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Walthamstow School for Girls Ofsted Outstanding Provider

Year 8

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 8 Parent Information Evening (PIE)
 

16 September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you are all well and you are enjoying the last of the late summer sun. 

As you may be aware Walthamstow School for Girls were due to host our Year 8 Parent Information Evening (or Year 8 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 that is relevant to Year 8 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 8 PIE is 40 minutes and you can watch it by clicking on the link here 

Kind regards

Mr Morrow
Year 8 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

A Message from your SPL - 4 September 2020 

4 September 2020

Dear Year 8 students, parents and carers,

I hope you had a lovely summer break and you are looking forward to coming back to school. We will be welcoming all year 8 students back to WSFG on Monday 7th September at 1:30pm. There will be many changes to the school environment when you return, and it will be quite different to the school routine you had last year. Our main priority is to ensure your safety when you are back in school and so 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. There are two different links for this, one for parents/carers and one for students. Please ensure you complete the correct Covid Contract. The deadline for completing the contract is Sunday 6th September at midnight. 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.

Student Covid Contract (please click on the links below)

Student Survey

Parent/Carer Covid Contract

Parental Survey

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 they will be outdoors regardless of the weather.

When you arrive at school on Monday 7th September at 1:30pm you 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 you have done this you will line up on the MUGA in tutor groups in alphabetical order as you would do for a fire drill, maintaining a distance of at least one metre between you and the student in front of you. This routine will become the new normal and will happen at the start of every day.

Your tutor will be there at the start of your first day to welcome you, and when your entire form class is lined up you 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’. You will be with your tutor group until 3:20pm 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 COVID-19, we have made a number of changes to the school day. Some of these will seem frustrating at times but they have all been made to keep everyone safe and they are absolutely necessary.

As you probably know, the humanities corridor is currently being renovated and is unavailable for use for the next few months. The school have brought in some temporary mobile classrooms that are currently being constructed at the back of the school in the staff car park. These will not be ready for use until the end of September. Therefore, there won’t be enough teaching rooms to accommodate all the classes in the school for the first few weeks. As a result of this we have decided to split the learning for Year 8 and 9 between learning in school and remote learning at home.

You will only come into school for the afternoon lessons for the first few weeks. All Year 8 students will be expected on site at 12:40pm each day to meet with their tutors on the MUGA. They will then go for lunch at 12:50pm for one hour. Lessons will start at 13:50pm. They will be dismissed at 15:20 and will be escorted to the MUGA. Every morning (periods 1 & 2) you are expected to log onto the relevant Teams for the subjects you would normally have in school and your teachers will give you instructions as to what you are going to do that lesson.

From Tuesday 8th September you will stay in one room and your teachers will come to you. This is to prevent movement around the school building and enable social distancing to be maintained. While you are waiting for your new teacher you must get out a reading book and read silently until your new teacher is ready to start the lesson.

Below are the details of the Year 8 school day:

Lesson/Activity

Time

Location & arrangements

Period 1

Log onto Teams for the subject you would normally have period 1 and await further instructions from your teacher.

Home

Period 2

Log onto Teams for the subject you would normally have period 2 and await further instructions from your teacher.

Home

Period 3

11:10am-12:50pm – travel to school.

 

Entry to school via side gate MUGA entrance

12:50pm

Please do not arrive significantly earlier than this time as we will not be able to let you onto the school site.

MUGA for hand washing then line up in your tutor group.

(You will also need to consider the weather when you come to school as you will be standing outside at this point).

Lunch

12:50pm-1:50pm

At 1:50pm line up in tutor groups on the MUGA.

You will then go through the hand washing routine and go to your afternoon lessons.

Period 4

 

1:50pm-2:30pm

 

Period 4 lesson

Period 5

 

2:30pm-3:20pm

 

 

Period 5 lesson

 

End of the school day

3:20pm

You will be escorted to the MUGA at 3:20pm by your teacher and then dismissed.

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 1 metre plus with staff at all times.
  • At lunchtimes students will not be allowed inside the building unless the weather is very 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 8s this will be F06 (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.

Thank you to everyone who has already paid the deposit and collected their iPad. If you haven’t done so already, it is very important that you do so soon as you will need it during the first week to continue learning at home. You will soon all receive a letter with more details about the iPad and repayment schedule.

Obviously it is going to take some time for us to get used to these new rules and arrangements, but I know how flexible and resilient you are as a year group and I am confident you will follow them and make me proud. I am really looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday 7th September.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr Morrow
Year 8 Student Progress Leader

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 

PSHE in Year 8 

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2019-2020 

 

Key Dates for Year 7 2019-20
 

Date Event
1 October Parent Information Evening
10 October Early Closure at 14.30 for Open Evening
11 October School Closure for Staff Training
16 October Year 7 Settling In Afternoon
7 November Year 7 Sharing 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
7 May Parents' Evening
8 May Bank Holiday (Friday)
11-22 May Year 7 Exams Fortnight
13 May Early Closure at 14.30 for Staff Training
4 & 5 June Humanities Trip to Rochester
10 June Early Closure at 14.30 for Staff Training
17 July End of Summer Term, Early Closure at 13.00

Year 7 Parent Information Evening Tuesday 1st October 2020 

You are invited to our Year 7 Parent/Carer Information Evening on Tuesday 1st 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
Accelerated Reader
Green
E-Safety
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 Ms Snowsill, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 3, or one of the Student Progress Leaders for Year 7.

Kind regards

Mr Morrow
Student Progress Leader, Year 7

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

A Message from your SPL - 13 July 2020 

13 July 2020

Dear Year 7 students, parents and carers,

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We have now entered our fourteenth week of remote learning and our sixteenth week of lockdown.

This would normally be a very exciting week in schools all across the country, as this is the last week of the 2019/20 academic year and the final week before the summer holidays. Under normal circumstances I would have taken the last assembly of the year to talk to you about evaluating your year, learning from your mistakes and looking to the future. But these are anything but normal circumstances and unfortunately we don't have an assembly this week. But that doesn't mean you can't reflect on your first year at Walthamstow School for Girls and start thinking about the future. 

It's important in life to always have things to look forward to. Normally, as September approaches students and teachers alike dread the end of summer and the start of school. I have a feeling it will be different this year! As I have mentioned over the past few weeks it is very unlikely that school will be same in September. But we are confident that school will be open in September, so you have something to look forward to over the summer. That is the first time I think I have ever said that students will be looking forward to school!

I hope these past few weeks have given you an opportunity to think about how valuable school is to you. Not only to your learning, but to your friendships, your relationships, your mental health and to the structure of your daily lives. When school does return, please do take advantage of every opportunity you are afforded, and don't waste time on petty squabbles and arguments. If there is one thing we have learned from this lockdown, is that life really is too short to waste.

I also just wanted to say how proud I am of all of you. This has undoubtedly been the strangest year of my teaching career and probably the strangest year of my life. I'm sure that's true for most of us. I think that the way all of you have moved to remote learning has been amazing. I think the vast majority of you have been working really hard during these last few months, and you have been doing a fantastic job of motivating yourselves and each other. It hasn't gone unnoticed by staff. I think this year you really have embodied the meaning of the GREEN skills that you have learned about in school, especially Resilience. This situation won't last forever, it might feel like it will but trust me, nothing ever does. One day soon you will be back in class with your friends moaning about getting too much home learning! I just hope that day is soon, as I for one can't wait!

