Blog week ending 22nd October

Posted on: 22/10/2021

Screen shot 2020 07 17 at 085005This week we were able to invite Year 6 students and their families into our school so that they could experience for themselves the nurturing and inclusive learning environment we provide for all of our students and staff.  The virtual tours and online open event content is a wonderful resource to help parents, carers and Year 6 students make their decision when selecting a secondary school but I, and the rest of our staff were rediculously proud to be able to share our school in person!   Classrooms were open so that our prospective students could see for themselves how our vision and school ethos manifests as engaging, challenging and interactive lessons.  Our Year 8 students were brilliant school guides and ambassadors, instinctively knowing how to put Year 6s at ease and help them see what school life is like at WGSG and all the amazing opportunities they will experience. 

Due to current COVID guidelines, visits were ticketed and numbers closely monitored.  We have updated our Virtual School Tour film and I’ve recorded a new Head Teacher introduction for anyone who was unable to attend our school in person.  To see the updated films please click here

I’d like to wish all our students and their families an enjoyable and much deserved half term break, we return to school on Thursday 4th November.

Three of our Student Guides, Jessica C of 8E, Maria K of 8R and Thanika of 8R can vividly remember how they felt when they were choosing a secondary school and how daunting an experience it can be so wanted to reassure Year 6 students and provide the below advice based on their own experience.

Maria : “if you don’t know anyone else who’s coming here, don’t be afriad to approach someone in your form, you mustn’t be nervous about speaking to other Y7s as you’re all in the same position!”

Thanika : “Live and study by your own will, and don’t be influenced by others to do and behave a certain way .. behave how you want to, there will always be others like you!”

Jessica : “Be yourself!  Don’t be nervious to show your true colours and make sure you step out of your comfort zone and take advantage of all the opportunities available to you here at WGSG.  There are lots of clubs here, try everything, you’ll find what you like … Go for it!”

Maria & Thanika : “We’re really lucky here to have such a great variety of new lessons, don’t be worried, just use your Year 6 knowledge to extend and apply your new knowledge as it all links together.  It’s not like you’re starting from scratch!”

Jessica : “The teachers are nice and really open to you participating in lessons and will always help you if you’re stuck, they won’t be angry if you ask for help – they’re always here to support you”

Pictured from left; Jessica, Maria and Thanika

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Student from across the school acted as exemplary tour guides for the Open Events.  We received so much positive feed-back from visiting families and Year 6’s including from the below family who requested that the students were “credited for their hard work and fantastic tours”

“We had the pleasure of being shown around the open evening by Emily S and Emilie V of Year 10.  Both these girls are an absolute credit to the school. They were eloquent, knowledgeable and incredibly polite and friendly. We received a really comprehensive tour of the school buildings.  Our daughter came away with loads of information and a fantastic impression of the school.”

Across our MFL Department students are revising their vocabulary in preparation for their end of topic assessment.  Students use white boards to write their answers on that can be shared simultaneously during lessons giving the teacher an instant all-class sense of comprehension and to identify any potential gaps in knowledge or areas that require more time to be addressed prior to the assessment.

Pictured below Spanish and Mandarin

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Year 8 Chemists are currently studying the reactive series (which is the ordering of metals from most reactive to least reactive) and in this practical lesson were exploring the reactive nature of different metals with acid.  Following each experiment students drew a visual summary of the reactions of the metals and acids, making links between them.

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Library update.  Calling all readers!  At WGSG we are now part of the Scholastic book club which offers a huge range of books, all banded by age range recommendations and at a specially discounted rate.  For every £1 you spend on this month’s book club, our school earns 20p in Scholastic Rewards.  Please place your order by November 2nd – thank you so much for your support!  Please click here to browse the latest books.

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PTA Update.  You are all invited to our Big Virtual Quiz Night In!  For more details and to book your slot please see the letter on our webpage here

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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 

 

Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

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