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

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope you have had a good week. Fortunately the snowfall was limited and did not cause major disruption in W6. It was an excellent week for the West London Free School, as the government published Performance Data and our Progress 8 score has increased significantly from +0.02 last year to +0.3 this year, which is a significant improvement. You can find out more about this by following this link https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/136750/west-london-free-school. We also score highly on attainment and EBacc data. Of course we will continue to be relentlessly ambitious and to raise standards and improve the school, this year and in the future.

I would like to start by putting out a plea for more volunteers to help the very dedicated and wonderful PTA. Leah and her fantastic team do a wonderful job, not only helping at innumerable school events, but also planning their own, such as the Quiz Night, the Summer Fair and the Year 7 Disco. Not only does the PTA raise vital funds for the school, which we definitely could not do without, but also their events create a wonderful sense of community here within the school, giving us the opportunity for parents, pupils and staff to meet and have fun; this is such a crucial element that makes our school unique. The PTA are also planning the biennial Summer Gala, which is a hugely successful fundraiser for the school, but they really do need more volunteers. If you would like to be a part of the team (which can involve regular or sporadic participation) please do contact Leah Godfrey at lemonadebarn@icloud.com. I am so grateful to the PTA for all they do for the school and I hope very much that more parents will join them in the wonderful work that they do.

Parents of pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 have now received letters about Activities Week. You will notice that Activities Week has changed this year. We are no longer able to offer a variety of different trips and activities for pupils in Years 7-10 to choose from. I know that this will be disappointing for some pupils and parents. Unfortunately, it had become extremely expensive and impracticable to set up so many different trips. From a financial perspective, the programme cost the school an enormous amount, which we can no longer afford due to funding cuts. In addition, although some pupils were able to enjoy a fantastic week enjoying a range of wonderful outdoor activities and visiting exciting places, this option was not possible for many of our pupils here. Therefore, we have created whole year group trips, which will provide exciting new experiences for all pupils outside of London, whilst encouraging them to get to know each other better, bond as a year group and experience new challenges and adventures. This is a far more equitable approach and I am sure that the pupils will enjoy what we have set up. Each trip has been arranged to suit the respective year group. I hope as many pupils as possible will go on these trips. I am particularly excited about the Year 9 visit to the Battlefields. This is the first time that West London Free School pupils have visited key sites of the First World War, including the site of the Battle of the Somme, Ypres, Thiepval and Menin Gate. For me, this is an essential part of every child’s education. It was a key moment in our History and I feel all pupils should not only learn about the Great War, but also visit the sites in order to understand the nature of the fighting, the sacrifices that were made and the impact of war upon society.

I know that Year 10 will be disappointed that they will not be participating in Activities Week this year. When we looked at the calendar for the Trinity Term, we realised that, with Year 10 examinations, work experience and Activities Week, Year 10 were missing almost half a term of GCSE teaching. I am sure you are as keen as I am for our GCSE pupils to be given every opportunity to gain top grades. In order to compensate for this, we have worked hard behind the scenes to improve our provision for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. I was very disappointed with our previous approach and DofE outcomes. I am sure many of you feel the same. We have now overhauled our DofE programme and are keen for as many Year 10s to take part in the scheme as possible. We have booked the practice expedition for 14th – 16th July and I am hoping that as many Year 10 pupils as possible will take part, not only as it is a fantastic initiative and gets pupils out of the city and into the countryside, learning new skills and also having to complete the other components of the award such as volunteering, but it will go some way to making up for the fact that they are not taking part in Activities Week. Year 10 parents will receive a more detailed letter about DofE shortly.

This week several trips went out. School visits are a key element of Academic Enrichment and our Co-Curricular offer. Last Friday, the Music Department took the Choir to Ilham Hall for two days of master classes. They also enjoyed playing in the snow up there. I am reliably informed that, whilst Mr Watkins is undoubtedly excellent in all matters related to music and teaching, he is less proficient when it comes to snowball fighting. My thanks go to the Music Department for taking the Choir on this trip. On Thursday, many students in Year 12 travelled to Oxford for a visit organised by Pembroke College. The students visited the college and had a tour around the university. This is part of our Oxbridge programme and hopefully many of our students will be encouraged to apply. 

Here are the results of the Sports Fixtures that took place this week:

18 / 1 / 19FootballU13BoysCapital City AcademyWin6-1

21 / 1 / 19Indoor AthleticsU13MixedBorough Comp3 / 6

22 / 1 / 19FootballU12BoysBacon’s CollegeLoss3-2

22 / 1 / 19FootballU15GirlsChelsea AcademyDraw4-4

23 / 1 / 19NetballU15GirlsSt Paul’sLoss4-3

24 / 1 / 19FootballU14GirlsAcland BurleyLoss3-0 

Lastly, I have been informed by our Police Schools Liaison Officer about an app that parents can download that allows them to control their child’s internet usage and allows parents to set times that their children can access Wi-Fi/4g on their phones; this can be done remotely so that the child cannot control the settings. It also shows what apps the child has downloaded. You can find out more about it at https://ourpact.com/ . I have not used the app myself and cannot vouch for its efficacy, but it may work well.

I apologise for the length of this missive. I am sure that there is some disquiet due to the change to the Activities Week format, but I am sure the children will all have a wonderful time on their respective visits, that these will add to their education and experience of school, and give them an unforgettable week with their friends.  

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 25th January 2019. 

Years 12 and 13: Sixth Form Update

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

Years 7 to 13 : Evolve

This week we are launching a new software system for administering all educational visits and sporting fixtures. This system is called Evolve. If your child is invited on a trip by a member of staff, you will get an email with a link to consent your child’s attendance on the trip, together with any documents like letters and other information. It will also give you an option to create an account with the system (myEvolve), if you want to refer back to the trip details at any point. You do not have to create an account, but can if you want to. There are two guides attached with more information. The system will be active from now and rolled out to all trips over the coming months. Please email r.littlewood@wlfs.org if you have any issues, and please make sure your email addresses are up to date on the SIMs system. If these need to be changed please email your child’s form tutor with the new email address. 

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 Hallon 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 11 : Cycling into School

If your child cycles into school, please ensure that they are wearing a helmet and have a good lock to secure the bicycles whilst they are on the school site. 

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Attached is a list of the sports fixtures for week commencing 28th January. 

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

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Parent Guide to myEvolve

Years 7 to 13 : Parent Guide to Consent myEvolve

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures - 28th Jan to 1st Feb

I wish you a peaceful and enjoyable weekend. 

Best wishes, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we received news that five of our Oxbridge candidates have been successful. This is excellent news indeed. West London Free School students have been offered places as follows:

Classics, Jesus College, Oxford

Human Sciences, Oxford

Theology and Oriental Studies, Christ Church College, Oxford

Music, Selwyn College, Cambridge

Natural Sciences, St John’s College, Cambridge

Well done to these students and also to their teachers, for all of the enormous work that goes into these applications and interview preparation. Many West London Free School students have also been offered places at a wide range of top universities and we are delighted with their successes too. Now Year 13 students have to work hard and focus on achieving their grades so that they can meet their university offers.

Here are the results of this week’s fixtures:

16 / 1 / 19

Football

U15

Boys

Fulham College Boys

Loss

4-3

18 / 1 / 19

Football

U13

Boys

Capital City Academy

Win

6-1

The Co-Curricular Programme continues to grow at the West London Free School. This week we have made an arrangement with Latymer Upper School to offer swimming and water polo to pupils in Years 7-10 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The sessions will all include both swimming coaching and water polo practice. If your child would like to take part, please complete the attached Swimming Consent Form and return it to a.norton@wlfs.org. Mr Norton will then inform your child which day they have been allocated to take part in this very exciting new opportunity. Pupils have been asking me since I arrived at the school for opportunities to swim, so I am delighted that this partnership has been created.

You may also be aware that all of our rowers are now rowing at the Fulham Reach Boat Club at Distillery Wharf. This is another very exciting development. The facilities at Fulham Reach are excellent and WLFS pupils are now given more opportunities to compete with local state and independent schools on a regular basis. Fulham Reach organise many races and regattas throughout the year, so hopefully many of you will be able to go there and watch your children in action.

