Blog week ending 15th November

Posted on: 15/11/2019

Professor Martin Hendry was bombarded by questions from our A Level Physics student interested in his Nobel prize winning research. The poor chap was jet lagged but happily took questions for almost two hours after his talk. The students really appreciated every moment and are looking forward to learning more about astrophysics from the A Level Physics course at WGSG.

Photo courtesy of Laura R in Y13.

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As part of our school activities in support of Black History Month Mr Biggenden staged a special cake competition. Well done to all students who submitted an entry, Mr Biggenden was delighted with the wide range of delicious cakes submitted – and most were from Y7!  The winning entries were all from 7B and are pictured below.

The winner was Laia M with a layer cake which had four different flavours representing the countries of Mauritius, England, Scotland and Wales. Extremely creative decoration.

In second place was Oluwanifemi S with a delicious vanilla cake with the Nigerian flag on. It was a very professional cake which was exceptionally well presented.

In third place was Iman K-W with a Jamaican spice cake. Lovely flavours and well decorated with a gold spray finish.

There were a whole range of wonderful entries and thank you to all students that entered.

The winner will receive a £10 Amazon gift voucher. All other entries will receive reward points.

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This week 8H took to the fields to take part in a cross-country run in aid of Children in Need. Fortunately, it stayed dry today!

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The construction of our new Sports Facilities block has started in earnest and is on track to be completed by August 2020.  Our Year 10 DBE (Design the Built Environment) students met with the building contractors to learn more about the design plans and the building process as part of their studies.

Pictured below, Zara R of 10B, Ariona A of 10A and Alex F also of 10A. and recent ones taken on the Sports Hall site.

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Christmas cake cooking club is back! And will be running for the next five weeks. I have a range of ages in the club from Y7 to Y11, which is fantastic. We had great fun Tuesday night preparing our wonderful cakes.  There is nothing like the delicious smell of Christmas cakes to make you feel instantly festive. We will be applying a marzipan icing and adding decoration to them in the weeks to come. During the last week of school, I will be displaying the cakes in the food room and there will be a fun competition for us all to take part in.  

I absolutely love this time of year and making a Christmas cake for the family is such a wonderful tradition I always enjoy.

Mrs Stanley, Senior Technology Technician

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Year 10 visit to Turner Prize 2019: Turner Contemporary Gallery Margate.  The Turner Prize is an award that is presented each year to one British artist. The competition was first held in 1984 and is named after the English painter, William Turner. Each year it is held in different locations around the UK and is organised by the Tate gallery. This year the competition was held at the Turner Contemporary in Margate and the four artists shortlisted this year were Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Oscar Murillo, Helen Cammock and Tai Shani (pictured below). On Wednesday 6th November 2019 two GCSE year 10 art groups went to see the exhibition, however the prize winner will not be announced till Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at an awards ceremony. The winner of the prize wins £25,000 and the three other artists win £5,000.

On Wednesday 6th November Year 10 art GCSE and A Level Art students visited the Turner Prize nominee’s exhibition. At the Turner Contemporary gallery, we took photographs of the different installations and had the opportunity to draw from the different nominees’ art.  We also used what we found out about the art and artists to expand on our information pages that we made about the prize prior to our visit. At the gallery we learned about all the different forms and themes that contemporary art could take on since there was great differences in every nominees’ work. The artists used their pieces to explore important issues, Tai Shani and Helen Cammock tied in ideas of feminism and empowerment of women into both of their art works. Oscar Murillo used his installation to explore ideas of cultural migration, orders and capitalism and Lawrence Abu Hamdan presented the themes of empathy, walls, sound and barriers in his films. The winning Artist will be announced in early December.

By Amelia E and Isabella H Year 10 Art GCSE

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Our Y11 students are making final preparations ahead of their PPE examinations commencing 18th November.  In order to help support their endeavours both in school and at home staff have been reiterating key revision techniques and sharing tips to complement work done at school.  The below check list and revision techniques provide a useful guide to aid general student wellbeing around this busy time and provide them with the necessary tools to maximise their study.

  • Do a little bit of revision every day
  • Revise one GCSE topic every day
  • Create a revision folder
  • Put a copy of the Learning/Revision Techniques (attached) on the fridge/wall
  • Share their chosen 3 or 4 techniques with you
  • Purchase resources such as index cards, post its, multi coloured pens etc.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Ensure good sleeping habits
  • Stay active
  • Take time out from revision
  • Take time out from technology – especially 1 hour before bedtime!
  • Stay calm

WG6 Open Event - Mrs Tiddy, Director of our WG6 would like to thank all students and staff for their hard work, insight and support which ensured Wednesday’s sixth form Open Event was such a successful evening.  The student guides, subject ambassadors and presenters demonstrated eloquently what WG6 can offer potential students and were able to discuss specific courses and answer a whole host of questions.

Each year we hold a whole school assembly in the act of Remembrance, as we reflect upon the sacrifices made by the armed forces during WW1 and beyond.   This year Kaitlin H of 9H joined me to deliver part of the message in recognition of her work in aid of the poppy appeal.  This year Kaitlin baked over 90 special commemorative poppy cupcakes, which were sold during lunch break.  Thank you to our Head Boys from each Wilmington Grammar School who, with me, attended the Remembrance Service and laid wreaths at the Wilmington Memorial.

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All of our Endeavour schools have been marking Remembrance Day this week and it was lovely to see so many students in the crowd at the special Remembrance Service in Dartford on Sunday. In the picture below Mrs Lodge CEO is pictured alongside our Chair of Governors, Mrs Connell with Mr Guthrie and Mr Barnett, Headteachers at WGSB and Stone Lodge School. They formed part of the civic party that processes from the Town Hall to the war memorial.

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The PFA would like to say a huge thank you to all parents/carers for their generous donations for the Christmas Fair as part of ‘own clothes day’.  Please do look out for the Christmas Draw tickets which will be given to students to take home next week and further tickets can be obtained from our reception. 

We look forward to welcoming you at our Christmas Fair on 24th November.

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Cyber Bullying: Please see the letter below from the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner is asking young people to give their views on online safety and cyber bullying. This is an annual survey and therefore of interest in such a rapidly changing environment where young people are often far more exposed and vulnerable than adults.

At Wilmington Grammar School for Girls we pride ourselves in the way we work in partnership to keep young people safe online and we would encourage you to click on the link to see the results of the previous survey and also to encourage your son/daughter to complete this year’s questionnaire. There is also a questionnaire for parents, teachers and officials to complete and this will also provide useful information in identifying the differences in response.

B14Congratulations to Cerise W of 80 and D’Arcy E of 10O who both competed in the recent Dance Fever Sparkle Championships.  Both students represented Goodman Dance School which they attend (Len Goodman of Strictly Come Dancing fame).   The championships are a freestyle dance event with a variety of dance genres at which both girls excelled, winning several first-place awards.  A great achievement ladies!

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Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

 

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