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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Year 11

2020-2021

Worried or Anxious?  

Here is a booklet full of information that we hope will help our students and parents/carers during this uncertain time ... 

A Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty 

Year 11 Parent Information Evening (PIE)
 

24 September 2020

Dear Year 11 Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all well.  As you may be aware Walthamstow School for Girls were due to host our Year 11 Parent Information Evening (PIE) this evening. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions around social gathering it is impossible for us to hold this event in school. 

To ensure you are fully informed about all the information that is relevant to year 11 students this year, we have decided to record a presentation that covers the key topics that we would normally discuss during the PIE evening. This will remain available on our YouTube channel and on the website so you can view it whenever you want. 

The presentation includes an overview of the main changes that we have introduced in school in order to ensure everyone is safe on site, as well as the steps we have put in place to ensure we can continue teaching live lessons remotely in the event of another lockdown. It also contains details on GCSE courses, the SIMS Parent App, Squid and key dates for Year 11 this year. 

Here is the link to the main presentation, I hope you find it useful. 

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. 

Kind regards

Mrs Careless-Pye
Year 11 Student Progress Leader

Year 11 English

Year 11 Mathematics

Year 11 Science

Year 11 Key Dates
 

AUTUMN  TERM

  • Tuesday 8 September to Friday 18 December 2020
  • Friday 16 October 2020 - Inset for staff training - school closed for students
  • Autumn Half Term - Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2020
  • Christmas holiday (Early Closure at 13.00) - Monday 21 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021

SPRING  TERM

  • Monday 4 January 2021 to Thursday 01 April 2021
  • Mock exams - 4th January – 22nd January 2021
  • Mock results Day - 12th February 2021
  • Spring Half Term - Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 2021
  • Parent/Carer Evening - 25th February 2021 (provisional)
  • Easter Holiday - Friday 02 April 2021 to Friday 16 April 2021

SUMMER  TERM

  • Monday 19 April 2021 to Thursday 22 July 2021
  • Summer Half Term - Tuesday 01 June to Friday 04 June 2021
  • GCSE Exams - 17 May to 18 June 2021

Please note that all of these dates are subject to amendment

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair 

This is a quick reminder about our upcoming UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair, which is coming up very soon! We've designed the fair to feel exactly like a Careers Fair, just on your laptop. You'll be able to visit a virtual Exhibition Hall full of over 90 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers and scroll through their colourful and informative stands and chat directly to representatives. We'll also have a virtual Auditorium where webinars will be taking place throughout the day. More information is contained in the email below, so please forward this onto your students and colleagues to encourage them to register.

Join us on Wednesday 4th November from 12pm to 6pm. The event is completely free of charge, and open to students in Year 13, 12 and 11. Russell Group, red brick, modern and specialist universities will be attending, including Southampton, Kent, Essex, Brighton, Hertfordshire and UAL. You can view all of our exhibitors (so far!) here.

Our live webinars will be led by university representatives and apprenticeship providers and packed with advice. We've spread them out throughout the day to ensure your students can take part in informative and engaging webinars whether they log-in at school or at home. Here's a selection of webinars for you, you can view the full timetable here.

1pm - Personal Statement (presented by University of Portsmouth)

3.30pm - Why Study at a Business School (presented by ESCP Europe)

4pm - Student Finance (presented by City, University of London)

5pm - Personal Statement (presented by University of Surrey)

We're very excited to welcome you along to a great event which will provide your students with a wealth of guidance and inspiration.

If you have any questions please get in touch.

NHS Test and Trace App - Information for over 16s
 

Today, NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.

The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over. This means that some students in year 11, students in years 12, 13 and in further education colleges will be eligible to use the app and benefit from its features. 

The DfE has produced a factsheet about the app for parents/carers and anyone over 18, which can be accessed here.

Student Mobile Phones 2020-21
 

During the period of the COVID-19 pandemic mobile phones WILL be allowed to be carried by students during the school day at WSFG.

  • We understand that parents / carers may wish their children to have mobile phones for safety purposes on the way to and from school.
  • To allow for this ALL students will be required to turn off (not on silent) their mobile phones before they enter school and place them securely in their school bags.
  • The phone must NOT be taken out of the bag and turned on and checked / used at any time during the school day.
  • The phone will remain in the student bag, but this may be left unattended in a classroom at times during the school day, so students bring their phones into school at their OWN risk.
  • Phones can be used on exit from the school premises once students are outside the school gates.
  • Note that SMART watches such as Fitbits are NOT allowed to be worn in school and must not be brought into school.

Sanctions:

If a student is found to be using a mobile phone in school:

  • The mobile phone will be confiscated by a member of staff.
  • If the student does not hand over the mobile phone straight away or argues with the member of staff, a further sanction will be applied.
  • Mobile phones will NOT be returned directly to students.
  • Parents / carers will receive a phone call (usually the day after confiscation) asking them to collect the phone from the school office, following Covid-19 handling restrictions.

Important Note:

Mobile phones that are brought into school by students are  done so at the student’s OWN risk.

The school takes no responsibility for loss or damage of mobile phones if they are brought into school by students.

September 2020

College "Open Evenings"/Virtual Tours
 

Woodford County High School
 

Fashion Retail Academy
 

 

Let your students know applications are now open for September 2021!

Virtual Open Day Dates


Level 4 Virtual Open Day
Tuesday 29th September 2020

Degree Virtual Open Day
Wednesday 7th October 2020

To register for the event
Click Here
 

 

FRA Traineeship Platform

We are now accepting applications to our brand new traineeship programme!

For further information please email traineeships@fra.ac.uk
 

 

 

Are your students interested in FASHION & BUSINESS?

The Saturday Club is a FREE programme that gives young people in years 8, 9, 10 & 11 the unique opportunity to study Fashion & Business on Saturday mornings free of charge starting in January 2021.


Teachers are vital in referring young people to the Club and in breaking down barriers to future possibilities.
We encourage teachers to nominate students who may lack confidence or may face additional disadvantages and barriers to success in school.

For further information please
click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Access Creative College Open Day 

This e-mail is to make you aware of our Open Day which takes place on Tuesday 27th October which has 8 slots all running at 15 mins each - the first slot starts at 3pm and the last slot starts at 5.45pm  Could I kindly ask you to make all your budding musicians, games designers, producers, songwriters, visual artists, event organisers, software developers and entrepreneurs aware of our Open Day please.

Access Creative College has been delivering creative education for over twenty-five years and we are now offering courses in Games, Media, Music, Events, Computing and as well as now delivering Apprenticeships

To book a free place at our Open Day please BOOK HERE.

Please bear in mind this is a Covid Secure Open Day so places are limited and only 1 guest is allowed per booking.

Our Visitor Covid Secure Site Plan will be distributed once a booking has been made for the Open Day.

Kind Regards

Adrian Merchant
Engagement and Events Manager
Mobile: 0203 920 8267
Telephone: 0207 613 8380

Access Creative College - Music 

Upcoming Open Event

Music & Events // Music Tech // Games & Computing // Media & Design

We are now taking bookings for our upcoming event on 27/10/20 and places can be booked here: https://www.accesscreative.ac.uk/open-events

Following our COVID safety regulations, we will have limited capacity at our Open Day events, so booking is essential!

Please share with students who have a passion for all things creative!

Stay Safe, Stay Creative!

NewVIc Autumn Update 

NewVIc Schools Newsletter Autumn Edition.


Here you will find an update on our range of new online IAG services to support students in selecting the right courses for their chosen careers.   You will also find updates on our college applications, interview processes.  We will also be sharing useful links for staff and students to support your delivery and students' well-being. 


Here to help


To find out how we can support you and your students with bespoke sessions and careers guidance, please contact Parul, our Schools Liaison Officer.

Parul Begum
pbegum@newvic.ac.uk
020 7540 0658
 
Upcoming webinars
Understand how OFSTED will inspect your remote learning provision

Webinar by Cambridge English: Listening at C1 and C2

Learning to collaborate: Opening the English exam/general divide in English

Kahoot training for beginners
 
 
Virtual Open Day
Saturday 10 October 2020
11am - 3:30pm

An opportunity for Year 11's to explore our wide range of courses and discover their career passions. 

Year 11's will also have the opportunity to:
  • meet expert teaching staff
  • take part in exciting activities
  • hear from a wide range of guest speakers including alumni, our student union, employers and our colleagues from leading universities
  • receive advice and guidance on careers and progression routes
  • Apply on the day
Subject registrations now open
(with live Q&A)

Saturday 10 October 2020

Please share these links with your students to register for their courses of interest.  All subjects will discuss the different levels on offer.
 

