All about all of you!

And a bit about us.

We thought you might also enjoy getting to know one another through the music, books and films that you gave us on your questionnaires.

Music

We’ve made a list on spotify of the favourites that everyone put on the questionnaire.

The Year 7 2021 list is here:

 

The Year 7 2020 list is here:

Books

Top favourite – the Harry Potter Collection

Books in a series
Alex Rider: The Complete Missions  by Anthony Horowitz
Coraline by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
Do You Know Me? and Can You See Me? by Rebecca Westcott and Libby Scott
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Gobbolino by Ursula Williams
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pulman
Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Steven
Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan
Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child
Scarlet and Ivy series by Sophie Cleverly
Sally Lockhart Quartet by Philip Pulman
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
The International Yeti Collective by Paul Mason and Katy Riddell
The Lives of Christopher Chant (The Chrestomanci Series) by Diana Wynne Jones
The Land of Stories Series by Chirs Colfer
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series by J R R Tolkein
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Murder Mysteries of Agatha Oddly by Lena Jones
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Vampirates series by Justin Somper
Wonder by R J Palacio

A-Z
A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer
Birthday Boy by David Baddiel
Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
God? its me Margaret by Judy Blume
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Heroic Animals by Clare Balding
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo
The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster
The Canterwood Crest Stable of Books by Jessica Burkhart
The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Franks Diary by Anne Frank
The Girl who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

Favourite Authors
Roald Dahl
Tom Gates
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Michael Morpogo
Philip Pulman
David Walliams
Jaqueline Wilson

Genres
Murder/Mystery Books

Alternative
Sailor Moon series by Naoko Takeuchi (Manga)

Films

Top favourite – the Harry Potter Collection

Groups:
Studio Ghibli films – including My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away
Marvel films – including The Avengers, Spiderman – The Return Home, Thor – Ragnarok
Disney films – Aladdin, Coco, Frozen, Lilo & Stitch, Moana, Mulan

A-Z
A Dog’s Journey
Ace Ventura
Alice In Wonderland (live version)
Angry Birds 2
Animal Crackers
Artemis Fowl
Avatar
Back to the Future
Black Beauty
Bruce Almighty
Clueless
Despicable Me
Disney: Finding Ohana
Disney: Maleficent
Dumb and Dumber
Fast & Furious
Feel The Beat
George of the Jungle
Ghost
Holes
Home Alone series
Hunger Games
Ice Age
Inside Out
Instant Family
It Takes Two
Jojo Rabbit
Jumanji (1 and 2)
Jurassic Park (series)
Knives Out
Little Women
Lord of The Rings
Marley and Me
Matilda
Mr Bean
Mrs Doubtfire
Nine Lives
Over The Moon
Paddington
Parent Trap
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Peter Pan
Raising The Bar
Soul
Storks
Swallows and Amazons
The Adams Family
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Mask
Twilight
Up
Wonder
Yes Day
Zombies 1 and 2

Musicals
Aladdin
Annie
Grease
Hamilton
Mamma Mia 1 & 2
Oliver
The Sound of Music
The Greatest Showman

Other series also mentioned
Greenhouse Academy

Your questions for our pupils!

Answers to your questions from our current Year 7 and Year 8 girls.

QUESTION: How did you feel on your first day?

ANSWER: A bit nervous but REALLY excited!

All the girls agreed that they felt both nervous and excited on their first day, and wanted to make a good impression. One commented that she was ‘scared as scampi’ and another felt like she ‘had a spotlight shining on her head’ but they all universally agreed that everyone was really friendly, ‘it was fun because you got to meet cool new people and make new friends’. They all agreed that as soon as they started talking to people their nerves settled because ‘we all realised we felt the same way and we started to make friends, even the shy people’.

QUESTION: How long did it take you to settle in and feel at home?

ANSWER: Not very long, once we were a few weeks in I was settled.

The majority of girls felt like it took a couple of weeks for them to feel really at home, some felt it was a surprisingly short amount of time because they had thought it might take longer. Both years felt that they had to adjust to Lockdown(s), but that they were glad to see each other online.

‘If you want the truth, it only took a few days because everyone was so welcoming and kind to me. We always have a laugh. Friendship groups started to form and I have a nickname for everyone in my class!’

QUESTION: What helped you to settle in and what advice do you have for girls joining Year 7?

ANSWER: It wasn’t really hard to settle in, the teachers are nice and people are friendly. Making  friends really helped – be yourself, be kind and just try new things!

Everyone agreed that making friends was really the thing that had helped them to settle in – there were some practical tips like learning the timetable and getting into a routine but mostly the answers were all about being open to making new friends, talking to lots of people even if you feel a bit shy.

‘I would say be confident, and talk to lots of the teachers, class/year members and older years and try to get to know as many people as you can. I would also tell them not to worry as everyone will be super eager to help you and help you settle in.’

‘I bet a lot of people say this but be yourself – if you make friends as “another person”, you won’t relate to them the same way as you would if you found people who liked you for yourself.’

‘The teachers were always really understanding and the advice that I can give is don’t ever be afraid to ask a teacher something and always be prepared with all pencil case equipment and stuff like that because if you are organised it can really give you a good mindset.’

‘Definitely the people. My advice would be even if you’re nervous, try to talk to people.’

QUESTION:  Did you make friends easily?

ANSWER:

90% answered yes

10% answered no not at first, but they have really good friends now

When we asked the girls about this they told us that everyone was really friendly but it took time to build friendships, so it wasn’t so much that it was difficult as such but good friendships take a while to build and this felt more natural over a longer period.

