West London Free School

West London Free School

Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are having a good week. It is certainly getting colder, but after the blustery weather of last weekend, we have been enjoying the sunshine at WLFS, both here on our two sites and also whilst partaking in the many school trips and activities that took place off-site this week. 

On Wednesday, the Music Department took 22 Year 13 pupils to the Foundling Hospital to raise money for the forthcoming concert tour to Barcelona. This was a fantastic success, with the concert raising £500 for the tour. We were delighted to receive a highly complementary email from Mr Chris Cotton, former CEO of the Royal Albert Hall who was “blown away by the beautiful sounds of the choir”, and praised the choir for their “magical performance”, stating that he wished they could have sung for longer. For all of you who would like to hear more from our highly gifted pupils, our Autumn Concert is taking place on Friday 12th October here in school. My thanks go to the Music Department for organising this and, as ever, preparing the performers to produce a wonderful sound that never fails to entrance their audience. 

We were also fortunate that the sun shone for our Year 11 Geographers, who travelled to Sheringham in Norfolk for their GCSE coursework activities. The travellers returned to school on Thursday having enjoyed this residential trip enormously and also having gained a deeper understand of their subject by undertaking field work. My thanks go to the Geography Department for organising the very successful visit. 

On Wednesday, Year 13 Scientists visited The Royal Institution to take part in a genetics workshop entitled ‘A Question of Taste’. In the workshop, students extracted and tested their own DNA using modern molecular biological techniques to compare their phenotype with their genotype. The workshop, developed with the Wellcome Trust to mark Darwin's 200th birthday, demonstrated how we as a species have evolved to lose the ability to taste phenylthiocarbamide (PTC), a chemical found in vegetables such as broccoli. The research has found that chimpanzees have also lost the ability to taste PTC too and, until recently, it was believed to have been an inherited trait from a common ancestor. However, we have since discovered that it has done so by convergent evolution due to the location of this mutation. The students performed a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), restriction digests and gel electrophoresis in the analysis of their DNA. This is part of our Academic Enrichment programme, and aims to provide academic stretch and challenge and to provide opportunities for academic enrichment beyond the curriculum. My thanks go to the Science Department for arranging this opportunity with our A Level scientists.

Lastly, we were also delighted that the sun shone on our languages fair on our Day of Languages event, also on Wednesday. In form time, there was a languages quiz and, at lunchtime, Year 9 pupils set up stalls that gave information about a wide range of the languages spoken within our school community, as well as details about countries and cultures linked to those languages. It was fascinating to learn from pupils about the languages they speak at home, such as Japanese, Catalan, Somali, Farsi, Arabic, Dutch and many more. We were then treated to a lunchtime concert, which contained a full programme of international music, all sung in the respective original language. The Welsh Male Voice Choir gave a particularly strong performance, not be to outdone by the Japanese girls’ choir. There were also songs sung other languages such as Arabic, French and Spanish. We really are fortunate here at the West London Free School, that we can enjoy lunchtime concerts of the highest quality as part of our normal school day.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 28th September 2018.

Years 12 and 13: Sixth Form Update

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

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Open Evenings

On 15thand 17th October we will be holding Open Evenings for prospective Sixth Form students. These will be held at the Sixth Form Centre (Franklin House, 2 Bridge Avenue, Hammersmith). This event is for internal and external students. There are two time slots available, 5.30pm-6.30pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm. There will be a talk from the Head of Sixth Form, followed by the opportunity to tour the building and speak to Sixth Form teachers and current students.

To reserve spaces please follow this link for 15th October:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-15th-oct-2018-tickets-49852726848 

and this link for 17th October: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-17-oct-2018-tickets-49853521224

Years 7 to 13 : Piano & Instrumental competitions

Our annual competitions will be held after school on 10th October this year. All pupils who play the piano or an orchestral instrument at grade 5 standard or higher are expected to enter. Parents may enter their child by emailing Mrs Smith directly – j.smith@wlfs.org. Pupils may enter by seeing Mrs Smith (who is in the music lodge each break time).

Please be aware that the music department often used ParentPay to convey information about musical activities and events. Please kindly check your messages regularly.

