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News from our Performing Arts (Drama, Music & PE) Faculty

For more information about subjects taught by this Faculty, please see the subject pages for Drama, Music and P.E.

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London Youth Games Indoor Rowing / Swimming 

At the weekend three students competed in the London Youth Games.

Abigail 10F  competed in the indoor rowing  and won the Year 10 girls event. Abby rowed 1386 metres in five minutes, finishing just over 40 metres ahead of the next competitor.

Abby along with Aoife 10F and Ella 9W also competed the day before and helped the girls’ swimming team finish 8th overall, which is a significant  improvement on previous years and is a very respectable placing when you consider that there are thirty London Boroughs.

In the senior girls medley relay, Aoife (50 breast stroke) and Abby (50 butterfly) and two other girls swimming backstroke and freestyle came 5th, which was a great result and made them the best placed Waltham Forest relay team.

Well done to all our student competitors!

Ms Wood 
SPL Year 9
Head of PE 

Rehearsal Schedule for July 2019 

Glee - There will be some additional Glee Rehearsals to prepare for our assessment visit.

· Friday 5th July - 12.50 - 1.20

· Monday 8th July - 3.30 - 5.00

· Tuesday 9th July - 12.50 - 1.20

· Wednesday 10th July - ASSESSMENT VISIT 3.30 - 5.00

· Thursday 11th July - SUMMER CONCERT


Other Concert Rehearsals:

· Friday 5th July - 3.30 - 4.30 - Wind Band

· Monday 8th July - 12.50 - 1.20 - Voice


Please attend ALL relevant rehearsals!

Tickets for the Summer Concert are available to buy on sQuid at the cost of £5 for adults and £3 for students.

On the day of the concert rehearsals will take place at the following times. You are only permitted to come out of lessons for the ensembles that you are a part of.

Period 1: Orchestra

Period 2: Glee Club and Voice

Period 3: Wind Band and Bands

Period 4: Soloists and Groups

Period 5: Year 7 and 8 Steel Bands

3.30 - 4.30 - Year 9 and 10 Steel Bands

6.00 - Sixth Form Steel Band

6.30 - Orchestra (With Year 10 students)



Miss Bradshaw

Summer Music Concert


Waltham Forest Borough Athletics

The students were fantastic at the Borough Athletics Championships on Friday and we had one of our biggest medal hauls for quite a few years.  Please congratulate the following students on their success:

Ava  7G - Silver medal in 200m

Sylvie  9F - Silver medal in 200m

Sasha  9C - Bronze in 100m

Jessica 9F - Bronze in 800m

Evie 10H - Silver in 800m

Kimberley 9G - Silver in high jump

Deepthighaa 10H - Silver in javelin

Sienna 9S - Bronze in triple jump

Nell 7W - Silver in triple jump

Rachel 9F - Silver in long jump

Phoenix 8W - Silver in high jump

Ms Warren

Free Ballet Tickets

I am very pleased to announce that we have been offered free tickets for a performance by the National Youth Ballet called ‘Wonderlands’, which is taking place at Sadlers Wells on Sunday 1st September.

As the new term begins at a later date, we are unable to accompany students to the performance but any students who wish to attend and can be taken by their parents or carers, please let Ms Hennelly, my PA, know by Monday July 8th via the school email: info@wsfg.

Depending on numbers, we will then ask interested students to tell us why they want to go in order to be selected.  This is a fantastic opportunity to see a modern dance performance and I hope many of our students will be able to attend.

Ms Davies

Notice for Mary Poppins Cast Members

Ms Bradshaw and I would like to organise a trip to see Mary Poppins in the West End towards the beginning of Spring Term (January 2020). Tickets would probably be around £25.

If you think you might like to participate in this visit, please sign up on the form outside the Performing Arts office.

This is an expression of interest (not a commitment) so that we have an idea of numbers before booking any tickets.

