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Year 9

Key Dates for Year 9 2019-20
 

Date Event
17 September Parent Information Evening
10 October Early Closure at 14.30 for Open Evening
11 October School Closure for Staff Training
21 November Parents' Evening
9 December School Closure
10 December Early Closure at 14.30 for Community Party
12 December Christmas Concert
16 December Geography Trip to Natural History Museum (selected students)
20 December Options Book available on WSFG Website
20 December End of Autumn Term, Early Closure at 13.00
6 February Options Evening
14 February Options Deadline
6 March International Women's Day
23 April Separate Sciences Test
8 May Bank Holiday (Friday)
11-22 May Year 9 Exams Fortnight
13 May Early Closure at 14.30 for Staff Training
2 June Holocaust Memorial Day
10 June Early Closure at 14.30 for Staff Training
19 June GCSE R.E. Trip to St Paul's & East London Mosque
17 July End of Summer Term, Early Closure at 13.00

A Message from your SPL - 13 July 2020 

13 July 2020

Dear Year 9 students, parents and carers,

I hope you and your family are well and you had a lovely weekend? Welcome to week 12 of online learning and our last week of the school year. I cannot believe it was four months ago that we said goodbye to you, the time has absolutely flown by. I have been very proud of the way you have managed this difficult situation and I am looking forward to seeing you again in September. 

Make sure you relax and enjoy your holiday with friends and family but please continue to follow government guidelines and keep your social distance from others to be safe. Keep on behaving responsibly and help stop the spread of the virus. If you are planning to go abroad on holiday, please make sure you check and read the Coronavirus travel guidance so that you are fully prepared for your travels.

I know you are all looking forward to a well-deserved summer break, but we also need to prepare for the Autumn term. We will keep updating our website and inform you of any changes in our teaching and learning plans for September. Please keep checking the school website as new information will be posted about the September start.

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

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

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

I hope you all have a fantastic summer break and get the opportunity to meet up with friends and family and enjoy your holiday. I can't wait to see you all again in September to start Year 10 and your GCSEs!

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

Take care

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 9

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 9 students, parent and carers

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and you were able to enjoy the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions. Welcome to our penultimate week of online learning! Thank you for continuing to work hard and complete your assignments, it is great to see so many of you producing extremely high-quality work. 

Please remember your mental wellbeing is extremely important in these difficult times so try to do something you enjoy every day as well as completing your schoolwork. You should only spend three hours a day working with approximately one hour on each subject. Please post a message for your teacher on the Team chat if you need any help with your assignments. 

The Speakers for School schedule this week includes talks from the CEO of World Book Day, a Polar explorer and a theoretical astrophysicist. Please take the time to watch some of these great talks if you get the chance. https://www.speakersforschools.org/inspiration/vtalks/upcoming-vtalks/

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

Many of you will already have had a call from your Form Tutor to check how you are. You will all receive a phone call before the end of term, and I hope you enjoy having a catch up with your tutor. Please do not worry about these calls, they are purely to support your wellbeing and give you the opportunity to talk about your experience of lockdown and discuss your return to school in September. 

I hope you all have a good week and look forward to catching up with you on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. for Tutor Time. 

Take care

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 9

A Message from your SPL - 29 June 2020 

29 June 2020

Dear Year 9 students, parents and carers,  

I hope you are well and had a good weekend. Welcome to week ten of online learning, it is hard to believe that the last time I saw you in school was over three months ago! The resilience, independence and commitment to learning you have shown as a year group has been amazing, and I am so impressed with the hard work I have seen from many of you week after week. 

You should now all be aware of the GCSE subjects you will be studying next year. If your parents and carers have not received this information, please email mailto:info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk and a member of the front office team will get in touch to give you these details. 

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

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

Upcoming Vtalks - Speakers for Schools

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

www.speakersforschools.org

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

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

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

Take care

Ms Warren 
Student Progress Leader Year 9

A Message from your SPL - 22 June 2020 

22 June 2020

Dear Year 9 students, parents and carers,  

I hope you had a lovely weekend, welcome to week nine of online learning. I'm so impressed with the way you are independently managing your learning and completing your assignments. We understand it can be difficult to stay motivated after many weeks away from school but I'm very proud of your hard work. Thank you for being patient whilst staff have been working hard to finalise your GCSE Options, I'm pleased to say your parents and carers were emailed the option subjects you will study in Year 10 on Friday afternoon. 