QUESTION: What are your top 3 tips for joining Year 7?

ANSWER: Work hard at things you enjoy and things you don’t like, try to talk to people early in the year and don’t worry about things like more homework and moving between classes because they are not as bad as they seem.

‘My top 3 tips are be yourself when you join, always work your hardest and be kind to everyone.’

There was some brilliant and quite funny advice from our girls – summarised below.

Some practical tips!
Do homework the day it is set.
Contribute to class discussions.
Take part in the extra curricular activities the school has to offer.
Make sure have a good timetable for the whole week so you can schedule in school work, clubs and relaxing time.
Join lots of clubs as this will help you get new opportunities and it’s a really great way to make new friends and meet other years too.
Don’t worry about tests, they are only checkpoints to make sure you are ok.
Don’t worry about asking for help – the teachers seem to like it.
Be confident and don’t be afraid to talk to people.

The mantra-like advice
Be yourself.
Smile. Laugh. Embrace.
Stay calm. Make friends. Learn.
Talk to new people. Try your best. Don’t be afraid to stand out.
Be confident. Speak to people. Listen to what people are telling you.
Be organised. Take responsibility. Relax!

Something that sounds familiar to all of us here at Brighton Girls
Be kind.
Be bold.
Be brave.

Other more comical tips! 
Don’t run to lunch!
Make sure that your backpack isn’t bigger than you!
Don’t carry around all your books for the day.
Have your vitamin D because you need the energy!
Don’t stress loads, it’s almost the same as Year 6 but better.
Don’t waste lunch time.

Don’t spend a long making your work look fancy with highlighters, it’s not necessary.

QUESTION: How did you make friends?

ANSWER: I found that everyone was extraordinarily nice and kind and it was really easy to make new friends! I would recommend trying to talk to everyone and then settle down pretty quickly with your new amazing friends as otherwise it is harder if everyone is already in friendship groups later. But I would just say talk to everyone as they are all super nice and you will definitely make some great new friends!

Most of the answers to this involved just talking to people (it was the most popular answer), especially people you haven’t met before. Many girls talked about already knowing some people but broadening their group to include new people that they are now closer to as friendships have evolved through Year 7 and Year 8. Kindness was named a lot as a way to make and bond and making the effort to talk first instead of waiting for other people to make the first move, as sometimes people find this difficult. Advice also included trying to sit next to different people a lot, and chatting to them about whatever springs to mind at the time – asking them about what activities they are thinking about doing. Many of the pupils mentioned finding mutual interests was the best way to find new friends.

Some of our favourites
I started talking to random people in my class and eventually we bonded.
I already knew quite a few people but I was just kind and asked to sit with people who I hadn’t met before.
Talk first and be yourself.
By talking about random stuff to them and going to clubs after school and at lunch.
By putting myself out there! The best way is to ask lots of questions because then people start to get really interested in you.
I went to quite a few clubs and in lessons I sat next to different people.

Things to remember if you find it hard
I find it quite difficult to talk to people and make friends but going to clubs can help and be who you are.

I started talking to everyone and then just started hanging out with different people to see who I fitted in with.

It was hard at first, but remember that you can have other friends outside of a close friendship.

All about our House system

BG House System 2021 JULY

 

Contact details

Grey
Head of House: Ms N Plank
Email: n.plank@brightongirls.gdst.net

Gurney
Head of House: Ms R Pearson
Email: r.pearson@brightongirls.gdst.net

Lyttleton
Head of House: Mrs C Hart
Email: c.hart@brightongirls.gdst.net

Stanley
Head of House: Ms N Scotcher
Email: n.scotcher@brightongirls.gdst.net

 

Maths Summer Activity

Mathematics Activities for Summer 2021

Pupil Induction Day Tuesday 7 September

The Welcome Coffee and Talk for parents will be from 8.30am in the Hall, so please come to Reception – and straight into Hall with your daughter. The various Tutors for Y7 will then collect all pupils from here.

The Welcome Coffee and Talk will start at 8.30am and finish by 9.30am.

Start: 8.30am

Pupil pick up: 12noon from the Hall

Other pupil practicalities: Uniform, water bottle and healthy snacks (no nuts please).

Where is Reception?!
At the moment whilst The Temple enjoys its refurbishment we are back in the old Reception/admin building – the green glass building near the Hall. So for the year ahead this is where you will find Reception.

Parking
There won’t be any parking on site so please park where you can on the streets surrounding the school.

Other FAQ:

Club Lists
These are usually published in the first two weeks of term so that the girls can get signed up. So please don’t worry you haven’t missed anything. Home Work Club always runs, and will be available from the first day of term until 5pm.

Uniform
We know that there is one size of skort on back order at the moment so don’t worry  – Heads of House are aware so when there is a kit check this will be factored in!

Uniform can all be purchased online here https://www.billingsandedmonds.co.uk/customer/account/login/

Equipment
The pencil case and much loved stationary shopping pre-Autumn term – we just need the girls to have the basics (pens, pencils) and a maths set of protractor, ruler and compass. All Y7 should have a calculator – Casio FX 83 or FX85 are suitable up to GCSE and beyond.

Fees
Fees invoices are sent via email to all parents directly by the central GDST office – fees are centralised for all schools in the GDST group. All direct debits are taken on the 5th of the month or the nearest working day after that. Please contact the Fees Team if you have any enquires on feesbilling@wes.gdst.net

 

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