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The Great Easter Egg Hunt
Monday 18th March saw the launch of CGSG's first whole school egg hunt! For two and a half weeks, students in Years 7 to 10 have been working hard to earn eggs as a reward for demonstrating excellence. Students in receipt of an egg were awarded with an instant eggy treat and a place in the prize draw for the giant chocolate bunny we had on display.
Students entered into the spirit of the egg hunt with great enthusiasm and a real competitive streak! It has been wonderful to see so many students receiving eggs and talking about their achievements.
Bunny winner: Alexa - Year 7
Year 7 - Eden
Year 8 - Poppy
Year 9 - Natalie
Year 10 - Amy
Year 11 - Phoebe
Specialist Literature Lectures
During Term 4, the English department paired up with the University of Kent to deliver specialist Literature lectures to our Year 11 students.
A range of lecturers from the University delivered lessons on topics such as how Priestley (the writer of ‘An Inspector Calls’) was progressive during his time; love and marriage during the patriarchal society of the 1500s (when Romeo and Juliet was set); a historian’s perspective on the influence of London within the time period of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.
Students found these lectures beneficial with many students using information from the lectures to further develop their contextual knowledge of the Literature texts that they have studied for their English GCSE.
The teachers also found these very interesting, even interacting with the question and answer elements themselves!
What’s UKAT Sixth Form Really Like?
One of our current Sixth Form students has been offered a conditional offer to study History at Cambridge University. This is Lauren’s personal perspective of why she chose our UKAT Sixth Form.
‘Sixth Form is very different to a student’s previous experience of school, and this is what makes it so enjoyable. Students really embrace adulthood within Sixth Form.
The experience of Sixth Form is greatly defined by what options you take; students are able to choose what they would like to study, and can embrace their own way of learning. Increased control of your own education is critical in developing an interest and engagement in studies. I chose to do History at A level, and the increased freedom of Sixth Form means I can choose how I want to study. This lack of restriction allowed my love of History to grow and, recently, I chose to do it at university.
Sixth Form definitely equipped me with the will to study by myself, to propel forward my own learning to the point where I feel I can thrive in university. Although the material is much harder than GCSEs, my mindset towards studying is much more focussed. The material is also far more detailed than at GCSEs, but you begin to feel as if you truly understand a topic.’
Launch of Year 11 Study Cafe
On 16th January 2019 the Year 11 Study Café was launched with resounding success!
Located in the Sixth Form Common room, the café is a focused learning environment (with mountains of hot chocolate and biscuits available!) designed to support Year 11 students with their independent work and revision as they prepare for their important GCSE exams.
The café is open from 3.00pm and its popularity has grown with each week with fifty-six students attending the first session, and that number rising to over seventy by the fourth week of the café.
It has been incredible to see so many of our young people prioritising their learning, with one student even announcing that ‘Study Café is the best part of the week!’
With students working hard, it is only fair they are rewarded and so each student has been collecting stamps on a loyalty card to earn themselves treats as they attend more and more sessions. We are so proud of the environment our students have created through their dedication, passion and commitment to their futures.
A noble Quest in Chatham
Our QUEST with Year 7 students at Chatham Grammar School for Girls has got off to a fantastic start – the students have been reading Quest stories, trying out a range of writing techniques, and planning their own quest stories. We can’t wait to read more of their writing in the new year. But I’ll let them tell you about it in their own words . . . .
‘We have done exercises which improve our writing. I really like the fact that you can do creative writing and you can let your imagination run wild and think of brilliant stories and ideas, and that the teachers give helpful advice and they make the exercises fun.’ – Shakira
‘I’ve learnt how to write things off the top of my head.’ – Brooke
‘In this project I have started to think about my story and create magical creatures that came alive in my imagination. I also got to create a wonderful setting that felt so real. This club has helped me develop my writing skills. I love the fabulous environment that the leaders bring every session that makes it so fun. I love Quest club!’ – Grace
‘I loved all the games and stories that I’ve participated in!’ – Victoria
‘In Quest club we have been reading a book called Dragon’s Green to look at themes in Quest Novels. we discuss our favourite books, themes and tropes. I enjoy talking and trying different writing styles.’ – Dolapo
‘I enjoyed doing these challenges and gearing other people’s stories and points of view.’ – Eden
‘I really enjoy Quest club because the ambassadors that runs it really makes it worthwhile. The reason I come is because it is an easy-going, fun club where I also learn to write amazing stories.’ – Shaani
‘The main thing about Quest club is learning how to write stories.’ – Claudia
Upcoming Events for Students
Monday 17th - Wednesday 19th December 2018 - RAG Week
We have an exciting range of activities for all students to have the opportunity to enjoy in the last week of term, in order to raise money for The Greg Keating Trust, a charity that is very special to the school.
On Monday, all students will be able to visit our student run Christmas Market stalls at some point during the day. You should bring some change in, if you wish to make any purchases.
On Tuesday it is TAG day, and all students are invited to wear their own clothes with a Christmas theme, either a Christmas jumper, or dress as an Elf, in return for a donation of £1. There will also be the school pantomime, in which many of the teachers will be performing!
On Wednesday, the students will be accompanied to St.Augustine's Church for the school Christmas Carol service.