Key Dates for Year 8 2019-20
|10 October||Early Closure at 14.30 for Open Evening|
|11 October||School Closure for Staff Training|
|29 October||Parent Information Evening|
|9 December||School Closure|
|10 December||Early Closure at 14.30 for Community Party|
|12 December||Christmas Concert|
|20 December||End of Autumn Term, Early Closure at 13.00|
|5 March||Parent's Evening|
|6 March||International Women's Day|
|8 May||Bank Holiday (Friday)|
|11-22 May||Year 8 Exams Fortnight|
|13 May||Early Closure at 14.30 for Staff Training|
|30 June & 2 July||Humanities Trip to London Zoo|
|10 June||Early Closure at 14.30 for Staff Training|
|17 July||End of Summer Term, Early Closure at 13.00|
Worried or Anxious?
Here is a booklet full of information that we hope will help our students and parents/carers during this uncertain time ...
A Message from your SPL - 1 April 2020
1 April 2020
Dear students, parents and carers
I hope you and your family are healthy and safe.
It has been more than a week since our school has shut and I wanted to touch base with you all.
In these uncertain times, it is crucial for our school community to stick together and to support each other.
With over 96% attendance for our last parents’ evening, you have demonstrated your strong commitment and support and I wanted to thank you.
We are here for you. We have a safeguarding team on hand so if you have any concerns, contact your tutor or me and we will contact you to ensure you are safe.
Remember to look after each other. Minimising stress in times like these is vital for our mental health. Don’t let this be something that stresses you, let go of the things you cannot control and embrace change. We have to adapt to this mental and physical adjustment. Now more than ever, we must abandon the performative and embrace the authentic.
I know as a mother myself, how difficult it is to combine working from home and supporting your children in their home learning at the moment, but we have to organise a new routine to ensure a sense of normalcy and security for them. Here are some ideas we can all use:
Read a bit every day (or listen to audio books), keep a confinement diary to encourage creative writing skills, draw, paint, watch movies, jump around, watch the sunset, the sunrise, phone your friends and relatives, bake a cake, make pancakes, dust off the long forgotten 1500 piece puzzle that you have been meaning to start!
In addition, your children have been given a hard copy pack of materials to work on independently from home (English, Maths, DT and Hums for last week and this week) and I hope they are working well on them.
They can also access learning materials on their Teams via the student school website access page using their Office 365 account. Make sure you know how to log on to Teams through the school website.
Students, please complete the work being set and let teachers know you have understood an activity / a task by using a 👍 on the chat in teams.
We expect you to take a break from schoolwork during the Easter holidays, then we will begin the new term working from home using our remote learning technology.
Please contact the school if you have issues with technology access at home -we know that some of you will have to share computers/ laptops or work using a mobile phone. Please phone the school and leave a message so we can get back to you (but no-one will be working over Easter).
We will be setting work for each subject, each week in the Teams Chat. You will submit work through the assignments section of Teams. You will be expected to check the work from each teacher and complete by the end of the week, but they will not be sitting by their computer in the lesson time so don't expect an immediate answer!
Watch a video on how to submit work on Teams in Assignments if you are not clear:
A Complete Beginners Guide to Zoom (2020 UPDATE) Everything You Need to Know to Get Started - Duration: 36:57. Ben Balden - live a happier, fuller life - recommended for you on YouTube.
I know you will try your best to complete the work set, to a high standard. I am really proud of you.
This challenging time is a perfect period to press reset in our lives. Once you have embraced this shift, your wonderful, creative and resilient mind will surprise you with its adaptability. “Neglect not the gift that is in thee”, as on the other side of this difficult journey are hope and resilience.
Remember to stay at home, be kind and help each other.
Student Progress Leader Year 8 / Diversity Coordinator
Parent Information Evening - Tuesday 29th October
Dear Parents / Carers
You are invited to our Year 8 Parent/Carer Information Evening on Tuesday 29th 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
Outdoor Pursuits Trip
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 8 Parent Information Evening, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Snowsill, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 3, or myself.
Student Progress Leader Year 8
If you were unable to attend, all the information given can be found here.
"The Bee in Me" Project
Following on from 3 successful preparatory workshops, Ms Pratt, Ms Dominique and I took 30 students on a trip to the Unicorn Theatre to see The Bee in Me on Wednesday 5th February. The aim of the whole project was to build social skills, to develop self-esteem and to give them a confidence boost. The play was fantastic and here are some of students’ reviews:
“It was a really interesting play with 3 people acting the same character, they moved at the same time and must have practised a lot. I liked how they interpreted these stages as levels from a video game.”
“I liked how the play captured the daily struggles of teenage life and turned it into a metaphor of wanting to fly away by depicting scenes of the character turning into a bee. I also enjoyed how it was told in the second person and how the character took every challenge they were facing in life as a level in a game”
“I thought the view of Tower Bridge and central London was beautiful and I loved walking around and I hope we can have more experiences like this in the future because I loved this one!”
“I enjoyed the part when the characters were really expressive and exaggerated. I was ecstatic when I saw the Shard, the Tower Bridge and the Belfast Ship. The view was spectacular!”
“I enjoyed the morale of the play that sometimes life can be hard but you should always have a positive mindset to things”
The students behaved impeccably and were a credit to our school!
Ms D Desbenoit
Year 8 Student Progress Leader / Diversity Coordinator
Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon
Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon
Sunday 26 April 2020
Would you like to represent Waltham Forest in this year’s Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon on Sunday 26 April 2020
Age categories are:
Boys and Girls – Under 13
Born between 1 September 2006 and 28 April 2009
Boys and Girls – Under 15
Born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2006
Selection for Waltham Forest is as follows:
The runner must live or go to school in the borough.
The details of the event are here: https://www.minimarathon.co.uk/en/
Violence Against Women and Girls Project (VAWG)
Dear Parents and Carers
WSFG is working in partnership with various organisations in the Borough to raise awareness of violence against women and girls in Waltham Forest.
As a girl's school, we are a hub for young women to learn about this external challenge that can affect the well being of all. This project is aimed at Years 8-10 in particular.
The main focus of the project is building support in preventing and offering early help in relation to VAWG.
WSFG is one of a few secondary schools in Waltham Forest to embrace this whole school approach to this issue.
KS3 Philosophy Club continues this half-term.
All inquisitive minds are welcome.
Philosophy Club topics of the past have included:
· 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.
Lunch Money Loans
The number of students borrowing money for lunch has 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.