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Posted on: 01/04/2022

Headteacher's Newsletter April 2022

Dear Parents, Carers and Students

A shorter but very busy term and no doubt if you have a child in an examination year you will be feeling the pressure of those forthcoming exams in your household. Mocks have been a core feature this term with students working exceptionally hard and benefiting from the formal exam experience as well as the feedback given. We fully appreciate what a challenging time this can be so please reach out to the appropriate key stage team if we can help in anyway. We are there to support the students in the final push towards the summer exams. 

One of the highlights this term has to be the completion of the Sixth Form study centre. This building has only been possible through the generous giving of parents/carers, governors and the more than amazing fundraising board. We are forever grateful.One of our Year 13 students stopped me last week and thanked me for the building. That thank you is directed at everyone who has made this dream happen! 

Our Year 7 families at Sevenoaks have finally been able to tour the new building. It was lovely to see just how proud the students were to show their parents around. The September 2022 intake for Sevenoaks have now also had tours and were rightly impressed by the facilities on offer there. 

There has been much sporting success this term both in external competitions and inter-house sport, all of which is reported more fully in the newsletter. The Easter concert rounds up the term nicely after we missed the Christmas concert due to COVID. If you were able to attend the concert then you will understand what joy looks like: the students were rightly excited and proud to be performing. A huge thank you to all involved. 

As the term ends, we wish you all a happy and restful Easter. 

Yours faithfully 

Amanda Simpson

 

TODAY. TOMORROW. TOGETHER.

We have come a long way in under three years with this campaign, which is an especially significant achievement when you consider the economic and societal factors during that time. So to have run a successful campaign, demolished our old buildings and built a fantastic new Sixth Form Study Centre is a remarkable achievement.

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We are incredibly grateful to those parents who supported (and continue to support) the campaign financially and with their time.  The Campaign Board worked long and hard to deliver this new centre for our talented Sixth Form students and we are excited that they will soon be enjoying the facilities it has to offer. 

You can see a summary of the project in this video, which starts with a snippet of the original video that launched the campaign and catalogues the journey travelled. 

Positive Pathways

Positive boundaries

Students are making fantastic progress gaining reward points and our first student has passed the diamond reward boundary this term. Points are awarded for embodying our values of Respect, Excellence and Determination, a positive contact home and for being Star of the Lesson. The first Year 7 students were delighted to receive their bronze badges in Sevenoaks, as can be seen below. 

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Sixth Form

As it was International Women's Day this term, members of our Sixth Form gave assemblies all week exploring the origins of the fight for women's equality. Students heard about challenging stereotypes and how women's rights are human rights.

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Thank you for the generous donations in response to our collection for refugees from Ukraine. We had a fabulous response and after sorting and packing, the items were delivered by Sixth Formers to the Masonic Hall, from where they were collected and have now made their way to the Polish/Ukraine border.

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We were very glad to be able to take our Year 12 students to the UCAS Exhibition at the ExCel Centre in London on Tuesday 15th March.The UCAS trip scheduled for March 2020 was the first of many trips we had to cancel due to COVID, so this year's visit marked a significant and positive move. Mrs Fedrick

This was the first chance that pupils had to talk to representatives from a wide variety of universities and to grab a prospectus and any ‘freebies’ from the different stands. The students were exemplary throughout and represented the school and themselves perfectly. Many came back with a clearer idea about their options for the future and this has given them a renewed focus in their studies. Mr Hammond

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Elena Sorochina, Outreach and Partnership Manager, from St Hugh's College Oxford visited our school on Wednesday 9th March. In an informative and fascinating talk, 22 Year 12 students learned more about the range of expected supra-curriculum activities they need to pursue. Ms Sorochina discussed the application process and gave useful advice on writing personal statements. It was a well-attended and highly enjoyable event. The Q&A session was very useful indeed.

The Queens' College Cambridge Roadshow event took place on Monday 21st March in our wonderful new Sixth Form Centre, when we welcomed three undergraduates from Queens' College. The students shared interesting insight into life at university and the expectations of a Cambridge College. They discussed the teaching methods and seminar-style learning, also explaining the independent study expectations too. Twenty-five Year 12 students enjoyed their visit and found the talk informative and inspirational. Mrs Corp

Our spectacular brand new Sixth Form Study Centre is now open! We were absolutely delighted to receive the keys in February. Currently, only Year 13 are using the space and are thrilled to have a silent study area upstairs and computer access with collaborative working space downstairs. We look forward to welcoming our Year 12 students into the building after Easter. We are all aware that not only is this an impressive building, it is a legacy for generations of learners to come. Miss Merricks

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Year 10 students undertaking their DoE Bronze Award recently took part in training for both their practice and assessed expeditions, which will take place in June and July respectively. They undertook classroom and outside practical work to develop their skills for the practical expeditions and ensure they are well prepared with regard to safety and environmental matters. 

