Blog week ending 8th November
Welcome back to a new term and this one is already proving to be as full of achievement and opportunity as the first term of the year. The changing seasons have not dampened the determination or success of the sports teams and the variety of enrichment opportunities already this term is a testament to the staff and students’ determination to ensure that they continue to challenge themselves in their learning. I would like to thank you all in advance for your support with the many events and activities this term and look forward to seeing you celebrating with us.
Year 10 and 11 PE GCSE students have been completing a practical assessment at Cyclopark. The feed-back from assessors has been excellent – the girls have worked extremely hard showing great determination, competitive spirit and perseverance.
Congratulations to our highly skilled and rather acrobatic(!) Year 9 netball team who competed in the Kent Schools’ netball tournament. They competed in a pool of nine schools (36 schools took part in total) which included Benenden, The Weald, Langley School for Girls and Colfe’s. They came first in their pool, and won every game except the warm-up game! They have now qualified for the U14 Regional Netball Championships on Saturday 23rd November. Well played ladies.
Jasmine F-H (Players player of the tournament)
Louisa T (coach’s player of the tournament)
Gabby B (coach’s player of the tournament)
Year 8 and 9 students travelled down to Canterbury Christchurch University, where they had a fun and engaging day participating in workshops and talks about AI, Engineering and Creativity. By exploring the relationship between science, technology and religion, students started to understand these subjects in real wold contexts by applying a multidisciplinary approach.
As they completed tasks and activities throughout the day, students began to understand how to answer big and abstract questions like;
Can a robot own its own ideas?
What is personhood and the nature of reality?
Can we ever see a painting the way the painter saw it?
Book Club meets in the Library every Tuesday lunchtime. This term, Book Club is open to Year 7 and 8. We met for the first time this week and will be reading the following books:
- The Imaginary – A.F Harrold
- We Are All Made Of Molecules – Susin Nielsen
- Stargazing For Beginners – Jenny McLachlan
- Binny For Short – Hilary McKay
The books selected have different themes and we look forward to lots of lively debates about the characters, plots and our preferences. At the end of the term, we will vote for our favourite.
Which book will be the winner?
Students have been taking part in special cross country runs in aid of Children in Need – well done to 9O (pictured below) … Great job!
Christmas Market – Matchfunding. The Parents & Friends Association is holding its annual Christmas Market on the 24th of November. There will be a huge variety of specialist handmade gifts as well as lots of delicious treats, a tombola and our famous hamper raffle! We are aware that some companies run ‘match funding’ schemes for charitable activity, if you are able to support us in this manner we would be very grateful. Please contact us on email@example.com for more information.
Christmas Draw – Sponsorships and Prizes. In addition, we would like to ask if you would be willing to become a ticket sponsor or donate a prize for this year’s Christmas Prize Draw. The Draw will be held on the 11th of December. Sponsorship forms can be downloaded from our webpage https://www.gsgw.org.uk/192/parents-friends-association
Clifton & Co boards - Christmas fundraising. Lastly, the PFA has secured a deal with a local estate agent in Dartford, Clifton & Co, to promote our Christmas Market on their advertising boards outside houses. We would be grateful if parents, grandparents, relatives (and staff) would agree to have a board outside their home/property for the weeks running up to our Christmas market on Sunday, 24th November and the schools PFA will receive £5. If people are able to support us in this manner, please contact Jayne at: firstname.lastname@example.org to supply their name, address and phone number.