West London Free School

West London Free School

Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

The highlight of this week was most definitely the Autumn Concert, our first music event of the year. It was wonderful to see the whole of Year 7 singing, and thus being inducted into the musical beating heart of the school. We also enjoyed fabulous solo, duet and choir performances from pupils throughout the school, culminating in an unforgettable Disney medley from the highly proficient and  beautiful sounding Sixth Form choir. My thanks go to the ever-wonderful Music Department for all that they did, and all that they do.

In the meantime, the Clubs programme is well underway. Your assistance in ensuring that pupils attend these clubs is essential and much appreciated. We remain hugely grateful to the Knowledge Schools Foundation Trust, and to all parents who contribute, for making the clubs programme possible.

Thank you again for all of your support.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 11th October 2019.

Years 7 to 13 : ‘Thank you’ from the Foundation Trust

Many thanks to the parents and carers who contributed to the collection for the Foundation Trust at last night’s concert. Thanks to your generosity - we collected more than £250 from your loose change. Once we’ve applied gift aid, this takes the total to more than £300.  The money will go directly back to the music department to be spent on one of the many projects they need funding for.  To see a complete list of projects we’re fundraising for, including a video clip of Ed Watkins talking about our rare instrument programme, visit the fundraising page of our website here: http://www.knowledgeschoolsfoundationtrust.org/Fundraising/ 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Ms Thompson, Head of Sixth Form.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

See this week’s fixture results below:

 

04-Oct

Football

U12

B

Phoenix Academy

Win

1 - 0

07-Oct

Netball

U14

G

Kew House

Draw

12 - 12

08-Oct

Rugby

U13

B

Borough Tournament

2nd

09-Oct

Netball

U12B

G

Godolphin and Latymer

Win

11 -1

09-Oct

Netball

U12A

G

Godolphin and Latymer

Loss

13 - 5

09-Oct

Netball

U13A

G

Godolphin and Latymer

Win

12 - 9

09-Oct

Hockey

U16

G

Borough Tournament

5th

10-Oct

Hockey

U14

G

Borough Tournament

4th

10-Oct

Football

U13

B

Ashlyn's School

Win

2 - 1

 

Congratulations to last year Sports Leaders cohort who have officially been awarded their level 2 qualifications following a successful moderation. Certificates will be arriving and awarded next week.

A reminder to parents on social media you can keep an eye on everything the PE and Sport department are up to on Instagram @wlfs_pe and twitter @wlfspe.

Years 10 to 13 : Morning Rehearsals 

Choirs and Music Theory classes have changed days. The new schedule is as follows:

Mondays: Sectional rehearsals at 8:15am for Years 10 and 11 (regular registration for Years 12-13)

Tuesdays: Full choir rehearsals at 8:15am for Years 10-13

Wednesdays: Music Theory classes at 8:00am (Secondary and Sixth Form)

Thursdays: Full choir rehearsal at 8:15am for Years 12-13 (regular registration for Years 10-11)

Fridays: Regular registration for all years

Years 7 to 9 : No Choir on Thursday 17th October

There is no choir for Years 7-9 after school on Thursday 17th October due to Music Aptitude Testing.

Year 11 : Sixth Form Open Evenings 14th and 16th October

These open evenings are for Year 11 pupils and their parents and will provide the opportunity to hear an introductory talk from the Head of Sixth Form, look around  Franklin House and meet many of the Sixth Form teaching staff. Please use one of the links below to book tickets.

October 14 at 5:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-14th-oct-2019-tickets-65176549815

October 14 at 6:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-14th-oct-2019-tickets-65521154537

October 16 at 5:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-16th-oct-2019-tickets-65521692145

October 16 at 6:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-16th-oct-2019-tickets-65176986120

Years 7 to 13 : Improvements to Franklin House

The PTA have kindly offered to carry out some design and décor improvements to the main hall at Franklin House. The plan is to introduce more colour, improved lighting and seating, and to hang a permanent display of framed artwork created by our pupils. We are very excited about these plans and know that both our current sixth formers and future sixth formers will be hugely appreciative. Some of the work will take place this half term and the PTA are appealing for parent helpers to get involved - if you have a spare couple of hours during half term to help with painting, hanging pictures and other tasks please contact sarahdelafield@btinternet.com. This work is being funded by the PTA and will not be possible without parents’ help, so please do get in contact if you could donate even just an hour. Thank you.  

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober

This October at WLFS, Mr Critchley would like to invite all KS3 pupils to take part in Inktober for a chance to earn house points and win prizes at the end of month. This competition is not compulsory.