By now you will probably have had a phone call from your form tutor. If you haven't then you can expect a call this week. These calls are nothing to worry about and they are just a way for your form tutor to stay in touch before the academic year comes to an end. If you've already spoken with your tutor, then I hope you enjoyed making contact with them again.

On Monday 13th July most of you will be collecting your iPad from school as your family have completed the paperwork and paid the deposit by the deadlineThis means you will be able to use your iPad at home and take advantage of all the software already installed. If your family are able to pay the deposit and complete the paperwork before we break up, and there are enough families able to do so, we will consider arranging a further iPad issuing day at the end of the week. There will be a further opportunity for you to take home your iPad in September if your family are unable to pay the deposit and complete the paperwork at the moment – so do not worry!  If you have any questions about collecting the iPad then do please get in touch via info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk 

Since many of you will not be going on holidays this summer, you’ll need to be well occupied! We’re delighted to tell you that EAST Summer School is still going ahead this year in an online format. EAST Summer School is a completely free programme for 12 – 17 year olds who live in the local area and want to have fun and learn a new creative skill in the summer holidays. Courses will be run by some East Bank partners including the BBC and UCL, as well as established local organisations such as The Yard Theatre, Studio Wayne McGregor and Staffordshire University London. Since being ‘live’ for less than two weeks, EAST Summer School has already had over a hundred potential applicants register their interest – which is great to see! You can register here. Full programme and timings will be available soon.

The Speakers for Schools programme this week includes talks from: 

REEMAH SAKAAN - Group Launch Director, Britbox (DATE: Monday 13th July, 10 a.m.)

ANDREW BAILEY - Governor of the Bank of England (DATE: Monday 13th July, 2 p.m.) 

RICHARD AYLARD AND REBEKAH KENYON -   Senior Sustainability Advisors – Thames Water (DATE: Tuesday 14th July, 10 a.m.) 

SARA CROFTS - Chief Executive, The Institute of Conservation (DATE: Tuesday 14th July, 2 p.m.) 

ANNA TURNE – Paralympian (DATE: Wednesday 15th July, 10 a.m.)

ALEJANDRA CASTAÑO - GHG Air Quality Lead Advisor (DATE: Wednesday 15th July, 2 p.m.)

SHARON WALPOLE - Director, Careermap (DATE: Thursday 16th July, 10 a.m.) 

JULIA ANGELES - Investment Manager, Baillie Gifford (DATE: Thursday 16th July, 2 p.m.)

Please do sign up to watch some of these inspiring virtual talks if you get the chance. 

I would recommend you read the Day to catch up on all the latest news. This week the articles include a feature on Cancel Culture, the Power of Music and Books about Donald Trump

Please remember that 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, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  

Just a reminder, you should all be reading and completing your quizzes for Accelerated Reader. While some of you have used this time away from school as a great excuse to really dive into the books you love, others have sadly neglected their reading. Do try to make time each day to read a book or magazine (or something not on a screen!). Not only is it relaxing and fun, it will also help with your wellbeing and you might even learn something along the way.  

Every week we are setting you tasks to do that I'm sure are taking up a lot of your time, but don't forget to make time for yourself as well. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it must not be neglected. So please don't spend all your time working, you need to take regular breaks, exercise and have fun too. 

Until then stay safe, have a great summer, make sure you get lots of rest and have a nice long break. 

Take care

Mr Morrow
Student Progress Leader Year 

Information re i-Pad collection
 

6 July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

iPad collection

Thank you for paying the deposit for your daughter’s iPad.

In order to collect the iPad you will need to:

  1. Come into school on Monday 13 July at your scheduled time
  2. There are 15 families allotted this time, so there may be a queue.  We would remind you of the need to maintain a social distance of 2 metres if so.
  3. You will be issued the iPad and the Apple charger.
  4. You will need to have signed the contract before you can take the iPad.  Thank you if you have already returned this.  There will be paper copies available for you to sign on the day if you need.  There is also a copy attached to this email if you prefer to print it off yourself.

We look forward to issuing you the iPad next Monday.

Hoping you and your family are well.

Best wishes

Ms J Snowsill
Deputy Headteacher

i-Pad Contract July 2020

East Summer School 2020 goes Virtual 

We’re thrilled to announce that East Summer School is back this year and, for the first time, we are bringing it all to you online! 

If you’re aged 12–17 – and live in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest – and interested in creative, tech and design industries, why not sign up for the FREE East Summer School? From one-off classes to full-week courses, there are lots of fantastic sessions packed with unique and interactive experiences. It’s a great chance to meet new people and have fun! We know that the world is a very strange place at the moment and we’re all spending more time at home. All this extra time we have is perfect to learn some new and exciting skills, no matter your ability. 

Summer School courses are being delivered by world-leading organisations, such as the BBC and UCL who will be moving to east London as part of East Bank. As well as working alongside institutions that are already here, such as Staffordshire University London, Studio Wayne McGregor, The Yard Theatre and many more. 

The courses are as varied as the contributors! This year, there are three categories of courses available:

•  Intensive – a course taking place over a number of days where you work towards a tangible outcome

•  Interactive – a course taking place over a few hours, maybe in one day or spread out over two, where the workshop is interactive and you produce something at the end

•  Informative – a one-off webinar style information sharing workshop, where you will be able to find out key information on a subject or career.

SIGN UP NOW!

Join the conversation online using #EastSummerSchool. If you have any questions, please email SummerSchool@QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk.

Please find our exciting promo film here

We have a variety of courses on offer such as, creative arts, theatre, engineering , architecture, dance and much more for 3 weeks from Monday 27th July – Friday 14th August!

The programme is free and pupils can sign up to the programme by going to www.QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk/Summerschool

If you need more information on the programme please feel free to contact SummerSchool@Londonlegacy.co.uk to help with all enquiries

Hope to see your pupils logging on!

Go! Schools

The Go! Schools Network Survey is open for one last week, if you haven’t already completed it please follow this link, this will help us to shape the network and the opportunities available to your school and you will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 Westfield Voucher or a pair of tickets to ride the ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide (once it opens again!).

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London Legacy Development Corporation
Level 10
1 Stratford Place, Montfichet Road
London
E20 1EJ
   
Email: laylaconway@londonlegacy.co.uk
Web: www.QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk

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A Message from your SPL - 6 July 2020 

6 July 2020

Dear Year 7 students, parents and carers,

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We have now entered our thirteenth week of remote learning and our fifteenth week of lockdown.

With only a couple of weeks left in this academic year, our thoughts are turning to September and what school will be like in the Autumn. While we all hope that we will be able to return to business as usual and we can go back to full classes on a normal timetable, at this stage that does seem unlikely. It is more probable that there will be some significant changes to how you will be learning in September. We are making plans to ensure that in the event of further lockdowns, or more educational restrictions, that we are ready to deliver more interactive lessons to you at home. Over the past. couple of weeks we have been trialling the use of different platforms to enable staff to teach you live. We are still testing these programs, but we are confident that we will be able to provide you with dynamic, exciting lessons even if we are in social isolation again.

