Endeavour MAT Home School Newsletter 19th June

Posted on: 19/06/2020

Endeavour MAT Newsletter 19th June 2020  E

Space.  The final frontier!  Star Trek, and countless other films and books have helped fire our imagination and desire to learn about the vast expanse surrounding Earth.  The first Moon landing in 1969 was watched by an estimated 600 million people around the world making heroes of the intrepid astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and opening up endless possibilities for new discoveries (and preferred career choices!) for a whole generation.

Across our schools our students share that sense of awe and desire to learn and explore distant stars and galaxies through their studies.  Space is a subject that fascinates and engages students, encouraging them to ask questions about the world around them and to truly appreciate how amazing and unique our own planet is, and how vital it is that we understand the impact of humans on our home and how to protect it.

As part of their studies, our Y7 students make detailed models of the solar system which demonstrate their understanding of the topic and provide wonderful 3D learning aids.  Our WGSB Y7 students have been completing their models this week and include the brilliant models below.  Additionally, students at WGSB have been completing accompanying posters depicting astronomy constellations.

Jude G of 7N with his excellent work on constellations.

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Atiksh of 7D created a model with detailed annotations to give further information on each of the planets in our solar system.

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Babatishe A has produced a striking piece of artwork for his chosen star constellation

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Aadit S of 7N displaying his excellent constellation poster

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Niall S from 7S has included his extensive research on the topic.

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David D of 7N has made this impactful and evocative piece of art to show his star constellation

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Louis D in 7D has made a model that shows the position of each of the planets in relation to the sun.

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Harvin D has made this well annotated poster

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Franco M of 7S has created this beautifully illustrated constellation – great work!

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NASA’s website offers an exciting insight into their work and space missions as well as an opportunity to watch a series of events live.  To find out more and for a list of their planned events visit https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

Or visit their International Space Station for a virtual tour here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06-Xm3_Ze1o&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2XbFVHswJrZHwj1p4iNHS8l5FcsTttccwupMu1tcz-8VlZcUVH82Mf1eE

Our ‘critics choices’ for this week include some recommended films from Miss Tame, Head of Science at WGSB and are all based on true events.

Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 094836Apollo 11.  Never-before-seen footage and audio recordings take you straight into the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission as astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins embark on a historic trip to the moon.


Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 094845Apollo 13.  This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts' survival and their safe return to Earth.

Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 094854October Sky.  John Hickam (Chris Cooper) is a West Virginia coal miner who loves his job and expects his sons, Jim (Scott Miles) and Homer (Jake Gyllenhaal), to follow in his footsteps. But Jim gets a football scholarship, and Homer becomes interested in rocket science after seeing Sputnik 1 crossing the sky. John disapproves of his son's new mania, but Homer begins building rockets with the help of friends and a sympathetic teacher (Laura Dern). Rocketry, he hopes, will prove his ticket to a better life.

Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 094903First Man.  Hoping to reach the moon by the end of the decade, NASA plans a series of extremely dangerous, unprecedented missions in the early 1960s. Engineer Neil Armstrong joins the space program, spending years in training and risking his life during test flights. On July 16, 1969, the nation and world watch in wonder as Armstrong and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins embark on the historic Apollo 11 spaceflight.

Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 094914Hidden Figures.  Three brilliant African-American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.


Our Librarians Ms Fisk and Mrs Black have chosen their recommended books; a mix of fact and fiction must-reads!

Screen Shot 2020 06 19 at 09.49.30Space: The Whole Whizz Bang Theory by Glenn Murphy -What is the Universe? What would happen if you were flying a spaceship near a Black Hole? How do we know that stars and galaxies are billions of years old?



Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 094941Unlocking the Universe by Stephen and Lucy Hawking - What would it have been like to walk the lava-filled earth four and a half billion years ago? Or take your first step on the surface of the moon? And what would you do if robots took over the world? A book based on real-life facts - together Lucy and Stephen have collected an incredible wealth of information about everything from life on Mars to the secrets of black holes.

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The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook foreword by Tim Peake written by Louie Stowell – If you long to fly into space, this book is for you. From training tips and spacewalk hints, to instructions on how to go to the toilet in space, it’s packed with real life astronaut knowledge.



Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 095002Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce - Liam is too big for his boots. And his football strip. And his school blazer. But being super-sized height-wise has its advantages: he's the only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force-defying Cosmic rollercoaster - or to be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best boy for the job? Sometimes being big isn't all about being a grown-up.

Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 095011The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James.  Romy is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship, the loneliest girl in the universe. Until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth—with a single passenger on board, a boy called J. Their only communication with each other is via email, which take months to transmit. What does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

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The Final Six by Alexandra Monir.  When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with twenty-two of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. With Earth irreparably damaged, the future of the human race rests on their shoulders.

Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 095030Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Space by Katie Tsang When Sam gets the chance to go to Space Camp with his friends this summer, he has never been more excited. He is desperate for everyone to love it as much as he does - and together win the Space Camp Challenge trophy! But not everybody at Space Camp is ready to be a team player and for Sam it's starting to look like winning the trophy might be as difficult as landing on the moon!

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - It's an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and his best friend has just announced that he's an alien. At this moment, they're hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed, in large friendly letters, with the words: DON'T PANIC.

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick – An epic journey through time and space. The final tale, “The Song of Destiny”, is the story of a spaceship travelling from Earth to find a new home for humanity, spinning through space in an ever-accelerating series of spirals. The ship carries 500 passengers and 10 crew; one of them is woken every 10 years to perform basic checks.