Art & Design (BTEC)
Biology & Human Biology (A Level and Subsidiary Diploma)
Business (A Level & BTEC & T Level)
Chemistry (A Level)
Childcare & Education (BTEC)
Computer Science (A Level & BTEC & T Level )
Construction and the Built Environment (BTEC & T Level)
Criminology (Subsidiary Diploma)
Economics & Financial Studies (A Level & L3 Certificate)
Electrical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering (BTEC & T Level)
English Language & English Literature (A Level)
Foundation Learning (Level 1 and Entry Level)
Geography (A Level)
Government & Politics (A Level)
Health & Social Care (BTEC & Subsidiary Diploma & T Level)
History & Classics (A Level)
IT Networking & Systems and IT Practioners (BTEC)
Law (A Level & Subsidiary Diploma)
Media and TV & Film (BTEC & Subsidiary Diploma)
Maths & Further Maths (A Level)
Performing & Production Arts (BTEC)
Philosophy (A Level)
Physics (A Level)
Psychology (A Level & Subsidiary Diploma)
Religious Studies (A Level)
Sociology (A Level)
Spanish (A Level)
Science (BTEC)
Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness (BTEC & T Level)
Travel & Tourism (BTEC)
 

Further sessions with live Q&A

Ask the Principal Q&A
Careers Advice and Guidance Q&A
Inclusive Learning Support Q&A
 
Virtual
Entry Level Afternoon

Wednesday 14 October 2020
1:30pm - 3pm

Aimed at entry-level students and their parents to meet current students and course Tutors online.  

An opportunity to find out more about entry-level programmes and progression opportunities.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions, hear from current students and watch videos of what they'll be learning on the course. 

This session will take place on Google Meet.  Book your place by emailing pbegum@newvic.ac.uk
Live Course Advice on Zoom
Wednesday 21 October 2020
4pm - 5pm 

This live session is held by experienced advice and guidance practitioners and careers advisors to support students in making informed choices and includes:
  • Careers advice
  • Course exploration
  • Progression opportunities
  • Review entry requirements and course combinations
  • One to one information and advice
  • Support in completing online an application form
This session will take place on Zoom. 
Students can register at NewVIc Course Advice
 
Year 11 assemblies and careers fairs
We are happy to attend your Year 11 asemblies in person or virtually.  If you would like us to send you a virtual video of our Principal's assembly, please get in touch. 

We are also preparing a careers related video for Year 11 students to complement school careers fairs and college roadshows.  Please get in touch if you would like to share the video with your students. 

Parul Begum
pbegum@newvic.ac.uk
020 7540 0658
 
Applications and interviews update 
Our online application for September 2021 will be open from October 2020.  

Students are advised to apply with their predicted grades to enable a full assessment of their application. Students will have telephone interviews from January 2020.

If you would like to organise a dedicated interview date for your Year 11 cohort, please email pbegum@newvic.ac.uk
 
 
Online Master Classes and Tasters
February - May 2021
Our new masterclasses and taster sessions will take place online via Google Classroom and Zoom.

These sessions will be highly engaging, interactive and will complement students' current learning and future post-16 research.

Bookings will be available in due course. To register early interest early email pbegum@newvic.ac.uk
 
 

Mulberry University Technical College 

Currently we will be doing a normal open day on the 12th of November from 4-6 unless Government guidance changes.  Further information can be found on our website

Warm regards,

Mulberry UTC

Bancroft's School 

This year our 16+ Open Event will be conducted virtually on Tuesday 29 September starting at 5.30pm.  It will be in the form of a virtual meeting conducted via Microsoft Teams. It will be divided into two sections. 

The first, from 5.30pm to 6.00pm, will be an opportunity to hear from our Head and also the Head of the Sixth Form about our ethos, Sixth Form life and also our new Sixth Form Charter which has been developed to foster skills for life alongside our Bancroft’s values. 

The second part of the evening (6.00pm to 7.00pm) will give pupils and parents/carers the chance to join a series of meetings with subject heads to find out more about the subjects we offer for
A Level.  There will be a separate meeting for each subject and attendees will be able to drop into meetings as they wish.  All meetings offer the opportunity for Q&A.   We find that at 16+ prospective pupils are more interested in finding out about A Level subjects than actually touring the site. We do however hope at some point to be able to arrange in-person tours.

We ask that pupils register for this event on-line:

Following their registration, they will be sent details of how to join the event.  There will also be a dedicated page set up on our website as a 16+ Virtual Open Event page.  Again, details will be sent after the Open Event registration form has been completed.

We are already taking registrations to sit our 16+ entrance tests.  Registrations for the tests, which take place on Saturday 7 November, close on Wednesday 14 October.

I hope this is helpful and clarifies our process for this very strange year. Please encourage your pupils to visit our website for more information.  If you, or they, have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either me or Mrs Stephanie Wallis, our Admissions Registrar   

We look  forward to “meeting” your pupils on 29 September.

New City College
 

Now that dates for our Open Days have been agreed, I would like to share them with you to put into your diary: 

Saturday 21st November 2020 

Saturday 16th January 2021 

Tuesday 9th February 2021 

Saturday 20th March 2021 

However, I would like to note that although these dates are confirmed, the format of the events themselves has not been agreed. This is obviously due to the ever-changing situation with Covid-19.  

Once an event format has been agreed for each event as it happens, I will keep you updated nearer the time.  

In the meantime, please share with your students our Virtual Open Day page on the website that has student views on the college. There is also a virtual tour of the campus and an introduction from the Deputy Principal Phil Hall. Students can also keep an eye on the NCC Campus Events page on the website for other events. 

We are also taking applications for 2020/2021 online. If the students wish to register interest in a course earlier rather than later. Our enrolment usually closes around the second week of September for 16-18's.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require any further information. 

Warm Regards

Amanda Fox 
Schools Liaison Outreach Coordinator 

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New City College | Epping Forest Campus 
Tel: 0208 502 8717

Ashmole Academy 

Open Evenings for Secondary Transfer and Sixth Form will be conducted on line this year due to the pandemic.  Full details will be available on the Ashmole Academy school website later this month.

Kind regards,  ​

Mrs M Donelly | Admissions Co-ordinator

Ashmole Academy, Cecil Road, London, N14 5RJ

T: 0208 361 2703

www.ashmoleacademy.org

The Brit School 

We will be holding Virtual Open Evenings this year.

Post 16 Wednesday 30th September 4.00-8.00 pm 

KS4 Thursday 15th October 4.00-8.00 pm

You can find details regarding these events nearer the time on our website.

The closing date for Post 16  Performing Arts is 16th November 2020, Creative Arts is 31st January 2021, KS4 is 11th January

Regards

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The BRIT School 60 The Crescent, Croydon CR0 2HN

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Latymer School
 

We plan to publish our Year 11 virtual tour on our webpage on or around 3 November 2020.

We would ask all interested students to monitor the above page, as the intention is to publish our registration form early part of October 2020.

Yours sincerely

Miss C Connolly
Admissions Office
The Latymer School
Haselbury Road
London
N9 9TN
0208 807 4037 

A Message from your SPL 

4 September 2020

Dear Year 11 Students, Parents and Carers,

I hope you all had a lovely summer break. We will be welcoming all Year 11 students back to WSFG on Tuesday 8th September at 1:30pm. There will be many changes to the school environment, and it will be quite different to last year's school routine. Our main priority is to ensure the safety of all students and staff therefore we have put many new measures in place.

All students and parents/carers will be required to complete a Covid Contract before students can return to school. This is to ensure everyone agrees to comply with our new regulations which will keep both students and staff safe and therefore families as well. There are two different links for this, one for parents/carers and one for students. The deadline for completing the contract is Friday 4th September. If we do not receive both Covid Contracts, we will be unable to welcome students back into school, so it is absolutely vital these are both completed. If you have any issues with the contract, please contact us on info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk. Here is the Covid Safety Contract for you to complete:

Student Contract

Parent Contract

Our expectations in terms of uniform remain in place and students will need to be in full school uniform including blazer and lanyard, with appropriate school shoes on the first day back. Rules on jewellery, nails and hair colour have not changed and must be adhered to. Students will also need to have sensible warm, waterproof black outerwear e.g. coat, jacket and/or an umbrella as there will be times when they will be outdoors regardless of the weather.