  • For every drawing that he receives via email, he will award a house point.
  • For every week any pupil is able to prove they have produced a drawing every weekday, he will award a commendation.
  • For full weeks, half-marathons and marathons, he will examine drawings personally. All other submissions must be via email and with the artist's full name in the subject.
  • Drawings should be small but detailed and use some form of tone, i.e not just line drawings.
  • For ideas you can use this year's list of prompts or search the hashtag on Instagram or Google

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober

I wish you a wonderful weekend 

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have all had a good week. As you will be aware, last Friday we had the PTA Gala Auction Dinner here at school. The PTA did an absolutely wonderful job – selling over 150 tickets, decorating the hall, collecting donations for the auction (a job that took many months!), preparing a wonderful dinner and all of the other jobs as well as this, in order to put on a fantastic evening and raise a high five figure sum for the school. I am sure the PTA will let us have a total figure once the final monies have been collected. Thank you so much to Leah Godfrey and Sue Lee-Stern and the rest of the brilliant PTA, and to all of you who supported the event, either by helping, attending, or bidding on the silent auction at home. Thanks also go to the Music Department and to Mr Scott, who was a fantastic compère and entertainer. Lastly, huge thanks go to the many WLFS pupils who came to help, waited at the tables, sang to the audience and did everything they could to ensure that the evening was a success. They are fantastic; I was so proud of them.

This week I would like to ask parents if any of you would like to volunteer to help in the school. We are looking for French and Spanish native speakers, to help our pupils to improve their conversation skills and also for anyone who would like to give some 1:1 tutoring support to pupils after school on a regular basis. If you think you may be able to help with any of these volunteering opportunities, please contact me c.wagner@wlfs.org

As pledged, I am aiming to keep this message shorter and sweeter. Or at least shorter. There have been some more fantastic Art trips this week; Year 11 went to the Wallace Collection to draw armour and see the Manolo Blahnik shoes among the amazing Rococo setting. They then went on to see the new Tim Walker exhibition at the V&A. This was to inform their current 'Wearable Sculpture' project. They were also shown excerpts from the highly acclaimed McQueen documentary on the iconic fashion designer who was also inspired by the Wallace Collection. Today is also the first session of the Jack Petchey Public Speaking Competition for Year 10. It has been brilliant to see all Year 10 pupils gaining invaluable public speaking training. Lots going on, as ever! 

 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 4th October 2019. 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Ms Thompson, Head of Sixth Form.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

See this week’s fixture results below:

30-Sep

Football

U15

 B

                        Burlington Danes Academy

Win

5 - 2

 

 30-Sep

Football

U14

B

St Thomas More

Loss

4 - 2

 02-Oct

Rugby

U13

G

Hammersmith Academy

Loss

25 - 20

03-Oct

Hockey

U14

B

Sir William Borlase

Loss

7 - 1

A reminder to parents and pupils about our policy on jewellery. For safety reasons pupils should remove all jewellery (including earrings, bracelets and necklaces) before taking part in any PE or Games lesson. If on the occasion a pupil has a newly pierced ear and they are taking part in anything other than rugby, we will allow the pupil to bring tape for their earrings for a 2-week period.

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS PTA Auction 

The PTA would like to thank everyone who attended last Friday's Auction and all of the Silent Auction bidders. Auction proceeds are over £22,000! A huge ‘thank you’ to all of our phenomenal volunteers, especially our gem of a kitchen team starring Maria Sundrica, Michael Weber, Louna Barakat, Sadieh Mashaei and Maica Pons, and our epic Bar Managers, Angela Ridgeon and Philippa Hanscombe. The biggest thanks of all goes to Auction Director, Sue Lee-Stern, whose tireless efforts ensured an amazing event and brilliant outcome. Please tune in again next week for details about our upcoming PTA Committee Meetings - new members welcome - and make sure to save the date for Quiz Night on Friday 22nd of November. 

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Music Department Autumn Concert  

The Autumn Concert will be held on Thursday 10th October at Palingswick House from 6:00pm onwards. This concert features stand out performances from all of the West London Free School Choirs Years 7-13.  We look forward to welcoming you to this rising star-studded event. The PTA will serve light refreshments. Please see attached poster for more details.  

Year 11 : Sixth Form Open Evenings 14th and 16th October 

These open evenings are for Year 11 pupils and their parents and will provide the opportunity to hear an introductory talk from the Head of Sixth Form, look around  Franklin House and meet many of the Sixth Form teaching staff. Please use one of the links below to book tickets. 

October 14 at 5:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-14th-oct-2019-tickets-65176549815

October 14 at 6:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-14th-oct-2019-tickets-65521154537

October 16 at 5:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-16th-oct-2019-tickets-65521692145

October 16 at 6:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-16th-oct-2019-tickets-65176986120

Year 9 : Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiatives 

In partnership with a national charity concerning mental health and wellbeing, some students in Year 9 may be selected over the coming weeks to take part in some initiatives,  including individual and group sessions. 

Year 11 : Boys – Cyber Safety 

Over the next two weeks, Barnardo’s will be running sessions for the Year 11 boys around cyber safety. These sessions will cover online presence, keeping safe online and the benefits and potential drawbacks of the internet. 

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober 

This October at WLFS, Mr Critchley would like to invite all KS3 pupils to take part in Inktober for a chance to earn house points and win prizes at the end of month. This competition is not compulsory.

