Y7 Bulletin 12.01.24

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




It has been lovely welcoming our students back to school this week and I have enjoyed hearing all about everyone’s holidays when out and about on duty in school. Last term was very long, packed full of activities until the very last minute we broke up, so I know that everyone welcomed the rest. Although short, this will be another busy half term.

HOLIDAYS & NATIONAL DAYS Veganuary - January Orthodox New Year - 14 January Blue Monday - 15 January World Religion Day - 21 January Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January Year 11 Parent Consultation Meeting - 4-6.30pm 17 January Higher Education Evening - 5.30pm 22 January GCSE MFL Mock Speaking Exams - 22-26 January Oxbridge Briefing - 5.30pm 29 January

The deadline for Year 13 university applications is fast approaching and we are excited to learn more about the choices that our students will make at the end of their time with us. Year 9 will also be completing their important GCSE options; in addition to the work we are doing in school to help students with this key decision, we look forward to welcoming parents into school on Tuesday 6 February for an Information Evening. Next week we are looking forward to our Year 11 PCM, when parents will have the opportunity to discuss how students can use the final run up the GCSE exams to ensure that they achieve their best. We also hope that many of you will join us for our Quiz Night on Friday 23 February, please put the date in your diaries now. On Thursday our Year 11 Art students visited the Tate Modern to support their GCSE studies. Year 11 are responding to the word POWER for their GCSE exam and the trip gave them ample inspiration for idea development. Students spent their time sketching in the gallery and gathering information for their exam preparation. We have also shared the details of The Big Ambition Survey with our students which closes next Friday 19 January. This is a survey organised by Dame Rachel De Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England. She is keen to gather the views of children up to the age of 18 to ensure that their voices are heard by policy makers ahead of the General Election due this year.

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


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January is often a time when we make resolutions to improve our physical health and fitness by making changes to our diet or exercising more. However, it can be tricky to get the messaging right for our young people, who can easily be swept along by the latest viral social media trend which may not be healthy or sustainable. In school, we have been trying to combat unhelpful messages, such as plans to give up whole food groups or setting extreme weight loss goals, through assemblies on positive new year’s resolutions such as mindfulness, digital detoxing or actively choosing kindness. If you are concerned about your child’s body image or eating habits, the charity Stem4 has developed a helpful parent guide to go along with their award-winning app ‘Worth Warrior’ which aims to help young people to manage related early-stage eating difficulties or disorders.



Happy New Year!

It was nice to welcome our Year 7 students back to school after the Christmas holiday. I hope that everybody has had a restful break and feels refreshed and ready for the new term. There have been some minor adjustments to the Year 7 timetable to accommodate some staff changes. New timetables were issued to students on Monday but please can you check that your child has looked at this and is aware of any changes. Another change to note is that Mr Trevelyan is now the permanent form tutor of 7SSH and so this class will now be known as 7STR. The first week back has seen a flurry of house points with 7FFR, 7PIR and 7PUN leading the way. Remember that house points can be used to purchase items from the epraise shop. Trading in house points like this does not affect the scores recorded by each student and their form group.

Looking forward, we have the Year 7 Parents Consultation Evening on Wednesday 21 February. Information about how to make appointments with teachers will be shared nearer the time.

May I take this opportunity to remind parents and carers that many social media platforms such as WhatsApp and TikTok have minimum ages beyond the age of our Year 7 students. I strongly recommend that parents/ carers discuss the use of these platforms with their children to keep them safe and protect them from getting embroiled in issues such as cyberbullying.

Many thanks and best wishes for the new year!



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

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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