Ms Cornford

Music Events, Summer Term 2019

Secondary Showcase

Thirty  of our talented students are performing as part of a massed choir on Monday 24th June. This is part of the Waltham Forest Music Service Education Hub’s Secondary Showcase event. This event is open to the public so please come along and support our students. This event will also feature performances from our Year 10 Steel Band and our Sixth Form Borough Band.

Battle of the Bands

Two of our bands will be competing in the Battle of the Bands Competition at Leyton Sixth Form on Wednesday 19th June 2019. The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available on the door for £5.

Steel Pan Events

Our Year 8 steel pan band have been busy rehearsing in preparation for their upcoming gig at Church Hill Nursery on Saturday 22nd June 2019. They will also be performing at Emmanuel Primary School on Friday 5th July 2019.

Our Year 10 steel pan band  are currently preparing to play at a wedding in South London on Saturday the 29th June as well as the Secondary Showcase on Monday 24th June 2019.

Our Year 11 steel pan band have been invited to perform at the Music for Youth National Festival in Birmingham on Wednesday the 3rd of July 2019.

WSFG Glee Club

After their recent success in the Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge, the WSFG Glee Club have decided to enter an accappella singing competition called Perfect Pitch. We are awaiting our assessment visit to see if we can progress to the next round. Fingers crossed!

Summer Concert

This year’s summer concert will take place on Thursday 11th July in Hewett Hall.  Tickets will be available to buy on sQuid from the 1st July 2019. We hope to see you there.

Walthamstow Village Festival

A number of our students have been invited to perform at the Walthamstow Village

Festival this year. Congratulations to:

  • Flora and Gwen  (Year 8)
  • Sienna  and Ruby (Year 9)
  • Betty and Leigh  (Year7)
  • Rebekah (Year 11)
  • Zia Ralston and Mehek (Year 10)

Ms Bradshaw
Head of Music

Diversity/Drama Trip 4 June 2019

Known for pushing conventional dance boundaries, Masters of Choreography is back with their worldwide sell out show Beats on Pointe, a dynamic modern story of two opposing dance worlds; street vs ballet.

★★★★★ "From moonwalking on pointe, to the comedy take on The Signets from Swan Lake; Beats On Pointe aims to entertain audiences of all ages" THE OBSERVER

Featuring a highly talented cast of dance athletes, an epic soundtrack, beat boxing, break dancing, comedic laugh out loud moments - it is truly a spectacular night out for anyone and everyone to experience!

★★★★★ "Aside from near impeccable technique, formation and stage presence, this production had a killer soundtrack, too." SMOOTH FM

An electric fusion of street dance and ballet - this incredible production will have you on the edge of your seat and itching to get up and dance.

The lucky students who will attend a special performance on Tuesday 4th June at 7.30pm at the Peacock Theatre are ...

Deimante 10C
Tiffany 10C
Alanta 10C
Paris  10C
Elif  10S
Tulin  10S
Ikram 7G
Erin  7G
Meda  7G
Lolita  7G
Muskaan  10S
Jessica  9W
Julia 8W
Edith 8W
Kesia  10C
Carys 7W​​​​​​​
Tanvi 7S
Sylvia  7W RESERVE​​​​​​​

Watch a clip of the show here

Residential Summer Sports Camps 


Celebrating Diversity Drama Trip 20 May 2019 

Vaudeville Theatre on Monday 20th May at 7.30pm

Performing Arts and Diversity have collaborated in organising a trip to see Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre on Monday 20th May.

This amazing play tells the extraordinary tale of Emilia Bassano, a British poet living 400 years ago and whose fight for education and equality is the stuff of legends. Emilia Bassano is often credited with being England’s first feminist writer. Fittingly, the production features an all-female creative team.