  • For every drawing that he receives via email, he will award a house point.
  • For every week any pupil is able to prove they have produced a drawing every weekday, he will award a commendation.
  • For full weeks, half-marathons and marathons, he will examine drawings personally. All other submissions must be via email and with the artist's full name in the subject.
  • Drawings should be small but detailed and use some form of tone, i.e not just line drawings.
  • For ideas you can use this year's list of prompts or search the hashtag on Instagram or Google

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Autumn Concert

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good week. There was so much rain! Many pupils arrived in school absolutely soaked, and their school books were very wet too. I would be grateful if you could rummage through school bags to find any soggy books and put them in the airing cupboard over the weekend. There was also a very exciting Art Trip this week, with the whole of Year 8 visiting the National Portrait Gallery and the BP Portrait Exhibition.

This evening we have the WLFS Auction Dinner. The PTA  are looking forward to seeing those of you who are coming to this event at 7.00pm at Palingswick House. Don’t worry if you can’t make it tonight, it is possible to  make a proxy bid! If you would like to do so, please see the live auction website  - www.wlfsauction.com, or there is the amazing WLFS Silent Auction website - givergy.uk/wlfsauction2019; lots start at £5 and the prize draw is £1 per entry.

We all remain concerned about the safety of the children on their way to and from school and when they are out and about in the local area. Please do remind them never to run across a busy road and to put their mobile phones and ear phones away when crossing roads at any kind of junction. In addition, the local Police have requested that I send you the attached information from School Watch. We will be showing them to the pupils in school next week.

I have been told that some parents find the newsletter rather long, so please forgive me for past rambling. I will aim to be briefer from now on!

Many thanks for continuing to support the school and, in particular for contributing to the PTA funds at the event, or via the auction websites, this evening.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 27th September 2019.

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Ms Thompson, Head of Sixth Form.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

The weather has not been kind to us this week, with our U16 hockey fixture being cancelled due to thunderstorms. We had some tough results in the matches that did go ahead:

25-Sep

Football

U13

G

St Mary Magdalene

Loss    7-0

26-Sep

Football

U12

B

Tournament

5th

 

We have a packed schedule of fixtures and clubs next week with at least one fixture going out every day. You can find all the fixtures and clubs attached - fingers crossed for some better weather and results!

For those that don’t already follow us, you can keep an eye on what the PE department are up to on our Instagram and Twitter pages – we are on @wlfs_pe and @wlfspe respectively. 

A reminder that Sports Leaders will be taking place on Tuesday lunch time in N18 with Miss O’Brien. 

Years 10 and 12 : Duke of Edinburgh Award – Registration Deadline – 30th September

 The registration deadline for the Duke of Edinburgh Award is fast approaching! To confirm your child's participation in the DofE Award please can I ask that you do the following:

  1. Complete the Participant Enrolment Form and return to Mr Hind (s.hind@wlfs.org) by Monday 30th September 2019
  2. Make payment of a £75 deposit via ParentPay by no later than Monday 30th September 2019. 

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Music Department Autumn Concert  

The Autumn Concert will be held on Thursday 10th October at Palingswick House from 6:00pm onwards. This concert features stand out performances from all of the West London Free School Choirs Years 7-13.  We look forward to welcoming you to this rising star-studded event. The PTA will serve light refreshments. Please see attached poster for more details.  

Year 11 : Sixth Form Open Evenings 14th and 16th October 

These open evenings are for Year 11 pupils and their parents and will provide the opportunity to hear an introductory talk from the Head of Sixth Form, look around  Franklin House and meet many of the Sixth Form teaching staff. Please use one of the links below to book tickets. 

October 14 at 5:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-14th-oct-2019-tickets-65176549815

October 14 at 6:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-14th-oct-2019-tickets-65521154537

October 16 at 5:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-16th-oct-2019-tickets-65521692145

October 16 at 6:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-16th-oct-2019-tickets-65176986120

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober 

This October at WLFS, Mr Critchley would like to invite all KS3 pupils to take part in Inktober for a chance to earn house points and win prizes at the end of month. This competition is not compulsory.

  • For every drawing that he receives via email, he will award a housepoint.
  • For every week any pupil is able to prove they have produced a drawing every weekday, he will award a commendation.
  • For full weeks, half-marathons and marathons, he will examine drawings personally. All other submissions must be via email and with the artist's full name in the subject.
  • Drawings should be small but detailed and use some form of tone, i.e not just line drawings.
  • For ideas you can use this year's list of prompts or search the hashtag on Instagram or Google

Years 7 to 9 : House Instrumental and Piano competitions - AMENDMENT 

We have decided to make the above competitions a KS3 event in order to encourage younger year groups to get involved, and this will now take place on Wednesday 12th February instead of the original October date. We will invite a small number of older pupils to perform whilst the judging is being finalised.

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Year 12 : Assessment Evening 2019

Years 7 to 13 : SchoolWatch

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Autumn Concert

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had another very calm and productive week at the West London Free School. The term is well underway and our new pupils in both Years 7 and 12 in particular are really starting to feel at home.

