Blog week ending 14th September
Year 11 Expectations Evening. Many thanks for those of you who were able to attend our Expectations Evening on Tuesday night and I hope you have come away with a very clear idea of what this next year holds for your son. It was good to be able to talk through with you those lessons learned from this year with regard to the new GCSEs and to share our tips and advice on how to help your son prepare for the exams and to maximise his potential. I would like to reiterate how important it is that the hard work begins now and the value of regular revision and practice (as we said the boys need to see this as a marathon rather than a sprint!) As ever, we thank you for your support in helping us get your son through this year and achieve a fantastic set of results that he will be proud of and prepare him for his next step. The slides from the evening can be viewed on our website here. We are excited about working with the boys this year and seeing them achieve the excellent grades they deserve. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Jackman, Deputy Head Teacher
As part of the summer schedule of refurbishments our Library has relocated to a larger and newly appointed room. The improvements are significant, we have a number of computers and desks for students to use for independent study as well as increased seating. Ms Fisk has added to the range of books on offer and has purchased a great many new titles for students to enjoy.
Pictured below, students from 7N, who were introduced to the Accelerated Reader Scheme which aims to motivate and improve students reading progress. Students may choose a fiction book, from Accelerated Reader Bookfinder, to read, then take an online quiz in the Library which provides teachers & students with valuable feed-back. This helps to inform their future learning, and earns students valuable House Points and the chance to win prizes!
Year 7 are currently in the process of choosing their free Bookbuzz book and we have to thank our wonderful P.T.A. for funding this, once free, book scheme. You can take a look at what they are choosing from on www.booktrust.org.uk/bookbuzz.
One of the choices is ‘The Guggenheim Mystery’ which is on our ‘Big Read’ list of books this year. Students can achieve their Bronze Award, and earn 5 House Points by reading any of the books on the list.
Finally, Scholastic leaflets have been issued to Year 7 & 8 students, with spares in the Library for anyone else who wants them. You can also purchase books directly online by midnight 20th September. Just make sure you quote Wilmington Grammar School for Boys so that your books are sent here, saving delivery charges.
Ms Fisk, Librarian
Year 8 Art Students enjoyed a practical lesson learning about Pointillist artists, who used a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of colour are applied in patterns to form an image. Miss Gubbins encouraged students to experiment with colour theory and colour mixing in the Pointillist style.
WGSB offers a range of enrichment and extra curriculum activities and clubs which will be added to as the term progresses. Clubs are run by both teaching staff and external specialist coaches/tutors dependent upon the subject – some, such as music lessons have a cost implication. Please refer to our website page here which will be updated regularly. One such opportunity is the Rugby team, whose latest match is detailed below.
On Tuesday I had the pleasure of taking the 1st XV rugby team over to Gravesend Grammar School for a round 1 National Vase encounter. The boys did amazingly well and ran out 10-7 winners in a game that we dominated. Joe N was the try scorer, which was converted by Max W 7-0. Gravesend Grammar scored on the stroke of half time to level the scores at the break. Wilmington dominated the second half of the match, however the scores remained level in a tight affair. In the last few minutes of the game Wilmington won a penalty in front of the posts, the boys elected to take a shot at goal. The kick was put away by Jacob S taking the score to 10-7. Only minutes remained, when the final whistle went the boys were absolutely delighted.
This victory sets up an easy encounter against Dartford Grammar School for Boys in the 2nd round.
Mr Harris, Physical Education Department
During the summer term last year, we were very lucky to be assigned a group of Young Guns from the Laing O’Rourke management development programme. The Guns comprised a team of 7 of the company’s most talented and promising employees, who in addition to undertaking an 18 month long programme of modules, finished off their studies by undertaking a consultancy project in the charitable sector.
The Young Guns assigned to improve the infrastructure at WGSB were successful in relocating the staff room and to create a new Science Lab. They also secured a grant of £5,000 towards the cost of the Science Lab. They undertook a volunteer day in the summer in which several areas of the school were repaired and painted, including external fencing, railings and décor. They assisted with legacy projects such as linking the school with potential future funding streams and networking the school with companies who can support with facilities management. They interviewed students and staff and have suggested many improvement projects for the future, including an exciting revamp of the music room and old gymnasium. Overall, they proved themselves worthy of the Young Guns accolade and we have loved working with them. I was delighted to see them honoured by Ray O'Rourke at an event on Tuesday evening when they were all presented with their trophies. So a big thank you goes to:
Pictured, Young Guns on site at WGSB
Pictured, Adam Matthews receiving his Young Gun Trophy and Certificate from founder and CEO, Ray O’Rourke.
Congratulations to you all and I wish you continued success and happiness in the future.
Donna Lodge CEO Endeavour MAT
School Photography is scheduled for 18th September and is for Year Groups 7, 9, 11 and 12 only. A copy of the letter can be downloaded from our website here
We have been made aware of emergency changes to the 1st Bus Stop bus route. The changes they have provided us with are as below. A permanent amendment is currently in the process and 1st Stop will inform the schools of all the new changes once they have been approved.
Routes 4 & 5
Both routes will now be serving Wilmington schools and Dartford schools.
Route 4 will be running at normal time in the morning but will be extending the service to Dartford schools and Route 5 will be running the same timetable as usual. I would recommend students that normally get the Route 5 and have found they are struggling for a seat to use the Route 4.
Route 4 will now be starting at 15:40 from the Dartford schools then going on to serve Wilmington Schools to allow for the unexpected number of passengers. Route 5 will also be running at 15:40 from Dartford as normal, If students do find that the service is at full capacity they have the option to use the route 4.
Routes 3 & 6
Both routes will now be serving Wilmington schools and Dartford schools.
Route 3 will be running at normal time in the morning serving the Dartford schools and Wilmington Schools. Route 6 will be running the same timetable as the Route 3 to allow for the unexpected extra passengers. I would recommend students that normally get the Route 3 and have found they are struggling for a seat to use the Route 6.
Route 6 will now be starting at 15:40 from the Wilmington Grammar Schools then going on to serve Dartford Schools to allow for the unexpected number of passengers. Route 3 will also be running at 15:40 from Wilmington Grammar School for Boys. If students do find that the service is at full capacity they have the option to use either route.