Here is the list of lucky students attending Emilia on Monday 20th May:

  1. Jasmine 8H
  2. Sophia 8W
  3. Rebecca 9F
  4. Maegan 8W
  5. Julia 8W
  6. Edith 8W
  7. Tulin 10S
  8. Nishka 8S
  9. Emma  8S
  10. Minnie 8S
  11. Isis 9F
  12. Sophie 9C
  13. Beatrix 9S
  14. Aoife 8H
  15. Saamiyah 8G
  16. Karis 8G
  17. Sofiya 8G
  18. Deimante 10C
  19. Sandra 10F
  20. Alanta 10C
  21. Kesia 10C
  22. Elif 10S
  23. Samira 8G RESERVE
  24. Charlie 8G RESERVE

Well done and please keep an eye out for more Diversity / Performing Arts events coming!

Ms Desbenoit
Diversity co-ordinator

Female Only Football Teams 

Female Only Football Teams and Development Programmes (AFC Leyton - Arsenal Sister Club)

AFC Leyton is a female only football club based in Waltham Forest.  Despite our name, all our matches and squad training occurs at Salisbury Hall playing Fields and 3G pitches, Walthamstow Avenue, E4 8ST - which is the back of Sainsbury’s just off the Billet Roundabout.  

We have 330 female players in our club and we play competitively in the Essex Girls County Football League as well as the Capital Girls Cups.

We are looking for players to join our League teams  in the following age groups:

  • Ages 8 to 11 - for our existing U10s and U11s teams and our new U9s team
  • Age 11 to 12 - for our new U13s team
  • Age 15 to 16 - for our new U16s team

Development players of any age 5+ are welcome to join us.  We have sessions for all ages (including ladies 18+)

Any female players that love to play football and would benefit from professional UEFA training in an excellent community based female only football club, see the letter below.  Talented players in
AFC Leyton have gone on to play for Watford, West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Millwall and at Essex and Charlton Regional Talent Centres as well as England U15s training camps.

For schools, we are also offering free football development sessions for your existing girls' teams to try out our professional UEFA coaching.  This programme is designed to get girls interested and stay in football/team sports.  

If you would like any further information on AFC Leyton, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes

Louise McGing
Club Secretary
AFC Leyton Girls


Winter Interform

Results :          Winners for each year group:

                            Year8                 8G winners on Monday

                            Year 10            10H winners on Tuesday

                            Year 9                9F winners on Wednesday

                            Year 11            11G winners on Thursday

                            Year 7                7H winners on Friday

Ms Warren







Welcome to the Forest!

Welcome to the Forest

Earlier this term, you may remember Tulin and Maui from the Year 10 steelband were filmed playing at No 1 Hoe Street, in preparation for their participation in Waltham Forest's 'Borough of Culture' Opening Ceremony on January 11th 2019.

As you can see their hugely magnified images were projected on to the Town Hall during the  ceremony.  

We are pleased that the school did feature in the community at this historic local event  - once again, via the Steel Band!

Mr Murphy
Teacher of Steel Pans.

Music Extra-Curricular

If you are a member of a music extra-curricular group, please attend rehearsals regularly.

  • Wednesday – Glee Club – 3.30 – 5.00 (W33)
  • Thursday – Orchestra -  3.30 – 4.45 (W33)
  • Thursday – Year 11 Coursework Catch-Up – 3.30 – 4.45 (W26)
  • Thursday – WIND BAND IS BACK! – 4.30 – 5.30 (W26)
  • Friday – Show Band – 3.30 – 5.30 (W33)

If you have instrumental/vocal lessons at the school you should be attending at least one of these clubs regularly.

Ms Bradshaw

Sporting Events

Two of our students competed in the NDP National Trampolining Semi-Finals last weekend. 
Sophie-May 11G and Clementine 7H had to perform two compulsory routines.  

In the age 11-12 category Clementine finished in 12th place overall.  Sophie-May came 6th in the age 13+ category and has successfully progressed to the National ​​​​​​​Finals. 

This is a fantastic achievement by both students in a national competition.

