Blog week ending 28th January
This week our WG6 student ambassadors ran a Subjects Fair to provide Year 11 students with advice and insight regarding their A level subject choices and the elective opportunities available at WG6. Our WG6 students were brilliant ambassadors for their subjects, bringing topics to life for students providing first-hand experience and relatable advice. The fair forms part of our Life Programme Careers support for all Year 11 students. For more information please click here to view our Y11 section on our Careers webpage
Year 12 WG6 Chemists have been continuing their exploration of reactions of Period 3 elements with a practical lesson investigating the reactions of magnesium, sodium and sulphur. Students recorded their observations to identify trends across the period which they then explained using theory learnt in class. In the below images, students observed (though dark glasses!) the vigorous reaction of magnesium with oxygen to produce magnesium oxide.
Our Year 7 Science students have been conducting a study of speed and relative motion during a practical lesson. Using model cars, students calculated the speed of the car, taking readings on a range of distances.
PE Department Update
First XI. Sadly, there wasn’t a fixture this week due our opposing side being unable to field a team. However, congratulations to the team on their 10-0 victory over Langley Park the week before. The side have their last remaining league fixture against BETHS before the final play offs. We wish them well in their game against BETHS next week.
Year 8. A very tight game on Tuesday for Mr Sage’s side against King Henry School. Despite going a goal down the side showed great determination with Kobbi C-B scoring a goal in the last minute to take the game to penalties. Sadly, King Henry won the resulting penalty shoot-out but we wish the side well in their next game against St Columbus on Friday.
Year 10. On Tuesday the Y10’s beat Orchards 8-3 in the district cup with goals from Cameron DG (2), Samuel T (2), David M, Osi O and Zchecko Z.
On Thursday the Y10’s had another district cup match against a very strong St George’s side. Mr Lynch’s side scored a goal in the final minute of the game thanks to a wonder strike from Zchecko Z who showed great individual skill and vision scoring from 30 yards out. Unfortunately, with the last kick of the game St George’s equalised with a goal from a defensive mistake but it was a very hard-fought game and a draw was the fairest result for two strong teams.
Badminton. We have some great news to share, two of our Year 9 students were involved in the Kent Juniors Championships last week. Ben M was the overall winner in both the singles and doubles tournaments. Manish K also placed 3rd in the singles event. Both students attended the very popular badminton after school club and it is great to see them achieve recognition outside of school.
Mr Lynch, who is both Ben’s PE teacher and form tutor had this to say about the pair, “Manish is a very modest young man who has tremendous skill levels and ability in the sport. He has immense potential and passion which is great to see. Ben is a student who I know very well, being his form tutor for the last three years. He has immense talent in the sport and consistently improving year-on-year. It is a great credit to him that he has come back from a few injuries this year to achieve so much already and now fully fit he will be targeting even more medals I’m sure.”
As well as their personal success, both students have shown an amazing attitude in PE lessons this term. Year 9 are currently being taught badminton as a topic area and both Ben and Manish have shown amazing leadership qualities supporting their peers as well as showcasing their talent and skill. As a department we are very proud of them both and wish them further success in the future.
Pictured, Ben second left in first picture and in the middle in the 2nd. Manish is far right in the first picture.
Our Art Club have launched a house competition to make a ‘lid warrior’ out of recycled materials such as bottle lids, yoghurt pots and plastic containers. The competition is open to Years 7, 8 and 9 and will be judged through teams. Mrs Dennis will be judging the entries and has already seen some interesting models being worked on in Art Club – all students are invited to join in, either during Art Club or working independently at home.
Congratulations to Mr Pope who won a silver medal in the British Masters Indoor Pentathlon Championships in Sheffield last weekend. The event included Mr Pope completing 60m hurdles, long jump, shot putt, high jump and 1000m to earn second place in the UK – a brilliant achievement! Mr Pope’s training partner secured a bronze in the over 50's category and first place in the over 35's was a British record by a fellow Dartford lad, Max Hall.
PTA Update. Do you have unwanted/outgrown good quality clean school uniform (blazers, jumpers, PE kit) please? You can donate these to the PTA nearly new uniform shop. Just put them in a bag and drop off at the school office. Thank You!
Watch this space for more information about our next pre-loved uniform sale!
Next PTA meeting - Virtual - Mon 28 Feb 2022 Meeting details will be shared nearer meeting time. Please save the date and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. I hope to see many of you at the next meeting!
InvestIN offers students aged 12-18 the chance to experience their dream career by providing them with industry experiences and advice on how to choose and succeed their future career path. They have shared the below free-of-charge online opportunity. For further information on the course and to sign-up please click the link below.
Invitation for Parents: Success Beyond School
We are delighted to announce the first events in our Success Beyond School series for 2022. These are free-of-charge, live online seminars featuring career experts, designed to help parents amplify their children’s career potential.
We have 5 fantastic seminars this term, including topics such as 'how to help your child choose their career' and 'how to inspire young women to become entrepreneurs.' These events are for parents of students aged 12-18 and are free to attend.
To find out more about this course and others in the series please click here