Week Ending 17th November 2017
We have been focusing on preparing Year 11 for their Pre-Public Exams this week and I have been most impressed by the seriousness with which they are taking this. As you will be aware, they are the first cohort to take the new GCSEs in the majority of their subjects and so exam preparation is vital, as is the ability to perform under pressure. We wish them well for these tests, which begin on Monday.
We held our second WG6 Open Evening on Wednesday which was exceptionally well attended and demonstrates the growing popularity of our 6th form provision. We are now able to offer 27 post 16 courses and this allows students to benefit from a wide range of option choices as they start to think about possible career choices. We have more students than ever before applying to Oxbridge this year and with increasing numbers moving to degree apprenticeships as well as a whole range of other universities we are very excited by the possibilities life in WG6 can bring. This is further enhanced by the links we have with local industry and new qualifications we are introducing such as Design, Engineer, Construct (DEC) and level 2 and 3 qualifications from the London Institute of Banking and Finance.
We are in the process of having our website redesigned and have had the photographers in this week capturing images of life in the school. I look forward to seeing their work. Following the inevitable pressure of Ofsted last week it has been good to see the usual order and calm return to the school as our students focus in their lessons and embrace the increasingly complicated work they are being given. I have seen some great lessons taking place where the boys are taking greater responsibility for their learning and working with pride and ambition.
Two of our students, Tom F and Twana S are active members of the Air Training Corp and this week were given the opportunity to go flying at RAF Benson. These opportunities do not come around very often and they thoroughly enjoyed their day as can be seen from the photos below. It looks as though we have a couple of budding Top Gun pilots in the making!
This Saturday sees our Years 7, 8 and 9 have a block rugby fixture against Maidstone Grammar. The Year 7 A and B team will be playing at Maidstone with the Year 8 and 9 being hosted at WGSB. Good luck to all our teams!
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Mrs Smith would like to inform students interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) about Headstart Courses.
Headstart courses are 4 or 5-day residential courses at a leading UK university for Year 12 students. There is a wide range of STEM courses including, but not limited to; Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Oceanography and Marine Biology, Nuclear Physics, Life Science and Broad-Based Engineering. The courses will give students an insight into university life, it will give them the chance to connect with professionals, such as lecturers, graduates and technical specialists whilst developing essential skills like problem-solving and team work, all whilst developing their knowledge of a subject they feel passionate about and helping them decide if it is something they want to pursue for a career. More information about the different courses that are running next summer can be found here:
The deadline for receiving a completed Headstart / Inspire application is 31st January 2018, we’ll email Headstart and Inspire offers in March 2018. They can apply here:
Level 3 DEC
Our A Levels students have been designing their own Eco Classrooms in our new Level 3 Design Engineer Construct course. Students were given a brief to design a standalone building which would include two rooms which would be used as classrooms during the school day and then rented out for community use in the evenings and weekends. The class had to decide appropriate sizes of the rooms and the other facilities the building would need to include. The students used Revit, our new CAD software to produce 3D virtual models of their designs.
All pupils in Year 7 and 8 are encouraged to attend the Computer Society which is held every Wednesday lunchtime in BS2.
Sunday 26th November
Christmas Fair at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls 11am to 3pm
Saturday 2nd December
Christmas Fair at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys 11am to 2pm
Wednesday 13th December
Keith White Memorial Rugby Match WGSB v Old Boys XV Time to be confirmed
Thursday 14th December
Christmas Lunch for Years 7, 9 and 11
Friday 15th December
Christmas Lunch for Years 8, 10 & WG6
I hope you have a pleasant weekend,
Mr C Guthrie