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Year 7

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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 7 Parent Information Evening (P.I.E.)
 

23 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you and your families are safe and well.

As you are aware, Walthamstow School for Girls was due to host our Year 7 Parent Information Evening (or Year 7 PIE) this evening. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions about social gatherings it is impossible for us to hold this event in school.

To ensure you are fully informed about all the key information relevant to Year 7 students this year, we have decided to record a presentation that covers the key topics that we would normally include in the PIE evening.

The presentation includes an overview of the main changes that we have introduced in school in order to ensure everyone safe on site, as well as what steps we have put in place to ensure we can continue teaching live lessons remotely in the event of another lockdown.

There is a running order on the second slide that covers the content of the rest of the presentation.

The total running time for the Year 7 PIE is 20 minutes and you can watch it by clicking on the link here

Kind regards

Mrs Jean-Baptiste
Year 7 Student Progress Leader
Associate Assistant Headteacher

Year 7 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
  • Spring Half Term - Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 2021
  • Easter Holiday - Friday 02 April 2021 to Friday 16 April 2021

SUMMER  TERM

  • Monday 19 April 2021 to Thursday 22 July 2021
  • Thursday 22nd April  - Parent's Evening
  • Monday 17th  - Thursday 28th May - Year 8 Exams Fortnight
  • Summer Half Term - Tuesday 01 June to Friday 04 June 2021

Please note that these dates are subject to amendment. 

iPad Scheme Update November 2020 

26 November 2020

Dear Year 7 Parents/Carers

The use of the iPads in the classroom will be a transformational way in which to engage your daughters with their learning journey and we would like to thank you for engaging with us on our iPad initiative.  

The new iPad has proved to be very popular globally and, as a result, there has been a delay in the supply of the Apple iPads.  Below is a statement given by Apple:  

‘The global supply chain is experiencing unprecedented levels of demand for which manufacturers are not always able to meet with supply. We fully appreciate the consequences of longer lead times and will endeavour to secure stock as soon as possible. We are being told that iPad stock will be in constraint for 4-6 weeks.'

We have had a number of queries from parents asking when you will receive the iPads.  Unfortunately, as you can see from Apple's statement, this is currently completely out of our hands.  The educational supplier we use for the iPads are one of the few Apple Authorised Education Specialists in the UK and they do have access to all the UK stock and are given priority with Apple stock.  Unfortunately, due to the increased demand and despite forecasting in advance, Apple are not able to guarantee delivery dates.  

In the meantime, Academia will be giving us regular updates on stock and when it is likely to arrive as and when they hear from Apple.   We will forward this information to you.

We apologise to you for this delay but, as you can see, this is a matter that is completely beyond our control.

We thank you, in the meantime, for your patience.

Kind regards

Mrs T Jean-Baptiste
Year 7 Student Progress Leader / Associate Assistant Headteacher

WSFG iPad Scheme Information October 2020 

20 October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

You will be aware from our communication prior to your daughter starting with us, and more recently through the Year 7 settling in afternoon session Ms Jean-Baptiste ran this week, that we are about to go live with the Year 7 iPad scheme. We apologise for the delays, but we felt it was important that we waited for the new 8th Generation iPad to be released by Apple, so you were indeed able to buy the latest released device.

As previously outlined, the school is asking parents and carers to buy an iPad device for their daughter for use in online learning at school and at home. We have secured a significant discount on the bundle of an iPad, hard case and 3-year extended warranty from that available from Apple direct. The bundle price will be £343.28 inclusive of VAT. A similar package price from Apple direct would be approximately £450. We understand this is still a large financial commitment and for those families eligible for free school meals and the Pupil Premium grant, we will be providing a discount via the school. Those families eligible for this will be communicated with separately, with your unique discount code which you will be able to apply during the checkout process.

We have also asked our Apple partner, Academia for Education, to offer an instalment scheme for families. There will be options to sign up to 1, 2 or 3-year plans if that is a preferable option and will be much like signing up for a mobile phone contract. You will need to complete an application during the purchasing process, consent to a credit check and agree to the length of the finance agreement. The finance partner DECO do charge an APR of 19.9% for the finance agreement, which we unfortunately have no control over. If you do choose this option, you will just be required to pay the 10% deposit for now and consent to the monthly repayment plan. The table below illustrates the different possible instalment payment plan options:

Repayment Plan Option

Deposit Required

(10%)

Monthly Instalment Amount

Number of Monthly Payments Required

1 Year

£34.33

£28.26

12

2 Year

£34.33

£15.46

24

3 Year

£34.33

£11.21

36

Whether you opt to choose to pay for the bundle upfront or in instalments with a deposit, once you have completed the process the device will be sent to the school two weeks after the purchase date. This will then be setup by the ICT Support Team and passed onto your daughter within the following 2 weeks.

Once the device has been paid for in full, the device is owned by you. For those of you opting to pay by the instalment option, the finance partner DECO will retain ownership until the balance of the device is paid off. It is important to note that the warranty cover does not cover loss or damage (including accidental damage) to the device. Academia have provided an optional insurance cover option if you feel you need this added level of assurance.

This is the portal through which you can make the purchase

Once on the portal, you will be required to register and complete the purchase of the bundle. It is important that your daughter’s name and tutor group are recorded in the registration details as that will help us identify which iPad should be assigned to which student when they arrive in school. There are some helpful instructions provided by Academia to support the purchasing process below; please do refer to them if you need assistance with the purchasing process. If you have any further queries regarding the scheme, then please do contact the school.