When students arrive at school on Tuesday 8th at 1:30pm they will enter the school site via the side gate which leads on to the MUGA, not through the usual student entrance. To ensure we maintain the highest levels of hygiene we have installed hand washing facilities at this location and all students will be required to thoroughly wash their hands. Immediately after doing this, students will line up on the MUGA in tutor groups as they would do for a fire drill, maintaining a distance of at least one metre between them and the student in front. This routine will become the new normal and will happen at the start of every day.

Tutors will be there at the start of the first day to welcome students and when the entire form class is lined up they will be escorted to a classroom. During the course of the morning students will be given their timetable and planner, and the school routine will be carefully explained as well as all the measures the school has put in place to ensure the environment is ‘Covid-secure’. Students will be with their tutor group until 3:15pm and then will be escorted to the student gate and dismissed. We will be asking all students to empty their old locker from last year on the first day back, so students need to bring an empty bag with them if they still have belongings in lockers.

To ensure we minimise the risk of any members of our school community contracting Covid19 we have made a number of changes to the school day. Some of these will seem complicated and even frustrating at times but they have all been made to keep everyone safe and they are absolutely necessary. From Wednesday 9th September Year 10 and Year 11 students will have subject days, which means they will focus on one GCSE subject per day. This will allow deep focus to support students at the start of their GCSE journey. Students will be in the same room for the day, which will prevent movement around the school building and enable social distancing to be maintained.

Below are the details of the year 10 school day:

Activity

Time

Details

Entry

9:30am

Students will enter via the MUGA gates for hand washing then line up in tutor group. Subject teachers will call out class list and students will be escorted to period 1.

Please consider the weather when coming to school as students will be standing outside at this point. Bring a suitable black jacket and/or an umbrella.

Period 1

9:30am-10:10am

Period 1 Teacher will escort students to lesson

Period 2

10:10am–11:30am

Hand sanitise at start of lesson.

Period 3

11:30am-1:30pm

Hand sanitise at start of lesson.

Lunch

11:50pm-12:50pm

  • Students will be escorted by subject teacher to the Year 11 lunch zone via the ADT/Food room exit. This zone at the front of The House is the only area students are allowed in during lunchtime.
  • The toilets available to Year 11s during lunch are G32 (beside the staffroom).
  • Students will line up in tutor groups on the upper terrace (picnic table area overlooking the Greek Theatre) and will then be escorted to the MUGA for hand washing and to join the lunch queue.
  • After eating students will return to the Year 11 lunch zone through the doors from the dining room, walking past the school allotments.
  • At the end of lunch students line up in tutor groups on the upper terrace again and will be escorted to their period 4 lesson.

Period 4

1:30pm-2:30pm

Line up on Upper Terrace in tutor groups. Students will be escorted to period 4 by subject teacher.

Period 5

2:30pm-3:40pm

Hand sanitise at start of lesson.

Dismissal

3:40pm

Students escorted to Student Gate and dismissed.

Friday Week A - Finish at 2:30pm - period 4 teacher will escort to the student gate for dismissal.

We will also be asking students to follow specific procedures during the school day to keep everyone safe:

  • We wish all members of our school community to wear a face mask when moving around the building. Students will be asked to remove the mask once inside the classroom and place it in a plastic bag.
  • Lunchtimes will be staggered, and it is vital students stay in their zone and do not mix with any other year groups.
  • Students should maintain the social distancing guideline of 1 metre plus with other students in their class/year group whenever possible. All desks in classrooms will be forward facing to ensure this is possible.
  • Students must maintain the social distancing guideline of 2 metres with staff at all times.
  • At lunchtimes students will not be allowed inside the building unless the weather is particularly bad. Students must bring appropriate clothing and outerwear e.g. black coat/jacket/an umbrella.
  • We would like students to leave the dining room immediately after finishing eating.
  • There will be separate areas for students eating school lunch and those having packed lunch. We don’t want students going through the dining room just to buy a drink so if bringing a packed lunch, students should bring a drink with them.
  • On days when students have PE, they must wear PE kit to school in the morning as there are no changing room facilities. Students must wear their blazer over their PE polo shirt. If wearing a skort or shorts students should wear black jogging bottoms on top of them. If students do not own black jogging bottoms, they can wear their school skirt or school trousers over the skort/shorts.
  • Students will not have lockers this year and so it is very important they all have an appropriate school bag to carry their books and belongings.
  • Students will need to use specific toilets if they need to go during lesson time to avoid mixing with other year groups. For year 10s this will be F42 or G55 (whichever toilet is on the same floor as the lesson). Students in music or PE lessons will use W16. There are signs on the door of all toilets to state how many people are allowed in the toilet at one time and this number must not be exceeded.

Finally, here is the equipment list stating items all students will need when they return to school.

Equipment needed by all students  

Students will be expected to have their OWN equipment in school each day. This is to remove the need to borrow equipment. They should all have:  

  • Alcohol gel/hand sanitiser  
  • Pen, pencil, ruler and eraser  
  • Calculator  
  • Glue stick  
  • Small paper cutting scissors (with rounded safety blades)  
  • Colouring pencils  
  • Warm waterproof outerwear and/or an umbrella
  • A water bottle (that can be re filled at school)  
  • A face mask (not a scarf, bandana or niqab) for use in school communal areas and on public transport.

Obviously it is going to take some time for us all to get used to these new rules and arrangements, but I know how flexible and resilient our students are and I am confident they will adapt to this quickly. I am really looking forward to seeing all Year 11s again on Tuesday 8th September!

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Careless-Pye
Year 11 Student Progress Leader

Exam Anxiety - Supporting at Home 

Please click here for helpful advice on supporting your daughter through her exams. 

A Reminder for all Year 11 Students  

Important Reminder 

All Year 11 students need to regularly check their school e-mails for important information that is sometimes sent to them. 

If they are unsure of their email addresses, please speak to one of the IT Technicians in F15. 

Many thanks 

Ms Brickett 
Exams & Assessment Manager 

College/Sixth Form Lunchtime Assemblies 

We currently have no college/sixth form assemblies scheduled. 

College/Sixth Form Open Days/Evenings 

Please note students are NOT ALLOWED to attend Open Days during the normal school day!

College References 

If you require a college reference you need to hand in your completed application form to Student Services in the morning, before registration.  You will then be able to collect it after school that day. 

Any applications/requests received after break may not be completed until the following day. 

We have to adopt this procedure as hundreds of requests come in each year and they all need to be logged and completed. 

For on-line applications, where a contact e-mail address is requested, you should use the following address: 

rjolliffe@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk 

If you have any questions, please see Ms Careless-Pye or Ms Jolliffe. 

Tips for College Interviews  

Tips to make your interview a success are: 

  • Have a conversation.  The most successful applicants are those who are themselves 

  • Ask questions.  Do express your interest in why you want to study the subject(s) you have applied for and the College 

  • Be yourself. Don’t try to answer questions based on what you think your interviewer wants to hear 

  • Prepare.  Find out about the course(s) you’ve applied for.  Find out about the career paths or further study options.  Find out about the College.  Have a look through the website. 

  • Be ready.  Always arrive at least 15 minutes early. 

Chemistry Revision   

Great summary sheets for all Chemistry topics: 

Find these summary sheets for all AQA GCSE Chemistry / Trilogy topics here at  

OR 

I have also saved the relevant sections in Student resources/ Science/ 0 new AQA /Chem revise summary sheets (YouTube) 

Ms Brunas 

Year 11 English Workbooks 

Workbooks for ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ are available at Student Services at a reduced cost of £4 each. Please see student services before or after school if you would like to purchase these workbooks. 

Ms Schaber 
Head of English Faculty 

Year 11 Geography Revision   

In preparation for the GCSEs, Mr Sterlini has created a revision list for the Year 11 Geography paper which can be found here 

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Lunch Money Loans  

The number of students borrowing money for lunch increased dramatically last school year.  Lunch money loans should be for emergency purposes only.  

Walthamstow School for Girls offers a  Top-Up facility via sQuid enabling both students and parents to check balances, top-up lunch money, pay for trips and other sundry items at their own convenience.  

An automatic Top-Up can also be activated ensuring your daughter never runs out of money.  

A reminder to parents/carers that if you wish to pay for your daughter’s school meals by cheque, please make the cheque payable to ‘Olive Dining Ltd’. 

All students have also been given usernames and passwords to enable payments to be made online via our sQuid system. If you would like a reminder of your daughter’s username and password, please contact Student Services. 

Ms Jolliffe 
Student Services 

GCSE PE   

GCSE PE revision guides are for sale from the PA office for £2.50 each.  

Please see Ms Wood or Ms Warren if you would like to buy one. 

