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Dear Parents and Carers,

All of us at WSFG extend our heartfelt sympathies to all those families and friends of the victims of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Central London. We also know that there may well be repercussions for Muslim members of our community, whether they be students, staff or local families, instigated through ignorance and bigotry. We all stand together at WSFG and condemn this agenda of senseless violence which is not carried out in the name of any of us.

 We have had several trips and school events this week. Here are some of them:

 On Monday, a group of drama students and staff went to the Old Vic to see the play which made Tom Stoppard famous, Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead, starring Daniel Radcliffe.

 Our Year 7 netball teams continue to excel. Congratulations to the teams which have won all their games so far, this week beating Lammas 5-0 and Willowfield 2-0.  

 A Guinness World Record was broken by twenty two of our Year 9 students on the same day. They joined just under six hundred other students at The Hackney Empire to join in the world’s largest mental health lesson. This was our second record breaking attempt after last year’s just failed to make the record books.

 Also on Wednesday, in this issue you can read about the day that students had at Sir George Monoux College. They reported that they were impressed by some of the changes, including the later start, as they will explain. Plus we had thirty students from Year 8 taking part in a MyBnk ‘Enterprise-in-a –box’ activity here at school.

 We hosted our annual Governors’ Day visit on Thursday. We are very grateful for the commitment shown to the school by this invaluable group of parents and members of our school community. Also a huge thank you to our staff who gave up time to host our visitors, or else lead a training session. Thank you also to the local authority’s Principal Advisor, Quality Standards, Ogugua Okolo-Angus, who helped prepare our governors for our forthcoming Ofsted inspection.  Also on Thursday a group of Year 9 girls were partially off timetable with Ms Wilkins to devise our own WSFG News Report. Topics covered by our intrepid reporters included ‘how social media benefits our society’; ’state pension might be raised to 70’; ‘opinions’ and ‘sexism affects all genders’. I was particularly impressed by Lulu Fletcher’s statement that ‘the patriarchy in marketing is all too present’ yet ‘it’s important to note that men experience this too’, concluding that ‘sexism can never benefit anyone’.

 Today Ms Robinson is accompanying a group of Year 10 students on a CENLIG trip to the University of Oxford, whilst a group of Year 8 students are working with an artist mentor on the Barbican Box drama project. Plus we have a great many red noses in school!

 Earlier this week, you should have all received a copy of the Waltham Forest Secondary Headteachers’ joint letter to you, reproduced here. Over the next few years, our schools are facing the worst cut in resources for decades through the redistribution of funding away from London and the freeze placed on schools’ income, despite increasing costs. These cuts have already begun to take effect across all Waltham Forest Schools. Please do write to your local MP so this matter is raised in Parliament.

best wishes 

Meryl Davies







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