Blog week ending 18th January

Posted on: 18/01/2019

Our music department offers an extensive list of extra-curriculum clubs and peripatetic music lessonsA team of musicians visit the school to teach clarinet, voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drum kit, trumpet, flute, saxophone, trombone, violin and cello.  The benefits of learning a musical instrument are many, from relieving stress, building confidence, to improving memory - and it’s fun!  For further information about lesson availability and charges, please see Mr Palmer, Head of Music for a letter.


Year 9 Biology students have been learning about DNA.  During a practical lesson students extracted DNA from plant cells, in this case, peas.  This is a challenging practical lesson with a number of stages in the methodology.  Using ethanol to help force the DNA to precipitate (causing a solid from a solution) the students were able to clearly see the pea DNA float out of the mixture.

Mrs Cross, Head of Year 7, held a Rewards Assembly to congratulate students on their Term 2 conduct and achievements.  She was particularly impressed by the overall house point tally and to have so many students qualifying for certificates.

The top house point scorers for each form were;

Top of year group winners were;

Students who demonstrated exceptional conduct and gained house points whilst receiving no C1s also received a certificate and are pictured below.  Of particular note was Telford who had 16 students qualifying for certificates.

The Accelerated Readers Programme is a scheme which encourages and rewards reading amongst school children.  Students select books from a specially curated list and progress stages linked to how many words they have read and a short quiz on each completed book.  To date, the Year 7 word count is an impressive 33,305,300

Two students have already qualified for the Millionaires Gold Club, Ashraf M of 7S and James C of 7D, both received a prize and 15 House Points.  Aaron T of 7D also received a prize as the Most Improved on Star Reading Test – Congratulations.


WG6 Physics students are investigating refraction and practising calculations using Snell's Law.  Snell's law is a formula allowing you to calculate the critical angle for a material using the refractive index, and calculate the angle of refraction using the angle of incidence.

Congratulations to all our PTA Christmas raffle winners:

 1st Prize – Airpods - Ticket no: 11090  Fryer

2nd Prize – £100 Bluewater voucher Ticket no: 04095  M Bakare 9S

3rd Prize – Amazon Echo Dot - Ticket no: 01334 B Hipwell Yr13

4th Prize – £130 Elementary Beauty voucher Ticket no: 00657 L Lam 7D

5th Prize – 14 days family pass David Lloyd - Ticket no: 04330 J Jackson

6th Prize – Reflexology Voucher - Ticket no: 04889 V Pahett

7th Prize – Men’s Watch gift set - Ticket no: 04870 B Couchman/w McCowaig

Thank you to all our parents/carers and family members, and to the staff for your support with the raffle each year.  

Your help is much appreciated by all the members of the WGSB PTA.

An external tutor offers classes at WGSB in acting, musical theatre and public speaking.  In addition to recognised qualifications, students are awarded UCAS points.  For availability and further information please contact Kelly Woods as below.

Acting, Musical Theatre 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 fourth year at WGSG working with students from year 7 to year 13. In the coming weeks we have a few places available to study with us in our Monday evening after school (3.30 – 4.30) group sessions at £9 a week and a short waiting list for solo/duo lessons.  A 20 minute lesson in Acting, Musical Theatre or Mime, years 7 to 11, costs £10 a week (£5 if shared with another student) and can be arranged by emailing


Best wishes,

Charlie Guthrie

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