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Well-being

The student council met this term to discuss issues that are important to our student body and, as always, we discussed the well-being of the students. Feedback was that students felt that they could talk about mental health and well-being comfortably and that more information was being given to students through the PSHE programme and assemblies. We have a team of Sixth Form students who are Well-being Ambassadors and they are available to support students, to chat and provide a space for students to hang out. Mrs Rose

LGBTQIA+ Pride week

Held in order to celebrate diversity and promote acceptance in our school community, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, TWGSB's first LGBTQIA+ Pride week was a great success. Throughout the week, departments delivered resources with an LGBTQIA+ focus, including a look at Alan Turing in Computer Science, discussions about actors in LGBTQIA+ roles in Drama, and artwork by gay artists in Art. In PSHE, all students studied the role of the Equality Act 2010 and the impact it has on their lives, as well as understanding and using terminology with regards to gender, orientation and expression. Feedback from the sessions showed that it was well received by the students.

It was wonderful to see so many students participating in the rainbow themed non-uniform day and poster competition, as well as creating some outstanding entries for the bake off.

Finally, students across both campuses were encouraged to sign an anti-bullying pledge, which will be displayed in the school. We are very proud of our students, who engaged in the week's activities with great respect and open-mindedness, and we are delighted with the £1500 raised for Porchlight, who run the BeYou Project, supporting young LGBTQIA+ individuals in the Kent area.

We would also like to thank the many parents who emailed in kind words of support for the week. We look forward to running this event in the next academic year. Mr C Ross

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Art

On 11th March our GCSE & A Level Art students visited the Tate Britain Gallery in London. They spent the day research and sketching in the gallery to inform their coursework projects. This was an excellent opportunity for them to experience artworks in their true settings and they made good use of the time we had there. It was a pleasure to see them enjoying the artworks AND make use good of the gallery space. Ms Kublik

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We are thrilled to share the news that Rafi in Year 10 has, from over 606,000 entries worldwide, been selected as a winner of the Royal Mail Heroes Stamp Design competition. His thoughtful and artistic design was chosen by HRH The Prince of Wales, approved by The Queen and is now on general sale. This is an absolutely fantastic achievement and we are very proud of him.

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Food & Nutrition

Year 7 students have been very creative in their food lessons over the last few weeks making some amazing seasonal cakes. Judging was very hard as there were so many great cakes this year. Well done to Osten (7A), Alexi (7B), Lewis (7C), Jack (7D), Danill (7E), Douglas (7F) and Shivesh (7G) for their winning entries.

Our Sevenoaks Year 7s have made some delicious dishes since their food lessons began in January. On the menu this term has been fruit crumble, pesto pinwheels and fresh fruit muffins. 

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IT

Year 7 at Sevenoaks took part in a Sphero programming challenge to programme the Sphero and navigate a course to test their skills.

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Geography 

The Year 10 Geographers enjoyed their first field trip for some time this week to answer the key question 'Is Greenwich an example of sustainable urban living?' 

We took them to Greenwich, starting at the O2. This is part of the Urban Change unit and we were looking at how the new developments on the Millennium Peninsula compared with old Greenwich. We were looking for the provision of amenities that are signs of an integrated development. In the past flats were provided in cities with little thought of people’s needs. Both sites showed evidence of good planning for sustainability: large amounts of open space with play areas for children, views over the water, high-quality buildings, a high proportion of public transport and provision for cycling, including rentable bikes. There was also much evidence of recycling facilities and a local heating scheme. The students came away with a much clearer idea of the meaning of sustainability in urban areas. Seeing this at first hand gave a real boost to this unit and will also contribute towards paper 3, the skills part of the exam. Mr Ash

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MFL

On Tuesday 8th March, Year 12 and Year 13 Spanish A Level students went to see a production of 'La Casa de Bernalda Alba' at the Cervantes Theatre in London. The play explored themes of repression and passion through a tense family conflict involving five daughters. It was a great way to be immersed in Spanish literary culture. Sam W, Year 12

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Year 7 students in Sevenoaks made some posters to celebrate LGBT+week. Mrs Clegg

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Year 8s were tasked with designing an A4 poster explaining the present tense and the near future tense. I received many great pieces of work. This one (see below) was the most colourful. Mrs Gray

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Music

After an enforced break of three years, the long-awaited Easter concert was finally held last night. It was a great success, with a wide range of music performed by students from all year groups. Mr Joris

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Practise

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Year 8 were given the opportunity to see The Wembley stadium up close by experiencing the full stadium tour. In glorious conditions, the boys got to go pitch side and sit in the England dugout. They also saw the changing rooms, including the shirts of the England squad along with boots worn by some of the players. They got the chance to sit in the press conference room and imagined what it would be like to be Gareth Southgate addressing the press after an England game. The tour guides gave them a number of interesting facts from the stadium and helped to make it a really enjoyable day. Mr Boddy

