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5 days ago

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National School Sports Week: 26th - 30th June 2017

National School Sports Week will be taking place at MGGS from the 26th until the 30th of June. Students are looking forward to taking part in a selection of activities. These include: a danceathon, badminton, a masterclass with a specialists gymnast, benchball, rowathon, rounders, netball, a masterclass in cricket and a fun run obstacle course! This is all topped off mid week with our sports day on Wednesday.

We will take plenty of photos and share them with you shortly.
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5 days ago

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South of England Hound Show

At the beginning of June, Margaret C in Year 12 had the privilege of showing four of her pack's Beagles in the South of England Hound Show. Margaret is a regular volunteer with this beagle pack. Margaret commented, “ I clean out the kennels once or twice a week, exercise the hounds, and take part in parades and shows. This is no small task, as there are currently 47 hounds in kennels. This is the first year that I have shown hounds, and being the 50th anniversary year of the show, competition was stiff. Hound showing seems simple enough - make the hound stand nicely for the judge to look at it, and then make it run so they can observe its movement, but the number of distractions and other dogs around makes it very difficult to keep your hound focused on you. Although we did not win any classes, it was an exciting opportunity to show off some of the hounds I look after, and it was an honour to be chosen to represent the pack.”

Congratulations Margaret and thank you for sharing your experience with us!

Margaret is pictured here with her pack’s Beagles Piper, Pilgrim and Wigeon.
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South of England Hound Show 
 
At the beginning of June, Margaret C in Year 12 had the privilege of showing four of her packs Beagles in the South of England Hound Show.  Margaret is a regular volunteer with this beagle pack.  Margaret commented, “ I clean out the kennels once or twice a week, exercise the hounds, and take part in parades and shows.  This is no small task, as there are currently 47 hounds in kennels.  This is the first year that I have shown hounds, and being the 50th anniversary year of the show, competition was stiff.  Hound showing seems simple enough - make the hound stand nicely for the judge to look at it, and then make it run so they can observe its movement, but the number of distractions and other dogs around makes it very difficult to keep your hound focused on you.  Although we did not win any classes, it was an exciting opportunity to show off some of the hounds I look after, and it was an honour to be chosen to represent the pack.”
 
Congratulations Margaret and thank you for sharing your experience with us!

Margaret is pictured here with her pack’s Beagles Piper, Pilgrim and Wigeon.

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Well done Margaret x

Well done, Margaret!!

Huge congratulations

Congratulations Margaret, a job well done xx

5 days ago

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Tap... Tap... Tap... Success for MGGS Students

MGGS is delighted to learn that Lydia K in Year 8 competed at the ‘All England Dance Competition, South East Regional Finals, and that she has qualified for the National Finals at the Hackney Empire in August. Lydia took part in duets with two other MGGS students - Emily L in 7N and Lydia’s sister Amelia in Year 12.

The requirements for qualification were a bronze, silver or gold medal, together with an “Honours Certificate”. Lydia was extremely successful and will now compete at the Nationals having qualified with the following results:
· Tap solo - Bronze
· Tap duet with Emily in the 14 & under section - Bronze
· Tap duet with her sister Amelia in the 21 & under section - Gold


Congratulations to all three MGGS girls on such fantastic results!
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Tap... Tap... Tap... Success for MGGS Students
 
MGGS is delighted to learn that Lydia K in Year 8 competed at the ‘All England Dance Competition, South East Regional Finals, and that she has qualified for the National Finals at the Hackney Empire in August.  Lydia took part in duets with two other MGGS students - Emily L in 7N and Lydia’s sister Amelia in Year 12.
 
The requirements for qualification were a bronze, silver or gold medal, together with an “Honours Certificate”.  Lydia was extremely successful and will now compete at the Nationals having qualified with the following results:
·         Tap solo - Bronze
·         Tap duet with Emily in the 14 & under section - Bronze
·         Tap duet with her sister Amelia in the 21 & under section - Gold 

 
Congratulations to all three MGGS girls on such fantastic results!

1 week ago

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11+ Free Familiarisation Materials

GL Assessment provides the Kent 11+ tests. They have recently sent the school information about 11+ tests and have encouraged us to share their practice papers with all parents.
GL Assessment recommends that children familiarise themselves with the multiple-choice layout of the test, content and examples of some types of questions they will face. GL Assessment wants to give all children the opportunity to experience sample questions across a range of question types in advance of the test. This is particularly true with the verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning tests as they may not have encountered these types of questions before.

