West London Free School

West London Free School

Weekly Update

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this Friday’s weekly update, 13th July 2018.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mrs Wagner

This week, pupils have been enjoying Activities Week, whether abroad or on location in the UK, or staying in London for a variety of different activities. The various groups who have been away are now beginning to return, looking tired but happy. I would like take this opportunity to thank all the teaching and support staff for their hard work in making this week such a success. I hope the pupils have all had a fantastic time and return to school on Monday 16th July, refreshed and ready for the final week of term. Here is some key information about the week:

Monday 16th July is Sports Day. Please see further details below about this event.

Tuesday 17th July is a usual school day.

Wednesday 18th July school finishes early for Staff Training. Pupils will be dismissed from 2.45pm.

Thursday 19th July school finishes early. Pupils will be dismissed from 1.30pm.

Years 12 and 13 : Update Letter

Please find attached the Sixth Form update letter from Ms Thompson.

Years 7 to 10 : Sports Day

Sports Day will be taking place on Monday 16th July at Linford Christie Stadium, W12 0HU. All pupils should come into school wearing PE kit. Years 7 and 8 will be competing from 9:30 to 11:30 and Years 9 and 10 will be competing from 1:15 to 3:30. The PE Department would like to welcome parents and carers to join us. The PTA will be providing light refreshments in front of the parents’ seating area. Further information will be available upon arrival.Please be advised that if you are driving there, there is only limited parking.

Years 7 to 13 : School Photograph Orders

All orders for delivery to the school have now been received from Tempest Photography, and those parents or carers who placed such orders should have received an email notification. If you are one of those parents or carers and have not yet collected the item that you purchased, please can you make sure that you or your child does so before the end of term on Thursday 19 July. Collection is from the reception office at Palingswick House during school hours. If you believe you placed an order and have not received a notification, please email Stacey George at s.george@wlfs.org, and she will be able to confirm the status of your order. 

Years 7 to 10 : Return of Library Books

As the end of summer term approaches, we would appreciate your time in assisting your children to find and return their library books. There is a list of overdue books on display in the library for the children to check if they have an overdue book. We would like to have all books returned by Wednesday 18th July, at the very latest. If you cannot find your child’s book, we would kindly ask that you replace it. The replacement does not have to be new, but we need to replenish the stock to ensure that we are able to offer all our readers as much choice as possible.

Year 11 : Lunch Balances

Please can ensure that any outstanding lunch balances are cleared by the end of term. Amounts outstanding at 1st September 2018 will be passed to the debt recovery department of our catering firm. If you have any queries about your balance, or how to use ParentPay, please email finance@wlfs.org.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from the Music Department 

Calling all orchestral players of grade 5 standard and above! The Tri-Borough Music Hub’s orchestra meets at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Wednesdays during term time. If your child would like to join, please phone 0203 745 6024 or email info@triboroughmusichub.org

Years 7 to 13 : Piano & Instrumental competitions next term

We have decided to hold next year’s annual piano and instrumental competitions earlier than usual, on October 10th. All pupils of grade 5 standard and above are welcome to enter, and should speak to their music teacher or to Mrs Smith.  

Year 12 : Sixth Form Guest Speaker Programme, September 2018

From September 2018, we will be re-launching this programme to run as a compulsory element of the school timetable for Years 12 and 13 on Fridays 12-1pm. The aim is to give the students an insight into all sorts of careers and experiences in order to broaden their horizons. If you would consider volunteering yourself, or you have friends or colleagues who may be able to do so, we would be very grateful if you could email Ms Frederick at l.frederick@wlfs.org.

Years 7 to 13 : Proposed Changes to Bus Routes

Last year, Transport for London consulted on proposed changes to a number of bus routes in west London, as part of preparations for the opening of the Elizabeth line. Since then they have carried out further work designed to improve the bus network in the area. Details on the proposals for bus routes 224 and 440 can be found on their consultation website: tfl.gov.uk/routes-224-440, and for bus routes 27 and 440 can be found on their consultation website: tfl.gov.uk/routes-27-440

Years 8 to 10 : Into University – Summer Sports Programme

IntoUniversity is an organisation that works to support children getting into university from challenging backgrounds. You will find attached information about their Summer Sports Programme and an application form to complete by 20th July. Children have to fulfil certain criteria, but if your son or daughter fulfils one or more of these, and you are interested in the programme, please do apply.