Well done to them both.

Ms Warren

The Year 7 netball team played their final game of the league this week at Leytonstone School.  We had a few injuries so the team was smaller than usual but the girls still played extremely well.  They won the game 6-3 which was a great way to finish the league.  

We now await results from other games to see if we have made it through to the semi finals.  Please congratulate the following girls if you see them:

Aminah  7C (captain), Ikram  7G, Evie 7F, Hannah 7C, Debra 7C (player of the match), Che'Nye 7F, Tenzin  7C, Betty 7G, Anna 7F

Ms Warren

The year 9 basketball team played really well and worked extremely hard in the borough final this afternoon but unfortunately were beaten by a very experienced and strong team from Holy Family.

They were a credit to their year group and the school, never gave up and I was incredibly proud of them.  Player of the match was awarded to Jai from 9F.

Please congratulate all the girls on their efforts, second best team in Waltham Forest!

Ms Warren

The year 9 basketball team played in the semi final of the Waltham Forest Borough league this week against Chingford Foundation School. 

The girls worked incredibly hard throughout the game (despite most of them having had injections that day) and won the game 16-9 so they have made it through to the borough finals on Monday afternoon at The Feel Good Centre.  This is such a fantastic achievement for the team so please do congratulate them on their win and wish them luck in the final next week:

Rebeca , Arani, Sylvie  (awarded player of the match), Jai  9F; Roya and Jessica 9W; Molly 9G; Deja, Morenike and Tatiana 9H.

Ms Warren 

Year 8 Basketball Semi final

The Year 8 team played extremely well this week but unfortunately were deservedly beaten 22-11 by an extremely tall and experienced team from Holy Family!

They kept their heads up for the entire game and gave 100% effort for the full 40 minutes.  Player of the match was awarded to Joni  8W who had a brilliant game.  Well done to all the girls for their outstanding performance and a great first season together.  

Ms Warren

Borough Trampolining Competition

We received some fantastic news this morning regarding the trampoline competition we attended on Friday afternoon.

In the Under 16 category Sophie-May 11G won the individual competition so is the top trampolinist in Waltham Forest.  Our Under 16 team also won the competition which is an incredible achievement for the girls.  The team consisted of Sophie-May, Sophie 11G, Marley 11G and Eve 11H.

In the Under 14 category Clementine in 7H finished in 3rd place.  She was competing against year 8 and 9 students so this in an amazing achievement.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event, please do congratulate the girls if you see them.

Ms Warren









Our year 8 basketball team has qualified for the Waltham Forest Borough Semi Final.  They will play on Wednesday at Holy Family School.  If you see any of the girls, please wish them luck:

Joni, Rosie  and Phoenix 8W; Emily 8S; Elisa, Aleyna, Anaya, Ranya and Safa 8G; Debra 7C.


Ms Warren

We had some fantastic end of season games with our year 8 and 9 basketball teams this week.  The year 9 team played against Lammas (traditionally a very strong basketball school) and they won 8-5 which was a brilliant result.

The year 8 team played against Leytonstone last night and it was an extremely close game.  The score was 10-10 at the final whistle so we had to go to extra time.  Both teams scored a basket in the first half of extra time to make the score even again and we thought we were going to have to play a further period of extra time but then Emily 8S scored in the final 15 seconds of the game to win 14-12!

Please congratulate the girls on a great season if you get the chance, we will hear next week if we have progressed to the borough finals:

Year 9

Rebeca, Arani, Sylvie, Jai Ming 9F
Roya, Jessica 9W
Deja, Morenike, Tatiana 9H

Year 8

Joni, Phoenix, Rosie 8W
Emily 8S
Elisa, Safa, Khadijatou, Ranya, Anaya, Aleyna 8G
Malaika 8H

Tonight we kicked off the year 9 football league. All student put in 100% effort and worked really hard. We had two matches against Highams Park which we won 9-0 and Holy family winning 3-0. A great start to the league!

