Welcome Message from the Headteacher

Welcome to Wirral Grammar School for Girls.

We have been a Grammar School educating girls aged 11-19 since 1931 and now have just over 1,000 pupils, 300 of them in the sixth form. In August 2011 we became an Academy.

Our most recent OFSTED report (January 2008) judged us to be an outstanding school in all areas. Ofsted inspectors commented:

  • “Students’ personal development is outstanding. During their time at the school girls develop into confident, caring and responsible young adults who are very well prepared for the next stage in education and the world of work.”
  •  “Standards are very high and students make excellent progress.”
  • “Students’ achievement is excellent as a result of outstanding teaching.”
  • “Behaviour is exemplary and attitudes towards learning are excellent.”
  • “Relationships throughout the school are outstanding and there is an atmosphere of mutual respect where achievements, both academic and personal, are celebrated.” Continue reading

Freedom Food Compassionate Cook 2014 Winner

Katie Armitage in Year 8 has just won this prestigious award. Well done to her: here is her write up!

Just before the Christmas break, Mrs Jefferson-Tame announced that there was a national cookery competition taking place which was open to all age groups. Being 13, I was eligible to enter the Junior Category (Under 16’s.) Entrants had to submit a video of them making their favourite dish using Freedom Food and Fairtrade items. Not only was there a Junior and a Senior category, there was also a People’s Choice category where the public could vote online for their favourite dish.

I decided to make a Hot Chocolate Inspired Pudding as the next best thing to eating chocolate is cooking with it and I thought it would appeal to everyone. I asked two of my friends, Emily and Kelly, if they could video me. Mrs Jefferson-Tame kindly let us use the Food Tech room after school one night and we had great fun filming it.

I submitted my entry in January and was delighted to find out on 25th February that the judges liked my video presentation and had chosen my dish as the Junior Winner. I will receive a trophy and £500 of Sainsbury’s vouchers which I will split with Emily and Kelly for their help filming me.

http://www.freedomfood.co.uk/getinvolved/compassionate-cook-2014/view-entries/hot-chocolate-inspired-pudding

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Amnesty Success

A number of our girls have had success in the Amnesty International Youth Awards. Here Alicia and Sophie, two of our Year 11 students, write about their work:

About a month ago, we entered the Amnesty International Youth Awards, and last week we discovered we’d been fortunate enough to make it to the top 10 shortlist in our categories: reporter and photographer. Coming from a girl’s school, it is no surprise that we both wrote about feminist issues.

The article Sophie entered was about the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia. Women’s rights are really important to her and when she read about some of the laws present there, she was so shocked that she felt couldn’t have written about anything else.

The photo Alicia submitted is meant to represent how there are ideas about how women should behave and look, and what careers they should do. In some people’s minds, there is still the idea that women are not as capable to do certain jobs.

By Sophie Holloway and Alicia Kendall 

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This Side Up performance

New and upcoming band, This Side Up came to perform for the girls on Thursday lunchtime. With their amazing voices, cheeky smiles and musical talent, the year 7 and 8 girls are now more infatuated than ever! The event was a great opportunity for the band to promote themselves, as well as giving the younger girls a break from their school work. The band involved the girls by asking them to post videos and pictures on Instagram; search #TSU . So, look out for TSU in the future, they could be the next One Direction. Watch this space…
For their new single, click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTeyhnEw9uE

Em and Elle

CERN visit

The trip to Geneva was a really good way to get a better understanding of the physics behind the machines used in the research.  CERN inspired me; I saw people from all over the world working together, doing the things they loved, making exciting discoveries. During the tour around CERN, we were lucky enough to see the Large Hadron Collider, I was taken aback by its size. I felt the trip gave me a great grasp of the matter-anti matter side to physics that I can take with me to university.

The atmosphere was great as there were scientists from all around the world gathered for a common purpose. It was an experience of a life time!

As well as a fantastic scientific opportunity is helped me to form friendships with people that we didn’t know as well.  Exploring the town, shopping and eating at various restaurants were relaxing ways to enjoy our free time in Geneva and allowed us to create many memories that will stay with me forever. Lake Geneva itself was picturesque and a lovely landscape for our evening boat ride; one of the highlights of the trip.

 

I would highly recommend this trip as it’s a fantastic opportunity for all aspiring physicists!