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This term the Year 13 A Level PE students visited Lingfield College to attend an AQA Exam lecture hosted by Ross Howitt, author and PE exam board consultant. He delivered an exceptional session focusing on a range of topics from the A Level PE syllabus, and shared innovative ways to approach answering questions to gain full marks. The 2022 cohort came away with an increased level of confidence to take into their final weeks of preparation for the summer exam series. A special thank you must go to Lingfield school for inviting us to take part in the day. Mr Millar

Football

Sixth Form 2nd XI team reaches Kent Cup Final: Following the semi-final win against Beths GS the 2nd XI will play against Maidstone GS in the Kent Cup Final at Tunbridge Wells FC on Thursday 28th April 19:00 kick-off. All tickets must be bought online prior to the day of the final. The link for tickets from the Kent Schools FA can be found via TWGSB Sport on Twitter.

Year 11 U'16 B team reaches ESFA National Cup Semi-Final: Having reached the National Cup Final when in Year 8 the Year 11 U'16 B team reached the semi-final of the National Cup. Following a fine 3-0 win against Northampton School for Boys in the Quarter-Final, the team travelled to Hampton School in West London. The team gave everything but came up short 2-0 in a very close game. Very well done to all involved!

Year 8 U'13 B team reaches ESFA National Cup Final: The Year 8 B team has done tremendously well to reach the ESFA National Cup Final! 
Following a win on penalties in the quarter-final away at Weydon School near Guildford the team travelled to Ravens Wood School. The team performed brilliantly to win 2-1 away against a very strong team.
The National Final will be played in late May at a professional club stadium. Very exciting for all involved!

Year 7 Inter-Form Football: All 10 Year 7 forms competed in the inter-form competition held after school over several weeks. The games were very competitive but played in the right spirit with 140 boys representing their forms. 7H were the eventual winners on penalties against 7E in the final, with 7F and 7C finishing in 3rd and 4th places. Very well done to all the boys who played.

Year 7 B team reaches Kent Cup Final: The Year 7 B team has reached the Kent Cup Final and will play against Hurstmere. We are waiting to hear confirmed details of date and venue.

Very well done to all the boys who have played for the various school and form teams.  Mr Menzies

 

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Rugby

This term has seen our rugby teams take part in both full sided and sevens competitions for all year groups from 7 to 11. Our Year 7, 8 and 11 teams have won the West Kent District rugby sevens, whilst our Year 10 team finished as runners up in the Kent Championships 2nd tier competition, an extremely competitive tournament with dozens of teams from all over Kent. This ends a fantastic season of rugby for The Boys’ Grammar that will serve as a good springboard for next year as we look defend the titles we have won this season. Mr Woods

Inter-house spring sports tournament

The spring term concluded with a fantastic inter-house tournament within the PE department. Table tennis, basketball, dodgeball and rugby were the sports in which the students participated this week and the PE teachers were given a superb display of sporting excellence and determination.

We had a range of Year 9, 10 and 12 sports leaders to support with the running and officiating of the events at the Tunbridge Wells campus. All leaders led with great confidence and supported the younger students in their events.

Please see below for the final results and for the RED star nominations for the students who displayed consistent respect, excellence and determination throughout the tournament.

We look forward to the summer term where we hope to run our first sports day event for three years and present the Christopher Robinson Memorial trophy once again. Mr Boddy

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Chess Club

The school chess club has now completed its second chess tournament and the winners have received their awards and house points. The winner was Sankirth in Year 7, with runners-up being Daniel (10F), Blake (8F), Harry (10D), Alex (11B) and Nikhil (7G). Congratulations to all and very well done to Sankirth.

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Year 7 Scholars' Society

A fantastic day out to the London Transport Museum at the Acton Town Depot for the Year 7 Scholar's Group. The programme for the day was 'Inspire Engineering' to explore the different ways that engineers impact our lives.

The day started with a simulation for a sustainable town with the boys working in teams to make decisions about how to create a more sustainable environment that still makes the community and businesses happy within a tight budget.

Then the group split into halves with one group touring the depot seeing trams, trains and buses going back over 100 years while the other half got to interview three different engineers, asking them probing questions about their jobs and why they chose their field. Then the groups swapped before heading back home on the very transport system they had just explored. Ms Stevens

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Ukraine cake sale

Students keen to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees decided on cake sales for this worthwhile cause, and students and staff were encouraged to get baking. Huge thanks to all who baked/donated/bought cakes – we raised a total of £232 across both campuses for the Disaster Emergency Fund for Ukraine. Mrs Clegg

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