Blog week ending 4th September

Posted on: 04/09/2020

Screen shot 2020 07 17 at 085005Welcome!  After all the extensive preparation and planning it was truly lovely to finally meet our new and returning students this week – and what a pleasure it was.  All students have already adapted to our new Covid policy processes and protocol.  Each Year ‘bubble’ has its own timetable and zone to permit students to move around the school easily and safely between lessons and at breaks.  The new timetables can be found on our website here.  All key correspondence will also be available on our website here.

In all of my assemblies with the students this week I spoke of the pride we have in our students’ achievements during lockdown, not just their academic resilience and progress but their community spirit and determination.  It would not be right for me to not also say a tremendous thank you to all of our parents for their hard work, patience and resilience in supporting their daughters and sons to keep learning.  As a result, the students are well equipped for this year, with whatever challenges it continues to throw and we have you to thank for that.  I look forward to being able to see some of you across the year and look forward later this term to be able to share more of our school community as plans are finalised for a safe return to after school clubs and extra-curriculum activities

Pictured; Miss Rolf, Head of Year 7 and I led an alfresco assembly! 

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Year 7 students sharing their ‘this is me’ introduction posters as part of their induction programme.

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New Year 7 students arriving on their first day.

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We are delighted to share the news that the new Sports and Teaching Block is nearing completion, due to be open to our students at the end of this month.  The below photos were taken to give you a sense of the range of facilities and hi-tech design and equipment our new building will boast.  The vast main sports hall includes specialist equipment for use during trampolining, netball/basketball and table tennis as well as a specialist sports flooring.  The new changing rooms incorporate a number of individual showers as well as a separate wet room.

Six classrooms, each with state of the art climate control systems and hearing loop technology offer bright comfortable learning spaces accessible by all.  The central areas offer wide, bright corridors and stairwells as well as an access lift.  Additionally, a new computer suite will be installed as well as the provision of sinks and fixed units in relevant teaching spaces.

Our PE department are already planning new clubs and exciting curriculum lessons to take full advantage of the new block’s potential. To say we are rather excited would be something of an understatement!

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As part of our commitment to ensuring a safe learning environment we are required to send a daily attendance report to the Department for Education.  Please could you notify us of any absences together with the reason for the absence no later than 8.45am by calling the main office number or via email to attendance@wgsg.co.uk

Lost property.  Please make sure that all items of your daughter’s uniform are clearly labelled as we are not currently able to store any unlabelled lost property items. 

Please note that lunches must be pre-ordered using the relevant form which you will be emailed each week. If you require a school lunch please complete the form every Thursday by 11pm for the following week.

Thank you to all our new and returning families for your support in ensuring all students enjoyed a smooth, and safe, transition into the new academic year.  Seeing our new Year 7 students leaving with broad smiles following their first day at secondary school was extremely rewarding! 

Best wishes,

 

Michelle Lawson

Head Teacher

 

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