Years 10 to 13 : 3Dami

3Dami is a non-profit organisation founded to promote digital art amongst pre-university students, by linking them with each other and industry. It runs FREE seven day summer (14-18year old) and half term (14-22 year old) camps, getting groups of nine students to run their own studios, and make their own short 3D animated film using Blender. They experience every part of production, from scriptwriting through to première. 3Dami also produces a FREE 6 week school scheme of work (11-18 year old) based on the English Computing curriculum. Both projects place filmmaking, teamwork and computational thinking at their core. 3Dami has been recognised as one of the few examples of an event that “genuinely combine[s] creative and digital learning”.

For further information, please follow this link: http://www.3dami.org.uk/

Years 7 to 10 : Richmond Music Academy

The Richmond Music Academy will be running this Summer. It is a holiday camp for children aged 8-15 years old where they play Orchestral and Jazzmusic together and prepare a recital.

The camp will run between 23rd and 30th July. For further details, please see the attached flyer.

Jazz music:https://jhquintet.bandcamp.com/

Music Holiday camps:www.richmondmusicacademy.co.uk

Years 7 to 10 : F (RIFLES) Company, Army Reserve Infantry - Open Day 4th August 2018

F (RIFLES) Company is your local Army Reserve Infantry sub-unit of up to 120 spare time and full time male and female soldiers – infantrymen and women, medics, drivers, signallers, chefs and stores personnel.

We:

  • Are culturally diverse, speak 11 different languages, have an age range of 18 to 58, and a wide range of civilian jobs including emergency services, IT specialists, tradesmen, project managers, journalists, business owners and students
  • Provide opportunity to keep fit, develop and train in transferable life skills (first aid, communications, navigation, driving, logistics, media/PR, planning and problem solving)
  • Help people learn how to operate as part of a team or be in charge of a team, and how to make decisions and take responsibility as an individual
  • Offer great opportunity for travel to new and exciting countries on exercise or on deployed tasks as part of the wider Armed Forces – protecting our country and supporting our local community
  • Have long links with the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham; and after a short period outside LBHF, have recently moved back into the area – and a lot of our members come from the area, and even went to school here – maybe yours!
  • Share Princess Louise House on Hammersmith Road (just off the gyratory) with the following cadet units: 344 Squadron Air Training Corps, 207 Detachment Army Cadet Force and the North West Sector Cadet Training Centre
  • Would love to invite you and/or your students to our Open Day on Sat 4th August – please see attached flyer.  

Years 7 to 11 : Food and Allergies

It has been brought to our attention that pupils are bringing food into school. In some cases, this is food, such as nuts or eggs in cake, that could be dangerous to pupils that suffer from allergies. No food should be brought into school unless previously authorised.

Years 7 to 13 : Off-site Appointments

Please give the school at least 24hrs notice when a child needs to leave for an appointment, not just turning up on the day. Notice should be given either by email to admin@wlfs.org or sixthformadmin@wlfs.org or by letter.

Years 7 to 13 : Pupil Absence

Please call the School Office or email admin@wlfs.org to report any absences. You need to report absences every day that your child is not in school.

If reporting an absence to the Sixth Form, please email sixthformadmin@wlfs.org.

Years 7 to 11 : Water Bottles

Now that the weather is so hot, please remember to send your children into school with water bottles. However, please note that children should not bring in glass bottles, as there have been instances of these smashing.

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 8 to 10 : IntoUniversity Sports Holiday FOCUS Letter

Years 8 to 10 : Sports Holiday FOCUS Registration Form

Years 7 to 10 : Army Reserve Infantry, Open Day Flyer

Years 7 to 10 : Richmond Music Academy flyer

 

I wish you all an enjoyable weekend.

