Blog week ending 27th September

Posted on: 27/09/2019

Congratulations to our intrepid Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh students who completed their qualifying expeditions over the weekend.  The 52 Bronze award students travelled to East Grinstead, faced a full range of very English weather over the course of the weekend, got lost, found the way again, laughed and cried!  They have done an amazing job and should be proud of their achievements.  The 45 Silver award students, who travelled to Stodmarsh, near Canterbury, worked incredibly hard during an expedition that challenged them physically and mentally.  They demonstrated commitment and motivation and made us all very proud of their endeavours. 

More information and photos from both expeditions can be found on our WGSG PE twitter feed here

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The School Council had its first meeting of the new school year. We have a really enthusiastic group of students who are keen to lead the school to make it an even better place to study.

The members of the Council specialise in one of 5 key areas:

Charity, environment, teaching and learning, behaviour and relationships.

Issues then raised by students are brought to the Council by their Form’s School Council representative, and taken forward by members of the relevant group of the Council.

Projects currently being reviewed to improve our school environment include a competition to create window boxes for form rooms and creating debating clubs for students to hone their analytical skills and gain confidence in speaking publicly.

Mr Lennon would like to thank all the members of the Council who give up their time and energy to help bring about positive changes in the school.

Calling all budding poets!  Next Thursday is National Poetry Day and the English Department is staging a competition for Years 7-9. The theme this year is #SpeakYourTruthPoem.

If students would like to submit an entry or want more information, please see Mrs McKenna in M6/the staffroom.  For more information concerning National Poetry Day please see their website here

Year 8 Design Technology students are designing and making a working LED lamp.  They have finalised their design and created a template and have started cutting out the components in MDF.  We look forward to seeing the completed products.

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The WG6 Extra Elective Activities Programme is designed to develop the students personal, social and employability skills. The activities are integrated into the broader curriculum with dedicated time every Wednesday afternoon. This scheme is designed to enhance and complement academic success.  There is a broad range of activities on offer from volunteering in a local primary school to joining the Biomedical & Bio Chemical Society.  Many, such as LAMDA are coached by a professional external provider. 

A selection of activities are pictured below; Clubbercise, The football team, Music, rugby training and life-drawing classes.

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Y12 were invited to a careers talk delivered by Martin Galvin – Digital Director of Group M - who is a volunteer speaker for Founders4School. Martin discussed his careers journey and passed on the benefits of his experience to students, helping to link curriculum subjects to employment and providing an overview of the different routes into this career.

Martin demonstrated the opportunities available in the industry – whether that’s work experience, or an apprenticeship, or even standard employment – and advised on how to access them. He explained the skills needed for these opportunities and stressed the importance of creative and mathematical skills; and highlighted what jobs may be available in the future as technological advances are made.

91% of students who attended the careers talk found the talk useful.  A quarter of the students say these activities are the thing most likely to help them to consider an apprenticeship, school leaver programme or sponsored degree. 

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/martin-galvin-46740b28

To find out more about Group M please click here

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Our annual Year 7 & 8 Disco. The Year 7 & 8 Disco will take place on the 27th of September, Friday, from 7pm to 9pm at the School Hall. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know their peers and have a fun night out!  Teaching staff will be in attendance on the dance floor!  Tickets are £5 each and can be purchased on the door.  The students are allowed to bring female friends from other schools. Refreshments and LED rings will be available for sale. It is recommended that the students bring smaller denomination notes and change for the refreshments. 

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Well done to Emma, Millie, Amy, Gracie, Mia and Scarlett who competed in Kent Secondary Schools Relay Championships in Margate last weekend.  They all performed well and showed great team spirit in what was a very tough competition which included a number of Independent schools with established swimming teams. 

We entered two teams in the 12 & 13 year old category in the 200m freestyle relay and 200m medley relay with Grace and Millie competing in both teams!

We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to James Davie and Natalie Edwards for taking the girls to the event and supporting them throughout – it is very much appreciated.

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Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

 

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