PSHE in Year 11  

 

 

 

 


2019-2020 

 

Key Dates for Year 10  2019-20 

Date Event
10 October Early Closure at 14.30 for Open Evening
11 October School Closure for Staff Training
15 October Parent Information Evening
9 December School Closure
10 December Early Closure at 14.30 for Community Party
12 December Christmas Concert
20 December End of Autumn Term, Early Closure at 13.00
6 March International Women's Day
26 March Parents' Evening
8 May Bank Holiday (Friday)
13 May Early Closure at 14.30 for Staff Training
1-26 June Year 10 Exams
22-26 June MFL Oral Exams
10 June Early Closure at 14.30 for Staff Training
29 June - 10 July Work Experience Fortnight
15 July Exam Results Event
17 July End of Summer Term, Early Closure at 13.00

Worried or Anxious? 

Here is a booklet full of information that we hope will help our students and parents/carers during this uncertain time ...

A Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty

A Message from your SPL - 14 July 2020 

14 July 2020

Dear students, parent and carers of Year 10

I hope you had a lovely weekend and you are well? Welcome to Week 12 of online learning, who would have thought that we would have arrived here? We are in the last week of the summer term and edging nearer to that well-deserved summer break.

Please use the summer to relax, see friends and family and have an enjoyable time. But please do remember to follow government guidelines. You need to use this time to recharge and get ready for September and the start of Year 11. School will be organised very differently when we do come back in September so please check your e-mails for details of your return to school date. The week before we return, you will also be asked to complete an electronic home-school agreement before you come back to school so that we are confident that everyone understands the systems and expectations to ensure that everyone is safe so please check your e-mails for this towards the end of the holidays!

If you wish to do a little work, please use the time to do revision. Use GCSEPod to go over topics already covered and to check understanding and to get your notes in place for year 11.

Remember to keep the momentum going with your work right until the end of the summer term! Complete and submit all your assignments by Friday and use the summer break to catch up and revise so you are up to date and ready for the next academic year. If you have any general school issues or you are having problems with Teams, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  

Most of you have now received a personalised phone call from your tutor. We want ALL of you to have had a positive conversation before the end of the school year so you should have the opportunity to speak to your tutor this week if you have not done so already. 

Here is the link for this week’s full VTALK ScheduleI encourage you to join a particularly interesting talk on Wednesday at 10am when Paralympian Anna Turney will be reflecting on her own journey and sharing life lessons with young people including the importance of goal setting, working hard and developing resilience.

I hope you all have a fantastic summer break and get the opportunity to meet up with friends and family and enjoy your holiday. I can't wait to see you all again in September to start Year 11 and your GCSEs!

Have a great last week and I will catch up with you all during tutor time on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Stay well see you all in September

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 6 July 2020 

6 July 2020

Dear Year 10  students, parents and carers

Welcome to week 11 of online learning, we have two weeks of this school year left, let’s make sure we finish on a high note with all work completed. The next two weeks are going to see more of you in school for longer, getting to spend time in your options subjects and getting time with those teachers. We have had a very successful 3 weeks in your core subjects, with lots of happy faces leaving. I hope to see more of you in person. 

Saturday 4 July saw the easing of many lockdown restrictions and I hope you all remained safe and alert whilst enjoying the return to a slightly more normal way of life. Social distancing has now become part of daily life for us all but the re-opening of many restaurants, cinemas, theme parks and hairdressers will hopefully provide more opportunities for us to venture out and enjoy ourselves!! I hope you all managed to have a wonderful weekend, maybe getting your hair cut or having a milkshake with friends. We had more freedom to see family and friends from Saturday, keeping a
1 metre plus distance at all times of course. I know many of you have been finding lockdown difficult over the past couple of weeks and so hopefully the relaxation of the restrictions will allow you to have a bit more fun! 

Here is this week’s Speakers for Schools programme.  Please do sign up to watch some of these inspiring virtual talks if you get the chance. 

Upcoming Vtalks - Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools are excited to present our weekly VTalks schedule! This schedule will be updated weekly and talks will be targeted to different age groups and is accessible via the links below. To view anonymously, click the on Vtalk link in the schedule below and select: (Watch on the web instead > Join anonymously). Watch how to join the VTALK

www.speakersforschools.org

Remember we are here to support you if you need us. We only want you to spend one hour completing your work for each subject. If you have any questions about your assignments, please post a message on the chat to your teacher who will get back to you when they can. 

It is really important to us that you have the opportunity to stay connected with school, your tutor and your friends, which is why we have Tutor Time every Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. In addition to this you will all receive a call from your form tutor over the final few weeks of term to check how you are, how you have coped with lockdown, and have a chat about what you may have planned for the summer holidays. Your tutor will contact your parent or carer and request to speak to you, so I really hope you enjoy these conversations and the chance to catch up with your form tutor. 

I hope you all have a great week, please keep up the fantastic work!

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 29 June 202029 June 2020

Dear Students, parent/carers of Year 10

Welcome to week 10 of online learning, I hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend. I would like to say well done to you all for working so hard and showing real independence and resilience. It was wonderful to see so many of you in school for Maths last week, all leaving with big smiles. This week we have Science. Please remember to bring your CALCULATOR. We are making plans for the final two weeks of school and Ms Kennedy will be writing to you and your families later this week to update you once our plans are finalised.

Saturday 4th July sees the easing of many lockdown restrictions and I hope you will all remain safe and alert whilst enjoying the return to a slightly more normal way of life. Social distancing has now become part of daily life for us all but the re-opening of many restaurants, cinemas, theme parks and hairdressers will hopefully provide more opportunities for us to venture out, enjoy ourselves!! We will have more freedom to see family and friends from Saturday and will be able to spend time indoors or outdoors with people, keeping a 1 metre plus distance at all times of course. I know many of you have been finding lockdown difficult over the past couple of weeks and so hopefully the relaxation of the restrictions will allow you to have a bit more fun! 

The Speakers for Schools programme this week includes talks from Mark Maciver, the barber responsible for styling the hair of Stormzy and Anthony Joshua, authors Marlon James and Ekow Eshun, and an event celebrating women in engineering who work for Thames Water. Please do sign up to watch some of these inspiring virtual talks if you get the chance.

Upcoming Vtalks - Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools are excited to present our weekly VTalks schedule! This schedule will be updated weekly and talks will be targeted to different age groups and is accessible via the links below. To view anonymously, click the on Vtalk link in the schedule below and select: (Watch on the web instead > Join anonymously). Watch how to join the VTALK

www.speakersforschools.org

Remember we are here to support you if you need us. We only want you to spend one hour completing your work for each subject. If you have any questions about your assignments, please post a message on the chat to your teacher who will get back to you when they can. 

It is really important to us that you have the opportunity to stay connected with school, your tutor and your friends which is why we have Tutor Time every Wednesday and Friday at
1:30 p.m.  In addition to this you will all receive a call from your form tutor over the final few weeks of term to check how you are, how you have coped with lockdown, and have a chat about what you may have planned for the summer holidays. Your tutor will contact your parent or carer and request to speak to you, so I really hope you enjoy these conversations and the chance to catch up with your form tutor. 

I hope you all have a great week, please keep up the fantastic work!

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 22 June 2020 

22 June 2020

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers

I hope you had a lovely weekend, welcome to week nine of online learning. I'm so impressed with the way you are independently managing your learning and completing your assignments. We understand it can be difficult to stay motivated after many weeks away from school but I'm very proud of your hard work. 

It was so lovely to see so many of you in school last week, it feels like a very long time since everyone was in green and in school. Even though school wasn't quite the same and we had a new way of working, the students on site all left with smiles and a sense of achievement. I look forward to seeing more student this week for Maths week. Can you all please remember to bring your CALCULATORS.

We are always here to support you if you need us, whether that is to complete your work or to discuss your wellbeing. Although the lockdown is easing and we can start to interact more with family and friends, we fully appreciate this is still a very difficult time and we understand you may need some guidance. Please post a message on the Team chat if you need any help from your subject teacher to complete your assignments. If you feel you are struggling with any aspect of your mental wellbeing please email info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk and we will contact you to offer support.

The Government announced last week that they want all students in all schools to return in September. It seems a very long way off, but I am looking forward to welcoming you back after the summer holidays. The Government also announced a £1 billion catch up package which will go to schools in England to help with extra resources and tutoring so that no students fall behind. I know many of you are concerned about the time that you have missed, and the impact this may have on your future education, but we will do everything we can to ensure that you are fully prepared for your GCSEs. The Middle Leaders in school have begun planning for September, to ensure that we can cover all the work that we would have covered in normal times: it will be a year of hard work and focus from everyone!