 

With best wishes,

 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this Friday’s weekly update, 6th July 2018. 

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mrs Wagner

I hope you have had a good week. The pupils have managed to stay studious and focussed, despite the hot weather and having to deal with the unfamiliar sensation of England winning a penalty shoot-out.

The highlight of this week was undoubtedly the performance of The Tempest by a highly-talented and superbly rehearsed Year 7 cast. The play was a delight to behold. The pupils had not only learned their lines to perfection, but they also played their roles and enunciated the words of the Bard with great grace, nuance and fluency. All the emotions and permutations of human nature were played out to an extraordinary high standard, with the comedy scenes almost stealing the show. My thanks and admiration go the cast, the stage crew and the staff who have all worked tirelessly for months, notably Mr Selth and above all Ms Brennan. I am very much looking forward to seeing these young actors perform in future productions in the years to come.

This week the Student Council met again. This time the subject of their discussion was extra-curricular activities and the clubs on offer to pupils. We are currently planning the Co-Curricular Programme for next year and we will take the comments and suggestions made by the pupils into account as we put this programme together. We are very keen to ensure that there is a good range of opportunities available to the pupils here and that all pupils are involved in the programme in one way or another. Again, my thanks go to the Knowledge Schools Foundation Trust and the PTA for supporting the programme and indeed, making much of it possible. For more information about how you can support the Trust, please follow this link http://www.wlfs.org/Knowledge-Schools-Foundation-Trust/.

Today, the first group of pupils is leaving for their Activities Week adventure, departing for Spain this morning. I hope all of your children have a wonderful week. Whilst some are travelling abroad or to a location in the UK, others are staying in London for a variety of different cultural, artistic or sporting activities. I hope they all have a fantastic time and return to school on Monday 16th July, refreshed and ready for the last week. Here in some key information about that week:

Monday 16th July is Sports Day. Please see further details below about this event.

Tuesday 17th July is a usual school day

Wednesday 18th July school finishes early for Staff Training. Pupils will be dismissed from 2.45pm

Thursday 19th July school finishes early. Pupils will be dismissed from 1.30pm

Years 12 and 13 : Update Letter

Please find attached the Sixth Form update letter from Ms Thompson.

Years 7 to 10 : Sports Day

The PE Department would like to welcome parents and carers to join us on Monday 16th July at Linford Christie Stadium, W12 0HU. Years 7 and 8 will be competing from 9:30-11:30 and Years 9 and 10 will be competing from 1:15 to 3:30. The PTA will be providing light refreshments in front of the parents’ seating area. Further information will be available upon arrival.Please be advised that if you are driving there, there is only limited parking. 

Years 7 to 10 : Return of Library Books

As the end of summer term approaches, we would appreciate your time in assisting your children to find and return their library books. There is a list of overdue books on display in the library for the children to check if they have an overdue book. We would like to have all books returned by Monday 16th July, at the very latest. If you cannot find your child’s book, we would kindly ask that you replace it. The replacement does not have to be new, but we need to replenish the stock to ensure that we are able to offer all our readers as much choice as possible.

Year 11 : Lunch Balances

Please can ensure that any outstanding lunch balances are cleared by the end of term. Amounts outstanding at 1st September 2018 will be passed to the debt recovery department of our catering firm. If you have any queries about your balance, or how to use ParentPay, please email finance@wlfs.org

Year 12 : Sixth Form Guest Speaker Programme, September 2018

From September 2018, we will be re-launching this programme to run as a compulsory element of the school timetable for Years 12 and 13 on Fridays 12-1pm. The aim is to give the students an insight into all sorts of careers and experiences in order to broaden their horizons. If you would consider volunteering yourself, or you have friends or colleagues who may be able to do so, we would be very grateful if you could email Ms Frederick at l.frederick@wlfs.org.  

