Blog week ending 7th September

Posted on: 07/09/2018

We are delighted to welcome our new Year 7 and Year 12 students and welcome back our returning students and staff.  Students have already made an incredibly positive start to the term and I am particularly impressed by our new students who are already demonstrating a great enthusiasm for learning. 

Below, a selection of pictures of Year 7 in classes on their first day

 

A main focus this year is to support boys to become more efficient and effective learners and the key to this, as with most things, is practice – and the earlier they start the better they become at preparing for tests and to ensure the retention of knowledge.  Further information will be available at our Expectation Evenings, the schedule is as below;

Year 7 – Wednesday 26th September 5pm-6pm

Year 8 – Wednesday 26th September 7pm-8pm

Year 9 – Thursday 11th October 6.30pm-7.30pm

Year 10 – Wednesday 19th September 6.30pm-7.30pm

Year 11 – Tuesday 11 September 6.30pm-7.30pm

Year 12 – Thursday 13th September 6.30pm-7.30pm

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys are celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results, in spite of the challenges and uncertainty surrounding the new tougher style exams. 23% of all grades were at A*,9 or 8 and the performance was strong across the school. Again scores in Mathematics exceeded expectations where 77% of grades were at a 7 or above.

Last year has been one of great uncertainty for schools and I am immensely proud of the students whose hard work has been reflected in so many exceptional results. It is important to remember their individual successes and the stories behind them today and we are really enjoying being able to congratulate them on their achievements.

We are also delighted to be once again celebrating the excellent A Level results secured across the schools’ fully collaborative sixth form, WG6. The joint sixth form is now in its third year of operation  and results continue to improve year on year, with the majority of grades being at A*/ B grades and most students successfully departing to study degrees at  prestigious Universities.

Our results were reported in a number of local papers and their online platforms, a selection of coverage is below;

 

Further coverage can be viewed online on a range of local newspaper sites including;

The Gravesend Reporter GCSE coverage which can be seen here and their A level coverage which can be seen here

Year 7 students (class 7S) completed their first practical science lesson on the topic of Heat & Temperature.  Students learned how to set up and use Bunsen burners to safely heat water and explore the difference between heat and temperature. They also explained why temperature needs to be measured using scientific equipment to ensure accuracy.

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Year 7 Multi Sports Days.  Last week we saw 50 of our new year 7 students take part in two multi sports days prior to starting their first week at secondary school. This was a fantastic opportunity for the boys to familiarise themselves with their new school grounds so they didn’t seem so daunting on the first day. The students absolutely loved the days and we received some lovely emails of gratitude from parents. This activity always enables the students to form friendships as well as some fantastic memories.

The students had three sessions each day where they could choose between a range of activities. These included table tennis, football, soft ball, rounders, cricket, ultimate Frisby, tennis and Danish long ball. Both days ended with a huge game of manhunt which proved to be a real test of their communication and tactical skills. I would like to thank Ms S Evans for organising the event as well as Mr Smith, Mr Lynch and Mr Powell for giving up their time to run the event. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Mrs S Cross

Head of Year 7

Our weekly blog includes information regarding forthcoming activities and projects as well as an insight into our week at school.  Sharing and celebrating student success is a key part of our ethos here at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys.  If your son has any out of school achievements you would like to share with our school community within the school blog please do get in touch with gwellcoat@endeavour-mat.co.uk

You have recently received a letter regarding our forthcoming School Photography.  Please could I ask you to complete and return the form at your earliest convenience, if you require a copy of the letter you can download it from our website here

Best wishes,

 

Charlie Guthrie

Head Teacher

 

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