Key Dates for Year 9 2017-18
Parent Information Evening - 2nd October 6-7pm
You are invited to our Year 9 Parent/Carer Information Evening on Tuesday 2nd 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 GCSE Options
Science at Key Stage 4
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 9 Parent Information Evening, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Gunzi, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 3, or myself.
Ms F Careless-Pye
Year 9 Student Progress Leader
If you were unable to attend the P.I.E., 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.
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).
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Nb6KOgpZio
If you have any questions or queries about the run (which you can walk!) please see Miss Simpson for more details.
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.
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.
All Year 9 students are invited to attend a free screening of ‘MazeRunner: The Death Cure’ at Empire Cinema in Walthamstow on Wednesday 7th November.
Year 9 students will leave school after registration and return to school during P3.
Information letters and permission slips were distributed prior to half term.
The letter is available here.
Please ensure you return your signed permission slip to Student Services no later than Monday 29th October.
A reminder that permission slips can only be handed in to Student Services before or after school.
Head of English
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.
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.
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.
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.
GCSE Science Revision Guides
Science GCSE Revision Guides.
The Science Department will be selling AQA GCSE Science Revision Guides to Years 9 & 10 from Student Services at a much reduced price.
You are able to buy them from Student Services for the following prices:
Combined Science (Higher or Foundation) £8.00 (list price £16.99)
Triple (Higher tier only - for students taking separate science) £11.00 for all 3 books (list price £32.97)
We would like to encourage all students to purchase the guide(s) as they will be a great aid to revision and learning.
Students entitled to Free School meals are able to purchase the books at half the price, £4 for combined, £5.50 for triple.
Head of Science
PSHE in Year 9