Y7 Bulletin 17.05.24

This weekly bulletin contains the latest news updates across Year 7




This time last week a group of our musicians were making their way to Lodi in Italy to take part in a Youth Orchestra made up of students from a number of twinned towns across Europe. As ever Mrs O’Brien and Ms Lewis ensured that this was an inspirational weekend for the students, who not only grew as performers, but also gained a

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wonderful insight into Italian life and culture. The students were representing Richmond and we could not have asked for better ambassadors. Next year the Youth Orchestra will be coming to Richmond to celebrate the reaffirmation of the twinning so we can all look forward to enjoying a beautiful performance on our doorstep. This week Mrs Clarke and Mr Page took a group of Year 9 students to 4 of our local primary schools to lead a drama workshop. Students in Year 1 at Archdeacon, Twickenham Primary, Stanley and Trafalgar were treated to a performance of Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Our Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh participants had their training days for the upcoming expeditions after half term. They really enjoyed learning new skills, unsurprisingly in an age of Sat Navs, they found the map reading really challenging, but this will definitely prove useful. Yesterday Professor Jon Davis OBE, Director of the Strand Group at King’s College London spoke to our sixth form students. Before joining King’s, Professor Davis was Director of the Mile End Group at Queen Mary, University of London. His major project partnerships included those with No. 10 Downing Street and HM Treasury. His research focuses on the contemporary history of the British central government. In an election year students were fascinated to hear his insights into our political system.

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and our partners at the Anna Freud Centre have shared a number of additional resources for students and parents to support their wellbeing. This includes a series of on demand webinars (details found on this poster) and a selection of online workshops which can be booked through the links below:

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It has been a week in which Year 7 has looked at beginnings and endings. Each form has written a welcoming letter to the Year 6 students who will be beginning their secondary education at Waldegrave in September. A common worry amongst Year 6 students is how they will interact with the older students so these letters set a nice tone and hopefully provide reassurance to our new cohort. Each form has said farewell and good luck to our Year 11 prefects who have been on hand to support the Year 7 students throughout the year. We wish them well with their GCSE exams. This week during form time sessions we have shared stories about pets and their care as well as having researched strategies that support looking after our mental health such as dealing with anxiety and stress in line with mental health awareness week this week. Well done to our top three tutor groups 7PIR, 7EST and 7FLE who have gained the most house points this week. Our individual leaders this week are Suzanna W, Gabriella G and Amanda H, all from 7FLE! Well done to these students and tutor groups, and keep up the brilliant work. We have a large number of talented musicians and singers in Year 7 and so the Music department has put out a call for these students to get involved in the wide array of clubs, bands and choirs that we run. If your child enjoys singing or playing an instrument, please encourage them to speak to Ms O’Brien or Ms Lewis in the Music Department to find out how they can get involved.







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Raven Winter by Susanna Bailey

I really enjoyed reading this book it’s really interesting and I learnt a lot more about what to do in certain situations. It is really quite emotional but an amazing read. I love how descriptive she is. If you enjoy this book you may also like another one of Susanna’s books, Snow foal.

~ Recommended by Poppy C, 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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