Week ending 15th September 2017

Posted on: 15/09/2017

Dear Parents/carers,

We are now at the end of our first full week back at school and students are really settling well into their new timetables. I have enjoyed meeting them at break and lunchtimes and seeing how they are getting on. One key area of focus for us this year is to ensure that no time is wasted in lessons and students are arriving promptly at their lessons and settling quickly.

Over the next two weeks targets will be set for students in all subjects and how we are tracking progress over the year will be shared at the various Expectations evenings that are taking place:

Year 7 – Tuesday 19th September              )

Year 8 – Thursday 21st September            )              All commence at 7pm

Year 9 – Tuesday 26th September              )

Year 10 – Tuesday 3rd October                    )

We had 98% attendance at the Year 11 Expectations Evening last Tuesday and I look forward to meeting similar numbers of you over the next two weeks. We also had a fantastic turnout for the WG6 evening yesterday, with brilliant presentations from our Head students, Grace and Brandon.

This week’s assemblies have introduced students to the range of House activities that are coming up and I look forward to seeing some strong competition as well as how students participate in all of the different activities. Next week will also see our new team of prefects begin their role and this is one area where students can develop not only their sense of leadership but also how they contribute to our wider community.


Mr Powell and Mr Lynch had 60 students turn up to year 7 rugby trials on Tuesday 12th. 2 teams have now been formed and there was great enthusiasm among the students with many players completely new to rugby showcasing their skills.

Mr Sage had 20 students at year 8 rugby training on Thursday 14th. This number should grow with many boys trialling out for football at the same time. Mr Lynch had 50 students turn up for the year 8 football trails on Thursday 14th. A second trial has been arranged for next Thursday to select the final squad. Mr Harris had year 9 rugby trials on Thursday 14th with 30 students in attendance.

A total of 180 boys have been involved in football or rugby trials/training this week and we have 68 boys representing the school this Saturday against Gravesend Grammar school at home.

Saturday 16th September Fixture details:

Year 7A team vs GGSB @ WGSB                )

Year 7B team vs GGSB @ WGSB                )

Year 8 team vs GGSB @ WGSB   )              Fixtures to commence @ 8.45

Year 9 team vs GGSB @ WGSB   )

Year 11 football training every Monday and their first fixture is against NTC (away) on Friday 22 September (Kent Cup).

Art Department

In Art club students have been looking at illustrator Sam Cox, his clients include MTV, BBC, Pepsi and Adidas. Cox (Mr Doddle) gets commissions to full empty studios with his quirky illustrations.

Art Club students were encouraged to fill three blank boards with their doddles, filling the space with their imaginative illustrations.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Our full programme of extra-curricular activities starts next week and is included below for your information. All our students are encouraged to explore the clubs that we have on offer and widen their knowledge base.

General Notices

A reminder for all Year 11’s that they have an Addaction, Mind and Body Assembly on Monday 18th September and Online Survey, Tuesday 19th September.  Information has been sent out, please check your emails.  If you require any further information please contact Mrs Cast kcast@wgsb.org.uk or Mr Powell kpowell@wgsb.org.uk

A level Business and Economics students need to keep a close eye on the department Twitter account for all key information and essential reading for both subjects @JColledgeWGSB

A reminder to all parents and students that MFL workbooks are now available for purchase via ParentPay for Years 7-10. The French workbook is available for Year 7 students. French, German or Spanish for Years 8-10 - you should purchase a workbook for each language you study.

I do hope you are all able to make the most of the continuing sunshine this weekend.

C Guthrie

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