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Diversity News

The latest news from WSFG on the subjects of Diversity and Equal Opportunities

Black History Month Celebrations
 

In our school community we celebrate Black History Month throughout the year not just in October!

Here are some great events that took place last year in our school: a Diversity trip to see Ballet Black perform at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Humanities research on black individuals of significance from History, Geography and Religion, a special assembly from Equal Opportunities Student Group etc.

The 2019 theme is Black migrations.

Please visit the Black History Month website for events, articles and videos.

There will be many events in our school including another diversity / drama trip to see Master Harold and the boys at the National Theatre, a Leadership Team assembly on Black Britain, Student Progress Leader assemblies on The Importance of Celebrating Black History Month etc.

Ms Desbenoit
Diversity Coordinator

 

Trip to National Theatre 8th October 

Diversity / Drama trip:

As part of our Black History Month celebration, Ms Cornford and I are delighted to invite 20 lucky students to watch 'Master Harold’… and the boys at the National theatre.

1950. Apartheid South Africa.

St George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, 1950. On a long rainy afternoon, employees Sam and Willie practise their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship.

Hally arrives from school to hide out in his parents’ tea room. These two men have been unlikely best friends to Hally his whole life. But it is apartheid era South Africa: he’s Master Harold, and they are the boys.

Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical and blistering masterwork explores the nature of friendship, and the ways people are capable of hurting even those they love.

The 20 lucky students from all Year Groups will attend a special performance on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30pm at the National Theatre.

Watch a clip of the show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSQDIEMsr0I

Tickets will be allocated on first come, first served basis. We are asking for a contribution of £7 towards the cost of this trip.

Come and get an info letter from Ms Cornford or Ms Desbenoit.

Remember that all parental / carer permissions and payments are through sQuid now so the letter has no permission slip, everything needs to be done via our online payment system.

Be quick and bonne chance!

Ms Desbenoit
Diversity Co Ordinator.

Ofsted Equality Questionnaire June 2019
 

Dear Parent/Carer

Please click here to see a letter from Ofsted regarding a survey to be carried out across schools.  If you are happy for your daughter to take part in this survey, please email the school: info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk giving permission for her to do so. 

Please respond no later than Monday 24th June 2019 at 5pm.

When replying, please state your daughter's full name and Tutor Group.

Our sincere thanks for your support in this matter.

Mrs M Davies
Head Teacher

Drama/Diversity 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
Menele10C
Tiffany 10C
Alanta 10C
Paris  10C
Elif  10S
Tulin  10S
Ikram 7G
Erin  7G
Meda  7G​​​​​​​
Lolita  7G​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Rylie7G
Muskaan  10S
Jessica  9W
Julia 8W
Edith 8W​​​​​​​
Kesia  10C
Carys 7W​​​​​​​
Tanvi 7S
Sylvia  7W RESERVE​​​​​​​
Alina  8W RESERVE

Watch a clip of the show here

Ramadan Guidelines
 

Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim students!

Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar has started.

It is a month of self-discipline through fasting from dawn to dusk and offering late night prayers. It is also a month of sacrifice through charity giving and helping those less fortunate.

The decision to observe Ramadan is a personal one.  If you have any concerns that fasting will have a significant impact on your health or well-being please seek advice.

Exams during Ramadan: 4 Tips for keeping well

Ramadan brings new challenges for Muslim students during the exam period.  Getting organised and planning your time effectively during Ramadan can maintain your well-being and ensure exam success. Here are some top tips to help you through this period:

1.       Plan your meals and nutritional needs

It is important to plan your meals and how you are going to meet your nutritional needs during Suhur (pre-dawn meal) and Iftaar (breaking of the fast meal). Getting the right balance of carbs, proteins, vegetables, fruits along with drinking plenty of water can have a significant impact on energy levels during the day.

2.       Revise differently and plan ahead

You will need to work out a routine that works for you that factors in enough revision and rest time. Make a revision timetable that factors in rest periods during the exam period. You may have other responsibilities too so take those into account when planning.

