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Mrs Pratt's KS3 Science Tasks

Lillia in Year 8 sent in images of her Egg Parachute Challenge work, Harvey in Year 7 sent in images of his Factors Affecting Dissolving work. You can also see from Year 7 Celina's work on the parts of a flower.

Donations of PPE to the NHS

We are proud to be using Science Department supplies of PPE to support our local NHS. Today our second donation included 400 sets of aprons, safety glasses and gloves.

End of an unusual term

As we enter the Easter holidays, Wye School ends what has been a very unusual term. We have, like all schools, been partially closed by the national response to the Coronavirus. Staff have been setting work for students at home, and, providing childcare on site for those that need it. We have donated our Science goggles to local NHS services and been distributing vouchers and work packs to families. For the Easter break we are collaborating with two local primary schools to provide childcare each week day. 

Margaret Williams, Chair of Governors, and Luke Magee, Principal, both extend their warm thanks to all staff, students and parents/carers for the amazing team work that has seen Wye School cope so well with events to date. We do not know how long this will last but we do know we will get through it together.  

Whilst the humans on the school site have been experiencing these unusual times, nature has carried on regardless. Common Lizards have appeared on the school field, not something we see when it has 500 teenagers on it. Pheasants have colonised the playground. And a huge display of wild Primroses in the woods bordering the school site has leant a beautiful scent to the air. Spring has definately arrived.

Food Exams

It is GCSE Food practical exam time again, and we had a great mid-morning tasting session in which lucky staff got to try and mark the work produces. Mr Magee got to try his first ever Cheese Souffle. 

Prince Edward DoE/CCF event.

His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex visited Dover Christ Church Academy today to see the work of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Kent. Wye School was invited to attend along with Ashford School, with whom we run a joint Combined Cadet Force Unit and also work together on the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Mr Wickington, our DoE Co-ordinator, took Jamie Allen, Miles Furnell, Joshua Salmon and Jac Wood to the royal event and they worked with Ashford School students to demonstrate a navigation task. Prince Edward stopped with them for a significant amount of time, talking to staff and each student in turn. He asked Jamie about what he was doing for his DoE Bronze Award, the answer was archery which the Prince asked questions about. He then spoke in some depth to Jac about his leadership of the navigation task and his experiences of both the CCF and DoE. 

After talking to students the Prince unveiled a plaque and all the students there gave him a loud cheer, which seemed to at first surprise him and then make him very happy.

Mr Magee, who also attended the event, was very proud of how well all four Wye students attending represented the school, speaking confidently to a Prince and other distinguished guests from the government, police and local authority.

Art work through to final round

Wye School are delighted that one of our students is now in the second round of this highly prestigious award. Announcement from United Learning:

'We are delighted to announce the shortlist for our Art Competition, as decided by votes from social media and our art teachers!

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Congratulations to our top 10 entrants - their fantastic works of art are now off to our Leadership Conference in March for the 2nd round of voting.'

Community Farm Visits

Marina Capriotti took some students to help on our local community farm this week. They drenched the male sheep for worms, loaded syringes to exactly 10 ML, administered doses and took part in sheep handling. They did a good job with remaining calm, quiet and grounded around the sheep. A couple of sheep jumped out of their pens and Obi and Marshall dealt with it immediately without being asked to, showing brilliant teamwork.

Wye student one of the youngest players to appear in wheelchair rugby’s top flight

Wye student Ed Croucher has joined a local rugby team, Canterbury Hellfire. He has become one of the youngest players to appear in wheelchair rugby’s top flight. Fourteen -year-old Ed made his debut for the club side at the opening weekend of the GBWR league 1 season at Leicester. After playing against the West Country Hawks Ed got the news that he had passed the official classification process successfully. 

Successful League Table Position

The validated government league tables were published today and confirmed that our second set of GCSE results for Aug 19 were above national and local averages.

Luke Magee, Principal of Wye School, said of their above average Progress 8 score of +0.33:

 

“We are very proud to be the top non-selective school in our area for Progress 8 and one of the top in all of Kent. We firmly believe in the ability of all our students – no matter their background or starting point – to achieve highly so it is hugely gratifying to see this borne out in the progress they are making.

 

“We have now had two excellent sets of GCSE results since opening in 2013, reflecting the hard work, determination and enthusiasm which cascades down throughout our school. With our founding cohort due to receive their first set of A Levels this summer, we are looking forward to celebrating another successful year at Wye School.”

Wye Student Up For Art Prize

The International Art Competition 2020 is now open.  Staff, students and parents can now vote on their favourite artwork until 12th Feburary via the social media links below.  The owner of the winning submission will win flights and accommodation for two people to Japan to represent the UK at the Tokyo Awards Ceremony in August.  

Please vote for Calypso using one of the links below. We are sure you will want to join us in congratulating Calypso and wishing her lots of luck in the competition.

https://www.facebook.com/unitedlearning

https://twitter.com/unitedlearning?lang=en

https://www.instagram.com/unitedlearningartcompetition/

Christmas Carol Service

Wye School held our traditional Christmas Carol Service today in our local parish church, St Gregory and St Martin Church. Rev Holy welcomed us and delivered an interesting sermon on the history of Christmas in England, we learn't some things about how they used to celebrate in past times that included dead mice and the over-eating of sprouts.

Year 7, 8 and 9 students attended, and just about fitted into this historic building, and the Year 7 Choir and Poetry groups contributed to the service.It was a lovely way to end the Christmas term.

 

Gold Award winning art

One of our Year 11 girls recently won the Gold Award at the John Downton Awards run by Kent County Council. Her winning artwork will be displayed at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. We are very proud of her.

Nature Club Christmas Tree

The Wye School Nature Club is at it again, this time entering the parish church Christmas Tree competition. The rest of Wye are going to have to work hard to beat our entry this year!

Sunflowers yield training gold

Wye School recently won £500 in free training after entering a competition to grow Sunflowers with Ted’s Big Sunflower Competition. (https://www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/schools/sunflower/)

Run by the KM Charity Team, the competition invited schools from across the south-east to nurture sunflower seeds donated by The Education People, with the latter giving away a £500 training package to the cultivators of the best blooms.

The Education People provides services across the primary, secondary and further education sectors.

The organisation’s CEO, James Roberts, visited Wye School to present it with its prize and meet the green-fingered Nature Club pupils responsible for growing the beanstalk-like flowers.

He was joined by KM Charity Team acting general manager Karen Brinkman, who said: “Congratulations to Wye School for their success in this lovely competition and many thanks to The Education People for generously donating this fantastic prize.

“It’s a pleasure to be involved in any initiative that nurture’s children’s creativity and connects them to nature, and this was a brilliant way of achieving both those goals.”

Mr Magee said “One of my favourite things to do at Wye School is visit our allotment with the Nature Club and see its produce and wildlife. It is in a beautiful setting and really lets our students experience the pleasure of working with plants and nature. I am pleased that their efforts have been recognised with this prize.”

 


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