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

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

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 taking place this weekend. WOW is 'Women of the World', a charity working to build a global movement celebrating women and girls, exploring obstacles they face and discussing solutions for change. The worldwide online festival this weekend has been created in response to the deprivation and inequalities brought about and exacerbated by Covid 19.

The WOW Foundation – Women of the World

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

thewowfoundation.com

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

Take care

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 9

A Message from your SPL - 15 June 2020 

15 June 2020

Dear Year 9 students, parents and carers

I hope you are well and had a lovely weekend? Welcome to week 8 of online learning. Last week was emotionally difficult for a lot of people and I am very proud of the resilience and determination you showed by continuing to work hard. Many of you are completing your assignments to an extremely high standard and producing some fantastic work.

Even though the lockdown is easing and more of society is opening up we still understand that the current situation is very difficult for you. I'm sure you are missing your friends, school and maybe even some of your teachers! As a school we remain here for you and whether you require help with your assignments, guidance with Teams and GCSEPod, or support with your mental wellbeing please get in touch if you need us.

Continue to ensure you manage your workload sensibly, spending approximately three hours a day on assignments and one hour on each subject. I understand it can be difficult to stay motivated in these times so make sure you have regular breaks, eat well, exercise, and mix work with activities you enjoy every day. Structure and routine are incredibly important when our lives have been disrupted so it may be useful to create an online learning timetable to have set times for each subject. Try to set daily or even weekly targets so that you have a clear focus and something to celebrate when you have achieved your goal.

You may be aware that many of our Year 10 students will be going back to school this week. It will be a very different experience and lots of changes have been put in place to ensure students and staff remain safe. Smaller class sizes, staggered start times, social distancing and one-way systems will all become part of the normal daily routine. I look forward to the day when we welcome you back to school, but we must be patient for now and follow the government guidelines to ensure we play our part in reducing the spread of Coronavirus. 

We saw more protests last week in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and then over the weekend these were followed by counter protests, with the main focus being on statues. Many statues and monuments of men who were involved in the slave trade are found around the UK and this is sparking a great deal of controversy in the current climate. Some statues have been boarded up to prevent protesters damaging them, whilst some councils have actually made the decision to remove statues to avoid conflict. 

If you are interested in or passionate about these issues, please find out more by actively doing your own research and not just listening to one person or source. This will ensure that you know the facts and you can then make up your own mind. These protests have sparked many debates and conversations and provide a unique opportunity for your generation to make positive changes to society.  Here is the Speakers for Schools schedule for this week which has a number of really interesting talks, including one from historian and broadcaster Dan Snow.

I hope you have a good week and I look forward to catching up with you during tutor time on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Take care          

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 9

A Message from your SPL - 8 June 2020 

8 June 2020

Dear Year 9 students, parents and carers,  

I hope you and your family are well and had a good weekend? Firstly, I want to say congratulations on your efforts last week completing your online learning, you are all doing incredibly well at this difficult time. Lots of assignments have been completed to an incredibly high standard and we will be recognising your hard work over the next few weeks. 

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

While the events that have played out on the nightly news since the death of George Floyd, and the subsequent violent response by 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 our school, Equal Opportunities and Diversity are key, and we aim to inspire a genuine respect for all members of our multi-cultural, multi-faith community. We ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with the respect they are entitled to. You may find some of your assignments this week have been adapted to facilitate reflection and a greater understanding of racism in society.

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

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

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

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

Take care

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 9


Dear all,

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

Take care, Ms Warren

How to check if assignments have been handed in

A Message from your SPL - 1 June 2020 

1 June 2020

Dear Year 9 students, parents and carers, 

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

I know many of you are keen to get back to WSFG, but we have no news yet from the Government on the return of Year 9 students to school. We will of course keep you posted on any updates we receive. Now you are all competent submitting work through Office 365 Teams and GCSEPod we will be focusing more on the quality of the work you hand in. We understand it can be difficult to know if you are completing assignments correctly so please use the chat function on your class Team to communicate with your teacher if you have any questions. Your teachers will continue to send you formal feedback on a three week cycle and although this is not the same as receiving verbal feedback and encouragement in a classroom, we are keen to let you know how well you are doing and give you suggestions on how you can improve. 

