Week Ending 25th May 2018
Dear Parents, Carers,
We are now two weeks into our public exams and whilst students may be continuing with their revision during the half term break, we would like them to take some out for quality family time and enjoy the hot weather we have been promised! Keep up the good work, it will all pay off in the end.
The end of term’s reward trip took place at an indoor go-karting centre in London.
Trevithick’s Industrial Dartford
Trevithick’s Industrial Dartford is an annual event that took place on May 12th in Dartford Town Centre, celebrating the life and work of Richard Trevithick as well as the mazing engineering heritage of Dartford. Every year we attend the event to showcase the future of engineering in our specialist school and to give visitors a chance to see new technologies close up. We also give children the chance to build and test land yachts so they can see Science and Engineering in action.
A lot of our focus is currently on Year 7 and their ‘Accelerated Reader’ progress and we have to give huge congratulations to TJ in 7 Brunel and Mark in 7 Darwin for reading over two million words. This is a massive achievement and they have been suitably rewarded with a Gold Award each.
Renaissance Home Connect letters have gone out for Year 7 students, and further letters will go out for the higher years, trialling Accelerated Reader, as soon as possible. This is a great way to track your son’s reading and quizzing, to help him acquire the very best literacy skills. The letter will provide you with a log in and password and, once into the site, you can opt to receive emails notifying you of progress made. Thank you to those parents already doing this.
At the start of each academic year the new Year7’s are offered the choice of a free book from Bookbuzz. This is down to the generosity of the PTA who provides the necessary funding. When students are on the cusp of moving up to Year 8 they can, once again, choose a book which should have been paid for by the 21st May. Please note that the choice of title will need to be made at a later date, and that the books won’t arrive until November approximately. Check out Book Trust, Bookbuzz for further details.
A big thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored myself and the Year 7’s participating in ‘Read for Good’. Between us we managed to raise £1,646.84 which helps to bring the magic of books and stories to children in hospital.
Meanwhile in Friday Reading Club we are busy reading all the 2018 Carnegie Medal shortlisted titles before the winner is announced on Monday 18th June. There are eight extremely good books in contention for the award and we look forward to discussing them with the students from Wilmington Grammar School for Girls when we host them for the ‘Award Ceremony’.
Finally, we are now into our exam season and we wish everyone sitting exams our very best wishes. We all know that this is a very stressful time so the Library is now stocking emergency exam pencil cases for sale alongside our normal range of stationery. Each clear pencil case holds four black biros, a pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch rule, protractor, pair of compasses, and a highlighter, all for a very reasonable £4.00. You will find this on Parent Pay, and once paid I will need the student to provide proof of payment via a screen shot or similar.
Have a good weekend everyone.
Ms Fisk, Librarian.
Yeah 8 RE have been doing Pilgrimage to Hajj board games. All the games must tell the story of the pilgrimage, beginning with the journey to mecca, then the days of the Pilgrimage. As you can see on the photos, there are some really excellent efforts by 8T and 8S.
Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition
Students in Yr 10 Food Technology have been learning how to fillet fish whilst preparing, cooking and presenting pan fried mackerel. They then had the opportunity to select a dish where fish was the main ingredient. The students produced a wide range of dishes with some of them challenging themselves to filleting a different type of fish completely independently. Well done boys.
Wilmington returns to Kent Ski Championships
Kent Schools Ski Championship 2018
Sunday 6 May Chatham Ski Centre
Wilmington returned to the Kent Schools Ski Championships this year after missing out in 2017. The Ski Championships were held at Chatham Ski Centre after several years of being held in Essex and the scene of our last big success in 2014. On a bright sunny day, we gathered at 8am (very early for a Sunday!) to ensure we found a good place to sit and watch and get good quality skis from the ski centre. We found this year that the championships are now dominated by just a few schools especially Eltham College who have weekly ski training so we knew it would be tough to compete. We had 3 students forming a Senior team Harry, Jordan and Will and 2 Year 7 boys Gabriel and Alex racing as individuals.
Though we did not have any stand out performers in the individual standings the boys tried hard and the timings for each boy did not vary greatly. The racing consists, just like in World Cup events that you might see on ‘Ski Sunday’; 2 attempts at a slalom and the times from each run are added together to achieve an overall time. Missed gates lead to disqualification or even skiing either side of a gate and this proved difficult for our boys and in the end only 2 of our boys Harry and Gabriel managed to complete the course.
Most importantly though the event is fun and the best skiers well worth watching. The boys and their parents, friends and relatives who gave us great support had a good time. The ski championships are a long day starting at 8am but it was well worth it and we can build on this for next year. I would like to restart the School ski club next year if we have enough interest with practices at Chatham. Boys can also learn how to race on Saturdays at Chatham Race Club from 4-6 pm and I would encourage boys to do this. Skiers- Look out for notices next year to make sure you get your share of the action!
Squash: WGSB v St Olave’s 14 May
On Monday 14 May we played our second junior squash match of the year against St Olave’s. Five boys made the trip to Orpington to use their courts and play friendly welcoming opponents. Our junior team of Daniel, Louis, Dylan, Alex and Ollie were in good form and we won all our matches with a final score of 5-0 hardly dropping a game. This is very encouraging and bodes well for the Kent Championships in July where we finished as runners up last year. Mr Sexton.
Also, on the 14th May our Yr 10 cricket team played in the Miskin Plate away to Gravesend Grammar. Mr Lynch is pleased to report that we won the game with Karanjot scoring a century! He finished his innings with 101 not out from 73 balls. The whole team got 144 in 20 overs.
Inter-House Competitions update
Inter-House Competitions over the past couple of weeks have included, Handball, 500m Rowing (in the Gym!) and Tsuro Board Games: