Y8 Bulletin 02.02.24

This weekly bulletin contains the latest news updates across Year 8.




Year 9 Options Evening - 5pm 6 February A Level MFL Mock Speaking Exams - 6-8 February

This week was the deadline for our Year 13 students to submit their university applications. An immense amount of work goes into each and every one; students not only have to research a myriad of options before finalising their five choices but then have to draft their personal statements. A huge congratulations to them all.

Half Term - 12-16 February INSET Day - 19 February Back to School - 20 February

We are really excited to see how all their efforts translate into their destinations in September. However, the cycle continues and now our Year 12 students are beginning to think seriously about their next steps. Thank you to all the parents and carers who have attended our two information evenings, the first on general university applications and the second on Oxbridge. Our students have had the opportunity to stretch their talents this week. On Tuesday a group of our musicians from across all year groups took part in the ISSP Music Day at Hampton School. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to collaborate with talented, young musicians from a broad range of schools to rehearse and perform a concert in just one day. On Wednesday about 150 of our students in Years 9 and 10 took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. It was clear that the students were really excited about having an opportunity to test their mathematical skills and apply their learning. This morning some of our Year 9 students gave a poetry recital in Year 8 assembly which was truly captivating. There were lots of trips for Sixth Form students this week. Our A Level Spanish students really enjoyed visiting the Cervantes Theatre to see their set text The House of Bernarda Alba performed; whilst our French students enjoyed a study day on Contemporary New Wave cinema at the BFI Southbank and our Photographers visited the National Portrait Gallery to see The Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize exhibition.

HOLIDAYS & NATIONAL DAYS National Story Telling Week - 30 January - 6 February Children’s Mental Health Week - 5-11 February Safer Internet Day - 6 February

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:

~ Ms Tongue, Headteacher


A little help goes a long way … The next events to raise vital funds for the school are the Quiz Night on Friday 23 February and the Silent Auction at the end of March. We really need your help in making these events happen. Please do take a moment to look at the requests on the below links and if you could sign up for one of the events, it would really make a difference to the success of raising vital funds for the school which directly benefits the students. Thank you in advance for any help you can give. If you would like to volunteer at the Quiz Night please sign up here. If you are interested in helping out at the Silent Auction please sign up here.

SUPPORTING THE PTA A little help goes a long way... Are you able to help out at our forthcoming Quiz Night Event? Sign up now!



It has been another successful week in Year 8. This week I have been encouraged to see how hard all our Year 8s have been working in their DT subjects. I had the pleasure to wander into a number of the classes and see the brilliant work of our students. There was apple tart preparing, stringent sewing, box building and laser cutting as the students all learned a range of new skills. It has been a joy to see the students all working on their practical-based subjects, getting a chance to do something beyond the traditional classroom. On Monday, a number of students from different year groups took part in the Myth & Voice Workshop, which I am sure they benefited immensely from. On Tuesday, a group of students had the opportunity to attend Hampton School where they spent the day participating in the Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) Music Day. This event saw over 170 musicians from eight local schools come together to enjoy a wonderful day of music making.

Congratulations to Dakshina AP, Emilie F, Keira E, Marie H, Olivia M, Ella R-J, Gaia S and Freya W for representing the school at the Richmond Borough Cross Country event last Friday.

A big congratulations to the U13 Cricket Team who headed down to the Middlesex Cricket Tournament last week. Some special mentions are reserved for Olivia D who was the best batter on the day. Also Mia C with safe hands was our best catcher on the day. Unfortunately the students lost by 2 runs in the final. Overall a great performance from all involved. Looking forward we will continue our mindfulness and gratitude workshops throughout tutor time. I hope many of you will receive kind words as we have been working on students practising gratitude daily (especially to their families). I hope many of you are the recipients of this!







U13 Outer Borough Cricket Finals



Sixth Form Futsal Tournament



The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

This book delves into the story of Isabella, who lives on an island filled with mythical legends and secrets. When a mysterious disappearance of a girl on the Island happens it leaves everyone with questions. The book follows Isabella on her quest of finding the missing girl on the island and solving the strange mysteries of the unknown. Meanwhile, discovering her past and the vibrant history of her ancestors. I like how fast paced and exciting the book is, while also allowing the reader to feel intrigued.

~ Recommended by Neeka, Year 11 student


Hampton School joined forces with Lady Eleanor Holles (LEH) to host the annual Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) Music Day, when over 130 musicians from seven local schools came together to enjoy a wonderful day of music making. A group of Music Students from Waldegrave joined students from Hampton High, Hollyfield School, Orleans Park School, Tolworth Girls’ School, Hampton School and Lady Eleanor Holles for a day of orchestral and choral workshops. In addition to the large choir and orchestra, the young musicians also enjoyed rehearsing in a range of ensembles including String, Woodwind and Brass.

After hours of rehearsals, the day culminated in an evening concert for family and friends.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING Next week it is Safer Internet Day, which is held annually in February. Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of a safer and better internet for all, and especially for children and young people. This year’s theme is “Together for a better internet”. One of the key developments over the past decade has been in the sophistication and use of Artificial Intelligence. From online shopping to streaming platforms, or using the apps on our phones – AI is already changing how we live, learn, and work. Since it came on the scene late last year the newest version of ChatGPT has made a significant impact, with people excited about the possibilities that it may provide, but also sparking a lot of ethical concerns too.

To find out what teens need to know about ChatGP, take a listen to the podcasts below from The Webwise Youth Panel:

What do teens need to know about ChatGPT Part 1 What do teens need to know about ChatGPT Part 2

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 8 HEAD OF YEAR AND TUTORS

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, next week Cucina have organised a themed day on Thursday 8 February. Please see the menu to the right for a list of the various food options that will be made available to students at break and lunch.

The following items are not endorsed by Waldegrave School.

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