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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Headteacher's Weekly Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

A group of  Year 10 students came forward last year with their own proposals for the way in which Black History month should be celebrated this year.  They met together with Deputy Headteacher Mr Gunzi, and planned a number of activities. They delivered a whole assembly, themselves this week and have also devised several events to celebrate the achievements of people of colour while raising funds for Black Mental Health UK.  It is exciting to see how pro-active and confident they have become and what the group has been able to achieve.  For example, they have given recipes from their own cultural backgrounds to Olive Dining chef Mr Skippers, which they will be helping the catering staff to prepare and serve in school during lunchtimes next week.  They have also arranged two “Dancing in the Dark” events, a non-uniform day and other fundraising events. 

One of our Year 11 students made me proud with the words of her speech for Open Evening when she said to the parents and prospective students currently in Year 6 “My time here has been a significant chapter in my life that has not only shaped the person I am today, but also the person I will be in the future.” 

One of our ex-students and former newsreader, Jacqui Harper, returned to school this week to celebrate Black History month with our current students.  Jacqui spoke to them about her family, career and influences, including her time at WSFG, encouraging them all to follow their dreams.  We have several students who have recently been accepted onto the Young Reporter Scheme who may one day follow in Jacqui’s footsteps:  Gabriela, Safa, Ying Hang, Iris, Gulfen, Kitty, Amud and Crystal and we look forward to reading articles written by them before too long.  

My thanks to Ms Kelly for arranging Jacqui Harper’s visit and also to Ms Warren who took a group of students to see “Ballet Black” at the Theatre Royal, Stratford on Wednesday evening, also part of our Black History celebrations.

On the sporting front, our netball teams continue to be successful.  The Year 9 team beat Leytonstone School 19-2 on Tuesday.  Congratulations to player of the match Molly (9C) and other team members:  Morineke, Deja and Zaini (9H), Sylvie, Rebeca, Jai-Ming and Arani (9F) Grace (9G), Jessica (9F), Jessica (Captain) and Roya (9W). 

On Monday evening the Year 10/11 netball team won a match against Lammas School (13-5).  The team were Captain, Amie (11S), player of the match, Melissa (11S), Maria (11F), Kelsey (11H),  Deepthighaa, Shani and Marianne (10H), and Olivia (10G).   On Wednesday evening the Year 10/11 netball team again won a match against Frederick Bremer (9-1).  Well done to Maria (11F) Captain and player of the match, Amie and Melissa (11S), Kelsey (11H), Deepthighaa, Shani and Marianne (10H) and Olivia (10G).

Congratulations are also due to another of our Year 11 students, Sophie, who competed in the London Regional Trampolining Championships at the end of September. She was the overall winner in the London Region over 16 age category and will be competing at a national level soon (see page 6 of this week's  GreensheetGreensheet). 

I am pleased that our students are taking the school motto “Neglect not the gift that is in thee” to heart in whatever way they can. 

The Year 11 Steel Band are performing at Emmanuel Community School on Friday (12th October), and at Walthamstow Mall at 11am on Saturday morning. They will be playing a varied and exciting repertoire. Please feel free to come and support them. 

The Soundbreakers (WSFG Glee Club) have just recently got through to the Regional Finals of the Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge.  They will now attend a boot camp to receive workshops with professional choreographers, vocal coaches and performance coaches. They will then perform at the Regional Finals at The Broadway Theatre, Barking.   Congratulations to our singers!

On Monday evening (7.30pm-8.30pm) there is a Music Sharing Evening for parents and carers of Year 7 students who are invited to come into school to share the work their daughters have been doing as part of the music curriculum during their first few weeks at WSFG.  All Year 7 students have been given a letter for their parents/carers – admission is by ticket only.   

Wednesday 17th October is “Settling in Afternoon” for the Year 7 students who will leave school at 12.25pm and then return to school with their parents for an appointment with their form tutor.  The event will run from 1.30 until 4.30pm and students will have individual appointment times recorded in their student planners.

Meryl Davies

Important dates for Parent /Carers

Details of the following evenings will be published nearer the time.

Parent Subject Evenings  (meet your daughter’s teachers)

Thursday 8th November                  6.00-7.00pm   Year 10 - Details to follow

Parent Information Evenings 2018-19 (special information pertaining to your daughter’s year)

Tuesday 30th October                         6.00-7.00pm    Year 7

Tuesday 7th November                       6.00-7.00pm    Year 11

Tuesday 27th November                    6.00-7.00pm    Year 8