Blog week ending 14th February

Posted on: 13/02/2020

Year 7 have been studying the poem ‘Macavity: The Mystery Cat’ by TS Eliot this term and Drama lessons have been lively and entertaining. 7B performed different interpretations of the poem and students brought in props and costumes to make the performance even better. Well done to the brave singers and thank you for working hard!

The picture includes: Maisie, Tatyana, Maeve, Abigail and Ffion.

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February 2020 marks the annual Harry Potter Book Night, when fans of all ages are invited to celebrate the wonder and magic of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. 

To celebrate, the Library held a special Harry Potter lunch for students who had won tickets.

The students entered the Library through Platform 9 ¾ and were sorted into Houses (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw & Slytherin) using ‘sorting cupcakes’. 

After our feast, they worked in house teams to complete a Scavenger hunt to find the missing Polyjuice ingredients.  Once complete they drank some Polyjuice and turned into Snape, Crabbe, Goyle and Pansy. 

They then used their Potter knowledge to answer some picture quiz questions.  The winning team, Ravenclaw, won HP badges and pads.

We also played ‘Pin the Sock on Dobby’, with the winner Jaime taking home a HP notebook and wand pencil.

Great fun was had by all - We are already looking forward to next year!

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Enjoying the ‘sorting cupcakes’ … revealing red sweets

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Pin the sock on Dobby!

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Five girls from Y8 and Y9 went to central London to attend the Final of The Mandarin speaking competition. The students performed incredibly well, demonstrating the progress they have made in their language skills. Although they missed out on winning the top prize, they had a wonderful experience competing against students from a range of schools including specialist independent schools and had some very positive feedback from the Mandarin teachers. Please join me in congratulating them.

They are: Ellie K, Arooj K, Isabel F, Rachel M and Yakshana!

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As part of the programme of support for our GCSE students, all Y11 attended a Study Skills Workshop delivered by external specialist practitioners Life Skills Company.  The session provided a series of practical and valuable techniques and pointers to maximise students’ study and revision time.  All departments are providing additional support sessions for GCSE students, including the two featured below.

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Year 11 Art GCSE students are working hard on their exam preparation theme for 'Event'. Researching their ideas and investigating their personal sub themes. 

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The Science Department subscribe to Educake Science which is an online resource with thousands of sample GCSE questions, all designed to improve and assess students’ knowledge and understanding of the examination body’s curriculum.  Students use the service as a revision tool to familiarise themselves with question styles and crucially; practice examination level questions.  Mrs Munden, Head of Science tracks students’ usage of the service and creates weekly ‘League Tables’.  The weekly leaders win prizes for Number of Questions Answered and Percentage of Questions Answered Correctly.

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The GCSE Music group are coming to the end of their course work preparation time. Here is Happiness Y11, singing her solo with one of our fantastic peripatetic singing teachers Sandra.

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The PFA Quiz Night proved to be a very enjoyable and stimulating evening!  Our winners for the Quiz were "The Dooley Reserves', which included Mr & Mrs Atkins, Mr Lennon, Mr Harrison, Mr Barnes and their respective other halves.  The group which came last place also won a 'booby prize' and comprised of girls in Y7 - The Cheeky Chestnuts.  

We would like to thank all the parents, students, teachers, staff (including our dinner ladies), trustees (we had Paul Clark and Diane), alumni and local residents who attended (some came from as far as Bean). We would like to thank David Marchant who was our scorekeeper for the night and David Mote (former Dartford Mayor) who was our Quizmaster. 

Overall, the PFA raised just over £1000.

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As I am sure you are aware, each student in the school is issued with a Smart ID card. Your son/daughter must ensure they have this card with them at all times, as they are used for Library ID, for payment of school lunches, and for access control around the school.

If they are lost, the office should be informed immediately so that the card can be blocked, and a replacement organised. Replacements cost £5, and will be charged to your ParentPay account.

Although the lunch account can be looked up manually by the catering team, this causes backlogs at the checkouts during lunch. To minimise delays, those children without lunch cards will be served at the very end of service, once the main rush has died down.

The school would appreciate it if you could reinforce the importance of the ID card to your son/daughter and impress upon them the need to have it with them at all times.

It's Movie Night!  Year 9 & 10 students are invited to a special PFA Wilmington Grammar School for Girls screening of a classic film (which the students are currently voting for!)  It will be held in the school hall on Friday 13th March at 4.30pm. 

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Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

 

 

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