An all-girls environment presents special challenges for a school. Knowing that many girls lack self-confidence, the response of Tonbridge Grammar School (TGS) in Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom, is to provide the Diploma Programme. “We find that the Diploma gives a way to get students to be the very best they can be by meeting the challenges the DP sets them,” says deputy head teacher Pauline Bullen.
On the 28th of June 2016, 4 Year Eights were chosen to attend a science meet. This event was a workshop designed to encourage the younger generation to write scientific articles, specifically for the Young Scientist Journal.
Bushcraft camp was really enjoyable and we learnt a lot from it. As well as bushcraft skills such as making fires, building shelters, sleeping outside and camouflage, the week was focused on Risk-taking. There was nothing we were forced to do, but trying everything meant we could gain a lot of experience.
This year the Year 9 camp week returned to Blacklands Farm in the Ashdown Forest. The students experienced a wide range of exciting activities including kayaking, mountain-biking, crate-stacking, abseiling, rock-scrambling, archery and problem-solving as well as a number of high-rope challenges which tested both agility and nerve.
From 15th to 31st July 2016, 20 TGS students, Mrs Twinam and Mrs Ayling will be visiting Malawi to undertake an exciting project organised by Inspire Worldwide. Throughout the fortnight, we will help to build a new toilet block for a project started by TGS in 2014 and an additional playground for a local feeding center, get to know people in the village, learn about the local culture and go on a short safari.
During Year 8 Arts Week 2016, we had lessons of Music, Art and Drama; that were based on machines. In Art, we used a variety of mediums to create a mechanical animal; inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s machines that were based upon his study of animals.