Blog week ending 12th July

Posted on: 12/07/2019

What a fabulous display of sporting excellence, team spirit, house support and joy!  Our Sports Day celebrated the best of sporting endeavour and saw students show incredible support to all competitors.  Congratulations to our competitors – you gave it your all!  Despite the hot weather – school records were broken with stand-out performances from Funmi A of 10B who broke an amazing four school records! (200m, 300m, High Jump and Relay).  Chloe J of 9O who broke three school records in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump. Elena D of 8H who broke two school records in the Shot Putt and High Jump.

The resident ice-cream van was a welcome addition to proceedings as were the refreshments served by WG6 students.  One highlight of the event was the staff & WG6 student relay .. a hotly contested event!  Congratulations to the winning team, Jess R (Head Student), Jonathan B (Head Student), Mrs Dent & Mr Atkins.

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The staff & WG6 student relay teams

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Student bakers created these magnificent delights as part of a competition in aid of The Tommy Crush Foundation which was established to raise funds and awareness for those working to prevent suicide and self-harm amongst teenagers.  Megan S, our ex Head Girl is an active supporter of this foundation, Tommy was her friend.  Congratulations to all our bakers whose talent and dedication to create such intricate and delicious cakes made it almost impossible to pick a winner!

1st Bridie-Rose Toomey 7C (Bee Happy) - Best handmade icing figures and colour theme.

2nd Katlin & Esme 8H (Disney Rapunzel) - Best idea and creative art work

3rd Ruby Daniel 7C (Cookie Monster) - Best novelty idea and free hand icing skills

4th Genevieve Norton 7O (Sweet cake) - Best design and well thought out cake

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The PE Department took 14 girls down to Dartford Athletics track to give them the opportunity to compete in the correct settings with other competitors that will challenge them. The girls all attacked their events with the passion and determination that we hoped. Six girls broke nine records and a 300m record was set for Year 10.

Record Breakers (highlighted in yellow).  Well done ladies, we are incredibly proud of you all!!

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Thank you to Mr and Mrs Connell who took part in our Y7 Focus Day delivering a CPR first aid session to students.  The students were incredibly engaged and demonstrated a great appetite to learn key first aid knowledge and practical skills.

Mrs Connell, our chair of the LGB is pictured below with students.

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On Thursday 27th June, A Level History students from WG6 visited Hampton Court Palace as part of their studies of the Tudor Module, which makes up 40% of the A-Level History course. The main focus of the day was an education session led by the Palace which focused on 'Tudor Crises'; and this involved the students visiting different parts of the Palace, using sources to make a judgement to the extent to which these events should be considered crises. In addition, the students had the opportunity to look around the palace, which was a favourite of King Henry VIII's and includes several exhibitions on different parts of his life and reign of England.

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Library Opening Lines Quiz.  Thank you to all of the students who entered the Opening Lines Quiz in the Library.  The enthusiasm and knowledge of the entrants and the way they navigated the Library shelves to find the answers, has been impressive.

So many of the students were able to correctly identify all 15 books from their opening lines, showing what avid readers they are!

All correct entries were ‘put in a hat’ and the winners were pulled as follows.

1st place winner of £10 Book Token & bookmark – Tilly Fox (7H)

2nd place winner of £5 Book Token & bookmark – Ruby Rose (7A)

17 pupils across Year 7-10 were 3rd place winners of a book mark

Well done to everyone who took part.

How would you do? Can you identify the book from the opening line?

  1. Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. (JKR)
  2. On my seventh birthday, Grandad made me a rocket. (JM)
  3. Marley was dead: to begin with.  There is no doubt whatever about that. (CD)

Nominate WGSG to be in with a chance of winning £5,000 worth of books for our library .. and an extra £100 for yourself!  Enter here

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Student Reports.  The Y12 Written Report is available on the Parent App today, 12th July.  Y7 Grade Report, Year 8 Written Report (including exams report), Y9 Exams Report and Y10 Grade Report will be available on the App on the 17th July.

Please note we have received the below letter from bus operator, First Bus Stop Ltd.

Dear All,

Please be aware of route updates from September 2019:

There will be one bus for the Route 4 service running from New Ash Green to Dartford and Wilmington Schools; AM and PM.

There will also be one bus for the Route 3 service running from Valley Drive to Dartford and Wilmington Schools; AM and PM.

Route 1 will be cancelled – new operator TBC. Please contact KCC for more information.

As you may be aware, this may cause capacity concerns with only one bus running on each route. To help prevent this issue, we will starting a new service; “Route34”.

Route 34 will start at New Barn Road – Fairlight Cross, going to both Dartford and Wilmington Schools. This service will be offering availability for passengers who usually use the Route 4 and Route 3. The route will proceed down New Barn Road and will then make way to Ebbsfleet Football Ground, following closely behind Route 3 for any passengers who are unable to get on the Route 3 bus due to it being at full capacity.

Please note that we recommend passengers who get on at New Barn Road use the first service available, “Route 34”, to save on any disappointment.

Please see the updated timetable on our website: www.1stbusstop.co.uk

Yours sincerely,

Mitchell Thurbin

Managing Director

1st Bus Stop Limited

Louise F of 9H has taken part in a major Irish dancing competition, the North American Nationals in Vancouver Canada. Louise performed brilliantly, and was placed 17th out of 300 – what an achievement!

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Best wishes,

Sue Hunt

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