Blog- April 2016
Last term we have had some fantastic trips including a business trip to New York and a skiing trip to Italy. Please see below some pictures from the New York jaunt which I’m sure you’ll agree look amazing!
Friday 5th February was Dress down Day in honour of a nominated charity. This month it was Cancer Relief, so thank you to all who paid their £1 donation to this particular charity. Please see below two year 12 students who took part.
Hannah Dugard 12D and Oliver Dobinson 12A
Thursday 21st January also saw the Careers Convention for years 11, 12 and 13 taking place in the hall at the boy’s school. There were many workshops and stalls that took the interest of a number of students. Here are some photos of the busy day:-
On the 14th March we had a selection of year 12 and 11 students take part in a Cambridge road show with 2nd year students from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.
The Cambridge students spoke of their experience regarding applying to the University, our students were taken through life on campus, the application process, lecture structure and the immense support that is offered by the university, the talk offered our students a number of very interesting insights
Students were then able to ask questions. It was an enjoyable talk that we hope will give the students the courage to apply themselves.
RUGBY TOURNAMENT WIN FOR WG6!
On Wednesday 2nd March the 1st XV rugby team took a long minibus trip to a wet and windy Ashford Rugby Club in order to take part in the Kent 10s tournament.
The first game was against familiar opposition in Christ the King Sixth Form College, with Wilmington taking advantage of Johnny Ndumbe’s pace out wide in a bitterly cold and rainy first half. Going into the second half we were already one man down with Fly Half Sam Chance’s day being brought to an end by a groin injury, nevertheless his replacement Callum Andrews made an instant impact by scoring a well worked solo try, with Tom Hemmings making the conversion. The game ended 12-0.
Next, Wilmington faced Towers School, with their coach as the referee. After a cagey first half in which Wilmington seemed aggravated by some refereeing decisions the only thing separating the teams at half time was a well worked team try finished off by the pace of Matt Husband under the posts. In the second half the rain began to fall harder, as did the heads of the opposition as Will Pope sent captain Dan Bradshaw ghosting through the defensive line, after good work from the forwards in the scrum, to end that game 12-0 again.
Finally, the only thing Wilmington knew about their final opposition Queen Elizabeth Grammar School was that they wore a pink kit. The team soon learned about QEGS dominance in open play by defending for nearly a whole half to start the game, however the footwork and vision of Jonathan Foster proving to be our only route out of our own half. The second half was much the same as Wilmington went on without a foothold in the game, however the ferocious tackling of Danny McNamara, Jamie Anderson and Dan Bradshaw gave the side hope. The team spent much of the second half defending with 9 players after a yellow card for Mr Ndumbe, however a missed penalty kick from QEGS meant that the game ended 0-0.
The squad spent the last part of the tournament warming up in the clubhouse and watching QEGS play Towers, in order for us to win the competition; QEGS had to lose or draw. And much to the delight of the squad and Mr Smith, Towers School dominated QEGS 15-0, allowing the beautiful Steve Farr trophy to be brought home to Wilmington. – Mr A Smith
WG6 SKI TRIP
In February some of our WG6 pupils amongst other year pupils went on a ski trip to Sestriere in Italy. Please see below photos of this interesting and energetic trip!
One of our Year 13 Economics students, Charlotte Wardle, recently took part in an essay competition for the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Charlotte was the top placed student from the state sector and only modestly missed out. Below you can read about Charlotte’s experience with her entry essay. Charlotte’s essay is available to read upon request to Mrs Halstead, assistant to Mrs Tiddy, WG6.
“In summer 2015, I entered into the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) essay competition. There was a list of essay titles to choose from and the ones I decided to submit were: A 1300 word essay titled “Because of market failure and to prevent inequality, the government should finance and provide all healthcare.” And two smaller 500 word essays titled “Are there inherent problems with the idea of market failure?” and “Identify an area of economics that you think should be given more attention in the A-level syllabus”, where I discussed the economics and impact of crime and how I felt this should be included within the course. Although the planning, researching and writing of the essays took a lot of time and rewriting, I was extremely pleased to be short listed in the top 20 entries and was invited to the prize giving ceremony, at the IEA in Westminster. I would recommend these types of competitions for any economic students, as the essay writing skills and wider reading necessary to write my entry was linked to my A-level exam and being short listed or commended would help any student wanting to apply to study economics at university stand out.” – Charlotte Wardle.
The Big Conversation
This was held at The Rare Breeds Centre in Ashford.
Some of our WG6 students visited for the day and the aim was to promote mental health awareness so that the students learn how to support each other in times of stress.
Research has shown that looking after animals, being outdoors and learning from these experiences are also excellent ways to encourage good physical and mental health.
The rationale behind this event was to equip young people with some practical knowledge and skills in an informative and interactive way.