As you may have seen at the weekend, the rules around social distancing are being relaxed meaning more shops have opened up. But this also means there will be increased face to face exposure, and therefore the likelihood of being exposed to the Covid-19 virus has increased. It is therefore especially important to stay vigilant at this time to ensure you aren't exposed to the virus.

One thought about lockdown did occur to me this week. By the time you return to school in September you will have been out of lessons for around six months. That works out at almost 5% of your lives so far! As this is such a significant chunk of your lives do try make sure that you don't waste your time when you are in lockdown. Don't you want to be able to look back on this time and say that you managed to achieve something significant? (rather than telling everyone about how many new series you watched on Netflix or new TikTok dances you learned). It could be as simple as learning to cook a new dish, or play a new song, or read a new book. Do try to use your time to better yourselves, as I have said before, you will never get such a significant period of time like this again when you are not at school or working. 

As I mentioned in my last message, you can expect a phone call from your form tutor over the next couple of weeks. These calls are nothing to worry about, they are just a way for your form tutor to stay in touch before the academic year comes to an end. If you've already spoken with your tutor, then I hoped you enjoyed making contact with them again and having a real conversation.

From Monday 13th July it will also be possible to collect your iPad from school provided your family have complete the paperwork and paid the deposit. This means you will be able to complete your work on your iPad at home and take advantage of all the software already installed. If you have any questions about collecting the iPad then do please get in touch via info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk 

Since many of you will not be going on holidays this summer, you’ll need to be well occupied! We’re delighted to tell you that EAST Summer School is still going ahead this year in an online format. EAST Summer School is a completely free programme for 12 – 17 year olds who live in the local area and want to have fun and learn a new creative skill in the summer holidays. Courses will be run by some East Bank partners including the BBC and UCL, as well as established local organisations such as The Yard Theatre, Studio Wayne McGregor and Staffordshire University London. Since being ‘live’ for less than two weeks, EAST Summer School has already had over a hundred potential applicants register their interest – which is great to see! You can register here. Full programme and timings will be available soon. 

The Speakers for Schools programme this week includes talks from: 

  • KATY SUMPTION - author & creative director (DATE: Monday 6 July,
    10 a.m.) 
  • CASSIE CHADDERTON - CEO, World Book Day (DATE: Tuesday 7th July, 10 a.m.) 
  • MATT BRITTIN - President, EMEA Business & Operations, Google (DATE: Tuesday 7th July, 2 p.m.) 
  • ADAM FORBES - Head of Marketing, BP Launchpad (DATE: Wednesday 8th July, 10 a.m.)
  • KANBAR HOSSEIN BOR - Former Deputy High Commissioner for Bangladesh (DATE: Wed 8th July, 2 p.m.) 
  • HOW TO GET INTO PUBLISHING - Simon Armstrong and Hannah Chukwu, Editorial, Penguin Random House (DATE: Thursday 9th July, 2 p.m.) 
  • BEN SAUNDERS - Polar Explorer (DATE: Friday 10th July, 10 a.m.)
  • DR KATIE MACK - Theoretical Astrophysicist (DATE: Friday 10th July, 2 p.m.)

Please do sign up to watch some of these inspiring virtual talks if you get the chance. 

I would recommend you read the Day to catch up on all the latest news. This week the articles include a feature on the Anti-Science movement in the USA, Slavery and Kanye West running for President. 

Please remember that 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, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  

Just a reminder that you should all be reading and completing your quizzes for Accelerated Reader. While some of you have used this time away from school as a great excuse to really dive into the books you love, others have sadly neglected their reading. Do try to make time each day to read a book or magazine (or something not on a screen!). Not only is it relaxing and fun, it will also help with your wellbeing and you might even learn something along the way.  

Every week we are setting you tasks to do that I'm sure are taking up a lot of your time, but don't forget to make time for yourself as well. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it must not be neglected. So please don't spend all your time working, you need to take regular breaks, exercise and have fun too. 

Once again, I remain hopeful that we will see you again before we are due to break up for the summer holidays, but school will only fully open when it is safe to do so. 

Until then stay safe, stay alert and keep learning!

Take care

Mr Morrow 
Student Progress Leader Year 7

A Message from your SPL - 29 June 2020 

29 June 2020

Dear students, parents and carers,

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We have now entered our twelfth week of remote learning and our fourteenth week of lockdown.

Over the past couple of weeks Walthamstow School for Girls has been open for Year 10 students to return to the classroom. This partial reopening has been very successful, but it has also been a strange experience for both the staff and students involved. While it has been exciting for students to see their teachers and their friends for the first time for months, it is also a reality check as to how much school has changed since March. It has provided a window as to what education might look like in the future. 

The social distancing guidelines mean that there are now fewer students in each room, and they are more spread out when they are in class. This may mean one class that has thirty students may need to be split into three separate rooms. It is obviously not going to be possible to do this with every class (as we simply do not have enough space in the school to operate in this way). While everyone is hopeful that we can return to a fully open school in September (as education secretary Gavin Williamson promised last week), it does seem unlikely at this moment. If school is not back to normal in September, then we will have to revaluate how we deliver remote learning in order to ensure it is as effective as possible. This may involve some changes to how we set, record and assess work whilst in lockdown. If we do decide to make changes to how we deliver remote learning, then we will keep you fully informed of the changes as we go.

As I have said previously, it will probably take a quite a while for things to return to normal. One day it will be the turn of year 7 to return to school and see the new normal, until then we ask you to stay vigilant and keep learning at home (as you have been doing so thus far). Until that happens there will be times when it will feel challenging and frustrating, but we ask for your continued patience and your support.  

Over the next three weeks you can expect to receive a phone call from your form tutor. They are going to call home for every student to have a talk about your first year at Walthamstow School for Girls and see how you are getting on in lockdown. 

From Monday 6th July it will also be possible to collect your iPad from school provided your family have complete the paperwork and paid the deposit. This means you will be able to complete your work on your iPad at home and take advantage of all the software already installed. If you have any questions about collecting the iPad then do please get in touch via info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk 

Since many of you will not be going on holidays this summer, you’ll need to be well occupied! We’re delighted to tell you that EAST Summer School is still going ahead this year in an online format. EAST Summer School is a completely free programme for 12-17 year olds who live in the local area and want to have fun and learn a new creative skill in the summer holidays. Courses will be run by some East Bank partners including the BBC and UCL, as well as established local organisations such as The Yard Theatre, Studio Wayne McGregor and Staffordshire University London. Since being ‘live’ for less than two weeks, EAST Summer School has already had over a hundred potential applicants register their interest – which is great to see! You can register here. Full programme and timings will be available soon.

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

I would recommend you read the Day to catch up on all the latest news. This week the articles include a feature on Liverpool football club, Virtual Pride Parades, how the economy will recover from Covid-19 and more on the BLM protests.

I hope you have managed to slip back into your weekly work routine. Please remember that 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, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  

Just a reminder, you should all be reading and completing your quizzes for Accelerated Reader. While some of you have used this time away from school as a great excuse to really dive into the books you love, others have sadly neglected their reading. Do try to make time each day to read a book or magazine (or something not on a screen!). Not only is it relaxing and fun, it will also help with your wellbeing and you might even learn something along the way.  

