Blog week ending 8th October

Posted on: 08/10/2021

To celebrate Black History Month students have been taking part in a range of activities and competitions during form time.  Mr Biggenden has set a number of challenges that deepen our knowledge and understanding of key events and figures in black history.  Students will have the opportunity to present and share their work and findings with the school community as well as earn house points.

Our wonderful WG6 together with our librarian Miss Ogunkanmi have created a display of ‘recommended reads’ by black authors for each Key Stage.  Go along to the library to find out more!

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Our Library Club have been working on creating new and interactive displays, encouraging students to leave their own book reviews and fire the imagination!  Pictured below, students adding leaves to the library ‘Tree of Life’ with their favourite books and literary quotes, including ‘Reading Gives You Wings’ which has been adopted as a theme to decorate the library for this term.

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I have pleasure in introducing Mr John Webster our new Chair of Governors.  Over the course of the academic year John will attend student and parent/carer events giving you all the opportunity to meet with him.  For more information please click here 

Message from John;

“It is both a responsibility and a privilege to be Chair of Governors. WGSG is special because its focus is broader than purely academic performance. Staff, students, parents, and governors work together in different ways to ensure that students achieve all that they are able, both academically and in terms of personal development.

Within the Endeavour Trust, the role of our local governing body is strategic, to oversee the direction and policies of the school, to monitor its standards and be responsible to the Trust Board for its conduct and performance. We also support the work of our excellent Head Teacher and her senior leadership team, who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.

Our Governors have different backgrounds, providing different perspectives, but having a common interest in helping WGSG build on its strengths. We learn more about our school through staff briefings and visits and conversations with staff, students, and parents. All the Governors have a deep commitment to the continued success of the school, ensuring that our students achieve their full potential, within a caring, harmonious, and supportive environment.

Being a governor is an important role; training is provided. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Clerk to the Governors via the school office.”

Our PE Department are delighted with the high level of engagement (and enjoyment!) they are seeing with their lunchtime and after school clubs.  Over 280 students attended a sports extra-curriculum club over the last fortnight!  To sign up to one of our PE Department Clubs visit the PE office in the Holmes Building.

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Our Food Technology GCSE Students have been progressing their knife skills by learning how to portion a chicken in preparation for cooking a curry. 

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Our Current Head Boy, Sean, has persuaded Mrs Baillie, Head of Design & Technology to allow him to stage a series of special ‘Cultural Cook-off’ competitions to showcase the culinary skills of our students, the below photos our from our recent Y13 competition.

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Our WG6 offers a range of activities and groups as part of its Electives Programme.  The programme is designed to develop the skills and attributes to maximise their potential for future success and provide opportunities for enhancing personal statements and CVs.  The Electives are grouped into four main areas; Academic Excellence, Community Service, Personal Development and Physical Fitness. For more information on the many options available please click here to read our Electives Booklet.

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HSBC Education team have shared details of a finance course aimed at young people.  The course is delivered via Zoom and is completely free of charge.  For more details and registration please see the below;

This oneHSBC Financial Education Team Presents:

Banking 101

We are pleased to invite you to a financial capability session for your children to be run by the HSBC UK Education team.

We know young people & parents lead very busy lives. That can mean it’s hard to find time for financial learning.

Contactless, digital and mobile banking are increasing the invisibility of money, making it even harder to build financial confidence. But our financial education programme can help you to overcome those challenges, whether at home or in the classroom.

The session is entitled Banking 101, this session helps support the understanding of the basics of banking, borrowing, saving and why getting a bank account is important. The lesson will be delivered via Zoom on Tuesday 19th October 2021 at 17:00pm, lasting 60 minutes.  This session is suitable for children aged 11-16+

Please click here to sign up Webinar Registration - Zoom quoting Meeting ID:  948 3107 4134

Password : 755613

Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

 

 

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