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Dear Parents and Carers,

We have all been shocked and distressed by the dreadful terrorist attack in Manchester this week and our thoughts are with those grieving, injured and left traumatised by the events of Monday evening and the families and friends of those affected.   Of course many of the victims are of a similar age and enjoy the same interests as our own students and we realise that our girls may be particularly upset by the news coverage and press reports.  This school is united in its determination to continue to value, respect and celebrate the many different cultural backgrounds at Walthamstow School for Girls and our wider local community and joined in  the nationwide minute’s silence on Thursday .  We would encourage parents and carers to listen and talk through any concerns raised by their daughters and advice is available from the BBC Newsround http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002

and NSPCC websites https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/supporting-children-worried-about-terrorism/.

 The onset of sunnier weather bodes well for next week’s half term holiday.  For our Year 11 students, there will be time at home to focus on theirexamination studies, with some revision classes in school for them to attend.  I thank those teachers who will be giving up some of their holiday time to support the girls.  It is also important for all to get some rest and relaxation too.  Following half term, the Year 11s will be on study leave and attending for examinations only. We will see them all together once more at Leavers’ Day on Friday 23rd June.  

For students in other years, after half term there will be one lunchtime each week allocated as a ‘fresh air day’ when they will be spending their lunchtimes outside of the school buildings enjoying a programme of activities arranged by the PE Department and our Year 10 Sports Leaders. 

 I would like to highlight an item you will read more about in this edition.  Four of our talented students performed with the London Symphony Orchestra at an open-air concern in Trafalgar Square last weekend.  This was a truly impressive achievement and unforgettable experience for those girls.  Well done indeed!

 It remains for me to wish all our students, their families and the staff a happy and peaceful half term holiday and I look forward to seeing Year 7-10 students when they return on Monday 5th June at the normal time.  Finally, to all our Muslim colleagues, students and families who are about to embark on a month of fasting with the onset of the holy month, on behalf of our school community, I wish you all
Ramadan Mubarak!

Best wishes 

Meryl Davies

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