Wilmington Grammar School for Girls is one of Kent’s leading schools.
Our motto is the Pursuit of Excellence and we have a long record of academic success.
What a hectic week it has been at WGSG. With 400 students attending the WG6 induction event, it has certainly been a lively and fast paced week of activities. It has been lovely to welcome back so many of our former Year 11 students and meet lots of new applicants who are keen to join this increasingly popular provision.
On Tuesday evening we held an art exhibition in which GCSE and A Level work was on display. Thank you to all who attended and to Ms Hellen and Mr Woodall for helping the students achieve such high levels. Please see below for a report from the students.
Review of the Art exhibition by year 9 students:
In the exhibition, there are a lot of good pieces that caught my eye. Some of them had very powerful meanings and told stories; and others showed time and dedication in their work.
My review is on a painting by Tara Pilkington. She has used a variety of colour to achieve a destroyed, flawed, rough and messy effect. The shades of colour complement each other and each have a certain effect of the picture either to brighten it up or darken it to create a harsher effect.
The media’s she has used is acrylic paint. To add extra effect she burned, crumpled and ripped the painting to add an old worn out effect. This helped to fit in to the theme of being flawed and not perfect. Ellie Daniell
On the other hand, Aimee Cooper concentrated on many faces. The mood of all her paintings is settled and calm. She made sure she added all the imperfection and the colour contrast and shading makes the painting look 3D. I enjoy admiring her painting because it is well painted and incredibly accurate. The combination of colours almost looks like the actual photograph. Deyane Jeyamohan
Thursday evening brought our Summer Concert and this will be the last concert organised by our long standing and ever popular Music Maestro, Mr Roddy. The evening was a wonderful celebration of everything our talented girls have produced over the year(s) and even the staff choir made an appearance with their own renditions of’ Happy’ and ‘Show me the way to Amarillo’! Keen to exploit new technology, highlights from the show were swiftly appearing on You Tube and the Twitter hash tag #Roddyrules was practically trending!
Prom party season is upon us and we look forward to seeing our Year 13 leavers in their glad rags tonight as they celebrate and dance the night away at Westerham Golf Club. Look out for the photographs which we will upload onto the website shortly. The Year 11 students are also in party mood and will be having their end of Key Stage Ball, courtesy of the PFA, on Saturday night. We are looking forward to this event and hope it will be a great success.
The winner of this year’s Carnegie Medal was announced on 22rd June. Tanya Landman won with her heart-breaking and at times harrowing book, Buffalo Soldier. It is based on the true story of Cathy Williams, a former slave, and the only known African-American woman to join the US Army, disguised as a man. The main character, Charley, has to fight prejudice, heartache, brutality and ultimately the Native American Indians before experiencing what it means to be truly free.
The group vote was extremely close with Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge voted as our winner, followed by Tinder by Sally Gardner and More Than This by Patrick Ness. All three books offer something unique and are highly recommended but are not for the faint hearted!
A special lunch was held in the library for the winner announcement and to celebrate the enthusiasm and contributions from the students. Thank you to the following Y9 pupils: Bronte Levett, Ellena Mouzouris, Fanta Bah, Emma Stone, Tami Raji, Levi Angelique Osahon, Eleanor Morgan, Elizabeth Lewis, Charlotte Fenna, Catherine M’Grady, Lucy Cruickshank and Veenusha Kirupakaran.
All the shortlisted books are now available to borrow from the library. For more details and to see the judges’ comments and authors speech please go to www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/home/
This week was also sports day and the girls were in fine form. Several school records were broken and there was a wonderfully sporting atmosphere with perfect weather for this outdoor event. More information will follow regarding this.
Wishing you a restful and relaxing weekend,
Mrs Donna Lodge