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Performing Arts News

News from our Performing Arts (Drama, Music & PE) Faculty

For more information about subjects taught by this Faculty, please see the subject pages for Drama, Music and P.E.

To meet our Performing Arts Faculty staff, please click here

Instrumental Lessons

If you want instrumental lessons next term (January to April) you must see Miss Bradshaw for a letter BEFORE FRIDAY.

If you are continuing with your instrumental lessons from this term you MUST pay on sQuid by
5th December 2018 or lessons will be stopped.

Music Extra-Curricular

If you are a member of a music extra-curricular group, please attend rehearsals regularly as we are preparing for the Carol Concert on Thursday 20th December.

  • Tuesday – Mary Poppins Rehearsals for FULL CAST -  3.30 – 5.30 (W33)
  • Wednesday – Glee Club – 3.30 – 5.00 (W33)
  • Wednesday Lunch – Mary Poppins Singing rehearsals – 12.50 – 1.20 (Recording Studio)
  • Thursday – Orchestra -  3.30 – 4.45 (W33)
  • Thursday – Year 11 Coursework Catch-Up – 3.30 – 4.45 (W26)
  • Thursday – Mary Poppins Singing Rehearsals  - 12.50 – 1.20 (Recording Studio)
  • Thursday – WIND BAND IS BACK! – 4.30 – 5.30 (W26)
  • Friday – Show Band – 3.30 – 5.30 (W33)
  • Friday – Mary Poppins Singing Rehearsals – 12.50 – 1.20 (Recording Studio)

If you have instrumental/vocal lessons at the school you should be attending at least one of these clubs regularly.

Glee Club Auditions

We have 5 spaces available in our Glee Club.

If you would like to audition please come to W33 on Tuesday 6th November at 12.50.

You do not need to prepare anything.

Ms Bradshaw

Music Workshops

All Years Music Workshops

There are a number of grime music workshops running in the near future.

 If you are interested in attending these workshops please see Ms Bradshaw. 


Beat-making Workshop with Rory Sky (Female only session - age 14+)

Saturday 17th November, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Locus of Walthamstow (LoW), 1 Chingford Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PW.


Workshop: Lyric-writing with Lady Lykez (Female only session – age 14+)

Saturday 17th November, 1.00 – 2.30pm

Locus of Walthamstow (LoW), 1 Chingford Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PW.


Lyric writing Workshop with Lemzi (Age 14+)

Saturday 24th November, 1.00 – 2.30pm

Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, Leytonstone, London E11 1HG


Beat-making Workshop with Rory Sky (Age 14+)

Saturday 24th November, 1.00 – 2.30pm

Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, Leytonstone, London E11 1HG


Students can register directly for any of the events / workshops via the website -

Whole-school Musical Production: Mary Poppins

Rehearsals are in full swing for our production of Mary Poppins, to be performed in the week commencing 11th February. The cast comprises around 60 students from every year group. Auditions were highly competitive and students have done extremely well to be cast. All participating students have been issued with a rehearsal schedule up until Christmas; after school rehearsals are usually on Tuesdays and Fridays, and attendance is essential.

Sporting Events

Tonight we kicked off the year 9 football league. All student put in 100% effort and worked really hard. We had two matches against Highams Park which we won 9-0 and Holy family winning 3-0. A great start to the league!

Please congratulate the following students:

Julia 9H, Jessica 9F, Molly 9G, Siwan 9H, Jessica 9W, Grace 9G, Karma 9W, Deja 9H, Sylvie 9F,  Roya 9W

The year 9 basketball team had their first game this evening and played Forest School.  It was an incredibly close game but our girls fought until the last second of the match and won 24-22!

Please congratulate the following students who worked unbelievably hard and gave us our first win against Forest:

Rebeca  9F (awarded player of the match), Arani 9F, Sylvie  9F, Jai Ming  9F, Roya 9W, Jessica 9W, Molly 9G, Deja 9H, Morenike 9

The Year 10/11 netball team reached the borough semi-final.

The team comprises:  Maria 11F (captain), Melissa 11S (player of the match), Amie 11S, Deepthighaa 10H, Shanai  10H, Aini  10W, Marianne 10H, Olivia  10G, Hannah 11H, Chiara 10G

Finally the following cross country runners have qualified for the Youth Games:

Lois 7W


Year 7 Girls

Malaika  8H


Year 8 Girls

Aoife   10F


Year 10 Girls

Becci  11W


Year 11 Girls

Congratulations to all!

Ms Cornford
Head of Performing Arts

Congratulations to the Year 8 football team who came 2nd in the borough out of ten local schools. 

Please feel free to congratulate them:

Roya            8W
Jessica         8W
Karima        8W
Jessica         8F
Sylvie           8F
Molly          8G
Grace         8G
Siwan         8H
Deja           8H
Julia           8H

Ms Wood
Head of PE

Congratulations to the Year 8 football team who came 2nd in the borough out of ten local schools. 

Please feel free to congratulate them:

Roya            8W
Jessica         8W
Karima        8W
Jessica         8F
Sylvie           8F
Molly          8G
Grace         8G
Siwan         8H
Deja           8H
Julia           8H

Ms Wood
Head of PE

I have just received the results from the borough trampolining championships and I am delighted to say that both the U16 team and the U14 team finished in 2nd place overall. 

The Team: Anna, Eve, Marley Joy, Sophie May, Sophie, Ruby, Amber, Sienna

I am also pleased to let you know that Sophie May won the Under 16 individual competition and so she is the Waltham Forest Trampolining Champion.