Please congratulate the following students:

Julia 9H, Jessica 9F, Molly 9G, Siwan 9H, Jessica 9W, Grace 9G, Karma 9W, Deja 9H, Sylvie 9F,  Roya 9W

The year 9 basketball team had their first game this evening and played Forest School.  It was an incredibly close game but our girls fought until the last second of the match and won 24-22!

Please congratulate the following students who worked unbelievably hard and gave us our first win against Forest:

Rebeca  9F (awarded player of the match), Arani 9F, Sylvie  9F, Jai Ming  9F, Roya 9W, Jessica 9W, Molly 9G, Deja 9H, Morenike 9

The Year 10/11 netball team reached the borough semi-final.

The team comprises:  Maria 11F (captain), Melissa 11S (player of the match), Amie 11S, Deepthighaa 10H, Shanai  10H, Aini  10W, Marianne 10H, Olivia  10G, Hannah 11H, Chiara 10G

Finally the following cross country runners have qualified for the Youth Games:

Lois 7W


Year 7 Girls

Malaika  8H


Year 8 Girls

Aoife   10F


Year 10 Girls

Becci  11W


Year 11 Girls

Congratulations to all!

Ms Cornford
Head of Performing Arts

Congratulations to the Year 8 football team who came 2nd in the borough out of ten local schools. 

Please feel free to congratulate them:

Roya            8W
Jessica         8W
Karima        8W
Jessica         8F
Sylvie           8F
Molly          8G
Grace         8G
Siwan         8H
Deja           8H
Julia           8H

Ms Wood
Head of PE

Congratulations to the Year 8 football team who came 2nd in the borough out of ten local schools. 

Please feel free to congratulate them:

Roya            8W
Jessica         8W
Karima        8W
Jessica         8F
Sylvie           8F
Molly          8G
Grace         8G
Siwan         8H
Deja           8H
Julia           8H

Ms Wood
Head of PE

I have just received the results from the borough trampolining championships and I am delighted to say that both the U16 team and the U14 team finished in 2nd place overall. 

The Team: Anna, Eve, Marley Joy, Sophie May, Sophie, Ruby, Amber, Sienna

I am also pleased to let you know that Sophie May won the Under 16 individual competition and so she is the Waltham Forest Trampolining Champion.

These are fantastic achievements and the girls worked really hard on their routines so please congratulate them if you see them.

Ms Warren
SPL Year 11, PE Teacher

Student Journalists 

Review of Grimm Tales at the Unicorn Theatre by Crystal Year 10

On Tuesday 13th November, I had the pleasure of seeing a re-worked version of Grimm Tales Adapted by Philip Wilson and Directed by Kirsty Housley at the Unicorn Theatre. At first glance, the set seemed to be smaller than I imagined it to be, for a play tackling the tales of the Grimm Brothers. However, by walking in you were transformed into a land of magic and whimsy, courtesy of the lighting and music playing. The actors played their characters extremely well, staying in character throughout the play.

The play starts with a family preparing for Christmas the night before, preparing food to cook the next day and placing presents under the tree. The children (Giulia Innocenti, Rachel Hosker and Enoch Lwanga) are running around the house, anxiously waiting for Christmas the next day. When the parents finally get them to bed David Emmings, who plays the father for this part of the play, tucks in the children and tells them a bedtime story called “Hans my Hedgehog” some of the actors acted out what another actor was narrating. They used the set to their full abilities, climbing on top of boxes, using costumes. After finishing the story, they also acted out red riding hood and Hansel and Gretel were also acted out. The actors play different characters, intertwining all the stories to one cohesive play. I have to applaud the actors and actresses on their ability to change characters so quickly. Afterwards, all of the villains “came to life” coming down the stairs while interacting with the audience and coming out of closets. The lighting heightened the experience while the children fought the fairy tale monsters. The screams coming from the audience shows it was effective and it also made my heart skip a beat.

