Blog week ending 13th December

Posted on: 13/12/2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

G1As we draw to the end of the first long term I wanted to write and firstly thank you all for your support across this term with the wide range of school events.  It is a pleasure each week to update you all through the school blog and I am always amazed and proud by the wide range of achievements of our students.

It has been very pleasing to see how well the year 11 have prepared for their PPE’s and they are currently working hard with staff identifying gaps and areas to develop as they move towards their final examinations.  The girls had a very mature and sensible approach to the examinations and continue to impress with their engagement with various interventions and targeted support. 

Year 13 return following the Christmas break to their PPE’s and it is important that they also take time to prepare for these important examinations. All departments have been giving clear guidance on what they need to prepare and the format of the examinations.  I am sure that with careful planning they will be able to enjoy a well-earned break as well as complete the required revision.

The Christmas holidays are a good time to check uniform and I would ask parents to ensure that uniform is correct, ready for the start of the new year, with a particular focus on skirt length as a number of our senior students appear to have grown dramatically and their skirts are no longer appropriate lengths. Thank you for your assistance with this.

At the end of term we say farewell to Mr Chenu from the MFL department as he leaves us to take up a post at a school nearer to his home.  We would like to wish him well for his next post.  As a result we are delighted to be joined by Mrs I Cantos-Moreno a very experienced MFL teacher joining from Dartford Grammar School in January.  I am sure that she will be given a warm welcome.

I am pleased to introduce two new members of staff who have joined us at the end of this term, Mrs Michelle Bexley who joins the staff team as Head teachers PA and Office Manager and also Mrs Nishita Rana who joins us as Admissions Officer and PA to the Senior Team. 

The term ends on Friday 20th December at 1pm and we return to school on Monday 6th January. Arrangements with the bus companies are being finalised and we will update you as soon as they have confirmed the arrival times.

Professor Lord Robert Winston was greeted like a rock star when he addressed our Biology, Chemistry and RS and Ethics GCSE and A Level students.  He delivered a thrilling talk which challenged the students’ knowledge and perception of the scientific world in the context of changing times of development, social change, human endeavour and medical advancement.

Professor Winston is a compelling and engaging speaker who had both students and staff gripped for the duration of his talk.  His work generated a plethora of questions related to the talk and their understanding of his work.  It was evident that Professor Winston valued their input and responded to each and every question with warmth, consideration and interest.  When one student asked “what is your proudest achievement” the professor answered “I have been involved in the research and discovery of many important projects, however, I consider my own children to be my greatest achievement and am immensely proud of the people they have become and contribution to society they make in their daily lives.” A very modest and human response from one of our country’s most eminent scientists.

Professor Winston posed for countless photos and ‘selfies’ as he was followed through the school .. still answering questions and posing for more photos.   It was incredibly exciting to see our students so thoroughly engaged in a talk related to their studies and for so many to attend such a special enrichment activity.

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Mandarin Students travelled to central London to participate in the Mandarin Speaking Competition.  It was a challenging event which required students to perform a play in Mandarin as well as attending individual competitions.  All girls demonstrated proficiency, skill and great determination – we are all immensely proud of you.  The results will be available in due course.

Please join me in congratulating the following students on their performance;

8A           Christabel O and Rachel M

8B           Yakshana N

9A           Arooj K, Ellie K & Isabel F

10H        Ruslana M

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Students at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls have been extending their knowledge of the political parties, the process of the General Election and the voting system via a series of sessions in Form Time.  Students were introduced to the idea of a secret ballot as students took to the polls to cast their vote in the WGSG Election.

The final results saw Labour gain a small majority.  Students discussed that fact that despite not gaining half the votes, Labour secured over half the seats.  Thank you to Mr Atkins for running our mock election, it stimulated discussion and interest in yesterdays election and the purpose of voting.

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Well done to our KS3 and KS4 Elite Badminton teams.  All played extremely well in the School Games Badminton competition this week.  KS4 team qualified for the next round – Congratulations girls!

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WG6 Biology A Level students have been investigating a dilution series for the process of diffusion.  Beetroot and detergent were used to test how much pigment (betalains) is released at different concentrations using a colorimeter.

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Congratulations to the winners of our Christmas Prize Draw – I hope I picked your name!

1st Prize (2 x Eurostar Tickets) - Mrs Cox

2nd Prize (Golf Day for 4) - Mr Gristwood

3rd Prize (£100 Love2Shop Vouchers) - Mrs Bastick

4th Prize (£50 John Lewis Vouchers) - O'Reilly

5th Prize (£50 Bluewater Vouchers) – Nash

Our PFA would like to thank all those who participated in the Draw and who continue to support our fund-raising efforts.  The Draw generated £1,500 which will go toward school equipment for our new Sports and Teaching Block.

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The Science Department are feeling especially festive - You know Christmas is coming when the Chemistree is up!

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May I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

 

Michelle Lawson

 

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