Blog week ending 10th May

Posted on: 10/05/2019

We would like to wish all of our students sitting public examinations over the coming weeks the very best of luck.  You have been working exceptionally hard over the course of the year, please do allow yourselves regular breaks as you finalise your exam preparation.

Over the past 10 weeks a group of keen Chemists from Y12 WG6 have been mastering their Organic Chemistry skills and synthesising aspirin.  This culminated in a trip to the Medway School of Pharmacy where our students received a talk from Dr Vladimir Gubala about the importance of chemical analysis before using the NMR machines to analyse samples of their aspirin. The students also had a go at capsulating paracetamol, by firstly calculating the mass of paracetamol and lactose required, then shaking the powders to get an even distribution and manually loading the capsules.  They were then able to assess the uniformity of the capsules they had made and look at accuracy of their techniques.  All of them found the day to be a valuable experience and helped them to think about higher education choices ready for next year. The students finished the day in the student café for lunch, which was a highlight!

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Young Minds are a leading charity raising awareness and providing support for children and young people’s mental health.  They have produced a useful parental guide ‘Supporting your child during exam time’ which can be read here as well as the below poster;

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Term 4 Year 7 Rewards Assembly.  Mrs Cross held an assembly to celebrate student achievements over the course of last term – and there was a lot to celebrate!  Over the year group house points were up on the previous term by around 30% demonstrating students’ dedication to their studies and behaviour.

Specific certificates were awarded to students who achieved the highest number of house points in their form and across the year group – winners are pictured below;

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Additionally, students who demonstrated a positive attitude towards learning and school life and received no ‘C’ points during the term received certificates.  Each form is pictured below;

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Mr Anderson, Head of Chemistry at WGSB ran an A Level Chemistry Masterclass session.  Students were coached in question techniques and time management as well as revision checklists and module re-caps.  This was an instructive session with valuable pointers to maximise the time allocated for the exam.

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Congratulations to students who have achieved excellent results in their recent LAMDA Examinations.  Courses are delivered by a specialist visiting teacher at a cost of £10 a week for a one-to-one lesson or £5 if shared.  LAMDA courses provide specialist drama abilities as well as building self-presentation skills, confidence at speaking in public as well as earning UCAS points for students passing Grade 6 and above.  For further details of the courses offered and availability please email Kelly Woods on Kellywoods500@outlook.com

Aarush K of 8T Distinction Grade 4 Group Acting

Oliver A of 8B Distinction Grade 4 Group Acting

Luke O of 8B Distinction Grade 4 Group Acting

Faahim K 7D Distinction Grade 4 Group Acting

Aaron C 7T Distinction Grade 4 Group Acting

Tristan S 8B Distinction Grade 4 Group Acting

Noah C 7B Merit Grade 2 Acting

Harris C 7D Merit Grade 2 Acting

Well done to our Y7 football team who are the runners up in the district cup.  The boys gave a sterling performance in what was an incredibly tight game.

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Wilmington Parish Council have scheduled the ‘Wilmington Big Clean’ and have extended the invitation to our parents/carers and students.  If you are able to attend and help out it would be greatly appreciated by all residents and visitors to Wilmington.

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Unfortunately, the organisers have had to cancel the Trevithick Industrial Dartford Event which was scheduled for Saturday 11th May

Best wishes,

Charlie Guthrie

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