West London Free School

West London Free School

Weekly Update  

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a relatively quiet week at the West London Free School, with Year 11 pupils sitting their mock examinations and the rest of the school busy with end of term assessments. Many of our Year 13 students are preparing for their university interviews; we wish them every success.

 Year 10 pupils took part in the local Jack Petchey final which was held at Lady Margaret School on Wednesday evening. The whole event was hosted by our own Wisam, who was one of the 12 national finalists last year.

 The festive season is well underway here, with our Christmas Tree up and sparkling, and everyone starting to prepare slowly for the end of term. We would be grateful if parents could support us by ensuring that all pupils arrive punctually to school every day and maintain high standards of uniform for Years 7-11 and adhere to the Dress Code in Years 12 and 13.

 Just a reminder that we will be dismissing pupils on Wednesday 18th December at 2pm.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 6th December 2019.

 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Mrs Thomix, Head of Sixth Form.

 

Years 7 to 10 : Girls Who Code Club

We are excited to be starting a Girls Who Code club next term. The club will run on Thursday after school at 3.45pm. The clubs is designed to empower girls between ages 11-18 to see themselves as the next generation of computer scientists! In this club, girls engage in online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities. You can find out more information via this link Clubs Overview

If you are interested in your daughter joining the club, please email clubs@wlfs.org

 

Years 7 and 8 : PTA Winter Party

 

The PTA would like to welcome your children to the Years 7 and 8 Winter Party on Friday 13th December from 7:00pm -9:00pm at Palingswick House. We will have a DJ and Dancemaster to get everyone dancing. Tickets are £5 each and include a hot dog or veggie dog and a drink. Tickets are on sale using www.ParentPay.com.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Photo Competition 2019

The deadline for entries to the photo competition 2019 is 12th December. Please email: j.bacchi-andreoli@wlfs.org. For further details, please see poster attached.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Tim Marshall Books

We have a number of copies of Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps awaiting collection.  If you have paid for a copy, please remind your child to collect their book from our Librarian, Mrs Eastwood, during break or at lunchtime before Wednesday 11th December.  After Wednesday 11th December, copies will be available from Reception.

 

Years 7 to 10 : Message from the Tri-borough Music Hub

 We are delighted to announce that the Tri-borough Music Hub’s Youth Voice Council are launching their Youth Conference and that tickets are on sale now with a limited number of early bird tickets at just £5! (Full price £10 from 20th Dec).

Please find attached an e-flyer for your interest and the booking link below includes full details of the day including a booking form to select workshops.

 We warmly invite children and young people aged 10-15 with an interest in music to attend this ground breaking event designed by young people 4 young people! No prior musical experience necessary.

 Event?:                             Tri-borough Youth Conference

When?:                            Sunday 2nd February 2020 from 12.30-5.30pm

Venue?:                            Royal College of Music

What?:                             Take part in a day of music making in a world-class institution. Learn from top musicians and professionals from the music industry. Listen to keynote speakers and have the chance to ask a panel of music experts how they made it from school to the top! Take part in two practical workshops in a variety of styles to suit everyone and participate in a mass gumboot performance!

Who is it for?: Children and young people aged 10-15 with an interest in music. No prior musical experience is necessary!

How do I book a place for my child?: To take advantage of the limited early bird ticket offer of £5, use the following link to book a place for your child. Please only book if your child is aged10-15. Full price tickets will be available from 20th Dec until 6th January at a price of £10 each.

Anything else?:  Every participant who has bought a ticket will receive a free T shirt on the day!

To book a ticket please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tri-borough-music-hub-youth-conference-tickets-80878298167?discount=EARLYBIRD

Please see attached the outline of the day, which will be hosted at the Royal College of Music. Each participant will choose to attend 2 workshops on the day. Please select first, second and third choice on the booking form and we will be in touch after the closing date with final arrangements and details of the workshops for each participant.

 

Years 10 to 13 : Maker Challenge - Last chance to apply!

If you are aged between 14-18 and interested in engineering, coding or design, apply to the Maker Challenge.

Over 12 weeks, young people aged 14-18 will learn how to design, prototype and make using our advanced equipment in our start-of-the-art Makerspace workshop. Young people will learn 3D printing, laser-cutting, woodworking, CAD, programming, electronics and more. We also focus on key business skills, careers, and presentations. What will you make?

  • Dates: January 11th–April 4th. Sessions are every Tuesday or Thursday (excl. half-term) from 16:30-19:30, plus four additional weekend dates (11/01, 12/01 OR 18/01, 15/02, 04/04)
  • Cost: Free (hot dinner included)
  • Location: Makerspace, The Invention Rooms, 68 Wood Lane, W12 7TA
  • Application deadline: Sunday 15th December 2019

How to apply: You can complete an online application here.

Struggling with your application? Final Application Support Session on Saturday 7th December.

This is a fantastic STEM programme! The Maker Challenge is open to everyone - we want future engineers, those who are struggling with school, those who love making and those who have never made anything before. If you have any questions, please email makerspace@imperial.ac.uk or call us on 02075947913.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Billings and Edmonds CHRISTMAS CLOSING TIMES

Below are the closing times for our uniform outfitters over Christmas and the New Year.

MONDAY 23rd  – CLOSED

TUESDAY 24thCLOSED

WEDNESDAY 25thCLOSED

THURSDAY 26th  – CLOSED

FRIDAY 27th – OPEN AS NORMAL

SATURDAY 28thOPEN AS NORMAL

MONDAY 30thOPEN AS NORMAL TUESDAY 31st OPEN AS NORMAL

WEDNESDAY 1st CLOSED

Please note from the Thursday 2nd January 2020 they resume their normal operating hours.

