West London Free School

West London Free School

Weekly Update

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good week. I begin with a reminder that the Parent-Governor Forum is taking place on Wednesday 13th February here in school from 6-7pm. All parents and carers are welcome to attend. 

Last Saturday, our Sixth Formers took part in the Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition, held at Clapton Girls’ Academy. Students from many state and independent schools demonstrated their debating skills at this highly competitive event. Whilst WLFS pupils did not quite manage to get into the top three positions, it was an excellent experience for them; I am hoping that they continue to enter these high level competitions in the future. My thanks go to Mr Peal for organising this and for accompanying the pupils. 

On Thursday, pupils in Years 9-11 took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. This is an exciting competition that tests slightly different skills to GCSE Mathematics and is often stimulating and challenging, especially for pupils who enjoy mathematical problem-solving. I look forward to sharing the results with you when we receive them. 

Today Bob Tait came into WLFS to speak to Year 11 about Drug Use. Year 10 received this talk earlier in the academic year. Bob Tait has years of experience working as a drugs officer with the Hong Kong Police and other law enforcement organisations around the world. He specialises in speaking in schools about substance abuse and drug taking, focusing on the health risks and legal implications of taking drugs and drinking alcohol. This additional talk is part of our improved provision of Personal, Social and Health Education for pupils throughout the school. 

I hope you are enjoying the new Sports Letter that is included in this update every Friday. It is excellent that you can now read, not only about the fixture results, but also about trainings and fixtures for the week ahead and other PE news. 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 8th February 2019.

Years 12 and 13: Sixth Form Update

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

Year 11 : A-Level Options – Online Form

Further to our recent email, this is a reminder to ask you to complete the online form with A-Level option choices by Monday 11th February. Please follow this link:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=qGwLHIIxPEe5g3ZkLegqzR7ImtqZSm5AjChvUFQk8i9UMlcxWFZPQlU0SEg0OFE1TlBCMU5TSVQyNC4u

Years 10 to 13 : Applying to Study in the US and Canada Evening at Latymer Upper School

Preparation in building an extra-curricular profile for the US needs to start as early as Year 10and major scholarships in Canada are looking for evidence of leadership so the evening is open to Year 10 students and above and their parents.

The event will take place in the Main Hall on Monday, 11th March. It commences at 6.30pm and is due to finish by 8.30pm.

Talks will be given by Lisa Montgomery (Edvice) on applying to US universities, a speaker from the Canadian High Commission on applying to Canadian universities and a speaker from A List UK on SAT and ACT testing.

To book families will need to visit:-

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/applying-to-study-in-the-us-and-canada-evening-tickets-54749523298

and use the access code USCAN2019NONLAT

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Information – Message from Mr A Norton, Director of Sport

Please see below this week’s fixture results:

 

Date

Sport

Age Group

Gender

Against

Result

Score

4 / 2 / 19

Football

U12

Boys

Kensington Aldridge Academy

Win

7 - 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 / 2 / 19

Football

U12

Girls

NHEHS

Draw

0 - 0

4 / 2 / 19

Football

U13

Girls

NHEHS

Win

3 - 0

5 / 2 / 19

Hockey

U16

Boys

County Tournament

Champions

5 /2 / 19

Football

U14

Boys

Burlington Danes

Loss

5 - 4

6 / 2 / 19

Football

U12

Boys

Fulham Boys

Win

6 - 1

  

Some great results this week with a couple of commanding performances from the Year 7 boys football team, but I have to give a special mention to the U16 Hockey Team for winning the Middlesex Schools County Championships. This is a fantastic achievement, the first time the school has achieved this at U16 level, and particularly impressive as the large majority of the team were year 10s. Congratulations to all involved, they will progress through to the next stage of the competition which is due to take place in the coming weeks.