Every week we are setting you tasks to do that I'm sure are taking up a lot of your time, but don't forget to make time for yourself as well. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it must not be neglected. So please don't spend all your time working, you need to take regular breaks, exercise and have fun too. 

Once again, I remain hopeful that we will see you again before we are due to break up for the summer holidays, but school will only fully open when it is safe to do so. 

Until then stay safe, stay alert and keep learning!

Take care

Mr Morrow 
Student Progress Leader Year 7

A Message from your SPL - 22 June 2020 

22 June 2020

Dear Year 7 students, parents and carers

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We have now entered our eleventh week of remote learning and our thirteenth week of lockdown (that's nearly three months!). 

Last week Walthamstow School for Girls welcomed back students for the first time since the end of March. While this was a big step in moving back to normality, we are still a long way away from having all 900 students back in school at the same time. Government rules on social distancing, hygiene and sanitation mean that at the moment it is impossible to reopen as fully as we would like, or as quickly as we would like. But the fact that we are starting to welcome back students is clearly a good sign and a step in the right direction. The students who were on site were delighted to be back in school and to see some familiar faces. Hopefully it won't be too long until more of you will experience the same mix of emotions the Year 10s did last week. 

As I said last week it will probably take a quite a while for things to return to normal. One day it will be the turn of Year 7 to return to school and see the new normal, until then we ask you to stay vigilant and keep learning at home (as you have been doing so thus far). Until that happens there will be times when it will feel challenging and frustrating, but we ask for your continued patience and your support. 

As I'm sure you have seen, society seems to be slowly reopening. Shops have begun to open their doors to customers again and high streets are slowly becoming busier by the day. This helps to remind us that while we are going through a difficult time at the moment, it won't last forever. One day students at school will study the coronavirus and how it impacted society. You will be able to tell them what it was like and how you coped. I hope you have some interesting stories to tell! 

Since many of you will not be going on holidays this summer, you’ll need to be well occupied! We’re delighted to tell you that EAST Summer School is still going ahead this year in an online format. EAST Summer School is a completely free programme for 12-17 year olds who live in the local area and want to have fun while learning a new creative skill in the summer holidays. Courses will be run by some East Bank partners including the BBC and UCL, as well as established local organisations such as The Yard Theatre, Studio Wayne McGregor and Staffordshire University London. Since being ‘live’ for less than two weeks, EAST Summer School has already had over a hundred potential applicants register their interest – which is great to see! You can register here. Full programme and timings will be available soon.

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. The WOW Foundation 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 would recommend you read the Day to catch up on all the latest news. This week there are articles discussing the tragic killing of a History teacher in Reading at the weekend, toxic masculinity and more discussions on the BLM protests. 

I hope you have managed to slip back into your weekly work routine. Please remember that 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, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  

Just a reminder you should be spending no more than three hours completing schoolwork each day, and approximately one hour on each subject. Don't worry if you don't complete every single piece of work every week, just let your subject teacher know that you didn't have time to finish it.

Remember to set your alarms for 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday so you are registering on time this week. I will pose another challenge for you to have a go at before your next tutor time on Wednesday.  Please encourage any of your friends who forgot about it to join in this week as it is very important that everyone stays connected.

Just a reminder that you should all be reading and completing your quizzes for Accelerated Reader. While some of you have used this time away from school as a great excuse to really dive into the books you love, others have sadly neglected their reading. Do try to make time each day to read a book or magazine (or something not on a screen!). Not only is it relaxing and fun, it will also help with your wellbeing and you might even learn something along the way.

As more and more shops open up it is especially important to stay alert as the risk of coming into contact with someone who may have the Coronavirus increases every time you come into contact with someone. So please try to ensure that you not only look after yourselves at this time, but also look after each other. Continue to follow the same precautions that you should have been taking all this time (wear a face mask, wash your hands, try not to make unnecessary journeys).

Every week we are setting you tasks to do that I'm sure are taking up a lot of your time, but don't forget to make time for yourself as well. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it must not be neglected. So please don't spend all your time working, you need to take regular breaks, exercise and have fun too.

Once again, I remain hopeful that we will see you again before we are due to break up for the summer holidays, but school will only fully open when it is safe to do so.

Until then stay safe, stay alert and keep learning!

Take care,

Mr Morrow
Student Progress Leader Year 7

A Message from your SPL - 15 June 2020 

15 June 2020

Dear Year 7 students, parents and carers,

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We have now entered our tenth week of remote learning and our twelfth week of lockdown (that's nearly three months!). 

This week Walthamstow School for Girls will open its doors and welcome back around 100 students from Year 10 for the first time since March. This is the clearest sign yet that life is beginning to return to normal. Although 'normal' comes with the caveat that normal may not be the same as it was before Easter for a long long time. Following government guidelines, we have introduced several changes to the school designed to make you safer. As the Year 10s will find out this week these include: one-way systems, hand washing/sanitising stations, fewer desks in each classroom and staggered start times. These changes are all designed to minimise the chance of infection from Covid-19 and keep both staff and students safe at all times. This is the first step in what will undoubtedly be a long process in getting school (and indeed society) back to where it was before the Coronavirus outbreak. It will probably take a quite a while for that to happen, at times it will be challenging and frustrating, but the important thing is that we do it right.   

One day it will be the turn of Year 7 to return to school and see the new normal, until then we ask you to stay vigilant and keep learning at home (as you have been doing so thus far). 

This past week also saw continued protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the inevitable backlash from counter protestors (particularly in London at the weekend). There has been a particular focus in the past week on statues and monuments across the UK that celebrate the achievements of men who made their money from the slave trade. On Wednesday protestors tore down a statue of former slave trader Edward Colston and threw it into a Bristol harbour, while councils in other areas chose to remove problematic statues in order to avoid future controversy. 

As a history teacher I am aware of the perceived importance of statues to represent individuals of great historical significance. While many statues across the world are positive powerful reminders of the past, others were controversial when they were put up and may be actively offensive to others today. The act of putting up a statue is a powerful statement of your values, just as pulling one down is. For those who say we need statues to teach us history I would recommend they pick up a book, attend a museum or pay attention in school to learn about the past. 

The moment we are living through at the moment is truly historic. So far in 2020 we have left the EU, seen a worldwide pandemic, a financial crisis, a national lockdown, school closures, the Black Lives Matter protests, statues torn down, counter protests.... and we're not even halfway through the year yet! I feel sorry for students in the future who have to study the year 2020, as there has been enough news in the first half of this year to fill a library!  

If you do want to know more about the issues surrounding whether or not to remove statues, or the Black Lives Matter movement or Britain’s Colonial Past then I would encourage you to read. But don't just rely on one source for your information, find several websites, books, articles, podcasts, documentaries etc. and try to understand the issues from several perspectives and make up your own mind. 

Remember while it is true that: 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it' (George Santayana), it is also true that 'A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots' (Marcus Garvey). So, if you are interested in what is going on in British society at the moment, I would actively encourage you to find out for yourself what the facts are.