Years 7 to 13 : Proposed Changes to Bus Routes

Last year, Transport for London consulted on proposed changes to a number of bus routes in west London, as part of preparations for the opening of the Elizabeth line. Since then they have carried out further work designed to improve the bus network in the area. Details on the proposals for bus routes 224 and 440 can be found on their consultation website: tfl.gov.uk/routes-224-440, and for bus routes 27 and 440 can be found on their consultation website: tfl.gov.uk/routes-27-440 

Years 8 to 10 : Into University – Summer Sports Programme

IntoUniversity is an organisation that works to support children getting into university from challenging backgrounds. You will find attached information about their Summer Sports Programme and an application form to complete by 20th July. Children have to fulfil certain criteria, but if your son or daughter fulfils one or more of these, and you are interested in the programme, please do apply. 

Years 10 to 13 : 3Dami

3Dami is a non-profit organisation founded to promote digital art amongst pre-university students, by linking them with each other and industry. It runs FREE seven day summer (14-18year old) and half term (14-22 year old) camps, getting groups of nine students to run their own studios, and make their own short 3D animated film using Blender. They experience every part of production, from scriptwriting through to première. 3Dami also produces a FREE 6 week school scheme of work(11-18 year old) based on the English Computing curriculum. Both projects place filmmaking, teamwork and computational thinking at their core. 3Dami has been recognised as one of the few examples of an event that “genuinely combine[s] creative and digital learning”.

For further information, please follow this link: http://www.3dami.org.uk/ 

Years 7 to 10 : Richmond Music Academy

The Richmond Music Academy will be running this Summer. It is a holiday camp for children aged 8-15 years old where they play Orchestral and Jazzmusic together and prepare a recital.

The camp will run between 23rd and 30th July. For further details, please see the attached flyer.

Jazz music:https://jhquintet.bandcamp.com/

Music Holiday camps:www.richmondmusicacademy.co.uk 

Years 7 to 10 : F (RIFLES) Company, Army Reserve Infantry - Open Day 4th August 2018

F (RIFLES) Company is your local Army Reserve Infantry sub-unit of up to 120 spare time and full time male and female soldiers – infantrymen and women, medics, drivers, signallers, chefs and stores personnel.

We:

  • Are culturally diverse, speak 11 different languages, have an age range of 18 to 58, and a wide range of civilian jobs including emergency services, IT specialists, tradesmen, project managers, journalists, business owners and students
  • Provide opportunity to keep fit, develop and train in transferable life skills (first aid, communications, navigation, driving, logistics, media/PR, planning and problem solving)
  • Help people learn how to operate as part of a team or be in charge of a team, and how to make decisions and take responsibility as an individual
  • Offer great opportunity for travel to new and exciting countries on exercise or on deployed tasks as part of the wider Armed Forces – protecting our country and supporting our local community
  • Have long links with the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham; and after a short period outside LBHF, have recently moved back into the area – and a lot of our members come from the area, and even went to school here – maybe yours!
  • Share Princess Louise House on Hammersmith Road (just off the gyratory) with the following cadet units: 344 Squadron Air Training Corps, 207 Detachment Army Cadet Force and the North West Sector Cadet Training Centre
  • Would love to invite you and/or your students to our Open Day on Sat 4th August – please see attached flyer.  

Years 7 to 13 : Piano & Instrumental competitions next term

We have decided to hold next year’s annual piano and instrumental competitions earlier than usual, on October 10th. All pupils of grade 5 standard and above are welcome to enter, and should speak to their music teacher or to Mrs Smith. 

Years 7 to 11 : Food and Allergies

It has been brought to our attention that pupils are bringing food into school. In some cases, this is food, such as nuts or eggs in cake, that could be dangerous to pupils that suffer from allergies. No food should be brought into school unless previously authorised. 

Years 7 to 13 : Off-site Appointments

Please give the school at least 24hrs notice when a child needs to leave for an appointment, not just turning up on the day. Notice should be given either by email to admin@wlfs.org or sixthformadmin@wlfs.org or by letter.

Years 7 to 13 : Pupil Absence

Please call the School Office or email admin@wlfs.org to report any absences. You need to report absences every day that your child is not in school.

