Blog week ending 8th December
We welcomed our Year 11 students (2016/2017) to a Celebration Afternoon to collect their GCSE certificates and congratulate them on their success. Special guests included Her Worshipful the Major of Dartford, Mr Maidment and our speaker for the afternoon, Allison Frith of Express Newspapers. Selected prizes were sponsored by The University of Greenwich, Diane Connell Chair of Local Governing Board, Mr and Mrs Maidment and the PFA. Our thanks for your continued support of our students.
Pictured from left Mr Maidment, Mrs Lodge, the Mayor of Dartford Mrs Rosanna Currans with her escort, Coreena Bailey and Mrs Hunt
Pictured from left Allison Frith, Mr Beaumont and Mrs Price
‘Trust and Gossip’ was the focus of the Year 7 Learning for Life morning this term. After beginning the day with a session exploring the definitions and importance of understanding these key terms, the students went on to assume the roles of ‘Agony Aunts’ and give wonderfully sensible advice to (fictional) young victims of malicious gossip.
Over the course of the next two periods Year 7 worked in groups to create engaging pieces of drama inspired by the theme. An outstanding variety of thoughtful and exciting drama was presented which showed the girls to have a true understanding of the importance of trust and an awareness of the effects of gossip.
Ms Robyn Jackman
Teacher of English
On the evening of 7th December, Mrs Lodge, CEO and Ms Burchett, Director of Finance were invited to attend a Christmas Party at The Garden Museum in London. This event was being hosted by the New Schools Network and provided colleagues who have been given the responsibility for starting up new schools with an opportunity to talk through their projects with representatives from the Department for Education, the Government and staff at the NSN. Justine Greening, pictured below (Secretary of State for Education) addressed the gathering.
The educational aspects of planning for the Trust’s new school, Stone Lodge are progressing well. The land transfer from Dartford Borough Council to the DfE appears to be moving at a frustratingly slow pace, however we remain optimistic that the plans to occupy a fully completed new building in September 2020 (with the opportunity to open in temporary accommodation in 2019) should still be realised. Unfortunately, the opening dates are reliant on factors which are outside of our hands.
Year 10 students delivered the assembly presentation, 'Religion and Tolerance' to their fellow Beech House peers in a highly professional manner. Considerable research and preparation went into the presentation, which their peers found informative and engaging. Well done, 10B!
The students responsible for preparing and delivering the session were Damilola, Lianka, Charlotte P, Martina A, Iniabasi, Shanaz, Amelie, and Jemima.
Year 11 students have finally completed their Year 11 PPEs after an intense week and a half of back to back exams in preparation for their upcoming GCSE exams in the summer. After the shock of the first day and not realising “how serious the exams regulations are” it can be safely said that they all know how to get into alphabetical order and remain in silence for at least two hours!
The Food students have rounded off the exams with a 3-hour practical with the brief of designing and making a 3 course meal for a pregnant woman. Below are some photos of the delicious products they have made. You have all earned a well-deserved rest – well done! Mrs Price, Examinations Officer.