Blog week ending 19th July

Posted on: 19/07/2019

Our Enrichment Programme gave all of our students the opportunity to stretch themselves, learn new skills and crucially .. have fun.  Normal timetables were suspended as students enjoyed trips that included, Bewl Water, Sussex University, Bexley Squash Club, The Thames Barrier and F1 GoKarting.

On site, a plethora of activities were on offer including Wearable Art, Rollercoaster engineering, Tennis, and WGSB Master Chef.  Each activity was hosted by external specialist tutors or our own dedicated and multi-talented staff body. 

Thank you to all students and staff who together ensured the Enrichment Programme was a time of learning, new experiences and ultimately, truly enriching!

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Code-Breaking students battled complex puzzles and virtual reality games as well as Mensa endorsed board games to reign supreme!  An intense work-out for the mind!

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Creativity and talent shone through.  This group of Artists produced a series of incredible landscape pieces all worthy of display!  Technique and composition was inspired by artists such as Hockney (including his trademark flat cap!) and striking use of colour.  Students went out into the school environment and sketched with charcoal, took photos and some sketched on their phones and tablets to provide inspiration for their paintings.

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Cricket Badgers.  No doubt inspired by the England’s World Cup win, our cricketers honed their skills with specialist coaching and plenty of game practice.

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A group of WGSB chefs went head-to-head to create a show-stopping picnic menu.  The technique, flair, understanding of flavours and presentation on show was incredible.  Absolutely delicious!

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Sweded Movies.  Students, re-wrote and re-shot key scenes from their favourite films.  Using media production tools, scriptwriting and acting skills students improved upon their favourite Hollywood blockbuster!

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Students visited a theme park for inspiration and (a lot) of fun before designing their own rollercoaster.  A lot of thrill seekers here judging by the trajectory of some of the models!

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The Digital and Wearable Art group created a diverse range of sculptural and striking wearable art.  Many of the pieces has a film-set feel whilst some captured the drama of fashion shows.

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From September, Form Time will be at 8:45 each morning (except for Wednesday).  The school timetable has been updated to reflect this change.  Please see our website here to view the timetable.

The MFL Trip to Madrid was a busy and culturally rich experience for students.  Despite the heat (and it was very hot!) students enjoyed a packed schedule of sightseeing, sporting pilgrimages, sampling of local cuisine and shopping.  A thoroughly immersive and enjoyable trip!  For more photos and information, take a look at the MFL department twitter here

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The Art Department had some feathered visitors last week.  Year 10 Art students took part in a drawing workshop where they had the opportunity to draw some birds brought to the school by Sky Birds of Prey (their website can be viewed here). Students were introduced to Maggie the Lanner Falcon, Ronnie the Harris Hawk and the star of the show Leo the Baby Long Eared Owl.  The birds were amazingly well trained nevertheless students had get accustomed to drawing moving models.  The students rose to the challenge and produced some wonderful drawings.

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I recently attended my sister Rebekah Greenbank’s graduation from the University of Cambridge. She attended WGSG from 2009, and finished sixth form in 2016 

A*, A* A in her three A levels. She graduated from Cambridge with a 2:1 degree in theology, and is looking forward to starting her new job in July with the Christian Blind Mission.

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Congratulations Rebekah, what a great achievement, we are thrilled for you.

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As you might already know, Mr Sexton is retiring after 26 years at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys.  During his career at WGSB he has lead the Geography Department, been head of WG6, Careers lead and run countless extra-curricular clubs and trips.  He will be sorely missed and I would like to thank Mr Sexton for all that he has done for our school community. 

Message from Mr Sexton "I would like to thank the parents, staff and students of Wilmington Grammar School for Boys for their great generosity to me on my retirement from the School. I was absolutely overwhelmed by the number, quality and thoughtfulness of the gifts.  I will treasure everything you have given me and they will always remind me of the great times I have had at the School and the wonderful people I have met and taught.  I will maintain contact with the School and will be keen to hear of future success and achievements"

Mr Harris, Head of PE leaves us for pastures new after 11 years at WGSB (as well as attending as a student!) as he embarks on a career as an airline pilot.  It is a long held ambition of his and we wish him every success for the future.  We look forward to hearing about his travels. 

This academic year has been pretty epic!  Our students have certainly set the pace – their enthusiasm, commitment to their studies and appetite for new experiences has been incredible.  The pages of this blog bear testament to the commitment of staff and students at WGSB to make the most of every opportunity.. and there have been too many of those to mention!  I’d like to wish you all a happy and restful summer and we will welcome you back on September 3rd (new Years 7 & 12 only) and 4th September (all other Years)

Very best wishes,

Charlie Guthrie

 

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