Kind Regards

Ms Snowsill
Deputy Headteacher (KS3)

Mr Jalil
Business Manager

WSFG iPad scheme Portal Instructions

Link for Settling-in Afternoon
 

16 October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our first online Year 7 Settling-in afternoon on Monday 19th October.

Please find below the link to the meeting:

Year 7 Settling-in Afternoon

The event will be delivered live to you at 4 p.m. and we will be able to answer some questions at the end of the presentation.  The presentation will last approximately 15-20 minutes.

If you have a specific question relating to your daughter, please send an email to info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk   We will forward the question to your daughter's Form Tutor so they can call you back once the presentation is finished.

If you were unable to attend, you can view a copy of the presentation here.

With kind regards

Mrs  Jean-Baptiste
Year 7 Student Progress Leader / Associate Assistant Headteacher

Settling-in Afternoon 19 October 2020
 

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am happy to see that Year 7 students have settled in well this term so far and everything is running smoothly.  Teachers have been very positive about students' attitude to learning and levels of maturity moving into secondary school.

It is at this time of the year that we would usually hold a 'Year 7 Settling-in Afternoon'.  This is an event where we would invite you to come in with your daughter to meet her Form Tutor and to discuss how she is settling in.  This will now be an online event. 

The Year 7 Settling-in Afternoon was originally scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday 19th October.  However, as we do not want students to miss out on any learning, we have brought this event forward and it will now be taking place on Monday 19th October between 4-5pm.  

The event will consist of a brief presentation by your daughter's Form Tutor to talk about students settling in at school, routines, expectations plus any other information relevant for Year 7.  This will last approximately 15 minutes from 4-4.15pm.  

Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to ask questions.  

If you have specific questions relating to your daughter, we will ask you to email:  info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk.  This will be picked up by a member of staff, and Form Tutors will call parents back to discuss your daughter with you directly between the times of 4.15-5pm.

An Office 'Teams' invitation will be sent to you on Friday afternoon so you can join the Tutor meeting on Monday at 4pm.  During the Tutor presentation, we kindly ask you to 'mute' yourself in order that everyone can hear the presentation clearly and without disruption.

Should you not be available on Monday at 4pm, a copy of the Tutor presentation will be sent to you on Tuesday 20th October.

Tutors are very much looking forward to meeting you on Monday.

With kind regards,

Mrs T Jean-Baptiste
Year 7 Student Progress Leader / Associate Assistant Headteacher

If you were unable to attend, you can view a copy of the presentation here.

WSFG Office 365 Guide 

Dear Parents/Carers,

For your information and to help you support your daughter's learning both in and out of school here is our Walthamstow School for Girls user guide for Office365.  This should provide you with any information you need when accessing online learning.

With kind regards,

Mrs Jean-Baptiste
Year 7 Student Progress Leader
Associate Assistant Headteacher

Student Mobile Phones at WSFG 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

Parent App 

September 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

Parent App – easy access to important school information

We have a convenient way to share information with you about your daughter’s school life.  In the next few days you will be able to access our new parent app and website.

You can access the system from a smartphone, tablet or PC – anytime, anywhere.

What you will find in the SIMS Parent App initially:

  • Important information related to your daughter’s attendance and timetables
  • School term, inset dates, calendar events at the click of a button
  • Access to your child’s school report
  • Access to update your contact details, so we always have the most up-to-date information in case of emergency
  • If you have more than one child at school, you’ll have access to information for all your children, from the same app.

As we develop the system, we hope to provide data related to your daughter’s progress in subject areas, homework set and her conduct over the course of the next academic year.

The information that you receive through the app will help you to stay up-to-date with your daughter’s school life as well as support your child’s development and progress.

Getting started with the SIMS Parent App

1. We will send you an activation email within the next two weeks to the email address we hold for you on our records; simply click on the link from your tablet, PC or smartphone to activate your account.

2. You can then login using your normal Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft username and password.

3. From your smartphone or tablet (Android or Apple), download the app from the Google Play or Apple App store - search for “SIMS Parent”. (You can do this in advance of receiving the activation email).

4. From a PC or Windows phone, login online at http://www.sims-parent.co.uk

Your activation email link will expire after 14 days if it is not used, please contact info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  if you require a new activation email link after this date or have any further questions about the new SIMs Parent App.

Yours sincerely

Mr Jalil
Business Manager

A Message from your SPL - 3 September 2020 

3 September 2020

Dear Year 7 Students, Parents and Carers

We are putting into place the final preparations for students’ first day at Walthamstow School for Girls.   

In order to make sure everyone agrees to comply with our new regulations to keep students and staff safe, we are asking all students and parents/carers to complete a Covid Safety Contract prior to students starting school.  The deadline for this to be done is Friday 4th September.  If we do not receive both Covid Safety Contracts, we will be unable to welcome students into school.  It is therefore essential for both contracts to be completed. 

If you have any issues with the contract, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk. Here is the Covid Safety Contract for you to complete: 

Please complete the Parent Contract by Friday 4th September:   

Please ensure your daughter completes the Student Contract by Friday 4th September: 

We had hoped to put together a welcome video for students, however, our main focus has been ensuring all measures are firmly in place so that we have a ‘Covid-secure’ environment for all students starting next week.  It goes without saying that we are really looking forward to welcoming students in person on Monday 8th September at 8.30am. 

With best wishes

Mrs Jean-Baptiste 
Student Progress Leader Year 7/Associate Assistant Headteacher 

Lunch Money Loans 

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 are 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 

PSHE in Year 7 

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GREEN lessons in Year 7
 

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