 

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Years 7 and 8 Winter Party

Years 7 to 13 : Photo Competition 2019

Years 7 to 10 : Youth Voice Conference leaflet and outline of the day

I wish you all a relaxed weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you had a good week. Christmas is traditionally heralded in at the West London Free School by the fantastic event that is our Christmas Concert. If you were able to attend last night, you will have been blown away. Many younger pupils played and sang in the first part of the concert, with choirs, ensembles and the orchestra performing to a very high standard. Part 2 was extraordinary, with choral singing of the highest calibre being enjoyed by all. In both parts, we watched Wallace and Gromit in the Wrong Trousers, with the soundtrack being performed with expert degrees of musicianship and synchronisation by the school orchestra, superbly conducted by Mr Watkins. My thanks go to all of the pupils who performed and to Mr Watkins and his magnificent Music Department. 

I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to all parents and carers who may be able to assist us with our Careers Fair, that is taking place on Tuesday 23rd January from 4.30-7pm. We already have some volunteers, but if you think that you would be able to contribute your time so speak to our pupils about your career path and professional expertise, I would be most grateful if you could contact our Head of Careers, Alexis Allen at a.allen@wlfs.org. Many thanks in advance to those of you who are taking part. 

Lastly, I would like to remind you that the end of term will be on Wednesday 18th December at 2pm. Thank you so much for your cooperation with improving the pupils’ punctuality and attendance this term. Our figures are improving and a great deal of this is due to you. I would request you to continue you to ensure that the children are up and out of bed every morning, washed and fed and ready to leave for school well on time and also that minor ailments do not prevent them from coming to school. I am convinced that hardiness and resilience are key characteristics of successful people, and these need to be fostered from a very young age. So, excellent punctuality and attendance in the next three weeks, please!

 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 29th November 2019.

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Mrs Thomix, Head of Sixth Form.

Years 7 to 9 : Activities Week

Today is the deadline for paying the deposit for Activities Week; please ensure you have registered and paid the deposit if you want your child to go on Activities Week 2020.

 Years 7 to 10 : Clubs Programme

 Please note that, with the exception of Ceramics club, all clubs will finish on Friday 6th December. Clubs will start again on Monday 13th January.

 Thank you for your support of the clubs programme via donations to the Foundation Trust (http://www.wlfs.org/Knowledge-Schools-Foundation-Trust/). This enables us to deliver a wide-ranging programme for our pupils at no cost to parents and carers. If you do not already donate, we hope that you will consider starting in order to help us continue to deliver and develop our co-curricular offer. Donations forms are available on the school website or from reception.

Years 7 to 10 : Girls Who Code Club

We are excited to be starting a Girls Who Code club next term. The club will run on Thursday after school at 3.45pm. The clubs is designed to empower girls between ages 11-18 to see themselves as the next generation of computer scientists! In this club, girls engage in online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities. You can find out more information via this link Clubs Overview

 If you are interested in your daughter joining the club, please email clubs@wlfs.org

 Years 7 and 8 : PTA Winter Disco

 The PTA would like to welcome your children to the Years 7 and 8 Disco on Friday 13th December from 7:00pm -9:00pm at Palingswick House. We will have a DJ and Dancemaster to get everyone dancing. Tickets are £5 each and include a hot dog or veggie dog and a drink. Tickets will go on sale shortly on www.ParentPay.com.

Years 7 to 13 : Photo Competition 2019

The deadline for entries to the photo competition 2019 is 12th December. Please email: j.bacchi-andreoli@wlfs.org For further details, please see poster attached.

Years 7 to 13 : Brackenbury Residents Association – Lighting of the Christmas Tree

The BRA Committee warmly invites you to their annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, again, kindly donated by Shoots & Leaves. They hope you, family, friends and neighbours will join them for a fun festive occasion.

 

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Years 7 and 8 Winter Disco

Years 7 to 13 : Photo Competition 2019

I wish you all a lovely weekend,

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you are all well and that you have had a good week. There has been so much going on here! Today we had a very special Guest Speaker event in the Sixth Form. The local candidates for Labour, the Conservatives, the Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats came in to answer questions from our Year 12 students. Our ‘Question Time’ format was enjoyed by all, with WLFS students pressing the candidates on issues such as tuition fees, reducing the minimum voting age to 16, local politics, the future of Free Schools (!), climate change, and, as you would expect, Brexit. The candidates were all impressed by the high calibre of our students’ questions and responses to points they made. One candidate commented that hearing their questions and comments made him more convinced than ever that young people from the age of 16 should be given the vote. It was a brilliant event and a fantastic opportunity for our students to pose questions to the local electoral candidates. They also remained behind in the Sixth Form Library afterwards to answer questions. My thanks go to Ms Frederick for organising the event. There will be a full write-up in The Review at the end of term.

This week there were a number of other exciting events. Year 7 went on their annual treat to the Lyric for the Christmas Pantomime and Year 10 and 11 musicians left for their Music Trip to the Lee Valley. More on this next week. Today, news is filtering in about  the Senior Maths Challenge results. I do not have the full story as yet, but I will fill you in next week.

Many thanks to all of you who have filled in the parents’ survey. Please do complete this over the next few days if you possible can.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 22nd  November 2019.

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Mrs Thomix (nee Thompson), Head of Sixth Form.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

Please see below this week’s fixture results:

 

18-Nov

Football

U13

G

Hammersmith Academy

Draw

2 - 2

18-Nov

Football

U14

B

Deptford Green

Loss

7 - 0

18-Nov

Netball

U13

G

Radnor House

Win

22 - 18

19-Nov

Football

U16

B

Ditton Park

Win

5 - 4 (pens)

20-Nov

Basketball

U14

B

Hammersmith Academy

Loss

34 - 0

20-Nov

Football

U13

B

Acland Burghley

Win

7 - 4

21-Nov

Hockey

U14

B

Sir William Borlase

Loss

4 - 2

 

You can also keep track on fixture results, as well as upcoming fixtures and team sheets on our shiny new website:  sport.wlfs.org

As the weather gets colder, I wanted to mention clothing for PE lessons and in particular games lessons. We do insist that pupils wear the WLFS branded items available from Billings & Edmonds; however they can wear as many layers underneath as they like! Tracksuit bottoms must be plain navy blue and not cotton. I would also recommend gloves and hats during the winter months – we still see children turning up to games in shorts and t-shirts and shivering for an hour, which is no fun at all!

