Bopping around in Boppard

Germany1The Mosel River at Cochem - thanks to Miss Easton for the panorama (she's very good with her iPhone!)

A group of 40 Y8 and Y9 girls enjoyed five days in Boppard, Germany as well as a visit to Germany's Theme Park, Phantasialand and a mini-cruise on the North Sea. Working together with Wvyern School Tours, we very much enjoyed our time in Germany's most beautiful region.

 

F Brown (Y8) reminisces about the trip to Germany...

After gathering on Sunday night, we began our journey to Germany, we travelled through the night by coach to Dover and early that morning we boarded the "Pride of Canterbury" ferry which took us to Calais. We then headed towards Germany, to a small town called Boppard, where we stayed in a traditional German hotel. Most evenings we had the chance to explore Boppard for ourselves looking in various shops and having an evening stroll.

germany3Group photograph on the balcony (free standing!) above the Moselle River at Cochem Castle...don't look down!

Germany7Come Tuesday we went to see the town of Cochem, known for its history and vineyards. We visited the castle of Cochem which was situated on a steep hill and we admired the view that could be seen from the top of the hill. As the day progressed, we learnt a lot of interesting facts on the history of Cochem and the castle. Later we ate our lunch whilst on a boat tour on the river Mosel, where we could see the sights and attractions that Cochem had to offer.

On Wednesday, we went to the Musikabinett (a musical instrument museum), where we listened to lots of music performed by a variety of unusual instruments. Then we visited The Romanticum Exhibition, where we learnt about the importance of the Rhine and how it is such an esssential resource for the people of Germany. That same evening, we made a trip to the Eis Café where we all indulged on ice cream, a popular favourite being a traditional German Spaghetti Eis.

On Thursday, it was time to leave Boppard and go to Phantasialand, where despite the crowds we all had a great time on the rides, especially the rollercoasters and water rides. That evening, we were all excited to board the cruise ferry. Everyone enjoyed the excellent food with many meals and salads on offer along with an all you can eat buffet. The entertainment on the ferry was great, with singing along to many songs even everyone dancing on the dance floor (including the teachers!). We all had a great night and afterwards we slept in cabins on board the ship, which was very exciting!

During our time in Germany we had great weather, it was sunny all week and very warm. Overall I fully enjoyed the trip as I got to practise speaking in German and enjoyed spending time with new friends.

 

N Davies (Y9) writes her account of the trip in German...

Letzte Woche war ich auf einer Klassenfahrt in Deutschland. Das war super! Am Sonntagabend sind wir von der Schule aus nach Dover gefahren und dann mit einer Fähre nach Frankreich. Von dort aus sind wir nach Deutschland gefahren. Wir sind um vier Uhr nachmittags im Hotel Hubertus in Boppard angekommen, aber wir haben die Nachbarin gest?rt und sie hat mit uns geschimpft. Wir haben ausgepackt und zu Abend gegessen. Dann sind wir alle ins Bett gegangen, weil wir so m?de waren von der langen Fahrt.

Am nächsten Tag (Dienstag) waren wir in Cochem und sind ins Schloß Reichsburg gegangen. Das war sehr interessant, weil das Schloß so alt war und anders aussieht als unsere Häuser heute. Wir haben auch eine Bootsfahrt auf der Mosel gemacht. Nach dem Abendessen sind wir ins Eiscafe gegangen. Das Eis war riesig und sehr lecker. Ich habe den Schokobecher gegessen.

Am Mittwoch sind wir nach Ruedesheim gefahren. Wir sind in Siegfried‘s Mechanisches Musikkabinettmuseum gegangen, wo es selbst-spielende Instrumente gab. Das hat cool ausgesehen und die Musik war wunderbar. Es war sehr interessant, wie die Instrumente funktioniert haben. Dann sind wir auf die Drosselgasse gegangen; das ist eine bekannte Gasse mit vielen kleinen Geschäften. Danach waren wir am Deutschen Eck. Am Deutschen Eck kommen die Mosel und der Rhein zusammen. Mittwoch war ein sehr voller Tag!