Here is the Speakers for School schedule this week VTALK Schedule  Speakers include a top celebrity hair stylist, an Oscar nominated writer and director, and the UK/EU General Manager of TikTok. Please consider taking the time to watch some of these if you can. The WOW Global 24 Online Festival is taking place this weekend. WOW is 'Women of the World', a charity working to build a global movement celebrating women and girls, exploring obstacles they face and discussing solutions for change. The worldwide online festival this weekend has been created in response to the deprivation and inequalities brought about and exacerbated by Covid 19.

The WOW Foundation – Women of the World

The WOW Foundation. The WOW Foundation is a charity working to build a global movement celebrating women and girls, taking a frank look at the obstacles they face and discussing solutions for change. Its WOW Festivals and events take place year-round across around the world.

thewowfoundation.com

I hope you have a great week and enjoy the beautiful weather we are going to have. I will catch up with you all at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday for our weekly Tutor Time. 

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 15 June 2020 

15 June 2020

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers

I hope you and your families are well? I hope you had a nice, restful weekend enjoying the sunshine. I also hope that the easing of some of the lockdown rules today will allow many of you to start seeing extended family and friends again, even if it is outdoors and at a distance. Welcome back to school to a new exciting week of learning. This week is the 1st week since March that we will be seeing each other in person and entering the school. 

A few things before tomorrow - everyone needs to have filled in the forms sent out. Parents/carers have one form and students you have another to complete. If we haven't received these, you won't be allowed to enter school and will be sent home. You need to have watched the YouTube video made by Mr Shackson. This is very useful and shows all the new changes to expect. Please arrive on time, at the specified time on your personalised schedule. If you are late you won't be allowed in. REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR WATER BOTTLE AND SNACK (all water fountains are turned off). 

When you are not in school for your session you are still expected to complete your assignments via TEAMS. Please make sure that you log in on Monday morning at 10 a.m. to see assignments that have been set for the week. Make sure that they are completed and submitted on Friday. If students are having issue with work, please speak to staff via Teams. Work from the on-site sessions will be posted after they have taken place, for those of you not able to join us in school this week.

If there are other issues with illness, or personal circumstances could you please email info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk. If we were expecting you in school and you are unable to attend, please ask your parent/carer to contact the school to let us know.

Work for each subject should take 1 hour. Once completed submit straight away so you can tick it off the list. Making yourself a timetable with allocated times for each of your 7 subjects, exercise and extra activities makes it easier to stay motivated.

Please remember to make time to spend with family and friends, in person or via phone, face time, zoom. Do some physical activity, walk, run - yoga this has been proven to increase concentration and motivation levels - and try and do something you really enjoy, read a book, paint, draw, listen to music.

Have a lovely week

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

 

A Message to Students about Returning to School 

10 June 2020

Dear Year 10 Students,

As you will be aware, secondary schools have been asked to open to Year 10 students, offering some form of 'face-to-face' time, from June 15th. We have been considering a number of possible models for our students and would now like to share with you our plan to work with Year 10 students face-to-face from next week. I have e-mailed your parents/ carers today also, so please encourage them to check their e-mails as they need to complete a form to let us know if you will be attending face-to-face sessions.

IN ORDER TO ATTEND, YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS AGREEMENT AND YOUR PARENTS MUST COMPLETE THE AGREEMENT SENT TO THEM BY E-MAIL

Year 10 Plan

Our plan is based on what we think we can structure clearly and so manage safely for staff and students as well as what will be of most benefit to you.

In summary, students will be timetabled to come into school for one morning (a 3-hour session) each week, which initially will focus on one core subject. So, for instance, all Year 10 students will have a 3-hour English Lesson in week one, a 3-hour maths lesson in week two and a 3-hour Science lesson in week three.

How will students be managed on site to ensure their safety?

  •  45 students are allocated to attend school each day (Tuesday-Friday). This is 25% of the year group each day as set out by the Government.
  • Each teaching group will have a staggered entry time and will be entering through the Muga Gate (playground gate) and entrance (met by a member of the Leadership Team).
  • Students will be asked to wait, spaced in the Muga, until their entry time is called (they should arrive 5 minutes before their entry time)
  • Students who are late will not be admitted to the session.
  • Students will be directed to their designated toilet to wash hands and then on to their teaching room. 
  • The rooms have been set up to ensure social distancing and students will be allocated a desk on entry by their teacher. 
  • Students will remain in these seats for the session. 
  • The groups will have a staggered break where a member of the Leadership Team will relieve the teacher for 10 minutes and students can eat a snack/ have a drink in their seat and can talk to each other from their seats.
  • Students will be allowed to go, one at a time, to their designated toilet during their break-time only.
  • Students will be dismissed from their teaching session on a staggered system 3 hours after their entry time, at the end of the session.

The advantages of this plan are:

  • we have 4 groups of a maximum of 14 students in a group, working in 4 large English rooms (i.e. one central area) and so can minimise movement on corridors and can maintain the building ensuring thorough cleaning of areas that have been used at the end of each day.
  • movement is minimal and so again reduces any risks.
  • we would require small staff numbers each week (4 teachers per day plus supporting Leadership Team and support staff); a safety briefing can be held at the beginning of each week for the relevant staff, so all are confident about protocols for managing students safely. 
  • the face-to-face time with curriculum teachers will support students and allow for discussion of any areas of concern for them.
  • teachers can set future work; provide input into future learning; distribute resources.

Following the 3 weeks of core teaching, we will have 2 remaining weeks of school. We will be reviewing the core teaching sessions before committing to plans for the final two weeks of term.

What next?

It is our hope that parents/ carers will feel confident with our plans and that the majority of you will be able to attend the taught sessions as, apart from anything, being in the school environment again for a short time will be good for us all! Work will continue to be set for the other subjects through the week and you will be expected to complete this when you are not in school. For those students unable to attend, you should continue with the set work however the work in taught sessions will particularly focus on activities that have not been as possible through remote teaching.

  • We need all parents/carers to complete the form in their e-mail to let us know if you are planning to attend. 
  • Within this form are some basic safety guidelines that we will need all students to agree to and so we would also like your agreement in order to assure everyone's safety.
  • There is also a form below that sets out the expectations and rules that you will need to complete.
  • Individual Personalised Schedules will be e-mailed to students and parent/ carers on Friday. The schedule sets out which day of the week they are to attend (this will be the same day each week) and their allocated entry time/ classroom/ designated toilet for the session.
  • You will not be allowed entry if you have not completed the on-line agreement forms.

Please watch this video to be clear about where to come into school and what to do when you arrive:

Kind regards

Ms Kennedy
Deputy Headteacher (Key Stage 4) / Interim Associate Headteacher

A Message from your SPL - 8 June 2020 

8 June 2020

Dear year 10 students, parents and carers,  

I hope you and your family are well and had a good week? Firstly, I want to say congratulations on your efforts last week completing your online learning, you are all doing incredibly well at this difficult time. 

We have been confined for many weeks but the last few have been particularly difficult following the killing of George Floyd, making things even more emotional and upsetting. Protests have been taking place in London, across the UK, and all around the world. The key message of these protests is that racism in all its forms must end. We all have a part to play in helping towards a more equal world.

While the events that have played out on the nightly news since the death of George Floyd, and the subsequent violent response by some has been scary, in so many ways they have been inspiring. Never before in my life have I seen such a mass movement of people over a single issue: Racial Justice. All over the world people marched to show their leaders that they would not support violence, brutality or discrimination because of the colour of someone’s skin.

In our school, Equal Opportunities and Diversity are key, and we aim to inspire a genuine respect for all members of our multi-cultural, multi-faith community. We ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with the respect they are entitled to. 

We have been working hard on plans to have some face-to-face time with you and hope to be starting this next week. Ms Kennedy will be e-mailing you and your families later this week to give you the details of this and it is important that you complete the forms that you are sent in order that you can be given an invitation to attend school. We are very excited at the prospect of seeing you face-to-face, even though it will be in a very different manner from normal school: in order that this is successful it is essential that you read and follow all of the rules set out, so that we can all remain safe.

As I tell you every week, please remember to do something you enjoy every day. You could phone a family member or a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while, go for a walk, go for a bike ride, watch a film, watch an episode of your favourite series, listen to music, play an instrument, play a game with your family, draw, paint, bake, craft, knit, complete a workout or do some yoga. These are activities that will make your day more ‘normal’ and make you feel more positive.  