I would like to focus attention on the safety of the pupils this week. As you may be aware, there has been a recent spate of robberies near the school site.  On the two most recent occasions, a small group (3-4) of young men/older teens, all in dark sports clothing, have approached local students on foot or on mopeds and demanded their phones. The students have been made to sign out of iCloud before handing over their phones.  The most recent incidents happened near Ravenscourt Park Underground station. These pupils were not from WLFS, but from a nearby school, but this is, of course, nonetheless very worrying. The Police are aware and they are increasing their presence around school and in Ravenscourt Park.  Members of the Senior Leadership Team and Heads of Year are also making themselves more visible at the end of the school day.

Here is the advice we have given out to pupils this week, and I would be most grateful if you could reiterate this at home:

  1. Staying safe involves:
    1. Keeping phones/cash out of view
    2. Not walking with headphones in – being aware of surroundings
    3. Not taking any unsavoury/isolated shortcuts
    4. As far as possible, walk home in groups/pairs
    5. If concerned, go into the nearest shop and ask for help – many local retailers are now working with the Police
  1. Registering Devices:
    1. In order for the police to track items, it’s important for your items to be registered using IMEI/reference numbers including phone and bikes
    2. Pupils/parents should register devices here so that it is more likely they can be recovered if stolen (https://www.immobilise.com/)
    3. Pupils should make a note (not in their phone) of their phone’s IMEI number by dialling *#06# into their keypad – this works on any phone 

It is also important that pupils go straight home after school and do not linger on King Street or in Hammersmith Broadway. In addition, this is an important time of year to remind pupils about road safety. As the days get shorter, visibility for drivers becomes poorer, especially at dusk. Pupils must use the correct crossings when walking across roads. I worry in particular about Weltje Road and King Street. Pupils run across these, often without looking left and right and they are also frequently looking down at their phones. Many pupils cross the road with headphones in, which is extremely dangerous for the same reason as mentioned above, they simply cannot hear buses, cars, lorries or motorcycles when listening to music. We give them road safety advice often, both in assemblies at outside the school, but it would be hugely helpful if you could reiterate these at home. 

It is also worth noting that 145 King Street is a new hub that will have a police presence in situ after school, so children can go there if they are worried about anything on their way home. If they are worried, they should always call 999 immediately, and this is also the case if an incident occurs. It is very difficult for the Police to follow up on an incident if pupils wait until they get home or come into the school the next day to report a crime. 

On a happier note, today we were visited by Mr Vic Hill, who lived in Palingswick House in the late 1950s when he was a child with diabetes and it was a home for diabetic children. We walked around the main house and he relayed stories of all kinds of high jinks, fun and games. He even started to tell the pupils about when they all went on strike, but I steered him swiftly away from them at that point.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 20th September 2019.

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Ms Thompson, Head of Sixth Form.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

It’s been a difficult week for team WLFS this week:

 

16-Sep

Netball

U14

G

St Benedict’s

Loss

45 - 38

17-Sep

Netball

U13

G

Wimbledon High School

Loss

25 - 1

19-Sep

Football

U14

B

Charters School

Loss

5 - 0

 

Next week sees the first week of sports clubs, as well as our first hockey fixture of the year. Please see the attached document for a full list of clubs and fixtures. A reminder that if you child wishes to take part in lunch-time swimming club, we will need a returned consent letter – this was attached to last week’s update. 

We are halfway through our first aid scheme of work with the Year 8s and its proving to be very popular. So far, the pupils have learnt how to assess danger, the procedures you should take should you discover a casualty and the recovery position. Next week, the pupils will be learning how to perform CPR – a skill that hopefully they will never have to use! 

For those who had a gumshield fitted by OPRO last week, they are ready to collect from the PE office. 

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Auction Dinner on Friday 27th September 2019, 7.00pm-11.00pm at Palingswick House

Thank you so much for your support for the WLFS PTA Auction Party. We are now sold out of tickets for the event. 

We have developed two Auction Websites for you to view all of the exciting Auction lots:

A live Auction website - www.wlfsauction.com for you to view the items we will be auctioning on the night. Can’t make the event? Don’t worry there is an email address for you to email any proxy bids (bids close 10pm, Thursday 26th September)

We also have a silent auction website for you to bid on from the comfort of your own home. We hope we have something for everybody, but if not and you would like to support our event, don’t worry there is a section for you to make a donation. Finally, for fun, we have a prize draw where you can buy tickets for £1 and win a wonderful Halloween Chocolate Hamper valued at £150.  The silent Auction will close at 11.00pm on Monday 30th September. 

https://givergy.uk/wlfsauction2019

Anyone can bid, so please share the link to raise much needed funds to enrich our children’s time at the school. Happy bidding!

