Y7 Bulletin 19.04.24

This weekly bulletin contains the latest news updates across Year 7




Following the Easter break, it has been lovely to welcome students back for the Summer term. I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the break and find time to rest and recuperate ready for a really important term. I know that our students in Years 11 and 13 have been working incredibly hard preparing for their terminal GCSE and A Level

Year 12 Exams - 15 -26 April Exam Stress Workshop for parents - 24 April Year 11 Dress Up Day - 7 May

Year 11 Final Day - 8 May Year 13 Final Day - 10 May

assessments. The sixth form centre was a hive of activity over the holidays as students attended subject revision workshops and the exams have now begun in earnest with GCSE Art and Language Speaking exams this week. On Wednesday evening the results of the Kingston and Richmond Youth Parliament were announced at York House and I am delighted to share the news that Alexa M Year 9, Annabelle R Year 9, Daisy J Year 8, Tamira R Year 8 and Amber P Year 7 were successfully elected. A huge congratulations to all of them. They worked incredibly hard, not only on creating their manifestos but also developed their communication skills persuading others to vote for them. This week some of you may have read a news article about a doctor visiting the UK to facilitate a webinar/intervention in London for autistic children. The treatment the individual is proposing to undertake is a procedure involving the possible extraction and transfer of bone marrow/spinal fluid to the child’s brain matter by injection. We are aware that there are a lot of people out there advocating ‘miracle cures’, however the practices being advocated by this doctor would constitute harmful and illegal practices. For your information, advice from health is captured on the NHS website page ‘Treatments that are not recommended for autism’ - it provides information about fake and harmful treatments and how to report them.

HOLIDAYS & NATIONAL DAYS Stress Awareness Month - April Earth Day - 22 April Allergy Awareness Week - 22-28 April St. George’s Day - 23 April Bank Holiday - 6 May

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~ Ms Tongue, Headteacher


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April is Stress Awareness Month. As exam season approaches quickly, we know it can be particularly stressful! We would like to remind parents of students in Years 10-13, particularly, of the in person workshop on supporting your children with exam stress. It will take place at school on Wednesday 24 April from 6.30-7.30pm. You can register your interest here. Additionally, the Charlie Waller Trust is running some webinars this month on the following topics: Supporting young people experiencing thoughts of suicide Tuesday 23 April 12pm- 1.30pm. Anxiety in young people – spotting the signs and supportive strategies Thursday 25 April 6pm-7.30pm. You can find out more and sign up for either of the webinars here. Alternatively, browse their selection of resources on a range of topics for parents and carers, which includes short videos on Managing Stress in the Modern World.



Happy New Term! It has been a pleasure to welcome our Year 7 students back to school after the Easter break and I hope that everybody had a restful couple of weeks. We have performed uniform checks this week and I am pleased to report that Year 7 continues to maintain a very high standard of uniform. Parents/Carers were emailed before the holiday with our uniform expectations and I would ask that you spend time looking through this with your child to ensure that all students are clear about our expectations. Please note that no make up is allowed. We ended last term with the Easter Bonnet parade and it was lovely to see so many students getting involved. The creativity on show was hugely impressive and our judges had a difficult task in selecting winners before they eventually settled on Isobel F (7FFR) for the individual award and Mathilda G & Emilia G (both 7EDA) for the group award. Congratulations to all students for contributing to such a nice event. 7PIR, 7FFR and 7EST have been the fastest out of the blocks in this term’s house point race. Our Year 7 Netball team put up a valiant effort in their match against Richmond Park Academy before going down 13 to 5. Lucy G (7FFR) received a special mention for her performance. Congratulations to 8 of our students in Year 7 (3 winners and 5 highly commended) have won the Richmond borough ‘Cover Story’ competition. They had to write a book review on something they’ve read and enjoyed recently. The winning reviews were from Liv H for ‘Scarlett & Ivy’ by Sophie Cleverly, Eleanor P for ‘The Extremely Embarrassing Life of Lottie Brooks’ by Katie Kirby and Charlotte W for ‘Girl (In Real Life)’ by Tamsin Winter. Each year our Year 7 students embark on some fundraising for the LEPRA leprosy charity with the charity putting on a Zumba dance workout later in the year as a thank you. More information on this will be released nearer the time but our students can begin to think of some fundraising ideas.



‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the prequel to the popular Hunger games series. This book follows the story of a young President Snow (or Corialanus Snow, as he is called in the book). The story features the 11th Hunger games and focuses on the surprising talent of District 12’s tribute, Lucy Gray. If you like the dystopian genre and lots of action, this book is a ‘must read’! To me, the themes of friendship and betrayal were very strongly portrayed. I liked how the story progressed and the very shocking ending really stayed with me. With the release of the movie last year you can watch it, too!

~ Recommended by Ada (7PUN)

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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