KS3 assessments will take place in PE lessons during the week commencing 2nd December and we will be grading the pupils for their reports based on these assessments. 50% of the grade will be based on practical ability and the other 50% on the written paper.

It will be a busy week of fixtures next week (see attached document) before things begin during settle down during exam period.

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Winter Concerts Our Winter Concerts this year will be on November 28th and will feature our Orchestra playing to a screening of Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. They will be taking place at St Paul’s Church, Hammersmith, W6. We hope many parents will want to come and see this fabulous film played live. The concerts will include our KS3 Choirs and Wind Ensemble (17.00) and KS4/5 Choirs (19.30). They are less prominent on the poster but central to the concerts! Tickets cost £5 and can be bought via this link: www.ticketsource.co.uk/westlondonfreeschool. Please see the attached poster.

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Events 

PTA Quiz Night - SOLD OUT 

The PTA looks forward to welcoming all those that have purchased tickets to this evening’s Quiz at Palingswick House. We have a lovely curry planned, along with a very scrummy dessert. Look out for some interesting new rounds as well.  Doors open at 7:00pm.  

Year 7 & 8 Winter Disco 

The PTA would like to welcome your children to the Years 7 and 8 Disco on Friday 13th December from 7:00pm -9:00pm at Palingswick House. We will have a DJ and Dancemaster to get everyone dancing. Tickets are £5 each and include a hot dog or veggie dog and a drink. Tickets will go on sale shortly on www.ParentPay.com.

Years 7 to 9 : Activities Week

Please note the deadline for Activities Week deposits is Friday 29th November - please make sure you have paid the deposit by this date if you wish your child to go on the residential trip. 

Years 7 to 11 : Clubs Fair 

We will be holding our Clubs Fair on Tuesday 26th November 1.00 – 1.40pm in the hall. Pupils in Years 7-9 must sign up and attend 2 clubs per term, pupils in Y10 must sign up and attend 1 club.

The Lent Term programme and timetable can be found at this link:  https://www.wlfs.org/docs/Extra_Curricular/LENT_CLUBS_PROGRAMME_2020_FINAL.docx 

We are delighted to be adding the following clubs to the programme; Climbing club (Wednesday 4pm Ravenswall Climbing), Girls Who Code (Thursday 3.45) and Kung Fu (Friday 4-5pm).

If your child is unable to attend the Fair, or you have any questions, please correspond with clubs@wlfs.org

Years 9 to 13 : London Village Network and EndemolShine UK present a Pizza Night Programme at the Sulgrave Youth Centre

London Village Network and EndemolShine UK are proud to present a new

Industry Insight Pizza Night Programme at

The Sulgrave Youth Centre, 287 Goldhawk Rd W12 8EU

 

14+ and interested in a career in television?

 

Working alongside youth networking charity, London Village Network and a group of amazing, talented employees from the UK’s biggest independent production company, EndemolShine UK, Sulgrave Youth Club, is holding a series of Industry Insight Pizza Nights.

Fuelled by pizza, you’ll get the chance to discover how content is created and produced for television, pop videos, features and commercials in a relaxed, informal space.  Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to meet and network with a wide range of professionals wanting to help guide local youth through the workings of the industry. Speakers will bring to life the huge variety of roles that exist across the business, from runner to production assistant, voice director to animator and the vast number of business support roles that exist too. 

There’s a packed programme covering ……

  • Music (12 Dec)
  • Electric Robin - Inside a Production House (9 Jan)
  • Press (30 Jan)
  • Design (13 Feb)
  • IT (27 Feb)
  • Creative Networks/Development (12 March)
  • Animation (26 March)
  • Talent – Opportunities & Employment (14 May)
  • Celebrate on June 11 with a visit to EndemolShine UK at the Shepherd Building W14 OEE.

 

Years 7 to 13 : Brackenbury Residents Association – Lighting of the Christmas Tree

The BRA Committee warmly invites you to their annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, again, kindly donated by Shoots & Leaves. They hope you, family, friends and neighbours will join them for a fun festive occasion.

 

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Wallace & Gromit Poster

Years 7 to 13 : Years 7 and 8 Winter Disco

I wish you all a lovely weekend. Hopefully I will see many of you at the PTA Quiz tonight!

 Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good week. Here we are in mid-November and plans for our Christmas Concert and other school festivities are well underway.

This week, our Sixth Form has had two visits from PricewaterhouseCoopers. On Wednesday, they came into the Sixth Form to deliver a workshop to Year 12 Economists and today they came in again as part of our Guest Speaker Programme to speak specifically about Management Consultancy. Several of our students showed a real interest in this as a viable career option. We are very grateful to PwC for the visits and introducing our students to different areas of their business.

Today, Year 11 pupils were given a special workshop on study skills, revision and time management. This is going to set them up well for their forthcoming mock interviews and their first set of public examinations in the summer. I would be grateful if parents would remind pupils of the importance of revising thoroughly for mock examinations and ensuring that learning is not left to the last minute. I always advise pupils in Years 10 and 11 that they should be completing an average of two hours’ focussed homework or revision every evening and at least six hours over the weekend. In the lead up to exams, I would expect this number of weekend hours to increase. Focussed revision means that phones and computers are switched off and solid chunks of time are given over solely to learning and self-testing. Merely reading notes or highlighting text are not effective revision tools. If you can find time to test your children on their knowledge, this would help enormously. I do understand that many of you are busy. They are capable of testing themselves, but for some of them a team effort may boost lone efforts. 

