Blog week ending 10th September
At the end of our first full week back in school, it has been wonderful to see the students being able to use the canteen again as well as see students engaging in group work and with greater in class interaction than we have been able to have over the past year. Students have returned to school with their enthusiasm and excitement at new classes and new challenges. I am pleased to report that the in school COVID testing is now complete, and thanks to students, parents and carers support with the protocols and at home testing we only had three positive cases across all year groups. My thanks once again to the team of volunteers who once again assisted with the testing. A very warm welcome must also be extended to the new students who have joined us both in Year 7 and in Year 12, we know that you will all soon feel very much part of the Wilmington Community. Can I finally remind all parents and carers that students should not be dropped off or collected along Parsons Lane, this is a very small road which needs to be kept clear for the large number of school coaches and buses that bring the students to school. I ask for your support to make the start and end of the school day safe for all of our students.
Over the course of the next few weeks I will include an introduction from each of our new staff members. This week, an introduction from our new Student Support Managers.
Miss Purohit – Sixth Form (WG6) Student Services Manager
“I joined Wilmington Grammar September 2021 and am delighted to be a part of such a wonderful school. Prior to this role I worked across many schools in Kent in both a teaching and pastoral capacity. My speciality is in mental health, counselling and the overall psychological well-being of all students but particularly KS5. I am looking forward to encourage the sixth form in their studies as well as helping support them in ensuring they are keeping good mental health. I am a qualified children’s yoga teacher and in my spare time enjoy practicing yoga, cooking, reading and going out in London with friends.”
Mrs Fiander – Wellbeing and Pastoral Manager Years 9 & 10
“I joined WGSG this September having worked for WGSB since September 2018 working in the SEN dept with specialism in ASD/ADHD, anxiety and anger management. Previously I have worked within the events industry which afforded me some amazing experiences such as organising weddings and conferences in London and VIP hosting at concerts and festivals. I volunteer my time at our local rugby club, Dartfordians RFC! where I helped set up and grow the girls’ section into the huge section it is now – come and try it out! In addition to sport I enjoy photography, socialising and gardening.”
We are delighted to be able to re-open our library to all of our students! At WGSG we are passionate about developing the habit of reading for pleasure, interest and research. Miss Ogunkanmi, our librarian has been introducing students to our library, acquainting them with the breadth of genres available to borrow, future literary events and book groups that students can take part in. Please do encourage your daughter to come and explore our library, and our recommended reads section which have all been reviewed by students! To find out more about what our library has to offer, please visit our webpage here
Miss Ogunkanmi, our Librarian posed the question during a recent Year 7 library lesson “What is the benefit of libraries?”. All students gave wonderful and thoughtful responses but Miss Ogunkanmi particularly wanted to share the below comment;
“Libraries are important because you can travel to it take a break from writing, moving, and just generally the intensity of life. It creates an imaginary world with images in our minds from words and diagrams and communication in books. With peace and quiet all around, it is the key for your anxiety to melt away easily.”
By Fayokemi, of 7R
Mrs Triboix-Kamga has joined our MFL department as a Teacher of French and Spanish. In this lesson Year 9 students were practicing their vocabulary while discussing social media platforms and the emotions they made them feel.
Mrs Triboix-Kamga added; “I was honoured and delighted to join Wilmington Grammar School for Girls in September 2021 as a French and Spanish teacher after having previously taught in a non-selective secondary school as a trainee teacher. I love languages as they lead to innumerable opportunities to learn about different cultures, to be opened to the world and be aware of socio-cultural diversity as well as personal identity and uniqueness. I have already met most of my students and I have to say they show an exceptional interest and ability in learning modern foreign languages. It will be a delight to see them progress and achieve many successes in the years to come.”
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to, and urge you to support, our wonderful Parents and Friends Association (PFA) The group is not limited to parents and carers, but includes other family members and volunteers. Joining the PFA not only supports and enhances our students learning experience but provides a direct involvement in school life and an opportunity to be part of a valued school group. Unfortunately, our potential for running events and fund raising has been limited to ‘virtual events’ over the last two academic years but we are optimistic that as this year progresses more and more opportunities for PFA involvement will become possible. I’d like to invite you all to get involved – there is no minimum time commitment and everyone is welcome. Please check our webpage here for more information on our activities and how to get involved.
Please do join our easyfundraising and Amazonsmile groups which raise valuable monies for our school at absolutely no cost to yourselves. Again, further details can be found on our webpage.
SIMS Parent/Carer APP invitations. Please note all new Year 7 and 12 parent/carers will receive an email invitation to download our SIMS APP. By logging on you, will be able to view school reports, attendance and timetables as well as other valuable information. For more information please see the 'how to' guide on our website here
Our professional school photographers, Braiswick Photography have taken ‘first day’ school portraits for our new Year 7 and 12 students which will be available to purchase. Our students will be bringing home proof copies. Purchases can be made directly by going online using your child’s unique reference barcode and passcode number or by returning the proof card to WGSG reception.
Expectation Evenings. Our parent/carers events have been scheduled as below;
Year 7 - Thursday 7th October 'Meet the Tutor' at 6pm-7pm
Year 8 - Thursday 23rd September Expectations Evening at 5.30pm
Year 10 - Thursday 16th September Expectations Evening at 6pm-7pm
Year 11 - Thursday 23rd September Expectations Evening at 7pm & Parents' Evening Thursday 14th October
Year 12 - Thursday 9th September Expectations Evening 6pm-7pm (at the WGSG site)
Year 13 - Thursday 30th September Parents' Evening (at the WGSB site)
Wilmington Parish Council are holding a 'Big Clean' across the Parish on Saturday 11th September 2021 from 10.30am. There are various meeting points throughout the Parish and all equipment will be provided.
If you would like to take part, please could email the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Council will be inviting all volunteers back to the Pavilion in Oakfield Park after the litter pick for a picnic, teas, coffees and sweet treats! All are welcome.