There have still been a few issues regarding assignment submissions and so I am attaching a document to help you, and your parents and carers fully understand this process. It shows screenshots of exactly how to complete assignments, upload documents and 'hand in' your work using O365 Teams. It will also hopefully make it clear for your parents and carers how to check if you have completed work for each subject.

Finally, here is the schedule for the Speakers for Schools talks over the next few days. VTALK ScheduleThis week includes virtual talks from a diversity campaigner, a television and radio presenter, a vocal coach to the stars, an economist and a film director. 

Thank you to those of you who completed the Online Learning Survey last week, we will be analysing the results and using these to improve your online experience further. I hope you all have a fantastic week and look forward to catching up with you at tutor time on Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Take care

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10


Dear all,

There have still been a few issues regarding assignment submissions and so I am attaching below a document to help you, and your parents and carers to fully understand this process. It shows screenshots of exactly how to complete assignments, upload documents and 'hand in' your work using O365 Teams. It will also hopefully make it clear for your parents and carers how to check if you have completed work for each subject.

Take care, Ms Careless-Pye

How to check if assignments have been handed in

A Message from your SPL - 1 June 2020 

1 June 2020

Dear Year 10 Parents and Carers, 

You may well have seen the recent government announcement about secondary schools being asked to provide some face-to-face provision for students in Year 10 from June 15th . The government has made it clear that secondary school opening is a very complex issue and that there are a number of challenges, including concerns around travel and the sociability of teenage students outside of school. To help manage the risks, schools have been asked to plan around keeping the numbers of Year 10 students in the building at any one time to at or below 25% of the cohort and to only plan for limited face-to-face activity. 

We are currently considering a range of models to ensure that what we offer is both safe and purposeful for Year 10 students at this important stage of their education. In line with the guidance from the Department of Education, any structured group sessions will take place in “bubble groups”. Each “bubble group” will comprise a maximum of 15 students to minimise additional contacts outside of the home. The school day will be organised to ensure social distancing and narrow the number of students and staff in contact with each other. There will be rules in place to help promote social distancing which we will expect all students to follow and we would ask for your support in ensuring this is the case. 

We are now working on planning the provision for Year 10 to begin no sooner than 15th June: our plans will remain cautious, and will depend upon the following factors:

  • Decisions made at a national level
  • Local and national infection rates
  • The approval of plans by the school governors and Local Authority in the week beginning 8th June

When your child is invited to join the in-school provision, no sooner than 15th June, you will receive an e-mail informing you of this, by the Friday prior to opening to Year 10 students. The letter will provide you with details of what this involves and a copy of a new home/school agreement that you will be asked to read and sign that relates to social distancing and staying safe in school. We would also like to reassure parents in shielding families that all of the work that is essential for the progress of students will continue to be delivered by TEAMS and that this will remain the main learning platform for all students at this time​. 

Kind regards

Ms Kennedy
Deputy Headteacher

A Message from your SPL - 1 June 2020 

1 June 2020

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers

I hope you and your families are well? I hope you had a nice, restful half term break and you had the chance to enjoy the sunshine. I also hope that the easing of some of the lockdown rules today will allow many of you to start seeing extended family and friends again, even if it is outdoors and at a distance. Welcome back to school, I hope you are feeling rested and ready to continue your online learning for the remainder of this term.

Please make sure that students log in on Monday morning at 10 a.m. to see assignments that have been set for the week. Make sure that they are completed and submitted on Friday. If students are having issue with work, please speak to staff via Teams. 

Tutor time will still be on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m., students must log on to Teams, SPL- F Careless-Pye, tutor group and say Hi. This is compulsory and all students must log on. 

If there are other issues with illness, or personal circumstances could you please email info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk.

Work for each subject should take 1 hour. Once completed submit straight away so you can tick it off the list. Making yourself a timetable with allocated times for each of your 7 subjects, exercise and extra activities makes it easier to stay motivated.

I know many of you are keen to get back to WSFG and will have seen the news that the Government have said that secondary schools can make plans for Year 10 students to have 'face-to-face' time in their schools from June 15th but we are waiting for further guidance, talking with other local schools and planning with staff.  We are making plans to ensure that the school is safe for students and staff when we do return -but any time we have with you in school this term will be a very different format to our normal school days: we are looking at how you would be able to have some time with your teachers before the summer holidays. Please check your e-mails regularly as we will of course keep you posted on any updated plans.

Remember that you can watch BBC iPlayer, All4 and other streaming services for great documentaries on lots of topic areas. Use this time to research something that you are passionate about, learn a new skill, set yourself an exercise target e.g. Couch to 5k

Here is the link to the Speakers for Schools programme this week, the virtual talks include top tips and advice for future careers and speeches from the Chair of the British Science Association and a top Sports Marketing Executive VTALK Schedule

Upcoming Vtalks - Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools are excited to present our weekly VTalks schedule! This schedule will be updated weekly and talks will be targeted to different age groups and is accessible via the links below. To view anonymously, click the on Vtalk link in the schedule below and select: (Watch on the web instead > Join anonymously). View tips on participating in the Vtalk live stream

www.speakersforschools.org


Here is the link again for the online survey about remote learning, as there were some issues with Office 365 Forms before half term. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Friday 5th June so we can look at ways to further improve your online learning experience. 

Have a lovely week, stay safe

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 18 May 2020 

18 May 2020

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers, 

I hope you and your families are well and you enjoyed the lovely weather this weekend. Welcome to week five of online learning, I hope you are now feeling more confident using Teams and GCSEPod. I am still extremely proud of the way you are dealing with online learning and how hard you are working. Our message remains the same and you can only do what you can with the resources and abilities available to you.  

We recommend you spend approximately three hours a day on schoolwork with one hour on each subject. Please try not to worry about your work and remember staff are here to support you. Many of you have contacted me saying you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and unmotivated. I find sticking to a routine really helps with motivation and managing stress. I suggest that you make a timetable that you can stick to with breaks and time for other activities. 

Simple steps to getting it right:

  • on Monday morning, log on and write down each subject and the work that has been set for you.
  • remember that most of the work can be completed on paper and a photo be submitted.
  • if you need to use a device to do a piece of work, do this straight away so that its completed and others can use the device.
  • set a timetable, two subjects a day.
  • once you have completed the task, submit the work straight away and tick/cross off your list.

Here is an example of a simple timetable you may wish to use. You can of course change the times and the subjects you do each day.

Day

10:00-11:00

11:30-12:30

1:30-1:45

1:45-2:45

Monday

Making week plan

English

Reading

Option

Tuesday

Maths

Option

Exercise

Revision

Wednesday

Science

Family time

Tutor time

Revision

Thursday

Option

Revision

Exercise

Family time

Friday

Catch up time

Catch up time

Tutor time

Work submission

If you have subject specific questions or need any help with your assignments, please use the Teams chat to ask your teacher. If you have any general school issues, ​are not well or you are having problems with Teams or GCSEPod, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  We want you to feel supported and we will do whatever we can to help you at this difficult time.

Remember if you are wanting to extend learning but in a less formal way – I suggest that you look at documentaries on BBC iPlayer, All 4, Ted Talks on YouTube, reviewing work that you have already covered​. It's also a great time to be making your revision cards ​and mind maps. But please be assured that we are preparing for your return and we are ready to make sure that you will be fully ready for your GCSE exams in June 2021.

We also have access to Speakers for Schools, please see this week’s schedule below and how to access them.

WEEK STARTING MONDAY 18th MAY 2020

DATE

SPEAKER

INFO

Mon 18th May 10 a.m.

Add to calendar

Aleida Rios, Group Head of Engineering, BP.

 

Why choose Engineering as a career? John, a graduate who works at BP, interviews BP's Group Head of Engineering, Aleida Rios on how she got into Engineering and how students can build a career they enjoy.

Mon 18th May p.m.

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Penguin VTalk Featuring: Malcolm Gladwell, journalist, author, and public speaker

How to Talk to Strangers

Author of five international bestsellers, Malcolm Gladwell, joins academic and author of Don’t Touch My Hair, Emma Dabiri, to discuss the consequences of miscommunication, how to interview others and the art of storytelling.

Tues 19th May 10 a.m.

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Robert Peston, Political Editor, ITV

Join Robert Peston, Political Editor, ITV and Founder, Speakers for Schools in his very own Virtual Talk!

Tues 19th May p.m.

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Kathrina Mannion, Director of Environmental Policy, BP

Kathrina will discuss her career and current role in Environment and Policy. She will also discuss her motivations and career progressions. Kathrina used to be a Senior Advisor for the government so has a really interesting career story.

Wed 20th May 10 a.m.