Following on from the RFU meeting held on Monday evening, Chiswick Rugby Club are hosting a transition morning this Sunday (10th February). All pupils who have taken part in rugby this term are encouraged to come along to what promises to be an exciting morning of rugby coaching and competitions. Pupils who wish to attend can go directly to Chiswick Rugby Club for 10.00am, or I will be taking a minibus from WLFS departing at 9.45am prompt. The session finishes at 11.30am, giving us all plenty of time to prepare ourselves for the England vs France match in the 6 nations later on in the afternoon! 

I am excited to announce that the West London Free School have achieved affiliation with British Rowing, meaning we are now officially ‘West London Free School Boat Club’. Rowing currently runs on Wednesdays after school for Year 9 upwards, and we are hoping to add a second day after half term. If your child wishes to join the rowing club please encourage them to sign up at the clubs fair. 

A couple of dates for your diary. Sports day this year will take place on Friday 5th July at Linford Christie Athletics Stadium. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend, so please take the opportunity to enjoy a day in the sunshine (hopefully!) supporting our fantastic pupils as they battle is out for their respective houses. The second date is Thursday 20th June which is when our Sports Awards Evening will take place. This is a great opportunity to celebrate our talented pupils’ sporting achievements over the year and enjoy an inspirational talk from our guest speaker. Drinks and nibbles will be served by the PTA on the night. Book your tickets via Eventbrite now before they sell out! 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/myevent?eid=56096920399

For next week’s fixtures, clubs and events, please see the attached document.

Years 7 to 13 : Parents’ Evening for Pupils taking Instrumental or Singing Lessons at WLFS 

This event will take place on Monday 11th February. A message explaining the booking procedure and teacher availability has been sent via ParentPay, so please check ParentPay notifications. We hope that many parents will take this opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with their teacher. Mr Watkins and Mrs Smith will also be available to help with any music related queries. 

Years 11 to 13 : Classics Talk at Franklin House, 1st March 2019

After a cancellation due to illness, we have rescheduled the January Classics talk for Friday 1st March. We are very fortunate to have Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at King’s College London coming to speak to us about epic poetry. She has written multiple books, most recently Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life and regularly appears on BBC radio to discuss the Ancient World. The talk will begin at 4.15pm in Franklin House hall and will last for roughly an hour. This a fantastic opportunity for our students to broaden their understanding of the Classical World and ties in with both what our Year 11 Classical Civilisation pupils are currently studying at GCSE and the Classical Civilisation A-Level. It is essential for all Year 11 Classical Civilisation pupils as it will tie together the content currently being covered. In addition, any other pupil who wishes to attend would be very welcome and should let a member of the Classics Department know. Pupils will be accompanied by staff from Palingswick House and dismissed from Franklin House after the talk.

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Opening Meeting

The PTA warmly invites you to join us for our termly Open Meeting on Tuesday, 12th February. We will be serving drinks from 7.00pm and the meeting begins at 7.30pm. We are looking for new members and volunteers in order to continue growing the PTA. We will be discussing all the great events we have planned along with new initiatives we are supporting. We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend, but would like to volunteer, please email us at pta@wlfs.org 

Years 7 to 13 : Return/Replacement of Books – Message from Ms Duggan, Senior Librarian 

We are in the fortunate position of being able to offer all our pupils access to a borrowing library, Form Time Reading books and, for Year 7, the opportunity to be part of a book club. Research has shown a strong connection between reading for pleasure and academic achievement.

The school provides books to the pupils on the understanding that they will be looked after and returned, on time, in good condition. If books are lost or so damaged that they are not in good enough condition to be lent to another pupil, then we do require a replacement book. The replacement does not have to be new; we are happy to accept a used book, as long as it is in good condition.

Please could you ask your children to check if they have any overdue books? If so, they should be returned as soon as possible. If the book has been lost, then please may the replacement be sent in, again as soon as possible? Thank you for your assistance.

 Years 7 to 13 : Raising Mental Health Awareness – Training Session for Parents

The charity Rethink Mental Illness is holding a 45-minute training session for parents at Palingswick House on 12th February at 6pm.

