Blog week ending 3rd March

Posted on: 03/03/2017

On Friday, 86 Year 8 students, 4 staff and 4 parents, set out at the crack of dawn to visit the Ypres Salient. Expertly led by guides from Anglia Tours, we travelled around various sites looking at aspects such as the changing nature of warfare, how women affected the war and how the war should be remembered. The visit to the Bayernwald trenches was informative and gave students an understanding of what soldiers’ lives were like in the trenches. Stops at various cemeteries and memorials, such as the Menin Gate and Langemarck German cemetery, put across the magnitude of the losses incurred during the war. The day was finished with a poignant ceremony at Tyne Cot Cemetery where we laid a wreath and paid our respects in front of the plaque of the fallen soldiers of the Royal West Kent Regiment. Thank you to all the staff and parents who attended the trip and allowed it to happen. The students were outstanding all day, being respectful, interested and enthusiastic, even when the rain and hail was falling! Well done to all of Year 8 that made the trip an excellent experience.

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Year 12 got stuck in today looking at a sheep pluck (trachea, heart, lungs and liver) and carrying out heart dissections to support their learning of the gaseous exchange system.  The students found it really helped their understanding to see and touch the real thing.

 

Science Practical Lesson.  7O used the primary colours of light (red, green and blue) to discover what secondary colour combinations they could see. They also applied different coloured filters to see how different coloured light travelled through the different coloured filters. It was a great creative activity which allowed the girls to explore mixing different coloured light as opposed to different coloured pigment in art!

The Y8 Netball team went out into the cold and wet weather to take part in some friendly matches against Dartford Science Technology College. The games were enjoyable with some lovely pieces of play. Olivia made some excellent interceptions, turning the ball over at some very critical moments in the game. Rubie and Zara worked well with each other in the circle, scoring some very important goals to boost the score line. Astrid was tough in the defensive circle, standing strong against her opponent, resulting in a number of interceptions. Well done to all the girls in the team.

You can follow the PE department here .  Notices, team photos and class work are often posted #getinvolved!

Cooking Club, every Monday after school - all welcome.  Learn to create a variety of delicious treats and show-stopping meal ideas!  Please see Mrs Stanley or Mrs Johnston for more details.  Pictured, students with this week's successful task - Victoria sponge

We marked World Book Day with a special assembly.  Students were asked to think about what books meant to them and what would a world without books be like? Mr Harrison and Dr Wilkinson along with three students from y10, Victoria, Marvel and Shannon, spoke to students about their favourite books. Each student received a World Book Token and were encouraged to use these at bookshops or to exchange for a £1 book in school.   At lunchtime an incredibly tricky Harry Potter Quiz took place in the library with winners due to be announced on Monday.  Each round was fiercely contested with the teacher team being particularly competitive! 

We have a new member of the SEN team, Roxy the labradoodle!  Roxy has been trained as part of the ‘dogs in therapy’ scheme to provide reassurance and care to students who visit our SEN department.  Roxy belongs to Mrs Beverly Clark who is a friend of WGSG and past Governor (pictured below) who accompanies Roxy to school every Thursday.

 

7O ran two competitions during this week to raise funds for the new Sports Hall.

There was a Guess the sweets in the jar competition at 50p per entry.  The student (or teacher) with the closest correct guess will win the jar!

And a very special Guess the baby competition also at 50p per entry.  This proved exceedingly popular with students trying to identify teachers and support staff!  Just to give you a ‘taster’ can you identify the two cuties below?!

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Please join me in wishing D’Arcy of 7O and Amelia of 7C lots of luck in their forthcoming dance competition.  The girls dance a variety of styles including freestyle, contemporary and rock & roll and will be competing in the Romney Sands Championships which is a three day event. I’m sure you’ll both have a wonderful time!

 

Congratulations to Tahlia who won both a silver and bronze medal from this weekend’s taekwondo tournament!

Finally, a gentle reminder that the ‘Big Spring Clean’ litter pick is happening tomorrow, Saturday 4th March.  Please do come along if you are able to spare any time as the group have a big impact on improving the school’s local environment and would really appreciate our support.

Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers and a local baker will be providing delicious cakes!   Representatives from The Dartford Messenger will be covering the event.

Best wishes,

Sue Hunt

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