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

Fill | Year 9 Online Learning Survey

We are doing a survey to gather feedback on our programme of online learning. Please complete all the questions in the survey by Friday 22nd May. The survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete.

forms.office.com

Some of you may already have received positive emails from Ms Snowsill and me, congratulating you on your fantastic work and great organisation when completing all of your assignments. Your teachers are regularly updating us on how well you are doing so please keep up the good work and we will make sure we recognise your efforts. 

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

Upcoming Vtalks - Speakers for Schools

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

www.speakersforschools.org

I hope you all have a great week, please continue to stay active and do something that you enjoy every day! Remember to turn your alarms on again for Tutor time on Wednesday and Friday at
1:30 p.m. and I look forward to catching up with you all then. 

Take care

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 9

A Message from your SPL - 18 May 2020 

18 May 2020

Dear Year 9 students, parents and carers,

I hope you and your family are well and had a lovely weekend. We have reached week five of online learning and your final week before half term and a well-deserved break. You all worked incredibly hard last week and I'm very proud of how confident you now are in terms of completing your assignments and uploading work to Teams and GCSEPod. Please remember our Tutor Time on Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 pm and make sure you log in to your form Team to complete the weekly activity and catch up with your tutor and friends. As always if you have any issues with Teams or GCSEPod please email info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk and we will do our best to help.

I hope you found the timetable I sent you last week useful and it helped you organise your time more efficiently. Many of you have been in touch to let me know that you are finding the workload more manageable now, and I'm pleased you are trying to stick to the recommended three hours a day, one hour per subject. We are all still here to support you and if you need any help with your work please ask your teacher on your class Team. 

Now we have completed a month of online learning I am very keen to hear your feedback and would appreciate if you could please complete this 5-minute survey. The answers you provide will help us make your online learning experience better so please try to complete this by Friday.  

Some of you will know that we are associated with the Speakers for Schools programme and I encourage you to have a look at the timetable this week as there are some very interesting speakers and topics. Here is the link if you would like to see who will be delivering a talk this week VTALK Schedule

I expect you will all be looking forward to a break from schoolwork next week. Those of you who had exciting holiday plans may be disappointed these can't go ahead but I'm sure you will still enjoy the week and the opportunity to spend time with your family. Try to do something fun every day, chat with friends, get out in the sunshine, watch your favourite film, go for a walk, play games with your family or whatever it is you enjoy!

I hope you have a good week of online learning and a lovely half term when it arrives, and I'd like to say Eid Mubarak to members of our Muslim community who will be celebrating this weekend.

Take care and stay safe,

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 9

A Message from your SPL - 11 May 2020 

11 May 2020

Dear Year 9 students, parents and carers, 

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

We recommend you spend approximately three hours a day on schoolwork with one hour on each subject. Please try not to worry about your work and remember staff are here to support you. Many of you have contacted me saying you are feeling a bit overwhelmed as you are struggling to manage your time and I have suggested creating a timetable. This will help ensure you stick to the recommended times for working and will also give you a schedule to follow. 

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 a.m. 

11:30 a.m. -
12:30 a.m.
 

1:30 p.m. 

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. 

Monday 

English 

DT 

 

Art 

Tuesday 

Maths 

Humanities 

 

Food 

Wednesday 

Computing 

Languages 

Tutor Time 

Drama 

Thursday 

Science 

Music 

 

Catch up time 

Friday 

Humanities 

PE 

Tutor Time 

Catch up time 

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

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

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

Take care and I hope you have a good week

Ms Warren 
Student Progress Leader Year 9

A Message from your SPL - 4 May 2020 

4 May 2020

Message for year 9 students, parents and carers

Dear year 9 students, parents and carers, 

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

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

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

I hope you enjoyed your Tutor Time last week and the opportunity to reconnect with your Form Tutor and members of your form class. It was lovely to see the supportive messages you were sending each other and to hear about the things you are most excited to do after confinement. Tutor Time will be this Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. so please make sure you log in to the SPL-R WARREN Team and then your Tutor Team and give your Form Tutor’s first post a 👍 thumbs up emoji.  There will be no Tutor Time this Friday as that day is a Bank Holiday.