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Dr. Maria Faraone, Director of the RIBA Studio, Royal Institution of British Architects

What does an Architect do? Dr Maria Faraone will explore with students more about the career, what it might entail and how students can pursue the career.

Wed 20th May p.m.

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David Dein, Former Chairman of Arsenal and the Football Association

David's presentation is aimed at 15-18 year olds and features the phenomenal success of the Premier League since its inception. David will also impart inspirational messages about how to be successful.

Thu 21st May p.m.

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Peter Mather, Group Regional Vice President, Europe & Head of Country, UK, BP

Carbon emissions need to fall fast to meet the Paris climate goals. At the same time, the global population continues to grow – and demand more energy. By 2040, another 2 billion people are expected to be in the world, while energy demand is projected to rise by around a third, equivalent to adding another new China and EU’s worth of energy demand on top of what’s required today. How can we tackle this dual challenge?

Fri 22nd May 10 a.m.

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Tom Dore, Head of Education, British E-Sports Association

Tom's session will talk about the transferable skills that can be gained from playing e-sports, Tom's session will aim to demystify the
e-sports sector and let students know about the opportunities that exist.

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VTALK LIBRARY & MORE

Remember to do something you enjoy every day if you possibly can. You could phone a family member or a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while, go for a walk, go for a bike ride, watch a film, watch an episode of your favourite series, listen to music, play an instrument, play a game with your family, draw, paint, bake, craft, knit, complete a workout or do some yoga. These are activities that will make your day more ‘normal’ and make you feel more positive.  

Please remember our Tutor Time on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. which gives you the opportunity to catch up with your tutor and stay connected with friends within your form class.

Hope you have a lovely week and stay safe,

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 11 May 2020 

11 May 2020

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers, 

I hope you and your families are well and you enjoyed the bank holiday weekend. Welcome to week four of online learning, I hope you are now feeling more confident using GCSEPod and Teams. I am still extremely proud of the way you are dealing with online learning and how hard you are working. Our message remains the same and you can only do what you can with the resources and abilities available to you. 

We recommend you spend approximately three hours a day on schoolwork with one hour on each subject. Please try not to worry about your work and remember staff are here to support you. Many of you have contacted me saying you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and unmotivated. I find sticking to a routine really helps with motivation and managing stress. I suggest that you make a timetable that you can stick to with breaks and time for other activities. 

Here is an example of a simple timetable you may wish to use. You can of course change the times and the subjects you do each day. 

Day

10-11

11:30-12:30

1:30-1:45

1:45-2:45

Monday

Making a plan for the week

English

Reading

Option

Tuesday

Maths

Option

Exercise

Revision

Wednesday

Science

Family time

Tutor time

Revision

Thursday

Option

Revision

Exercise

Family time

Friday

Catch up time

Catch up time

Tutor time

Work submission

If you have subject specific questions or need any help with your assignments, please use the Team chat to ask your teacher. If you have any general school issues or you are having problems with Teams or GCSEPod please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  We want you to feel supported and we will do whatever we can to help you at this difficult time.  

Remember if you are wanting to extend learning but in a less formal way, may I suggest that you look at documentaries on BBC iPlayer, All 4. Ted Talks on YouTube, reviewing work that you have already covered, great time to be making your revision cards, mind maps. But please be assured that we are preparing for your return and we are ready to make sure that you will be fully ready for your GCSE exams in June 2021.

Remember to do something you enjoy every day if you possibly can. You could phone a family member or a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while, go for a walk, go for a bike ride, watch a film, watch an episode of your favourite series, listen to music, play an instrument, play a game with your family, draw, paint, bake, craft, knit, complete a workout or do some yoga. These are activities that will make your day more ‘normal’ and make you feel more positive.  

Please remember our Tutor Time on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. which gives you the opportunity to catch up with your tutor and stay connected with friends within your form class.

Hope you have a lovely week and stay safe,

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 4 May 2020 

4 May 2020

Message for year 10 students, parents and carers

Dear Year 10 students, parents and carers, 

I hope you are all well and had a restful weekend? 

Welcome to week three of online learning. I hope you are now feeling more confident using Teams and GCSEPod, but that you are still ensuring you balance work with rest. I am extremely proud of how well you have adapted to this way of learning and how hard you are all working. Let me remind you that we would like you to spend no more than three hours completing schoolwork each day and approximately one hour on each subject. 

If you are wanting to extend learning but in a less formal way, may I suggest that you look at documentaries on BBC iPlayer, All 4, Ted talks on YouTube, or spend time reviewing work that you have already covered – this is a great time to be making your revision cards and mind maps. But please be assured that we are preparing for your return and we are ready to make sure that you will be fully ready for your GCSE exams in June 2021.

It remains vitally important that you do not worry about your work or get anxious about your assignments. Staff are here to support you so please post a message on your subject Team if you need any help or guidance from your teacher and we will get back to you when we can. If you have any general issues with Teams or GCSEPod please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk 

I hope you enjoyed your Tutor Time last week and the opportunity to reconnect with your Form Tutor and members of your form class. It was lovely to see the supportive messages you were sending each other and to hear about the things you are most excited to do after confinement. Tutor Time will be every Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. so please make sure you log in to the
SPL - F CARELESS PYE Team and then your Tutor Team and give your Form Tutor’s first post a “Hello” when they say Hello. There will be no Tutor Time on Friday 8th May as this is a Bank Holiday. 

Although I think that phone calls and ‘real’ conversations are the best ways to talk to those we care about, I’m aware that many of you will be using social media to communicate with friends and family. Please remember to be kind when using any form of social media and that your message may have a significant impact on someone and their mental wellbeing. We all have times when we find the current restrictions difficult to cope with, but please continue to follow the online communication guidelines and expectations that we have always had as a school and be respectful to others.  

Please spend time doing activities that make you feel happy and positive every day whether that be physical exercise, going for a walk, drawing, talking to friends, playing games with your family, watching a film or listening to music.  These are the things that keep us that keep us going and make our lives feel slightly more ‘normal’.  I am attaching a document Ms Robinson sent me with links to some challenge ideas that you may wish to try over the next couple of weeks if you have the time.

I hope you all have a good week. Please take care of yourselves and your family and I hope to see you soon.  

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL re Tutor Time - 29 April 2020 

29 April 2020

Message for Year 10 Students, Parents and Carers:

Dear students, parents and carers,

Here are some further explanations and a useful FAQ document to help you with Teams.

Students at 1.30 p.m. today will need to log in to Teams and go to their Tutor Room in their SPL folder to be registered by their tutors and access their tutor time activity. 

They will be expected to log on to Teams at 1.30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays every week so they can be registered with their form tutors and catch up with their classmates.

All students MUST check-in with a HELLO in the chat box for a compulsory registration.

They need to:

1. log into Teams 
2. click on SPL- FCARELESS-PYE
3. click on their tutor room (W, S, F, G, C or H)
4. register with a HELLO in the chat box when their tutor(s) say hello

Now if they still don't see the Teams, it means Teams and O356 are not synchronised on their computer / device.

Therefore, they need to:

1. sign out from Teams and O365 
2. close their browser and Teams
3. sign in again

I hope this is clear. Take care and stay safe.

Kind regards

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message About Work Experience and Careers - 28 April 2020 

28 April 2020

Dear Year 10 Students, Parents and Carers,

I very much hope that this email finds you well and healthy. I have been so proud to see all of the work that has been taking place online and how our students are building on and drawing on their independence, resilience and energy.

I'd like to talk briefly about two important areas for Year 10; Work Experience and Careers.

Work Experience

Well done to all of you who have worked so hard to secure placements. Of course, we couldn't foresee any of this happening! I have spoken to the Leadership Team about work experience and we very much want to try and give you the opportunity if possible. 

We will definitely not be able to complete Work Experience this summer. If school does return, we want you to have the time to catch up with your work and to get into the best possible position for
Year 11. 

We are likely to postpone your Work Experience until a bit later in Year 11 and will let you know what this will look like nearer the time. I will be sending your placements an email to let them know this but please do also get in touch with them to let them know.

Please also remember that we are doing our best, but there are no guarantees at the moment!

Careers

This is a fantastic time and opportunity to start to research your Post-16 options. Remember that you can log on to your Start profile and find lots of information and activities on post-16 options, universities, careers and skills. 

If you are a student: remember to register your school email so that you can resent your passwords. 

If you are a parent/carer: you can register following the instructions here and access lots of careers related information and activities. 

I hope this is helpful. Remember that knowledge is power. Be curious and explore your options. The more you know, the better the decisions you will make for your future.