Years 7 to 11 : Clubs Programme for the Michaelmas Term 

The WLFS clubs programme will start week commencing Tuesday 24th September and run for 10 weeks until week ending 6th December  with the exception of Ceramics club that will end on Monday 9th December. You should have received notification of your child’s club choices via email, if you haven’t please get in touch with clubs@wlfs.org  NB that all pupils in Y7/8/9 must take 2 clubs per week. 

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Music Department Autumn Concert  

The Autumn Concert will be held on Thursday 10th October at Palingswick House from 6:00pm onwards. This concert features stand out performances from all of the West London Free School Choirs Years 7-13.  We look forward to welcoming you to this rising star-studded event. The PTA will serve light refreshments. Please see attached poster for more details. 

Year 11 : Sixth Form Open Evenings 14th and 16th October

These open evenings are for Year 11 pupils and their parents and will provide the opportunity to hear an introductory talk from the Head of Sixth Form, look around  Franklin House and meet many of the Sixth Form teaching staff.

Years 7 to 9 : House Instrumental and Piano competitions - AMENDMENT

We have decided to make the above competitions a KS3 event in order to encourage younger year groups to get involved, and this will now take place on Wednesday 12th February instead of the original October date. We will invite a small number of older pupils to perform whilst the judging is being finalised. 

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Autumn Concert

Thank you for all of your support. The pupils continue to impress us on a daily basis and it really is a joy and privilege to be working here at this wonderful school. 

Best wishes, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good week. We have had an absolutely brilliant first full week back in every way. The pupils have come back wholly focused on their learning and full of energy and enthusiasm for both their academic subjects and our Co-Curricular Programme. We had the Clubs Fair on Tuesday, where the pupils could learn about all of the clubs on offer. For new parents, our Co-Curricular Programme is almost entirely funded by the Knowledge Schools Foundation Trust. Many of our parents donate on a monthly basis to the Trust and this allows us to offer the pupils a huge range of opportunities in which they can get involved. This is the case for pupils from Year 7 all the way through to Year 13. This allows us to provide a huge range of sports clubs, which includes football, netball, rowing, rugby, basketball, swimming and many more, as well as other clubs such as Creative Writing, Drama, Street Dance, Cheerleading, Ancient Greek, Yoga, and many, many others. If you do not yet donate to the Trust, you can follow this link to set up a standing order: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1016307 . I hope that new Year 7 and Year 12 parents have signed up to donate.

You may be aware that yet another Climate Strike is planned for Friday, 20th September, which is next week. As I have said previously to parents, I share the concerns of young people about the future of our planet and the environmental damage that is being done around the globe. However, Friday is a school day, like any other. Children who do not attend school as part of some kind of strike or protest will be marked as having an unauthorised absence. In school, the usual Behaviour Policy will apply. Any pupil that does not follow instructions from a member of staff will be sanctioned in accordance with this policy, which you can find here: http://www.wlfs.org/docs/Behaviour_Rewards_Antibullying_Appearance_and_Uniform_Policy_2018.pdf. If pupils feel that this is an issue that they would like the government to focus on, they should write to their local MP, or, if they would like to take part in peaceful protest, this should not happen on a school day. I am also very concerned about the safety of children taking part in a demonstration in central London with many thousands of people. Our advice from the Police is also that pupils should be in school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this.

Finally, a word about punctuality and attendance. Children are still coming into school late with no good reason, and absences are still being called in for minor ailments. I feel strongly that young people need to learn how to be resilient and to soldier on wherever possible. There are also many routine doctor and dentist appointments that could easily take place after school or in the holidays. Please can we all work together to improve attendance?

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 13th September 2019.

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Ms Thompson, Head of Sixth Form.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

Well done to the U13 netballers and U14 footballers who had a fantastic start to the season! See this week’s fixture results below:

                       

         Date

Sport

Age Group

Gender

Against

Result

Score

         12-Sep

Netball

U13 A

G

Kew House

Win

6 - 4

         12-Sep

Netball

U13 B

G

Kew house

Loss

6 - 1

         12-Sep

Football

U14

B

Holland Park

Win

2 - 0

 

This year we are introducing school colour awards for students who have made an outstanding contribution to school sport. These will come in the form of both half and full colours.

School colours will be awarded to: 

  • Pupils who have made a sustained and significant impact
  • Pupils who have attended almost all practices and shown a high level of commitment (this might include leadership)
  • Pupils have performed at the highest level of ability
  • Pupils have made excellent levels of progress and effort
  • Pupils have shown themselves to be outstanding role models for younger year groups, consistently assisting with the development of their activity
  • Pupil behaviour that has been exemplary throughout

Many pupils signed up to join lunch time swimming club, which takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunch times. In order for those pupils to be able to swim, a parental consent form needs to be completed. This form is attached to this email, or can be collected from the PE office, and should be returned to a.norton@wlfs.org or dropped back to the PE office. 

As we enter back into our winter games programme, I wanted to mention briefly our kit expectations. All kit should be WLFS branded, apart from tracksuit bottoms which must be plain navy blue and not cotton. It does get extremely cold during the winter months so I would highly remind pupils wear base layers under their PE kit. For those pupils taking part in rugby (KS3), gum shields are compulsory and boots are highly recommended. 

