Week Ending 20th April 2018 - The School Blog - Wilmington Grammar School for Boys

Week Ending 20th April 2018

Posted on: 20/04/2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome back, I trust you all had a restful break.  Y11 and WG6 Students are making the final preparations for their forthcoming public exams which will commence on May 14th please do encourage your daughter/son to take advantage of the many revision sessions that the teaching staff have scheduled.

Finally, the sun is shining!!  We’ve had a full on week with lots to celebrate.  On Wednesday we held a Celebration Ceremony for our 2017 Yr 13 students, it was great to see and hear from them, more information in below.

Last month I reported on a Yr 7 student who had been selected to represent Jamaica in the 2018 Caribbean Swimming Championships which was held in Jamaica over the Easter break.  I am pleased to report that Jaedon won a bronze medal in the Boy's 11-12 years 4x50m freestyle relay and swam a record breaking time in the boy's 200m Breaststroke which means he has also qualified to represent Jamaica in the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships to be held in Aruba at the beginning of July 2018.

 

Jaedon was also Jamaica's top 11-12 competitor.   Well done Jaedon on a fantastic achievement!

 

 

WG6 Celebration Ceremony

WG6 hosted a very special Celebration Afternoon for our Year 13 students (of last academic year) on Wednesday 18th April.  A champagne reception was provided at WGSB and head girl and head boy, Grace and Dan greeted guests as they arrived. We welcomed back a former pupil, Josh Lynch, as our guest speaker. He presented A level certificates and prizes to recognise and celebrate all achievements from our ex students. He also provided a compelling talk outlining his route via City University, London to his current role of Structural Engineer at Mott MacDonald.  We were thrilled to have so many special guests join us for the event which included The Worshipful the Mayor of Dartford Cllr Rosanna Currans, trustees Mr Paul Clark and Mr David Strachan and Mr John Horgan, Chair of Trustees and so many of our teaching staff.  Thank you all for your continued support of our students.

 

Mr Maidment, Mr Strachan and Mr Horgan with students

Pictured left below, Mr Josh Lynch with Mrs Donna Lodge and right, Mrs Beverly Clark with Maddison Clark and Lois Saunders

  

A number of special prizes were awarded during the ceremony including The Norma Pyefinch Cup for contribution to the school which Mrs Pyefinch presented to Amy Smith (pictured below)

 

Sporting Updates:

Year 10 Cricket Kent Cup Round 1 Result – WGSB beat Hayes by 14 runs to progress into round 2.

WGSB 124/4 from 20 overs

Hayes 110 all out 19.1 overs

 

Top performers Batting:

Marcus R             43 runs

Karonjot S           25 runs

 

Top Performers Bowling

Marcus R             2-12 off 4 overs

Jonas C                 2-13 off 3.1 overs

*Oliver B with 2 run outs fielding

 

Team

Marcus R © Robert DA, Karonjot S, Seb S, Oliver B, Will L, Sam G, Nevan T, Joe D, George T, Jonas C

Mr Lynch would like to congratulate the boys on this win and remind them that training is on every Monday after school.

 

Department Updates:

Follow the Art department on instagram @wgsb_art where this week you will see the first of our Year 8 ‘Bug’ sculptures… fictional insect like creatures made of recycled materials, nuts and bolts, and pretty much anything the boys could get their hands on!  There were some great results… here are some examples…

 

  

 

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Billy R – Brands Hatch Testing

Today I attended a testing day at Brands Hatch with a motorsport team. I was invited by Moores Motorsport to witness and assist in the setting up of the team’s new racing car. The car is an RSR Ford Escort with a 2.2l cosworth turbo engine, producing 690HP. The car sits on 12” racing slick tyres and fully independent suspension. It also has a spaceframe chassis built by SHP motorsport. My role today was to maintain a constant pressure in all tyres. I filled each of the tyres with 20psi of air at the start of the day. Every time the car came into the pits, it was my responsibility to check the pressures and adjust them to 20psi. When the car is on track, the tyres generate heat due to friction from the track. This heat causes the air inside the tyres to expand, increasing the tyre pressures. In addition, I read data from the MoTec engine management system and also helped to prep the car and pack away at the end of the day. The owner of the team and driver, Matthew Moore, has given me the opportunity to assist in preparing his car for future race meetings and learn more about car setup in detail. This was the first time the car had been driven; Matt was able to set competitive lap times of 48 seconds around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. However, we believe that the car is capable of a 47 sec lap.

 

Coming up!

Monday 23rd April the school canteen will be celebrating St George’s day with a traditional pie and mash lunch! 

 

 

Next Friday (27th April) will be a non-school uniform day for students and the PTA are asking items (unwanted gifts, bottles and chocolates for the tombola etc) for the summer fair.

 

 

The Parents & Friends Association of Wilmington Grammar for Girls (WGSG PFA) is organising a Ladies’ Pamper & Shopping Evening at WGSG School Hall, on Friday, the 18th of May, from 6.30pm to 10.00pm.

We would like to invite you to come along for an evening of indulgence – ‘mini’ treatments and shopping. Tickets costs £5 on the door (includes a free ticket for Mum for every paying student and a free drink each).

 

Enjoy the sunning weekend….while it lasts!

Charlie Guthrie

 

 

 

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