This week we were delighted to welcome Y10 & 12 students back to WGSG and WGSB.  It was absolutely lovely to see them and they seemed very pleased to be back at school .. and were still smiling at the end of the day despite being tired out!

Pictured, students debate, and present their views based on the questions:  What is the future of technology- should we colonise space? Should we have toppled the statue of Edward Colston or done something else with it? To what extent can we have freedom of speech?

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Stone Lodge School has also been able to extend its provision for face-to-face lessons in school.  Each group (or bubble) of twelve Y7 students receive eight lessons a week (over two mornings) in addition to the provision they provide for their key worker families.  These lessons are in conjunction with a series of home school lessons and face-to-face home lessons via Teams.  The students were clearly pleased to be back in school!

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Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 095648 “I was struggling to concentrate at home, and I was getting distracted by my Xbox!  I like coming into school to work and see my friends, I’ve got into a good routine which I really like”  Archie


Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 095700“I was getting bored at home and finding it hard to work in my bedroom and the wifi is annoying.  I’ve been negotiating with my dad as he incentivises me by getting me a treat for every four pieces of work I complete!”  Libby .. who’s demonstrating excellent negotiation skills!


Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 095710“It’s much better coming to school to do my work, I get much more done and I can ask the teacher or my friends if I get stuck or don’t know what to do next”  Daniel


“It’s really hectic at home, my brother wants me to play with him and everyone is trying to use the laptop, but at school I’ve got everything I need and no distractions”  Charlie

Screen shot 2020 06 19 at 095721Stone Lodge School is launching a staff mentoring project to provide additional support to around 50 students who would benefit from regular contact and guidance at home.  The scheme ensures that students are able to keep on top of the work set and can talk through any questions as they arise” David commented “Mr Barnett phones me to see how I’m getting on with my work and it helps because he can explain things I’m stuck on and get me started. He also helps me to plan my time by helping me make a timetable that works for me and when I have access to the laptop I use at home".

Our Head of Science at WGSG is an accomplished musician and member of the Belvedere Concert Band who have been providing ‘virtual concerts’ via YouTube.  To enjoy one of their concerts visit  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keGwrxWW--M

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Farha S of WGSG 7A and her sisters have made a beautiful art mural for Darent Valley Hospital

Farha told us “I wanted to share my lockdown story with you. As my sister is an Art Therapy Volunteer, she was asked to create a mural for the Darent Valley Hospital Jasmine ward. So, my sisters and I created this piece. I painted the all Jasmine flowers and and the bird on the painting. I am very pleased that the staff liked it so much. Because we could not source paper big enough for a mural, we recycled wallpaper!”

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Farha with her sisters and staff with her artwork in-situ at the Jasmine Ward.  Staff commented “Thank you for your incredible contribution, and for bringing so much joy to Jasmine ward!” for more details on Farha’s Art Therapy project visit https://www.facebook.com/816279925068226/posts/3569176563111868/?d=n

What an amazing piece of art and wonderful, kind act to support the local NHS community.

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As part of Year 7's learning skills enterprise project, WGSG students have been designing (and some making) face masks.  The students have approached the task thoughtfully, ensuring their designs were well-designed, artistically strong and commercially viable.  Additionally, some students made prototypes of their design .. well done everyone!

Iona S of 7A– I just need some space! – we love the design and caption on this one!

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Maisie C of 7A - Save lives and lipstick - 7A – fun and lighthearted, yet well designed face mask

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Lucy P of 7A - green ‘Gucci-esque’ – A very high-end looking yet practical face mask!

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Farha S of 7A – Lip-reading mask.  A thoughtful design with specialist adaptations – very good!

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Abby T of 7A – Bees – a beautifully designed and executed mask Abby .. ready to wear!

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Izabella C of 7O - NHS  - using the rainbow motif to raise money and awareness – good approach Izabella

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Chloe J of 7O - Lion – A brilliant idea with almost limitless design potential – and it looks amazing on! 7O

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So many of us have been spending more time experimenting in the kitchen and learning new techniques and recipes including Rahan of WGSB who shared his recipe for homemade bread - doesn’t his finished loaf look delicious!


500g Bread flour

1tbsp olive oil

7g yeast

300ml warm water.


Knead together and push seeds on top. Leave to rise in a warm place (it’s really fascinating to watch it rise!).

Bake at 180 for 20 mins and then a further 5 mins at 200 for a crust.

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Ben H of WGSB Y9 has been making himself very popular with his family with his excellent baking skills, don’t these Brownies look tempting?

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Mason of WGSB made this gorgeous white chocolate cheesecake at the weekend which tasted every bit as divine as it looked!  Mason is working towards his Food Technology GCSE and is clearly a talented chef! 

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We hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend … to finish, Dr Newson of WGSG’s weekly dose of fun!

A frog telephones the Psychic Hotline. His Personal Psychic Advisor tells him, "You are going to meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you."

The frog is thrilled! "This is great! Will I meet her at a party?"

"No," says his advisor, "in her biology class."

Teacher: “Name two pronouns?” Student: “Who, me?”


A man went into a fish shop and said, “Can I have a tail end, please?”

So the man behind the counter said, ‘And they all lived happily ever after.’

The latest letters from our Head Teachers can be referenced on the Correspondence page of the school website here.  Please send any photos or stories for the newsletter to Grace Wellcoat at gwellcoat@endeavour-mat.co.uk.

Very best wishes,


Mrs Lodge CEO Endeavour MAT, Mrs Lawson HT, WGSG, Mr Guthrie HT, WGSB and Mr Barnett HT, Stone Lodge School.


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