The session has been co-produced by teachers, young people, CAMHS professionals and Rethink Mental Illness and is delivered by a member of our staff team, a young person with lived experience and a CAMHS representative from the borough. The session intends to raise mental health awareness and discuss supporting young people’s mental health. If you would like to attend this event, please follow this link to complete the booking form: https://goo.gl/forms/nvOoAtgrgmQamXkd2.

Years 10 to 12 : OSCA 

West London Free School is partnering with the University of Oxford on an exciting new project! The project aims to find out whether a secure, confidential, online program, OSCA, can be helpful for teenagers experiencing social anxiety. The team will be offering OSCA to WLFS pupils in Years 10-12 who are struggling with social anxiety.

Over the next few weeks, school staff will identify pupils in who are socially anxious and interested in receiving OSCA. Members of the University of Oxford research team will then contact parents and carers of pupils under the age of 16 years to explain the project and to seek consent for their child to take part. 

If you have any concerns or questions please get in touch with Miss Walker, the school project lead on h.walker@wlfs.org, or Dr. Eleanor Leigh (Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Principal Clinical Psychologist) on 01865 618 600 or eleanor.leigh@psy.ox.ac.uk

Years 8 to 13 : Half-Term Dance Workshop

Are you a young dancer between the ages of 12-18? Join Contemporary Ballet Company, Yorke Dance Project, for a 3-day workshop. 

During the three days you will work on  creating  a short dance to be performed at Yorke Dance Project’s opening night performance. The workshop explores the themes of Playground, a Kenneth MacMillan ballet that is included in the company’s performance. 

The workshop runs 18th-20th February 10am-1pm at the OSO Arts Centre. Participants should also be available for a dress rehearsal on Saturday 23rd February (time TBC), and an hour before the first show on the 1st March. 

The cost is £60 for the three days. The OSO is committed to making activities accessible for all, so if you are interested but are financially unable to participate please email lisa@osoarts.org.uk to discuss our subsidised places. 

Book places at or by calling our Box Office at www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/589123 or 020 8876 9885. Please see the attached flyer for further details. 

Years 7 to 11 : Lost Property 

If your child has lost any items of uniform, you are welcome to come into school to look through lost property. Any unnamed items that are not claimed will be given to a local Homeless Shelter after half-term. 

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures 11th-15th February 2019 

I wish you a peaceful and relaxing weekend, with only a week to go until Half Term. 

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good week. You will be aware that Sunday 27th January was Holocaust Memorial Day. We commemorated this here in school with a series of assemblies. The Sixth Form were given a talk last week about the National Archives and documentation related to the Holocaust. Our Year 9 Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Youth Ambassadors delivered an extremely moving and thoughtful assembly to younger pupils. These five Youth Ambassadors were selected to work with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, received training and prepared their own speeches on different aspects of the Holocaust and other Genocides. I feel that it is absolutely crucial that the younger generation hear about these crimes against humanity and that those who lost their lives are remembered by all.

This week our Great Conversations sessions were held for pupils in Years 7 -10. Great Conversations are a part of our core curriculum and are unique to the West London Free School. The sessions include talks and discussions on key social and political themes, as well as on Study Skills and topics related to Health, Sex and Relationships, Drugs and Alcohol Use. The Year 7 topic was racism, and pupils were involved in lengthy discussions about a subject that unfortunately still needs addressing is society. Both Year 8 and Year 9 were given talks by an expert outside speaker, Jonathan Taylor, on the topic of Online Safety. Their sessions also included discussions about excessive smartphone use and the possible links to mental health issues and well-being. Year 10’s subject was the Welfare State, pensions and social care, issues that are always high up on the political agenda, or should be. 