Years 7 to 13 : Autumn Concert 

All parents, pupils and staff are warmly invited to the music department’s first concert of the year. Our Autumn Concert will take place in the hall at Palingswick House from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Friday 12th October. Each year group will be represented by their respective choir, and all Year 7 pupils will be singing. Tickets cost £3 for adults and £1 for non-performing children, and are available on the door only (correct change would be hugely appreciated). The pupils have been working hard in order to produce a concert so early in the school year, and we very much hope that many of you will come along to hear the fruits of their labours.

Year 7 to 11 : Lockers

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

Years 7 to 13 : Gardening Club

In January, Dr van den Heuvel will be starting a gardening club at Palingswick House. The aim of the club is to introduce the pupils to growing their own vegetables, fruit and flowers from seed. We will want to build raised beds and planters around the outside areas before the growing season starts in February/March.  We will need some materials to start this off. If you have any spare gardening tools (spades, rakes, shovels, hoes, loppers etc) and perhaps more importantly any usable planks and treated 4x4 lengths of timber to create planters with, please contact Dr van den Heuvel at m.vandenheuvel@wlfs.org to discuss. 

Year 7 : Photos 

Professional headshots have now been taken of Year 7 by Tempest Photography and order forms have been distributed to the Year 7 pupils in form time. If they have given this to you already, please ask your child for their copy of this form. If you would like to order a copy of your child’s photo, you will have 7 days (until Friday 5th October) to place an order through the school. If you miss the deadline, photos can still be ordered online, but you will have to pay for postage and packing. 

Year 7 : Assessment Evening Presentation 

On Monday 17th September, the school held its Year 7 Assessment Evening. The slides of the event can be found on the following link: http://www.wlfs.org/Year-7-Assessment-Evening/

Years 7 to 9 : CyberFirst Adventures

CyberFirst Adventures are offering a free one-day development course aimed at students in years 7, 8 & 9 who have not yet made their GCSE choices, and their parents/carers. The course is designed to showcase the varied roles and jobs that both exist and involve the use of technology in the workplace, enthuse and inspire the participants into an interest in technology. Courses are run all over the country however the London Course in on the 3rd November with the choice of a morning or afternoon. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Places are limited and each student can only bring one parent/carer.

To book your place on a course and to find out further details please email: CFAdventurers@smallpeicetrust.org.uk  stating your preferred location or call 01926 333 200.

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Open Meeting 

The PTA would like to welcome all parents to the first PTA Open Meeting of the year on Tuesday 2nd October at Palingswick House. We will be serving wine at 7:00pm and the meeting will begin at 7:30pm. We look forward to welcoming new members and discussing plans for the upcoming year.

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

I wish you all a most enjoyable weekend.

With best wishes, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good week. Here in school this was marked by the start of the Co-Curricular Clubs Programme for the academic year. As you know, the sign-up arrangements for this have altered this term and have created a new buzz around all of the extra opportunities available to pupils here, from Years 7-13. We now have the highest number of club attendees signed up for clubs than ever before, and new clubs, such as the National Theatre Drama Club, as well as firm favourites, such as Ceramics and Chess, being packed full of pupils from different year groups, learning new skills and making new friends.

This week, the whole of Year 10 also took part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, which is a competition that teaches public speaking skills. Funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation, the challenge is founded upon the belief that everybody should have the skills, confidence and desire to speak in public. The Year 10s were given training in public speaking and then a competition was held, with the winners going through to the next round. Here at the West London Free School, we build into our lessons opportunities for pupils to improve their articulacy and oracy skills, by ensuring that pupil-teacher dialogue is ongoing, and that questions and discussions check for understanding, promote debate and encourage independent thought. Therefore, it is fantastic that the pupils can take part in this challenge to build these skills further. I feel it is essential for pupils to be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and precisely, using well-chosen, sophisticated vocabulary. It has been shown that building articulacy and oracy also helps pupils to make better progress in their learning and understanding, as well as providing them with the key skills that they will need to be successful at interviews and in their future careers. My thanks go to Mr Littlewood, Ms Parkinson and the Sixth Form Team for setting up the new clubs programme, to all the staff who are also running clubs on a voluntary basis, to the Knowledge Schools Foundation Trust for funding so much of our Co-Curricular Programme and of course to those of you who contribute to the Trust on a regular basis.

We also have many trips planned for our pupils this term, with some Art trips having already taken place, notably to the Wallace Collection and the Chelsea School of Art MA Show. There are many more trips planned this year – I will keep you posted!