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

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

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

Ms Warren 
Student Progress Leader Year 9

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

29 April 2020

Year 9 Tutor Time Sessions 

Dear students, parents and carers, 

I mentioned in my last e-mail that I would be giving you more details about Tutor Time Sessions.  Starting today we will be running short online Tutor Times twice a week. They will take place on a Wednesday and a Friday at 1:30 p.m. and your tutor will be online and ready to 'chat' to you all. 

You were asked to sign out of Teams yesterday, close the browser and sign back into Teams today to refresh and allow any updates to happen.  If you didn't do this, you may not be able to access your Tutor Team.  For FAQ about Remote Learning please click here.

Every Wednesday on the Tutor Team chat I will post an activity/question/challenge/quiz.  You will have the opportunity to discuss it with your tutor and other members of your form class before Friday afternoon which is when the activity will end. These activities are not assignments and are simply a bit of fun, so don't worry about this adding to your workload, we are doing this to maintain the close relationships you have built within your tutor group. 

These Tutor Time Sessions are not optional, and we need you all to log in to your Tutor Group Team, which is within the SPL RWARREN Team, on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon so that your form tutor can register you.  You will need to give your form tutor a thumbs-up emoji 👍 on the Team at 1:30 p.m. after they have said 'hello' so that they know you are present. We will have to contact your parents/carers if you have not logged in, so please be on time for these sessions so that your form tutor can mark you in.  

I really hope you enjoy these activities and that they allow you to maintain the sense of belonging you have within your form class, even though you cannot physically be with each other at this time.   

Enjoy this afternoon, take care and stay safe

Ms Warren 
Student Progress Leader Year 9

A Message from your SPL - 24 April 2020 

24 April 2020

Message for year 9 students, parents and carers

Dear students, parents and carers

I hope you are all well and your family are healthy and safe. I want to thank you for your hard work last week, I know many of you found it very challenging and I am extremely proud of the resilience and determination you demonstrated. It has been a steep learning curve for us all, students and staff alike, and we are still adapting to this new way of learning. We are trying our best to find the correct balance between continuing your education and not overloading you with work.

As a school we recommend you spend around three hours completing schoolwork each day, and approximately one hour on each subject. We do not want you to become stressed or anxious about your work and remember you can only do what you can with the resources and abilities available to you.  Please take regular breaks when you are studying as this will significantly help your concentration levels. Consider creating a simple timetable so that you know which subjects you are going to focus on each day. Please remember that we are here to support you and ask your teacher if you are unsure how to complete the work that has been set.

Continue to stay as active as you possibly can as this will aid your physical and mental wellbeing. Try to spend time each day doing things you enjoy whether that is reading, drawing or simply listening to music. Talk to your friends, they are going through similar challenges to you and may be the best people to support you at this time. We all have our down times and a quick phone call to a friend could really lift their mood and brighten their day. 

Keep checking your emails as we will be sending you information on tutor time sessions which will start this week.  These sessions will give you the opportunity to catch up with your form class and your tutor and provide you with some fun activities to do together. 

Your mental wellbeing is vitally important and as a school we want to ensure we support you in any way we can during this incredibly difficult time.  We miss you and hope you find this week more manageable in terms of workload.

Look after yourselves, your family and your friends and stay safe.

Take care

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 9

A Message from your SPL - 23 April 2020 

23 April 2020

Dear Year 9 Students, Parents and Carers

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

I want to say how impressed I have been so far with the way you have adapted to online learning.  This is a steep learning curve for all of us, staff included, and it may take some time to strike the correct balance between work and rest.  We are keen you all have time to relax each day and don't want to add extra stress and worry to an already difficult situation. 