Today Year 10 GCSE Art students went on a trip to Brompton Cemetery. This trip has been planned to enhance pupils’ understanding of their current examination module. Whilst this sounds like a rather unusual and indeed potentially rather gloomy school trip, I am hoping that it was, in fact, inspiring and interesting for the pupils and staff. My thanks go to the Art Department for organising this visit. 

In other news, I am delighted to announce that Mr Andrew Norton has been appointed as Director of Sport, with immediate effect. Please do address any concerns or ideas to him as he takes up this permanent post (a.norton@wlfs.org). 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 1st February 2019.

Years 12 and 13: Sixth Form Update

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

Years 7 to 12 : Tutoring Sessions

Please see below for details of tutoring sessions run by Shepherds Bush Tutors, which are available at Franklin House. This company uses WLFS facilities, but it is not directly connected to or funded by the school.

  • Club times: 10am - 7pm (Sat - Sun)
  • Age suitability: Ages between 8-18. (Ages 8-16 are eligible for childcare support for working parents)
  • Capacity: Between 80 - 100 children (can be extended if required)
  • Cost: £12 per hour (minimum booking 2 hours session) (Tax Credits are available for eligible working parents)
  • Availability for this / next term: Spaces Available

Shepherds Bush Tutors is an Ofsted registered tuition centre providing private tutoring in English, Mathematics, Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics for KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE and A Level.

Contact: shepherdbushtutors@gmail.com

Years 10 to 13 : Latymer Upper School have kindly invited WLFS (Y10 and above) students and parents to the following events this term:

Applying to Study in the US and Canada Evening at Latymer Upper School

Preparation in building an extra-curricular profile for the US needs to start as early as Year 10and major scholarships in Canada are looking for evidence of leadership so the evening is open to Year 10 students and above and their parents.

The event will take place in the Main Hall on Monday, 11th March. It commences at 6.30pm and is due to finish by 8.30pm.

Talks will be given by Lisa Montgomery (Edvice) on applying to US universities, a speaker from the Canadian High Commission on applying to Canadian universities and a speaker from A List UK on SAT and ACT testing.

To book families will need to visit:-

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/applying-to-study-in-the-us-and-canada-evening-tickets-54749523298

and use the access code USCAN2019NONLAT

Thursday 7th February 4.45pm-6.45pm - Founders of the Future at Latymer Upper School

Latymer have kindly invited WLFS students in Year 10 and above to take part in this exciting workshop for budding entrepreneurs, run by Founders of the Future. At the end of the evening, students will have all the information needed to enter The F Factor - an exciting start-up competition for pupils and young adults, now in its fifth year.

Places can be booked by following this link to the F Factor Eventbrite page, where more information can also be found about the event. Please email Ms Thompson on d.thompson@wlfs.org once you have booked a space. There are only limited spaces available.

The workshop will give an understanding of the type of ideas that the F Factor would like to see submitted to the competition, and how to bring these ideas to life. The F Factor gives young people a chance to win £10,000 equity-free cash and to pitch in front of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in Europe, during Founders Forum.

The F Factor aims to encourage the talent of tomorrow to think about how to help solve the big problems of the future. The Founders of the Future team will run the workshop to help pupils:

  • learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals in order to help them build ground-breaking start-ups that support the Goals
  • choose a global problem and submit an idea that may help solve it
  • learn how to use 4IR [fourth industrial revolution] technology to promote their idea
  • design a prototype app with the help of Marvel (a collaborative design platform)
  • show their app to other participants and gather some feedback
  • present their idea to the Founders of the Future team
  • submit their business idea through the F Factor competition submission platform

Years 7 to 9 : Activities Week

Thank you to all parents who have paid their deposits for the whole year activities week trips. A reminder that the deadline for deposits is Monday 4th February. The pupils have had assemblies this week and are excited about these trips, and we are hoping that as many as possible will come.

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures – Message from Mr A Norton, Director of Sport

Good afternoon and welcome my first weekly PE and Sports update. I’ll be sending this out every Friday reporting on the week’s fixtures, sporting events and clubs, as well as letting you know what we have coming up in the following week. 

