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    As we approach the end of our fun packed first term, it is time to reflect on what has been achieved throughout September and October. It was lovely to welcome our new Year 7 students and they have already participated in many events, including a school disco, lots of sporting and enrichment clubs, a Halloween sleepover and this week they have played host to the hundreds of potential new students who have visited our school. It is wonderful to see that they have settled in so quickly.

    Our year 8 students are now „old hands‟ and they have started the year in a positive way, again being thoroughly helpful with our guests and many parents commented that they are a real credit to their parents and loyal and supportive of their school. They have also been excellent buddies for our Year 7 students. E Safety workshops were organised for Year 8, 9 and 10 students and our girls were thrilled to be entertained by Britain‟s Got Talent competitors „Misunderstood‟. For a moment I thought we had „One Direction‟ in school, as the girls were so excited.

    Meanwhile in Year 9, students have started the Key Stage 4 curriculum, but have still found time for additional activities. I am especially pleased to mention Amber H from year 9, who successfully secured the bronze medal for her age group, competing with Diving clubs from all over the country including Plymouth, Edinburgh, Southend-on-Sea, Guildford, Leeds and Luton. Move over Tom Daley! Also check out the PE report to see how amazingly successfully Danielle H has been in securing no less than four gold medals in an international swimming competition.

    In year 10, we have seen many sporting successes this half term, including Ellie P, who plays for Arsenal and Kent and recently had trials for the England Schools squad. We also have a talented team of netballers; it demonstrates that girls at WGSG have so much more to offer than simply academic success. Another example is Natasha P, who is a talented dancer who has been performing in the West End production of Billy Elliot.

    For our Year 11 students, this is such an important year and I am pleased to see the way in which they have embraced every opportunity to find out about their post 16 options. They have attended a University visit and experienced a subject fair. Don‟t forget to attend our WG6 evening on 6th November, which will be a shared event held at WGSB this year. Last year‟s GCSE results were the highest on record at WGSG, with 56% of girls securing 5+GCSE grades at A*/A grades. No pressure then for our current Year 11!

    WG6 continues to grow at a rapid rate and this year the school has the largest ever number of students in sixth form. Students have participated in team building activities, university visits and of course have had to get to grips with the depth of study and the careful time management needed to make the transition from GCSE to Advanced Level study. Nevertheless, they still managed to find time to participate in a sponsored walk to fundraise for the visit to Thailand.

    If you would like to see what we are up to on a daily basis please follow us on Twitter @Wilmingtongsg. You will then be able to see first-hand how our interactive learning generates great results. From Geography lessons creating volcanoes to the delights of Wilmington Bake Offs in cookery club and the fabulous costumes worn on multicultural day, there is never a dull moment.

    I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter, but in future I plan to report on a more frequent basis via the website blog.

    Have a wonderful half term break. The students and staff certainly deserve it.

    Best wishes,

    Mrs Donna Lodge

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