Dear Parents and Carers,
On Saturday, for the second time, WSFG was open to the public as part of the London Open House scheme. Over sixty visitors, including a number of former students, were enthralled by Ms Kelly’s detailed knowledge about both the history of this Grade II listed school and a plethora of architectural details. For example, did you know that our main entrance door,
‘Is flagged by iconic columns and on the rounded pediment above the fanlight there is a plaque with the Essex County Council coat of arms. The red terracotta plaque beneath the roof is embellished with pomegranates, which the Egyptians regarded as a symbol of prosperity and ambition’?
Some of these decorative elements have been incorporated in our new school badge and will be seen in our new prospectus. Also ex-students of the school used the occasion to hold their Annual General Meeting, as well as meet the visitors. The Greek Theatre Players also displayed photographs of past performance of Shakespeare plays in the Greek Theatre.
On Thursday evening, Ms Jean-Baptiste was honoured to attend a grand celebration of Year 11 student achievement at Central Hall, Westminster. The event was attended by representatives from over five hundred schools and academies nationwide and the families of hundreds young people with presentations made by the guest speaker, Joanna Roswell Shand, the track and road cyclist and Olympic gold medal winner. Two of our former students, Haiqa Liaqat and Mariana Goaga-Matei were nominated for awards having made excellent progress and achieved strong outcomes in GCSEs. Congratulations to these young people and their families and carers; it was a shame we could not have taken along more students, parents/carers and staff. Our own Presentation Award Ceremony for former Year 11 students will take place on Thursday 1st December.
An important reminder about forthcoming early closures this half term- please note:
We have an early closure for all students on Thursday October 13th and a school closure on Friday October 14th due to our annual Open Evening which is followed by a training day.
Year 7 leave school at 12.25 on Wednesday October 19th due to the Year 7 Settling-in afternoon.
Thank you all for your continued support.