Bexley Grammar is about to plant a new tree to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III. It will be planted by Mr Gilmore and the caretakers in time for the ceremony on Saturday 6th May. James Spatz of the Environmental Action Group explains the historical significance of this wonderful addition to our school:
"It is meaningful to recognise King Charles' contributions to environmental preservation and sustainability in advance of his impending Coronation by planting a tree. No matter your opinions of the Monarchy, we can acknowledge that King Charles III has devoted himself to advancing a better and more sustainable future. In addition to being a representation of life and growth, trees are essential for preventing the adverse consequences of climate change which as a member of the Bexley Grammar School Environmental Action Group I know is something which we as a school must work on. We can pay homage to King Charles' legacy while simultaneously promoting a healthier and more resilient environment by planting a tree in his honour.
Additionally, this event can encourage others to act in an environmentally responsible manner and it serves as an important reminder that everyone has a responsibility to save the earth and maintain its natural beauty for present and future generations to enjoy. Let's commemorate this momentous event in our nation by reaffirming our dedication to sustainability and joining together to create a better, more sustainable future for all."
James Spatz, Year 12
The King’s Coronation
Saturday, May 6th 2023, is the Coronation of the recently acceded King Charles III, along with wife, and Queen Consort, Camilla. Charles III became King immediately after the death of the late Elizabeth II on September 8th 2022. This is the first Coronation of a British monarch since June 2nd 1953, in which Elizabeth II at just age 25 in the historic Westminster Abbey. Compared to previous Coronations, the Coronation of King Charles III will undergo alterations so that multiple faiths, cultures and communities are represented within the monarchy. In addition to this, the Coronation will be shorter than that of the previous crowning of Elizabeth II.
The order of the Service
The Coronation ceremony is broken down into six parts: the recognition, the oath, the anointing, the investiture, including the crowning of the new monarch, and finally the enthronement and homage. On the day of the Coronation, the King and Queen consort will travel to Westminster Abbey via the Diamond Jubilee Coach as part of “The King's Procession”.
The recognition of the new King will take place as follows: while standing beside the Coronation chair of King Edward and the King will be presented to those in the Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury - Justin Welby.
The Oath is next in which King Charles III will then swear to uphold the law and the Church of England as the ruler of the Commonwealth. The anointing of the King will not be directly televised.
The process of anointing is that the King’s ceremonial robe will be removed, and he will then be seated in the coronation chair. Gold cloth will then be used to conceal the King from the onlooking crowd as the archbishop anoints the King's hands, breast and head with anointing oil. The formula of the oil has always remained secret from the public, but it has been said to be replicating the same oil used at the coronation of the late Elizabeth II.
Next is the Investiture of the King in which he will be seated in the Coronation chair and presented with different items: The Royal Orb, representing religious and moral authority, and the sovereign's sceptre. The spectre is a rod made of gold topped with a white enamelled dove. The archbishop will then place the crown atop the King's head.
The final stage of the Coronation is the enthronement of the King and the homage. This is when the King will be taken from the Coronation chair and moved to the throne. Peers will then kneel before the King and pay their homage to the newly crowned monarch. The Queen consort will then be anointed and crowned in the same manner.
The last time a coronation for a King and Queen Consort was that of George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth I on May 12th 1937. This differed to the previous coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as, despite being married to the late Prince Philip, she was crowned alone. The significance of the Coronation is that it is an opportunity to reflect upon the ever-changing Britain and embrace development in British values. Much of the Coronation of the King will be rooted in tradition, however, certain aspects have been changed in order to represent the diverse nature of the Commonwealth such as, during the Coronation concert, community choirs and amateur singers will perform in honour of the King. These include: Refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups, and deaf singing choirs. Other differences between the Coronation of King Charles III and that of Elizabeth II includes the fact that the Coronation of the King will be significantly shorter than the previous (60 minutes compared to the previous 4-hour-long Coronation). Additionally, the guest list is notably shorter too as Elizabeth II was crowned in front of 8,250 guests, whereas the expected number of attendees at the Coronation of King Charles II is 2,000.
