Week ending 12th January 2018

Posted on: 12/01/2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you enjoyed the break. Assemblies this week have been based on the section of ‘If’ by Kipling which says:


‘If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,  

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’   


This is a busy term. For our exam groups courses are being completed and the pressure is really starting to build. There are now fewer school days until the first GCSE exam than there were between the start of term in September and Christmas which has concentrated the minds of year 11! Next week we have the Year 9 options evening when they get to select the courses they will study at GCSE.  We’ve already seen some great sporting results both inter-house and through fixtures.

We had our first parents evening of the new year on Tuesday for Yr 13, which was well attended.  The following year group parents evening dates are:


The deadline for 6th Form applications for external students was on the 9th January and we have received over 250 applications proving WG6 is as popular as ever! We will be interviewing all Year 11 students over the next few weeks to start to finalise their plans for the 6th form.

Today I am delighted to announce that we have launched our new website. We are excited by the new layout which mirrors that at WGSG and WG6, uniting us as part of Endeavour Multi Academy Trust.   Hopefully you will find the new site easy to navigate. We will be checking its functionality over the next few days so if you have any comments please email office@wgsb.org.uk. The website address is the same: www.wgsb.org.uk



Nuffield Research Placements give students in Year 12 the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians for 4 to 6 weeks over the summer holidays to complete a real piece of STEM research.  All travel costs are met, and many students receive full bursaries too.  Placements inspire and motivate students, and give many the confidence they need to go on to university, particularly those from low income families.

Eligible students should:

  • Be resident in the UK, and in their first year of post-16 studies (Year 12 or equivalent)
  • Be studying at least one A Level (or equivalent) in science, engineering, maths or technology-related subjects
  • Have attained good grades at Level 2 (ideally 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade B and above, or close)
  • Be interested in going on to study science, technology, engineering or maths at University, or having a career in related fields
  • Be available for at least 4 consecutive weeks in the summer holidays 2018

Students are now able to apply HERE for a Nuffield Research Placement in 2018! 



Inter House Competitions

The Year 7 Dodgeball took place this week with Newton undefeated, while Darwin won all but one game. Impressive dance moves lads!

House leader board so far:












Forthcoming Inter House Competition dates



Dodgeball (MUGA) Lunch

Escape Room (MA5) Lunch 13:05-13:40 (Weds 12:15-13:00)

Chess (MA5) Lunch 13:05 - 13:40 (Weds 12:15-13:00)

Tug of War (Playground) Lunch 13:05 - 13:40 


January 15, 2018



January 16, 2018

9B, 9D

Year 11 All Houses


 January 17, 2018

9N, 9S, 9T

Year 11 All Houses


January 18, 2018

Year 8 All Houses

7B, 7D

Year 10 All Houses


January 19, 2018


Sixth Form All Houses


January 22, 2018



January 23, 2018

7N, 7S, 7T

Year 10 All Houses



January 24, 2018

8B, 7D

Year 9 All Houses



January 25, 2018

Sixth Form All Houses

8N, 8S, 8T

Year 9 All Houses


January 26, 2018


Year 11 All Houses


WGSB First XI Result

Some good news to share. Our First XI won their quarter final of the U19 Kent Cup yesterday beating Bexley Grammar with an impressive 9-2 score line. This is despite losing a few players to illness, injury and lesson commitments.  Mr Lynch would like to thank all staff that have supported the team by allowing students to play during lesson time and it is very pleasing to say we are now into the semi-finals of the competition.  Mr Lynch believes the next game will be played against Harvey Grammar in Folkestone away on Saturday 3rd February and if successful there, the final will be held at the Gallagher stadium! (Maidstone United’s home ground).  


Reverse Advent

13C Philosophy and Ethics were inspired to put their ethics into action in December by challenging themselves to complete A Reverse Advent.  So for each day of Advent they brought in a donation of food for the Compassion Centre in Dartford.  In the season when so many focus on what they are receiving, and inspired by news of the shocking extent of poverty in our country, they wanted to help others by giving rather than receiving.



Have a great weekend

Charlie Guthrie



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