Blog week ending 10th May

Posted on: 10/05/2019

Over the past 10 weeks a group of keen Chemists from Y12 WG6 have been mastering their Organic Chemistry skills and synthesising aspirin.  This culminated in a trip to the Medway School of Pharmacy where our students received a talk from Dr Vladimir Gubala about the importance of chemical analysis before using the NMR machines to analyse samples of their aspirin. The students also capsulated paracetamol, by firstly calculating the mass of paracetamol and lactose required, then shaking the powders to get an even distribution and manually loading the capsules.  They were then able to assess the uniformity of the capsules they had made and look at accuracy of their techniques.  All of them found the day to be a valuable experience and helped them to think about higher education choices ready for next year. The students finished the day in the student café for lunch, which was a highlight!

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GCSE Music and Performing Arts students staged a showcase of their coursework pieces to an audience of peers, teaching staff and Mrs Lodge and Mrs Hunt.  All performed with great confidence and presence.  Well done everyone.

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All of Year 7 have been involved in a Flash Fiction competition where they create a story of 100-150 words in the genre of Science Fiction such as travelling on a spaceship or meeting an alien. Prizes were handed out to the best stories and girls as judges helped to choose these prizes. Good fun has been had by all and at the same time creative writing skills were being further developed.

Mrs Dhothar says:

Students completed a short story task that incorporated skills that they have been working on in lessons with a fun twist! Student judges were selected in addition to teacher feedback to nominate two winners per class as well as runner-ups. Well done to Amber and Lily of 7C who won the competition. They were delighted with their accomplishment as well as the prizes that they received.

Mrs Mckenna says:

7A! Wow! The students were very creative and we had stories about technology and AI; robots who were models and nannies, different types of transportation and scary transformations! The stories were really impressive and imaginative and it was very difficult to pick winners. Congratulations to:

Poppy, Isabella, Maisie , Newisrael N

And Highly Commended: Elsie and Millie

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Below Poppy’s dramatic winning entry (Poppy is pictured above on the left)

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WG6 gathered unwanted clothing as ‘payment’ for our recent Wear Your Own Clothes Day.  The beneficiary was the YMCA in Swanley who were delighted to receive such a huge, and useful donation.  The YMCA is the oldest and largest youth charity in the world offering accommodation, support for families, training and counselling to young people within their communities.

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The Speakers Trust visited our Y10 students to deliver a compelling and practical session, the Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!, which is the world’s biggest youth speaking event. The training is designed to build confidence, enabling young people from all backgrounds to speak with clarity, conviction and impact.

The session provides a toolkit that allows people to enjoy speaking up. When students see that they can speak and be heard, they gain the confidence to take on other challenges and seize every opportunity to use their voice.  This was a stimulating session providing tangible tips to aid confidence in public speaking and indeed, all communication.

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Congratulations to students who have achieved excellent results in their recent LAMDA Examinations.  Courses are delivered by a specialist visiting teacher at a cost of £10 a week for a one-to-one lesson or £5 if shared.  LAMDA courses provide specialist drama training as well as building self-presentation skills, confidence at speaking in public as well as earning UCAS points for students passing Grade 6 and above.  For further details of the courses offered and availability please email Kelly Woods on Kellywoods500@outlook.com

Rachel B of 10B – Distinction, Grade 5 Performance

Amy D of 7A - Distinction Grade 2 Performance

Amelia E of 9B - Distinction Grade 5 Performance

Katherine N of 9O - Distinction Grade 5 Performance

Tabitha M of 9B - Pass Grade 4 Performance

Grace B of 8O - Pass Grade 2 Performance

Daisy L of 8O - Merit Grade 2 Performance

Astera A of 9O - Distinction Grade 4 Performance

Our school funded specialist coaching for workshops to support students as they prepare for their exams.  Students were coached in stress and phobia management techniques, as well as helpful tactics to maintain positive mental health. 

Wilmington Parish Council have scheduled the ‘Wilmington Big Clean’ and have extended the invitation to our parents/carers and students.  If you are able to attend and help out it would be greatly appreciated by all residents and visitors to Wilmington.

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Unfortunately, the organisers have had to cancel the Trevithick Industrial Dartford Event which was scheduled for Saturday 11th May

We wish all students the very best of luck for their public examinations which begin in earnest next week.  I know that students will continue with last minute preparations but please do ensure that you take regular breaks from your studies, and remember, should you need any further feed-back or support from your teachers – we are here to help, please do come and see us.

Best wishes,

Sue Hunt

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