Significance of the Coronation
Out of the 43 monarchies in the world, the Monarchy of the Commonwealth is the only one that continues to hold the ceremonial event that is the Coronation of new Monarchs coming to the throne. The ceremonial Coronation represents the handing over of authorial power to the next in line to the throne as they take an oath to protect the Commonwealth and uphold the law. The ceremony is seen as a joyous occasion to be celebrated as it symbolises a new beginning for the Commonwealth under a new ruler.
Mya Fewell, Year 12 History Prefect
Intermediate Maths Challenge Success
The UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge (IMC) is a 60-minute, multiple-choice challenge which takes place once per year.
It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems which are designed to make students think.
This year, 41 BGS students across Years 9, 10 and 11 participated in the IMC and achieved 22 Gold, 8 Silver and 9 Bronze certificates - congratulations to everyone!
Seventeen of these students also qualified for follow-on competitions, meaning they were in the top 9 500 out of 290 725 students who took part! The Maths Department would like to give a special mention to the students below for participating in the following rounds:
The Grey Kangaroo - Diana Androshchuk and Lev Griffin
The Pink Kangaroo - Jason Stoyanov, Freddie Morgan, Ethan Abbate, Sebastian Guaydier, Rebecca Elkins, Edgar Fedorcenko and Eashan Patel
The Mathematical Olympiad - Ashna Adhikari, Diep Anh Nguyen, George Miao, Sam Bowring, Haris Dalipi and Andy Yu
Below is an article written by one of our top mathematicians, Sam Bowring in Year 11, who received a Distinction in the Maclaurin Olympiad.
“On the 16th of March, I had the opportunity to participate in the Maclaurin Maths Olympiad. This is one of the two follow-on rounds available to high scorers on the Intermediate Maths Challenge. We were given 2 hours to answer 6 questions which focussed heavily on logical reasoning and problem-solving. Unlike most conventional exams, each question required a full written solution with a thorough explanation of the logic behind each proof, which made for an interesting challenge as I had never come across such a format before. Although I was unable to answer all six questions within the time allowed, it was still a stimulating and challenging way to improve my problem-solving skills.”
If you’re feeling like a massive challenge, here is question one from the Maclaurin Olympiad paper that Sam took part in:
For their Maths Diploma, Year 8 students were tasked with a statistical investigation of data which they had researched and/or collected themselves. Our hardworking students came up with some intriguing ideas - from asking their friends to identify their favourite country, to looking at the numbers associated with their favourite football team or video game, to measuring how long it takes each member of their family to sprint 100m!
They then used the statistical techniques they’ve been learning in lessons - including pie charts, bar charts, stem and leaf diagrams, box plots, cumulative frequency graphs, scatter graphs, linear correlation and regression, statistical summary calculations, and more - to study their data and to produce a report or poster of their analysis. Some of their excellent work can be seen below.
Good job, Year 8!
Mr Male, KS3 Maths Coordinator
Yu Xuan Ong
Well Done 12DLH!
100 miles Challenge for the WWF
12DLH decided as a form to take part in the 100 Miles in March challenge to raise money for WWF. Every person walked/ran/cycled their own way to 100 miles and marked our progress on our tracker sheets in form time each morning. By asking for sponsorship and donations, we managed to raise £204 for WWF! To thank us for our efforts, WWF sent us a handwritten card with a t-shirt, a medal and metal pin badges. It was a rewarding experience, and we'd wholeheartedly recommend it. Thank you to everyone who supported us through their donations, sponsorship and words of encouragement.
Matthew Linane, Year 12
Trip to Ibstock Place School for the Trinity School Book Awards
At first, I was worried about having a long journey, but I was having so much fun chatting with my friends and laughing. When we finally got there it was amazing. We were trying to find the entrance while we bumped into a man who was also trying to find the entrance. I was chatting to him for about 10 minutes, and then he asked me which book was my favourite, and I said William Sutcliffe’s book, The Summer We Turned Green. Then he said he was William Sutcliffe! I was a bit shocked but very happy. We got to choose out of three doughnuts and got a juice, and then we got a pen, some jelly beans and entered the theatre where we watched a band play. We also saw a film showcasing the student entries to the Creative Response competition, including the painting I made and the short film my group created.
