Blog week ending 11th December

Posted on: 11/12/2020

G2It was truly wonderful to have so many countries and cultures represented in our school on our school Culture Day.  We are immensely proud of our diverse yet inclusive school ethos and values here at Wilmignton Grammar School for Girls; our Cultural Day allowed us all to express and celebrate that diversity, to share our cultural heritage, background experiences and ways of viewing the world.  Students and staff embraced the day, wearing clothes from across the globe, sharing ideas and stories .. and looked absolutely fabulous!

In my costume you can see the cultural influence of my Godfather who was a Chaplain in Vevey in Switzerland when I was growing up and it is from him that I have gained the love of the mountains and connection to Switzerland. He bought me my first Swiss National costume when I was just two years old and I have always had one ever since.

Please note, these photos were taken during lunch break and consequently students were, in many cases, eating their lunch, hence some students are not wearing masks.

 

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Christmas Hampers.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, the generosity and thoughtfulness that has gone into every form’s hamper is evident.  The hampers are all beautifully packaged and crucially, are packed with a dazzling array of Christmas essentials and treats.  I have no doubt that the recipients of these beautiful hampers will be overjoyed … and will be able to see the care and good wishes that have gone into making them.

A very small selection of the hampers is shown below.

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Being kind is good for us!  We marked World Kindness Day throughout school with discussions and activities during form time, using the day to remind ourselves of the importance and value of being kind to others .. and ourselves.  We are mindful that this year has been very different - and often difficult - for a lot of people.

Our Wellbeing Managers led a special Kindness Competition to spread some positive vibes across our school!  Thank you to all students who took part and created such wonderful artworks which are currently on display in the Student Managers office.  A special congratulations to the students whose entries won a prize – our School Council Respect Prefects picked the below winners;

Joint 1st place:

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Elouise W, Amelie J, Binu T, Millie A, Kiara P of 8H.  Created a brilliantly creative and thoughtful World Kindness Day video which has been shared with students (stills from the video as below)

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Canvas
Arahni N 8A

Joint 2nd place:

Painted rocks

Chloe J 8E

Kindness Hands drawing

Kinn H 7R

Joint 3rd place:

Poem
Natalia & Eleanor 7E

Painting 
Brianna S of 7R

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Our new Wellbeing Managers office is in the Kelly Holmes Sports and Learning block, students are invited to drop in and view all the wonderful artwork.  Additionally, our SEN advent calendar is lit!  Each day of advent has a small act of kindness challenge .. which can make a huge different to us all!

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Please join us in congratulating four of our sixth form WG6 students who have been successful in securing Oxbridge and medicine interviews.

Belle has an interview to read Experimental Psychology at University of Oxford

Luke has an interview to read Computer Science at University of Cambridge

Ollie has an interview to read Natural Sciences at University of Cambridge

Nadia has an interview to read Medicine at University of Leeds

This is a tremendous achievement and we wish them every luck in their future endeavours.

Mrs Tiddy, Joint Head of WG6

Please see below for information about free meals for children at Asda during December 

Children under 16 can eat free in Asda cafes throughout December - whilst in Tier 3 It is a takeaway service.

Asda has stepped up its support for families across the UK by offering children the chance to eat for free in its cafes throughout December.

All 216 of the supermarket’s cafes are taking part and will provide children under the age of 16 with a meal completely free of any charge when accompanied by an adult. There are no minimum spend requirements or restrictions on the number of children in a family or group that can take advantage of this offer.

Asda cafes located in areas with Tier 3 Covid restrictions will still provide this offer to local children via a takeaway service. The offer will run from December 1st to 31st December except Christmas Day when stores are closed. For further information please click here

Please note that schools are required to provide track and trace details to the government over the Christmas break.  A letter detailing what is required has been emailed home.  To see a copy, please click here

Important change to lunch orders on Friday 18th December.  Due to school finishing early on the last day of term, it will not be possible to provide any hot options for lunch.  Unfortunately, we have had to cancel all lunch time orders made via ParentPay for 18th December and have provided a new cold only replacement menu should your son/daughter require a lunch on that day.  

If you do require a lunch on 18th December (we finish at 12.05pm - staggered dismissal), please order from the new cold menu by midnight on Wednesday 16th December.  Please note that payment from your ParentPay account is only taken when the meal ordered is actually served.

Best wishes,

 

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

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