If reporting an absence to the Sixth Form, please email sixthformadmin@wlfs.org

Years 7 to 11 : Water Bottles

Now that the weather is so hot, please remember to send your children into school with water bottles. However, please note that children should not bring in glass bottles, as there have been instances of these smashing.

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 8 to 10 : IntoUniversity Sports Holiday FOCUS Letter

Years 8 to 10 : Sports Holiday FOCUS Registration Form

Years 7 to 10 : Army Reserve Infantry, Open Day Flyer

Years 7 to 10 : Richmond Music Academy flyer

I wish you all an enjoyable weekend.

With best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this Friday’s weekly update, 29th June 2018.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mrs Wagner

I hope you have had a good week. The highlight for all of us, I am sure, was yesterday’s Summer Fair. It really was the best school fair I have ever attended. It was wonderful to see the pupils enjoying themselves in the sunshine, having fun with the bucking bronco and participating enthusiastically in the barn dance. There was so much to do and some fantastic refreshments to enjoy. I hope you managed to pop in. There were brilliant musical performances from the pupils and both of the tombola stalls had no gifts left by the end. My thanks go to all of you who came to support the fair, who donated prizes and second hand uniform and who helped out yesterday. My particular thanks go to Leah Godfrey and her team for the many months of preparation that went into making the fair such a success. We look forward to hearing the total amount raised from yesterday.

This week was also exciting as it was House Week. As you know, the Houses play a key cohesive role in the community life of the school and in the many events during the year, such as House Singing and Sports Day. The pupils also gain House Points for their respective Houses and every term the winning House is awarded a cup. This week there were House Assemblies and House Lunches, as well as exciting events each lunchtime. Highlights were most definitely House Karaoke and House Tug of War, although the House Art ‘Murals’ were also fantastically beautiful and enjoyed by all, and House Chess and House Dodgeball provided enormous entertainment. It really was a fantastic week, in which all pupils and staff could become involved and work together in their respective Houses. It was a lovely way to celebrate the end of exams and the warm, friendly and fun community that is the West London Free School. Andy Slaughter MP came to visit the school today. He commented on the high quality of the lessons he observed and the excellent standards of behaviour and uniform in the school. He also said that he was sorry that he had to leave before the Tug of War. As a politician, I imagined he would have been happy to have escaped yet another of those.

Finally, this week Year 10 also went on their Geography Educational Visit to the Olympic Park. The weather was glorious and Year 10 behaved impeccably throughout. You will be able to read more about the trip in the end of term Review newsletter.

Many thanks once again to you all for your contributions to the Summer Fair. It is only with the untiring and unwavering support of parents that we can provide so many exceptional opportunities for our pupils here.

Years 12 and 13 : Update Letter

Please find attached the Sixth Form update letter from Ms Thompson.

Years 7 to 10 : Activities Week Payment

All outstanding payment for Activities Week trip and activities were due on ParentPay by 1st June 2018. Please pay any outstanding amount immediately or your child may lose their place on the trip and you may lose all monies already paid.

Year 11 : Lunch Balances

Please can ensure that any outstanding lunch balances are cleared by the end of term. Amounts outstanding at 1st September 2018 will be passed to the debt recovery department of our catering firm. If you have any queries about your balance, or how to use ParentPay, please email finance@wlfs.org.

 Years 7 to 13 : ABRSM and Rockschool Exams

This term’s ABRSM and Rockschool music exams will take place on Monday 2nd July and Tuesday 3rd July. The timings of these may be found on the music timetable spreadsheet under either the ABRSM tab or the Rockschool tab (www.wlfs.org/pupils/music lessons/music lessons timetable – password Mu5ic2016).

If your child has an exam, please kindly remind him/her to check their exam time, and to arrive 20 minutes earlier than the given time in order to warm up. Please also remind them to bring their instrument/music/piano accompaniment part into school. Photocopies are not permitted in the ABRSM examining room; pupils should see their music teacher for an original copy. And Rockschool pupils will need to bring their book so that it can be signed. Please kindly note that we are unable to release results or certificates for these exams unless payment has been made.