As you know we are expecting you to upload your work for each subject by 3:30 p.m. each Friday in Assignments so we know you have completed it. Staff will contact you if you have not completed your work as we do not want you to fall behind in your learning. If there are any issues with accessing Teams or GCSEPod, please send an email to info@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk and we will get back to you.

Please try not to get stressed and anxious about schoolwork, do the best you can with the resources and abilities you have. Your teachers are here to support you so please ask if you need any help or guidance with the work that is set for you.  

It is very important you take care of your physical and mental health at this time.  I have mentioned some of these in previous emails but here are a few daily ideas you may want to consider:

  • PE with Joe Wicks (or any of the activities your PE teachers have suggested)
  • Approximately 3 hours of schoolwork throughout the day
     
  • Get some fresh air - the weather is beautiful at the moment so please try to enjoy it
  • Read a book or watch a movie
  • Talk to friends and relatives on the phone to support each other

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

  • Paint or draw
  • Keep a diary
  • Play cards with your family
  • Try some relaxation or yoga videos
  • Clear out your bedroom and make a charity box you can donate when we return to school
  • Do some crosswords or word/number games
  • Play board games with your family

It is really important that you try to create your own daily routine that combines work with fun.  Keep in touch with your friends and relatives so you can help each other through the tough days as we all have them!

Remember we are all in this together and we are here to support you.

Take care

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 9

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 Ms Phillippou about START 

Dear Year 8/9 Students, Parents and Carers

I hope this email finds you and your families well. 

I wanted to touch base with you with regards to careers and remind you that we have a great resource called Start that you can access. 

Start provides lots of helpful advice and activities for you to browse. It has information on post-16 education, university courses, employability skills and on some industries. 

https://www.startprofile.com/

Of course, not all of the information or areas listed will be of specific interest to you, but remember to be curious, to explore and to work with what is important and relevant to you. Remember that knowledge is power and the more you know, the better decisions you will be empowered to make in the future.

If you are a student: you can log in using your school profile. Let me know if you need any help. Remember to add your school email to your profile so that you can reset your password when you need to.

If you are a parent / carer: you too can create your own profile using the link above and access the same information as our students. Here are some instructions to help you: https://sway.office.com/ug7OOWGBat4Ww6eB?ref=Link

I hope that this is helpful. 

Kind regards,

Ms Philippou
Assistant Headteacher

Remote Learning After Easter 

2 April 2020

Dear Year 9 Students and Parents/Carers

After the Easter holidays, we will be moving to more electronic based learning to ensure that you do not get behind during this period of remote learning. We are planning work that will be accessible from a smart phone, in particular as we recognise that access to technology is very difficult for many of our families (especially the sharing of devices). We would like all students to download the Teams app onto the phone that they will be using to access the schoolwork being set each week by teachers, and also to activate their GCSEPod account. All work is being planned by teachers with the understanding that it will be accessed via a phone and so will be suitable for this.

We already pay for a school subscription for a GCSE platform for students at WSFG and this has helped support learning in Year 10 and Year 11.  All students in Year 9 are already registered on this system and so you will need to activate your GCSEPod account by clicking on this link.

Go to the button "New here?  Get Started" and follow the instructions.  It is really important that you use the name that is listed for you in our school registration system, so that your details can be matched up.

If you ever forget your username or password, your SPL, tutor or class teacher can check it for you and can reset your password, so please let them know!

Teachers will be setting you 'pods' to watch and these will show up in the section called "assignments": teachers will leave instructions on the assignment and a deadline of 4-5 days.  When you watch a pod, make sure that you watch it to the end, make notes while you are watching in your exercise book (or on paper) and then complete the assignment so that your teacher can see that you are completing the work that has been set.

We will contact students and parents shortly with full details of how work will be set and the schools' expectations regarding work next term.

Good luck! And start checking after Easter!

Kind regards

Ms Kennedy
Deputy Headteacher

A Message from your SPL 01 April 2020 

1 April 2020

Dear students, parents and carers

I really hope you are all well and your family are healthy and safe at this very difficult time.  It has been over a week since you were last in school and I wanted to touch base and reassure you that all staff at WSFG are thinking of you and are here to support you.