Look after yourselves both mentally and physically. You are a wonderful Year Group and I know that you will make the absolute best of this situation.

All the best

Ms Philippou
Assistant Headteacher

A Message from your SPL - 24 April 2020 

24 April 2020

Message for Year 10 Students, Parents and Carers:

Dear students, parents and carers,

I hope you and your family are well and successfully managing the new online way of learning that we started this week.

I would like to say how fantastically you are adapting to the new way of learning. We are all on a steep learning curve, getting our heads around this new normal. If you are having issues with the online platform, please let me know by emailing info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk. I know that Mr Shackson has sent out some more tips on how to use the Team app on your mobile phones. 

As you know we are expecting you to upload your work for each subject by 3:30 p.m. on Friday in Assignments so we can see you have completed it. Staff will contact you if you have not completed your work as we do not want you to fall behind in your learning and parents will also be contacted so they are aware if you are falling behind. We would also appreciate parents letting us know if their daughter is unwell and cannot complete work or cannot complete work for any other reason so that we know all students are safe. Students can e-mail me or their tutor if they are not managing the work expectations - we really want to know most of all that you are keeping safe. We realise that the workload this week has been difficult for some of you to manage and teachers are also looking to adjust this to ensure that it is manageable. Do e-mail your teacher, tutor or me if you are struggling with the work.

We are all living through times that we have never seen and need to take time to relax and enjoy family time. This can only be achieved through a good work/life balance. 

Please try not to get stressed and anxious about schoolwork, do the best you can with the resources and abilities you have. Your teachers are here to support you so please ask if you need any help or guidance with the work that is set for you. You can do this via the chat feature in Teams. To make the workload and pressure less, we have made the decision to cancel the Year 10 Mock Exams. 

So as to keep in touch with school on a regular basis, we will be having tutor time, via Teams, twice a week, starting week commencing 27th April. Tutor time will be on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. for 10 minutes. THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL FOR STUDENTS.

Ms Philippou will be contacting you next week about work experience and careers advice.

It is very important you take care of your physical and mental health at this time.  Here are some ideas that can help with this:

  • PE with Joe Wicks (or any of the activities your PE teachers have suggested)
  • Meditation there are loads of free apps and sessions on YouTube.
  • Approximately 3 hours of schoolwork throughout the day
  • Get some fresh air - the weather is beautiful at the moment so please try to enjoy it
  • Read a book or watch a movie
  • Talk/FaceTime/Skype/WhatsApp to friends and relatives to support each other

Then here are some other ideas and projects you could try:

  • Paint or draw (I'm enjoying colouring in the sunshine)
  • Make something out of things you would usually throw away
  • Bake 
  • Read a book 
  • Keep a diary, write a story/poem
  • Play cards with your family
  • Clear out your bedroom and make a charity box to donate when we return to school
  • Do some crosswords or word/number games
  • Play board games with your family. If you don't have any, you can make lots or adapt them. Google “how to make board games at home”.
  • Do a jigsaw

It is really important that you make yourself a routine that works for you. This will help you stay focused on work and really enjoy the fun time. 

Things to remember 

  1. Year 10 Mock Exams are cancelled
  2. Spend 3 Hours a day on schoolwork - no more than that
  3. Tutor time Wednesday and Friday 1:30 p.m. MUST BE ATTENDED BY ALL STUDENTS
  4. Take time to relax
  5. Do daily exercise

This is a time when we are being asked to stay our distance from each other, but we are all here for each other. We are just communicating in a new way.

Stay safe and look after those you care about and for those celebrating Ramadan in these challenging times, Ramadan Mubarak.

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

A Message from your SPL - 1 April 2020 

Dear Year 10

I am now back from maternity leave and here to help you.  If you have any issues or questions, please send me a message.  I would like to thank Ms Wood for doing a great job in my absence.

Since school has been shut you have been working on Teams, this will continue.

Things to remember

  • Please make sure that you are logging in and completing work set every day.
  • Please put a ‘like’ emoji in the lesson chat, so that teachers know you have seen the work and know what you are doing.

There will also be work set through GCSEPod.  You will need to submit assignments that have been set, so we can see that you are on track. 

Things to remember 

  • If you have forgotten your log-in details, your teachers and form tutor can help you with this.
  • We will be monitoring those accessing work and if we have any concerns, we will be contacting parents/carers.
  • We are setting this work so that you don't fall behind in your studies (all students across the country are working online).

Please remember to stay safe and stay home. When you do go out for your daily exercise, please remember to stay 2 metres apart and don't meet up with friends. 

Over the coming weeks I will be setting little challenges that we all can try and join in with. 

Stay safe 

Mrs Careless-Pye
Student Progress Leader Year 10

Parent Information Evening - Tuesday 15th October 2019 

On Tuesday 15th October we will be holding a Year 10 Parents Information Evening in the Hewett Hall.  The doors will open at 5:45 pm for a prompt 6:00 pm start.  The aim of this Information Evening is to provide you with details on key events your daughter will need to prepare for this year including:

  • New GCSE curriculum/Measuring progress
  • GCSE Expectations and Revision techniques (English, Maths and Science)
  • E-Safety awareness for KS4 students
  • Work Experience

We would like all students to be supported at this meeting by an adult and so no student will be allowed to attend without a parent or carer present.  The event will finish at approximately 7:00 pm.

If you have any further questions regarding the Year 10 Parent Information Evening please do not hesitate to contact Ms Kennedy, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 4 or Mrs Jean-Baptiste, Year 10 Student Progress Leader.

Ms L Wood
Year 10 Student Progress Leader

If you were unable to attend, the information given can be found here

Key Stage 4 Book Deposits - important information!
 

On Tuesday morning all students who have paid a book deposit will be issued with a receipt.

You must keep this card in your conduct card wallet so that teachers can issue you your books.

At the end of a lesson, you will be required to show the card when books are being collected in from those students who have not yet paid their deposit.

For those students who have not yet paid their book deposit, once it has been paid on sQuid you should go to student services where payment will be checked and a receipt issued.

For Year 11 students who have not paid by October half term, you will be required to return books that have so far be loaned to you.

If your parents are having difficulty paying on sQuid, please see Ms Jolliffe at Student Services who will be able to issue instructions and guidance.

Ms Kennedy
Deputy Headteacher

Sketch Books

Please note all Sketchbook purchases MUST be made via sQuid.

Many thanks

Mrs R Jolliffe
Student Services

Chemistry Revision 

Great summary sheets for all Chemistry topics:

Find these summary sheets for all AQA GCSE Chemistry / Trilogy topics here at 

OR

I have also saved the relevant sections in Student resources/ Science/ 0 new AQA /Chem revise summary sheets (You tube)

Ms Brunas

Violence Against Women and Girls Project (VAWG) 

Dear Parents and Carers

WSFG is working in partnership with various organisations in the Borough to raise awareness of violence against women and girls in Waltham Forest.

As a girl's school, we are a hub for young women to learn about this external challenge that can affect the well being of all. This project is aimed at Years 8-10 in particular.

The main focus of the project is building support in preventing and offering early help in relation to VAWG.

WSFG is one of a few secondary schools in Waltham Forest to embrace this whole school approach to this issue.

Ms Pratt
Assistant Headteacher

Lunch Money Loans 

The number of students borrowing money for lunch increased dramatically last school year.  Lunch money loans should be for emergency purposes only. 

Walthamstow School for Girls offers a  Top-Up facility via sQuid enabling both students and parents to check balances, top-up lunch money, pay for trips and other sundry items at their own convenience. 

An automatic Top-Up can also be activated ensuring your daughter never runs out of money. 

A reminder to parents/carers that if you wish to pay for your daughter’s school meals by cheque, please make the cheque payable to ‘Olive Dining Ltd’.

All students have also been given usernames and passwords to enable payments to be made online via our sQuid system. If you would like a reminder of your daughter’s username and password please contact Student Services.

Ms Jolliffe
Student Services

GCSE Science Revision Guides 

Science GCSE Revision Guides

The Science Department will be selling AQA GCSE Science Revision Guides to Years 9 & 10 from Student Services at a much reduced price.

You are able to buy them from Student Services for the following prices:

 Combined Science (Higher or Foundation) £8.00 (list price £16.99)

  Triple (Higher tier only - for students taking separate science) £11.00 for all 3 books (list price £32.97)

 We would like to encourage all students to purchase the guide(s) as they will be a great aid to revision and learning.

 Students entitled to Free School meals are able to purchase the books at half the price, £4 for combined, £5.50 for triple.

Mr Kerr
Head of Science 

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