Lack of concentration, your mind wondering and feeling sleepy can occur during fasting. Revision cards, mind maps and other techniques can help condense essential information into bite size chunks that are easier to absorb.

3.       Utilise your lunch times

Decide what you will do with this lunchtime. You could use this as a quiet revision time in the LRC or go to our Prayer and Contemplation room.

4.       Take a break

It is essential you plan in a few breaks during your day. Regular breaks increase productivity, reduce stress and get you focused. In your break and lunch times, you could walk around our beautiful school. The fresh air will help you if you feel energy levels dip. Bring a friend and have a catch up!

Prayer and Contemplation room 

Please be respectful and ensure our Prayer and Contemplation room and washroom are left clean and tidy during this busy time. Leave the rooms as you wish to find them (prayer mats folded / no paper towel on the floor).

Ms Desbenoit
Head of Year 11 / Diversity Coordinator

Drama/Diversity 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

Diversity Workshops 

All Year 8 students were lucky to participate in a one hour Diversity workshop on Wednesday 20th June 2018.

The aim of the workshop was to give our students an opportunity to engage with issues around sexual orientation and gender identity in a safe and open environment.

The key messages were ones of kindness, respect and equality.

In our school we want students to feel free to express themselves and feel valued for their uniqueness.

We listened to LGBT volunteer role models whose powerful stories gave an insight in to the experiences of LGBT people. A Q&A followed which helped develop students’ empathy, understanding and acceptance and challenge stereotypes and prejudice.

Here are their views:

I really enjoyed this workshop because of how everyone came together and expressed their feelings on LGBT+. It’s really wonderful that the charity is spreading more awareness on the subject. I felt like it was a very safe and accepting atmosphere and overall believe everyone should receive a chance to speak to them also -Aliyah 8S

I thought this session was very good to help inform people about different people’s stories and how you never know what people go through in life- Bo 8F

I liked how open the role models were and how open we could be with them. It was nice learning about LGBT+ because it opened my eye more to this community- Rachel 8F

The atmosphere was really inviting and Tanya and Alex’s stories were very inspirational and made me realise that anyone can be who they want to be and we should accept anyone who is part of LGBT+ and never judge them if we don’t know their full stories. Katie was also really helpful with the meanings of terms – Amber 8W

I think all schools should get to have this workshop because it would be really beneficial to people wanting to come out as it would make them feel safe and secure. - Aoife 8S

 What I liked about the workshop is that it educates people to be more open minded and confident to discuss LGBT+ topics, which helps us become kinder and more accepting. –Amanta 8S

I really enjoyed this workshop because their stories were really relatable and it was really educational. No one felt awkward or uncomfortable. – Jay Ming 8F

You should accept people for who they are and not treat anyone any differently. – Jessica 8F

I liked the fact that the two role models had the courage and confidence to tell their stories and their message. It was a phenomenal activity and very inspiring.-Destiny 8C

I really enjoyed all of the session and all of the honesty. During the session, we were able to hear both stories and how they felt when they came out. They told us how to be supportive and that was really helpful. - Ornalda 8C

I liked that I learnt new things about the LGBT+ community and how to understand people better, really enjoyed it. – Tatiana 8H

I enjoyed how they told their own stories to inspire us and convey messages such as you should try to be a supportive friend to anyone you know comes out to you because it’s a privilege they trust you. - Anisa 8H.

I have now a bigger understanding of the LGBT+ community. The role models were really brave and I think everybody should see this work shop. – Deja 8H.

I really enjoyed this session as it showed me and others that you shouldn’t be afraid to be yourself. It’s wonderful how Tanya and Alex shared their personal stories to all of us. I found them so inspirational and brave– Ilgin 8G.

I was very proud of how well our students behaved and how respectful and open minded they were.

Ms Desbenoit
Diversity Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Turing Monopoly 

In celebration of the life of Alan Turing, members of Year 9 have been playing the Alan Turing edition of Monopoly. It is based on a hand-drawn version of the game which Alan played over 50 years ago. The original can be seen in the Bletchley Park Museum.

Ms Robinson
Challenge Co-ordinator


 

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