Many thanks, as ever, for your support of the school. You may have read this article in yesterday’s Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/13/key-educational-success-side-teacher-not-child/. You may not agree with everything that Katharine Birbalsingh has to say, but at the core of this article is a great deal of common sense and wisdom. I am very fortunate to have such a supportive body of parents. 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 15th November 2019.

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Mrs Thomix (nee Thompson), Head of Sixth Form.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

Please find attached next week’s fixtures list and remember to follow us on our new sports website: https://sport.wlfs.org.

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Quiz Night – Tickets are selling fast!

The PTA would like to invite you to the annual Quiz & Curry Night on Friday 22nd November in Palingswick Hall. Please come and join us for a fun, social evening and a chance to meet parents and carers, new and old. Come with a team or join a table on the night. To reserve a table (8 guests max) please email us at pta@wlfs.org. Ticket price is £15 per person and includes the Great British Crisp Round, a lovely chicken or veggie curry and a delicious dessert. Book your tickets via www.parentpay.com, - don't delay, this event will sell out!

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Winter Concerts

Our Winter Concerts this year will be on November 28th and will feature our Orchestra playing to a screening of Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. They will be taking place at St Paul’s Church, Hammersmith, W6. We hope many parents will want to come and see this fabulous film played live. The concerts will include our KS3 Choirs and Wind Ensemble (17.00) and KS4/5 Choirs (19.30). They are less prominent on the poster but central to the concerts! Tickets cost £5 and can be bought via this link: www.ticketsource.co.uk/westlondonfreeschool. Please see the attached poster.

Years 7 to 9 : Activities Week

Please note the deadline for Activities Week deposits is Friday 29th November - please make sure you have paid the deposit by this date if you wish your child to go on the residential trip.

 Year 9 to 13 – Climbing Club

We are delighted to be adding climbing club to our clubs programme from January 2020. The club will be held on Wednesdays 4-5pm at Ravenswall Climbing and is available to pupils aged 14+.

To register your interest in the club please complete and return the registration form, without which they will be unable to climb, and also email clubs@wlfs.org.

https://app.rockgympro.com/waiver/esign/vauxwalluk/84be76f9-89c4-4712-a54c-afb52788fd95

Years 9 to 13 : Wellcome Collection – Saturday Studio 

Please click on the link here to find out about the free Performing Surgery workshop on Saturday 16th November at 11.00-12.30, 14.00–15.30 and 16.00–17.30.

Years 10 and 11 : The Subject Matters – Subject choice advice for Years 10 and 11 pupils

What is The Subject Matters?

The Subject Matters is a series of Cambridge based events for Year 10 and Year 11 students and their parents and supporters. We offer key advice about making informed A level (or equivalent) subject choices and provide an introduction to university life and study. Events run throughout the year- please view the list of upcoming dates on the website.

How to book

For more information and to book a place, please visit the website.

Free tickets and travel for eligible students

Tickets cost £7.50 per person, however this year we want to highlight the funded places and free travel available for students (plus their parents/supporters) who are eligible for Free School Meals and students in care. To apply for a funded place, please email CAOevents@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Years 7 to 13 : Tim Marshall Book Offer Following a fascinating talk to some of our pupils on Wednesday and due to popular demand, Tim Marshall’s publishers have kindly agreed to extend their generous 50% discount on the price of Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps for WLFS pupils, making the hardback edition available for £8.50. If you would like to order a copy of Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps for your child or for friends or family (it would make a lovely Christmas present) please purchase this through ParentPay by 18th November 2019. Pupils will be able to collect orders from our Librarian, Mrs Eastwood.

Years 7 to 13 : Petros Singers The Petros Singers are a well-regarded, auditioned chamber choir with a reputation for high-quality singing and innovative programmes. They will be performing a Festival of Christmas on Saturday 7th December 2019 7:30 pm at St Peter’s Church, Black Lion Lane, W6 9BE. Please see the attached flyer for further details and ticket costs.

Years 7 to 9 : Christmas Holiday Workshop with Arwen Burnett

Click here to book a place for the Annie Workshop

 

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Quiz Night Flyer

Years 7 to 13 : Wallace & Gromit Poster

Years 7 to 13 : Petros Singers Christmas Festival Flyer

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all well. We have had another exciting week at WLFS, notably due to the Senior Maths Challenge taking place. Maths is our most popular A Level subject and it is brilliant to see our mathematicians being stretched even further in the Maths Challenge. Assemblies are a key element of our school week, bringing our community together, ensuring that pupils are engaged and challenged, and our school values of Kindness, Hard Work and High Standards are endorsed and embedded in a variety of ways. We have had some wonderful assemblies recently. Pupils from the History and Politics Society led our Black History Month assemblies and this week we held moving and reflective Remembrance commemorations.

I would like to remind you about the annual survey that is currently underway. You will have received an email from our Chair of Governors this week, containing the link. Here it is again. Thank you so much for taking the time to complete this; it is essential for me to hear from you about what you think we are doing well and what we could do to improve. Although we had brilliant exam results overall, we do not want to rest on our laurels. We are working hard on improvement every day, but your input is invaluable. Here is the link to the survey once again: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WLFS-ParentSurvey2019

Lastly, please do sign up for the PTA Quiz on 22nd November and join us for the Christmas Concert on 28th November.

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

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

Please find attached a letter from Mrs Thomix (nee Thompson), Head of Sixth Form.

