Blog week ending 22 November

Posted on: 22/11/2019

Our A Level WG6 Art students visited the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly to view the Anthony Gormley Exhibition.  Students took part in a digital drawing workshop, sculpture and zine making, as well as capturing sketches and photographs from the exhibition to use as stimulus for their own coursework.  The exhibition is running until the 3rd Dec, for further information please see their website here

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Our Science Department are delighted to share the news that Professor Sir Robert Winston will be visiting our school on the 29th November to deliver a talk to our GCSE Triple Scientists and a further talk to our WG6 A Level Biologists, Chemists and RS students.  This is a thrilling enrichment opportunity to hear from a pioneer in fertility treatment and students are expected to have prepared beforehand and come armed with questions about his ongoing research and specialism.

Professor Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London.  He developed gynaecological surgical techniques that improved fertility treatments, then later pioneered new treatments to improve  in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and developed pre-implantation diagnosis. Robert Winston has over 300 scientific publications about human reproduction and the early stages of pregnancy. Robert Winston is also Chairman of the Genesis Research Trust – a charity which raised over £13 million to establish the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology and which now funds high quality research into women’s health and babies.

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Y9 Biology Students conducted a series of food tests during a practical lesson.  Using a variety of food samples students conducted tests to determine the level of fat and protein present.  They then tabled their observations and analysed results to test their hypothesis.

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WG6 Physics A Level students conducted an experiment to determine the value of resistivity of a wire. The resistivity is a fundamental property of a material that determines how good a conductor the material is.

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WG6 A Level Chemistry students successfully completed a Practical Activity Group (required practical for their A Level course) on the topic of Tritation.  This involved students carrying out an acid-base tritation to work out the identity of a carbonate.

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WG6 Chemistry A Level students have completed an experiment to determine the mass of Copper carbonate.   They determined the amount of carbon dioxide produced in the reaction then calculated how Copper carbonate was used in the reaction.

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Year 12 Biology A Level students are broadening their knowledge of osmosis.  In this practical experiment students examined osmosis in artificial cells using serial dilutions of sugar solution.

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The theme for Anti-Bullying week this year is ‘Change Starts with Us’.  Miss Redsell, Head of Year 8 presented an assembly to her year group addressing the forms bullying can take, the support available at WGSG and to reinforce the message that we all have a collective responsibility to stop bullying.

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Please be aware that there will be a limited breakfast and break menu (below) on the days of the Christmas Lunch which is scheduled for the 13th December. 

Breakfast - Bacon & Sausage Rolls & Break Service - Croissants/Waffles/Sausage Rolls

News from our PFA.   We are delighted to announce the winners of the WGSG Monthly Draw;

September, 1st Prize - L Ward

September, 2nd Prize - S Hillsdon

October, 1st Prize - A Baker

October, 2nd Prize - P Landers

November 1st Prize - M Van der Elst

November, 2nd Prize - D Moore 

We look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas Fair on Sunday 24th November for a truly festive shopping experience!  In addition to the gift stalls and exciting tombolas and hamper raffles there will be refreshments, including mince pies and mulled wine as well as chilli con carne and teriyaki noodles!  Please come and support our PFA and students, the Mayor of Dartford will be supporting our event, and attending at around 12 pm.

The Christmas Draw tickets were given to students to bring home earlier this week – please fill in the stubs and return to reception in an envelope marked for the attention of the PFA.  Good luck everyone.  Please could you return any unwanted tickets to reception.

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Well done to Thais and the A&V Junior Group for doing so well in the Group League Table at the Edinburgh Thistle Competition. Thais won a silver medal in the Group competition, and overall taking second place in the Group League, Thais also secured second place in her individual ribbon routine out of 16 girls.

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Congratulations to Morgan C of 10H and Gabriella S of 8A who both successfully auditioned for the intermediate dance ensemble in this year’s Gravesend pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. The girls have just started rehearsals and look forward to performing throughout December.  To find out more, and to book tickets please visit The Woodville Theatre’s website here

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Best wishes,

 

Michelle Lawson

 

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