Blog week ending 7th February

Posted on: 07/02/2020

It was with great pleasure that I hosted a lunch for a group of our school supporters, friends and neighbours.  This was an opportunity for them to meet me, and other new staff members, hear about new school developments and tour the new sports hall site.  We are incredibly proud of our school community ethos and it is an honour to maintain the school’s valuable and long-standing relationship with our many supporters.

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Students from Y8-12 visited Superdrug head office as part of their Modern Muse programme.  Wilmington Grammar Schools have been part of the scheme for the past two years.  Today was the introductory meeting for the new group of students to be involved.  Our students were asked questions by two panels to establish their career aspirations, to find out about their favourite subjects and to explore their perception of retail.  Crucially, the panel were keen to understand our students’ view of sustainability and whether a company’s position would influence their decision on pursuing a career with them.  Our relationship with Superdrug provides exceptional opportunities to explore apprenticeship options, provide work placements as well as valuable interview practice and business exposure.  Past placements have included marketing placements where students had direct input in forthcoming Superdrug advertising campaigns.

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Mrs Dhaliwal, our Assistant Head Teacher (Teaching & Learning) and teacher of Religious Studies is currently working with Y7 students as they learn about Judaism.  In this lesson students were learning about and discussing Passover.  Working in groups, each student took responsibility for an element of the story which they researched and shared with their group. 

Mrs Dhaliwal is currently in role as maternity cover whilst Mrs Byham is on leave with her new daughter.

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English students travelled to the GCSE LIVE! Poetry event.  Students enjoyed live performances by some of Britain’s best poets including Simon Armitage the Oxford Professor of Poetry and Carol Ann Duffy who is one of the most read, studied and loved of today’s poets - and both Poet Laureates.  I would have loved to have attended to have the opportunity to be part of the audience when these poets performed their work! 

This was a truly exhilarating revision session which also included sessions with highly experienced Chief Examiners who dealt with skills vital for success in the GCSE English Literature examinations.  A perfect event to inspire and aid learning in preparation for the summer examination.

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Spotlight on the PE Department.  Our PE department is a vibrant and stimulating area of learning with classrooms that include, computer suites, sports fields, gyms and will have much more besides once our new facility is completed this summer.  In addition to our regular KS3 and KS4 provision we offer a wealth of extra-curriculum subjects and enrichment opportunities which are updated regularly and can be viewed on our website here.  Involvement in tournaments with other Kent schools is encouraged and achievements at these and in other sports that students participant in outside of school are all celebrated in the department and on the pages of these blogs.

Year 8 PE students have learned about, then created, their own Bollywood India dance routine.  Indian dance features numerous symbols and gestures that have meanings and can help tell a story in dance.  Our students embraced the topic and created beautiful dances including hand movements, as a form of sign language. 

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Well done to those girls who took part in the Kent Schools Trampolining Competition this week.  Students worked individually and in team events, Lucy M of 8C came 1st in her age group with Angeleena K of 7C 4th and Lucy P of 7A 10th.

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Another great sporting performance, this time for our U13 netball team who took part in the Bexley U13’s Netball Tournament.  It was a very cold afternoon but four wins, lots of goals, lots of smiles and a twisted ankle later, the intrepid team came 4th!

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Netball Tour.  The dates have been confirmed for our Disneyland Netball Tour - Sunday 5th April - Thursday 9th April. Please ensure all return slips are handed in with confirmation of attendance at the information evening on Tuesday 10th March together with the hoody size required.

This atmospheric night-time photo of the new Sports Hall and Teaching Block shows just how much the building has progressed. The next stage of the build is to lay in the new power, gas and electrical supplies and then to clad the outside walls, making it weather proof.  The PE department are counting down the days till we take possession of the new facilities in August!

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This week we have begun to celebrate Internet Safety Week through the assembly theme ‘Be Strong Online’.  The girls have considered the actions of their digital footprint and how it can influence their future.  Please follow this LINK for information and advice of how to support young people online.

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There are now less than 100 days until our Year 11's first GCSE exam. This week we have launched our 100 day countdown to help focus students’ minds and enable them to plan their preparation effectively.  A letter will be sent out with full details and access to further resources.

 

Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

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