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

This is an exciting week for the PE and Sport department as we have launched our new fixtures website. This will make it easier for both parents and pupils to keep track of when sports fixtures are taking place across the year. You can see the an up-to-date sporting calendar, as well as finding dates for specific sports teams. You will have the option to add fixtures your child will take part in to your personal calendar, amongst many other useful features. You can find the website on: www.sport.wlfs.org Something worth noting is that parents will no longer receive an email requesting consent for sports fixtures. Instead, they will receive an email informing them that their child has been selected for an upcoming fixture. If your child is unable to play the fixture, for whatever reason, please email the member of staff in charge of the fixture at least 48 hours before the fixture is due to take place.

Please see this week’s fixture results below:

 

04-Nov

Football

U13

B

Fulham College Boys

Loss

3 - 2

05-Nov

Football

U15

G

NHEHS

Win

3 - 2

05-Nov

Netball

U12

G

Borough Tournament

4th

06-Nov

Netball

U16

G

Radnor House

Loss

11 - 10

06-Nov

Football

U15

G

Burlington Danes Academy

Loss

5 - 0

06-Nov

Football

U16

B

Kensington Aldridge Academy

Win

6 - 1

07-Nov

Football

U16

B

Fulham College Boys

Win

6 - 3

                

Swimming club runs and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunch times in the Latymer pool. All abilities are welcome, starting from next week, beginners' sessions will be on Tuesday and Wednesday; Thursday is for advanced swimmers only. All next week's fixtures and clubs are attached to this email.

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Quiz Night – Tickets are selling fast!

The PTA would like to invite you to the annual Quiz & Curry Night on Friday 22nd November in Palingswick Hall. Please come and join us for a fun, social evening and a chance to meet parents and carers, new and old. Come with a team or join a table on the night. To reserve a table (8 guests max) please email us at pta@wlfs.org. Ticket price is £15 per person and includes the Great British Crisp Round, a lovely chicken or veggie curry and a delicious dessert. Book your tickets via www.parentpay.com, - don't delay, this event will sell out!

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Winter Concerts

Our Winter Concerts this year will be on November 28th and will feature our Orchestra playing to a screening of Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. They will be taking place at St Paul’s Church, Hammersmith, W6. I hope many parents will want to come and see this fabulous film played live. The concerts will include our KS3 Choirs and Wind Ensemble (17.00) and KS4/5 Choirs (19.30). They are less prominent on the poster but central to the concerts! Tickets cost £5 and can be bought via this link: www.ticketsource.co.uk/westlondonfreeschool. Please see attached poster.

Years 7 to 13 : Petros Singers

The Petros Singers are a well-regarded, auditioned chamber choir with a reputation for high-quality singing and innovative programmes. They will be performing a Festival of Christmas on Saturday 7th December 2019 7:30 pm at St Peter’s Church, Black Lion Lane, W6 9BE. Please see the attached flyer for further details and ticket costs.

Years 7 to 13 : Tim Marshall Book Offer

Following a fascinating talk to some of our pupils on Wednesday and due to popular demand, Tim Marshall’s publishers have kindly agreed to extend their generous 50% discount on the price of Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps for WLFS pupils, making the hardback edition available for £8.50. If you would like to order a copy of Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps for your child or for friends or family (it would make a lovely Christmas present) please purchase this through ParentPay by 15th November 2019. Pupils will be able to collect orders from our Librarian, Mrs Eastwood.

Years 7-9 : Activities Week

Thank you for the interest in Activities Week - just a reminder that if you haven’t had a receipt from Evolve, then it means that the payment has not been processed. If you are unsure, please contact activitiesweek@wlfs.org.

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Quiz Night Flyer

Years 7 to 13 : Wallace & Gromit Poster

Years 7 to 13 : Petros Singers Christmas Festival Flyer

I wish you all a restful weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that our pupils had a lovely half term. It was very good to see them back in school this week, refreshed and ready to learn. As usual, here in school, we retain a sharp focus on making every lesson excellent. It is vital that these lessons are backed up by homework that is completed to the best standard possible by each pupil. I am always surprised that there are pupils in detention who did not complete homework set. All parents have access to Show My Homework, therefore it is a very straightforward process to check at home if all work that has been has been completed, and to the standard of excellence that we expect. I would like to request parents to be more proactive in supporting the school by ensuring that all work set is completed, and that this is done by the deadline set.

Several educational visits took place this week. Year 13 Artists went to the Tate Britain, while Year 11 Geographers went on field trips in order to complete their coursework investigations. All school trips are closely linked to our curriculum, whilst also ensuring that the pupils are exposed to as many opportunities as possible that will enhance and enrich their intellectual knowledge and understanding, as well as providing them with wider cultural experiences. 

Lastly from me, a reminder to please encourage your children to go directly home after the end of each school day and not to linger or to become distracted on their journeys. This is essential at this time of the year, as the days become shorter. 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update 

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

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

It has been a fairly quiet start to the half term on the fixture front - see our results below: 

29-Oct

Football

U15

B

Acland Burghley

Loss

4 - 2

31-Oct

Netball

U12A

G

Kew House

Loss

14 – 9

 

We have a very busy week next week with fixtures. Please do check the clubs and fixtures sheet attached with this update.

With a new half term brings a change of sport in KS3 games, the boys moving onto football and the girls onto netball. Although we have moved on from rugby now, rugby club still runs after school on Friday at Chiswick Rugby Club for those who wish to continue playing. Have a good week and keep your fingers crossed for England tomorrow in the Rugby World Cup Final!! 

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Quiz Night – Tickets are selling fast! 

The PTA would like to invite you to the annual Quiz & Curry Night on Friday 22nd November in Palingswick Hall. Please come and join us for a fun, social evening and a chance to meet parents and carers, new and old. Come with a team or join a table on the night. To reserve a table (8 guests max) please email us at pta@wlfs.org. Ticket price is £15 per person and includes the Great British Crisp Round, a lovely chicken or veggie curry and a delicious dessert. Book your tickets via www.parentpay.com - don't delay, this event will sell out! 