Last Friday saw our Year 7 boys taking part in the school’s first ever Rugby Festival, hosted by Chiswick Rugby Club. It was a fantastic atmosphere under the flood lights and the boys got really stuck in, doing themselves proud with superb victories over Hammersmith Academy and Chiswick School. A big thank you and well done to our young officials Noah and John in Year 10 who refereed the tournament. We are looking forward to the Year 8 boy’s festival taking place this evening. The Year 7 and 8 girls Rugby Festival is scheduled to take place on Friday 8th March.

On Monday evening (4th February) the RFU are visiting school to present to all pupils and parents in Years 7 and 8. The presentation will start at 5.15pm and will last roughly 30 minutes. They will be outlining the rugby provision here at WLFS, explaining the vision for the future and speaking about rugby opportunities outside of school. It would be fantastic to see as many pupils and parents there as possible.

This week we launched lunch time swimming club hosted by Latymer School, and we had 35 pupils taking up the opportunity. It was a big moment to finally get our pupils into the pool, something we have been working towards since the school opened. The sessions are led by the Latymer swimming coaches, and pupils have roughly 40 minutes in the pool (depending on how quickly they get changed!) The first 20 minutes is spent focussing on swimming instruction and the second 20 minutes has a water polo focus. There is still capacity for more to pupils to join, so if your child is interested please do complete the attached consent form and return to me. 

Unfortunately, on Wednesday the U16 Schools County Hockey Tournament was postponed as the pitches were frozen. This has been rearranged for this coming Tuesday (5th February) with the first match at 11.30am at Ashford Hockey Club. 

Due to a busy schedule of fixtures on Monday, Years 9 and 10 netball club will be run by Nina, our external netball coach, in place of Miss Foxton. On Tuesday evening it is Year 10 Parents’ Evening, and therefore Year 10 boys football training will not be running this week. 

Below are the results for fixtures that took place this week and attached are the upcoming week’s fixtures, clubs and sporting events. 

 

Date

Sport

Age Group

Gender

Against

Result

Score

25 / 1 / 19

Rugby

U12

Boys

HA / Chiswick / Kingston

Won 2 lost 1

28 / 1 / 19

Football

U14

Girls

NHEHS

Win

6 - 2

28 / 1 / 19

Indoor Athletics

U12

Mixed

Borough Comp

4 / 7

29 / 1/ 19

Netball

U13

Girls

St Pauls

Win

12 - 2

29 / 1 / 19

Netball

U14

Girls

St Pauls

Loss

11 -5

30 / 1 / 19

Netball

U14

Girls

Latymer Upper

Win

13 - 8

31 / 1 / 19

Football

U13

Boys

George Green's School

Win

4 -4 (5-3 penalties)

31 / 1 / 19

Netball

U13

Girls

Latymer Upper

Loss

11 - 8

 

Years 7 to 13 : Parents’ Evening for Pupils taking Instrumental or Singing Lessons at WLFS 

This event will take place on Monday 11th February. A message explaining the booking procedure and teacher availability will be sent via ParentPay on Monday 4th February, so please check ParentPay notifications. We hope that many parents will take this opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with their teacher. Mr Watkins and Mrs Smith will also be available to help with any music related queries.

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Opening Meeting

The PTA warmly invites you to join us for our termly Open Meeting on Tuesday, 12th February. We will be serving drinks from 7.00pm and the meeting begins at 7.30pm. We are looking for new members and volunteers in order to continue growing the PTA. We will be discussing all the great events we have planned along with new initiatives we are supporting. We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend, but would like to volunteer, please email us at pta@wlfs.org

Years 7 to 11 : Clubs Information

There are spaces available in the Cheerleading Club, Tuesday 4-5pm in PH Hall. If you were unlucky in obtaining a place, but are still interested in your child joining this club, please contact clubs@wlfs.org. The spaces will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Years 7 to 13 : Return/Replacement of Books – Message from Ms Duggan, Senior Librarian 

We are in the fortunate position of being able to offer all our pupils access to a borrowing library, Form Time Reading books and, for Year 7, the opportunity to be part of a book club. Research has shown a strong connection between reading for pleasure and academic achievement.

