Blog week ending 28th June
Live Shakespearean theatre captivated Year 7. Year 7 were a brilliant, responsive audience to Quantum theatre’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. It was a modern day version where the Mechanicals (workmen putting on a play) were getting ideas and weather updates from listening to the radio. And the chief actor, playing Bottom, was extremely loud and exuberant and made the girls laugh out loud. The Queen of the Fairies had a very pretty, floaty costume and was usually serenaded by live music and the young lovers were groovy dancers to up to date hits! It was a fun production whilst also being thoroughly educational as actors were true to Shakespeare’s text.
WG6 A level Poetry conference. On Monday the 24th of June, the A level Literature group attended the ‘e.magazine Poetry conference’ exploring poems studied at A level. It was a very impressive event with many schools attending. A range of poets performed their poems and entered into conversations with other poets and the student audience about the ideas suggested in their poems. A highlight was a student discussion with Daljit Nagra where he let them pick his brains on his inspirations for poetry writing. He spoke about his parents being immigrants and how their journey and his wider family’s experiences coming from India shaped his ideas. He also talked about combing many language roots in his poem. Here is a verse he spoke about where immigrants were hoping to get citizenship and working hard to contribute:
“Swarms of us, grafting in
the black within shot of the moon’s
spotlight, banking on the miracle of sun –
span its rainbow, passport us to life. Only then
can it be human to hoick ourselves, bare-faced for the clear.”
Students felt they gained many tips towards approaching an A level examination and great fun was had by all.
We welcomed Freddie McCann from The London Institute of Banking & Finance who delivered a talk to our WG6 Financial Studies A level students. The LIBF is a university college offering industry-recognised and respected education to prepare students for every stage of their career. More details regarding their courses, scholarship opportunities, Open Days and Summer Schools can be found on their website here. This year’s Summer School is 3 days priced at £75 (or £50 for those on the Financial Studies course) and is at their London Campus near Monument, Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th August.
This year’s Art GCSE and A level exam pieces were a truly creative and arresting group of pieces. Students created vast and complicated installations, as well as many mixed media works and sculptures in response to the theme of Similarities and Variations. Culture, and self-expression was celebrated through several of the images – all of which were executed with great skill and passion. Well done to all students, we eagerly await the outcome of the exam results in August.
Year 10 GCSE PE students travelled to Bude in Cornwall on a specialist rock climbing trip. The activities and tuition were excellent, providing valuable content toward their GCSE grade. It was a wonderful location and a most successful trip … worth the very long drive!
A special congratulations to our Year 7 students who competed in the School Games Super 8s. Both WGSG and Dartford Boys’ qualified to represent Dartford and Gravesham in the borough School Games. We are delighted, and extremely proud, to share the news that they came first! A brilliant achievement.
Bridget Prentice, former Labour MP visited the WGSG to deliver a talk to students based on her experience as a politician. Bridget spoke openly about some of the seminal points in her career, bringing to life the day to day responsibilities and pressures of today’s politicians. Students asked a plethora of questions ranging from ‘how do young people get involved in politics’ to broader issues such as her views on current American politics. All of our students were incredibly engaged, making perceptive and considered observations and asking Bridget probing questions regarding British politics. If any students would like to know more, or have any further questions for Bridget, she would welcome your input, please speak with Mrs J.Duckett for information on how to get in touch.
Safeguarding update. A new form of social media has been brought our attention called ‘Tellonym’ that allows users to leave each other anonymous feedback. Users can pose and answer questions (‘tells’) but the app allows users full anonymity, this lends itself to extreme upset or online bullying and as such we would ask that you discuss this with your daughter and make her aware of the age restriction but also the dangers that an anonymous site can bring.
We are delighted to announce the arrival of three beautiful baby girls! Firstly, a huge congratulations from us all to Mrs Sloane who gave birth to a baby girl at the weekend. Thea Sloane weighed 7lbs 12 and is, as you can see absolutely gorgeous!
Ms Mbu welcomed beautiful Isabella into the world in April. Isabella was a talking point in school before she was born as Ms Mbu’s Year 7 students were studying reproduction! The Y7’s were thrilled to finally meet her in person (below left)
And our third beautiful girl to introduce is Mrs Black’s delightful daughter, Daisy. Daisy was born on 22nd May, weighing 6lb 10oz. Mrs Black and Daisy are due to visit us next week .. we can’t wait to meet you Daisy! (below right)
Our Student Summer Fair was a great success, with students running a variety of fun and inventive stalls to raise awareness and monies for their chosen charities. A full report of the Fair together with photos will be available in next week’s blog.