Headteacher's Fortnightly Message
15th July 2022
Dear Students, Parents and Carers
This will be my final bulletin of the academic year so I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you for your support and kindness throughout the academic year. It has been a tough year in many ways, full of challenges for staff, students, parents and carers but because we work together as a WSFG family, this has made it so much easier. I am very proud of our students and everything they have achieved this year, as well as their resilience, courage and kindness. I look forward to continuing to work with you all over the next year.
We have had an incredibly busy week, both in and out of school. Staff have provided some fantastic enrichment opportunities for students, including our music department who organised the wonderful Summer Concert last night and the steel pans travelling to the Music for Youth music festival in Birmingham last Friday; years 7 to 10 have enjoyed the competitive spirit of Interform; year 7 enjoyed working with the Philosophy Man this week; year 10 practised their language skills and enjoyed a gastronomic treat on their visit to local Spanish and French restaurants; food and music students helped with the community party for elderly members of our local community; year 10 students went Behind the Scenes at The Old Vic.
Last week we welcomed year 6 students and their parents to our school community on transition day and parent information evening. We are looking forward to getting to know you next year!
I have written to you to explain that, sadly, we have had to cancel Sports Day due to the amber weather warning. Please see details in the Parentmail.
Red Weather Warning:
Please be assured that we are reviewing the situation in school and a full risk assessment is being undertaken, working closely with the local authority, to assess the situation in preparation for Monday. In the meantime, we will ensure that students avoid being outside in the heat and do not wear blazers or jumpers. The local authority have advised us that PE lessons should not take place.
Our year 10 students are role models for the rest of the school. I was therefore delighted but not surprised by some of the wonderful feedback we had about their work experience:
"It was a great pleasure to have 10 amazing students from your school who went out of their way to help not only the Hackney baby bank but to make a difference in the lives of so many struggling families"
"They showed amazing organisational/ leadership/ empathy and creative skills and excellent communication skills with families who could not speak English"
"They stayed to tidy and ensured that all tasks allocated were done to the highest specification."
"Truly impressive and we have now so many more promising talented volunteers who like to come and help with the summer and winter programmes."
A huge thank you to Ms Desbenoit for organising this for ALL of our students at a time when other schools have struggled to provide placements.
Year 10 students will be receiving their end of year results today. We are really proud of them and their achievements.
Hello and Goodbye
This term, we say goodbye to two long-standing members of staff. Mr Streader and Ms Winter between them have given 40 years of service to the school, which is an extraordinary commitment to education and to WSFG in particular.
We are also saying goodbye to: Ms Arbi and Ms Sulman, who joined us for maternity cover; Ms Conde-Pijal and Ms Diaw, who joined us as temporary Foreign Language Assistants; Ms Scully in PE who is retiring from teaching; Ms E Kelly who has relocated; Ms West our art technician; Ms Bourboin, Head of French; Ms Chai and Ms Gerdellja from our LLD department. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all for their hard work and commitment to the school and to wish them well in their new roles.
We will be welcoming Ms Balfour, Teacher of English; Ms Cheetham, Temporary Teacher of Latin; Ms Childs, Teacher of PE; Ms Flaender, Teacher of French; Ms Watts, DHOF Maths; Ms Woodhouse, Teacher of DT; Ms Zahid, Teacher of Religious Studies; Ms Wanya, French FLA; Mr de Prado, Spanish FLA; Ms McDonald, Learning Mentor, Wellbeing Hub Co-ordinator; Ms Colville-Parris, Art Technician;Ms Smith, Assistant SENCO and Mr Buchan, Data Manager. Ms Ali will be back to cover a period of maternity leave in Science.
Arrangements for the end of Summer term and start of the Autumn term:
Please see below for information about the start and end of term. We will finish on Tuesday at 12.30p.m. and we look forward to seeing all students again, feeling refreshed after the summer break, in full uniform and ready for learning on Friday 2nd September.
Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy summer break and look forward to working with you all again in September.
Start of Term Information:
Thursday 1st September: INSET day
Friday 2nd September:
- Year 7 students arrive at 10.30 and will leave at 3.30.
- Years 8 – 11 arrive at 11.00 to collect timetables and are dismissed at 12.30. This is to allow time for Year 7 students to familiarise themselves with the school and settle in.
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