Key Dates for Year 7 2018-19
Year 7 Parent Information Evening - 30 October 6-7 pm
You are invited to our Year 7 Parent/Carer Information Evening on Tuesday 30th October in the Hewett Hall.
The doors will open at 5:45pm for a prompt 6:00pm start.
The aim of this Information Evening is to provide you with details on: key events your daughter will need to prepare for this year including:
Assessment System/ Measuring Progress
Introduction to our Safer School Officer.
We would like all students to be supported at this meeting by an adult, no student will be allowed to attend without a parent or carer present. The Information Evening is expected to finish at approximately 7:00pm.
If you have any further questions regarding the Year 7 Parent Information Evening, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Gunzi, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 3, or one of the Student Progress Leaders for Year 7.
Ms Fearon and Mr Morrow
Student Progress Leaders, Year 7
For those unable to attend the Parent Information Evening, the information given can be found here
Debate Chamber Summer Schools
Debate Chamber Summer Schools – Includes Medicine, Dentistry, Computer Science, Art History, Philosophy, History, Politics, Law, Economics, Physics and English Literature
The Debate Chamber is running a number of Summer Schools next year. Have a look at the website to find out more. There is also some information on the Challenge Board.
It is possible to apply for a bursary to cover the cost.
Feedback from students who have attended Debate Chamber courses in the past has always been very positive.
End/Beginning of Term Arrangements
Information for staff / students
The final day of Autumn Term is Friday 21st December 2018
- ALL lessons 1 – 3 are as normal.
- 12.25pm – back to Tutor Rooms for taking down decorations, clearing and PM registration.
- Register MUST be taken please.
- There will be a normal breaktime offer in the canteen.
- There will be no lunchtime offer.
- Friday 21st December will be a non-uniform day with proceeds going towards the Community Party for the Elderly.
- The jewellery rules still apply on this day and lanyards must be worn.
- Tutor Groups dismissed by SPL or LT at approx 12.45pm
- School finishes at 12.45pm and no students will be allowed to remain in school beyond this time.
The first day of the Spring Term for students is Monday 7th January 2019
- All Students are expected in FULL school uniform and to be in school at the correct time.
- The Focus of the Fortnight will be on correct Uniform and Lanyards.
- This will be a Week B.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
Christmas Lunch 2018 Wednesday 19th December
Year 7 - 11.45
Year 9 - 12.15
Year 11 - 12.40
Year 10 - 1.00
Year 8 - 1.15
- No breaktime service on Wednesday 19th December
- Xmas lunch is the price of a main meal
- No sandwiches / other meals available on the day
- Vegetarian option available
- Please ensure that you have your one card loaded, ready to use
- Cash will NOT be accepted at the tills
WSFG Christmas Jumper Day in Support of Save the Children
We will be having a Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 14th December in support of Save the Children. All students (and staff of course) will be allowed to wear a Christmas jumper and donate a minimum of £1 to this charity. You must wear your blazer to school on this day but you can take it off when you get to school. You will need to wear your lanyard and it is simply a Christmas Jumper that you are permitted to wear, no other uniform/jewellery changes are allowed. Posters have been distributed to each form and class lists will be given to charity reps to collect the money at the start of next week. The money must be taken to the Finance Office on Friday morning.
Student Progress Leader Year 8
Office 365 @ WSFG
This academic year, all year 7 students will be using Office 365 in their computing lessons to support their learning. They can use Office 365 from home and from school. Students have access to Word, PowerPoint and Excel no matter what device they are using - it could be an iPad, Chrome Book, laptop or PC. They also have a storage area called One Drive, where they have 1000 gigabytes of storage.
One of the advantages of using Office 365 is that it will read back whatever a student has written. Students can change the background colour of the text so that it is easier to read. They can also change a setting so that the verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs are highlighted in different colours.
Each student also has an electronic exercise book where they can take notes. These notes can include drawings, text and links to resources. There is also an area of the notebook where they can collaborate with other students and another area where the teacher can share resources.
Their teacher can set assignments using Office 365 and students can hand-in their assignments online – no more paper sheets that can get lost.
Head of ICT
Black History Month Maths
Year 7 have been learning how to play the African game, Oware, in their maths lessons for Black History Month.
The game has a few simple rules, but takes a lifetime to master!
Students can carry on at home, playing against a computer, by downloading it from:
If you are a member of a music extra-curricular group, please attend rehearsals regularly as we are preparing for the Carol Concert on Tuesday 18th 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.
Eat or Heat Foodbank
In the past we have supported Eat or Heat, the local food bank in Waltham Forest. They are based in Walthamstow but provide food for those in need all over the borough of Waltham Forest.
Eat or Heat was extremely busy over the school summer holidays providing food for families, replacing the school meals the children would have had daily. Now with winter approaching the need for food aid will rise again. They also like to provide some "treats" over the festive period for families that would not otherwise be able to enjoy them.
Ms Dowling, Ms Hayns, Ms Winter, Ms Simpson, Ms Mayes
Debating Club for Year 7 and Year 8
Do you like to debate topical issues?
Would you like to build your confidence in public speaking?
Then come along to the debating club every Wednesday!
Room : G36
Time: 12.40 – 1.20
You will be able to decide the topics and take part in lively debates.
If you have any questions please ask:
Ms Cato in G36
Key Stage 3 Latin Club
KS3 Latin Club – open to any interested Y7, Y8 & Y9 students –
Thursday lunchtimes at 12.30pm in room F55.
Please bring your lunch with you.
Any questions please see Mr Witchell in G68.
Lunch Money Loans
It has become apparent that the number of students borrowing money for lunch has increased dramatically this school year. Lunch money loans should be for emergency purposes only.
Walthamstow School for Girls offers a Top-Up facility via sQuid enabling both students and parents to check balances, top-up lunch money, pay for trips and other sundry items at their own convenience.
An automatic Top-Up can also be activated ensuring your daughter never runs out of money.
A reminder to parents/carers that if you wish to pay for your daughter’s school meals by cheque, please make the cheque payable to ‘Olive Dining Ltd’.
All students have also been given usernames and passwords to enable payments to be made online via our sQuid system. If you would like a reminder of your daughter’s username and password please contact Student Services.
Origami for Mindfulness
Origami on TV – BBC 4
Members of the Origami for Mindfulness Club may be interested to watch three programmes from the "Make: Craft Britain" series which can be accessed here.
Key Stage 3 Philosophy Club
Philosophy Club for Years 7, 8 and 9
Have you ever wondered whether life is a dream or not?
Or what the meaning of life is?
Or how we can decide what is a good or bad action?
These ideas and a whole load more will be looked at in Philosophy Club - after school on Thursdays, 3:40-4:25, in room S07 with Mr Caps.
To attend all you need to do is bring a short note explaining why you are interested in Philosophy and what sort of topics you would like to discuss in the club.
Open to all students in years 7, 8 and 9.
PSHE in Year 7
G.R.E.E.N. lessons in Year 7