Luke C of Y12 has provided the following review of the apprenticeship element of the convention.

Overall, I believe that the convention was a well-planned, knowledge-packed activity with ex-students conveying the new experiences they’ve had with different universities or companies. I received vital information about apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships, which is something I’m very likely to be involved in following Y13. My main focus of study after Y13 would be based around Economics and Business, such as investment banking and internal audit for big companies based in London. A BBP representative gave me an insight of what I would need to obtain an apprenticeship for the company, such as applying in the Easter months for a placement in the following school year (September). She was very helpful and she cleared a lot of things up for me that I wasn’t sure about / or had little knowledge about. Also, she told me that you did not need specific A Level subjects to do the course, but some are more preferred in different fields. Furthermore, she told me that Y11s can also apply for these apprenticeships as an alternative to further education or sixth form, therefore it offers a very diverse training scheme for just about anyone interested in the course they would like to choose.  Also, a representative of QA apprenticeships gave me an alternative view of different career choices to choose which would still lead me to what I would like to do.  This has inspired me to work very hard at the company I choose to do my apprenticeship at due to the fact that the company may choose to offer me a full time work placement there, as well as offering training for all the essential qualifications I need. There were also quite a few other stands available, such as Vacancy Snapshot and Laing O’Rourke.

I also attended a marketing seminar, ran by a very confident representative who has expertise in the marketing sector. He conveyed very vital information about marketing and how it can affect almost everybody on a day to day business, and how marketing is used in ‘just about everything on social media’. After this event, I came to a conclusion that my ideas on what I would like to do may alter every so often, and that I should not be scared of making decisions about my career choices, as long as it is something I am passionate about doing.  The representative also told me that it is very important to take in new knowledge when doing brand new things, as it travels with you throughout your life.

In conclusion, the convention was an informative and motivating experience towards my plans of applying and obtaining an apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship.

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Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds).  As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.
Tips include:

  • Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.
  • Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.
  • Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.
  • Remain positive and hopeful!
  • Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.
  • Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine

You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/

On Thursday 21st March, Year 11 Historians enjoyed a session led by Malcolm Chandler, an ex-chief examiner. The session was focused in on improving GCSE exam technique and the vital aspect of understanding the topics inside out. Students engaged with Mr Chandler’s unique delivery and came out of the session having got some great tips about getting the highest grades.

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Our Year 7 netball teams travelled to DSTC on Thursday 21st March for the Borough Netball Tournament.  WGSG entered two teams and secured both a 1st and 3rd position. The girls were delighted with their performance, as are we.   This is such an achievement for the Y7s as we started the netball club with quite low numbers at the start of the year but the group has now swelled to 24+ girls attending training each week.  Please join us in congratulating the girls - we have the WGSG initials on another netball trophy this year!

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Congratulations to Sophia W of 7H who has passed her Grade 4 LAMDA exam with a distinction.  Sophia did exceptionally well, achieving 94 marks out of 100.

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Kiyah B of 7O has very kindly donated some of her beautiful hair to the Little Princess Trust.  The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.  I am sure they will be extremely grateful to receive Kiyah’s thoughtful donation.

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Best wishes,

Sue Hunt

 

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