Y7 Bulletin 15.12.23

This weekly bulletin contains the latest news updates across Year 7.


15 DECEMBER 2023



This week things have definitely started to feel very festive at Waldegrave. Following a wonderful Carol Concert at St Augustine’s Church last Friday, the Christmas cheer is definitely spreading. Cucina did a wonderful Christmas lunch in the canteen and it was lovely to see students enjoying a traditional lunch, pulling crackers and singing along to all the Christmas music.

HOLIDAYS & NATIONAL DAYS Winter Solstice - 22 December Christmas Eve - 24 December Christmas Day - 25 December St. Stephen’s Day - 26 December Winter Festival - 18 December End of Term - 12.30pm 21 December Back to School - 8 January


Yesterday’s Christmas Jumper Day brought much joy to school and raised vital funds for Save the Children. You can still donate here. This afternoon we are ending the week with a performance by the Globe Players of A Christmas Carol for Year 10 students. We have much to look forward to next week with our Winter Festival on Monday evening and our school pantomime on Thursday before we finish at 12.30pm. On Monday our Year 12 Psychology students attended the Psychology in Action Conference at the Emmanuel Centre in Victoria. On Wednesday some of Year 9 students led a French workshop at St James’ Primary School, using their excellent language skills to retell the story of The Hungry caterpillar to Year 2 pupils. I would like to congratulate our fantastic cricketers, both our U13 and our U15 teams won the Borough Indoor Cricket tournament and have qualified to progress through to the regional competition in the new year. Next week we will be publishing the latest edition of the Waldegrave Magazine so there will be no bulletin next week. I hope that everyone has a wonderful festive break and we look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday 8 January.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Send us your achievement stories and photos to share by email to info@waldegravesch.org STAY CONNECTED WITH US: Follow us on twitter @Waldegravesch for general news and @WaldegraveSport for

frequent sports updates We are now on Instagram! @waldegraveschool

~ Ms Tongue, Headteacher


JOINING THE PTA To get in contact with our PTA about joining the team please click below.

This is the time of year parents and carers may be buying devices that access the internet for their children and so we are sharing a very helpful resource from the Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Partnership. Setting up parental controls before giving the devices to children saves lots of time and potential conflict later. The QR codes on the attached resource will take you to clear instructions for setting controls on each type of device. Additionally, as during holidays young people may have fewer demands on their time and therefore be allowed more screen time, we have also attached a parent checklist from Childnet that includes lots of sources of advice and guidance for young people and their parents around online safety and digital wellbeing.



We have almost reached the end of a very successful term for our Year 7 students. The year group have settled into secondary school life extremely well and they have brought a lovely mix of enthusiasm and effort with them. This was reflected in our celebration assembly on Tuesday where we had the chance to review the term and acknowledge the wide range of success and progress displayed by our students. Special mention must go to Evie W (7SSH), Anoushka W (7FFR) and Isabela N (7SHU) who played us into the assembly with some lovely seasonal piano pieces! Thursday saw a festive combination of Christmas jumpers and Christmas lunches in the canteen. The purpose of this event was to raise money for Save The Children, if you would like to support our fundraiser please click here to donate. The Christmas theme continued with the final of the Lindt Christmas competition being judged on Thursday evening. The winners will be announced in our end of term magazine, so keep an eye out for when this is released! The house point competition has concluded for the term and congratulations go to Isobel F (7FFR) for topping our termly housepoint chart - a tremendous achievement! 7EST were the form group that received the most house points although they were pushed all the way by the other form groups. Looking ahead to the new term, please can I ask that parents / carers take this opportunity to refresh student stationery where required. Whiteboard pens and purple pens are frequently used in lessons and might need replenishing. We aim to deal with parental queries and concerns as swiftly as possible but please note that this can sometimes take up to 48 hours. Finally, it has been a delight to work with your children this term and I’m sure that they are weary after a long but hopefully rewarding term (I know I am!). I wish all of our students and their families a happy and restful Christmas. We return on Monday 8 January and this will be Week B.







U15 RSSP Indoor Cricket Tournament



U13 RSSP Indoor Cricket Tournament



Year 8/9 Rugby vs St. Richard Reynolds

LOST 35-10


Scarlet and Ivy Series - Sophie Cleverly

Set in an eerie boarding school, Ivy uncovers secrets behind her twin sister Scarlet’s disappearance until Miss Fox invites Ivy to take her sister’s place in Rookwood School.

You’ll love this if you enjoy mysteries and stories set in the past.

~ Recommended by Yasemin A, Year 11 student

ML/EAL CELEBRATIONS On Wednesday, a group of 22 students from the KS3 Poetry club and the Multilingual/EAL clubs had a lovely end-of-term celebration together with their tutors, Ms Lee and Ms Milon, and the Multilingual/EAL Coordinator. Mrs Hetherington, Head of English, handed the students the certificates awarded for their commitment and achievements. She congratulated them for their hard work and the progress they have made.

It was great and inspiring to see such a diverse yet close-knit group of speakers of other languages gathered to celebrate their success. They all enjoyed this warm and welcoming space where, during their weekly sessions, they support each other to consolidate their proficiency in English skills; this is also the place where their creativity and self- expression are encouraged through poetry. - Ms Milon.

Please contact us with any queries or problems you may have. To get in touch with a member of staff from your child’s year group, you can: Send an email to KS3@waldegravesch.org Or you can contact the school via phone by calling: 02088943244 WALDEGRAVE SCHOOL Fifth Cross Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 5LH HOW TO CONTACT YEAR 7 HEAD OF YEAR AND TUTORS

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