Week Ending 22nd September 2017

Posted on: 22/09/2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

The pace of the first term of the new academic year is certainly gathering and students and staff alike have really embedded into their timetables. I have been really impressed while moving through the school to see the dedication to their studies from the students and for my staff’s enthusiasm in their lessons.

This week we have seen Expectations Evenings for Years 7 and 8; both of which have been very well attended. It is so encouraging to see the support from parents and carers that our students receive at home; it is an integral cog to their overall learning environment.

We have two vacancies for Parent Governors on our Local Governing Body; your sons will have received information about this during the week. Please do consider putting a nomination forward; it is a real opportunity to assist in the shaping of your son’s school.

The PTA AGM is being held at school on Monday 2nd October at 19.30 in the Sixth Form Common Room. All parents are automatically members of the Association and there are no membership fees.  Our PTA exists primarily as a fund-raising body to provide additional resources for the benefit of all the students at the school and to this end we organise a variety of events throughout the year. The more people we have who are willing to help us, the easier it is for everyone and, of course, the greater the fund-raising opportunities.

School photos were taken on Tuesday of Years 7, 9, 11 and WG6. Looking through my own children’s school photos it is a constant reminder of how quickly our children change; not only in maturity but facially as well. It is a wonderful memory of their time in school even if the majority of students don’t wish to look back at their school photos!

The EPQ trip to Greenwich University that is running next Wednesday 27th September for Year 12; the deadline for their permission slips and £1 fee is Monday 25th September.


Y7 parents will have received their SLG username in the post this week.  Your passwords are being sent home today in the post and you should receive these on Monday.


Darwin is running 4 inter-house competitions with the Best in House will go into the draw for a place on an up-coming reward trip OR a Bluewater Voucher. The competitions include coming up with a song  or chant for Darwin, design a Darwin mascot, a House display depicting who Darwin was and what he achieved and a class display. More details can be obtained from Mrs Rowson or Lloyd Anderson, your House Captain.


On Saturday 16th September Year 7-9 played a block rugby fixture against Gravesend Grammar School at home.

Year 7 (2 teams) played 4 games, 3 wins and 1 defeat. Mr Lynch and Mr Powell
Year 8 won 65 – 10 Mr Sage
Year 9 lost 28-40 Mr Harris

We have also had midweek games against St Olaves;

Year 7 (2 teams) – games rescheduled for Friday 20th October
Year 8 lost 15 – 30 Mr Sage
Year 9 lost 21 – 35 Mr Harris

Mr Harris, Mr Lynch, Mr Powell and Mr Sage would all like to congratulate all 76 boys that have represented the school rugby teams this week and wish them luck in future fixtures to come. The next Saturday block fixture is on Saturday 14th October at home to Ewell Castle.


Mrs Allen would like to report that 8B, 8N and 8S have made a fantastic start to their German language lessons. Their enthusiasm and progress have been fantastisch! Keep up the good work.

Mrs Allen would also like to congratulate both of her Year 10 groups on a superb start to their GCSE German course. They have shown a very high level of enthusiasm, motivation and resilience. Keep it up boys!


Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition students made their own fruit creations this week to practise their knife skills. Lee Cross made a great baby and pram and Dylan Silva made a lovely owl.

Once again a busy week in the life of WGSB.

Best wishes,

Mr Guthrie

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