Please find next week’s fixtures attached. Sports clubs commence on Tuesday 24th September. 

Year 10 and Year 12 : Duke of Edinburgh Parents’ Information Evening 

The DofE Information Evening will be taking place at 5.30pm on Tuesday 17th September at Palingswick House for parents of pupils in Year 10 who are interested in completing the Silver DofE, and parents of Year 12 pupils interested in completing the Gold DofE. 

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS PTA Open Meeting 

Welcome to another wonderful year at the WLFS. The PTA would like to welcome you to our PTA Open Meeting at Palingswick House on Wednesday 18th September. Doors open at 7.00pm and the meeting begins at 7.30pm. Please do join us for a glass of wine and hear about the exciting events we have planned for the year and all the volunteer opportunities available. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your child's school community and meet new friends. Please see the attached invite below for our September Auction Dinner on 27th September and remember to book your tickets on ParentPay before they sell out.  

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Auction Dinner on Friday 27th September 2019, 7.00pm-11.00pm at Palingswick House 

Tickets are selling out fast so be sure to book your tickets via www.parentpay.com today. 

It promises to be a fun night with yummy nibbles, a smokey chilli and a Gin Bar. We have an amazing musical line up including a great band to dance to and stellar performances from our choir and the flute quartet. Put a table together with friends or join other parents in your child’s year group. It promises to be a fun evening for everyone & all guests will be looked after by your PTA team. 

Don’t miss out, book your tickets today! Only £20 per person for this fun evening. We look forward to seeing you there.  

Years 7 to 10 : West London Zone MyVoice Survey

We would like to inform you that we will be running the "MyVoice" survey for students in Years 7-10 during the week beginning 16th September 2019. The survey will ask questions about health and wellbeing, as well as life at school, home and in the local community. 

The survey is designed and run by a local children’s charity, West London Zone, which aims to help children flourish in life. You can find out more about West London Zone here: www.westlondonzone.orgWe will use information from the survey to provide a full picture of the school community and to identify the extra support West London Zone may be able to provide to help students thrive at school.

Important information about the survey:

  • The survey is completely confidential. This means that your child will not be asked to give their name and no one at West London Free School will be able to see how they answered their questions.
  • The survey is voluntary. This means that your child will decide whether or not they want to take part in the survey for themselves and will be given the opportunity to opt-out.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Elodie Cox on e.cox@wlfs.org 

Years 7 to 11 : Clubs Programme for the Michaelmas Term 

You should receive an email next week with your child’s club choices. Please ensure all pupils in Years 7 to 9 are doing two clubs. If you child could not attend the Clubs Fair, please email clubs@wlfs.org with your club choices. 

Years 7 to 11 : Tempest Photographs

If your child was photographed earlier this week and you would like to order a copy of your child’s photo, please note that these are to be ordered directly through the Tempest online option and forms should not be brought back to school. Year 7s will receive their order sheets on Monday. 

Years 7 to 13 : House Instrumental and Piano competitions 

Our annual music competitions will take place on October 9th.  We hope that all classical instrumentalists and pianists who are grade 5 and over have spent their summer holidays practising! 

Years 7 to 13 : Programme of Parenting Courses in Hammersmith and Fulham 

Please see the link below for the new Autumn Term programme of parenting courses in Hammersmith and Fulham: 

Confident Parent Happy Child Autumn Term Programme 2019 

The free courses being delivered this term are: 

  • Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities parenting programme – at Old Oak Community Centre and Brook Green Children’s Centre
  • Triple P Programme – At Masbro Centre
  • About Boys Course – At Flora Garden’s Children’s Centre
  • Parent Gym – At Flora Garden’s Children’s Centre
  • Incredible Years Baby Programme – At Edward Woods Children’s Centre
  • Bite-size workshops – Positive Parenting, Managing Tantrums, Sleep Management, Behaviour, and many more
  • Various Specialist workshops and programmes – Sensory Processing, Understanding Autism, and many more 

These courses are for parents/carers living in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and many also offer limited childcare facilities for children under 5 years of age. 

Programmes aim to enhance the parent-child relationship by providing positive discipline strategies, increase confidence, knowledge and understanding of child development, link parents/carers in with other support services, provide parents/carers with an opportunity to meet others, share experiences, form friendships and help reduce stress levels in the family home. Parents can self-refer by contacting the project directly, alternatively professionals can also make a referral for parents who require support. 

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 11 : Lunch-time Swimming Consent Form

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Auction and Dinner

I hope you enjoy what promises to be a warm and sunny weekend.