Years 7 to 13 : Talk by Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall, a leading foreign affairs journalist with over thirty years’ experience reporting around the world is visiting WLFS next Wednesday. He worked as Sky News' Foreign Affairs Editor before publishing Prisoners of Geography, the book for which he is best known. Prisoners of Geography is an international bestseller, explaining how a country's geography affects its internal fortunes and international strategy. It became a No. 1 Sunday Times best seller, which has now sold over one million copies.

He will be talking to some of our pupils as part of the publicity tour for a new abridged and illustrated edition, which aims to introduce geography, history and politics to the next generation (Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps).  It is perfect for fans of maps and facts, from the age of six to sixty! His eye-opening book uses maps to explain how geography has shaped our world and will help pupils to learn how the choices of world leaders are swayed by mountains, rivers and seas – and why geography means that history is always repeating itself.

Mr Marshall’s publishers have agreed a generous 50% discount on the price of the book for WLFS students, making the hardback edition available for £8.50. If you would like to pre-order a copy of Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps for your child, they can collect it and get it signed after the talk at 3.40pm on Wednesday. Please purchase this through ParentPay by 9am on Monday 4th November. 

Years 10 to 13 : Creative Careers Day: The Music Industry at the Southbank Centre 

Ever wondered how to make a career out of your passion for music? Discover the many hidden jobs that make up the UK’s thriving music scene from booking your artist to the technical set up of a gig and find out how they interweave at this free event for 14-18 year olds on Saturday 9th November – Southbank Centre.

This is a very popular event, so if it interests you please register for a ticket here: http://www.s4snextgen.org/Opportunities/View/id/519  

Years 7 to 9 : Activities Week 2020 

For details of Activities Week 2020, please follow this link: http://www.wlfs.org/Activities-Week-2020/

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Quiz Night Flyer

I wish you all a relaxing weekend, with perhaps a victory tomorrow in the land of the rising sun. 

Best wishes, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that our pupils had a lovely half term. It was very good to see them back in school this week, refreshed and ready to learn. As usual, here in school, we retain a sharp focus on making every lesson excellent. It is vital that these lessons are backed up by homework that is completed to the best standard possible by each pupil. I am always surprised that there are pupils in detention who did not complete homework set. All parents have access to Show My Homework, therefore it is a very straightforward process to check at home if all work that has been has been completed, and to the standard of excellence that we expect. I would like to request parents to be more proactive in supporting the school by ensuring that all work set is completed, and that this is done by the deadline set.

Several educational visits took place this week. Year 13 Artists went to the Tate Britain, while Year 11 Geographers went on field trips in order to complete their coursework investigations. All school trips are closely linked to our curriculum, whilst also ensuring that the pupils are exposed to as many opportunities as possible that will enhance and enrich their intellectual knowledge and understanding, as well as providing them with wider cultural experiences.

Lastly from me, a reminder to please encourage your children to go directly home after the end of each school day and not to linger or to become distracted on their journeys. This is essential at this time of the year, as the days become shorter.

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

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

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

It has been a fairly quiet start to the half term on the fixture front - see our results below:

 

29-Oct

Football

U15

B

Acland Burghley

Loss

4 - 2

31-Oct

Netball

U12A

G

Kew House

Loss

14 – 9

  

We have a very busy week next week with fixtures. Please do check the clubs and fixtures sheet attached with this update.

With a new half term brings a change of sport in KS3 games, the boys moving onto football and the girls onto netball. Although we have moved on from rugby now, rugby club still runs after school on Friday at Chiswick Rugby Club for those who wish to continue playing. Have a good week and keep your fingers crossed for England tomorrow in the Rugby World Cup Final!! 

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Quiz Night – Tickets are selling fast!

The PTA would like to invite you to the annual Quiz & Curry Night on Friday 22nd November in Palingswick Hall. Please come and join us for a fun, social evening and a chance to meet parents and carers, new and old. Come with a team or join a table on the night. To reserve a table (8 guests max) please email us at pta@wlfs.org. Ticket price is £15 per person and includes the Great British Crisp Round, a lovely chicken or veggie curry and a delicious dessert. Book your tickets via www.parentpay.com - don't delay, this event will sell out!  

Years 7 to 13 : Talk by Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall, a leading foreign affairs journalist with over thirty years’ experience reporting around the world is visiting WLFS next Wednesday. He worked as Sky News' Foreign Affairs Editor before publishing Prisoners of Geography, the book for which he is best known. Prisoners of Geography is an international bestseller, explaining how a country's geography affects its internal fortunes and international strategy. It became a No. 1 Sunday Times best seller, which has now sold over one million copies. 

He will be talking to some of our pupils as part of the publicity tour for a new abridged and illustrated edition, which aims to introduce geography, history and politics to the next generation (Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps).  It is perfect for fans of maps and facts, from the age of six to sixty! His eye-opening book uses maps to explain how geography has shaped our world and will help pupils to learn how the choices of world leaders are swayed by mountains, rivers and seas – and why geography means that history is always repeating itself. 

Mr Marshall’s publishers have agreed a generous 50% discount on the price of the book for WLFS students, making the hardback edition available for £8.50. If you would like to pre-order a copy of Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps for your child, they can collect it and get it signed after the talk at 3.40pm on Wednesday. Please purchase this through ParentPay by 9am on Monday 4th November. 

Years 10 to 13 : Creative Careers Day: The Music Industry at the Southbank Centre

Ever wondered how to make a career out of your passion for music? Discover the many hidden jobs that make up the UK’s thriving music scene from booking your artist to the technical set up of a gig and find out how they interweave at this free event for 14-18 year olds on Saturday 9th November – Southbank Centre.