Years 7 to 13 : The Tempest

Come and enjoy an evening of magic, music and moving scenes in Year 7’s version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Students have been busily rehearsing since February, and we look forward to welcoming you to this special event in July. The performance starts at 7pm at KPA, and will run for approximately 70 minutes without interval. Refreshments will be available at the venue. Tickets are £2.50 for children and £3.50 for adults, and can be bought through ParentPay.

Year 12 : Sixth Form Guest Speaker Programme, September 2018

From September 2018, we will be re-launching this programme to run as a compulsory element of the school timetable for Years 12 and 13 on Fridays 12-1pm. The aim is to give the students an insight into all sorts of careers and experiences in order to broaden their horizons. If you would consider volunteering yourself, or you have friends or colleagues who may be able to do so, we would be very grateful if you could email Ms Frederick at l.frederick@wlfs.org.

Years 8 to 10 : Into University – Summer Sports Programme

IntoUniversity is an organisation that works to support children getting into university from challenging backgrounds. You will find attached information about their Summer Sports Programme and an application form to complete by 20th July. Children have to fulfil certain criteria, but if your son or daughter fulfils one or more of these, and you are interested in the programme, please do apply.

Years 10 to 13 : 3Dami

3Dami is a non-profit organisation founded to promote digital art amongst pre-university students, by linking them with each other and industry. It runs FREE seven day summer (14-18year old) and half term (14-22 year old) camps, getting groups of nine students to run their own studios, and make their own short 3D animated film using Blender. They experience every part of production, from scriptwriting through to première. 3Dami also produces a FREE 6 week school scheme of work(11-18 year old) based on the English Computing curriculum. Both projects place filmmaking, teamwork and computational thinking at their core. 3Dami has been recognised as one of the few examples of an event that “genuinely combine[s] creative and digital learning”.

For further information, please follow this link: http://www.3dami.org.uk/

Years 7 to 13 : Piano & Instrumental competitions next term

We have decided to hold next year’s annual piano and instrumental competitions earlier than usual, on October 10th. All pupils of grade 5 standard and above are welcome to enter, and should speak to their music teacher or to Mrs Smith.

Years 7 to 13 : Book Donations

If you have good quality books that you would like to donate to the school Library which are suitable for secondary school children, please contact our Librarians, Mrs Eastwood (j.eastwood@wlfs.org) for Palingswick House and Ms Duggan (v.duggan@wlfs.org) for the Sixth Form at Franklin House. Unfortunately, we cannot accept unsolicited donations at Reception due to limited storage space. Thank you to all those who have donated books to the school Library; it is very much appreciated.  

Years 7 to 13 : Rhythm Studio Foundation Scholarship Scheme

Applications for the Rhythm Studio Foundation Scholarship Scheme are now welcome. The deadline is June 30th 2018. For further information, please see the attached flyer.

Years 7 to 11 : Food and Allergies

It has been brought to our attention that pupils are bringing food into school. In some cases, this is food, such as nuts or eggs in cake, that could be dangerous to pupils that suffer from allergies. No food should be brought into school unless previously authorised. 

Years 7 to 13 : Off-site Appointments

Please give the school at least 24hrs notice when a child needs to leave for an appointment, not just turning up on the day. Notice should be given either by email to admin@wlfs.org or sixthformadmin@wlfs.org or by letter.

Years 7 to 13 : Pupil Absence

Please call the School Office or email admin@wlfs.org to report any absences. You need to report absences every day that your child is not in school.

If reporting an absence to the Sixth Form, please email sixthformadmin@wlfs.org

Years 7 to 11 : Water Bottles

Now that the weather is so hot, please remember to send your children into school with water bottles. However, please note that children should not bring in glass bottles, as there have been instances of these smashing.

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Rhythm Studio Scholarship Awards

Years 8 to 10 : IntoUniversity Sports Holiday FOCUS Letter

Years 8 to 10 : Sports Holiday FOCUS Registration Form

I wish you an enjoyable weekend in the sunshine.

With best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

  

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