You may be aware that snow is forecast for next week. We will endeavour to inform parents if we have to close the school in good time on the morning of closure. I would be grateful if you could check the school website and text messages from the school so that you are aware of the latest information. We always try to keep the school open and only close if the site has become hazardous, if we feel children may be unable to get to school or, if the snow falls during the school day, if they may not be able to return home safely. I am grateful to you in advance for your cooperation. 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 18th January 2019.

Years 12 and 13: Sixth Form Update

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

Years 10 to 13 : Talk by Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at King’s College, London at Franklin House 

On Tuesday 22nd January 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 4pm 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 11 : Clubs Information 

There are five 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 12 and 13 : Battle of the Bands 

Students from the Sixth Form will performing in the final of the Battle of the Bands competition held at Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 on the evening of Wednesday 23rd January. The judges for the competition will be: 

  • Ellie Rowsell: lead singer and guitarist of Mercury Prize winners, Wolf Alice;
  • Amy Lame: Night Czar for London, Radio 6 DJ, broadcaster and LGBT+ campaigner;  

  • Ben Martinez: Writer/arranger for Jessie J and The Saturdays

 Tickets for the final are on sale via Bush Hall at this secure link http://bit.ly/TriBoroughBOTB2019. 

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. 

A sign-up document will be sent out early next week to your email. 

Years 7 to 13 : Adult Education Ceramics and Printmaking 

After the success of the Ceramics course at Franklin House from 6-8pm every Tuesday that ran for 6 weeks in the Michaelmas Term, we are running it again in the Lent Term. It will start on Tuesday 16th January and will be with James Bacchi-Andreoli (Head of Art). It is £120 for the 6 weeks and undercuts substantially the price of local authority courses. We will also offer Printmaking with Joseph Critchley (Teacher of Art) on Wednesdays at Franklin House for the same price. Please see attached poster. 

If you are interested please email: j.bacchi-andreoli@wlfs.org 

Years 8 and 9 : U14 Boys Hockey

Barnes Hockey Club has vacancies for a handful of players in its U14 boys (Years 8 or 9) section.  The U14s train weekly every Sunday morning from September to Easter from 11:15am to 12:30pm at Dukes Meadows, Chiswick. The ethos of the club is to provide a friendly, supportive environment for children to learn hockey. It strives to keep the ratio of coach to player low to allow time for individual focus. Players may be selected to play in competitive matches against other clubs based upon ability, commitment and motivation – again on Sundays.

The fee for joining from now to the remainder of the season is £70. Bursaries will be considered if needed.  Interested parents should get in touch with Jenny George at jennyageorge@aol.com and girls or boys from other age categories are welcome to join the club’s waiting list. 

Several WLFS pupils currently play or have previously played for Barnes. Supplementing school sport with club level sport is a great way to build experience and expertise.  

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 10 : Swimming and Water Polo Consent Form

Years 7 to 13 : Art Adult Education Poster 

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Best wishes, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Happy New Year! I hope you very much enjoyed the break and that you and your children feel rested and refreshed for the term ahead. It has been a great pleasure to see the pupils back in school this week. This term we are joined by the following new members of staff: 

Ms Alix Gallagher                               English

Mr Ashley Parker                                Physical Education

Ms Sandrine Pecorini                          Modern Foreign Languages

Mr Calvin Robinson                            Computer Science

Ms Edisa Mujik-Blackwood                 Reception

In addition, Mr David Thompson is now Head of Year 7 and Mr Louis Everett is Head of Year 11. I am sorry about the changes to the pastoral team this term, this is due to staffing changes and departures mid-year. I am confident that Mr Thompson and Mr Everett will do all they can to support pupils during these critical school years. You may reach Mr Thompson at dbthompson@wlfs.org and Mr Everett at l.everett@wlfs.org. Mr McLaughlin (b.mclaughin@wlfs.org)  retains overall responsibility for pastoral care and behaviour and is able to answer your wider questions on these matters if required.

 The term has started well and we have already had a very successful sporting fixture. The Under 14 girls’ football team won a great victory in the London Cup tournament yesterday, beating Sacred Heart in a penalty shoot-out.