This is a very popular event, so if it interests you please register for a ticket here: http://www.s4snextgen.org/Opportunities/View/id/519  

Years 7 to 9 : Activities Week 2020

For details of Activities Week 2020, please follow this link: http://www.wlfs.org/Activities-Week-2020/.

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Quiz Night Flyer

I wish you all a relaxing weekend, with perhaps a victory tomorrow in the land of the rising sun.

Best wishes, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Half Term is finally here, with pupils and staff about to embark on a well-deserved rest. I am aware that this means more work for parents; hopefully the weather will allow for plenty of outdoor activity during the week-long break.

This week as has been as busy as ever. Fantastic news arrived from Oxford, where Ararat, alumna extraordinaire who is studying Classics, has also been awarded a Choral Scholarship by Keble College. As a member of our first cohort of Year 7 back in 2011, we could not be more proud. 

Some Year 8 pupils were also invited to 10, Downing Street this week to meet with the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson. We were given a fascinating tour around 10, Downing Street, seeing the Cabinet Room and the state rooms in which so many well-known people have met and made historic decisions.  We saw the Blairs’ bees that they put on the bookcases in one of the studies, Mrs Thatcher’s figure of a thatcher that she had put onto a relief so that “there would always be a Thatcher in Downing Street” and the artwork that Tracey Emin gave to David Cameron, which proclaimed ‘more passion’ as she felt that there was not enough passion in politics. I believe she made this gift before the referendum.

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

 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

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

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

A great week of fixture results this week to round off a very busy half term!

 

14-Oct

Football

U12

B

Barking Abbey School

Loss

8 - 2

14-Oct

Football

U13

G

Burlington Danes Academy

Win

2 - 1

15-Oct

Netball

U13

G

Borough Tournament

3rd

15-Oct

Hockey

U16

B

Sir William Borlase

Win

5 - 0

16-Oct

Netball

U12

G

St Augustine's Priory

Win

7 - 6

16-Oct

Netball

U13

G

St Augustine's Priory

Win

7 - 5

16-Oct

Football

U12

G

Latymer Upper

Win

3 - 0

17-Oct

Football

U15

B

Holland Park

Win

4 -  2

 

This week has seen the school’s first ever house rugby competitions for pupils in Key Stage 3. The standard has been impressively high, which has been fantastic considering the large majority had not played rugby before joining WLFS. The winners are listed below:

 

Year 7 Boys

Spartans

Year 7 Girls

Olympians

Year 8 Boys

Spartans

Year 8 Girls

Olympians

Year 9 Boys

Corinthians

Year 9 Girls

Spartans

 

After half term all girls will be moving onto netball during their games lessons, and boys will be on football. Keep an eye on what we are up to: @wlfs_pe (Instagram) and @wlfspe (twitter).

 

Years 7 to 13 : PTA Quiz Night 

The PTA would like to invite you to the annual Quiz & Curry Night on Friday 22nd November in Palingswick Hall. Please come and join us for a fun, social evening and a chance to meet parents and carers, new and old. Come with a team or join a table on the night. To reserve a table (8 guests max) please email us at pta@wlfs.org. Ticket price is £15 per person and includes the Great British Crisp Round, a lovely chicken or veggie curry and a delicious dessert. Book your tickets via www.parentpay.com - don't delay, this event will sell out!  

Years 10 to 13 : Creative Careers Day: The Music Industry at the Southbank Centre 

Ever wondered how to make a career out of your passion for music? Discover the many hidden jobs that make up the UK’s thriving music scene from booking your artist to the technical set up of a gig and find out how they interweave at this free event for 14-18 year olds on Saturday 9th November – Southbank Centre.

This is a very popular event, so if it interests you please register for a ticket here: http://www.s4snextgen.org/Opportunities/View/id/519 

Years 7 to 13 : Improvements to Franklin House 

The PTA have kindly offered to carry out some design and décor improvements to the main hall at Franklin House. The plan is to introduce more colour, improved lighting and seating, and to hang a permanent display of framed artwork created by our pupils. We are very excited about these plans and know that both our current sixth formers and future sixth formers will be hugely appreciative. Some of the work will take place this half term and the PTA are appealing for parent helpers to get involved - if you have a spare couple of hours during half term to help with painting, hanging pictures and other tasks please contact sarahdelafield@btinternet.com. This work is being funded by the PTA and will not be possible without parents’ help, so please do get in contact if you could donate even just an hour. Thank you. 

Years 7 to 9 : Activities Week 2020 

For details of Activities Week 2020, please follow this link: http://www.wlfs.org/Activities-Week-2020/

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Cadent Community Relations 

I am writing to let you know that we will be closing Leamore Street at its junction with King Street from Monday 21st October for approximately two to three weeks. Please find attached the letter sent out to residents. 

The road closure is needed so we can replace and upgrade the old large diameter metal gas mains in King Street between the Hammersmith Gyratory and the junction with Dalling Road.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further queries.

Cadent Community Relations

info@communityrelations.co.uk  

0800 389 8261 

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober 

This October at WLFS, Mr Critchley has invited all KS3 pupils to take part in Inktober for a chance to earn house points and win prizes at the end of month. This competition is not compulsory.

  • For every drawing that he receives via email, he will award a house point.
  • For every week any pupil is able to prove they have produced a drawing every weekday, he will award a commendation.
  • For full weeks, half-marathons and marathons, he will examine drawings personally. All other submissions must be via email and with the artist's full name in the subject.
  • Drawings should be small but detailed and use some form of tone, i.e not just line drawings.
  • For ideas you can use this year's list of prompts or search the hashtag on Instagram or Google

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 14 : Letter from Cadent

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober

 

I wish you all a lovely half term break.