The set then changes when the villains are defeated, and the backdrop becomes an extended part of the stage. This surprised me, but I was amazed at the creativity used to adapt the set. While I was watching the play, there were technical difficulties, but the cast and crew took it in their stride and repaired it during the interlude. As the show went on the extended part of the set resembled a forest, with Christmas trees littered everywhere. The tables are turned and instead of the children telling their stories, they became part of them when transported to this fairy tale land. The actors and actresses switch characters depending on the stories. More stories were told, becoming stranger and stranger as time went on.

Overall, I really enjoyed the play, I think it was well executed, engaging and an interesting twist of fairy tales originally by the brothers Grimm. The cast did an amazing job, and so did the crew. While watching the play, I was fully immersed into the story line, as had not heard many of the stories told during the play. I walked out of the theatre wishing I could see it all over again. While asking my peers about the play, they said this: “Been one of the best I’ve seen here” and “Amazing play, really put me in the Christmas mood”.

I highly recommend watching the play Grimm Tales at the Unicorn theatre relatively soon as it is only showing until the 6th January 2019. To book tickets go to the Unicorn website at It is a play worth watching with the family to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Sports Day 2018

On Wednesday afternoon, the whole school made it down to the Feel Good Centre to compete in track athletics events.  For the year 10s it was their last one which some really enjoyed:

“Today was really fun, we got to spend time with our form.”  (Amal 10W)

For year 7s it was their first sports day and they clearly enjoyed it:

“I like the adrenaline and competing against all other forms.” (Joni 7W)

For some it wasn’t as exciting:

“I’m too tired.”  (Divya 10W)

Although there were mixed views, we got some new school records:

Year 7 - Malaika in 7F ran 2:47 in the 800m.

Year 8 – Molly in 8G ran 2:46 in the 800m.

This year’s sports day was really well by the PE Department.  We are looking forward to the next sports day with the new year 7 students.

Written by Melissa and Amie  10S

Year 9 Netball Game

Last Thursday 13th September our year 9s faced Chingford Foundation in their first netball match of the year.

They successfully won the match which consisted of two halves of ten minutes.  At the end of the first half the result was 4-1 to WSFG which left us very hopeful going into the second half.  At the end of the second half Chingford came back fighting however WSFG still came out on top.  The end result was 4-3 to us.

Although it was a WSFG win the girls were clear on their areas for improvement.

“We worked well as a team and know what we need to work on next time.”  Jessica 9W

“We need to communicate a bit more as a team to be sure of great results.” Jae-Ming 8F

Ms Warren was very pleased with the girls’ performance.  “The year 9s are a fantastic team, they work so well together and their team spirit is incredible.  Every member gives 100% effort in every game and it is a pleasure to take them to fixtures.”   Ms Warren

Article by Amie and Melissa 
(PE student journalists)

Music Clubs

Voice                        Monday 12.50 – 1.20

Theory Club        Thursday 12.50 – 1.20

Orchestra              Thursday 3.30 – 4.30

Gospel Choir        Friday 12.50 – 1.20

Wind Ensemble  Friday 3.30 – 4.30

If you have instrumental lessons at school you must attend at least one of these clubs.


Ms Bradshaw
Head of Music

Sports Clubs

Cricket club

Monday lunch time 12.25-1.15

please buy a sandwich at break time. Bring your trainers

Handball club

Wednesday lunch time 12.25-1.00 GCSE PE

must attend and open to all other years as well. Bring your trainers.

Football club Year 9 and Year 10/11

Thursday lunch time 12.25-1.00

please bring your trainers I will be picking a team for the school team.

Trampolining club year 10/11

Wednesday after school 3.30-4.30 GCSE PE ONLY MUST ATTEND

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    Published 10/06/19

    Students Attend Performance of Beats on Pointe

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    Published 24/05/19

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