At the start of term it is always good to ensure that good routines are being established, both by rising in time in order to have a good breakfast and to get to school punctually, and also to ensure that good study habits are being formed. A regular homework routine, adhered to strictly, will reap enormous rewards. This includes ensuring that time is given to eating well, relaxing and ensuring all devices are off one hour before bed. It is important for all pupils to have a clean, tidy space in which to study in the evenings, a clear plan of work to be completed over the next week and to ensure that effective long-term planning is in place, in order to avoid last minute panic over looming deadlines. I am grateful to parents and carers for helping the pupils to establish and stick to these routines, which also help to avoid stress and anxiety.

Lastly, a reminder that the school is closed this Monday, 24th September, for a staff INSET day. I look forward to seeing some of your children who have volunteered to help out at Open Day tomorrow, and everyone else on Tuesday, when school will be open as usual.

 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 21st September 2018.

Years 12 and 13: Sixth Form Update

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

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Open Evenings

On 15thand 17thOctober we will be holding Open Evenings for prospective Sixth Form students. These will be held at the Sixth Form Centre (Franklin House, 2 Bridge Avenue, Hammersmith). This event is for internal and external students. There are two time slots available, 5.30pm-6.30pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm. There will be a talk from the Head of Sixth Form, followed by the opportunity to tour the building and speak to Sixth Form teachers and current students.

To reserve spaces please follow this link for 15th October:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-15th-oct-2018-tickets-49852726848 

and this link for 17th October: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-17-oct-2018-tickets-49853521224

Years 7 to 13 : Piano & Instrumental competitions

Our annual competitions will be held after school on 10th October this year. All pupils who play the piano or an orchestral instrument at grade 5 standard or higher are expected to enter. Parents may enter their child by emailing Mrs Smith directly – j.smith@wlfs.org. Pupils may enter by seeing Mrs Smith (who is in the music lodge each break time).

Please be aware that the music department often used ParentPay to convey information about musical activities and events. Please kindly check your messages regularly.

Year 7 to 11 : Lockers

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

Year 7 : Individual Photos

On Wednesday 26th September, Year 7 pupils will be having individual photos taken for our school management system, SIMS. Please ensure that your child comes to school in full uniform and looking neat and tidy. If you would like to purchase a copy of the photo of your child, you will be given the opportunity to do so. Details of how you can do this will be sent in due course. 

Years 7-13 : Gardening Club 

In January, Dr van den Heuvel will be starting a gardening club at Palingswick House. The aim of the club is to introduce the pupils to growing their own vegetables, fruit and flowers from seed. We will want to build raised beds and planters around the outside areas before the growing season starts in February/March.  We will need some materials to start this off. If you have any spare gardening tools (spades, rakes, shovels, hoes, loppers etc) and perhaps more importantly any usable planks and treated 4x4 lengths of timber to create planters with, please contact Dr van den Heuvel at m.vandenheuvel@wlfs.org to discuss. 

Year 7 : Book Club 

We are delighted to be working once again with Book Clubs in Schools to offer a weekly Book Club for our new Year 7s. Each term a group of Year 7s is selected to attend.  Please find attached a copy of the letter from Book Clubs in Schools to find out more about the project. 

Years 7 to 9 : CyberFirst Adventures

CyberFirst Adventures are offering a free one-day development course aimed at students in years 7,8 &9 who have not yet made their GCSE choices and their parents/carers. The course is designed to showcase the varied roles and jobs that both exist and involve the use of technology in the workplace, enthuse and inspire the participants into an interest in technology. Courses are run all over the country however the London Course in on the 3rd November with the choice of a morning or afternoon. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Places are limited and each student can only bring one parent/carer.

To book your place on a course and to find out further details please email: CFAdventurers@smallpeicetrust.org.uk  stating your preferred location or call 01926 333 200.

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Open Meeting 

The PTA would like to welcome all parents to the first PTA Open Meeting of the year on Tuesday 2nd October at Palingswick House. We will be serving wine at 7:00pm and the meeting will begin at 7:30pm. We look forward to welcoming new members and discussing plans for the upcoming year.

Years 7 to 13 : Adult Education

The Art Department will be offering 6-week courses for staff, parents and the local community.

Ceramics on Tuesdays (Mr Bacchi-Andreoli) £120 (12 places)

Printmaking on Wednesdays (Mr Critchley) £100 (12places)

Both courses will be taking place at Franklin House and run between 6.30-8.30pm.