Free 11 Plus practice papers

To help with this familiarisation process GL have produced some free sample materials which you can download here:

www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/11plus-series-11-plus-practice-papers/11plus-familiarisation-mat...

In Kent, students sit papers in English, Maths and Reasoning (verbal and non-verbal). GL Assessment will be producing familiarisation papers in English and maths soon.

Further information on the Kent Test can be found here:
www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/kent-test#tab-3

Please feel free to share with friends and family with children currently in Years 4 and 5.
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1 week ago

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Evie’s 500 Words Story - Bronze Award!

We previously reported that Evie M in Year 7 at MGGS had got through to the final of the BBC Radio 2 ‘500 Words’ short story writing competition.

We were thrilled to learn that Evie's story was the bronze winner in the 10-13 category. Evie’s story entitled ‘My Saviour’ was read by Olivier award-winner Noma Dumezweni. Listen to the reading here www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05626mp.

My Saviour by Evie M
"Hope- one word four letters. That is all I needed.
The velvet coat which I have been told is a beautiful raven black, guides me. I feel it's wet button nose against my hand. It seems only yesterday everything went. It was so hard to acknowledge my flaw and survive alone in the darkness, yet I wasn't alone."
Read the full story here www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5Sy1wzSK8KPskX80sCFHJvr/my-saviour

Evie’s parents commented, “We couldn't be more delighted for Evie! We had a nerve- wracking but amazing day at the Tower of London - Evie was presented with 2 personally signed copies of David Walliams’ books, as well as her own hardback copy of the 6 winning stories. She was also given a medal engraved with her name and will soon be receiving her own height in books!”

Miss Stanley, Headteacher commented, “This is an outstanding achievement for Evie, who has written a powerful and moving piece. We look forward to seeing future stories from Evie’s pen over the coming years and wish her every success in her literary career.”

Our huge congratulations to Evie; your school is very proud of you!
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Evie’s 500 Words Story - Bronze Award!
 
We previously reported that Evie M in Year 7 at MGGS had got through to the final of the BBC Radio 2 ‘500 Words’ short story writing competition.
 
We were thrilled to learn that Evies story was the bronze winner in the 10-13 category. Evie’s story entitled ‘My Saviour’ was read by Olivier award-winner Noma Dumezweni. Listen to the reading here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05626mp.  
 
My Saviour by Evie M
Hope- one word four letters. That is all I needed.
The velvet coat which I have been told is a beautiful raven black, guides me. I feel its wet button nose against my hand. It seems only yesterday everything went. It was so hard to acknowledge my flaw and survive alone in the darkness, yet I wasnt alone.
Read the full story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5Sy1wzSK8KPskX80sCFHJvr/my-saviour

Evie’s parents commented, “We couldnt be more delighted for Evie! We had a nerve- wracking but amazing day at the Tower of London - Evie was presented with 2 personally signed copies of David Walliams’ books, as well as her own hardback copy of the 6 winning stories. She was also given a medal engraved with her name and will soon be receiving her own height in books!”
 
Miss Stanley, Headteacher commented, “This is an outstanding achievement for Evie, who has written a powerful and moving piece. We look forward to seeing future stories from Evie’s pen over the coming years and wish her every success in her literary career.”
 
Our huge congratulations to Evie; your school is very proud of you!

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I listened to this on the way to work the other day.... well done!

Made me cry when I was driving to work xx

Well done Evie xx

2 weeks ago

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Thinking Skills International Conference Update

Following our previous news on 'Did you know that MGGS is one of only six secondary schools with Advanced Thinking Schools status in the UK?' we are please to share with you more news of this international conference:

Mrs Wood, MGGS’s Thinking Skills Co-ordinator delivered a 90 minute workshop this week at the Thinking Schools International Conference. The workshop covered our outreach work where hundreds of primary school children have come to MGGS and learnt about thinking skills. It was delivered to delegates from 3 different countries and will now be used to help other schools on their Thinking School journeys.

Delegates were led in a range of activities that primary students experience at our school, including making animals out of play dough and bridges from newspapers, spaghetti and marshmallows. Feedback was very positive with one delegate writing "I felt very inspired by this session" and another "I would use all of these [techniques] in my teaching."

