EMAT Home School Newsletter 3rd July

Posted on: 03/07/2020

Endeavour MAT Newsletter 3rd JulyE


What would you like to be when you grow up?!  It’s a daunting question at any age, one which is subject to change, re-thinks and refinement during your educational career and far beyond.  Some of us know exactly what industry we’d like to work in from a very early age, however most of us don’t – and that’s perfectly normal.  According to some experts many of us won’t know what we really want to do until we are closer to our thirties. Our teenage years and twenties are often spent “trying out” and “finding out” about the things we may wish to do or be.

Our School Careers Programme is delivered from Year 7 via a series of special PHSE lessons (personal, health, social and economic) and Form times, together with one-to-one sessions as students consider their GCSE options and A level subjects.  The schools provide a comprehensive network of qualified advisors, business contacts and student alumni who deliver inspiring assemblies.  In addition, we offer access to the online resources, Fast Tomato and Morrisby which provide personalised career and education suggestions based on student interests, attitudes and motivations.  All of our students are encouraged to ‘aim high’ and explore non-stereotypical roles.  Teachers and our Career Advisors are available to provide trial interviews and support for students prior to apprenticeship, university or workplace interviews.  For those students entering professions such as medicine and law our industry partners provide specialist advice and interview practice.

We are committed to providing a stimulating and meaningful curriculum and understand the need to prepare our students for tomorrow’s workplace.   Endeavour MAT closely monitors latest research to ensure our curriculum is cutting edge and appropriate for all of our students.  Our GCSE and A Level provision is reviewed annually, acknowledging the need to ‘future-proof’ our offering and providing a robust and relevant range of subjects.  Recently added from Year 10 are Sociology GCSE and Design for the Built Environment as well as Business Studies.  Our A Level prospectus now boasts additional courses including Law and Forensics & Criminal Investigation.  Our sixth form (WG6) is a vibrant and pro-active community, and with subject hubs at both WGSG and WGSB sites has a progressive campus feel.  Please click here for our WG6 curriculum booklet.  https://www.wg6.co.uk/228/curriculum-booklet

This week our Year 12 students have been attending UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) sessions at school.  UCAS provides information, advice and an admissions services to inspire and facilitate further education.  Students have been working with our Careers Advisors and WG6 leaders to help them research and decide upon their next step, whether that be university, apprenticeships, vocational colleges or the workplace.  Endeavour MAT subscribes to the online tool Unifrog which is an impartial platform that allows students to compare universities and courses to inform decision making.

The current restrictions due to COVID-19 has resulted in Universities and Apprenticeship providers offering a wide range of virtual taster experiences (many of which can be viewed on UCAS) as well as the below opportunities;

The Education People are complementing the school’s careers and transition work with virtual delivery of live webinars.

Young people can join from their home or you can utilise these live webinars within the school day. All webinars will start at 2.30pm and last up to one hour. Cameras and microphones for the young people will automatically be turned off. However, young people may ask questions through the chat facility.

To book your place, click on a session below:

Big Bang Digital 2020 – science, engineering & Covid-19 celebrates the amazing work of scientists and engineers in a pandemic.

Mark Tuesday 14th July in your calendar for a day of inspiring online sessions to give young people a front row view of the incredible contribution of scientists, healthcare professionals, engineers, technicians and students in responding to Covid-19.

Join us as we hear from the people working to develop a vaccine, the teams involved in building the Nightingale hospitals, those keeping transport networks going and the companies innovating to respond to the UK ventilator challenge.

We want everyone who comes to The Big Bang Fair to understand how important scientists and engineers really are… they literally shape the world around us!

The number of exciting career possibilities that exist within science, technology, engineering and maths are endless and the best news is, there’s a route for everyone. Whether you want to learn on the job, go to college, go to university or combine different routes, you can start planning your own path now.

With interactive polls, live Q&A sessions with guests and associated activities throughout the day, there are lots of ways to get involved and even prizes to be won!

Visit www.digitalbigbang.co.uk to find out more.

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Speakers for School have shared their programme of virtual events starting 6th July


  • Join 10 minutes before the VTALK to be ready
  • You can join without needing an account – Watch how here
  • For full speaker descriptions visit the VTALK Schedule here





Mon 6th July 10am

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Katy Sumption, Author & Creative Director

Interested in advertising and how to start your career? Tune in to listen to co-founder of a creative agency and author, Katy Sumption speak about her career journey and what lead her to write a book for young people about anxiety.

Tues 7th July 10am

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Cassie Chadderton CEO, World Book Day

Most of us have heard of World Book Day! Join SFS and World Book Day's CEO, Cassie Chadderton to discuss her varied career in the creative industries, the importance of the arts in society and more about World Book Day.

Tues 7th July 2pm

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Matt Brittin, President, EMEA Business & Operations, Google

Matt will be joining SFS to discuss his life lessons and advice, preparing for the world of work and the ever changing tech industry - what could this look like in 2030 and how can students prepare themselves for a career in tech?

Wed 8th July 10am

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Adam Forbes, Head of Marketing, BP Launchpad

Join this Vtalk to learn more about business start-ups and delivering cleaner energy to the world - a must attend for those interested in entrepreneurship, business or the environment.

