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Walthamstow School for Girls

Headteacher's Weekly Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week has been another busy one, as usual, and chilly!

As part of our Erasmus International work, I spent a busy half term break visiting a school just outside Helsinki with Ms Cornford and Mr Caps, so we are now very acclimatised to the cold. We were examining the Finnish education system, in particular its approach to project work. Despite sub-zero temperatures our Finnish hosts were warm and welcoming and the trip enlightening.   On Wednesday this week a group of 14 teachers from Italy, Croatia, Spain, Turkey and Luxembourg visited WSFG to investigate the English education system in a similar way.  Such opportunities broaden our horizons and generate plenty of ideas to enhance the education of all our students. Our next planned visit is to a school in Sweden.

Earlier this week, Year 11 students completed their Food Preparation and Nutrition practical examination on Wednesday.  This work is a key component of their final grade and we wish them well with this.

It was a pleasure to see familiar faces of Year 9 parents and carers at the Parents Subject Evening last night. The feedback to me was very positive.

Congratulations to Elif, Tulin, Kamira and Sylvie, who represented WSFG at the Team Maths Challenge on Thursday at Bow School. 

Friday is also action packed. As well as our students wearing rainbow colours to celebrate LGBTQ+, a number of external events are planned. A group of Steel Band members will be participating in the Music for Youth regional finals in Camden and I wish them all the best of luck.  You will see on Page 10 that we will be celebrating 40 years of steel pans at WSFG on the evening of 28th March.  If you have previously seen these bands performing you will know why this will be a very popular event!

Also on Friday I am looking forward to accompanying over half of Year 9 students who will be visiting the British Film Institute for a day studying French culture and film.

I would like to remind Parents and Carers who have not already done so to vote for one of our four candidates to fill our Parent Governor vacancy using the individual voting slip that you will have received recently.  (Please see last week’s Greensheet for details).

It has indeed been a busy start to this half term and there are more extra-curricular workshops, trips and events planned next week to enrich our students’ learning. 

Best wishes,

Meryl Davies