Am Donnerstag waren wir im Phantasialand, ein Freizeitpark. Das war ziemlich lustig. Ich finde Achterbahnen ja nicht so toll, aber es war trotzdem ein toller Ausflug. Nach dem Phantasialand sind wir nach Rotterdam gefahren und dann mit der Fähre von Rotterdam nach Hull. Wir haben im Schiff geschlafen und unsere Kabine war niedlich und bequem; ich habe sehr gut geschlafen. Von Hull sind wir wieder in unsere Schule gefahren. Die Klassenfahrt war super!

N Davies, 9N

 

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Finding out all about the musical instruments in Ruedesheim (note...workbooks being completed!)

Germany5Miss Easton's form enjoying the Boppard Uferpark

Germany8The teachers on arrival (still smiling after 2 hours sleep!)

germany2Miss Holmes & Mrs Hughes get to grips with their sandwiches!

Germany10Learning about the wild boar at Cochem Castle

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Ein Gruppenfoto in Mr Scott's favourite town, Cochem, Market Square

 

IMG_4860All together in the sunshine at Koblenz's German Corner (deutsches Eck)

Ayesha

Ayesha joined WKGS from Leamington Community Primary School in Liverpool in September 2015. She is now in Year 8 and her favourite subjects are Biology, Mathematics and Religious Studies. Her proudest moment so far in life was winning an art competition and meeting the then Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Tony Concepcion. Outside of school she enjoys swimming and cycling. Ayesha hopes to become a doctor because she wants to help people to the best of her ability.

"I was really nervous coming to WKGS, especially because I was the only student from my primary school and leaving my friends behind was difficult. The induction day was really helpful and everyone was very welcoming. I found it easy to make new friends. I believe that life is not a race and the only things you should be chasing are your dreams. If you are willing to let West Kirby help you to achieve them, this is the place for you."

Kristen

Kristen is in Year 12 and joined WKGS from St Bridget's Primary School, West Kirby when she was in Year 7. She is studying four subjects in Year 12; Fine Art, Textiles, Psychology and Biology. She enjoys Art a lot, but Textiles is her passion and she hopes to work within the Fashion Industry. Her greatest achievement was securing an A* grade in both GCSE Art and Textiles.

I am very happy to be part of the Sixth Form at WKGS and in particular because of the breadth of A-level options available, including Fine Art, Art Textiles and Textiles Technology.

Sheila

Sheila McClennon is our Chair of Governors.

"I have such happy memories of my time at West Kirby and am still friends with the girls I met here. We were quite a lively group, did a lot of drama and I just remember lots of laughter; those uncontrollable giggles that come out of nowhere usually in assembly. But we all did well. I worked in Paris before studying English, Drama and American Studies at Manchester University. Since then I have worked in radio and television as a reporter and presenter mainly on BBC Radio 4 although I did have a lovely year with Terry Wogan taking famous people out to lunch before his chat show. I moved back to the Wirral when my daughter Rachel was born and was thrilled when she, too, started at West Kirby. And now after many years as a Parent Governor I have taken over as Chair. It’s a great honour - I owe the school a lot and it’s nice to be able to give something back."

Nicole

Nicole is in Year 9 and joined WKGS from Avalon School in September 2014. Year 9 girls have already begun their GCSE courses and Nicole enjoys GCSE PE, English and Maths lessons. Her other options are German, History, Business, Religious Studies and Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Nicole is a hugely talented Table Tennis player and has represented England at the European Mini Cadets & Ireland at the Slovakian Open. She aspires to play at the Commonwealth Games in Tokyo.

She writes: I like WKGS because the school gives me the best opportunities to be the best I can be.

Hannah

Hannah joined WKGS in September 2012 from Prenton Preparatory School. She is now in Year 11 and is studying Mathematics and Further Maths, English, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Latin and Physical Education at GCSE. Hannah enjoys swimming and running competitively and competes in many triathlons. She also plays Netball and takes part in athletics and cross country fixtures for the School.

Hannah is a very able mathematician and hopes to study a maths or science-related degree at university. She writes:

WKGS is very welcoming. There are a variety of different activities, which are suitable for everyone. The staff are friendly and helpfu and provide the best opportunities to help me achieve my goals.