After that, they presented the awards for the winning books, which were Green Rising by Lauren James, and Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, which you can read in the library. Once they had finished, we got all of our books signed by the authors. Also, in that period of time, we ate some dinner we brought with us. Altogether, I would love to do this again and would recommend this to anyone who is in the TSBA book group. And also, you should definitely join next time if you haven’t already.
Grace Shaw, Year 7
Book donations for Summer Fayre!
I am going to be running a stall selling books at the fayre, and would gratefully appreciate any donations of books to sell, in particular children's books and young adult books. Any donations can be dropped at Reception or the library.
Mrs Carey, School Librarian
Year 9 Cricket
Year 9 a winning start to the cricket season for Year 9! Wilmington Grammar scored 85 off 20 overs. BGS got it in 13 overs. Great performance! The squad demonstrated it has strength in depth with 4 of the squad taking part in a cricket young leader’s course and therefore unable to play. We look forward to the next round of the cup.
Mr Mackle, PE Department
Year 11 Football
Congratulations to the Year 11 Football team for making it to the North Kent Cup Final, following a 2-1 victory over St Columba's. They go on to play Hurstmere at Cray Wanderers in the final on Tuesday 9th May at 6pm. All supporters are welcome, with adult tickets costing £4 and free admission for students.
Brilliant news for the Year 11 Football Team as they were victorious against St Columba's with a clinical 2-1 victory in the semi-finals of the North Kent Cup. The match saw plenty of early chances at both ends; following a quick goal from St Columba's, a beautiful corner from Blake Axam resulted in a cool, collected finish from Henry Bush who slotted it top right just a few minutes later. 1-1, and the game was on. Another beautifully timed ball from Blake set Jack Ristow on a chase to proficiently slot it in the back of the net for 2-1. The team dominated the first half and a couple of key challenges made sure of a well-defended second. A few subs made sure of the victory and a well-earned path to the final. Come on Bexley!
Shishir Gauta, Year 11
Usborne Published Author Visit
When? Monday 15th May 3:15pm
Open to Years 10-12
Please notify Mrs Watkins if you are interested in attending
Debut author Ayaan Mohamud’s YA novel You Think You Know Me is inspired by her experiences of Islamophobia and a desire to write about Somali culture. Publishing in February 2023, You Think You Know Me tells the story of schoolgirl Hanan who, 10 years after her father’s death helping his family to escape the civil war in Somalia, finds herself the target of vicious Islamophobia when a local man is murdered.
The publisher says: “Mohamud’s fresh, authentic and unforgettably powerful novel shines a light on the lives behind the ever-present headlines about racist attacks and immigration.”
This recently published video from the Financial Times gives an important insight to the impact of social media on our children and our family life. The video is well worth a watch for parents and carers. It may be quite shocking, but is very helpful in considering how we talk to young people about their social media use.
Mr Auckland, Deputy Head & Designated Safeguarding Officer
Native speakers of French, German, Italian, Russian or Chinese…
We are looking for members of our school community, who are native speakers of French, German, Italian, Spanish who would like to join our amazing team of Modern Foreign Language teachers in September 2023 to maximise the exposure our sixth form students have to authentic conversation in their chosen language of study.
The Language team would organise a schedule around your availability, which would allow for small workshops and conversation classes of 2–5 students. We are looking for native speakers who could ask students questions and support them to articulate and develop their responses accurately. Our Language teachers would support you with the planning of the workshops and topics for discussion. Topics of interest include: Identity, Traditions, Tourism, Food, Culture, School Systems, Equality and The Environment.
If you would like to know more, please email@example.com. We would welcome the chance to include our wider community in our mission to continue to provide an outstanding curriculum.
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Dates for your Diary
MONDAY 8th ~ BANK HOLIDAY SCHOOL CLOSED EXCEPT FOR PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS
Tuesday 9th ~ Booking system closes at 10am for the Year 8 Virtual Parents' Evening. Please click on the link hereto read Mrs Belton-Owen's letter.
Tuesday 9th ~ Booking system opens at midday for the Year 7 Virtual Parents' Evening. Please click on the link hereto read Mrs Boulden's letter. 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)