Week Ending 10th Nov 2017

Posted on: 13/11/2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had a busy week in school – an Ofsted inspection, Year 11 Parents’ evening and then today we had our own clothes day and collection for the PTA Christmas fair. Assemblies were held for Remembrance Day and across both schools we observed 2 minutes’ silence.  In addition 70 6th form students took place in the Senior Maths challenge and the whole of Year 12 attended a hard hitting but important road show called ‘Licence to Kill’ which focussed on road safety.

In terms of the inspection, two inspectors visited the school for the day on Tuesday. The report is now being written and I will of course share it with you as soon as I am able to. I would like to thank those of you who took the time to complete the survey and for the messages of support we received.

Mr Baker – Congratulations to………

Former student Ben Sheaf made his Arsenal first team debut last week as the Gunners won 1-0 in Siberia playing Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League. 

Ben, now 19, attended WGSB until the age of 15 when he went to finish his education at West Ham. There he achieved an excellent set of GCSE results in the summer of 2014 along with exceling in their football academy.  In 2014 when Ben was 16, he was signed by Arsenal. Since then he has represented England at under 16 & 18 levels and is the current under 23 Arsenal Captain.  So what makes him different from all the other thousands of hopefuls who achieve a place in a professional football academy but never make a first-team appearance? The answer for me is simply. His attitude to learning.

Ben achieved so much in his time at WGSB where he broke all of our cross country and middle distance records, was our sportsman of the year when he was in Year 7 and represented the school at cross country, athletics, tennis, football and cricket.  His winning mentality didn’t stop on the sports field either.  Academically he was very strong across all subjects and only wanted to get better and better.  He always made a conscious decision to never accept second best and always asked the question “Sir/Miss what do I need to do to get an A*?” Then he would work exceptionally hard on making sure that he produced the top answer/ grade within the class. He balanced this with training several evenings a week and playing matches at weekends.. The result was that he continuously achieved grades above those that he was expected and always had his eyes on being the best he could be no matter what activity he was doing.  I guess then it is true when they say that ‘hard-work does pay-off in the end’.

And to………

Jacob R has been called up for an England Men’s Goalkeeping camp to take place at St George's Park later this month.  16 year-old Jacob has been rewarded for his form shown on a consistent basis as he heads up to Burton to train alongside some of the best of the country’s young goalkeepers.  In February of this year he won the EA SPORTS Academy Player of the Month when playing for the Under 15’s team. Academy Goalkeeping Coach Gary Phillips said "Jacob has been with the club for a few years now, works hard at his game, progressed to playing a number of matches for the older age groups which is great for him at his age. He has always shown that he has the right attributes to be a good goalkeeper and is a player who I look forward to seeing developing in the years to come."

And finally to………

Charles Guenigault a former student who was honoured at the Pride of Britain awards last week for bravery he showed during the appalling London Bridge terror attack. The full news article can be found http://www.prideofbritain.com/history/2017/london-police-heroes

Dr L Harris – History

On Friday 3rd November, a joint group combined of History students from both Year 12 and 13, received a guest lecture from Professor Peter Catterall from the University of Westminster. Professor Catterall spoke on the subject of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a key moment in the Cold War and an event generally accepted by Historians as the moment when the world came closest to Nuclear War. This event is a key turning point within the A-Level History module ‘The Cold War’ that is taught to all A-Level History students at WGSB.

Internationally acclaimed scholar; Professor Catterall, is the author of two book chapters upon the crisis, one on British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s accounts and a second on the United Nations involvement. Along with speaking about these areas, there was a concentration upon the wider context of the event within the Cold War, the resolutions that came as a result of the crisis, along with examination of some of the debates that have been created as a result of new material being continually realised from the USA’s National Archives. The session finished with a Question and Answer session, where further debates about the event as a stand-off between the two great superpowers were discussed.

This was an excellent afternoon, which all of the students presents greatly enjoyed. Many thanks to Professor Catterall for taking the time to come and visit WGSB and giving such an interesting lecture.

Mr A Pope – Inter-house competition update

Results from yesterday:

Year 11 Basketball:

Brunel   12 - 14   Newton 

Darwin 14 - 13   Newton

Darwin  14 - 13   Stevenson

Brunel   16 - 9     Stevenson

Darwin are definitely asserting their dominance in this competition, while the other houses have suffered some losses as well as wins. So the provisional results have changed as follows:

Total                    Points

Brunel                    384

Darwin                   426

Newton                  500

Stevenson             420

Telford                   436

As always, double points can be obtained from donations to house charities or fancy dress and double league points from both.  Remember Sixth form: Thursday Basketball, Friday Football….both in the sports hall. NO TRAINERS, NO PLAY.

Miss S Tame – Head of Science

Miss Tame has put together a list of extended reading for Science which will be beneficial for Years 7 to 11. The books can be obtained in the library so let’s get reading….

  • Bad Science- Ben Goldacre
  • Why is snot green? -  The Science Museum
  • Horrible Science of Everything
  • Elephants on Acid and other Bizarre Experiments - Alex Boesse.
  • Does Anything Eat Wasps? and 101 Other Questions - New Scientist.
  • Bad Science - Ben Goldacre
  • The Selfish Gene
  • Origins of the Species – Charles Darwin
  • The Giver Triology - Lois Lowry
  • Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
  • The Hunger Games Triology - Suzanne Collins
  • The God delusion - Richard Dawkins
  • How to teach your dog Quantum Physics - Chad Orzel
  • A short history of nearly everything - Bill Bryson

Mrs L Wisdom – Head of Art

The Year 10’s have produced some fantastic work this week – well done and keep it up!

Mrs B Rowson – Geography

Over half term a group of students from Years 10 to 13 went on the Impressive Iceland tour. Great fun was had by all and here are some of the favourite photos from the trip.

News from Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

On Friday November 3rd, students raising money for the trip to Thailand in February half term held a Year 7 sleepover. Lots of Spooky fun and fiendish games were … but not the greatest amount of sleep!

A lot of news items this week. I hope you all have a great weekend and for those of you partaking in Remembrance Sunday parades or services I do hope it stays dry.

Mr C Guthrie

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