Blog week ending 21st June
With great anticipation, the WGSG and WGSB Carnegie Award Book Clubs met at the boys’ school this week to watch a live streaming of the award’s ceremony.
Lively discussions took place about our preferences and who we think should win. The poetry books (Rebound; The Poet X and Long Way Down) were popular with the majority of us. As a group, we voted The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo as our winner for both the Carnegie Award and the Amnesty award.
With bated breath we waited to hear if our favourite would be announced as the winner. It was! Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo won. The room filled with cheers when she won not only the Carnegie, but also the Shadowers’ Choice and Amnesty Award. An amazing achievement!
Elizabeth Acevedo gave a heartfelt and thought provoking speech which resonated with us all. Well done Elizabeth!
All of the Carnegie Award shortlist books are available to borrow from our school library.
Mrs McKenna commented; “I am so pleased ‘Poet X’ won! It’s such an amazing book and we all enjoyed it. We would love to read a sequel or hear from a different perspective. I loved the author’s acceptance speech too; she was truly inspirational! I promised the group I would have my photo taken for the blog so here I am!!!”
WG6 Year 12 Biology A level students have been extending their knowledge and understanding of the heart’s function. This practical lesson saw them dissecting a heart in order to study the atria and ventricle and identify the tendinous cords and valves as well as measure and record the thickness of the walls. They then produced a detailed scientific annotated drawing.
Year 10 Geographers travelled to Reculver in Kent for a field trip to study how coastal management schemes effect coastal processes. Using ranging poles and a clinometer students used learned skills to measure the beach profile. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, ensuring both a productive and hugely enjoyable day's study.
The North West Kent Teaching School Alliance is a joint venture between The Wilmington Grammar Schools and Dartford Grammar School. The Alliance is responsible for three specific areas: Initial Teacher Training, Career, Professional and Leadership Development and School to School Support and we have worked hard to develop our links with local schools in order to achieve our vision of continuing to raise the standards of teaching and learning.
As part of our CPLD offer, we organised a conference focusing on ‘Removing Barriers to White Working-Class Achievement’ through the Independent Thinking group. The day was coordinated by Phil Beadle - an experienced teacher from the local area and a proud member of the working-class. In this very interesting and challenging day, twenty-two colleagues from a range of primary and secondary schools discussed a range of cultural factors that need to be considered when trying to promote the learning of some of our students. These include exposing the children to more challenging reading materials, encouraging a belief in their potential and trying to build their confidence, as well as celebrating local working-class heroes. We also looked closely at the values and cultural traditions that underpin attitudes towards our education system and how we can channel these as positive forces for change.
This conference represented one of the most powerful examples of INSET that I have ever attended and as a proud member of that cultural background myself I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss strategies that all schools can think about and deploy.
Sarah Evans, Director of NWKTSA (pictured below with Phil Beadle)
Last Friday we said ‘au revoir’ to our Y11 students who have now completed all of their GCSE examinations. There was a special assembly to celebrate their time thus far, at WGSG. We wish you a wonderful, relaxing summer and look forward to welcoming you to the (internal) WG6 Induction Day, next Friday 28th June.
Please note that we will be finishing school on the Last day of term, Friday 19th July at 2.30pm. All the appropriate bus and coach providers have been notified