Week ending 9th Feburary

Posted on: 09/02/2018

      Dear Parents, Carers,

We’ve reached the end of another busy term. Our WG6 students have now finished their PPE (Mock) exams and university offers continue to flood in. In just 6 months’ time they will get their A level results and will then travel to all parts of the UK to begin the next stage of their learning. These are indeed exciting times but there is also a lot of pressure. The role of our student managers and support team is vital as we guide our students to be ready when these moments arrive. Part of the process is to help the boys to become resilient and able to manage difficult situations. For some this is easy, for others less so. We are aware of this and do our best to provide the right support at the right time so that the boys learn to cope independently.

The second half of the year passes very quickly and we wil al be working hard to ensure that every gap is filled prior to the exams.  Please check the parents’ evening dates and let Mrs Owen know if you would like to attend the parent clinics. (jowen@wgsb.org.uk).  I hope all of the visits taking place over half term pass smoothly.

Winter Arts Festival

On Thursday evening we held our Winter Arts festival, which showcased our students’ amazing talents in music and in the arts. 

We’ll have more information and photos on this in our blog after half term.  For now, here’s a taster of some exceptional art work.

  

 

Trips

This week our Reward trips took place across all year groups.  Those chosen were the top performing academically in their year group.  69 students in total went to the cinema to see the Darkest Hour.

 

 

New York, New York

Our annual 6th Form Business & Economics trip to New York set off this morning from Heathrow.  Students have enjoyed their breakfast and are well on their flight to America!  You can follow their journey on Twitter via @JColledgeWGSB

Snowsport 2018, Austria

Our annual snowsports trip set off at 2pm on Friday.  Don't forget you can follow their journey on twitter via @WGSB_Snowsports2018

 

Year 9 Wind Turbine Project

The Year 9 students have been designing, making and testing wind turbine models in their DT lessons. The could only use paper straws for the structure and card for the blades.

 

 

Year 11 Food Preparation and Nutrition

The Year 11 students learnt how to fillet fish this week ready for their GCSE practical exam in March. Thanks to Mr Brooker for giving up his lunchtime for demonstrating this skill to the students.

 

F1 in Schools

Having spent the last few months developing and improving their entry for the F1 in Schools regional finals The Lightning Eagles finally got their chance to wow the judges at the South East Regional Finals on Friday 9th February.

The team had found sponsors, designed a pit display, generated their portfolio and most importantly designed and built a legal, light weight car and all of this was taken to the event.

During a the day all teams were judged for their engineering knowledge, the ability to give a detailed presentation about their work and a discussion with judges about their pit display.  This filled the morning and our team rose to the challenge showing confidence, knowledge and teamwork.  When they weren’t being judged they were visiting the pit displays looking for ideas to incorporate into their work for next year.

 

The afternoon saw the racing and with a car that was only 1.3 grams more than the lower weight limit we knew the car would be fDescription: 20180209_121219ast.  Niksan proved to have excellent reflexes and regularly beat the opposition to the button.  All of the times were very close and 2nd to 5th place times were all within 1/100th of a second of each other.

Sadly the competition was too strong, and although the team did well in every category they just missed out on the final awards.  This didn’t dull their enthusiasm though as seeing all of the ideas from the other competitors simply lead onto a massive planning activity in the minibus on the way back.

I would like to congratulate the team on all of the work and success they have achieved this year and I wait with interest to see how their work evolves during the next year.

There is space for two more F1 in Schools teams and if you are interested in starting a team then please discuss this with either Mr Riches or Mrs Smith.

 

House Competition News

A variety of competitions are taking place this term which include Dodge Ball, Tug of War, Chess and Escape Room.

Week ending 9th February

Latest house competition results are shown below:

Year 7 Chess

1st

Newton

=2nd

Stevenson

=2nd

Brunel

=4th

Darwin

=4th

Telford

 

Year 9 Escape Room

Telford demonstrating their cracking minds!

1st

Telford

2nd

Newton

3rd

Darwin

4th

Stevenson

 

Brunel (no show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

Year 9 Tug of War

You can see it in their faces the determination to win!  Some great shots were taken of the boys taking part!

  

 

Year 12 &13 Dodgeball

1st

Newton

2nd

Darwin

3rd

Brunel

4th

Telford

 

Stevenson (no show)


                          

Thanks for our new house photographer Harry B for the great shots of the action again this week

Results so far

Year 7

Points

Year 8

Points

Year 9

Points

Year 10

Points

Year 11

Points

Year 12/13

Points

Total:

Positions

Brunel

222

Brunel

194

Brunel

114

Brunel

216

Brunel

54

Brunel

0

800

5th

Darwin

264

Darwin

170

Darwin

146

Darwin

146

Darwin

170

Darwin

122

1018

2nd

Newton

336

Newton

162

Newton

258

Newton

192

Newton

140

Newton

132

1220

1st

Stevenson

204

Stevenson

200

Stevenson

162

Stevenson

152

Stevenson

128

Stevenson

-30

816

4th

Telford

168

Telford

230

Telford

180

Telford

204

Telford

148

Telford

52

982

3rd

 

Have a relaxing half term break.

Charlie Guthrie

 

 

 

 

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