If schools would like further information on our Primary Outreach programme please click on this link: www.mggs.org/connected-community/primary-school-events
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Thinking Skills International Conference Update

Following our previous news on Did you know that MGGS is one of only six secondary schools with Advanced Thinking Schools status in the UK? we are please to share with you more news of this international conference:   
 
Mrs Wood, MGGS’s Thinking Skills Co-ordinator delivered a 90 minute workshop this week at the Thinking Schools International Conference. The workshop covered our outreach work where hundreds of primary school children have come to MGGS and learnt about thinking skills. It was delivered to delegates from 3 different countries and will now be used to help other schools on their Thinking School journeys. 
 
Delegates were led in a range of activities that primary students experience at our school, including making animals out of play dough and bridges from newspapers, spaghetti and marshmallows. Feedback was very positive with one delegate writing I felt very inspired by this session and another I would use all of these [techniques] in my teaching. 
 
If schools would like further information on our Primary Outreach programme please click on this link: http://www.mggs.org/connected-community/primary-school-events

2 weeks ago

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Healthy Eating Week 12th-16th June 2017 @ MGGS

This week MGGS students and staff have been taking part in ‘Healthy Eating Week’ as part of the British Nutritional Foundation’s nationwide event. Monday’s theme was ‘Have Breakfast’ and the canteen offered a yogurt bar where students could create their own yogurt pot with various toppings for a healthy and nutritious breakfast. On Tuesday we had to ‘Get active’ with students completing a squat challenge in form time, rowing available at lunchtime and fitness training available after school. By Wednesday we had moved to making sure we ‘Have 5 a day’ with free apples handed out as students arrived at school and healthy alternative snacks such as courgette brownies which were available in the canteen. Thursday’s theme was ‘Try something new’ with exotic fruit available to try in the canteen, and on Friday we needed to ‘Drink plenty’ with free fruit infused water available in the canteen.

Free fruit was available every day of the week, and every form time encouraged students towards a healthy, active lifestyle through information on the benefits of healthy eating, completing physical activity and going for a walk on the woodland path.

Congratulations to all students and staff for a brilliant Healthy Eating Week 2017!
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Healthy Eating Week 12th-16th June 2017 @ MGGS

This week MGGS students and staff have been taking part in ‘Healthy Eating Week’ as part of the British Nutritional Foundation’s nationwide event. Monday’s theme was ‘Have Breakfast’ and the canteen offered a yogurt bar where students could create their own yogurt pot with various toppings for a healthy and nutritious breakfast. On Tuesday we had to ‘Get active’ with students completing a squat challenge in form time, rowing available at lunchtime and fitness training available after school. By Wednesday we had moved to making sure we ‘Have 5 a day’ with free apples handed out as students arrived at school and healthy alternative snacks such as courgette brownies which were available in the canteen. Thursday’s theme was ‘Try something new’ with exotic fruit available to try in the canteen, and on Friday we needed to ‘Drink plenty’ with free fruit infused water available in the canteen.
 
Free fruit was available every day of the week, and every form time encouraged students towards a healthy, active lifestyle through information on the benefits of healthy eating, completing physical activity and going for a walk on the woodland path.
 
Congratulations to all students and staff for a brilliant Healthy Eating Week 2017!

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I still miss the penny sticky buns we could buy during the morning break. Very welcome even if you hadn't missed breakfast!

Courgette brownies sound delicious

2 weeks ago

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Artistic Amber Skates to Success...
Amber M in Year 9 took part in the British Championships for Artistic Roller Skating over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of June in Kettering. Amber came 5th at Cadet level. She was very pleased with her result as she has only been skating for 5 years!

Amber’s parents commented, “We are very proud of Amber’s hard work and determination.”


Well done Amber and best wishes for future competitions!
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Artistic Amber Skates to Success...
Amber M in Year 9 took part in the British Championships for Artistic Roller Skating over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of June in Kettering.  Amber came 5th at Cadet level.  She was very pleased with her result as she has only been skating for 5 years! 
 
Amber’s parents commented, “We are very proud of Amber’s hard work and determination.”
 
 
Well done Amber and best wishes for future competitions!

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Well done Amber! Xx

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Gillian Yorke, proud nanny xx

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Andrew Mcculloch look at this xx

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