Blog week ending 24th June
Futures: our new name for Careers, Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG)
We believe that every student should be provided with the best possible opportunities to transition successfully from school to further education, training or employment and that a contemporary career education plan is essential to ensure we are meeting the career development needs of our students within a rapidly changing and evolving world of work. Hence, we are really excited to announce that we are launching our Futures Programme, which is the name we will use for all careers and employability activities that assist students to plan and make decisions about work and learning. This integrated approach will enable students to reflect on their ambitions, interests, strengths and abilities and develop a greater understanding about career options, pathways, the labour market and employment, develop employability skills and to relate this to what they know about themselves. If you would like to deliver a presentation or share a podcast about your career to inspire our students please email email@example.com
Year 12 Futures Week. A host of industry representatives delivered sessions either in person or virtually to help inspire and inform students’ future career decisions. Each speaker or session leader provides an insight into potential careers paths in terms of the skills, aptitudes and qualifications required as well as giving practical examples of the opportunities and career development that their sectors can offer. Amongst contributors were a number of WG6 alumni including Harry Blackley ‘Studying & working within Media and Photography’, staff member Dr Harris ‘Undertaking a PHD – skill development and career prospects’ and ‘working in the IT sector’ Mr Brooks, parent of a current student. Futures Week is part of the careers advice and guidance we offer and is integral to both the academic and pastoral guidance offered during each students’ time in WG6.
Year 10 students take part in a whole range of activities within and beyond the classroom to help them make informed Post-16 choices. They have started to attend their personal guidance (careers) meeting in the evenings. The meetings are part of our Futures Programme for this year group which will also include a plethora of activities in July 2022, including guest speakers, enrichment and employer activities as well as a visit to Sussex University. We will share more information about these exciting events soon. To support their decisions further, students have signed up to Unifrog during their careers focus morning on 21st June which compliments the range of activities we offer. Unifrog is a one-stop-shop for students across KS4 and KS5 regardless of their interests or academic ability, where they can compare every university course, apprenticeship and FE course in the UK as well as universities in other countries. This is alongside getting access to labour market information and advice on careers and subjects for all routes.
Whilst we bid farewell to our current Year 13, we are still available to help them with decisions and applications by email. We would also like to invite them to follow us on the Wilmington Grammar Schools LinkedIn page (they will need to create their account first) https://bit.ly/3HOeUDU. Please encourage any siblings of current students who attended the school to follow us as well as we are developing our network via LinkedIn and enjoy seeing what careers they followed.
This week we welcomed Year 6 students and their teachers from Wilmington Primary School to experience a morning of food technology and engineering sessions! The sessions gave the Year 6 students an insight into secondary school life and an opportunity to explore DT classrooms and take part in taster lessons. Mrs Dobson lead a pizza making master-class where students made the dough, prepared and chopped the toppings before baking .. and enjoying them. Students received an introduction to architecture and designing in a creative way – thinking outside the box! Using craft straws, paper and masking tape students built their own creative building design prototypes. Year 10 and Year 12 students supported the sessions helping with the tasks and answering questions about school life at WGSG. Students from Y12 current volunteer at Wilmington Primary School as part of our WG6 Electives Programme.
Year 9 Historians are currently exploring the conflict between Science and Religion in the early twentieth century and how that conflict influenced the publication and sharing of Scientific ideas. In this lesson students discussed the impact of these opposing views, specifically the passing of a law making it illegal to teach anything other than the biblical story of creation in some southern American states.
Year 7 Music students are exploring reggae music. In this lesson, students worked on their own reggae inspired composition paying particular attention to bass line and melody before adding lyrics to their pieces. Below, photos of students practising their singing, exploring different rhythms and adding to their compositions!
The PTFA would like to thank all the students who came along to the Year 7 & 8 Disco. They certainly seemed to have enjoyed themselves. There were dance-offs and breakdancing .. the PTFA were very impressed. The mums also had a bit of a dance on stage when Mr. Brightside by The Killers came on, but obviously, we couldn't compete with the students' talent and skills - energy, maybe! Overall, £1,000 was raised for school projects.
Year 6 Parents’ Evening 30th June
Year 6 (into Year 7) Transition Day 1st July
The PTFA will be holding a Nearly New School Uniform Sale on the 3rd of July.