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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Year 8

Key Dates for Year 8 2017-18



Year 8 Receptionist Duty

Starts Monday 17th September

Year 8 HPV vaccination 1

Thursday 4th October

Data Collection 1

Approximately 2nd November

Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 27th November 6-7pm

Year 8 Theatre Trip

Tuesday 4th December

Year 8 Theatre Trip

Wednesday 5th December

Christmas Concert, St Mary’s Church

Thursday 20th December 7-9pm

Winter Interform

Week beginning Monday 28th January

Data Collection 2

Approximately 1st February

WSFG Mary Poppins Show

Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th February

Tutor & Student Progress Leader Report

Approximately 25th February

Parent Consultation Evening (meeting with teachers)

Thursday 21st March

Steel Pans Concert

Thursday 4th April

Summer Interform

Week beginning Monday 29th April

HPV vaccination 2

Tuesday 30th April

Year 8 exams fortnight

Monday 13th May – Friday 24th May

Data Collection 3 & Exams Report

Approximately 1st July

Year 8 Geography Trip

Tuesday 2nd July

Year 8 Geography Trip

Thursday 4th July

Year 8 Outward Bound Trip

Monday 8th July

Year 8 Outward Bound Trip

Wednesday 10th July

Year 8 Outward Bound Trip

Thursday 11th July

Parent Information Evening - 27th November 2018 6-7pm 

Dear Parents / Carers

You are invited to our Year 8 Parent/Carer Information Evening on Tuesday 27th November 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
Accelerated Reader
Outdoor Pursuits Trip

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 8 Parent Information Evening, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Gunzi, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 3, or myself.

Kind regards

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 8

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.

Ms Robinson
Challenge Co-ordinator

Community Party

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

Our community party will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 11th December and we are already organising this special event.

Please remember that school will close early on the day at 2:30pm.

We can’t run this without your help and it is, our students, who make this event such a brilliant one. 

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Donate gifts to the humanities office – we need almost 100 unused and new gifts!!
  • Donate raffle prizes to Ms Philippou
  • Students can offer to help out on the day (more information to follow).

Thank you,

Ms Philippou
Assistant Headteacher

Great Ormond Street Charity Run

Ms Simpson and Mrs Janes will be attending a fundraising run to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.

The run will take place on Sunday 9th December at Clapham Common, South London. The race starts at 10am.

This time there is a choice of a 5km or 10km run.

If you would like to run and help raise money for charity then collect a letter from Miss Simpson in G13/G14.

The entrance fee is £12 for those under the age of 16, £20 for adults. The entrance fee includes a Santa outfit! Watch the following video to get a feel for what the day is like:

If you have any questions or queries about the run (which you can walk!) please see Miss Simpson for more details.

MyBnk Opportunity

MyBnk run a Youth Advisory Panel which is a group of young people who help MyBnk to plan sessions, recruit staff and much more.

If you are on this panel, you may also be able to carry out some work experience with them as well as something brilliant to put on your CV.

This is a great opportunity to show and build your leadership skills.

The next panel is on Saturday 17th November.

All of your parents and carers have been emailed full details of this opportunity so please do ask them.

Ms Philippou
Assistant Headteacher

Year 8 Theatre Trip 4/5 December 2018

A reminder to return your reply slips to Student Services as soon as possible.

There is a prize for the first tutor group to return all reply slips and a prize for the first tutor group to pay for the trip.

Please note, this is a trip for all Year 8s and you are all expected to participate.

Any issues, please see me as a matter of urgency.

Ms Cornford
Head of Performing Arts

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.

If you wish to volunteer to help us to coordinate our action to support this important local cause, please come to G65 at 12.30 on Thursday 15 November, to discuss ideas.

Ms Dowling, Ms Hayns, Ms Winter.

Music Extra-Curricular 

If you are a member of a music extra-curricular group, please attend rehearsals regularly as we are preparing for the Carol Concert on Thursday 20th 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.

Glee Club Auditions

We have 5 spaces available in our Glee Club.

If you would like to audition please come to W33 on Tuesday 6th November at 12.50.

You do not need to prepare anything.

Ms Bradshaw

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.

Ms Jolliffe
Student Services

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.

Mr Caps
Humanities Teacher