Blog week ending 14 May

Posted on: 14/05/2021

Screen shot 2020 07 17 at 085005Choosing and planning a career path can be a daunting prospect, with seemingly limitless university course options, apprenticeship opportunities and work place roles.  Wilmington Grammar School for Girls careers support starts in the classroom and is part of a programme that sees students fully supported and guided through the process of planning for their futures.

At WGSG we continuously review how we deliver CIAG (careers education, information, advice and guidance) to ensure that we raise aspirations, aim high and open more doors for every individual. Good career guidance means showing all students the options open to them, whichever route they eventually take. Our support programme is designed around the Gatsby Benchmarks providing a clear framework to help us develop our careers provision across the whole school.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Throughout their time at WGSG, students will have numerous opportunities to meet with employers. There will be access to STEM events, careers fairs, apprenticeship events and visits to local colleges and universities. Through the curriculum and form time there will be a variety of planned activities to increase knowledge and ensure students are able to make informed decisions.

Our Year 10 students took part in a special Careers Assembly led by Mrs Martin and Mrs Dhaliwal.  The WGSG Careers Programme for our Y10 is designed to give students the skills, information and support needed to make an informed choice about their post GCSE options and places emphasis upon;

  • Career exploration
  • Researching options after Year 11
  • Exploring own strengths, interests, preferences
  • Building employability skills

This week our Y10 students will receive information regarding Morrisby.  Morrisby provide Simple yet powerful assessments to match students’ individual interests, personality and ambition to specific careers and courses, analysing results against more than 600 careers.

Further information concerning our Careers and employability offering at WGSG together with useful links for students and parents/carers can be found on our website by clicking here 

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I am pleased to be able to share some changes to our Risk Assessment and practice in school as a consequence of the Government’s recent announcement regarding the road map of lockdown. Firstly, from Monday 17th May students and staff will not be expected to wear face masks when in the classroom or for students when they are moving around the school. School staff and visitors will still be expected to wear a face covering when moving around in corridors in the short term. Students are still expected to wear face coverings when travelling on public transport and so it is vital that students continue to carry the masks with them.

We are introducing more assemblies this term, but again this will be in year group bubbles and observing social distance. However, we do need to continue with the twice weekly lateral flow tests, thank you for your support as this has offered us additional security as we begin to open things up a little more. My sincere thanks for your continued support and I look forward to greater opportunities to meet with parents as we begin to return to a more normal school experience!

Year 9 Food Technology students are currently working on a food science and applied science module which brings together multiple scientific disciplines incorporating concepts from chemistry, microbiology, physiology and biochemistry.  In a series of practical lessons students conducted a number of experiments and investigations including;

  • An investigation into how raising agents impact the taste, texture and appearance of a cake, naturally they first baked cakes!
  • Conducting a scientific experiment to explain how raising agents work
  • Investigating the fermentation process of yeast.

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Our Y10 GCSE Physical Education students are coached by Gilly Verry a specialist UKCC Level 2 badminton coach.  Badminton is a very fast game requiring good reactions and speed around the court.  This week students were working on a range of actions including the attacking shot, the forehand drive. 

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G6Gilly offers both one-to-one and group coaching, to find out more please email gillyverry@hotmail.com

 

 

Our Year 10 Chemistry GSCE students are continuing their study of electrolysis and in this practical lesson were observing the electrolysis of aqueous solutions of ionic compounds then writing a word equation to describe electrolysis of a solution.  An important use of electrolysis in everyday life is the production of some 'difficult' metals, particularly aluminium, or the purification of others, such as gold and silver.  Electrolysis is increasingly used in the production of hydrogen for fuel, or the generation of electricity using fuel cells.

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Library Update.  The Carnegie Award Shadowing group is now up and running and all of the below shortlisted books are available from our library. If students are interested in joining please see Mr Lees in the Library where they will be issued with a passkey and further instructions.

Carnegie award book finalists 2021

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk.

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepettys

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann

On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

The Girl Who Became A Tree by Joseph Coelho

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo.

 

The Library have launched a “Get Caught Reading” Competition.  All you have to do to enter is take a photograph of yourself reading in a strange (but safe) place over the May half term holiday and submit it to Mr Lees via your school email. There are some pictures of WGSG staff caught reading on display in the library if you need inspiration.

Y11 can use library lunchtimes for revision – there is a booking list please see your form tutor, Mr Lennon or Mr Lees for further details.

Borrowing and reserving books.  Students can now reserve or take books out using their ID card.  If students would like to reserve a book they will be issued with a barcode number to stick in their planner. Students can log onto the Libresoft website by clicking here which allows them to access the Library system remotely.  This enables them to check the catalogue, reserve and renew books and leave reviews for the books they’ve read. 

Library Book Amnesty.  There are currently 210 books on loan from the library that are overdue. In recognition of the fact that the library has been closed due to Covid restrictions and returning books may not have been possible, the Library are holding a book amnesty whereby any overdue books can be returned to the library without sanctions or fines. Can all students please check at home for any books they may have borrowed from the library and return them to the Library ASAP. Books may be returned directly to Mr Lees in the library (there will be a green “returns” tray placed on a table in clear view when he is not in the Library) or placed in the new returns box in the lobby of the Main Building.

Our Forensic Scientists have been conducting a hair investigation!  Using a compound light microscope, students viewed and compared the structure of hair fibres in both animal and human examples before identifying the samples.

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Year 11 Leavers Day will be 19th May.  All of the arrangements and activities for Leavers Day has been shared in the letter home which can be read by clicking here.

Year 13 Leavers Day will be 21st May and take place at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys, again further details and arrangements will be included in a letter to be sent home.

Year 7 Parents Evening in scheduled for Thursday 27th May, and will be conducted virtually via the same system that parents/carers make appointments.  Please click here to view the letter home.

G14The Wildlife Trust is inviting people to take part in its 30 Days Wild Challenge

The Wildlife Trust is challenging us to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June! That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

When you sign up, you'll get a free pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June (and beyond!).

To get involved click here for further information 

Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

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