 Attendance has been good this week and I very much hope that it will continue in this way, and indeed improve, this term. I was disappointed that so many pupils were not in school during the final days of last term and also that some pupils have not returned to school from their holidays this week. I would like to gently remind parents that attendance has a direct correlation to examination success. In addition, in our most recent Ofsted Inspection, our attendance was highlighted as an area that required improvement. I can only improve attendance with your cooperation. I worry, not only about pupils who have long term absence, but also about pupils who do not come into school for many minor reasons, such as a slight cold or other minor ailment. Pupil absence due to holidays is, from an educational point of view, unjustifiable. I would be most grateful if you could book your holidays within the published school holidays. I am sure that we can all work together to improve individual and whole school absence figures. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this matter. 

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

 Years 12 and 13: Sixth Form Update

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

 Year 9 GCSE Options Evening – Wednesday 16th January at Palingswick House

 On Wednesday 16th January 2019, we will be holding the Year 9 Options Evening. Please come to Palingswick House from 4.30pm onwards, when you will be able to meet Heads of Department and view curriculum content. At 5.45pm, a talk will take place in the hall, where the options process will be explained.

 Year 11 A-level Options Evening – Thursday 17th January 6pm -7.30pm at Franklin House

 On Thursday 17th January 2019, we will be holding an Options Evening for Year 11 parents and pupils at the Sixth Form Centre. The Sixth Form team will talk about some of the issues pupils should consider when selecting their options, in particular with regards to UCAS  and future career choices. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions you may still have about Sixth Form entry.

By the end of January, pupils will be asked to select their A-level options, and while these are not binding, they will be used to plan resources for September 2019.

Years 10 to 13 : Talk by Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at King’s College, London at Franklin House

On Tuesday 22nd January 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 4pm 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 : Clubs

Clubs will resume next week. Any queries or additions should be directed to clubs@wlfs.org.

Years 7 to 13 : Adult Education Ceramics and Printmaking

After the success of the Ceramics course at Franklin House from 6-8pm every Tuesday that ran for 6 weeks in the Michaelmas Term, we are running it again in the Lent Term. It will start on Tuesday 16th January and will be with James Bacchi-Andreoli (Head of Art). It is £120 for the 6 weeks and undercuts substantially the price of local authority courses. We will also offer Printmaking with Joseph Critchley (Teacher of Art) on Wednesdays at Franklin House for the same price. Please see attached poster.

If you are interested please email: j.bacchi-andreoli@wlfs.org

Years 8 and 9 : U14 Boys Hockey

Barnes Hockey Club has vacancies for a handful of players in its U14 boys (Years 8 or 9) section.  The U14s train weekly every Sunday morning from September to Easter from 11:15am to 12:30pm at Dukes Meadows, Chiswick. The ethos of the club is to provide a friendly, supportive environment for children to learn hockey. It strives to keep the ratio of coach to player low to allow time for individual focus. Players may be selected to play in competitive matches against other clubs based upon ability, commitment and motivation – again on Sundays.

The fee for joining from now to the remainder of the season is £70. Bursaries will be considered if needed.  Interested parents should get in touch with Jenny George at jennyageorge@aol.com and girls or boys from other age categories are welcome to join the club’s waiting list.

Several WLFS pupils currently play or have previously played for Barnes. Supplementing school sport with club level sport is a great way to build experience and expertise.

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Art Adult Education Poster

I wish you all a restful weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 So, we have finally made it! We have come to the end of the longest term of the school year. Please follow this link to see the latest copy of The Review, which I am sure you will enjoy reading. You will be impressed at the wide range of activities that have taken place this term – more than ever! This is due to our improved Co-Curricular Programme, both for Years 7-11 and for the Sixth Form.

 We had an uplifting End of Term Assembly this morning, with several lovely musical pieces and readings by the pupils; a fitting and festive end to a very successful term. It was a very West London Free School event, with the inimitable Mr Watkins leading us all in song in the grand finale. You had to be there. I wish you all a lovely, peaceful and relaxing break. I know that holidays are not always restful; times are tough and family budgets are tight. This can be a stressful and worrying time of year for many people, so my thoughts are with all of you, particularly those who are facing challenges and difficulties.

Today we say goodbye to four members of staff and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the school:

 Mr Shah (Computer Science)

Mrs Edwards (Modern Foreign Languages)

Mr Hudson (Physical Education and Head of Year 11)

Mrs Key (Reception)

Next term Mr Everett will take over as Head of Year 11 and Mr Thompson will take over from Mr Norton as Head of Year 7. 