The courses start on 25th/26th September 2018 and finish 20th/21st November 2018

To sign up and pay to reserve your place: please email s.parkinson@ks-t.org

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Year 7 : Book Club Letter 

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

With best wishes, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have come to the end of our first week back at school. The most exciting event so far has been the Co-Curricular Clubs Fair for pupils in Years 7-11. It was such a pleasure to see the pupils finding out about some of our new clubs this year and signing up for those in which they are interested. This is the first time we have used this system and, whilst it was, in my view, very successful, there are still some improvements to be made. The Co-Curricular Clubs Fair will be even more efficient next term. I have attached the Clubs booklet to this email so that you can read about all of the clubs on offer, if you have not seen it yet.  

In the Sixth Form, we have also expanded the Co-Curricular offer, most notably with regard to the different activities available on a Wednesday afternoon. Again, I have attached the information booklet for your perusal. We are also introducing a weekly Speaker Programme for the Sixth Form. I am hoping that this new programme will give our Sixth Formers exposure to well-known specialists and experts in their field, and, in addition, plenty of food for thought beyond the curriculum.  

Thank you for all of your support with uniform, homework and behaviour. Almost all of the pupils come to school looking immaculate and determined to behave well. There have been very few incidents of pupil behaviour falling below our expectations this week and we are fully aware your encouragement at home, accompanied by your reaffirmation of our school ethos of high academic standards and excellent behaviour, helps us a great deal. 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 14th September 2018

Years 12 and 13: Sixth Form Update

Please find attached the update letter from Ms Thompson, Head of Sixth Form and a copy of the 16-19 Bursary Fund Policy.

Year 12 : Assessment Evening

On Monday 10th September, the Sixth Form held its 2018 Assessment Evening for all Year 12 parents and students. The event outlined both the early and regular assessment carried out at the school and how parents are kept informed of their child’s progress. Please follow this link to view a copy of the presentation: http://www.wlfs.org/docs/Year_12_Assessment_Evening_2018.pdf 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Open Evenings 

On 15thand 17thOctober we will be holding Open Evenings for prospective Sixth Form students. These will be held at the Sixth Form Centre (Franklin House, 2 Bridge Avenue, Hammersmith). This event is for internal and external students. There are two time slots available, 5.30pm-6.30pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm. There will be a talk from the Head of Sixth Form, followed by the opportunity to tour the building and speak to Sixth Form teachers and current students.  

To reserve spaces please follow this link for 15th October: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-15th-oct-2018-tickets-49852726848 

and this link for 17th October:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-17-oct-2018-tickets-49853521224

Years 7 to 13 : Piano & Instrumental competitions

Our annual competitions will be held after school on October 10th this year. All pupils who play the piano or an orchestral instrument at grade 5 standard or higher are expected to enter. Parents may enter their child by emailing Mrs Smith directly – j.smith@wlfs.org. Pupils may enter by seeing Mrs Smith (who is in the music lodge each break time).

Year 7 : Instrumental/Singing Lessons

Please note that pupils who have applied for instrumental or singing lessons have now been allocated a teacher. Lessons begin next week and the timetable may be found here:

www.wlfs.org / pupils / music lessons / music lessons timetable – password Mu5ic2016

Your child will be collected from their classroom for their first lesson, and their teacher will show them how to find their name and check their lesson time on the timetable.

Please note that any instruments brought into school MUST have a large luggage type label tied (not stuck) to it with their name.

The fee for this term’s lessons has been added to your ParentPay account and we would be grateful for prompt payment (future term’s fees are payable by the start of the term). I have not yet received lists of pupils who are entitled to free school meals, and therefore a 50% reduction of the lesson fees. If I have incorrectly charged you the full amount, please kindly email j.smith@wlfs.org and let me know.

Please note that for music scholars and any other pupils who have lessons free of charge, a nominal £1.00 has been applied to your account. This is purely so that I can communicate music departments notices to all parents and does not need to be paid, but doing so will mean that you will not receive payment reminders.

If your child has any queries about music lessons, please ask them to come and see me at break times in the music lodge.

Finally, please be aware that the music department often used ParentPay to convey information about musical activities and events. Please kindly check your messages regularly.

