Dear Parents and Carers,
On our final day of term, I would like to thank all of our staff, students and yourselves for contributing to yet another exciting and successful year at WSFG. I have been very proud of our achievements this year; each and every one of the school’s students always give their best in whatever activity they are involved, not just in their learning but also in the range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities on offer at WSFG. It was a pleasure to speak to the girls at last week’s Year 9 transition event in the Greek Theatre, and attend a small Year 7 presentation on Monday of girls who had made excellent progress in their literacy work over the year. What a glorious ending to this academic year!
We were disappointed that our annual Sports Day had to be cancelled due to the weather - the rain cloud managed to burst overhead just as the girls had reached the Pool and Track, only to have to return right back to school. Thank you to Ms Wood who worked very hard on the arrangements and preparation for the afternoon.
However, the Summer Musical Evening made up for this disappointment on Monday evening. What a magnificent evening it was! With a packed hall and programme to match, the audience of families, our girls and staff were entertained for almost three hours by our talented students. This included many individual and small group performances, alongside musical ensembles, the Battle of the Bands award winning Grey Coverage, an orchestra of almost fifty players - and three steel pan bands which managed to once more raise the roof! “Our girls can move mountains” was tweeted by an audience member.
Congratulations to Ms Eveleigh’s tutor group, 7G, whose year round attendance currently stands at nearly 97% - the highest in the school. We have achieved an overall school attendance figure of 94.5% to June this year.
Finally, at this time of year, we say farewell to colleagues who have contributed hugely to the school, and this year is no exception. Ms Howie, Art/ADT is taking up a position in a primary school in Lambeth, Mr Laxton, our Out of Hours Lettings Co-ordinator, has left following a promotion at his daytime post, working with the London Symphony Orchestra, based at the Barbican Centre, Ms Azlan and Mr Carter, valued members of our support staff, will also be leaving us. Many parents will know Ms Finamore, our Community Liaison Officer who has been at the school for seven years and has now decided to take early retirement – we wish her a long and happy retirement and hope that she will continue her links with the school through our Alumnae Committee and in many other ways. We will also be saying farewell to some of our teachers on temporary contracts, several of whom have been covering for staff on maternity leave: Ms Singleton, Ms Azam, Ms Amoakohene and Ms Csordas, and we thank them all for the contribution they have made to life at WSFG. All of these colleagues will be missed.
One major change that will affect everyone in the school community is that Mr Straker will be stepping down from his role as Deputy Headteacher. Luckily we will not be losing him from the school, as he has taken the decision, rather than to retire completely, to continue in his role as Teacher of Economics and Mathematic. Mr Straker has worked at Walthamstow School for Girls for thirty years and has been Deputy Headteacher since March 2012. He is held in enormously high esteem by all his colleagues, students past and present and their parents/carers and I am personally extremely grateful for the dedication and hard work he has given to the school during his time as my Deputy Headteacher and throughout the years; his was the very first staffing appointment I made on my arrival at WSFG and I am very pleased he will be continuing with us in September.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, those leaving and those remaining, for their hard work and commitment to the school. We have made some excellent appointments of new colleagues, and they will be introduced to you in the first Greensheet of the autumn term.
Finally, I would like to thank you all for your support and loyalty to your daughter’s school and wish you and your families a safe and happy summer break.
Information for Students, Parents / Carers
START OF AUTUMN TERM
The first day of the Autumn Term for students is Friday 2nd September 2016
2nd September is the start of term for ALL students.
School starts for the new Year 7 at 9.30am and they will be with their Tutors all day until dismissal at 3.30pm.
Year 7 assembly 9.30am Hewitt Hall with HT
Year 7 assembly 3.15pm Norris Hall with SPL.
Dismissed from assembly.Lunch will be at 12.25pm for Year 7.
School starts for Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 1.30pm
and they will be with their tutors all afternoon until dismissal at 3.30pm.
Year 10 assembly 1.35pm Hewitt Hall with HT.
Year 9 assembly 2.00pm Hewitt hall with HT.
Year 11 assembly 2.30pm Hewitt Hall with HT.
Year 8 assembly 3.00pm Hewitt Hall with HT.
All Students are expected in FULL uniform.
Normal lessons resume Monday 5th September
This is a Week A.