Wed 8th July 2pm

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Kanbar Hossein Bor, Deputy High Commisioner for Bangladesh

Join us as Kanbar Hossein Bor, formerly Deputy High Commissioner for Bangladesh is interviewed SFS. He will reflect on his personal journey from child refugee to British diplomat as he is asked questions by young people including on the meaning of British identity, British values and the challenges and opportunities of being a diplomat in the current climate.

Thurs 9th July 2pm

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In Collaboration with Penguin Talks: Simon Armstrong, ‎Publicity Manager and Hannah Chukwu, Editorial, Penguin Random House

How to Get Into Publishing

Penguin employees, Simon Armstrong and Hannah Chukwu, share how the industry works, how books are made and how to get into publishing.

Fri 10th July 10am

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Ben Saunders, Polar Explorer

Join us as polar explorer, Ben Saunders, talks to young people across the UK about his career and adventures. Ben will discuss with students the importance of goal setting, self-belief, resilience, teamwork, communication, and leadership. This exciting Vtalk is not to be missed!

A series of student leadership schemes are run across the MAT that play a vital role in promoting inclusivity and support decision making throughout the schools.  Our student leadership groups form part of the interview panel for teacher appointments, mentoring and support for younger students and work with the senior leadership team to determine how the monies raised by the Parent Teacher Associations are best spent.

Stone Lodge is currently electing its first Student Leadership Team.  The below outlines the process and deadline for applicants.

Task 1: In your opinion what makes a good leader? Make a list all of the qualities of a good leader. Consider different types of leaders in sport, politics, family etc


Stone Lodge School is looking to appoint our Student Leadership Team. We are looking to appoint:

Head Boy

Head Girl

2 Deputy Head Boys

2 Deputy Head Girls

House Captains

If you would like to apply for the Student Leadership Team, write your application which will then be considered alongside all other applications.

Your application should take the form of either a written speech OR if you are feeling more adventurous, you could record your speech as a video.

If you feel that you are not ready to apply for the Student Leadership Team, then you should write a nomination speech for someone else in the year.

Things to consider:

How do you represent the school RIDES values?

How are you a good role model?

How do you contribute to the wider school? E.G. Clubs / teams etc

Effort and behaviour at school

Extra-Curricular activities

Contributions to Numeracy leaders and Reading Ambassadors


The Year 10 WGSB Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE students were asked to make their own version of their favourite takeaway at home as part of a class competition. They were encouraged to create the packaging if they wished as well. Some students made most of the elements from scratch which demonstrated their high skills. The class have been working really well to cook different dishes each week based on the theory topic they are learning about. Mrs Cross has thoroughly enjoyed seeing photographs of their dishes and impressed they are continuing to develop their skills at home. Here are some of the students fakeaway submissions, congratulations to Charlie B for the winning entry, his professional presentation and delicately wrapped dumplings.

Chinese with dumplings: Charlie B

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Curry with Naan bread: Sam W

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Fish and chip cone: Owen H

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Boss burgers & its slick branded packaging: Senen H

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Boneless bucket: Killian H

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Congratulations to Aycicek S of Y12 who has been shortlisted in the Warwick University Global Sustainable Development Competition for her creative entry highlighting child poverty. The department said they have received more entries than ever before! Aycicek created an interpreted first-person narrative of a child experiencing child poverty, highlighting the issue and stressing the importance of working to end child poverty.

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Eva W of WGSG 10S wrote an article on autism and empathy which has just been published by the Young Greenwich site:  https://www.young-greenwich.org.uk/news/how-are-you-feeling-autism-and-empathy  Eva wanted to explore the misleading portrayals of people on the autistic spectrum as lacking in empathy, when often they feel empathy intensely but don't always show this in a way that neurotypicals might expect. 

This is a well written and insightful piece, please do take the time to read it.

Mr Lennon, Head of Year 11 at WGSG was delighted with the thoughtful gift from Lucy B who baked these beautiful cakes as a ‘thank you’.  And yes, they were every bit as delicious as they looked!

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Mrs Gower at WGSG wanted to share the Lockdown Olympics Diary and Exercise Log of Sophia W of 8A (an excerpt of which is pictured below) and commented “The work she has submitted is of a superb effort and achievement” 

Well done Sophia, great work!

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Nearly New Uniform.  The 'nearly new' Uniform shop is run by the PTA and we’re here to help. We sell all uniform and PE kit items for you to purchase.  If your son has any items of uniform he has grown out of please do consider donating them to the PTA.  Just drop them off at the school office, we are extremely grateful for any donations!

If you wish to purchase any items contact Sam via Email : pta@wgsb.co.uk

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We hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend … to finish, Dr Newson of WGSG’s weekly dose of fun!

After performing for 50 years at the circus, the human cannonball was very disappointed when the circus owner refused his request to retire from the job. The owner tried to explain the situation and said he would never be able to find another man of his calibre

“A cement mixer collided with a prison van. Motorists are asked to be on the lookout for 16 hardened criminals.”


A man tells his doctor, “Help me. I’m addicted to Twitter!” The doctor replies, “Sorry, I’m not following you.”

The latest letters from our Head Teachers can be referenced on the Correspondence page of the school website here.  Please send any photos or stories for the newsletter to Grace Wellcoat at gwellcoat@endeavour-mat.co.uk


Very best wishes,


Mrs Lodge CEO Endeavour MAT, Mrs Lawson HT, WGSG, Mr Guthrie HT, WGSB and Mr Barnett HT, Stone Lodge School.


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