Year 7 to 11 : Lockers

There are a limited number of lockers available, on a first-come first-served basis, with Year 7 getting priority. If you would like your child to have a locker, please pay a refundable deposit of £10 via ParentPay. Once it has been paid, please ask your child to report to Miss Courtney in reception who can provide a key. Please also read the Locker Acceptable Use policy which is available on the Policy section of the school website. If all of the lockers are ‘sold out’ please email Miss Courtney on c.courtney@wlfs.org and your child will be put on a waiting list. More keys will become available as keys from pupils who have left are returned/replaced.  

Years 7 to 11 : Message from the Sports Department

All pupils are requested to remove all jewellery for PE and Games activities to avoid injury to themselves or others. Any problems, please see a member of the PE Department. 

Years 12 and 13 : Volunteer Language Assistants and Book Donation

The Modern Foreign Languages Department are currently looking for one native speaker of Spanish and one of French to volunteer for conversation lessons with our current Year 12 and 13 students from WLFS. We would love to work with native speakers to help us develop our students' overall speaking skills in preparation for their examinations, and are looking for volunteers who could be available for a few hours a week to speak to our students on a one-to-one basis. If you are interested, please contact Ms Saba, Head of MFL, at n.saba@wlfs.org. at your earliest convenience.

We would also be extremely grateful if any parents can donate French and Spanish novels, comics and audio books to go into our library.

Years 7 to 13 : Adult Education

The Art Department will be offering 6-week courses for staff, parents and the local community.

Ceramics on Tuesdays (Mr Bacchi-Andreoli) £120 (12 places)

Printmaking on Wednesdays (Mr Critchley) £100 (12places)

Both courses will be taking place at Franklin House and run between 6.30-8.30pm.

The courses start on September 25th/26th 2018 and finish 20th/21stNovember 2018

To sign up and pay to reserve your place: please email s.parkinson@ks-t.org

 Years 7 to 13 : White City Youth Theatre 

This is an opportunity for students who have a keen interest in drama and theatre to join the White City Youth Theatre which is based at the Bush Theatre on Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush.

They are a well-established, fully funded free service that has been running drama activities for children and young people in the local area since 2008.

The WCYT run weekly sessions on Monday evenings from 6-7.30pm during term-time. They have an active and lively membership, who have the opportunity to take part in regular workshops, see theatre shows and get involved in a number of projects including the National Theatre’s Connections Festival 2019.

This September The WCYT are taking on new members – please see that attached flyer for further details.

 

Please see the following attachments:

Years 7 to 11 : Co-Curricular Programme

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Co-Curricular Programme

Years 7 to 13 : WCYT Enrolment 2018

 

I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing weekend.

 

With best wishes,

 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you and your families enjoyed a good summer break. It was with great joy that I and the staff here at the West London Free School welcomed both new and returning pupils this week. It has been such a pleasure to see them in school and to hear about their adventures and activities during the holidays.

As a school, we are celebrating our best ever GCSE results and our first set of A-Level results. Our GCSE results were a significant improvement on last year’s, with 85% 9-4 (A*-C) grades and 7% of all grades being 9s. The government will publish the official Progress 8 , Attainment 8 and EBacc scores later in the school year, but we predict with confidence that these will also be cause for celebration. At A-Level, 29% of grades were A*-A, which is a fantastic achievement, and 67% of all grades were A*-C. Our first cohort of Sixth Form students are now preparing to attend the top universities in the country, such as Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College, King’s, Durham, Warwick and many more, and they will be reading a variety of different subjects such as Law, Medicine, English, French & Spanish, History, Engineering, Theology & Philosophy and Architecture, to name but a few. I will send you a complete list of all destinations when they have been finalised. It was such a pleasure for me to attend my first results days at WLFS and to see the faces of joy, surprise and relief as students read the results of their endeavours. My congratulations go to all students and my thanks go to the staff for teaching and supporting them with such dedication.

