Blog week ending 24 February

Posted on: 24/02/2017

We are delighted to report that WGSG has joined the Mandarin Excellence Programme.  This is an ambitious, exciting programme which offers extended learning and support for the school and students.

Congratulations to all of the finalists in the recent Spelling Bee.  All contestants were amazing.  All the words used were related to school subjects such as, chiaroscuro and onomatopoeia (and they were just for the qualifying rounds!)  The overall winners received a Head of House commendation and a £10 book token.

Pictured, all the finalists

Special congratulations to our winners pictured below; Sharon of 7A, Adanna of 8H, Sam of 9C, Mary-Grace 10H and Emma of 11H – all pictured below.



We are hosting a Careers Fair for all Y10-13 students at WGSB on Friday 3rd March.  Full details as below;

It was a special themed science club this week – ‘Potterology’ with students conducting flame experiments with different coloured compounds to discover which Hogwarts house they belonged to.  Cracking codes with invisible writing was another activity.  Miss Rolf demonstrated a very dramatic experiment using methane bubbles to create a ball of flames.


Well done to all Year 7 students for their efforts in completing their Readathon reading challenges. Thank you to those students that have already handed in their cards and sponsorship. Once collected, the funds can be paid online via sQuid or Readathon and all cards should be handed in to Mrs Ansell with any remaining cash or cheques (payable to Readathon) no later than Wednesday 1st February. Please see Mrs Ansell with any queries.  Which form will be first? The race is on!

The annual WGSG Ski Trip.  50 Students and 6 staff travelled to La Polsa, Italy.  The hotel was lovely, great facilities, rooms and of course great food. We were extremely lucky with the weather; we only had one white out on one afternoon, other than that the sun shone perpetually. All girls demonstrated fantastic resilience; there was positivity and determination throughout the five ski groups. The groups made it up the mountain fairly swiftly, and the ‘can-do’ attitude helped to spur on those tired bodies! The evening entertainments were great fun, particularly the baby photo competition, which was a great surprise to all girls and was the source of much amusement! The journey home was great, all slept like logs! And it was clear that parents had missed their daughters on their return.

All girls made such fantastic progress, they were a credit to the school at all times and it was a pleasure to spend the week with a group of fantastic young ladies.

If you want to see more of what we did during the week, have a look at the Twitter Feed here

We are already looking forward to next year’s trip, particularly as so many of the girls want to go back!


Pictured from left; Mrs Sawyer, Mrs Johnston and Miss Dooley (sporting a fabulous hat!)

Congratulations to all those students who collected their DofE awards this week at a presentation held at the Mick Jagger Centre.  A further event will be held later in the year for the remaining students who completed Bronze & Silver awards.  The full list will be published on our website and blog when available.

Please join me in wishing Tahlia of 8O the very best of luck as she competes in the Northern Ireland Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Belfast this weekend.  Already a 2nd dan black belt in Taekwondo and member of the Great Britain Taekwondo Squad, Tahlia has won many medals in National and International Championships.  We look forward to hearing about the competition!

Best wishes,

Sue Hunt

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