Students from this year's Young Enterprise Company Programme team, Tug of Paw, attended the Company Showcase competition on Wednesday 19th March at the Mastercard offices in London. Students needed to submit a detailed business report in advance of the event which was skilfully edited by the firm’s MD, Daniel Austin. At the event, they set up a trade stand to showcase their product - dog toys made from recycled clothing. The judges interviewed the four representatives at their stand where they needed to explain the inspiration behind the product and the problems that both plastic or rubber dog toys and fast fashion are causing for our planet. The team were then taken off to a separate interview room where judges quizzed them on their business report, finances and the Company Programme process. They felt confident as they returned to their trade stand that they had made a good impression, having researched the judges and found out that they were dog owners - they could use the pitches that they had perfected at both Spitalfields and Greenwich markets! Next the team needed to give a presentation summary of their product, business and experiences so far in the Company Programme to all other competing schools, parents, teachers, business advisors, Young Enterprise and Mastercard staff and management. They were nervous but soon got into their flow, with the audience audibly reacting to the visuals of the team’s happy four-legged customers. They kept the audience engaged throughout, and it was inspiring to see our young entrepreneurs rise to this challenge, keep their cool and completely ace this aspect of the competition. Finally, it was time for all prize winners to be announced, and the team respectfully congratulated their competitors as the awards went out to some very strong teams. The most prestigious award was saved until last and the winners - Tug of Paw - were announced! The awarding judge described the team as being outstanding in all areas of the competition, innovative in tackling a very real problem and commended them for having 100% (canine) customer satisfaction.
Well done to Daniel Austin, Spencer Cox, Aisha Jokomba and Mason Mckenna for their exceptional performances. They represent a large team who are also responsible for the ideas, acumen, report writing and organisation of the business. Tug of Paw go on to compete in the East London Final in May, and we wish them all the very best of luck.
The four competing members are pictured here, alongside their business advisor Henry Wong on the far right. Henry is a Developed Markets Equity Analyst at HSBC and former Bexley Grammar School student. Henry took part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme during his time at the school and is a valuable source of advice and support to our students through the process.
Mrs Harris, Head of Business & Economics
Frau Reed: Ostereiertitschen ist ein Osterspiel: Man muss hartgekochte Eier zusammen klopfen. Zwei Spieler wählen ein Ei aus und klopfen sie zusammen. Ein Ei geht kaputt, ein Ei geht nicht kaputt und gewinnt. Das Spiel ist besonders spaßig in der Osterzeit!
Before we broke up for the Easter holidays our German teacher Miss Reed left us with a fun 'homework' which was to hard-boil an egg and cover it with German themed decoration! We were then allowed to carefully bring in our eggs to have a Battle of the Eggs, during which the class acted as spectators. This game is called Titschen. The game rules in according to German tradition are as follows:
All eggs must be hard-boiled
Best dressed egg wins a bonus prize judged by our teacher
One by one eggs shall be bashed together and the last egg standing wins
After a short countdown: “drei… zwei… eins… Titsch!” the two eggs collide with each other. One egg will crack, and the other will stay strong and triumphant.
My experience of Titschen was that it was extremely fun to take part in and fun to watch, and I enjoyed the high tension and entertainment of the game. It was enjoyable to learn about different cultures and customs. It was also nice to just do something lighthearted and play after all the hard work that we have done so far this year in German.
Congratulations to Anna for winning the competition and I cannot wait to play again next year.
Teniola Adeosun, Year 7
Year 7 MFL Diploma
For their MFL Diploma, Year 7 students produced a piece of creative writing all about themselves in French or German. Students worked really hard on producing some excellent language and very creative pieces. Congratulations to class winners and to the overall winner Zara Gowlett 7NRC. Well done Year 7!
Miss Reed & Mrs Savage
Fabio de Jongh Martin 7LGD
KS3 Diploma Reminders
We are now entering our second term of the KS3 Diploma. We have been very impressed with the level of commitment shown by the year group towards the academic and pastoral elements of the programme. Pupils will be completing the Science diploma project this half-term and Art and Geography in the second half. We expect pupils to remain involved with their extracurricular clubs and House events this term. I have included the ‘grade boundaries’ for the pastoral strand below as a quick reminder. The upcoming Summer Fayre and Sports Day on the 10th June is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the House competition. A reminder that the 10th June is a school day with the following Monday 12th June off in lieu. Finally, pupils should be continuing with the Creative, Active and Service activities and ensuring these are logged in their planners.