Sienna

Sienna is in Year 7 and joined WKGS in September 2016. She was previously a pupil at Cornist Park Primary School in North Wales. Sienna has settled in well and loves Maths, French and Spanish lessons. She enjoys netball, ballet and tap, musical theatre and drama activities and raises money for the RNLI each summer. Sienna's proudest achievement to date was winning the Under 12s Welsh netball championship in Cardiff; she was part of the first team under the age of 16 to win this accolade. Sienna will remain at WKGS until Year 13 when she hopes to go on to become a brain or heart surgeon.

I feel proud and excited to be part of such a wonderful school. WKGS is worth more than getting up at 6 o'clock each morning! It is where I've always wanted to be. I love it!! 

Mr N Attwood

Neil Attwood is our IT Manager and since the early 1980’s, whilst a pupil at Calday Grammar School, he has been involved in computing. He is a Time Served Electrician and has a Degree in Software Engineering. He joined WKGS in 2007 as an IT Technician and has developed as the School’s IT Provision since. Over the past three years the school has installed an entirely new network and new virtualised servers and now has a solid foundation in for current and future technologies. From here on the possibilities of utilising new teaching and learning techniques are un-paralleled. Neil has recently become a member of the Health and Safety Committee and has embarked on as Master Course in Advanced Education Practice.

“I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to work at WKGS. The school's ethos is both traditional and modern with staff and leadership embracing the ever increasing uses of technology. We are now at the beginning of a whole new era of Mobile Technologies and I am looking forward to developing these for the benefit of both staff and students. Over the next few years I want to enhance the teaching and learning experience by introducing new methods of interactivity and collaboration which will allow our students to excel both during their schooling and in their onward journey into higher education and beyond”.

Mrs A Goodall

Mrs Audra Goodall joined WKGS as Head of Physical Education way back in 1994, having previously taught at Derby Moor Community School where she was Head of Year 9. She attended Worcester Girls’ Grammar School before progressing on to Bedford College of Physical Education where she graduated with a BEd(Hons) in Human Movement Studies. Audra has always had a passion for sport and as a teenager represented Worcestershire in netball, athletics and cross country. She then went on to represent Wales in the U21 and senior national netball squad for seven years.  She still enjoys keeping fit by playing netball for Vale Royal Netball Club in the Chester netball league as well as running whenever she can find the time!

‘I feel privileged to lead a team of highly motivated and committed colleagues in the PE department at WKGS who give so much of their time to provide additional opportunities for our students. It’s fantastic how sport for girls has progressed and there are now so many activities for them to get involved in, with so many positive role models to aspire to. The students at WKGS have a vast range of extra-curricular activities to choose from, covering all areas of the curriculum. I love our traditional school House system which allows them to take part in the 1500m on Sports Day, sing in the House Choir or try out their culinary skills in the House Bake-Off!’

Elizabeth

Elizabeth (Lizzie) is in Year 10. She joined us in September 2013 from Avalon School, West Kirby. She is enjoying the challenge of 10 GCSE subjects and in particular enjoys Music, Geography, French and Spanish. A keen clarinetist, Lizzie has completed her Grade 5 exam as well as Grade 6 in piano. She is a chorister at Liverpool Cathedral and plays in Wirral Schools' Concert Band.

Lizzie's greatest achievement to date is singing with the Liverpool Cathedral Choir in a concert which was televised on BBC1. She looks forward to reaching Grade 8 in both instruments and wishes to pursue a successful career in science.

West Kirby Grammar School has offered me many new opportunities that I would never have thought of doing alone. It has helped discover new talents and make memories that I will never forget.

 

Ryan

Ryan is in Year 12 and joined us from Birkenhead School for our Sixth Form. He is studying English Literature, PE, Physics and Economics. He particularly enjoys studying English Literature and Economics, which is housed in our newly refurbished Sixth Form Centre, Easedale. Outside of school, Ryan is a keen sportsman and plays tennis and football; a sport in which he has won over sixty trophies. Ryan's ambition is to set up a successful financial advertising company, which makes his A-level Economics a top priority!

I was extremely excited and happy to join WKGS as I knew it to be a very good school, which gets extremely strong results and could help me fulfil my potential in every aspect of life. "Everything was impossible, until someone actually did it...."

Kaya

Kaya joined WKGS in September 2016 in Year 12. She was formerly a student of Birkenhead High School Academy. She is studying A-levels in History, Spanish and Economics and a fourth AS subject, English Literature.

