On Friday 13th October, 152 Year 7 students and 15 staff set off for Marchants Hill, an activity centre in Surrey. Students took part in a variety of activities including orienteering, giant swing, low ropes, archery, climbing and zip wire. Evening activities were also great fun, with a warming campfire and a disco to finish!
All students had a thoroughly enjoyable time and many new friendships were formed during the weekend. It was a real pleasure to see how all students encouraged and supported each other, particularly during the more adventurous activities.
We were delighted to hear from one parent after her daughter, Zoe, returned from the Year 7 residential trip. “She had a great time and I would be so grateful if you would pass on my thanks to all of the staff who gave up their weekend to take the girls, and to any support staff who were involved with the setting up/organisation of the trip. Having organised a number of similar trips in the past, I am well aware aware of the vast amounts of preparation required and how tiring they can be.
My greatest thanks need to go to Mrs Ryan and Mrs Lowman who supported Zoe with her Type 1 care and who got up in the middle of the night to test her blood glucose levels. I really do appreciate the extra lengths they went to in order to keep her safe.”
Thank you to everybody who helped make Marchants Hill 2017 such a success! ... See MoreSee Less
Kent Football Success! Caitlin B in Year 7 has successfully completed trials and been selected to play for Kent U13's girls’ football team. She is the goalkeeper and is looking forward to being part of the team!
The House Arts Competition is a great tradition in our School which dates back as far as 1937. This year’s medium is music and students were asked to explore the theme of ‘Reflection’. The quality of the performances has been exceptional and our House Leaders and all the performers are to be congratulated for all their hard work, commitment and the very thoughtful way they went about interpreting the theme. We must not also forget those students involved in the back-stage productions which also perform a vital role! A very big thank you to the Music Department at MGGS for all their hard work.
This year our judge was Melitsa Nicola who has spent 15 years in the West End and touring abroad with West End shows playing Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar; she was also in Cabaret, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Me and My Girl. She has also sung with pop stars on a number of occasions. She is a dancer, actress and singer. Melitsa was trained at Mount View Theatre School where she got her degree. Most recently she performed in Little Shop of Horrors in London before taking a break to have children. Melitsa now does private voice coaching and dance classes. She is happy to give career advice to anyone interested in this field.
All the Houses won at least one of the various competition prizes as below:
Best original composition - Romans Best ensemble piece - Normans Best programme - Vikings Best sound - Britons Best lighting and design - Saxons Best theme portrayal - Danes
Overall winner of the House Arts Cup 2017 is Danes.
Feedback from Year 6 Taster Day and 11+ Open Evening, Mornings & Afternoon @ MGGS
MGGS was simply buzzing with excitement when we received our visitors for our 11+ Open events and our recent Year 6 Taster Day! We were delighted to receive such positive feedback from you. Below are a few comments:
“The experience of the school - my daughter loved it!”
“The whole school was positive, and the young ones felt welcomed - You should be proud of what you achieved; an amazing School!!!!”
“My daughter Hannah thoroughly enjoyed the day. She was the only girl from her primary school attending, but she was made to feel welcome and included.
She really enjoyed Science and English and was very interested in learning about the Thinking Skills ethos of the school. The headteacher’s' presentation was inspiring.... We have already applied with MGGS as our first choice.”
“MGGS has a super atmosphere and it is clear that the transformational leadership style adopted works well for staff and students alike.”
“Everything was superbly organised right down to the parking. We would highly recommend the Taster Day to others. It is the only one my daughter will be attending.”
Parents/carers were asked to comment on what was positive about the Year 6 Taster Day and they responded as follows:
“Amelia was made to feel very welcome. She thoroughly enjoyed her day despite being nervous as she was the only one from her primary school.”
“My daughter loved making the rockets - your pupils displayed a fabulous sense of traditional values.”
Thank you for your kind comments and we look forward to welcoming you back to MGGS in the near future. ... See MoreSee Less
Lucy thoroughly enjoyed her open afternoon, as she has enjoyed previous taster lessons. Thank you to all involved.
I do have a question we failed to clarify. What technology do most girls tend to use? We know you use Google apps and chrome book, but is that tablets or laptops?
Great to see that MGGS is still inspiring girls...
On Wednesday, 4th of October, the MGGS U13 hockey team competed in the Kent Tournament in Canterbury. This tournament involved half pitch matches with 7-a-side teams. Our team consisted of the following girls: Claudia B, Orianna S, Ellie F, Esme D, Olivia W, Daisy A, Lauren M, Ellie N and Charlotte W.