Once again, I hope these protests and counter protests can spark a national conversation about who we are and more importantly who we want to be. They can be a historic moment of positive change for our generation when the world changed for the better, or they could be looked on as a missed opportunity. 

If you would like to know more then I suggest you read through the information on The Day: https://theday.co.uk/stories/pressure-mounts-to-decolonise-the-curriculum

I hope you have managed to slip back into your weekly work routine. Please remember that 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, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  

Just a reminder you should be spending no more than three hours completing schoolwork each day and approximately one hour on each subject. Don't worry if you don't complete every single piece of work every week, just let your subject teacher know that you didn't have time to finish it.

Remember to set your alarms for 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday so you are registering on time this week. I will pose another challenge for you to have a go at before your next tutor time on Wednesday.  Please encourage any of your friends who forgot about it to join in this week as it is very important that everyone stays connected. 

Just a reminder, you should all be reading and completing your quizzes for Accelerated Reader. While some of you have used this time away from school as a great excuse to really dive into the books you love, others have sadly neglected their reading. Do try to make time each day to read a book or magazine (or something not on a screen!). Not only is it relaxing and fun, it will also help with your wellbeing and you might even learn something along the way.  

As more and more shops open up it is especially important to stay alert as the risk of coming into contact with someone who may have the Coronavirus increases every time you come into contact with someone. So please try to ensure that you not only look after yourselves at this time, but you also look after each other. Continue to follow the same practices that you should have been taking all this time (wear a face mask, wash your hands, try not to make unnecessary journeys). 

Every week we are setting you tasks to do that I'm sure are taking up a lot of your time, but don't forget to make time for yourself as well. Don't spend all your time working, you need to take regular breaks, exercise and have fun too. 

Once again, I remain hopeful that we will see you again before we are due to break up for the summer holidays, but school will only remain open when it is safe to do so. 

Until then stay safe, stay alert and keep learning!

Take care

Mr Morrow 
Student Progress Leader Year 

A Message from your SPL - 8 June 2020 

8 June 2020

Dear Year 7 students, parents and carers,

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We have now entered our ninth week of remote learning and our eleventh week of lockdown. I trust you enjoyed the good weather last weekend and are slotting back into your weekly routine to continue your remote learning.

Last week was the first week back at school for thousands of Year 1 and Year 6 students across the UK. It appears that the restart has been relatively successful, and I'm sure that plans are being put in place to expand the number of students who can head back into school. As I suggested last week, there is still the possibility that you could yet be asked to come back into school before the official summer holiday starts in July. If that happens, then I can reassure you that every precaution will be put in place to keep you safe. But until then we ask you to stay vigilant and keep learning at home, as you have been doing so thus far. 

I'm sure you have been watching the news over the past week and are aware of the massive public protests across the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In the UK at the weekend there were major demonstrations in several cities, including a huge one in London. These were in response to the deaths of several unarmed black men and women in the USA recently, most notably George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

While these killings may have been the immediate catalyst for the recent protests in the US, the real causes go back much further and are much more complicated. They involve a number of historical factors such as discriminatory laws, unfair economic factors, discrimination based on race, ignorance, intolerance, fear and racism. Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions to many of these systemic problems, and there are no easy fixes.

However, while the events that have played out on the nightly news since the death of George Floyd, and the subsequent violent response by many of the police have been scary, in some ways they have also been inspiring. Never before in my lifetime have I ever 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.

In the UK all students are taught about the fundamental British Values that we all have in common: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of different cultures and religions. These protests remind me how important it is that we try to live our beliefs and not just talk about them. It reminds me of how important it is to stand up when those beliefs are being threatened. It reminds me of how important it is to make yourself heard to ensure that everyone in society can have a voice.

While it may appear that we are going through some dark times at the moment, similar massive protest movements in the past have resulted in positive long-lasting changes in society. In the 1830’s and 1840’s the Chartist Movement in the UK eventually lead to representative democracy. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the Suffrage Movement in the UK lead to Women winning the vote (in 1918). In America in the 1950’s and 1960’s the Civil Rights Protests lead to the Civil Rights act of 1964 which allowed African Americans to vote. Remember, the night is always darkest just before the dawn. It may be that we are witnessing the dawn of a new era of peace, equality and progressive policies.

Hopefully these protests can be a historic moment of positive change for our generation, and students in the future will look back on 2020 as a time in history when the world changed for the better.

If you would like to know more, then I suggest you read through the information in the Day on Teams.

Over the next few weeks some of your teachers will be setting you work of related to Black Lives Matter movement and the current events unfolding in the USA.

I hope you have managed to slip back into your weekly work routine. Please remember that 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, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  

Just a reminder you should be spending no more than three hours completing schoolwork each day and approximately one hour on each subject. Don't worry if you don't complete every single piece of work every week, just let your subject teacher know that you didn't have time to finish it.

Remember to set your alarms for 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, so that you are registering on time this week. I will pose another challenge for you to have a go at before your next tutor time on Wednesday.  Please encourage any of your friends who forgot about it to join in this week as it is very important that everyone stays connected. 

Just a reminder, you should all be reading and completing your quizzes for Accelerated Reader. While some of you have used this time away from school as a great excuse to really dive into the books you love, others have sadly neglected their reading. Do try to make time each day to read a book or magazine (or something not on a screen!). Not only is it relaxing and fun, it will also help with your wellbeing and you might even learn something along the way.  

As more and more shops open up it is especially important to stay alert as the risk of coming into contact with someone who may have the Coronavirus increases every time you come into contact with someone. So please try to ensure that you not only look after yourselves at this time, but you also look after each other. Continue to follow the same practices that you should have been taking all this time (wear a face mask, wash your hands, try not to make unnecessary journeys). 

Every week we are setting you tasks that I'm sure are taking up a lot of your time, but don't forget to make time for yourself as well. Don't spend all your time working, you need to take regular breaks, exercise and have fun too.   

Once again, I remain hopeful that we will see you again before we are due to break up for the summer holidays, but school will only open when it is safe to do so. 

Until then stay safe, stay alert and keep learning!

Take care

Mr Morrow
Student Progress Leader Year 7


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, Mr Morrow

How to check if assignments have been handed in

A Message from your SPL - 1 June 2020 

1 June 2020

Dear Year 7 students, parents and carers

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We have now entered our eight week of remote learning and our tenth week of lockdown.

I trust you have had a relaxing break over half term with your families. In the midst of a difficult time we have been very fortunate to have such lovely weather to enjoy (can you imagine what this would have been like in the middle of Winter!).

As I’m sure you are aware, many Primary Schools across the country will open their doors today for the first time in three months in what is undoubted the first tentative steps in a return to normality. If this reopening is successful, there is a strong possibility that we will see you wearing the lovely green of our school uniforms in the not too distant future. But until that time comes it is very important that you continue to access your learning online until the school is reopened.

Thanks to those of you who have completed the Remote Learning Survey. I have left it open in case more of you want to complete it but didn't get a chance. (see link below). We are taking on board your comments and are making some changes based on your feedback.  Link to the survey.