I would also like to remind you of the members of the Senior Leadership Team and their main areas of responsibility, should you have any queries or concerns:

Dr Wade Nottingham - Deputy Head (Academic) 

Ms Davina Thompson - Assistant Head (Head of Sixth Form)

Mr Ben McLaughlin - Assistant Head (Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mr Rob Peal - Assistant Head (Teaching & Learning)

Mr Rupert Littlewood - Assistant Head (Co-Curricular) 

Your child’s form tutor is your first port of call for minor concerns. Overseeing each year group are the following Heads of Year:

Mr Andy Norton  - Head of Year 7

Ms Abigail Hughes - Head of Year 8

Mr James Essex - Head of Year 9

Mr Alex Scott - Head of Year 10

Mr Aaron Hudson - Head of Year 11 

We also welcome some new members of the teaching staff to school this term:

Mr John Ashton - Teacher of English

Mr Royce Bell - Teacher of Maths

Ms Sabrina Ceol - Teacher of English

Mr Lucas George - Music Technician

Ms Karin Kjellberg - Teacher of Maths

Mr Robert Mansel Lewis - Teacher of MFL

Ms Aoibheann McNally - Teacher of Chemistry

Mr Alexis McNulty-Bakas - Teacher of Music

Ms Shivanjani Naidu - Teacher of Science

Ms Patricia Parrouty - Teacher of Spanish

Ms Judith Piggins - SENCO and Teacher of PE

Ms Rachel-Anne Rose - Teacher of Music

Ms Catherine Tytherleigh - Teacher of Geography

Mr Simon Hind - Teacher of Geography 

Also linked to this email is the latest copy of The Review, our publication containing information on all the fantastic events that took place last term. There is also a calendar at the back containing a list of the concerts and other school events planned for the term. There is such an exciting array of events taking place; please ensure that you have made a note of these in your own diaries.

I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events in the term and year ahead.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 7th September 2018 – the first of the new academic year. 

Years 12 and 13: Sixth Form Update

Please find attached the update letter from Ms Thompson, Head of Sixth Form and a copy of the 16-19 Bursary Fund Policy. 

Years 7 to 13 : September Newsletter

The latest edition of The Review is now on our website. Please follow this link to view the newsletter: http://www.wlfs.org/docs/Newsletters/WLFS_Newsletter_Sept_18.pdf 

Year 7 : Visit from OPRO

It is advised that your child has a mouthguard for Games lessons. Your child will be taking part in rugby and hockey during the academic year and a mouthguard is required to for these sports to prevent any potential damage to your their mouth/teeth. You can either purchase a hot water mould mouthguard from a sports retailer or you can purchase a professional mouthguard from the company we use called OPRO. OPRO will be taking mouth impressions on the 13th September in the school hall. If you would like your son or daughter to have impressions taken for an OPRO professional mouthguard, please sign up using the printed information you will have received in your welcome pack.The deadline for signing up online is midnight on the 11th. If you do have any queries or require further information about the mouthguards available from OPRO, please visit the OPRO website https://www.opro.com/.

Years 7 to 13: Music clubs next week

Please kindly remind your child that the following music clubs will start next week:

MONDAY

8.00am Music theory – compulsory for music scholars but also open to all.

3.45pm Orchestra – open to all pupils who play an instrument at grade 4 level or higher.

TUESDAY

1.20pm String Ensemble – open to all pupils who play an orchestral stringed instrument at grade 1-4 level.

THURSDAY

3.45pm Year 7 choir

3.45pm Girls’ choir

3.45pm Boys’ choir – commencing 20th September

FRIDAY

12.50pm Chamber ensembles – for all pupils who were given / sent music by Mrs Smith last term. 

All other music clubs will start week commencing 17th September.

Years 7 to 13 : Instrumental/singing lessons

Year 7

Lessons for year 7 pupils will start the week commencing Sept 17th. The lesson fees will be added to your ParentPay account over the next week and we’d appreciate prompt payment. If you would like your child to take lessons please kindly apply via our online application form (www.wlfs.org / pupils / music lessons).

Years 8-11 and Year 13

Please note that music lessons for the above year groups will start next Monday. Please kindly remind your child to check their lesson time on the timetable (www.wlfs.org / pupils / music lessons / music lessons timetable – password mu5ic2016). Please also ensure that pupils bring their instruments and music into school on the appropriate day.

Year 12

Please note that all year 12 pupils must re-apply for music lessons; these will not continue automatically. 

Years 7 to 13 : Piano & Instrumental competitions

Our annual competitions will be held after school on October 10th this year. All pupils who play the piano or an orchestral instrument at grade 5 standard or higher are expected to enter. Parents may enter their child by emailing Mrs Smith directly – j.smith@wlfs.org. Pupils may enter by seeing Mrs Smith (who is in the music lodge each break time).

