Blog week ending 24th September
This week, ahead of our Open Events next month, we have recorded some new segments for an online film which will be available to view on our website to provide local families with an introduction and feel for our wonderful school and it’s students and staff. It is always my pleasure to invite prospective parents and carers and their children into our school so that they can experience our vibrant and aspirational school for themselves. This year we will be offering families the opportunity to attend either in person or via our film, online.
Families with students currently in Year 6, can reserve a space by clicking the below link.
Pictured, me recording a new welcome segment!
Our Music Department, lead by Mrs Dent offers endless opportunities for self-expression and creativity. In addition to music lessons, students are able to attend music clubs, receive musical instrument and singing lessons (for a fee) as well as access to our music studio to practice and rehearse for out of school lessons and productions.
Congratulations to one of our students Binu T of Y9 who has just received a distinction in her latest singing exam. Binu is an extremely talented student who has been singing as part of choirs and individually for many years. Binu has written an account of her musical journey below, which I’m sure will inspire our students to consider taking part in a music club or learning an instrument.
“I have been singing since the age of 3 and have ever since had a passion for it. I enjoy the diversity of music as I feel I can express myself throughout singing and playing instruments. I have been lucky enough to perform a solo at the Royal Festival Hall and the O2 Arena; I feel very privileged to have been given this opportunity. Performing with the junior choir and singing solos to audiences has helped me boost my confidence as an individual. Recently, I sat my Grade 3 ABRSM singing exam and achieved a distinction! I was very nervous to do my exam as I had a variety of songs that were very different from each other, the songs I sang consisted of Heidenroslein by F. Schubert, The Owls by P. Jenkyns, The Sunflower by C. Barratt, and The Cuckoo by M. Shaw. I enjoy singing in different languages very much. I think singing is also linked to learning about different cultures, and how music differs a lot throughout the world. I love working with my peers to create and compose music as a band because I like to incorporate everyone's individual tastes into one to make a unique piece of music” By Binu T of 9H
Pictured below, our Year 7 students taking advantage of the extensive range of instruments and equipment available in the Music Department during lessons! To find out more about our Music Clubs and tuition on offer, please see Mrs Dent.
Introducing Mrs Handley, Teach or English; “I recently joined WGSG in September 2021 as an English teacher. I have happily worked within education for the past 12 years after a career change from the finance industry. In my 12 years in education I have had various roles and more recently spent three years as a head of Year providing pastoral support for students. I am passionate about English and passionate about equipping the students with the skills and confidence they need to achieve their full potential. Outside of the classroom I love travelling and being outside with my family. As well as regularly attending the theatre and cinema - I have also rediscovered my love of the gym! I practise meditation and mindfulness daily and have brought this into the classroom in my previous school”
Our English Department runs an exciting and varied programme of extra-curricular clubs and support sessions, including Debate Club run by Mrs Handley. For more information and to sign up, students should visit the English office in the Holmes Building.
- Film Club – KS3, with Mr Preston in H4 on Monday lunchtimes
- Film Club - KS4, with Mr Preston in H4 on Wednesday lunchtimes
- Debate Club – KS3, with Ms Handley in H5 on Monday lunchtimes
- Debate Club – KS4, with Mr Clayton in H3 on Friday lunchtimes (WEEK 1)
- Creative Writing Club – KS3, with Miss Glancy in H6 on Tuesday lunchtimes
- Book Club - KS4, with Mrs McKenna in the Library on Thursday lunchtimes
- GCSE Enrichment with Ms Wakeling in H1 on Thursday lunchtimes
- A Level Enrichment with Ms Wakeling in H1 on Thursdays afterschool (WEEK 2)
Our PE Department has a full schedule of extra-curricular clubs and fitness sessions for the students to take advantage of, including our badminton club which is pictured below;
Our new Fitness Suite featured in the new video and is now open for Student sessions! Thank you to our students for their participation in the film! The PE Department are now taking bookings for student induction sessions in the fitness suite, please check the board outside the PE office for the current list of clubs and activities.
As part of our continued effort to support our students with their wellbeing and mental health, we have scheduled a series of workshops which are being held by our local Emotional Wellbeing Team.
The workshops will focus on:
- Understanding anxiety
- Understanding low mood
The workshops will be held on Microsoft Teams after school between 4.30 and 5.30pm. Students will join the sessions with cameras and microphones off so there is no need to speak.
There are specific sessions for different year groups:
- Understanding anxiety - Tuesday 28th September
- Understanding low mood - Wednesday 29th September
Y10 and 11
- Understanding anxiety - Tuesday 5th October
- Understanding low mood - Wednesday 6th October
Y8 and 9
- Understanding anxiety - Tuesday 12th October
- Understanding low mood - Wednesday 13th October
- Understanding anxiety - Tuesday 19th October
- Understanding low mood - Wednesday 20th October
I would really like to encourage students to attend, as the workshops will provide useful strategies for dealing with their emotions and how to build resilience.
if any students are interested in signing up, they should speak with their form tutors for further information or visit the Student Managers Office in the Holmes Building. We would ask that students sign up to the workshops by Monday 27th September 2021.
Mrs Leamon, Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for Behaviour, Welfare and Personal Development
Thank you to all parents & carers who attended our Expectations Evening. The presentation delivered on the evening can be viewed by clicking here
Endeavour MAT School Open Events
WGSG Open Evening - Thursday 21st October – please click here to register
Open Day is Wednesday 20th October. Full information and booking details will be posted on our website shortly
WGSB Open Evening - Wednesday 20th October - Times to be confirmed. Open Mornings 19th & 21st October. Full information and booking details will be posted on our website shortly.
Stone Lodge School - Open Evening has been scheduled for 11th October from 5.30pm to 8pm (Head Teacher talk at 6pm and 6.45pm) no booking required. Open Mornings on the 12th, 14th and 15th October from 9.20am. To book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details and your preferred date.
WG6 Open Event. Wednesday December 1st, 5-8pm.
Please note the details are subject to change (in line with latest guidelines)
Come and join our team! Across our Trust we have a number of excellent job opportunities. Roles range from Pastoral & Wellbeing Manager, to Receptionist and Maths Maternity cover to Cleaners. Please click here to read more about the roles and to apply. Recruitment (accessacloud.com)