Blog week ending 30th April

Posted on: 30/04/2021

This term we welcome new Teacher of Science, Mrs Ahmed, Librarian, Mr Lees who will be responsible for our Library whilst Mrs Black is on Maternity leave and welcome back from maternity leave Mrs Dent, Head of Music.  Additionally, Mrs Norton joins our WG6 office and Mrs Seery will be taking over morning reception duties.  

In time, you will have the opportunity to meet our new staff in person, but for now, a virtual introduction!

G2Mr Lees, Librarian. “I joined Wilmington Grammar School for Girls in April as maternity cover Librarian. Prior to this, I have worked within a number of professions including the museum profession and teaching. I am very passionate about promoting reading and believe reading for both pleasure and learning is one of the most valuable and rewarding activities. Outside of work, and when not buried in a book, I enjoy hiking, cooking, keeping fit, travel, film and theatre, attending martial arts lessons and visiting museums and art galleries.”

We are taking delivery of this year’s CILIP Carnegie shortlisted books and plan to form a student shadowing group.  Students will have the opportunity to read all - or as many as they are able, of the eight books shortlisted.  The winners will be announced during a ceremony on 16th June which our reading group will watch live.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Hot Key Books)

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Kathrin Honesta (Usborne)

The Girl Who Became A Tree by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Kate Milner (Otter-Barry Books)

On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber)

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (Knights Of)

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk (Penguin Random House Children’s)

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G4Ms Ahmed, Teacher of Science “There is nothing quite like teaching, and I am lucky, because, through teaching, I get to live my passion!  I view education as an influential tool that not only changes people’s attitudes and behaviours but raises aspirations and I feel privileged to be in a position to share that excitement and knowledge with students here at WGSG.  I have experience working at both selective and non-selective secondary schools as a Chemistry lead, supporting students with their studies and related careers decisions, motivating them to reach their full potential.  I am currently teaching at WGSG part-time moving to full-time in September and I look forward to working with your daughters/sons and igniting their passion for science!  During my spare time I stay busy with my precious little girl, I love to travel, eat and enjoy gardening.  My latest mission is attempting to grow a grape vine!”

G5I am also pleased to welcome Mrs Dent back from her maternity leave, Mrs Dent returns three days a week and will share the Head of Department duties with with Mr Wilkinson who will remain with us for two days a week. 

“It’s lovely to be back in the classroom with our students; and having fun making music!  In this lesson we used djembe drums to practise rhythmic structure, the base parts we played today create the foundation for the other parts to build upon.  With very little practice, we had all mastered our parts and were playing a brilliant base line together!”  Mrs Dent, Head of Music

 

 

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Our WG6 Y12 students are currently studying biodiversity.  In this practical lesson students were exploring the range of plant species using quadrats, over a given area, on our school grounds.  Students analysed and identified the different types and abundance of plant species, noting any changes, within different geographical features including a hill, under trees and on a sports field.  Miss Morrison has been impressed with the high level of engagement and work-rate of the students across this topic.  Well done everyone!

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Our DT Department have taken delivery of a new state-of-the-art laser cutter.  This multifunctional piece of equipment can be used to create many different things, from simple boxes to engraving detailed graphics into wood or building complex three-dimensional objects.  Our Technicians Mrs Bonner and Mrs Bukoye (pictured below) have already been putting the laser cutter through its paces making test tube holders for students to use during food science lessons.  We look forward to using the laser cutter with students during lessons.

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Improvements to transport.  We are currently undertaking building works to establish an off-road area for the safe boarding and disembarking of bus and coach services.  The works will also include improved footpaths.  The scheme will provide improved safety to the area as well as a reduction in congestion levels.  If you are travelling to school by car please can I remind you to be mindful of our neighbours and avoid blocking driveways or the passage of local residents and or bus/coach services – thank you for your continued support.

Please join me in congratulating our IT Manager, Mr Carter, and his wife on the birth of their gorgeous daughter Annabel.   Annabel was born during the Easter holiday on the 7th April weighing an extremely healthy 8lb 14oz.  As you can clearly see from the photo .. she is absolutely perfect!

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Thank you to all families for your continued support of the Covid lateral flow home testing initiative.  As you are aware I am strongly encouraging all students to take part, as testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend school as safely as possible.  Do make sure you log your tests on both the School and the NHS Test and Trace Systems, and continue to Test twice a week.  Please follow this link to record your home testing results.  

Parents’ Evenings.  Our Year 7 and 8 ‘Virtual Parents’ Evenings’ have been scheduled on the 27th May and 10th June (respectively).  You will receive a letter in due course to share the appointment booking system and provide full information concerning the event.

Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

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