The school provides books to the pupils on the understanding that they will be looked after and returned, on time, in good condition. If books are lost or so damaged that they are not in good enough condition to be lent to another pupil, then we do require a replacement book. The replacement does not have to be new; we are happy to accept a used book, as long as it is in good condition.

Please could you ask your children to check if they have any overdue books? If so, they should be returned as soon as possible. If the book has been lost, then please may the replacement be sent in, again as soon as possible? Thank you for your assistance.

 Years 7 to 13 : Raising Mental Health Awareness – Training Session for Parents

The charity Rethink Mental Illness is holding a 45-minute training session for parents at Palingswick House on 12th February at 6pm.

The session has been co-produced by teachers, young people, CAMHS professionals and Rethink Mental Illness and is delivered by a member of our staff team, a young person with lived experience and a CAMHS representative from the borough. The session intends to raise mental health awareness and discuss supporting young people’s mental health. If you would like to attend this event, please follow this link to complete the booking form: https://goo.gl/forms/nvOoAtgrgmQamXkd2.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Hardy, Head of Programme Sponsorship, Transport for London 

‘In autumn 2017 we consulted on proposals to transform roads in Hammersmith, Chiswick and Brentford town centres as part of Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9). We did this in close partnership with our London borough partners and other key stakeholders. CS9 is an important part of the Mayor’s Healthy Streets Approach, which aims to make London a greener, healthier and more pleasant place to live and work through encouraging walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

We received over 5,000 direct responses and close to a further 1,000 campaign responses to our consultation. In February 2018 we published a factual summary of the consultation. The feedback we received has helped us to further improve the scheme’s design and we intend to proceed with our overall proposals. A copy of the consultation report and our Response to the Issues Raised is available, including details of the design changes we have made, at: tfl.gov.uk/cs9

Subject to the further consultation and remaining stages of our decision-making process we plan to start building the route from Kensington Olympia to Brentford town centre in summer 2019. 

We are carrying out a further consultation on two parts of the route, which have been redesigned in response to the feedback we received at consultation. These include the junction of Kew Bridge, Kew Bridge Road (High Street Brentford to Wellesley Road) and Chiswick High Road’s junctions with Duke’s Avenue and Duke Road. 

For more information and to give us your views, please visit: tfl.gov.uk/kew-duke and respond by Tuesday 26 February 2019. 

We will be holding public drop-in sessions where staff involved in the project will be available to answer questions. See the website for details of times and locations.’   

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures 4th-8th February 2019

I wish you all a peaceful weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Previous Weekly Updates

 

25/01/2019

18/01/2019 

11/01/2019

18/12/2018

14/12/2018

07/12/2018

30/11/2018

23/11/2018

16/11.2018

09/11/2018

02/11/2018

19/10/2018

12/10/2018

05/10/2018

28/09/2018

21/09/2018

14/09/2018

07/09/2018

19/07/2018

13/07/2018

06/07/2018

29/06/2018

22/06/2018

15/06/2018

08/06/2018

25/05/2018

18/05/2018

11/05/2018

04/05/2018

27/04/2018

20/04/2018

29/03/2018

23/03/2018

16/03/2018

09/03/2018

02/03/2018

23/02/2018

09/02/2018

02/02/2018

26/01/2018

19/01/2018

12/01/2018

05/01/2018

15/12/2017

08/12/2017

01/12/2017

24/11/2017

17/11/2017

10/11/2017

03/11/2017

20/10/2017

13/10/2017

06/10/2017

29/09/2017

22/09/2017

15/09/2017

08/09/2017

20/07/2017

 

 

 

 

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