Week ending 2nd March

Posted on: 02/03/2018

Dear Parents, Carers,

What a week! The decision to close a school is difficult, and the unpredictability of the snow this week has made it particularly challenging. On Tuesday morning for example, the snow and conditions in Kent were treacherous up to just beyond Medway, and then there was no snow at all. The situation changed quickly at around lunchtime, when along with the Girls’ school, we took the decision to close early.   The picture to the above was taken on Wednesday morning!

There are so many factors to consider – conditions on the school site, weather forecasts, public transport, ability of staff and students to get to and from school safely and the conditions of the surrounding roads. We are acutely aware of the impact this has on families who may need to make plans at short notice and as such getting communications out quickly and clearly is also important. Then there is the impact on learning, when we have large numbers of students in the final through weeks before they sit GCSE and A level examinations.

I would like to thank you for your patience and support this week.  With a bit of luck, Spring is now starting and we can quickly return to normal. And I also hope, if you were able to, that you had a chance to spend some unexpected family time together.

 

Further Parents’ Evening and Parent Clinics

Dates for your diaries:

 

Winter Arts Festival – 9th February

Well done to all the performers, presenters, lighting and sound crew that helped to make the Winter Arts Festival such a great event at the end of last term.  There was some impressive art work on display, and fantastic musical and dance performances by students from WGSB and WGSG.  Mrs Wisdom, Miss Gubbins, Mr Palmer and Miss Exall would like to thank and congratulate all those involved.  Here are some pictures from the evening.

 

 

Football Result

Mr Lynch's Year 8 football team won their final group game of the District Cup on Wednesday 9th Feb beating Wilmington Academy 3 - 1.  Wilmington Academy are the current holders of the competition, so a fantastic result and it appears to have been enough to put the boys into the semi-final of the competition.  Well done boys!

Team:

Alex B, Charlie R, Joe H, Callum B, Lucas R, George J, Bobby B, Taran K, Jaedon L, Fred A, Bode L, Harrison H 
 

Goal Scorers:  Bode L, Fred A, Jaedon L        Man of the Match:  Fred A

 

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWe9EJAW0AAt6Sr.jpg:largeYr 7 History Trip

On Tuesday 20th Feb some of our Year 7s took a trip to the Tower of London where they attended a workshop on “1066 and all that!” to further the students understanding of the Norman conquest of Britain.  Students also had the opportunity to visit the other sections of the castle, including the White Tower, Medieval Palace and of course the Crown Jewels.  Unfortunately the second group were due to go on March 1st, we will look to reschedule this date for them.

 

Snowsports and New York trip

This probably seems like a distance memory now, but our students had an amazing time on the Snowsports trip to Austria and the Economics trip to New York, here are some photos from their trips.  You can see more via their Twitter pages @WGSB_Snowsports and WGSB Econ/Bus‏ @JColledgeWGSB

 

 

Library Author Visit

This week some of our students were invited to meet Steve Coles, the author of the Young Bond series, at Wilmington Academy’s site and were lucky to get a signed book. 

 

Have a safe and warm weekend.

Charlie Guthrie

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