Blog week ending 19th July

Posted on: 19/07/2019

Our Enrichment Programme gave all of our students the opportunity to stretch themselves, learn new skills and crucially .. have fun.  Normal timetables were suspended as students enjoyed trips that included, Colchester Zoo, Bewl Water, Chessington, Sussex University, Jump Giants and Prison Island Escape rooms.

On site, a plethora of activities were on offer including Magic, Yoga, Robotics, Space, tag-rugby and cricket.  Each activity was hosted by external specialist tutors or by our own dedicated and multi-talented staff body! 

Thank you to all students and staff who together ensured the Enrichment Programme was a time of learning, new experiences and ultimately, truly enriching!

Below, pictures taken at our Y7 trip to Colchester Zoo

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We were joined by an African drumming specialist who provided excellent tutoring with boundless enthusiasm which created a fun session.

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Project Runway was a riot of textile skill, design flair .. and great moves!  All these catwalk ready outfits were designed and made in just one session.

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Lots of strategic thinking, tactics and healthy competition on show with the board game challenges!

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A thrilling session of ‘capture the flag’ and other strategic games brought out the best of the girls problem solving and …. inner warrior!

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Students took part in the UKMT Mathematics Miniatures competition to produce where they had to produce a 3 minute video displaying maths in Sport.

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A professional artist tutored the students in new craft activities including producing these wonderful dream catchers.

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The Musical Theatre group were incredible .. in just one session the students had mastered the routine for Prince Ali from Aladdin! This is especially impressive given the dance moves were given to cast members for their audition.

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Students practised forensic science evaluation and techniques in this very special CSI Wilmington.  The clues were gathered and evidence scrutinised to solve this double murder!

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Cake making masterclass.  Students produced extremely high calibre professionally finished Chanel handbag cakes.  The hot weather made the icing and decorating extremely challenging for the bakers – but just look at the results!

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Bird boxes.  The DT department Enrichment Session students created a huge range of upscale accommodation for our feathered friends! 

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Our Mandarin Excellence Programme students have visited China to spend time learning more about Chinese culture, contributing to a MEP grand ceremony, touring the region and practicing their language skills.  It was an incredible trip, providing the students with unique practical skills, experiences and memories to treasure.  More details and pictures from the trip can be viewed on our twitter feed here

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From September, Form Time will be at 8:45 each morning (except for Wednesday).  The school timetable has been updated to reflect this change.  Please see our website here to view the timetable.

Year 8 Art Students have been making 'Venetian inspired animal masks'.  They have been designing and problem solving to turn their 2D designs into a three dimensional mask. They have been using the traditional media of paper mache.  

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I recently attended my sister Rebekah Greenbank’s graduation from the University of Cambridge. She attended WGSG from 2009, and finished sixth form in 2016 

A*, A* A in her three A levels. She graduated from Cambridge with a 2:1 degree in theology, and is looking forward to starting her new job in July with the Christian Blind Mission.

Sam Greenbank (currently attending WG6)

Congratulations Rebekah, what a great achievement, we are thrilled for you.

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As you are aware, I am retiring at the end of this term.  I arrived 33 years ago and loved WGSG from the moment I arrived.  I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to teach in such a wonderful environment.  There were only 3 forms in each year group – 90 students – and I quickly knew every student. 

Of course, over time there have been many changes.  For one thing, we have grown to 150 students in each year.  We have extra buildings such as the Connell wing and teach a number of new subjects such as Mandarin, Finance and DBE.

And yet in many ways so little has changed.  This school always has and, I hope, always will be known as a school with an excellent community spirit.   It’s that feeling of being part of a community that is so special – it’s the reason staff and students regularly return to visit the school. 

It’s not the Headteacher who makes the school.  They have some influence, along with the staff, but it’s the students who really make a school what it is – somewhere very special. 

This week has been very emotional for me.  I want to thank parents and students for their wonderful generosity – the camera and memory book will be a long-term reminder, should I ever need one, of my time here.

I’m looking forward to the many opportunities that will now be open to me – but there will always be a part of me which will remain here in WGSG. 

Mrs Michelle Lawson, our new Head Teacher will welcome you back on September 3rd (new Years 7 & 12 only) and 4th September (all other Years)

Best wishes for the future,

Sue Hunt

 

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