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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Headteacher's Fortnightly Message

16 December 2022

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

Thank you to all of you for your patience and support during what has been a challenging week. Apart from the boiler failure on Monday, which prevented us from opening, we have tried to keep the school open as normal, whilst at the same time trying to ensure that we keep everyone safe and allow for transport strikes and longer journey times. It has been difficult to allow students outside safely, though we have had the heated outdoor lunch patio open throughout the week to allow students to be outside and access some fresh air. Yesterday, the site team worked hard to open up a contained area outside so that students could play and walk safely.

Our students have been fantastic throughout the disruption and they are a real credit to you.

We have continued to run activities where possible. Visits to the Unicorn Theatre for year 7, the Old Vic to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Cambridge University talks were able to go ahead. Thank you to those staff who made this possible and to Ms Cornford and Ms Robinson for organising.

Although we had to cancel Monday’s concert due to bad weather and illness, Ms Bradshaw, Mr Murphy, Mr Hitchman and the team worked tirelessly yesterday to ensure that rehearsals and filming could go ahead. Ms Bradshaw has sent out the You Tube link to everyone who participated via parentmail. We hope you enjoy the show!

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to those who are celebrating. I hope you all have a safe, happy and healthy holiday and I look forward to seeing you and working with you again in the New Year.

Helen Marriott