 

Fill | Year 7 Remote Learning Survey

We are doing a survey to gather feedback on our program of remote learning. Please complete all the questions in the survey by Saturday 6th June. The survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete.

forms.office.com

It can be difficult to get back into a routine after a break but do try to make sure you are doing your best to keep up with your assignments this week. If you haven't done so already you should try to make a timetable to help you to organise your time and do try to ensure you are giving yourself some variety and some breaks. Make sure you tick off all the work you have completed and check your past assignments on Teams for feedback from your teachers.

Remember that 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, please contact us at info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk  

Just a reminder you should be spending no more than three hours completing schoolwork each day and approximately one hour on each subject. Don't worry if you don't complete every single piece of work every week, just let your subject teacher know that you didn't have time to finish it.

If you want something to do outside of your timetabled subjects, I would recommend checking out Vtalks. They are a series of Virtual Talks designed for Schools and they usually have some really interesting content. Here is this week’s full VTALK Schedule. Please feel free to join and watch! It’s free and really interesting. There is usually a great variety of speakers ranging from journalists, to lawyers and scientists.

I encourage you to take part and join a very interesting talk about how to challenge inequality

On Thursday 4th June at 10 amAward-winning British-Turkish novelist, Elif Shafak, joins writer, journalist and broadcaster, Afua Hirsch and they will discuss the widening inequalities across the world and how we can challenge them. You can even submit a question to Elif and Afua if you want to. Just email them at the following email address: inspiration@speakersforschools.org

Remember to set your alarms for 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday so you are registering on time this week. I will pose another challenge for you to have a go at before your next tutor time on Wednesday.  Please encourage any of your friends who forgot about it to join in this week as it is very important that everyone stays connected. 

Just a reminder, you should all be reading and completing your quizzes for Accelerated Reader. While some of you have used this time away from school as a great excuse to really dive into the books you love, others have sadly neglected their reading. Do try to make time each day to read a book or magazine (or something not on a screen!). Not only is it relaxing and fun, it will also help with your wellbeing and you might even learn something along the way.  

Please try to ensure that you not only look after yourselves at this time, but you also look after each other. Every week we are setting you tasks to do that I'm sure are taking up a lot of your time, but don't forget to make time for yourself as well. Don't spend all your time working, you need to take regular breaks, exercise and have fun too. 

Once again, I hope you are all well and are following the latest government guidance. I remain hopeful that we will see you again before we are due to break up for the summer holidays, but school will only remain open when it is safe to do so. 

Until then stay safe, stay alert and keep learning!

Take care

Mr Morrow 
Student Progress Leader Year 7

A Message from your SPL - 18 May 2020 

18 May 2020

Dear Year 7 students, parents & carers

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We have now entered our seventh week of remote learning and our ninth week of lockdown.

Firstly, I'd like to thank all of you who completed the survey on Remote Learning that I sent out last week. We have received many responses and we are presently looking through them and deciding what steps we can take to improve your experience of remote learning. So far about half of year 7 have not responded to the survey (I suspect many of you have completed the survey but forgot to press the 'submit' button at the bottom). Please can you go back and check that you pressed submit so we can have as much information as possible. Your opinions are very important to us and we want to hear from all of you. I will attach the link to the survey below.

Link to the survey.

Year 7 Remote Learning Survey

We are doing a survey to gather feedback on our program of remote learning. Please complete all the questions in the survey by Saturday 16th May. The survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete.    forms.office.com

Once again, I'd like to thank all of you who are continuing to learn from home. Your teachers are giving me regular feedback as to how impressed they are with hard work and positivity shown by year 7. It can be difficult to keep up your motivation levels when you don't see your teacher every week and you don't receive feedback as often as you would like. The fact so many of you are keeping up with your work is exceedingly impressive. As teachers we are trying to ensure that we keep in touch with everyone in Year 7 and give you personal feedback on your work, but this may not always be possible. Do get in touch if you have any queries about your work (or anything else). 

Just a reminder you should be spending no more than three hours completing school work each day and approximately one hour on each subject. Don't worry if you don't complete every single piece of work every week, just let your subject teacher know that you didn't have time to finish it.

I suggest that you make a timetable that you can stick to with breaks and time for other activities. 

It may help if you follow these very simple steps:

Step 1 - Monday log on and write down each subject and the work that has been set for you.

Step 2 - Set a timetable, two subjects a day.

Step 3 - Once you have completed the task submit the work straight away and tick/cross off your list.

Step 4 - Relax!

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

Day 

10:00-
11:00 am
 

11:30 am-
12:30 am
 

1:30 pm 

1:45-
2:45 pm
 

Monday 

English 

DT 

Rest & Relax 

Art 

Tuesday 

Maths 

Humanities 

Rest & Relax 

Food 

Wednesday 

Computing 

Languages 

R&R/Tutor Time 

Drama 

Thursday 

Science 

Music 

Rest & Relax 

Catch up time 

Friday 

Humanities 

PE 

R&R/Tutor Time 

Catch up time 

Remember - most of the work can be completed on paper and a photo be submitted. If you do need to use a device then do this work straight away so that it is completed and others can use the device.

If you have subject specific questions or need any help with your assignments, please continue to use the Team chat (Posts) to ask your teacher for help. If you have any general school issues or you are having problems with Teams or anything else 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.  β€‹β€‹β€‹

Congratulations to all of you who took part in the Kahoot! challenge. I see a number of you retook the quiz a number of times until your got 100% right! I will make another one for you to tackle soon. Do try to remember to log into your I Tutor Time on Wednesday and Friday at 13:30 to catch up with your tutor and your form. I will pose another challenge for you to have a go at before your next tutor time on Wednesday.  Please encourage any of your friends who forgot about it to join in this week as it is very important that everyone stays connected. 

Just a reminder, you should all be reading and completing your quizzes for Accelerated Reader. While some of you have used this time away from school as a great excuse to really dive into the books you love, others have sadly neglected their reading. Do try to make time each day to read a book or magazine (or something not on a screen!). Not only is it relaxing and fun, it will also help with your wellbeing and you might even learn something along the way.  

Please try to ensure that you not only look after yourselves at this time but you also look after each other. Every week we are setting you tasks to do that I'm sure are taking up a lot of your time, but don't forget to make time for yourself as well. Don't spend all your time working, you need to take regular breaks, exercise and have fun too. 

Once again, I hope you are all well and are following the latest government guidance. I remain hopeful that we will see you again before we are due to break up for the summer holidays, but school will only remain open when it is safe to do so. 

Until then stay safe, stay at home, and keep learning!

Take care

Mr Morrow 
Student Progress Leader Year 7

A Message from your SPL - 11 May 2020 

11 May 2020

To everyone in Year 7

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We have now entered our sixth week of remote learning and our eighth week of lockdown.

Once again, I'd like to thank all of you who are continuing to complete your schoolwork from home. I have been most impressed by the level of commitment the majority of you are showing by logging in each day and getting on with your tasks. It shows a great deal of dedication and resilience to continue to do your best when we don't know how long this will need to go on for. So, you should feel very proud that you are continuing to learn under less than ideal circumstances, I know I am proud of you.

We are aware that not all of you are able to complete the work in a way that you would want to. We know that there are many obstacles to learning at the best of times, and there are even more that are posed by this pandemic. Like many of your teachers, I remain concerned that not everyone is able to complete all of their work for whatever reason. 

