Weekly Blog ending 4th May 2018

Posted on: 04/05/2018

Dear Parents, Carers,

I’d like to thank all of the Year 7 parents who turned out for our parents’ evening last Tuesday; we had a very strong turnout. After the bank holiday weekend we have just four days until the exam season starts and I know there are lots of students who are feeling anxious and ready. We wish them all well.

Enjoy the long weekend


Year 10 Food Technology

The Year 10 students learnt how to portion a whole chicken last week which proved much trickier than the students expected. They marinated some of the pieces before baking them in the same lesson and will be producing three other dishes in their next lesson with the remaining pieces.


DT Engineering

The new 3D printer has arrived in DT, it is a Anycubic Kossel Delta printer which we are looking forward to using across the department.  Year 12 have kindly offered to assemble it, all is going well – we just need to calibrate it so we can produce our first test print.

The Year 10 Electronics Engineering group has spent the last few weeks taking on the robotic arm challenge.  Judging took place on Wednesday with each team explaining and demonstrating their designs to the judging panel, which included Mr Guthrie and Ex-student Josh Brown, who is currently completing his Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering at Imperial College.  The six teams had a wide range of solutions showing imagination and ingenuity.  The winning team will be announced next week!



Sports Update

A spirited comeback but sadly a defeat for the Year 8 Football Team in the District Final

Mr Lynch’s u13 side travelled to the Elite Venue in Gravesend to face Northfleet boys in the final of the District Cup.  Northfleet made a strong start and took the lead after 15 minutes with a well worked goal.  Sloppy defending from Wilmington meant that Northfleet scored a second goal early in the 2nd half.  2-0 down with only 10 minutes remaining, Wilmington scored 2 quick goals and forced the game into extra time. Wilmington seemed to be edging the tight game in extra time and just when Mr Lynch was picking his 5 penalty takers Northfleet scored with the last kick of the game, with a long range effort. Northfleet boys winning the cup 3-2.

The final was a close game and both sides were credits to their schools.  Mr Lynch would like to congratulate Northfleet on their win and encourage the Year 8 football team to go one step further and win the cup next season in Year 9!

U13 Football Squad

Alex B, Kai H, Joe H ©, Lucas R, Callum B, Bobby B, Taran K, Jaedon L, Fred A, Bode L, Timi O, Charlie R, William B, George J, Gabriel P, Harrison H

Goal Scorers:

Harrison H, Fred A

Man of the Match:

Joe H ©



Every Friday lunch time Ms Fisk and Miss Russell runs a weekly Reading Club.  At this time of year our group focus on shadowing the Carnegie Medal Shortlist until the announcement of the winner in June.

Every year the ACLS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society) run a competition with some fabulous prizes and this year is no exception, the winner of the First Prize will win a tablet computer, tickets to the ‘CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Award’ ceremony in London, £500 worth of books for the school library, and a selection of shortlisted Carnegie books.

This is well worth participating in as several years ago one of our students won First Prize, which included a visit to the school by renowned author Mal Peet –sadly deceased.  The students lucky enough to be involved in his visit gained a lot of insight into writing from a very talented man.

This year it is a writing competition and students are required to ‘Imagine their favourite book or story told in a newspaper.  Would any of the books or stories they have read make a great headline? Which bits of the story would make it into the piece?

ACLS are calling for budding journalists to submit a news story inspired by their favourite book or fairytale. The entry deadline is Friday 25th May 2018. www.alcs.co.uk/copyright-education.   Students can see Ms Fisk for further information.

Shelfie Competition

The results of the World Book Day ‘Shelfie’ Competition are in and I’m really pleased to announce that James M. in Year 10 won the £25.00 Bluewater Gift Card with his amazing score of 17/23.  The staff prize of a £10.00 Book Token goes to Mr Riches. I won’t embarrass staff with their scores but it seems than students know them better than they know themselves! Well done and thank you to everyone who entered and consolation prizes will be winging their way to you very soon.

I do have books left over from World Book Day and these are still available to purchase. ‘Gangsta Rap’, ‘I Have no Secrets’ and ‘An Abundance of Katherines’ are £2.50 each whilst the ‘Marvel Adventures –The Greatest Heroes’ is £1.00. I also have a selection of good quality second hand books which students can buy for 50p (paperback) and £1.00 (hardback).

Our Friday Reading Group is going well and we’re currently Shadowing this year’s ‘Carnegie Short List’. We have eight books to read before the winner is announced on Monday 18th June.  There are some really great books in the Shortlist that are highly recommended. We are always happy to welcome new enthusiastic readers to our group and you may bring your lunch to the library. It’s not all serious and we have a party twice a year. An added incentive is that everyone who attends receives two House Points.

Accelerated Reader is helping us to ensure that a Literacy ethos is becoming ingrained in school life, particularly with Year 7. Parents will be able to see student reading logs in the forthcoming Parents Evening; please do continue to encourage reading as a daily occurrence as it will pay dividends later. Congratulations to our ‘Millionaires’ - Mosopefoluwa & Zac in 7B, and Harry, Markayden & Joshua in 7D. Also, those who have reached ‘100 Points Score’ - Oliver, Fin, Raif, Mosopefoluwa (200), Zac &Tristan in 7B, Ife, Harry, Markayden, Alex, Shahid, Joshua, Kai & Nuvin in 7D, Jake in 7N, and Toluwalase in 7T. Keep up the terrific work boys; you are ‘Star’ readers.

Enjoy the lovely weather; it’s perfect for sitting in the garden with a good book!

Ms Fisk, Librarian.


Inter-House Competition Updates

Year 7 Handball:

Darwin 1 – 2 Stevenson

Darwin 1 – 1 Telford

Brunel 0 – 1 Stevenson (Cracker of a match playing off for 2nd place)


Meaning the final results are:






Hand Ball












Year 9 Rowing:




Newton (46.8 s)


Stevenson (51.1 s)








Year 10 Rowing:




Stevenson (46.5 s)


Brunel (47.3 s)


Telford (47.3 s)


Newton (48.3 s)




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