Blog weekending 27th April

Posted on: 27/04/2018

WGSG has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2017 based on data from the Department of Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network). We were found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving an award for being in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress.

The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England, with the highest performing for a range of key measures presented with SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards.  We will be presented with their award in the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
“I am delighted that Wilmington Grammar School for Girls has won an Educational Outcomes Award. This recognises an important aspect of the schools’ work, but, as we know, there is much more to recognise in a good school like Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to pupils, parents, staff and governors.”

“We visited Bethlem Museum of the Mind at Bethlem Royal Hospital which is a psychiatric hospital in West Wickham. The day started with a talk about its history which dates back to the 1200s. We then had an interesting talk about OCD and how obsessives’ thoughts can intrude on daily life and cause huge levels of anxiety. A highlight of this session was when he asked us all to write ‘I hope my mum dies in a horrible car accident tonight’ and many of us were too anxious to do it. He explained that obviously what we wrote would have no effect on what happens to our mums, and it wouldn’t be our fault if anything did happen, but it gave us an insight into how OCD sufferers think. Later we visited the museum and then had a final talk. We watched a video of a patient who was depressed and had suicidal thoughts who was asking her therapists for weekend leave. We then we had to weigh up the pros and cons about whether or not to grant her the leave. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day and we are very grateful to Bethlem for hosting us.” - Annie Scott, Psychology Ambassador, Year 12

We are thrilled to announce that three member of Wilmington Grammar School for Girls staff have been Highly Commended in the prestigious Kent Teacher of the Year Awards

Mr Rob Atkins, Head of Humanities

Mrs Sarah Harris, Teacher of PE, Head of Year 10 & Ash House

Mrs Donna Martin, Careers and Work Experience Officer

We are exceptionally proud to have three of our staff awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards.  The nominations were undertaken by students via their School Council and is a positive endorsement of the value the students place upon staff. That the judging panel should share our students’ view that Mr Atkins, Mrs Harris & Mrs Martin are exceptional staff members going way above and beyond is extremely gratifying. 

This year The KM Charity Team received 1,200 nominations for the Kent Teacher of the Year and the standard was extremely high. 

Rebecca Smith, Deputy CEO of the KM Charity Team said “We received an unprecedented number of nominations this year and to have three staff awarded ‘Highly Commended’ is quite an achievement.  Wilmington Grammar School for Girls and the staff involved should be extremely proud”

Pictured, Mrs Sarah Harris and Mr Rob Atkins & Mrs Martin

 

Year 9, 10 & 11 students went to see the musical Wicked to support their classroom work in music lessons.  The group thoroughly enjoyed the trip and more than one knew all the words to the songs!  Maia of Y9 wrote a review, an extract of which is as below

“In general, I would definitely recommend Wicked as it helps you deepen your understanding of the world of Oz and changes your view.  It is also a thrilling play with a good incorporation of music, dance and plot.  Furthermore, it has many strong female roles supporting women in acting.  Overall, a sensational must-see for all fans of the ‘Wizard of Oz’

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The PE department are running the below extra-curriculum timetable for terms 5 & 6.  All are welcome!  Cardio Tennis and the Football with coach is free of charge.  GCSE Badminton is currently for GCSE students but will soon be open to all.

 

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

Lunchtime

Games (Dance) Club

Image result for stepping dance black and white     In the gym

Football Club (Coach)

On the courts/field

KPOP Dance Club      

Image result for kpop dance black and white     In the gym

Afterschool

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Athletics Club/Fixtures

Cardio Tennis (Coach) In the gym/hall

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Badminton Coach       Rounders Club

  In the gym/hall             On the field

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Safeguarding update.  The National Online Safety team have created a free guide for schools to share with their communities about Snapchat, the social media app which has been flagged by the NSPCC & the Humberside Police as being one of the main sources of online grooming incidents over the past 6 months in the region.

The guide informs parents about the dangers associated with the social media platform and how they can reduce the associated risks, including sexting, snap map and snap streaks.  The poster can be viewed here https://goo.gl/AhZ1X8

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We are delighted to be welcoming author Louise O’Neill on the 3rd May to introduce her new novel The Surface Breaks to our Year 9 & 10 students.  Often students are very inspired to read the author’s book after such a visit and Louise will be available to sign books after the event.

We are able to offer Louise’s book at a discount and if you would like to purchase a book for your daughter, they will be available on the day through our partners at Scholastic priced at £10. Please ensure that your daughter brings the correct money as there will be limited facility to provide change.  If you require any further information please contact our Librarian, Mrs Black.

The Surface Breaks: a reimagining of The Little Mermaid

Damilola, Beatrice, Katherine and Eva travelled to St Olave’s Grammar School for the regional UKMT Team Maths Challenge. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day tackling a variety of Maths puzzles in competition with a wide range of Schools across the Kent and South East London region. Below are a couple of examples of the types of questions faced by the girls:

  1. An isosceles triangle has a line of symmetry y = 3 and two of its vertices are (3,3) and (5,2). What are the coordinates of the third vertex?
  2. A bat will snooze for 21 hours a day. For what percentage of the year is the bat not snoozing?

Answers can be found at the bottom of the blog!

Congratulations to all the competitors who took part in The London Marathon.  We had a number of our school community taking part in support of charities close to their hearts.  A special congratulations to Chloe J of 8O who successfully completed the Mini Marathon in support of her cousin who is suffering from the cancer neuroblastoma. The family are raising medical finds via the Gofundme Maya Nash page www.gofundme.com/maya-sneuroblastomamedicalfund

Additionally, Chloe together with India, Ariona and Mia staged a cake sale to raise money for Maya’s fund. Abigail and Hannah also helped in the sale but are not in the picture.

  

After various heats around the country, Ellie G of 11C attended the Grand Finals of Stars of the Future dance competition. After winning her heats the final was held in Blackpool. Ellie came away with a 1st Place in her Street Solo and 2nd Place in her tap solo. Out of the hundreds of dancers that attended the two day event she was awarded a special judges choice prize of a full scholarship to Addict Dance College in Leicester.  Ellie also competed at the 'So You Want To Dance' competition and came away with the title 'Best Girl' of the entire competition together with various 1st place medals and also a two week scholarship at Brighton Academy and a 2 day intensive course at Centre Pac Dance College.  This is a truly magnificent achievement!

 

Maths Challenge Answers:

  1. (5,4)
  2. 17.5%

Best wishes,

Sue Hunt

 

 

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