I look forward to seeing you in the new year, at parents’ evenings, our wonderful cabaret events and at many of the other school occasions that take place on a regular basis. Thank you for me and from all of the staff for being such a wonderful and supportive parental community. 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 19th December 2018.

Years 12 and 13: Sixth Form Update 

Please see The Review for news on the Sixth Form and what they have been doing this term. The next letter will be issued on 11th January 2019. 

Year 11 A-level Options Evening – Thursday 17th January 6pm -7.30pm at Franklin House

On Thursday 17th January 2019, we will be holding an Options Evening for Year 11 parents and pupils at the Sixth Form Centre. The Sixth Form team will talk about some of the issues pupils should consider when selecting their options, in particular with regards to UCAS  and future career choices. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions you may still have about Sixth Form entry. 

By the end of January, pupils will be asked to select their A-level options, and while these are not binding, they will be used to plan resources for September 2019. 

Year 7 to 13 : Message from Joanna Biddolph, Councillor for Turnham Green Ward 

Responding to recent incidents in Chiswick, and increased concern about crime and policing in Chiswick, we (all nine of your local councillors) have organised a public meeting for Chiswick residents and traders about the future of policing in Chiswick.  

It’s on Wednesday, 19th December at St Michael & All Angels, Bath Road, Bedford Park, W4 1TT.   Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm prompt start.  We aim for it to end at around 9pm.  

Gary Taylor, the Deputy (Tri) Borough Commander, and his locally based colleagues will answer residents' questions.  Written questions, and short statements, will be accepted in advance. Please email them to: office@brentfordandisleworthconservatives.org.uk 

Please book your place - it’s free but we need to know numbers - on Eventbrite.  Either use the link below or go to Eventbrite and search for "the future of policing in Chiswick".  

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-policing-in-chiswick-with-gary-taylor-the-deputy-tri-borough-commander-tickets-53386356028?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete 

Do come.  And please tell your Chiswick friends about it and encourage them to attend.   

Years 7 to 13 : Clubs 

Clubs will resume in the week beginning the 14th January 2019. Any queries or additions should be directed to clubs@wlfs.org

Years 7 to 13 : Adult Education Ceramics and Printmaking 

After the success of the Ceramics course at Franklin House from 6-8pm every Tuesday that ran for 6 weeks in the Michaelmas Term, we will be running it again in the Lent Term. It will start on Tuesday 16th January and will be with James Bacchi-Andreoli (Head of Art). It is £120 for the 6 weeks and undercuts substantially the price of local authority courses. We will also offer Printmaking with Joseph Critchley (Teacher of Art) on Wednesdays at Franklin House for the same price. Please see attached poster. 

If you are interested please email: j.bacchi-andreoli@wlfs.org 

Years 7 to 13 : The WLFS Annual Photo Competition

The theme this year is 'My London' 

Photograph your personal London and what it means to you. (Not the predictable big sites but maybe it could be a portrait of your local greengrocer, your favourite place in a park or where you meet your friends).   

Also Consider:

The possible inclusion of image with text 

Black and White 

Landscape or Portrait

A series of shots (not just one maybe 2 or three that considers a theme within the response to 'My London' - e.g. your local shopkeepers etc) 

The competition is open to pupils and staff. 

For further details, please email: Mr Bacchi-Andreoli, Head of Art and History of Art at j.bacchiandreoli@wlfs.org

Deadline: January 11th 2019 

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Request - Estate Boards 

The WLFS PTA is looking to raise additional funds for the school by having estate boards up more often throughout the year. If you or someone you know is able to have an estate agent board up at your property, please kindly email pta@wlfs.org. These boards raise valuable funds for the school and we are fortunate enough to have local businesses interested already. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your support!  

Years 7 to 11 : Billings & Edmonds – uniform shop 

Please see below the dates when Billings & Edmonds will be closed over Christmas: 

MONDAY 24THCLOSED

TUESDAY 25THCLOSED

WEDNESDAY 26THCLOSED

THURSDAY 27THCLOSED

FRIDAY 28TH  – CLOSED

SATURDAY 29THOPEN AS NORMAL 

Please see the following attachments:

Years 7 to 13 : Art Adult Education Poster

With warmest wishes for the festive season and for the new year, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

  

 

 

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