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Walthamstow School for Girls

Headteacher's Weekly Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been another very busy week, with plenty of visitors to welcome to the school.

The Parent Information Evening for Year 9 students on Tuesday evening was very well supported.  It was good to see so many parents and students in the Hewett Hall, where there was standing room only.  Thank you to  Ms Jean-Baptiste and her team for organising this event.  All presentations from the evening will be accessible on our website.

On Wednesday evening we hosted over fifty subject specialists from schools in the north of the Borough to our Waltham Forest Challenge Subject Network Meeting.  This network allows our local schools to share good practice and approaches to the recent changes to the GCSE curriculum in their areas of expertise.  We also welcomed teachers from outside Waltham Forest including colleagues from an examination board and the Music Service. Networking such as this has a very positive impact on our students’ education and I thank the staff members who gave up their time to host the meetings.  There will be more such events as we become more established as a Teaching School. 

Later on Wednesday evening I had the privilege to attend the borough-wide Jack Petchey Speakout Challenge, hosted by Lammas School.  I was extremely impressed by the quality of the speeches made by the young people from Year 10 in Waltham Forest schools. They spoke with passion, candour and often humour about the issues that are close to their hearts such as respecting the old, discrimination, rumours and the generation gap.  Congratulations to Firdaous (10F) who represented WSFG as one of 16 finalists chosen out of 536 students in Waltham Forest trained for the 2017 Speak Out Challenge.  She spoke eloquently about stereotypes in Hollywood. Congratulations also to the student from Leytonstone School who was this year’s winner.

Congratulations to our basketball team who won 6-4 against Buxton on Wednesday. Also on the sporting front, well done to Malaika 7H, Mathilde7C and Alannah7F, who were part of the Henry Maynard cross country team who won the best under 11s team at the Waltham Forest sports awards last week. Well done girls!

Again on Wednesday evening, Ms Cornford and Ms Wallace took a group of Year 10 GCSE Drama students to see Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse, following a workshop in school last week to assist their understanding of this challenging play.  The students were also invited to stay for Questions and Answers following the performance.

On Friday, we welcome a visit by Alex Galvin, SSAT Head of Curriculum and Achievement and Regional Lead for London. She will have an opportunity to meet students and hear about some of the development work we are currently undertaking here at WSFG.

In a couple of weeks we look forward to entertaining our local senior citizens at the school’s Community Christmas Party.  We would be very grateful if you could please let us have any unwanted gifts that would make a suitable present for one of our guests.  (More details can be found here).

This week we celebrated the retirement of Mrs Finamore, our School Community Liaison Officer for several years.  As well as being a valued member of the school community, Mrs Finamore is well known to the many and varied community groups that use the school buildings in the evening and at weekends and also for her involvement in the life of the local community.  Although she will be missed by her friends and colleagues at the school, I am sure she will continue to be involved with WSFG through the Alumnae Committee and her retirement will no doubt be busy.  We hope it will be also be a long, healthy and happy one.

Best wishes,

Meryl Davies