Blog week ending 25th September

Posted on: 25/09/2020

Unfortunately, we have had a confirmed case of Covid-19 within our school community. Having followed Public Health England (PHE) guidance, 147 pupils in our Year 11 bubble and four members of staff are now self-isolated at home until October 2nd.  Remote learning began immediately through Microsoft TEAMs and students are following their usual timetable and having their normal lessons with their teachers remotely.  I would like to thank our students, parents and carers and staff for their ongoing support and hard work at this time. The rest of the school remains open with staff and students continuing to follow PHE guidance in terms of social distancing, handwashing and cleaning to minimise the spread of the virus and ensure pupils and staff can continue to learn and work in a safe environment.  Letters have been sent out to all parents and carers to explain in more detail.

European Day of Languages takes place 26 September so with this in mind, Wilmington Grammar School for Girls celebrated language and cultural diversity in the MFL dept and across the school this week.  Students shared knowledge of phrases or words they know from visiting other countries or from a home language, took part in language quizzes, as well as making their own ‘Hello’ badges taken from a list of how to say ‘Hello’ in 100 languages!

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.

If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” ― Nelson Mandela

The below link is a song from Frozen sung in 25 different languages!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC83NA5tAGE

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Physics A level students are currently studying capacitators.  A capacitor is a device that stores electrical energy in an electric field.  In this practical lesson Students made a capacitator to demonstrate their understanding of the topic.

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Year 10 Food Technology GCSE students are perfecting their ‘prepare, combine and shape’ skills within nutrition to fully understand how macro nutrients work together.  This recipe required students to fillet and steam fish before making the fish cakes.

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We were thrilled to hear the news that former student Krystel Richards has just been named ‘Royal Television Society Young Technologist of the Year 2020’ 

Krystel started her career on the BBC Broadcast Engineering Apprenticeship, where she took part in unique placements with CNN, Digital UK and the BBC, earning a first-class degree.  We would like to extend our warmest wishes to Krystel as she continues to excel in her chosen field and look forward to hearing about future projects.

Krystel said about her award “I am delighted to receive such a prestigious award and would like to thank all who have and continue to spend countless hours sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with me as I start out in my career.

“These uncertain times have brought challenges but the industry has adapted and pushed technology to its limits; it is this innovation that makes television such an exciting field of work, with opportunities at every turn. Looking ahead I hope to use this win as a platform to share my experiences and celebrate the successes of apprenticeships in STEM.”

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Our extra-curriculum offering is being reviewed and refined to ensure compliance with our COVID policy.  However, we are currently able to offer Acting and Musical Theatre classes via an external specialist practitioner. For further information and to book, please see the below.

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"The person you are is a thousand times more interesting than the best actor you could ever hope to be"…..  -Stanislavski

Which is true, but that doesn’t mean we won’t keep trying our hardest to disprove it! Our students work closely with us to understand the process of inhabiting a role. Asking questions of themselves about the characters they are creating, the physical demonstration of emotions, learning about the major practitioners, stagecraft, theatrical convention, vocal modulation, physicality, subtext, and how to convince an audience to suspend their disbelief.

 

We are incredibly proud of the consistently excellent results achieved by our students from Grade 1 to Grade 8, with the vast majority achieving Merits and Distinctions. Students passing grades 6, 7 & 8 are awarded UCAS points which are of tremendous benefit to anyone pursuing further study.

In addition to the recognised qualifications achieved with LAMDA exams, the lessons are of tremendous benefit to students studying GCSE and A level Drama as they offer a deeper insight into the subject. We are offering lessons to students from year 7 to year 13, via ZOOM for now and we are opening our books for new students starting at school this September.  A 1 hour, online small group lesson in Acting, Musical Theatre or Mime, years 7 to 11, costs £10 a week and can be arranged by emailing kellywoods500@outlook.com

PFA.  As you would expect it is virtually impossible for us to hold our typical fundraisers at this time, so our online shopping fundraising initiatives will be crucial in enabling us to raise money to support the school, particularly, in respect of new equipment for the new Sport Hall.  Easyfundraising - By signing up and using the following link when you shop online with more than 3,300 well-known online stores such as Amazon, eBay, John Lewis will earn free donations for WGSG at no additional cost to you.  Please click here for further information and to sign up. 

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Best wishes,

 

Michelle Lawson

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