In order to find out more information about your experience of remote learning I am going to email you a short survey about how you have found learning in this environment. The survey will only take you about 5 minutes to complete and will help to guide your teachers in setting work in the future. Keep an eye out for this email and try to complete the survey by the end of Saturday 16th May.

Just a reminder you should be spending no more than three hours completing schoolwork each day and approximately one hour on each subject. Don't worry if you don't complete every single piece of work every week, just let your subject teacher know that you didn't have time to finish it.

I hope you all enjoyed Tutor Time again last week. Several of your tutors reiterated how much they enjoyed spending virtual time with you. Please encourage any of your friends who forgot about it to join in this week as it is very important that everyone stays connected. 

I will post a new task for you to complete on Monday afternoon, so you have a chance to complete it by Wednesday and discuss it with your friends in Tutor Time. This week I am going to post a Kahoot! quiz that all of you can have a go at. It is going to include questions related to the Coronavirus Pandemic, so you have a chance to revise before you do the quiz! 
 
For those of you who are still struggling to come to terms with distance learning I would like to remind you of our support. We are here to help you to continue your education at home. If you have any problems with technology or understanding instructions, then please do let us know. If the issue is subject related, then please let your teacher know with a message on the team chat. If the issues are more general, then please email the school via the info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk and state who the message is for and what it is about.

Please try to ensure that you not only look after yourselves at this time, but you also look after each other. Every week we are setting you tasks to do that I'm sure are taking up a lot of your time, but don't forget to make time for yourself as well. Don't spend all your time working, you need to take regular breaks, exercise and have fun too. 

How are you getting on with the challenges that I send you last week? I hope that you have found some time to work your way through some of the tasks and are colouring in the sheet as you complete them.

Once again, I hope you are all well and are following the latest government guidance. I remain hopeful that we will see you again before we are due to break up for the summer holidays, but school will only remain open when it is safe to do so. 

Until then stay safe, stay at home, and keep learning!

Take care

Mr Morrow 
Student Progress Leader Year 7

Parent/Carer Evening 7 May 2020 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all healthy and are coping well in this unique situation.

The Year 7 Parent Teacher Consultation Evening was due to take place on Thursday 7th May. As I’m sure you understand this has been suspended as a result of the national lockdown, and will no longer take place.

We do intend to feed back on your child’s progress later on in the summer term. The exact form that this feedback will take has yet to be decided.

Once we have a better idea as to when school is likely to reopen, we will be able to give you more information.

If you have any questions about this then please do get in touch.

Kind regards

Mr Morrow
Year 7 Student Progress Leader / Associate Assistant Headteacher

A Message from your SPL - 4 May 2020 

4 May 2020

To everyone in year 7, students, parents & carers.

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We have now entered our fifth week of remote learning and our seventh week of lockdown (that's nearly two months!).

I'd like to congratulate the majority of you who are logging on every day and completing the work set by your teachers. I have been really impressed by some of the work that I've seen posted on Teams. There are some really interesting and creative pieces that have been produced, and I can't wait to see some of it on display when we get back to school. 

Just a reminder that you should be spending no more than three hours completing schoolwork each day and approximately one hour on each subject. Don't worry if you don't complete every single piece of work every week, just let your subject teacher know that you didn't have time to finish it.

I hope you all enjoyed Tutor Time last week. Several of your tutors told me how much they enjoyed it and how much they miss you! Please encourage any of your friends who forgot about it to join in this week as it is very important that everyone stays connected. Remember there will only be one tutor time this week on Wednesday, as Friday is a Bank Holiday. 

I will post a new task for you to complete on Monday so you can complete it by Wednesday and discuss it with your friends in Tutor Time.

For those of you who are still struggling to come to terms with distance learning I would like to reiterate our support. We are here to help you to continue your education at home. If you have any problems with technology or understanding instructions, then please do let us know. If the issue is with a subject, then please let you teacher know with a message on the team chat. If the issue is more general, then please email the school via the info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk and state who the message is for and what it is about.

I'd also like to take a moment to congratulate those students who have continued to do their reading and their quizzes on Accelerated Reader, and to remind some of you that you should be continuing with your reading. It is especially important now and it will help you to pass the time more quickly too!

Please try to ensure that you not only look after yourselves at this time, but you also look after each other. Every week we are setting you tasks to do that I'm sure are taking up a lot of your time, but don't forget to make time for yourself as well. Don't spend all your time working, you need to take regular breaks, exercise and have fun too. Please see the attached advice from the World Health Organisation as to how to cope with the stress of the lockdown.

Finally I have attached some possible activities and challenges for you to have a look at to keep you busy (and to have some fun!). Colour in each square when you complete it and try to complete as many as you can before we come back to school.

Take care

Mr Morrow 
Student Progress Leader Year 7

Coping with Stress

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

29 April 2020

Message for all Year 7 Students, Parents and Carers:

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

Just a reminder we are going to be having an online Tutor Time on Teams today.

Parents/Carers & Students – I have attached a useful FAQ document to help you with Teams, should you need help to resolve some of the common issues that are coming up. Please take some time to have a look through it.

Students - at 1.30pm today you will need to log in to Teams and go to your Tutor Room in your SPL folder to be registered by your tutors and access your tutor time activity. 

Students will be expected to logon to Teams at 1.30 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays every week so that they can be registered with their form tutors and catch up with their classmates.

All students MUST check-in with a thumbs-up πŸ‘ for a compulsory registration.

You need to:

1. log into Teams 
2. click on SPL- RMORROW
3. click on their tutor room (7W, 7S, 7F, 7G, 7C or 7H)
4. register with a thumbs-up when their tutor(s) say hello
5. Have a look at the challenge that I have posted there

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 all clear. We look forward to hearing how it went.

Take care and stay safe.

Kind regards

Mr Morrow
Year 7 Student Progress Leader
Associate Assistant Headteacher

A Message from your SPL - 22 April 2020 

23 April 2020

To all of Year 7

I hope you are all well and staying safe. We are now entering our third school week (and fifth week overall) of social isolation. I don't know about you but to me it feels more like three to five months since we were last at school!

I wanted to send a message to all of you to check in with you and let you know how we are planning to deliver your lessons while we remain locked down.

By now you should have completed much of the work you were set in the work packs when we sent you home in March. The plan going forward is to start setting you work on a weekly basis with weekly deadlines. We are aware that not everyone has access to a computer all the time, so there won't be an expectation that you are online at exactly the same time your lesson would normally be on. 

Instead your teachers will post work on your class Team via Assignments on Teams (via Office 365) by 10 a.m. every Monday morning. You will typically have until Friday at
3:30 p.m. to complete the work and submit it via Teams. 
Your teachers may ask you to upload a piece of work you have completed (such as an essay or a presentation) or they may ask you to take a photo of your work and upload it that way. It will be different for different subjects please check every Monday morning to make sure you know what you are being asked to do.

As I mentioned previously it is very important to try to maintain a routine while we are all locked down. It is far too easy for days to all feel the same and for you to become unproductive and disaffected by this situation. I would highly recommend getting up each morning as you would have done at the beginning of last term and plan your day and your week to ensure you keep your motivation levels up and remain productive.

