Blog week ending 17th December

Posted on: 17/12/2021

Screen shot 2020 07 17 at 085005It is vital that during these challenging times we take time to remind ourselves of all that has been achieved and to celebrate the many big .. and small successes of our students.  Our school community has shown great strength of purpose, maturity and endeavour as we continue to manage the need for additional precautions to protect us whilst providing shared experiences and platforms to celebrate all that is truly remarkable across our school.  Over the course of this week each year group has come together to stage joyous Rewards Assemblies, House Events and festive Form Time activities.

Each Year Celebration Assembly featured performances, including an extremely moving Year 7 performance of our school song, dancing and of course the presentation of Achievement Certificates. 

Mrs Dent lead a Year 7 Music, house competition commenting “it was so refreshing to have live performances once again!”  Students really embraced the opportunity and clearly loved every minute!  Congratulations to all competitors and extra special congratulations go to our winners, Aderinsola A, Fayokemi O, Phoebe S, Maya K, Joanna S, Samantha B and Alice H of Franklin



Our Modern Foreign Languages Department staged a brilliant inter-House Spelling Bee across Years 8 & 9.  Our brave linguists battled it out over a number of rounds to correctly translate and spell words in French, Spanish and Mandarin from English.  Students were so quick to their buzzers I had barely heard the word when they had already translated it and written it on their boards!  Well done to all of our contestants, and very special congratulations to our winning students and their Houses (detailed below)



Thank you to our MFL Department (pictured below) for putting on such a great competition – particularly Mrs Cantos Moreno who organised the event


Mr Clayton, Head of English challenged students to a virtual quiz during form time this week.  Students had to guess the teacher based on the picture clues.  Great fun for students and teachers alike!  There is a taster below, and remember to ‘say what you see!’  Answers at the bottom of the page!


Christmas Jumper Day was was really well supported with a £2 donation going to each House’s chosen charity.  Staff and students sported a range of wonderfully cheery jumpers, thank you everyone for your support.  It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas ..


The Elves have been busy in the workshop!  Our Year 7 Design Technology students were sporting their Christmassy jumpers as they worked on their current project.  Students have created their design on CAD before cutting out the templates ahead of casting the metal for their bespoke keyrings!  Sadly, this particular project won’t be ready in time for delivery this Christmas!



Volunteers came to collect the Christmas Hampers made for recipients in our local area.  Our Wilmington Grammar Schools collaborate with St Michael and All Angels Church to ensure that those in need of a little help or festive cheer this Christmas receive support and a wonderful hamper.  The Church also offers regular coffee mornings, craft groups and after school clubs to local residents.

Pictured, Mr Atkins and students helping to load some of the hampers.G16

Mrs Jennings Year 7 Food Technology students have made a range of Christmas themed pizzas.  Students mastered the technique required to prepare the base then modelled and decorated their pizzas to their own Christmassy preference!  We had a delicious and inventive range of snowmen, Christmas Trees, baubles including an intricately decorated tartan bauble!, star, a gingerbread man in a fabulously cheesy cape and a Christmas heart ..



We are delighted that Mrs Dent, accompanied by some of our wonderful WG6 students Nana F, Giorgios Z and Adele C, together with some editing help from Hebe G of 9H, produced this Christmas video to make us all smile and to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New year, I am sure you will be as proud of all of the school achievements this term as we are.

Our WG6 have written and compiled their latest edition of the Wilmington Chronicles – written for students, by students – the December edition can be read by clicking here

Return to school testing.  As parents and carers will be aware, the expectation on return is for all students to be tested in school. In order to complete this quickly we will be offering the tests to students across Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th January at the times stated below. We would ask that students come to school to take their test and then return home. School will begin for all students who test negative at 8.45am on Thursday 6th January, 2022. The testing is staggered across the 2 days, so please ensure that you only attend at the stated time for your year group. The timetable is below for you. My thanks to our volunteers for once again coming in and helping with the testing. We would be grateful for a few more volunteers and if this is something that you could offer please email stating the which of the 2 days you are able to support in school. Please see the programme of return below:


We will continue to operate in school on the one-way system to protect staff and students on our return and we will also continue with the twice weekly lateral flow tests, along with students and staff continuing to wear masks in school.  As this is a rapidly changing situation we will keep families and students appraised of any changes over the holidays to either the return date or any increased or changed guidance.

May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, encouragement and kind words across this term. Your engagement with the school and staff is hugely appreciated and ensures that we all continue to work for the best of all of our amazing students. I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Best wishes,

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

Quiz answers - A) Mr Clayton, B) Mr Ramic, C) Mr Smalley and D) Mrs Lawson

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