Our first match we won 4-0 - a great way to start the tournament and which lifted our spirits! Unfortunately the next match we lost 2-1 - everyone put lots of effort and commitment into that game; however they sneaked one more goal than us. Next, we lost 0-1 against Kent College, who scored a lot more against other teams. However, we defended well and only let them have one goal. Finally, we won 1-0 against Highworth Grammar School for Girls from a penalty flick which took us to the quarter-finals. There, we played Sutton Valence School; the whole team kept their heads up and played their hardest; however, they were very strong and we lost 7-0. On the other hand, everyone had a great time playing and we were all proud of each other and ourselves.
A special thank you to Ms Shave for supporting us and taking us there! Match Report written by Charlotte W. ... See MoreSee Less
On Thursday 12th October, our Sports Leaders organised and ran a charity rowathon in the Sports Hall. Our aim was to row 100 miles as a school and raise as much money as we could. With the music pumping, students jumped on the rowers and contributed all that they could. Of particular note were the sterling efforts from two Year 12 boys, who rowed 5k each. The event was supported by many and we managed to row just over 50 miles in total, which was a great effort. With some students showing huge generosity donating £5 each, we raised £85 in total. Well done to everyone who took part and to everybody who donated; here’s to next year’s rowathon! ... See MoreSee Less
PFA Quiz Night Roll up, roll up! It’s time for our fun, annual Quiz Night! Put the date in your diary – Saturday,18th November at 7.30pm. Please see our attached poster for details.
We are lucky that our very entertaining quiz master, Gordon, has agreed to be part of our evening once again.
Teams are made up of no more than eight people but if you don’t have a team, please don’t worry – we’ll help you put one together! Please bring along drinks and nibbles and some change for the raffle and some games.
All students (over 16), parents, friends and staff are very welcome!
To book your places please make your payment via the dedicated link on the PFA Events Page at the MGGS web site as soon as possible - places always sell fast!
We do wish all houses the very best for tomorrow - students have all worked extremely hard on their rehearsals throughout this term. One of the elements that is so impressive with House Arts is that students all come together from Years 7 right up to Year 13 in their houses to perform - an amazing amount of student bonding has taken place across these year groups! Comments are now coming in from former students and evoking many wonderful memories about past House Arts Cup days. We would love to hear your comments! ... Did you know that the only single person in the school that is not allocated a school house is the Headteacher. Students and also staff are allocated school house. Miss Stanley our Headteacher must remain impartial. Good luck and we will keep you posted on the outcome!
Normans 1975-80, dance in 79, I think, I was the girl left behind by the Pied Piper, trying to dance with a limp. Probably not very PC now!
I remember Romans winning in 1991!!!
Fond memories of my own house arts experiences, especially the singing year in 1990 (At the End of the Day, Eleanor Rigby and a new school song which each house had to write) and now my girls have been involved every year since starting at the school. Love this tradition xxx
Vikings were robbed in House Music 1995 or 1996. I can still remember arranging 'Can you feel the Love tonight?' for the instrumental group and 'How Deep is your Love?' for the whole house.
Glad to see on this that Danes have won a couple of times. I was a Dane when I was there (1963-1970) and they rarely won anything..... must have been me! Good luck everyone!
Britons (1977-82) I remember the House Arts Cup especially the dance years. I was on lighting crew for one of them.
Vikings 1985-90! Remember singing Penny Lane with my fellow Viking Lisa Pegram 😊
Kent Scheme Salaries 6 (£19,609 - £21,509 per annum) Term Time only (initially), 18 hours per week Equating to £7,866 - £8,629 per annum pro rata
We are looking for a talented individual with experience of fund raising to further our Development Trust. As the MGGS Development Officer you will be responsible for developing fundraising links with parents, alumni, the local community and other educational establishments. A key part of this role will be to oversee the opening of our Second World War tunnels to the general public.
As well as excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, you’ll need to be accomplished at planning and organisation as you’ll be setting up and running events and commissioning online and offline promotional material.
You should be confident on your feet as you will often be presenting to people, and you should be adept at persuading them to donate generously. Your IT skills need to be well honed too as a key element of the role is establishing a detailed database of alumni and donors and keeping it maintained. Social media is an important communications channel and you should be familiar with using Facebook, and Twitter in a promotional setting.
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls is a very successful selective girls’ school of around 1200 students with a mixed sixth form of approximately 330. The post offers the opportunity to work with high ability young people in a supportive and friendly environment. Staff benefits include strong support for professional development.
“Maidstone Grammar School for Girls is an outstanding school” (Ofsted)
Full details and an application pack are available from the school’s website www.mggs.org Applicants should complete the KCC application form and email, along with covering letter, to the Headteacher’s PA. If you require any additional information please contact Ms Starns, PA to the Headteacher via email: email@example.com
Applications welcomed immediately Closing Date: 8am on Thursday, 9th November 2017 Interviews: Tuesday, 14th November 2017 ... See MoreSee Less
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