Blog week ending 17th May

Posted on: 17/05/2019

We are delighted to share the news that Mr Simmons, Head of Geography and WG6 Y12 has scooped two awards in the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards.  Mr Simmons was presented with the Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year in our district, Dartford and Gravesend as well as the highest accolade – that of The Secondary Teacher of the Year for Kent. 

The awards dinner was staged by educational charity the KM Charity Team at the Ashford International Hotel.  A staggering 1,100 nominations were submitted by students, parents, and school staff praising colleagues for categories including primary, secondary, further education, and newly-qualified teacher as well as team and volunteer awards.

Phil Reynolds from Kreston Reeves was on the panel of judging organisations tasked with selecting the winners. “The amount of nominations we get grows every year and they just improve year-on-year,” he said. “Teachers and their support staff do such a wonderful job in the sector.”

Congratulations Mr Simmons, we are delighted that your enthusiasm and commitment to the subject and our students has been recognised with these most prestigious awards.

Mr Simmons said “I was thrilled to receive this award and am grateful for the students at WGSG for nominating me!”

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Year 10 GCSE Food Technology students have mastered the technique of choux pastry and gone on to produce profiteroles.  Students were challenged to adapt the recipe filling and decoration to their taste but to ensure uniformity in size and texture as they develop their batch cooking skills. 

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The PE Department have announced the details of their 2020 Ski Trip to Killington, New England, USA.  This is likely to be an extremely popular trip and if it should become oversubscribed places will be randomly selected, ensuring a full range of year groups.  The trip, which also includes a stop-over in New York departs Saturday 28th March 2020, returning Sunday 5th April.  For more details please refer to the letter send out via email.

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WG6 Y13 A Level Chemistry students spent a practical lesson identifying unknown solutions and the reactions of silver nitrate.  This microscale version of an A level exercise required students to be able to identify solutions by analysing their reactions when mixed with sodium carbonate and silver nitrate.

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Our WG6 Head Students Lori S, Jonathan B, James G & Jessica R wrote and delivered a series of assemblies in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week.  The theme for this year is Body Image, the main message being ‘Be Body Kind’.  The assembly included a moving musical theatre piece, ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman performed by our Y8 students and choreographed by Jessica R

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Our Lower Manor Lawn was transformed into an impromptu campsite as students studying for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award started their training in earnest.  External trainers delivered sessions for both Bronze and Silver medal students on; route planning, map reading, first aid and meal planning.  Fortunately the weather held for us – we certainly hope it does for the expedition days!

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Thailand 2020 Community Project Trip – Open to all students across WG6. Have you ever fed an elephant? Would you like to make your morning commute via long tail boat? Would you like to make a tangible contribution to a community by building a classroom? If so, then this is the trip for you!   We are delighted to announce that we still have a few remaining places on the trip of a life-time. The project’s primary goal is to teach English to primary school children on the border of Thailand and Myanmar, as well as building a much needed structure for the school, like a classroom.

As well as all of this, students will visit beautiful Buddhist temples, shop in a vibrant night market, feed Elephants in an Elephant Sanctuary, trek through incredible tropical locations, participate in thrilling water sports and make incredible memories that will last a lifetime. We stay at the stunning Maekok River Village Resort and have access to all of their amazing facilities.

If your son/daughter is interested in a career in engineering, construction, education, the charitable sector or looking for real-world experience that will make their personal statement shine, then this is the trip for them.

As this is a charitable project, the students will also be undertaking fundraising projects within school, such as the annual Year 7 sleep-over, with all money raised going towards the communities we will be working with. This will equip them with invaluable team working and organisational skills, as well as unique work experience for their CVs. Students may also decide to fundraise independently outside of school to contribute to the cost of their trip: this may take the form of bake sales, sponsored walks, car washing or even taking a part-time job over the summer.

We are pleased to be able to offer one bursary place on this trip. They will pay half of the cost and in return will have additional fundraising responsibilities. This could go up to two places depending on the number of students who sign up for the trip.  Applications for the bursary places should be made in writing to Mrs J-Duckett. Whilst the cost of the trip is significant at £1850, it is excellent value for money. We will have ten action-packed days and travel with the national carrier, Thai Airways.  

The trip is set to depart on Thurs 13th February, 2020, and the students will return on Saturday 22nd February.  If you would like more information or would like to secure a place please contact Mrs J-Duckett via the main school office.

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The view from the restaurant where we take all of our meals at the Maekok resort

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The long tail boat we took to school on the final day.

 

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A stunning temple we visited on our first day

 

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Tickets are now on sale for our Y11 Prom on Saturday 29th June from 7pm.  The evening includes a ‘mocktail’ upon arrival, buffet, bottomless soft drinks, disco, photo booth and other surprises.  Tickets can be purchased here

 

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Best wishes,

 

Sue Hunt

 

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