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Dear Parents and Carers,

We started this week with the terrible news of another terrorist attack on people going about their lives in London; this time on worshippers leaving Finsbury Park Mosque, during Ramadan, in an area just over five miles away from Walthamstow.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this atrocity, particularly the fellow worshippers and families and friends of those involved. These attacks are designed to break up our very strong community cohesion. In fact, the effect is the very opposite. In the words of Jo Cox MP, who was murdered a year ago this month;

'We have more in common than that which divides us'

At school we have been focussing on community spirit and how at the most difficult of times we can all come together to support and make a positive difference, for example after the terrible tragedy of the  Grenfell Tower fire. Mr Morrow’s powerful assembly to the whole school about the fire and the questions being asked subsequently has prompted many girls to volunteer to raise money to help the survivors. We observed the national one minute’s silence on Monday morning at 11.00am and we will be holding a whole school fire drill on Friday, as we do regularly throughout the school year. The School Council is meeting to explore fundraising through different events; you will be kept up to date with this.

On Friday evening there was a touching memorial for a former pupil who sadly passed away last year.  After an intimate tribute to her in the Hewett Hall, attended by her school friends, close family friends and members of staff, we went into the grounds where a bench has been installed to commemorate her life.  Her friends can sit on the bench, enjoy the lovely surroundings and remember her.

It has been a pleasure this week to meet the students who will be joining Year 7 in September and their parents and carers.  We look forward to seeing them again next week on the evening of Thursday 29th June and again during the school day on Wednesday 5th July.  

It has been a busy week on the sporting front, with several activities taking place.  On Monday a group of Student Leaders from Years 8 and 9 ran a Tri-golf event at the Waltham Forest Feelgood Centre while Ms Famiglietti took another group of KS3  students to the Olympic Park to see an international hockey match.  Teams from Years 9 and 10 represented us in the borough rounders rally on Wednesday morning.  I am pleased to announce that Year 10 came 3rd and Year 9 came 2nd in the borough.  On Thursday,students in Year 10 had their summer interform.

On Thursday evening, it is the Art, Design and Technology Exhibition which is open to you all from 4.30-6pm. You are welcome to come and see the excellent standard of creative work produced by the girls. 

The GCSE examinations are now coming to a close and so the Year 11 students will be back in school on Friday for our annual Leavers’ Day celebrations; they will enjoy an afternoon of reminiscences, fun and relaxation after all their hard work-as well as the traditional strawberries and ice cream!  Examinations will continue in school, however, as the Year 10 students have begun their Mock GCSEs.   

As we approach the end of Ramadan we would like to wish all members of our Muslim community Eid-al-Fitr Mubarak. Please note the message from Ms King, the school Attendance Manager in this Greensheet.

Eid-al-Fitr Mubarak

Best wishes 

Meryl Davies









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