Y8 Bulletin 19.01.24

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




HOLIDAYS & NATIONAL DAYS Veganuary - January World Religion Day - 21 January Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January Children’s Mental Health Week - 5-11 February Higher Education Evening - 5.30pm 22 January GCSE MFL Mock Speaking Exams - 22-26 January Oxbridge Briefing - 5.30pm 29 January Year 9 Options Evening - 5pm 6 February

This morning I attended the Year 9 assembly as a judge for our Year 10 public speaking competition. Students were shortlisted following the workshop run last term and having had a chance to polish up their speeches, put their newly learned skills into practice by delivering inspirational speeches, sharing personal passions and experiences that

really made the audience think. The topics included False Memories, Hope, Rugby and Ignorance. Well done to all who took part and special congratulations to Uma and Emilia who will represent the school at the borough competition later this term. This week we were delighted that a number of our students in Years 7 to 9 were invited to participate in the Oxford University Computing Challenge as a result of achieving a score within the top 10% of the national entries in November’s Bebras Challenge. This is an incredible achievement and the students really enjoyed having the opportunity to challenge their computational thinking even more in this round. Our Design and Technology teachers have been incredibly busy supporting examination students through their make days this week. Having an opportunity to spend a whole day realising their designs allows the students focused time to produce some truly exceptional artefacts. We will be inviting parents into an exhibition of their work later in the term. Thank you to all the parents who participated in the Year 11 PCM. Teachers really appreciated having time to talk in more depth about how students can use these final weeks to prepare for their exams. On Tuesday we were delighted to welcome Dr Christos Pliatsikas from the University of Reading to talk to our A level Psychology students about his research into bilingualism, explaining how this affects cognition and supports brain health.

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


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!

The news is full of stories about the seizure of thousands of illegal vapes that are very clearly targeted at children and young people, through their use of bright colours and sweet flavours. The blog The Open Principle includes very thoughtful information for parents, including the stark message that “All types of kids are vaping in school” - even the “good kids” who would never have smoked traditional cigarettes. This week the Twickenham Police Safer Schools Team, have shared information with schools about some very worrying local developments about vapes containing high levels of chemicals that have caused some children to lose consciousness resulting in hospitalisation. Please read the letter attached from Inspector Graham Norman about what to look out for and how to report concerns.



It has been an enjoyable week as the Year 8s are well and truly back into the swing of things. In Mr Isted’s assembly this week, the idea of creating ‘New Years Resolutions’ was explored. Mr Isted spoke about the importance of ‘habit stacking’ and not setting unrealistic resolutions for ourselves. I encourage you at home to engage with your children about setting appropriate, achievable goals as we try to start 2024 off with a bang. Last week we had a number of students compete in the U14 Rugby tournament where they narrowly missed out on first place. It was a fantastic afternoon of rugby, the girls were relentless and played some amazing games. Unfortunately we were defeated in the final against a tough Orleans side. Well done to all those that participated, special mentions to the Try scorers Eve, Marie & Kiera, also our top ball carrier and captain, Marie. This week students in Years 7, 8 and 9 who achieved a top 10% score in the UK Bebras Challenge back in November have been taking part in the Oxford University Computing Challenge. This is an invitation event in which students have the opportunity to develop their skills further and produce programmed solutions to computational thinking problems. Well done to everyone who participated!

Looking ahead, students are reminded to bring in a reading book for silent reading on Tuesdays as we will be dedicating a form time for students to read.

A final reminder for Year 8s about school uniform, it is important that we are wearing the appropriate school attire. If there is any confusion about what is a part of the policy, this can be viewed here, information has also been delivered to students this week.







U14 Rugby Tournament



Sixth Form Football vs Teddington

LOST 3-1


The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

Having lost their parents in WW2, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are left alone to fend for themselves in Warsaw. They then meet Jan, another orphan boy, who has a “silver sword” paper knife given to him by an escape war prisoner. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and adventure stories.

~ Recommended by Yasemin A, 11ERU


Year 12 student, Elodie M, on the Environment Committee is involved with an exciting project in the school. Here is her account of what they are doing: “We as the environment committee, which are students from years 7-12, are currently doing a project called ‘lets get outside and learn’. Which is a project throughout the borough with many schools to improve the biodiversity and help the environment in the borough. They are going to give us some money to help improve a part of our school.

Currently we have made a hedgehog house as hedgehogs are crucial for maintaining our biodiversity as they eat the insects that can cause damage. Hedgehogs are currently on the decline and are at danger of going extinct. We have also made some wormaries to help the soil become fertilised.”


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.

There are numerous well defined roles, with varying degrees of commitment, such as setting up tables for an hour before an event, doing a cash and carry run for refreshments and snacks, serving drinks or food for a set time period, contacting local businesses to ask them to donate lots or even coordinating an event. 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.

Waldegrave PTA

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

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