Blog week ending 16th October

Posted on: 15/10/2021

Screen shot 2020 07 17 at 085005We may be hurtling towards half term at a rapid pace, but the level of excitement, challenge and ambition in the school is anything but slow.  We have had an amazing week in school with a huge range of activities.  It has been wonderful to have the Senior and Middle school prefects working together again, we had forgotten the joy and pleasure of seeing students take the lead in cross year groups.  They have a lot of excellent ideas for this year and I am sure we will be sharing more of their news in the coming weeks. As Head Teacher I am always proud of our students, but the work achieved in the past week is a real example of the students being in pursuit of excellence, I hope you enjoy reading all about it.

Mr Green’s Year 8 Computer Science students have recently completed their ‘the internet’ end of topic assessment.  Across the school, every department spends time on Directed Tasks following an assessment.  These tasks are specifically designed to help students reflect on potential improvements or misconceptions based on test feed-back.   These Directed Task sessions help students improve learning and embed knowledge before moving onto the next topic.  Mr Green’s Year 8s will be studying binary next, the number system that uses 0s and 1s and is how computers understand information.

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Our English Department have launched their Halloween Haiku competition!  Student are invited to submit entries for a chance to win prizes!  The winning Haiku will feature in next week’s blog

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Mr Preston, Teacher of English has launched two lunch time Film Clubs (for KS3 and KS4) for students to come together to watch and then share views based on the themes and issues featured in the chosen film.  Film Club provides an opportunity to improve literacy on so many meaningful and mindful levels, via escapism into new cultures and different mindsets.  

KS4 Students are currently watching Get Out, billed as a "Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Film that seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.”

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Our English Department are currently running the following lunchtime and after school clubs;

KS3 Film Club (with Mr Preston) – H4 on Monday lunchtimes

KS4 Film Club (with Mr Preston – H4 on Wednesday lunchtimes

KS3 Debate Club (with Ms Handley) – H5 on Monday lunchtimes

KS4 Debate Club (with Mr Clayton) – H3 on Friday lunchtimes (WEEK 1)

KS3 Creative Writing Club (with Miss Glancy) – H6 on Tuesday lunchtimes

KS4 Book Club (with Mrs McKenna) – Library on Thursday lunchtimes

GCSE Enrichment (with Ms Wakeling) – H1 on Thursday lunchtimes

A-Level Enrichment (with Ms Wakeling) – H1 on Thursdays afterschool (WEEK 2)

Our Year 12 WG6 students took part in a series of revision skills workshops delivered by specialist coaches from Elevate Education.  Coaches shared positive and results-focused revision tips and advice to help students maximise their revision together with providing a sound framework to effective organisational skills.  Students left the sessions energised and with a raft of practical tips to apply throughout their A Level studies.

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Across the Technology Departments our Year 7 students have taken part in a series of curriculum-based workshops highlighting skills and safety practices specific to each discipline.

Below, images taken from design technology, textiles and food technology

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Year 12 Art Trip.  Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern.  To enhance their Year 12 art portfolio A Level Art students visited the Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern. Students researched and investigated a range of 31 UK based artists with a diverse collection of contemporary paintings at the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank.

Featuring work by artists such as Lubaina Himid, Allison Katz and Denzil Forrester, the exhibition explored how each artist treats the canvas as a place for assembling concepts, drawing on a wide range of references from music, design and advertising to fashion, art history and viral memes.

Students then walked along the Thames Path and viewed the permanent collection at the TATE Modern Gallery and are now in the process of creating detailed annotations and research pages in their Portfolio Sketchbooks detailing the work viewed. Our next trip will be in November viewing the Royal Collection of Paintings at Windsor Castle. The students were excellent role models and great ambassadors for WG6 here at Wilmington.

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PFA Update.  You are all invited to attend our PFA annual general meeting on the 20th October at 7pm.  This is an online meeting via Teams, please see our poster below for more details.

Dates for your diary!  Our forthcoming PFA meeting dates are listed below, you are all very welcome, it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible.

  • Term 2 – Tuesday, 19th November 
  • Term 3 – Wednesday, 5th January 
  • Term 4 – Tuesday, 1st March 
  • Term 5 – Wednesday, 27th April 
  • Term 6 – Tuesday, 14th June 

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Do you have a child in Years 7-11?  The Kent & Medway Immunisation Team is coming to WGSG next week – don’t forget to do the online consent form Child Consent Form. Please visit http://kentcht.nhs.uk/imms for more information. You can phone the team 0300 123 5205 or text 07401320923 if you have any questions about your child’s immunisations.

Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

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