In these uncertain times, it is crucial for our school to stick together and to support one another.  We have a safeguarding team on hand, so if you have any concerns please get in touch with me or your form tutor and we will contact you to ensure you are safe.

You know I am incredibly proud to be your SPL and it is very hard not to see you all each day and watch you develop further into confident, mature and enthusiastic members of our school community.  Remember to look after each other. Minimising stress in times like these is vital for our mental health.  Speak to each other on the phone, chat over social media, cheer up friends and family when they are having a down day and together I know we will all get through this situation.

I understand it must be very difficult to get used to this new way of working and I expect many of you are now starting to miss school, but we have to be flexible and adapt to the ‘new normal’.  You are all extremely resilient and I know you will be keen to continue with your learning and complete the work that has been set by your teachers. It is very important you have a routine to your day and do regular work but try not to get overly stressed and make sure you support each other.

I hope you are getting on well with the work-from-home packs (English, Maths, DT and Humanities) and these are keeping you busy.  Make sure you enjoy other activities as well - daily exercise (I can highly recommend Joe Wicks PE lesson on YouTube & I have been doing these workouts every day), reading, keeping a diary, baking and doing whatever makes you happy.  Be kind to your family, especially those of you who have siblings … I know they can be hard work sometimes, but we are all in this together and have to look after each other.

You can access learning materials on Teams via the school website Student area, using your Office 365 account.   You can access support with Teams here.

We expect you to take a break from work during the Easter holidays, then we will begin the new term working from home using our remote learning technology.  You should complete the work being set and let your teacher know you have understood an activity by using a 👍  (thumbs up) on the chat in Teams.

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 and that many of you will have to complete work using a mobile phone. Please phone the school and leave a message if you are concerned that you will not be able to access our remote learning technology (before or after the Easter holidays as no-one will be in school during the holidays) and we will get back to you.

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 it 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_PD6u4w7iM

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GCSEPod

In addition to the work set on Teams, all Year 9s will be getting information about how to activate your GCSEPod account. We use this currently with Year 10 and Year 11 students. This platform covers many of the GCSE subjects that you will study and is made up of lots of short films called 'pods' that cover subject content. You will be set a small group of 'pods' to watch by your teacher and be expected to make notes on in your exercise book (or on paper).

After watching the pods, you will have a short assignment to complete to show that you have understood the pods and we can see whether you have submitted work to ensure that you do not fall behind. These resources have been designed to use on smart phones and so should be accessible to most of you. You can also download the pods, so you don't use up data.  In order to prepare, please follow the registration instructions when you get them. Play around with the website to see how it is organised and watch the introduction films that show you how to navigate the site if you need help.

Please check your school e-mail regularly and check the Year 9 SPL Team for whole year group posts and fun challenges.

I am already very proud of you for the way you have dealt with this incredibly difficult situation, and I know you will do your best to complete the work that we set for you in preparation for GCSEs, and that you will continue to make us all proud.

Remember to stay at home, reflect and be thankful for everything positive in your life, be kind and support those around you.  I am missing you all and look forward to seeing you again when we are back in school.

Take care

Ms Warren
Student Progress Leader Year 9

Parent Information Evening - 17th September 6-7pm 

You are invited to our Year 9 Parent/Carer Information Evening on Tuesday 17th September 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

E-safety

Green rewards

Introduction to GCSE Options

Science at Key Stage 4

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 9 Parent Information Evening, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Snowsill, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 3, or myself.

Kind regards

Ms R Warren
Year 9 Student Progress Leader

If you were unable to attend the event, all the information is available here

Philosophy Club 

KS3 Philosophy Club continues 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

Chemistry Revision
 

Great summary sheets for all Chemistry topics:

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

Ms Brunas

Violence Against Women and Girls Project (VAWG) 

 

 




Dear Parents and Carers

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

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

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

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

Ms Pratt
Assistant Headteacher

Lunch Money Loans
 

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

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

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

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

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

Ms Jolliffe
Student Services

GCSE Science Revision Guides
 

Science GCSE Revision Guides.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Kerr
Head of Science 

PSHE in Year 9 

Details of the PSHE Curriculum for Year 9 2019-20 can be found here.

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