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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Headteacher's Weekly Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

On behalf of us all at WSfG, we wish you a happy, healthy and safe 2019. There is so much we take for granted. We were extremely impressed by the generosity of our students, parents and staff at the end of last term as we were able to donate a huge quantity of food items to the food bank Eat or Heat. I know also some helped out at Crisis over the holiday period in order to ensure that those less fortunate than ourselves and without a home or family to go to spent time with friends, were fed and given warm clothing.

Barely two days back in school, we heard the news of the brutal murder of a 14 year old boy on the streets of Waltham Forest. This is utterly shocking and is not by any means the first, but he was one of the youngest and was known to at least one of our students. I spent part of Thursday and Friday with Waltham Forest Secondary Headteacher colleagues on our annual training conference and heard first-hand about the press and student response, as well as the support received by his former school from parents of children who attend there. A child’s death is always tragic and school leaders do their every best to support and allow those affected to grieve whilst giving succour to those around. Our thoughts are with Jaden’s family, friends and teachers at this difficult time.

On Wednesday our hall was packed with Year 9 parents, carers and students who came to hear
Mr Shackson, Assistant Headteacher and his team of subject leaders talk through the options process and assist with the decision making process. Since choosing a secondary school, this will be the next significant marker for those students, with decisions being made over the next few weeks which may well impact on a future career.

Those of you who were able to attend the opening ceremony of the Waltham Forest Borough of Culture this weekend would have had a wonderful time! In the current issue of our Greensheet, you can see some of the many photographs taken by our colleagues who enjoyed the spectacle. We will tweet more of these pictures in case you missed them.

Meryl Davies