Blog week ending 13th November

Posted on: 13/11/2020

Remembrance Day.  We came together as a whole school (albeit via the power of Teams) to remember and reflect on the sacrifices so many made to ensure our continued safety and liberty.  In some ways we recognise this current pandemic as a conflict, one which requires us all to unite and support each other to help ensure our safety.  The message of Remembrance, that we might give thanks to those who protect us is as meaningful now as it was during times of war.  Our doctors, servicemen, nurses and police continue to serve and protect us, frequently putting our needs ahead of their own.  Remembering the 100th anniversary of the unnamed warrior reminds us all of the importance of those who have given so much.

During the assembly I shared the song Remembrance Day by Mark Knopfler.  The song’s lyrics so poignantly convey the message of Remembrance. please click to view on YouTube here

On Wednesday, I accompanied our Head Girl and Head Boy who represented the school to place a wreath at the Wilmington War Memorial.

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Lessons are now well underway in the new The Dame Kelly Holmes Sport & Learning Centre.  Pictured below, a Y10 GCSE PE lesson where students are applying their learned techniques as they complete a timed circuit training course. 

Bottom image, a WG6 English A Level lesson.

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I am delighted to share the news coverage of two of our Endeavour MAT staff members who received awards in the recent Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2020.  Mrs Martin, our Careers and Work Experience Coordinator was awarded Support Staff member of the year while Mr Sage of WGSB, was crowned secondary teacher of the year for the Dartford and Gravesham District.

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Year 8 Art students are currently working on an artist transcription project. They have selected an artist to study and are creating copies of their work to better understand the artistic methods, approach and motivation of the artist.  Farha S has been studying the artist Sarah Graham, who is known for her colourful hyperrealist style that evokes nostalgic memories for childhood with her popular images of sweets and toys.

Farha’s study and below that images of Sarah Graham’s work.

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To view Sarah Graham in her studio please click here 

Our Science Department is working to enable key practical lessons to continue.  Chemistry A Level students have been determining the rate of reaction using the Iodine ‘clock’ method.  Students planned and carried out the experiment then processed and evaluated their resulting data.

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Biology A Level students have been investigating the effect of temperature on membrane permeability.  Using a colorimeter, students tabled their results before using the data to make a graph tabling temperature against absorbance.

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Darent Valley Hospital have taken to Facebook to appeal to local children to create festive art to decorate their wards this Christmas.  If you would like to contribute to their display, please send your pictures to the address in the Facebook post below.

Click here to go to their Facebook page

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Across our Trust students and staff are adapting to the latest measures to ensure the safety of our school communities.  Please be assured that any measures introduced are only with the best interests of our students and staff and to ensure that we adopt protocols with the specific ambition of keeping our students and staff safe and our schools open. 

Pictured, students and staff from across our schools (note Mrs Holden sporting her Remembrance Day poppy mask!)

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Forthcoming.  Our GCSE Year 11 students will be undertaking their PPE’s this month from the 16th November to 27th November. 

Best wishes,

Mrs Michelle Lawson

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