Week Ending 20th October 2017

Posted on: 20/10/2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

The final week of Term 1 is always very busy as we welcome prospective students for admission in September 2018. Our Open Evening on Tuesday was attended by a vast number of families and it was a great opportunity to showcase our school. Year 6’s were able to participate in experiments in the Science department, pizza making in Food Tech and see exciting tasks in other departments. Open Morning has also seen high numbers of visitors and they were welcomed into all of our lessons for an insight into our students learning. I am incredibly proud of my staff and students at how welcoming they have been and the pride they show in their subjects and our school. I think we are all ready for a well-deserved break over half term.

WGSB were pleased to welcome the Director of Whitecode Engineering, Alex Hill into school last Wednesday. Whitecode are sponsoring the new Design, Engineer, Construct course and whenever Alex visits his old school he brings with him the latest industry ideas and know how. This visit he demonstrated how his brand new camera is revolutionising the world of construction by creating 3D images. During the summer Alex and a team of his staff, opened up the entrance to the school by demolishing the old high wall and rebuilding a more functional one in its place. His team helped with decoration and relaying flag stones, all on a voluntary basis. It is wonderful to have such supportive alumni and it is great that Whitecode Engineering is able to offer such fulfilling pathways for our current students. Five of our WG6 students joined his business this year alone.

PE DEPARTMENT

WGSB Year 8  1-1  Orchards  Goal scored by Timi O  Man of the Match: Will B

A good team performance from WGSB with many students representing the school for the very first time. Congratulations on Timi getting his first goal and special mention goes to both goalkeepers. Stand out performer was Will B for his consistently good crossing and work rate for the team. Team target for the next match is to pass the ball with more confidence and compete for the first ball more often.

Squash v Sevenoaks School

On Monday 9 October we played our first squash match against Sevenoaks School.  Ten boys accompanied by Mr Sexton and Derek Thompson our squash coach made the trip to Sevenoaks’ huge and very well appointed sports centre. There we found 3 excellent squash courts and friendly welcoming opponents.  Though our Junior teams have played and beaten Junior teams from Sevenoaks at the Kent Championships as recently as earlier this year we found that our predominantly younger age First and Second V’s couldn’t cope with the much older average age of the Sevenoaks teams and consequently our First V lost 4-1 and our Second V 5-0.   However Luke J our number one player one relatively easily and his brother Daniel pushed an older opponent hard losing 2-1.  It was a great experience and Sevenoaks teas and refreshments are highly recommended!   Only by finding out our limitations can we know how we need to improve. We will play Sevenoaks again soon but this time with teams of a similar age to our opponents.  Our First V was Luke J Y11, Jack K Y11, Daniel J Y8, Louis Q Y9 and Joshua L Y12.  The Second V was Beau F Y12, Fred O Y12, Dylan O Y9, Elliot P Y10 and Alex G Y8

GEOGRAPHY

In Year 9 Geography, Students sculpted a number of models of a variety of coastal landforms to demonstrate the actions of the waves and what happens to an eroding headland.

HOUSE COMPETITIONS - Results so far

Understanding Reports

Our Flightpath model allows you to see how your son is performing against what we would expect for his age.  Please see the explanation of the Flightpath model here (or via the under Information for Parents section/ Understanding Reports).

Former student achievement

Former student Ben Sheaf made his Arsenal first team debut last night as the Gunners won 1-0 in Siberia playing Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League.  

Ben, now 19, attended WGSB until the age of 15 when he went to finish his education at West Ham. There he achieved an excellent set of GCSE results in the summer of 2014 along with exceling in their football academy.  In 2014 when Ben was 16, he was signed by Arsenal. Since then he has represented England at under 16 & 18 levels and is the current under 23 Arsenal Captain.  So what makes him different from all the other thousands of hopefuls who achieve a place in a professional football academy but never make a first-team appearance? The answer for me is simply. His attitude to learning.

Ben achieved so much in his time at WGSB where he broke all of our cross country and middle distance records, was our sportsman of the year when he was in Year 7 and represented the school at cross country, athletics, tennis, football and cricket.  His winning mentality didn’t stop on the sports field either.  Academically he was very strong across all subjects and only wanted to get better and better.  He always made a conscious decision to never accept second best and always asked the question “Sir/Miss what do I need to do to get an A*?” Then he would work exceptionally hard on making sure that he produced the top answer/ grade within the class. He balanced this with training several evenings a week and playing matches at weekends.. The result was that he continuously achieved grades above those that he was expected and always had his eyes on being the best he could be no matter what activity he was doing.  I guess then it is true when they say that ‘hard-work does pay-off in the end’.

Mr M Baker
Assistant Headteacher

I hope you enjoy half term and that the students return to school on Monday 30th October refreshed and ready for term 2.

Best wishes,

Mr Guthrie

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