Dear Parents and Carers,
As you can imagine, as your Headteacher, my email and post box is very full each day. Last week I received this one from the East London Business Alliance:
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in Aviation Day at London’s Excel this month was a great example of ELBA working in partnership with one of Newham’s major employers to encourage the next generation of “High Flyers” across East London and beyond. ELBA staff worked closely with London City Airport staff to organise and deliver the interactive event to 11 schools from across 7 boroughs – a total of 110 students.
Students from Walthamstow School for Girls left as winners after winning the competition to create a concept for an aviation-based app. The pupils, attending ‘STEM in Aviation Day’ at the ExCel, created an app designed to help people with disabilities navigate airports and ‘familiarise themselves with the travelling experience’. Kate, a pupil from Walthamstow School for Girls, said:
‘We learnt so many things about different careers in STEM, and how they relate to aviation. The presentation really helped me develop my skills and present my ideas clearly when talking in front of people, especially large crowds’.
Last week the school glowed with pride for another reason as we welcomed the Class of 2016 (last year’s Year 11) back to the Hewett Hall for our annual Prize Giving Ceremony. Former student Arifa Nasim inspired the students with the story of her life as a recent student at WSFG-and now campaigner and co-founder of the charity Educate 2 Eradicate. Arifa, currently studying History, Arabic and Persian at the University of Saint Andrews, is on the UK Youth for Change Secretariat and has represented her charity E2E at the United Nations when she was one of two Official UK Youth Delegates to the UN. But she also trains school staff on safeguarding and on how to spot the signs of Forced Marriage, FGM and Honour Based Violence.
The students were not the only award winners as you can see here. The WSFG Alumnae awarded three of our teaching colleagues a special long service award. Nigel Straker, Richard Murphy and John Fowler have each served the school-and our students for a minimum of thirty years each! Our thanks go to all our parents, carers, students, former students, governors, guests and staff for making it such a wonderful evening.