 Best wishes,

 Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was a real delight for me and all of the staff to welcome the children back into school after the long summer holiday. The new Year 7s arrived at Palingswick House looking immaculate and slightly nervous, whilst the new Year 12 arrived at Franklin House looking very smart and stylish, and excited about their A Level studies. I hope that you have already read about our phenomenal GCSE results:  12.3% of all grades were Grade 9s, 30% Grades were 9s and 8s, 51% of grades were at least a 7 (the equivalent to the old A grade), 88% were Grades 9-4. Our A Level results were also very strong: 29% of the grades were A*-A, 45% A*-B and 67% A*-C. 11% of all pupils achieved exclusively A*s and As. Many of our students are about to begin their studies at top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, UCL, King’s College London, Durham and many more, with two studying abroad, one at the highly prestigious SciencesPo in Reims and the other at the Universidad de Salamanca.

It was a pleasure to speak to the pupils this week in assemblies, reminding them of our school ethos and core values of Kindness, Hard Work and High Standards. We work hard to ensure that these values pervade the school and I would be very grateful to you if you could reinforce them at home.

I hope you have all read the letter about attendance that I sent out early this week. This contains important information about the changes we are making to our attendance processes and procedures. I am sure you are aware that excellent attendance is a prerequisite of academic success. Only an attendance of 96% or above is acceptable, and we give awards and prizes to pupils with 100% attendance. There is more information on attendance from Ms Philomon below. This table is extremely useful in pointing out exactly how much school and how many lessons a pupil with poor attendance will miss:

This year the Senior Leadership Team has the following responsibilities:

Mr Peal (Deputy Head, Academic) r.peal@wlfs.org

Mr McLaughlin  (Deputy Head, Pastoral) b.mclaughlin@wlfs.org

Mr Everett (Assistant Head, Teaching & Learning) l.everett@wlfs.org

Mr Orme (Assistant Head, Co-Curricular and Staff Development) r.orme@wlfs.org

Ms Philomon (Assistant Head, Pupil Welfare) k.philomon@wlfs.org

Ms Thompson (Head of Sixth Form) was married earlier this year and will henceforth be known as Ms Thomix d.thomix@wlfs.org

 

If you have any concerns about your child, please liaise with your child’s form tutor in the first instance, and then with your child’s Head of Year. The Head of Year team this year is as follows: 

Year 7                                   Ms Stewart             m.stewart@wlfs.org

Year 8                                   Mr Thompson        dbthompson@wlfs.org

Year 9                                   Mr Wilsdon            c.wilsdon@wlfs.org

Years 10 and 11                      Mr Scott                 a.scott@wlfs.org

Year 12                                 Ms Murphy            d.murphy@wlfs.org

Year 13                                 Mr Bell                   o.bell@wlfs.org

 

This term we welcome several new members of staff to the school: 

Mr Budd                                  Science

Mr Khalife                               Mathematics

Mr MacKeith                            Modern Foreign Languages

Ms Naidu                                 Science

Mr Newstone                           Science

Ms O’Brien                               Physical Education

Ms Oulmane                             Modern Foreign Languages

Ms Qureshi                               Psychology

Ms Rutherford                          English

Mr Scarpignato                         Classics

Ms Stapleton                            History

Ms Szego                                  Geography

Ms Walsh                                  Physical Education

Mr Wilsdon                               Geography and Head of Year 9

Ms Wright                                 Divinity and English

Mr Yates                                    Music

All of the pupils have returned to school wearing impeccable uniform and with a keen determination to learn. We are all buoyed by our excellent exam results, which are testament to our ethos and vision, the hard work of pupils and staff and our collective resolve to excel in all that we do.

 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 6th September 2019.

Years 7 to 11 : Message from Mrs Philomon, Assistant Headteacher - Pupil Welfare

It is our belief at the West London Free School, that the partnership between families and school can help pupils successfully pursue their educational development.  Regular school attendance is essential if a child is to attain his or her full potential. 

This school year we will continue to recognise all pupils who achieve perfect attendance with a number of school initiatives: 

  • As part of our series of inter-house competitions, each week the house with the highest attendance figure will be awarded points. At the end of each term, the house with the highest overall attendance will be acknowledged on our attendance bulletin board and rewarded in our termly attendance assembly. 
  • Additionally, each week individual classes will be awarded points based on their attendance figures. At the end of each term, the form with the highest overall attendance will be acknowledged on our attendance bulletin board and rewarded in our termly assembly. 
  • Individual pupils who achieve 100% attendance in a term will receive a perfect attendance medal and certificate acknowledging their outstanding attendance effort. 

Attendance staff periodically review pupil attendance patterns and parents will continue to be notified if there is a concern that their child’s absences are threatening his or her educational progress.  

If there is an issue or concern that we might be able to help you with, please feel free to contact Ms Clover Hibbert, our Pastoral Support Officer, or Ms Louise Duckett, our Attendance Admin Assistant, on 0208 600 0670. 

Any assistance that you can provide us in this endeavour will be greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support. 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Ms Thompson, Head of Sixth Form.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

The PE department are gearing themselves up for a very busy few months, with our fixtures and clubs provision bigger than it’s ever been before. We have hockey, netball, football and basketball fixtures in the diary, many of which are on the school calendar which can be found on the website.

