Blog week ending 30th November

Posted on: 30/11/2018

Students from WG6 attended the Senior Mathematics Challenge this week at Ravensbourne School.  The team performed brilliantly coming 8th overall, beating schools including Dartford Grammar and The Judd School - our best performance ever!  United Kingdom Mathematics Trust promotes mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills. They also give pupils the opportunity to compete against pupils from other schools in their region. 

Our Y8 & 9 assembly was delivered by an external organisation from the Breaking the Cycle Programme.  The programme aims to counteract violence by proactively addressing it’s most common roots including bullying, peer pressure and gossip.  Breaking the Cycle speakers tell personal stories of life experiences that demonstrate how, through choosing to forgive, conflicts can be resolved and tensions eased. Their message is positive and non-religious - a direct appeal stressing self-respect and the unique value of each individual. The assemblies included the opportunity for students to ask questions to the speakers.

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A reminder that it is Year 12 Parents’ Evening on 6th December at the Boys’ site, your sons/daughters are charged with making appointments with their teachers.

Congratulations to all students who had earnt inclusion on the Term 2 Rewards Trip and travelled to TeamSport ultimate go karting in London.  The centre boasts a unique 800 metre multi-level layout which the boys took full advantage of.

Mr Smith accompanied the Y7 group who had a brilliant time, Jake B in 7D got the fastest lap and the best average lap time and Jack Martin 7B just piped Rylee Reeve 7S by 0.054 seconds for second place!  All students performed very well, however there were lots of crashes and a few students that would suit ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

A very positive experience for them all!

Year 11s will be attending on Monday following their PPE’s.

Pictured, Y8 students on the track.

Pictured, Y9 group.  The Y9 was battle for 1st place between Senen H and Alex B – each sharing a win!

After an exhausting 2 weeks, Year 11 have now completed their PPE exams which has been an invaluable insight as to what to expect when the GCSEs commence on 13th May 2019. Their behaviour has been exceptional and they have followed the rules to the letter even if they have haven’t all remembered their rulers! I hope year 11 have a well earnt rest this weekend and the results will be issued in a “mock” results day and exams debrief session on the 14th December. 

There are a great many subject support sessions and clubs for GCSE and A Level students running lunchtimes and after school.  A full list can be found on our website here

The PE department football teams had a good week scoring wins for both the 1st 11 against Christ the King and the Y10 Team beating Hurstmere School for Boys.  A scout for Brighton & Hove Albion FC attended the Y10 match and has shown interest in Adedamola S. 

The WG6 Rugby team are sporting brand new rugby kits sponsored by our PTA.  The team are training hard and will be in action next on 12th December in a special match versus the Old Boys (ex-students) – please do come along and show your support.  All regular home matches kick-off at 2.30pm and we welcome fellow students to come along and support the team.  In addition to funding the new kits the PTA also provided water bottles for the department – thank you, the students are certainly putting them to good use!

Our PTA look forward to welcoming you all to our Christmas Fair tomorrow, 1st December.  In addition to the festive gift ideas and raffle prize draw the students will be taking part in an inter-house rugby tournament on the day.  Please do come along and cheer on the boys!

Please do sign up to our PTA Easyfundraising scheme, simply register here and then every time you shop online at one of the many high street brands included in the poster below the school receives a donation – at absolutely no cost to you!

Your son/daughter has been given a white envelope with PTA raffle tickets in to purchase.  You should have two draw books and the PTA would appreciate it if you could try to sell as many as possible to friends and family.  The top three prizes are;

1st Prize - Apple AirPods

2nd Prize - £100 Bluewater Voucher

3rd Prize - Amazon Dot

Please ensure that all ticket stubs and money is returned to the school office as soon as possible or by Thursday 13th December at the very latest.  If you think you can sell more tickets please ask the main office for more or email pta@wgsb.org.uk and additional tickets can be arranged.

I am delighted to share the news that Finnley D of 8D has been selected to attend a testing day with the British Gymnastics National Coaches at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire.  Finnley recently took part in a competition in Birmingham competing at Elite Level 4 National Grades where he came to the attention of the National Coaches.  Finnley’s stand-out routine included the pommel horse, high bar, parallel bars, floor, vault and rings.  We are incredibly proud of your achievement and wish you all the best at your forthcoming testing day at the National Sports Centre.

Pictures, left Finn at his recent National Grade Finals and right, celebrating at the British Championships

    

Year 11 Class of 2018GCSE Celebration of Achievement Afternoon.  Firstly, we would like to congratulate you again on your excellent GCSE grades this year. You were a fantastic group of students and a real credit to the school.

Secondly, we would like to remind you about our Celebration of Achievement event taking place this Wednesday 5th December 2018 1.30 - 3.00.

This is an informal event where you can collect your GCSE certificates, meet with staff and friends and enjoy some light refreshments.

We hope that you are able to join us in celebrating your fantastic achievements and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday

Some of the eager-eyed amongst you may have spotted Jess R of WG6 starring in two of the big Christmas adverts.  One, starring with Holly Willoughby in the M&S ‘must haves’ ad and also in the Sky Sports festive ad. Jess is a seasoned actress with numerous theatre roles to her credit and we look forward to hearing about her next role.

Pictures, stills from the adverts

Best wishes,

Charlie Guthrie

 

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