Key Dates for Year 7 2018-19
Year 7 Parent Information Evening - 30 October 6-7 pm
You are invited to our Year 7 Parent/Carer Information Evening on Tuesday 30th October in the Hewett Hall.
The doors will open at 5:45pm for a prompt 6:00pm 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:
Assessment System/ Measuring Progress
Introduction to our Safer School Officer.
We would like all students to be supported at this meeting by an adult, no student will be allowed to attend without a parent or carer present. The Information Evening is expected to finish at approximately 7:00pm.
If you have any further questions regarding the Year 7 Parent Information Evening, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Gunzi, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 3, or one of the Student Progress Leaders for Year 7.
Ms Fearon and Mr Morrow
Student Progress Leaders, Year 7
For those unable to attend the Parent Information Evening, the information given can be found here
Year 7 Exams Booklet
Information about this year's examinations can be found here.
Year 7 & 8 STEM/ Gardening Club Project.
Are you interested in Science, DT, sustainability, growing your own produce and maintaining a well balanced ecosystem?
Get involved in the Compost Matters project.
This project teaches you about composting as a way to reduce waste and support the school garden.
This project will include a visit to a local arable farm, a soil scientist workshop at school and the opportunity to work in teams to design and build a composter that will be used on the school allotment.
If you are interested in this exciting cross curricular project please see Ms Dominique or Ms Healy for more details and a letter.
You must commit to all aspects of the project, the designing and building of the composter will happen during some lunchtimes.
Ms Dominique and Ms Healy
Ted Ed Club
It's really important that everyone attends for the last session before the holiday.
Please also check and start using our TED Ed Team on Office 365
See you after school on Tuesday 2nd April
Eli, Tulin and V
Barge Haybay Weekend
In June we are travelling to Maldon in Essex for a weekend of outdoor adventures and activities such as kayaking and climbing and high ropes.
We stay on a moored houseboat and do all our own cooking and cleaning.
There is space for 24 students - all years are welcome - and the cost is £100.
If you are interested in coming, please sign up on the door to G68.
If you have any questions, please see Ms Famiglietti
Debate Chamber Summer Schools
Debate Chamber Summer Schools – Includes Medicine, Dentistry, Computer Science, Art History, Philosophy, History, Politics, Law, Economics, Physics and English Literature
The Debate Chamber is running a number of Summer Schools next year. Have a look at the website to find out more. There is also some information on the Challenge Board.
It is possible to apply for a bursary to cover the cost.
Feedback from students who have attended Debate Chamber courses in the past has always been very positive.
Office 365 Update
We have now been using Office 365 with all of our Year 7 students since September. Students have had the opportunity to take their notes using Microsoft Teams (This is part of Office 365). They can include images and drawings with their notes and these notes are accessible from home and school.
Another feature of Microsoft Teams is the ability for teachers to set online assignments, students can then complete the assignments from home as well as from school. Their teacher can then mark these assignments and provide students with some feedback and a grade with is instantly available to their students (they no waiting to get your exercise book back!).
We asked some year 7 students to feedback their impression so far:
Director of Information & Communication Technology Faculty
Office 365 @ WSFG
This academic year, all year 7 students will be using Office 365 in their computing lessons to support their learning. They can use Office 365 from home and from school. Students have access to Word, PowerPoint and Excel no matter what device they are using - it could be an iPad, Chrome Book, laptop or PC. They also have a storage area called One Drive, where they have 1000 gigabytes of storage.
One of the advantages of using Office 365 is that it will read back whatever a student has written. Students can change the background colour of the text so that it is easier to read. They can also change a setting so that the verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs are highlighted in different colours.
Each student also has an electronic exercise book where they can take notes. These notes can include drawings, text and links to resources. There is also an area of the notebook where they can collaborate with other students and another area where the teacher can share resources.
Their teacher can set assignments using Office 365 and students can hand-in their assignments online – no more paper sheets that can get lost.
Head of ICT
Black History Month Maths
Year 7 have been learning how to play the African game, Oware, in their maths lessons for Black History Month.
The game has a few simple rules, but takes a lifetime to master!
Students can carry on at home, playing against a computer, by downloading it from:
If you are a member of a music extra-curricular group, please attend rehearsals regularly.
- Wednesday – Glee Club – 3.30 – 5.00 (W33)
- Thursday – Orchestra - 3.30 – 4.45 (W33)
- Thursday – Year 11 Coursework Catch-Up – 3.30 – 4.45 (W26)
- Thursday – WIND BAND IS BACK! – 4.30 – 5.30 (W26)
- Friday – Show Band – 3.30 – 5.30 (W33)
If you have instrumental/vocal lessons at the school you should be attending at least one of these clubs regularly.
Debating Club for Year 7 and Year 8
Do you like to debate topical issues?
Would you like to build your confidence in public speaking?
Then come along to the debating club every Wednesday!
Room : G36
Time: 12.40 – 1.20
You will be able to decide the topics and take part in lively debates.
If you have any questions please ask:
Ms Cato in G36
Lunch Money Loans
It has become apparent that the number of students borrowing money for lunch has increased dramatically this 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.
Origami for Mindfulness
Origami on TV – BBC 4
Members of the Origami for Mindfulness Club may be interested to watch three programmes from the "Make: Craft Britain" series which can be accessed here.
Key Stage 3 Philosophy Club
Philosophy Club for Years 7, 8 and 9
Have you ever wondered whether life is a dream or not?
Or what the meaning of life is?
Or how we can decide what is a good or bad action?
These ideas and a whole load more will be looked at in Philosophy Club - after school on Thursdays, 3:40-4:25, in room S07 with Mr Caps.
To attend all you need to do is bring a short note explaining why you are interested in Philosophy and what sort of topics you would like to discuss in the club.
Open to all students in years 7, 8 and 9.
PSHE in Year 7
G.R.E.E.N. lessons in Year 7