Kaya is a very keen rower and competes at Warrington Rowing Club. Her greatest acheivement to date is coming second in the British Junior Rowing Championships in July 2016 with her double partner. She also relishes being part of the Young Enterprise project in her enrichment periods.

I was really excited to join WKGS for the Sixth Form. It provided me with a fresh start and a chance to make new friends. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far as everyone has been so welcoming. I find all my A-level subjects really interesting.

Bethan

Bethan joined WKGS in Year 7 from St Peter's Church of England Primary School, Heswall. She is now in Year 12 and is studying Biology, Chemistry, English Literature and Spanish. She is working towards her Grade 5 piano examination and enjoys dance lessons in Modern and Musical Theatre. Bethan is looking forward to going to Uganda in the summer of 2017 with her Youth Group. Her proudest achievement to date has been getting the role of Maria in the school production of The Sound of Music in November 2016. She hopes to go to university, possibly to study medicine. However, she intends also to continue studying Spanish and it's something she really enjoys.

I honestly couldn't be happier at WKGS. Being here has given me so many amazing opportunities and I have formed great friendships, which I am sure will last for life.

Miss S Cliffe

Miss Sophie Cliffe joined WKGS as a newly qualified Psychology teacher in September 2016. Having completed her BSc Psychology and Criminology degree at Liverpool John Moores in 2014, she has since gone on to complete her PGCE at Glyndwr University in Wales. Sophie describes herself as a teacher who is passionate about her subject and someone who is devoted to becoming a subject specialist pedagogue. For this reason, she has recently enrolled to complete a Masters in Education run by WKGS alongside Liverpool John Moores University. 

 

I am privileged to be part of a fantastic department that runs extra curricular trips and excursions to enable students to apply psychology to real life situations. In December, we are taking students to London overnight so they have the opportunity to participate in a phobia workshop! We are also attending a Criminology conference in the latter part of the year. This will provide students with a unique insight into why people commit crime, which will assist them in their discussions when we cover forensic psychology as a module later on in the year. 

Tonia

Tonia joined WKGS in 2002 from Avalon School and left in 2009, with AAB A levels. This enabled her to go on to study at the University of Birmingham, where she achieved a First Class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science. After university, she undertook the role of Sports Intern at Millfield in Somerset. She has since been working in as Outdoor Activities Co-ordinator and Assistant Houseparent in a girl’s boarding house. In the future, she plans to complete a PGCE and enter the teaching profession.

During her time at WKGS, Tonia was elected as Paton House Captain. This leadership role led to her most memorable moment from school; captaining Paton House to victory in the highly anticipated, annual House Music competition, with a medley of songs from ‘The Lion King’.

"WKGS opened my eyes to the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community. I was given the opportunity to travel to Inner Mongolia, rural China, as part of the ‘Making a Difference’ project in 2007, which is an extremely worthwhile cause. Additionally, I gained an appreciation of the value of team work and camaraderie, through group work, representing the School in sport and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. I believe my strong educational background, teamed with making the most of every opportunity, provided me with many transferable skills and prepared me for life after leaving school with many happy memories and lifelong friends."

 

Mr J Young

Jon Young is in charge of Product Design. He grew up on the Wirral and attended South Wirral High School, where he was always involved in shows, productions, choirs, trips and house events. He was inspired by John Griffiths, an iconic, brown lab-coated CDT teacher who had a kind heart and an immense love for machinery and materials. Jon became Head Boy at South Wirral before embarking on a degree in Product Design with QTS at JMU. He then joined WKGS in 2002 in a time of transition from CDT and Electronics to industrial application, modern materials and manufacturing. Jon is a very active member of the Parents Association and also a School Governor on the Curriculum and Health & Safety Committee.

"I am very fortunate to work in a forward-thinking school with colleagues who all want the best for their students and strive to provide them with the best resources and enrichment opportunities to stretch beyond the school day. I also enjoy supporting the PA and organise the Junior School Disco. Recently, I have also been appointed as Enterprise Coordinator, a new and exciting challenge, which will involve me forging links with local businesses and running Enterprise Days. It is an exciting time in Technology at WKGS with a new computer suite, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, a new laser cutter and 3D printer, all of which enable our students to produce work of an industrial and commercial standard."

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