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Headteacher's Weekly Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our Drama and Diversity collaboration continued this week with nineteen students from Year 10 and 11 joining Ms Desbenoit and Ms Cornford on a trip to the Playhouse Theatre to see the performance Cyrano de Bergerac. Starring James McAvoy as Cyrano, the play tells a story of a love triangle, but also explores ideas about body image and truth. The modern adaptation features rhymes and rap battles and our students thoroughly enjoyed this modern take on a nineteenth century play, and found that the ideas explored still resonate for young people today.

On Tuesday, twelve Year 9 students were taken on a trip to the Financial Information Technology Office in Canary Wharf by Mr Giraud and Ms Shafiq. Students saw first hand how a software development firm operates and were fortunate to meet the Managing Director, as well as female members of the team who spoke about their career paths into the field of computing.

Also on Tuesday, eight students took part in the Essex County Badminton Championships, representing WSfG in an under-14 team and under-16 team. Both groups played extremely well and both finished 3rd place in their championship games respectively.  Congratulations to both teams and my thanks to Ms Black for supporting students at the event.

On Thursday, thirty Year 10 students went to the Forest School Careers Fair where they met representatives from universities, colleges, employers, gap year and work experience providers. My thanks to Ms Appleby and Ms Wood for assisting both Ms Philippou and the students on this trip.

Thursday evening marked the final Parents’ Evening for our Year 11 students, and arguably one of the most important meetings for parents, teachers and students ahead of students’ final exams in the Summer Term. It was a pleasure to meet up with parents and carers again, and remark on how fast the last few years have flown by.  I am sure that the evening helped students to understand the preparation required for their final months of study, as well as helping parents to see what support can be put in place for their children so that they reach their potential.

Finally, there is a Parent Governor vacancy in our Governing Body. Details will follow about how parents/carers can apply in the next edition, so please keep a look out if you are interested in joining our Governing Body.

Wishing all a good weekend, and to our Chinese community celebrating the Year of the Rat on Saturday, I wish you great happiness and prosperity and I hope you enjoy the festivities.

Wishing all a good weekend,

Meryl Davies