Y7 Bulletin 01.12.23

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




This week marks the beginning of the United Nations global 16 Days of Activism to end violence

HOLIDAYS & NATIONAL DAYS UK Disability History Month - 16 November - 16 December 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence - 25 November - 10 December World AIDS Day - 1 December Music Concert Fundraiser Event - 7-8:30pm 1 December PTA Christmas Tree and Uniform Sale - 10am-12pm 2 December Year 9 PCM - 4-6.30pm 6 December Winter Festival - 18 December

against women and girls. Throughout the week Ms Moore has led assemblies

*PICTURE OF BILLIE* highlighting the campaign’s key messages. We have also welcomed Action Breaks Silence into school to deliver an Empowerment through Self-Defence Workshop for our Year 10 students. If you would like to donate to the charity to support their work please click here. I am delighted to share the news that Waldegrave was placed 8th best comprehensive school in the UK in The Times Parent Power List published today. Furthermore, our DFE P8 score, which was our best ever, placed us in the top 3% of all schools nationally, a figure that includes selective schools. Well done everyone! We couldn’t be more proud of our tremendous students and staff who made these achievements possible! This week our German A level students enjoyed a trip to the BFI for a workshop on the award winning film, Goodbye Lenin, which explores the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany. A group of Year 11 students have also attended Science Live in London, hearing from leading scientists including Professor Robert Winston and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. In school we welcomed Professor Mark Blagrove to talk to sixth form students about his fascinating research into sleep and dreams. Don’t forget tomorrow is our annual PTA Christmas Tree and Preloved Uniform sale. Pre orders via ParentPay have ended but you are in luck if you missed it as the PTA will have extra trees available for purchase on the day. Come along if you would like a real tree for Christmas!

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


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It is the time of year when respiratory and other seasonal viruses can spread quickly and easily. If your child has diarrhoea and/or vomiting or high temperature and is unwell, they should not attend school or mix with others outside of school, until they no longer have a high temperature, diarrhoea and/or vomiting for 48 hrs and are well enough to go back to school and other social activities. Click here for our guide on reducing the spread of infections. The consultation period for our updated Relationships and Sex Education Policy is now underway and the draft Policy is available to view on our website. If you would like to participate in a parent focus group to discuss the Policy, please complete this Google form expressing your interest.



Last Friday, a group of 10 students from our Eco Committee attended the annual School Eco Conference at Holy Cross School in New Malden. The day had a packed schedule of speakers, presenters, student activities and games. This was a chance for our students to learn about environmental issues in a fun and interactive way as well as being an opportunity to have their voices heard about their ideas for ways to mitigate further damage to the environment. Yesterday, our local STEM Ambassador came in to run a Sustainability workshop in some lucky year 7 science lessons. They learned about the effects of climate change and how we can all contribute to reducing our environmental impact. We are entering the festive month with a number of competitions lined up for our Year 7 students. The Lindt competition encourages our students to design a new product that we might see on the shelves amongst the other chocolate themed products made by the company. The Christmas Card competition encourages our students to unleash their artistic talents by designing a card and our Year 7 Bake Off final takes place next week, challenging students to showcase their skills in the kitchen. Congratulations to the following bakers who will be representing their form groups next week: Zaynab N, Summer W and Denise A (7EDA); Haizea M-P, Natasha G and Bella C (7EST); Sofia C, Hayley T and Kate H (7FLE); Libby H, Jessica F and Isobel A (7FFR); Eva E, Eliza P and Belle D (7SSH); Isabella N, Lisa B and Arin Y; Matilda D, Lucy L and Izzy G (7PIR); Ameera F-H, Corinne H and Eleanor P (7PUN). I wish everybody the best of luck and I am looking forward to seeing and tasting the cakes! Congratulations to the following form groups who are our top three in this week’s house point charts: In first place we have 7SSH, followed by 7PUN and then 7PIR take third spot. I would like to remind parents that while we appreciate the need for children to have mobile phones for their journey to and from school, the phones should not be used during the school day and should be turned off and placed in lockers. If contact is needed during the school day, please use the school telephone number and any messages will be passed on. Looking ahead, on Thursday 14 December, students will be given the option of wearing a christmas jumper over their uniform if they like. More details on this will be issued in due course.







Year 10 Netball Tournament



Year 8/9 Basketball Tournament



Sixth Form Football vs Orleans

WON 3-2


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

NOTICE FROM THE P.E. DEPARTMENT With the weather getting colder and wetter, the P.E. department would like to remind you that students should be wearing a different pair of trainers in their P.E. lessons to the black trainers they use as their school shoes. This is for health and safety reasons, as most fashion trainers do not have the correct support or grip for exercising and playing sport. Also, when taking part in activities on the field such as football or rugby, footwear can get very wet and muddy and this is also not comfortable or safe to be wearing for the rest of the school day. P.E. trainers can be any colour, but we just ask that they are proper sports trainers.


Cucina have put together a lovely Christmas menu for students and staff to enjoy a Christmas Feast.

KS4 and KS5 Christmas lunch will take place on 13 December and KS3 will take place on 14 December.

Tickets will be available for students to purchase in the canteen from Monday 27 November until Friday 8 December.

Tickets cost £3.50 and students will be given a ticket that they should keep and present on the day.


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 Next Friday the Christmas season will truly begin as the choirs of Waldegrave School join together for our carol service at St. Augustine’s Church, Hospital Bridge Road, Whitton. A traditional service of nine lessons telling the Christmas story will be accompanied with choral items and congregations singing of traditional carols. It is free entry to this event however you will only be admitted in if you present a ticket, please click here to reserve your space! The limit on numbers will be lifted on Monday.

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