These are fantastic achievements and the girls worked really hard on their routines so please congratulate them if you see them.

Ms Warren
SPL Year 11, PE Teacher

Student Journalists 

Review of Grimm Tales at the Unicorn Theatre by Crystal Year 10

On Tuesday 13th November, I had the pleasure of seeing a re-worked version of Grimm Tales Adapted by Philip Wilson and Directed by Kirsty Housley at the Unicorn Theatre. At first glance, the set seemed to be smaller than I imagined it to be, for a play tackling the tales of the Grimm Brothers. However, by walking in you were transformed into a land of magic and whimsy, courtesy of the lighting and music playing. The actors played their characters extremely well, staying in character throughout the play.

The play starts with a family preparing for Christmas the night before, preparing food to cook the next day and placing presents under the tree. The children (Giulia Innocenti, Rachel Hosker and Enoch Lwanga) are running around the house, anxiously waiting for Christmas the next day. When the parents finally get them to bed David Emmings, who plays the father for this part of the play, tucks in the children and tells them a bedtime story called “Hans my Hedgehog” some of the actors acted out what another actor was narrating. They used the set to their full abilities, climbing on top of boxes, using costumes. After finishing the story, they also acted out red riding hood and Hansel and Gretel were also acted out. The actors play different characters, intertwining all the stories to one cohesive play. I have to applaud the actors and actresses on their ability to change characters so quickly. Afterwards, all of the villains “came to life” coming down the stairs while interacting with the audience and coming out of closets. The lighting heightened the experience while the children fought the fairy tale monsters. The screams coming from the audience shows it was effective and it also made my heart skip a beat.

The set then changes when the villains are defeated, and the backdrop becomes an extended part of the stage. This surprised me, but I was amazed at the creativity used to adapt the set. While I was watching the play, there were technical difficulties, but the cast and crew took it in their stride and repaired it during the interlude. As the show went on the extended part of the set resembled a forest, with Christmas trees littered everywhere. The tables are turned and instead of the children telling their stories, they became part of them when transported to this fairy tale land. The actors and actresses switch characters depending on the stories. More stories were told, becoming stranger and stranger as time went on.

Overall, I really enjoyed the play, I think it was well executed, engaging and an interesting twist of fairy tales originally by the brothers Grimm. The cast did an amazing job, and so did the crew. While watching the play, I was fully immersed into the story line, as had not heard many of the stories told during the play. I walked out of the theatre wishing I could see it all over again. While asking my peers about the play, they said this: “Been one of the best I’ve seen here” and “Amazing play, really put me in the Christmas mood”.

I highly recommend watching the play Grimm Tales at the Unicorn theatre relatively soon as it is only showing until the 6th January 2019. To book tickets go to the Unicorn website at It is a play worth watching with the family to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Sports Day 2018

On Wednesday afternoon, the whole school made it down to the Feel Good Centre to compete in track athletics events.  For the year 10s it was their last one which some really enjoyed:

“Today was really fun, we got to spend time with our form.”  (Amal 10W)

For year 7s it was their first sports day and they clearly enjoyed it:

“I like the adrenaline and competing against all other forms.” (Joni 7W)

For some it wasn’t as exciting:

“I’m too tired.”  (Divya 10W)

Although there were mixed views, we got some new school records:

Year 7 - Malaika in 7F ran 2:47 in the 800m.

Year 8 – Molly in 8G ran 2:46 in the 800m.

This year’s sports day was really well by the PE Department.  We are looking forward to the next sports day with the new year 7 students.

Written by Melissa and Amie  10S

Year 9 Netball Game

Last Thursday 13th September our year 9s faced Chingford Foundation in their first netball match of the year.

They successfully won the match which consisted of two halves of ten minutes.  At the end of the first half the result was 4-1 to WSFG which left us very hopeful going into the second half.  At the end of the second half Chingford came back fighting however WSFG still came out on top.  The end result was 4-3 to us.

Although it was a WSFG win the girls were clear on their areas for improvement.

“We worked well as a team and know what we need to work on next time.”  Jessica 9W

“We need to communicate a bit more as a team to be sure of great results.” Jae-Ming 8F

Ms Warren was very pleased with the girls’ performance.  “The year 9s are a fantastic team, they work so well together and their team spirit is incredible.  Every member gives 100% effort in every game and it is a pleasure to take them to fixtures.”   Ms Warren

Article by Amie and Melissa 
(PE student journalists)

Mary Poppins

The cast list for Mary Poppins is now up on the Performing Arts office window. Congratulations to everyone.

The first rehearsal is for the full cast (everyone in it) and will take place on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 at 3.30 – 5.


Miss Bradshaw
Head of Music

Music Clubs

Voice                        Monday 12.50 – 1.20

Theory Club        Thursday 12.50 – 1.20

Orchestra              Thursday 3.30 – 4.30

Gospel Choir        Friday 12.50 – 1.20

Wind Ensemble  Friday 3.30 – 4.30

If you have instrumental lessons at school you must attend at least one of these clubs.


Ms Bradshaw
Head of Music

Sports Clubs

Cricket club

Monday lunch time 12.25-1.15

please buy a sandwich at break time. Bring your trainers

Handball club

Wednesday lunch time 12.25-1.00 GCSE PE

must attend and open to all other years as well. Bring your trainers.

Football club Year 9 and Year 10/11

Thursday lunch time 12.25-1.00

please bring your trainers I will be picking a team for the school team.

Trampolining club year 10/11

Wednesday after school 3.30-4.30 GCSE PE ONLY MUST ATTEND

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