Blog week ending 21st September

Posted on: 21/09/2018

Our House System encourages students to get involved with House competitions and activities and fosters a sense of team work, as well as motivating individuals to strive for House points in a lively and varied schedule of inter-house competitions.  These points are combined with points awarded for exemplary individual academic work as well as those earned during Sports Day.  Last academic year saw Newton secure first place overall. 

The Inter-House system is a year 7-13 competition between the houses held every term to decide which house has the best house spirit. This is done through a series of challenges and games during lunchtimes where the sixth form donate their time to referee and umpire the events. Each term there are 3-4 events that take place and every year group gets to have a go at various times through-out the term. For example, the first term is 5-a-side football, Kwik Cricket, Virtual Reality Game and Rubik’s Cube solving. 1st place secures 30 points, 2nd place 24 points, 3rd place 18 points, 4th place 12 points and 5th place is 6 points. Beware however, that failing to pitch a team or getting disqualified for breaking the rules will result in minus 10 points. The winner of the Inter-House Competition is the house with the most points within the league at the end of the year.

In addition to the accolade of being part of the winning House, special individual prizes are awarded for stand-out commitment and achievement to the scheme – these are awarded by the Head of House.  Special Reward trips take place each term, three students from each form are selected, two for academic achievement and one for house achievement.

Regular update of competitions and the House Scoreboard will be available via the blog throughout the year.  The Houses, and their Head of Head are as detailed below.



Heads of House


Mr Powell


Mrs Rowson


Mr Pope


Mrs Cross


Mr Silo

Please be aware that the Year 7 & 8 Expectation Evening has been rescheduled to Tuesday 2nd October.  Y7 5pm-6pm and Y8 7-8pm.  Unfortunately the original date clashed with Wilmington Academy's Open Evening which would cause significant congestion in the area.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

A special assembly was held for Y7-10 students on the subjects of bullying and mental health awareness.  The Power of Muzik are an organisation who actively engage with students to open discussion on important issues and encourage ‘youth empowerment’.  The session included a hi-energy vocal and dance performance as well as valuable advice and information on support, should it be required.  We received very positive feed-back from students who felt the format was an effective way of addressing mental health and bullying issues.

New Food Technology Aprons.  A new addition to the Food Technology Department this year is personalised aprons with the school logo. We have been very lucky to have been provided the funds by the school’s PTA to purchase three class sets of navy blue aprons for the students to use in their Food Technology lessons rather than bringing in their own from home. We hope this will make it easier for parents and enable the boys to look smart in these lessons. Not only do they match the school colours and include the school logo, the boys will be happy to know that they are elasticated! No more knots to undo or bows to tie and more importantly no students getting stuck in the aprons!

Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition.  The year 10 students had their first practical lesson where they had to show off their knife precision skills by cutting up carrots into specific sizes and shapes. This proved to be more challenging than they thought!


Year 11 Food Preparation and Nutrition.  Just before these students get started with their Non-Examination Assessments (controlled assessment) where they will be investigating ingredients, the students had a chance to show off their presentation skills using a small set of ingredients. The tea cake challenge has been carried in out many schools across the country and it was time to see what our boys could produce. Students could present and prepare the ingredients in any way they chose. The ingredients included a tea cake, digestive biscuits, chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, mint leaves and strawberries. Some students even tried to create spun sugar decorations, they soon realised how difficult sugar work is!  Well done to the students, they only had 15 minutes to think of a design before getting started.


Some good news to share, the First XI beat Gravesend Grammar 2-1 to go 2nd in the league with 2 wins out of 2 now. A really close game with many year 12 students making their debuts today including goalkeeper Jack W who was outstanding in really tricky windy conditions. Captain James G ended up with both goals and man of the match was George H who ran the midfield the whole 90 minutes. Please join me in congratulating them (listed below) on the win and wish them luck against current league leaders and current title holders Hayes away next week.

Jack W, Jacob S, Alex M, Toyo O, Joe B, Marcus D, Tom C, Josiah J, Alex H, James G, Joel A, Jesse K, George H, Leo T.

Additionally, The Year 10 Football team beat Harris Academy Beckenham 5-1 with an outstanding performance in a very tricky and intimidating environment not helped by the tricky windy conditions. A special mention must go to F. Aroyewun (10N) who scored a hat-trick last night and A. Adedji (10D) who scored the goal of the game, a great individual goal. Our other goal scorer was S. Eyin (10D). The win now sees WGSB have a home draw in the next round. Again, please join me in congratulating the below team.

James B, George W, Christopher M-N, Simon E, Jude J, Noah S, Abdussamee A, Victor A, Folabomi A, Lovell A, Benjamin M, Jedidah O, Nathaniel A-O, Alfie-Jay T.

The year 11 football team, also beat Valley Park on Tuesday 1-0 to complete a good week for WGSB football securing 3 wins out of 3.

LAMDA lessons are available in school and are delivered by an external specialist provider.  For more information and bookings please see below.

Acting, Musical Theatre, Mime and Public Speaking

The person you are is a thousand times more interesting than the best actor you could ever hope to be…..  -Stanislavski

​Which is true, but that doesn’t mean we won’t keep trying our hardest to disprove it! Our students work closely with us to understand the process of inhabiting a role. Asking questions of themselves about the characters they are creating, the physical demonstration of emotions, learning about the major practitioners, stagecraft, theatrical convention, vocal modulation, physicality, subtext, and how to convince an audience to suspend their disbelief.

We are incredibly proud of the consistently excellent results achieved by our students from Grade 1 to Grade 8, with the vast majority achieving Merits and Distinctions. Students passing grades 6, 7 & 8 are awarded UCAS points which are of tremendous benefit to anyone pursuing further study.

In addition to the recognised qualifications achieved with LAMDA exams, the lessons are of tremendous benefit to students studying GCSE and A level Drama as they offer a deeper insight into the subject. We are proud to be in our third year at WGSG working with students from year 7 to year 13. We have a few places available to study with us, beginning in September. We offer after school group sessions at £8 a week and solo or duo lessons.  A 20 minute lesson in Acting, Musical Theatre or Mime, years 7 to 11, costs £9 a week (£4.50 if shared with another student) and can be arranged by emailing

Congratulations to all those students who took part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh assessed expedition last weekend. 52 students from years 10 and 11 took part in the expedition. Mr Lynch would like to congratulate the students on their achievements and thank the staff who gave up their time to support the expedition, Mr Sage, Mr Palmer, Miss McCouaig and Mr Long. A special thank you also has to go to Andy White, a parent volunteer who provided great expertise throughout the whole programme and is also supporting the Silver assessed expedition which will be starting on 28th September until Sunday 30th September.

Second Hand Uniform.  Our PTA have second hand uniform available to sell at very reasonable prices.  All of the items are in very good condition and they have all sizes available.

If you wish to purchase any items please contact

Our Year 12 students have made a very positive and enthusiastic start to their A Level studies.  To aid the transition into WG6 and to familiarise students with expectations a series of induction tasks and activities were scheduled.  The Expectations Evening presentation and discussion outlined opportunities available as well as academic and behavioural expectations.  The presentation was led by the WG6 senior leadership team and included a further education talk from a representative of Surrey University.  The full presentations can be viewed on our website here

Pictured, Students taking part in team-building tasks



Best wishes,

Charlie Guthrie


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