It might prove to be too difficult to follow your normal timetable each day, so I would recommend that every Monday you make a list of all the work that needs to be completed that week and aim to do two or three tasks each day. That way you can spread your work out across the week and give yourself a bit more variety. 

I would also suggest that you try to keep your work organised by completing it in your school exercise books (if you can) and by adding titles and dates to each piece so you can keep track of all your work. If are doing a lot of your work on paper it would be a good idea to get a folder with dividers and file the work in the folder, so you can find it later when things return to normal. 

It is really important that you keep trying to do your schoolwork during lockdown as it's vital that you keep your brain active by learning new ideas and information. The busier you are the quicker the time will fly by each day. We don't know when school will reopen and we will get back to normal, so it is essential that you try to continue your education as if this pandemic had never happened.

Don't worry if you aren't able to complete the work exactly as you would have done in school. Your teachers understand these circumstances are different for everyone and they will take that into consideration when setting or assessing work. We just ask you to do your best and let us know if you are having any problems. 

In the near future your form tutors will be getting in touch with you to check in on you and ensure you are okay. We are currently developing some resources for you to do as a form group (such as challenges, quizzes, puzzles etc.) so look out for that in your form group Team.

Once again if you have any questions, you need some advice, or you just need to talk, then please get in touch with the school and one of us will get back to you as soon as we can. We are still here for you. We always have our safeguarding team available, so if you have any concerns at all you can contact your form tutormyself or another member of staff via the school. We will also continue to contact some of you to ensure you are safe and are in good spirits.

Please try to look after one another. As I'm sure you realise now being at school meant most of you were able to see your friends on a daily basis. But now you aren't able to do that it is even more important that you take time to look after your friends and your family. 

Finally, I just wanted to speak about the current situation from a broader historical perspective. This situation is completely unprecedented. It has never happened before in the history of the UK and it will probably never happen again. You are living through history. Believe it or not the majority of you will look back on this period of time in a year, two years, ten years even fifty years’ time with fond memories. It may not feel like it now, but you currently have an amazing opportunity to work on developing new skills, abilities and knowledge that you will almost certainly never have again. 

So please try to really use the time you have productively. Don't just spend hours watching Tiger King or scrolling through hundreds of clips on TikTok. We obviously want to actively encourage you to do your schoolwork, but also try to do something else productive each day, where you can learn something new and have some fun such as: Cooking, Reading, Painting, Exercise, Music, Creative Writing, Singing, Dancing, Podcasts, Sport etc. 

Remember, in the future there will be countless moments when you will feel like you don't have enough time, and you will look back on this event wishing you could have some of this time back. 

So be kind, work hard, have fun and stay safe.

Take care

Mr Morrow
Student Progress Leader Year 7
Associate Assistant Headteacher

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 - 1 April 2020 

1  April 2020

To Year 7

As we are now entering our second week of Social Distancing I thought I would send you an email to check in with you.

I hope you are all well and are not going too crazy being cooped up indoors! It is of course very important that you continue to follow the government guidelines to keep yourselves healthy (no unnecessary trips, 20 secondhand washing, keep two metres apart etc.). But it is also very important to keep yourself mentally healthy too.

Therefore, I have a few recommendations for you, to help to ensure that you are all following a healthy routine and not just staying in your pyjamas all day watching TikTok and Netflix nonstop!

Do’s:

  • Do try to get some exercise each day.
  • Do try to eat healthily whenever possible.
  • Do try to help your parents/siblings wherever you can.
  • Do be kind and supportive to your families (this can be a stressful time).
  • Do try to do some of your schoolwork each day.
  • Do try to keep in contact with each other (don’t wait for someone to contact you first).
  • Do let us know if you need any help/support/advice/guidance.

Dont’s:

  • Don’t stay in bed all day.
  • Don’t forget to do your schoolwork.
  • Don’t forget your friends and classmates (everyone gets lonely, but some people are also shy and won’t want to reach out)
  • Don’t let the days all drift (try to do something productive each day).
  • Don’t be mean! (Try to be nice to your family).
  • Don’t be lazy, normally you would be doing 6 or 7 hours work a day so you should be doing something each day, to ensure that you don’t fall behind.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help (whether it’s about schoolwork or something else).

Hopefully by now you will have completed some of your work-from-home packs from English, Maths, DT or Humanities. Don’t worry if you haven’t completed everything, you can work through them at your own pace. But do try to complete as much as you can, as you will have some new work set for you after the Easter Holidays.

After the Easter vacation some of your subject teachers will start to teach you or set you work online using Teams. I know you are all familiar with Teams so this should be easy for you, but if you do have any problems, please contact the school to let us know so we can help you.

To collect your work, you will need to log onto the class Team of your subject teacher, at the time when your lesson would normally be on. Your teachers will use the Chat feature to set your work. Remember the chat is for your work, not for socialising with your friends! Your teacher will then set you instructions and they may ask you to open other Apps such as Nearpod, Kahoot! or Quizlet.

You may be asked to submit work through assignments or some other App. It’s very important that you try to stick to deadlines where you can, so that you don’t fall behind the rest of your year group. Your teachers will be regularly checking that you are completing your work and they will be contacting your parents if they find you are not completing or submitting your work.

It is very unlikely that all your teachers will be sitting by their computers during lesson time, but they will try to respond to questions (just don’t expect an immediate answer).

It’s vital that you keep yourselves busy during what could turn out to be a prolonged lockdown, so do keep in touch with the school and each other.

Take care and stay healthy!

Mr Morrow
Student Progress Leader Year 7
Associate Assistant Headteacher

Love Latin Club 

Love Latin Club for Y7. 

Meet in F55 on Friday at 1pm. 

Any questions see Ms Famiglietti in G68

Year 7 Sharing Evening
 

Last Thursday, we held our third Year 7 Sharing Evening. The event took place in the Hewett Hall where each Year 7 Form Group performed a song that they had been working on in their music lessons. The theme of the event was ‘Energy’ and the repertoire included musical theatre and pop songs.

The evening also featured performances from Voice who sang 'Glory' as part of our Black History Month Celebrations and also from The Soundbreakers who performed 'Let Me Down' by Jorja Smith and Stormzy. The finale was 'You Can't Stop the Beat' from Hairspray which was performed by the whole of Year 7. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and well done to our Year 7s.

Ms Bradshaw

Philosophy Club 

KS3 Philosophy Club will continue this half-term.

All inquisitive minds are welcome.

Philosophy Club topics of the past have included:

·        Aliens

·        How to change the world

·        Language and what should people say and not say.

All topics can be considered and no question is considered too ridiculous.

Anyone interested in KS3 simply have to get a short note to Mr Caps (Humanities, Room S10) explaining why they would like to come and what topics they would like to explore.

Philosophy Club takes place for KS3 after school, every Week B Thursday.

We will start shortly after school and should finish by 4:30.

I look forward to seeing some of you there.

 Mr Caps

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

Year 7 Netball Club 

Wednesday lunchtime from 12.30-1pm.

G.R.E.E.N. lessons in Year 7 

Information on Our G.R.E.E.N. Vision can be found here ...

PSHE lessons in Year 7 

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