Blog week ending 6th December

Posted on: 06/12/2019

This week I would like to begin by encouraging you to join us for the Carol Service which is a joint event with Wilmington Grammar for Boys on Thursday 12th December.  The service is at St. Michaels Church in Wilmington and starts at 6.30p.m.  This is a lovely opportunity to take part in a traditional carol service with wonderful music from the students from both schools. 

On Monday, Year 7 celebrated our annual Bookbuzz event.  Bookbuzz is a scheme by the BookTrust that aims to encourage reading for pleasure.  Funded by the PFA, each pupil in Year 7 was gifted a book to take home, keep and enjoy.  There was an amazing selection of titles to choose from, including Jelly by Jo Cotterill, When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth and Who Killed Darius Drake? by Rodman Philbrick. 

All 15 titles are available to borrow from the School Library.  Once again, we would like to thank the PFA for their continued support and for helping to make such a wonderful celebration of reading for the students possible.

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Thank you to our PFA who funded the Bookbuzz event and provided refreshments and help on the day.

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Peer Mentoring Scheme.  Our WG6 students provide an opportunity for students to receive support and guidance during form time on a Tuesday morning.  WG6 students can provide help with homework, planning and revision tips as well as offering support and reassurance with any other issue students may experience.  Our WG6 mentors offer a relatable and empathetic provision – they understand completely the issues students encounter, as they have experienced them first hand themselves. 

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Head Student Jonathan Bateman together with Josh Tydell delivered an assembly to Year 13 students compelling them to participate in the forthcoming election.  Jonathan and Josh presented an overview of each party manifesto with a brief outline of the implication of the proposed policies.  Their message was clear, take part, get involved, and if you are not yet old enough to vote, influence those around you to ensure they take advantage of their right to vote.

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We will be supporting Jumper for Jimmy on Friday 13th December where students are invited to wear a Christmas jumper in addition to their uniform.  The £1 payment is available to pay on ParentPay and should be made in advance of the day.  The charity, which creates Safe Havens for young people was set up following the murder of Jimmy Mizen in 2008.  For more details concerning For Jimmy and the community projects undertaken please click here

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Congratulations to WG6 student Luke Jackson who has qualified for the British Schools Judo Championships in March 2020.  This follows medal successes at both the London and Southern Area Qualifiers.  Luke has had a busy six months of competitions, which included the London Youth Games, Kent International and various other open competitions since June. Luke has been fighting since he was six and is a member of three different judo clubs.

Luke is pictured on the far left

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Please note that copies of all recent school correspondence can be found on our website here

Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

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