Years 12 and 13 : Volunteer Language Assistants and Book Donation

The Modern Foreign Languages Department are currently looking for one native speaker of Spanish and one of French to volunteer for conversation lessons with our current Year 12 and 13 students from WLFS. We would love to work with native speakers to help us develop our students' overall speaking skills in preparation for their examinations, and are looking for volunteers who could be available for a few hours a week to speak to our students on a one-to-one basis. If you are interested, please contact Ms Saba, Head of MFL, at n.saba@wlfs.org. at your earliest convenience.

We would also be extremely grateful if any parents can donate French and Spanish novels, comics and audio books to go into our library.

Years 7 to 13 : Adult Education

The Art Department will be offering 6-week courses for staff, parents and the local community.

Ceramics on Tuesdays (Mr Bacchi-Andreoli) £120 (12 places)

Printmaking on Wednesdays (Mr Critchley) £100 (12places)

Both courses will be taking place at Franklin House and run between 6.30-8.30pm.

The courses start on September 25th/26th 2018 and finish 20th/21stNovember 2018

To sign up and pay to reserve your place: please email s.parkinson@ks-t.org

 Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 12 and 13 : 16-19 Bursary Fund Policy

 I wish you a restful weekend.

 With best wishes,

 Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

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

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mrs Wagner

We have come to the end of another school year at the West London Free School. We met together today for our End of Term Assembly, in which we awarded Academic Progress and Achievement Prizes and Citizenship Prizes to pupils in Years 7-10 and Year 12. The Citizenship Prizes are new and are awarded to those pupils who have consistently supported the school community with compassion and consideration. As Aristotle said, “ Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. This was the theme of my address to the pupils this morning and I hope they will take with them the message that school is about more than going to lessons and doing homework, it is about learning to be kind, caring, thoughtful and considerate and about service to the community, both in school and the wider world. There was also fantastic performance from one of the many school bands, who reprised one of their numbers from their recent Parallel Lines concert at the Lyric in Hammersmith last Friday . We also said thank you and farewell to members of staff who are leaving us. These are:

Ms Cybil Monteith – Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of Music

Ms Andrea George-Samuels – Assistant Headteacher, SENCO and Teacher of English and Geography

Mr Benoit Gouttenoire – Teacher of French and Spanish

Ms Xela Abelairas – Head of Spanish.

Mr Edward Picton-Turberville – Teacher of Music

Mr Matthew Boddum – Teacher of Chemistry

Mr Chris Facey – Sports Technician

Miss Oyin Ogunjobi – Music TA

Mr Jake Newstone – Teacher of Science

Our calendar of events continued into this last week. On Tuesday, the Chamber Choir had the privilege of singing at Evensong in Westminster Abbey. This was an extraordinary opportunity for the pupils to sing in one of the most important and august religious buildings in the country, in which our monarchs are crowned and married and so many figures of note are buried. The Chamber Choir, conducted by Mr Watkins, sang magnificently, raising the roof with their strong, powerful and beautiful voices; and it is a very high roof. It was a wonderful experience for us all; I thank Mr Watkins for arranging this for the pupils.

On Wednesday evening, the Sports Awards ceremony was held here in school. All who attended were greatly inspired by our visiting speaker, Anna Turney, Double Paralympian, who spoke with passion about her own experiences, overcoming misfortune and being victorious in the face of adversity. My thanks go to the PE Department and to the PTA for organising such a wonderful event, including providing delicious refreshments both before and after the award ceremony.

The pupils were more than delighted when the final bell rang for them to return to their forms for their final dismissal after lunch. They have worked hard and played hard, and they deserve a wonderful holiday. They can finally enjoy the lovely, sunny weather we have been having to the full.

I wish you all a relaxing, peaceful holiday. I understand that school holidays can feel very long and can certainly not be relaxing for parents and carers, but I do hope that you find time to have a rest too 

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 : Adult Education

The Art Departmentwill be offering 6-week courses for staff, parents and the local community.

Ceramics on Tuesdays (Mr Bacchi-Andreoli) £120 (12 places)

Printmaking on Wednesdays (Mr Critchley) £100 (12places)

Both courses will be taking place at Franklin House and run between 6.30-8.30pm.

The courses start on September 25th/26th 2018 and finish 20th/21stNovember 2018

To sign up and pay to reserve your place: please emails.parkinson@ks-t.org 

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 Jazz music 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.

Please see the following attachments:

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

Years 7 to 10 : Richmond Music Academy flyer

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, 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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