Blog week ending 9th November

Posted on: 07/11/2018

Today we commemorated the Armistice with Remembrance Services in school and this weekend across the country will be many opportunities for us to pay our respects to those who have given their lives in service to the country. This is particularly poignant in 2018 as we mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Dr Harris shared the story of Valentine Strudwick. This young man is someone who if born one hundred years later would have been just like us. Born on 14th February 1900, he lied about his age, enlisted in January 1915 and became a rifleman. On 12th August 1915 he arrived in France, serving primarily in the Ypres Salient until his death on 14th January 1916. He was just 15 years and 11 months old.

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The Year 9 trip to the Battlefields in Belgium was a breath-taking experience.  At the beginning of the day we got to see what life would be like for a soldier in the trenches and all of the difficulties and diseases that came with it by visiting Bayernwald Trenches.  I found it really interesting to see for myself the dangers involved with war.  Afterwards we went to Essex Farm Cemetery where we saw a grave of Valentine Strudwick a 15 year old boy who gave his life fighting for his country and also the place where Canadian soldier, John McCrae wrote the famous poem, ‘In Flanders field’.

The saddest, but most amazing part of the day, was definitely visiting the two cemeteries; Tyne Cot and Langemark, which remembered Commonwealth and German soldiers respectively.  Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in the world which holds just under 12,000 bodies of men who fought for the British Empire in WW1.  There is also a Memorial Wall with around 35,000 soldier’s names whose bodies were not found or identified.  Among the cemetery were the graves of three Victoria Cross holders who had amazing stories behind them. Here, we also laid a wreath and had a service of remembrance.  Langemark Cemetery held about 45,000 German soldiers and there are no individual graves, multiple soldiers are buried together in a grave plot.

At the end of the day we stopped off at the chocolate shop in the town of Ypres where we could buy delicious Belgium chocolates for our families.  Afterwards we walked to Menin Gate Memorial, an archway with more than 50,000 soldier’s names engraved who died in WW1 and have no known grave.

Overall I really enjoyed the day and I learnt so much about the history of World War 1 and how it affected so many people.

Written by Sean K of 9T

 

Mrs Cross held a Year 7 assembly to mark the end of the first term and to commend students for settling in so well to their WGSB studies.  Many students were awarded certificates to congratulate them on their individual performance. 

Pictured below are the students awarded for the most House Points in each form;

Ethan R of 7B   55 points

James C of 7D   47 points

Favour A of 7N 67 points

Ore A of 7S       36 points

Tommy M of 7T 37 points

 

 

Year Group Winners (pictured from below right) are;

1st          Favour A of 7N      67 points

2nd        Lewis F of 7N         64 points

3rd         Daniel P of 7N       56 points

         

Additionally, all those students who didn't get any C points for the term were commended for their positive work ethic.  Pictured below are;

Brunel.  Feyishetan A, Jake B, Thomas R, Fray W

Darwin.  Akinlabi A, Rowan A, Matthew Q, Shane S, Jaden S, David T, Kiru V, Jack M

Newton.  Favour A, Benas B, Finley C, Jack E, Alex E, Callum-Jay F, Zackart L, George M, Will M, Daniel P, Leo R, Rohan S

Stevenson.  Charlie B, Inioluwa, Samraj M, Kai P, Rylee R, Alex T, Anaxsan U

Telford.  Nicholas B, Jack J, Max J, Tommy M, Alfie P, Ayman P, Sanjeev P, Billy S, Bailey T, Thomas U, Ben W, Chun Jian Y

Congratulations to all students who received a certificate, Mrs Cross will hold an assembly each term to mark students' achievements.

Congratulations to the below WG6 students who have been appointment Mathematics Prefects.  Their role will be to represent the department to the students body, offering support as our Y11’s make their A level subject choices and offer hands-on peer mentoring to students providing homework support on topic sessions where required.  All were in action at this week’s Subject Fair at WGSB and acted as subject ambassadors engaging with current Y11 students from both the boys’ and girls’ sites as they consider their A level options. The students will be available to help during the Mathematics Support sessions running during Lunchtimes in G7. Years 10 and 11 from 1.15pm on a Tuesday and Years 7, 8 and 9 from 1.15pm on a Thursday. The Mathematics Department would like to congratulate Esther, Alaska, Ikhwan, Joshua, Ellie, Shannon, Brandy, Ankita, Meliz, Sonya and Seyi.

On Wednesday 7th November, the six year 12 students participating in the engineering education scheme had a site visit to BAE systems’ Rochester site, hosted by their mentor, an employee at BAE. The trip included a tour of their production floor, where they are manufacturing helmets for fighter jet aircraft, a turn each on their Eurofighter flight simulator wearing the STRIKER II helmet (see article below), and a group exercise programming Arduino Uno boards. The group also learnt important skills from the staff at BAE such as time management and career prospects after 6th form. The day was concluded with a group meeting discussing progress made on the project provided by BAE, in which they explained to their mentor the progress made so far.

Written by Finley J of WG6

For further information on the STRIKER II please follow the link here

WG6 subject ambassadors hosted an A Level subject fair at WGSB for our Y11s.  Students had the opportunity to discuss options and gain an insight into specific courses.  Every subject offered at WG6 was represented with a plethora of information and advice available.  The WG6 team were on hand, including Mrs Martin, CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Strategy) to offer further support and guidance.

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Year 9 Geography students are currently on a residential field trip in Swanage in Dorset.  We look forward to reading about their studies in next week's blog.  News and updates from their trip can be found on our twitter feed here

Student Data.  The new Parent App is now up and running providing a convenient way for you to access, review and request updates to the student information we hold directly from your phone.  Additionally, you will be able to see key term dates, attendance and other key information. This system will replace the SLG platform.

What will you find in SIMS Parent App:

  • School term, inset dates and contact details available at the click of a button
  • Attendance Information
  • Access to update your contact details, so we always have the most up-to-date information in case of emergency 
  • Student Reports
  • If you have more than one child at school, you will have access to this information for all your children, from the same app. 

Getting started with the SIMS Parent App

  1. We will be sending you an activation email (to the email address we have on file for you). Simply click on the link from your tablet, PC or smartphone to activate your account.
  2. You can then login using your normal Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft username and password. 
  3. From your smartphone or tablet, download the app from the Google Play or Apple App store - search for SIMS Parent.  

A few  reminders:

Friday 16th November– Non School Uniform day – please bring a donation to the PTA for the Christmas Market

Monday 19th November – Year 11 PPEs start

Friday 23rd November – No School – Staff development

Saturday 1st December – PTA Christmas Market

Best wishes,

Charlie Guthrie

 

 

 

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