If your child has been selected to represent the school in a fixture you will be sent an email requesting your permission. This process takes seconds so please do keep an eye out, as without permission we will be unable to take your child on the fixture. Keep an eye out for our weekly fixture results which I send out in this weekly update. 

For the first half term all KS3 students will be playing rugby in their games lessons. For Year 7s, this will take place in Ravenscourt Park while Years 8 and 9 will be travelling to Chiswick Rugby club. Gum shields and football / rugby boots are essential, so please do ensure your child comes equipped. Our gumshield supplier OPRO are coming into school next week (Thursday 12th September) so please do read the letter and information attached if would like to book a fitting. I’ve attached an E-Shot informing you of the time and place of the visit. I’ve also attached a new guide to ordering which you are welcome to use when completing the pre-ordering process. 

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS PTA Open Meeting 

Welcome to another wonderful year at the WLFS. The PTA would like to welcome you to our PTA Open Meeting at Palingswick House on Wednesday 18th September. Doors open at 7.00pm and the meeting begins at 7.30pm. Please do join us for a glass of wine and hear about the exciting events we have planned for the year and all the volunteer opportunities available. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your child's school community and meet new friends. Please see the attached invite below for our September Auction Dinner on 27th September and remember to book your tickets on ParentPay before they sell out.  

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Dinner and Auction on Friday 27th September 2019 

Please join the WLFS PTA in celebrating the beginning of the new school year with their biggest fundraiser, tickets £20pp available now on ParentPay. Please see the attached card for further details.

Year 11 : Locker Keys

There are a limited number of lockers available, on a first-come first-served basis. If you would like your child to have a locker, please pay a refundable deposit of £10 via ParentPay and read the Locker Acceptable Use policy, which is available on the Policy section of the school website. Having paid the deposit, you will be advised whether there is a locker available. If all of the lockers are in use, please email Mrs Lee on a.lee@ks-t.org and your child will be put on a waiting list. More keys will become available as keys from pupils who have left are returned/replaced.  

If your child has had a school locker for one or more years now, please can you check with them that they still use/need it? The space that the school has for lockers is limited and we do not have enough lockers for every child to have one. We have a waiting list of Year 7 pupils who need one, so if your child is no longer using it, please could they clear it and return their key to Palingswick House reception? Provided the key and the locker are in good order, your £10 deposit will then be refunded.  Thank you in advance for considering this request. 

Years 7 to 11 : Clubs Programme for the Michaelmas Term 

We are delighted to launch our extensive co-curricular programme for Michaelmas term 2019 which offers a wide variety of sporting, creative, music, drama and academic clubs – there is something for everyone ! Pupils will be able to sign up to clubs on Tuesday 10th September when we will hold our Clubs Fair in the Hall at Palingswick House 1.10 – 1.40pm. Pupils in Years 7-9 must sign up to attend 2 clubs per week, pupils in Year 10 and above are encouraged to sign up to at least one club per week. 

Music lessons for Years 8 – 11 and Year 13 

Lessons for the above year groups are automatically continued from Trinity term and will start on Monday 9th September. Lesson days / times will be available to view on our website by Friday evening (Pupils / Music lessons / Music lessons timetable – password Mu5ic2016). Please kindly ensure that fees are paid via ParentPay ahead of your child’s first lesson. 

Music lessons for Year 7 and Year 12 

Lessons this term will start on Monday 16th September. Year 12 pupils wishing to continue MUST reapply for lessons, as they will not be automatically carried over to the 6th form. All new applications are most welcome and encouraged. The form may be found on our website (Pupils / Music Lessons). Lesson days / times will be available to view on our website by Friday 13th September (Pupils / Music lessons / Music lessons timetable – password Mu5ic2016). Fees will be added to ParentPay by the end of next week and we would greatly appreciate prompt payment. 

Years 7 to 13 : House Instrumental and Piano competitions 

Our annual music competitions will take place on October 9th.  We hope that all classical instrumentalists and pianists who are grade 5 and over have spent their summer holidays practising! 

Years 7 to 13 : Message from the White City Youth Theatre 

‘We are a well-established, fully funded free service that has been running drama activities for children and young people in the local area since 2008. The WCYT run weekly sessions on Monday evenings from 6-7.30pm during term time, we have an active and lively membership and who have the opportunity to take part in regular workshops, see theatre shows and get involved in a number of projects including the National Theatre’s Connections Festival 2020. This September we are taking on new members again and wondered if you might be able to let your students know that we are enrolling on Monday 9th September between 4-5.30 pm, with sessions starting on Monday 16th September. If students are not able to attend registration, they can contact us via email to book a place: info@whitecitytheatre.com. For further information, please look at our attached leaflet.  

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Opro Letter, Opro Guide and E-Shot

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Auction and Dinner

Years 7 to 13 : WCYT Recruitment Postcard

I wish you a peaceful and relaxing weekend. 

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

 

  

 

 

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