 

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Rome with Year 13

The best trip ever!

From the 6th February to the 9th February our Year 13 Religious Studies group took an extraordinary trip to the grand ancient city of Rome. After studying worship within the Vatican City and learning about religious figures who changed people’s views, we finally got to experience the heart of Catholicism on a first hand basis. In between rainfall and several selfie stick sellers, we walked many miles between every historic monument within Rome that you could think of: the Coliseum, Basilica of St John Lateran, the Pantheon, Trajan’s column and of course the Vatican City but every step was worth it. Whether you consider being religious or not, there is no doubt that this trip took us on a religious journey giving us a much greater insight to our studies and also to ourselves.

Charlotte Grisenthwaite

 

Songwriters’ Night

Yet again, the WGSG Music department pulled off another spectacular night of singing and songwriting. Our Songwriters Nights have become infamous in the school community and are undoubtedly a highlight of the school year. As a Year 13 Music Prefect, this was sadly the last one that my fellow Year 13 musicians and I will perform at, but what a way to go out! From newer songwriters such as Kyla Thomas and Amy Haggett, to our experienced A-Level performers such as Hannah Wilkes, Sophie Wilson and Steph Wolfe, the scope of talent was phenomenal – what else would you expect from Wirral Girls? Mr. Sills’ Guitar Club played a cover of ‘Ho Hey’ with vocals from Amy Rothwell. Platonix, directed by Joanne Dennis, injected some Beyoncé-inspired harmony into the evening, while the legendary Rebecca Moran performed some of her lyrically-complex compositions, even including one sung in French. Anya Keating, Charlotte Williams and I sung a few of our favourite songs from our years of singing together, coming together in a group of seven at the end to perform a fun version of the song ‘Boom Clap’. The musicians in our school have always been so professional, showcasing their varied talents in numerous ways – this Songwriters Night was not an exception – well done to every single girl who performed, who did our school proud once again.

By Zia Larty-Healy

 

Book of the Month

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Read this month’s book of the month:

Plot: Laurel discovers she is a faerie, sent among humans to protect the gateway to Avalon. Thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she’s torn between a human and a faerie love, as well as her loyalties to each world.

Wings is gripping, startling, and utterly wonderful, it has got a unique plot with many twists in the story.

It is year 7+

 

Dance Competition

The Dance Show competition took place on Thursday 5th Feb at lunchtime. The ten finalists danced their socks off to a jam packed lively audience. After two weeks of auditions Mrs Joplin, Mrs Rigby and Lorna Reston had an extremely difficult task of selecting the final 10 acts.
The final 10 acts danced exceptionally well and showed a variety of styles including contemporary, street, commercial and tap. We had four very talented and experienced judges who had to narrow the 10 acts down to three to perform in this years’ Dance Show in March. Well done to everyone who performed on the day and congratulations to the following acts –
Best Choreography – Jenny Cocoran, Olivia Cooke and Rachel Lea (Year 10)
3rd place – Chantelle Holsgrove (Year 7)
2nd place – Olivia Watson, Holly Bell, Victoria Twist (Year 7), Lizzie Kershaw, Naomi Beale, Megan Waters, Amy McPhearson, Lucy McDougall & Elysha Engle (Year 8)
1st place – Lauren Wood (Year 10)
Good Luck for your next performance in March.

Visit to Parliament

Mrs Page and Mr Ronanyne  took seventeen politics students from both the boys and girls school to the Palace of Westminster on 21st of January. The students were guided by our MP, Alison McGovern, who watched prime Ministers Question Time, talking through important features of this process. Alison also guided us  around Parliament and we were able to sit in the public gallery in the House of Commons, listening to Andy Burnham discuss the NHS with Jeremy Hunt. A particular highlight for some of us was when Alison very kindly took us into the chapel below the palace which is actually out of bounds to the public. We were interested in investigating the cupboard that the Suffragette Emily Davison hid in to be registered as a resident there for the 1911 census. The day was very enjoyable from our guided tour with our MP to walking to No.10 and just missing seeing David Cameron! An experience never to forget for all!
Report by Lisa McGrady Y12

 

Leaving Staff

Today we ended term and sadly said goodbye to Mrs Anne Darroch who has been an excellent member of our team. She is going to promotion at Upton School and we wish her all the best