Non-participation of a house activity Fail
Participation of 1 house activity Pass
Participation of 3 house activities Merit
Participation of 5 house activities Distinction
Nn-attendance of an extracurricular club Fail
Regular attendance f 1 club (at least 6 times) Pass
Regular attendance f 3 clubs (at least 6 times) Merit
Regular attendance f 5 clubs (at least 6 times) Distinction
0-24 merits Fail
25-49 merits Pass
50-99 merits Merit
100+ merits Distinction
9+ lates t school Fail
5-8 lates t school Pass
2-4 lates t school Merit
0-1 lates t school Distinction
Engagement with Learning
An average f “Improvement Required” Fail
An average f “Good” Pass
An average f “Very Good” Merit
An average f “Excellent” Distinction
The tutor will obtain an average of the assessments carried out across the Diploma. This will then determine whether the pupil obtains a Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction. Cross-moderation of work will take place
Year 7 Exam Week
Year 7 will be sitting an exam in all subjects during their exam week on the 14th, 15th and 16th June. We will be supporting pupils in academic monitoring time by introducing different revision strategies over the coming weeks. I strongly recommend that pupils try different techniques until they find one that works well for them. Please see below for some top tips for how pupils should carry out revision [source: InnerDrive].
Advance Notice: Year 7 Parents’ Evening
This will be held on Tuesday 16th May. This will be held virtually on a system called ‘SchoolCloud’. You will receive details of how to register, log in and book appointments with your child’s teaching staff next week. Appointment slots will be available between 4-7pm subject to staff availability.
Mrs Boulden Director of Studies, Year 7
Congratulations & Well Done Lucas!
Mini Marathon Runner
Many congratulations to Lucas Drake (Year 8) who participated in the mini marathon on Sunday - running the 2.6km course in an impressive 10 minutes and 2 seconds. He worked hard to qualify via his running club (Bexley AC) and should also be proud of the money he has raised for Young Minds Trust: over £500 so far. If you would like to contribute to Lucas's fundraising efforts please follow the link below.
Above are the mock examination timetable for the upcoming mock exams. If you have any queries please contact Mrs Bono in the examinations office.
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Dates for your Diary
MONDAY 1st - BANK HOLIDAY SCHOOL CLOSED EXCEPT FOR PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS Tuesday 2nd ~ Booking system opens at midday for the Year 8 Virtual Parents' Evening. Please click on the link hereto read Mrs Belton-Owen's letter.
MONDAY 8th ~ BANK HOLIDAY SCHOOL CLOSED EXCEPT FOR PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS
Tuesday 9th ~ Booking system closes at 10am for the Year 8 Virtual Parents' Evening
Tuesday 9th ~ Booking system opens at midday for the Year 7 Virtual Parents' Evening Tuesday 9th ~ Year 8 Virtual Parents' Evening 4-7pm
Wednesday 10th ~ PA Meeting 7.30-9pm (see notice)
Monday 15th ~ Booking system closes at midday for the Year 7 Virtual Parents' Evening Tuesday 16th ~ Year 7 Virtual Parents' Evening 4-7pm
Friday 26th ~ Last full school day before half-term
Friday 26th ~ KS3 Orchestra Showcase 4-5pm (see notice)
MONDAY 29th - FRIDAY 2nd JUNE HALF-TERM SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS
Monday 5th ~ First day back at school following half-term
Saturday 10th ~ BGS Summer Fayre & Sports Day (see notice)
Saturday 10th ~ PA Pre-loved uniform sale (see notice)
MONDAY 12th ~ SCHOOL CLOSED DAY IN LIEU OF SUMMER FAYRE & SPORTS DAY
Wednesday 21st ~ PA Meeting 7.30-9pm (see notice)
Wednesday 28th ~ GCSE EXAMS CONTINGENCY DAY
Tuesday 4th-Friday 7th ~ The Addams Family Musical 7pm (watch this space)
Wednesday 12th ~ Jazz Evening 6pm (watch this space)