 

Best wishes,

 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

The highlight of this week was most definitely the Autumn Concert, our first music event of the year. It was wonderful to see the whole of Year 7 singing, and thus being inducted into the musical beating heart of the school. We also enjoyed fabulous solo, duet and choir performances from pupils throughout the school, culminating in an unforgettable Disney medley from the highly proficient and  beautiful sounding Sixth Form choir. My thanks go to the ever-wonderful Music Department for all that they did, and all that they do.

In the meantime, the Clubs programme is well underway. Your assistance in ensuring that pupils attend these clubs is essential and much appreciated. We remain hugely grateful to the Knowledge Schools Foundation Trust, and to all parents who contribute, for making the clubs programme possible.

Thank you again for all of your support.

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

Years 7 to 13 : ‘Thank you’ from the Foundation Trust

Many thanks to the parents and carers who contributed to the collection for the Foundation Trust at last night’s concert. Thanks to your generosity - we collected more than £250 from your loose change. Once we’ve applied gift aid, this takes the total to more than £300.  The money will go directly back to the music department to be spent on one of the many projects they need funding for.  To see a complete list of projects we’re fundraising for, including a video clip of Ed Watkins talking about our rare instrument programme, visit the fundraising page of our website here: http://www.knowledgeschoolsfoundationtrust.org/Fundraising/ 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

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

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

See this week’s fixture results below:

 

04-Oct

Football

U12

B

Phoenix Academy

Win

1 - 0

07-Oct

Netball

U14

G

Kew House

Draw

12 - 12

08-Oct

Rugby

U13

B

Borough Tournament

2nd

09-Oct

Netball

U12B

G

Godolphin and Latymer

Win

11 -1

09-Oct

Netball

U12A

G

Godolphin and Latymer

Loss

13 - 5

09-Oct

Netball

U13A

G

Godolphin and Latymer

Win

12 - 9

09-Oct

Hockey

U16

G

Borough Tournament

5th

10-Oct

Hockey

U14

G

Borough Tournament

4th

10-Oct

Football

U13

B

Ashlyn's School

Win

2 - 1

 

Congratulations to last year Sports Leaders cohort who have officially been awarded their level 2 qualifications following a successful moderation. Certificates will be arriving and awarded next week.

A reminder to parents on social media you can keep an eye on everything the PE and Sport department are up to on Instagram @wlfs_pe and twitter @wlfspe.

Years 10 to 13 : Morning Rehearsals 

Choirs and Music Theory classes have changed days. The new schedule is as follows:

Mondays: Sectional rehearsals at 8:15am for Years 10 and 11 (regular registration for Years 12-13)

Tuesdays: Full choir rehearsals at 8:15am for Years 10-13

Wednesdays: Music Theory classes at 8:00am (Secondary and Sixth Form)

Thursdays: Full choir rehearsal at 8:15am for Years 12-13 (regular registration for Years 10-11)

Fridays: Regular registration for all years

Years 7 to 9 : No Choir on Thursday 17th October

There is no choir for Years 7-9 after school on Thursday 17th October due to Music Aptitude Testing.

Year 11 : Sixth Form Open Evenings 14th and 16th October

These open evenings are for Year 11 pupils and their parents and will provide the opportunity to hear an introductory talk from the Head of Sixth Form, look around  Franklin House and meet many of the Sixth Form teaching staff. Please use one of the links below to book tickets.

October 14 at 5:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-14th-oct-2019-tickets-65176549815

October 14 at 6:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-14th-oct-2019-tickets-65521154537

October 16 at 5:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-16th-oct-2019-tickets-65521692145

October 16 at 6:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-16th-oct-2019-tickets-65176986120

Years 7 to 13 : Improvements to Franklin House

The PTA have kindly offered to carry out some design and décor improvements to the main hall at Franklin House. The plan is to introduce more colour, improved lighting and seating, and to hang a permanent display of framed artwork created by our pupils. We are very excited about these plans and know that both our current sixth formers and future sixth formers will be hugely appreciative. Some of the work will take place this half term and the PTA are appealing for parent helpers to get involved - if you have a spare couple of hours during half term to help with painting, hanging pictures and other tasks please contact sarahdelafield@btinternet.com. This work is being funded by the PTA and will not be possible without parents’ help, so please do get in contact if you could donate even just an hour. Thank you.  

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober

This October at WLFS, Mr Critchley would like to invite all KS3 pupils to take part in Inktober for a chance to earn house points and win prizes at the end of month. This competition is not compulsory.

  • For every drawing that he receives via email, he will award a house point.
  • For every week any pupil is able to prove they have produced a drawing every weekday, he will award a commendation.
  • For full weeks, half-marathons and marathons, he will examine drawings personally. All other submissions must be via email and with the artist's full name in the subject.
  • Drawings should be small but detailed and use some form of tone, i.e not just line drawings.
  • For ideas you can use this year's list of prompts or search the hashtag on Instagram or Google

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober

I wish you a wonderful weekend 

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have all had a good week. As you will be aware, last Friday we had the PTA Gala Auction Dinner here at school. The PTA did an absolutely wonderful job – selling over 150 tickets, decorating the hall, collecting donations for the auction (a job that took many months!), preparing a wonderful dinner and all of the other jobs as well as this, in order to put on a fantastic evening and raise a high five figure sum for the school. I am sure the PTA will let us have a total figure once the final monies have been collected. Thank you so much to Leah Godfrey and Sue Lee-Stern and the rest of the brilliant PTA, and to all of you who supported the event, either by helping, attending, or bidding on the silent auction at home. Thanks also go to the Music Department and to Mr Scott, who was a fantastic compère and entertainer. Lastly, huge thanks go to the many WLFS pupils who came to help, waited at the tables, sang to the audience and did everything they could to ensure that the evening was a success. They are fantastic; I was so proud of them.

This week I would like to ask parents if any of you would like to volunteer to help in the school. We are looking for French and Spanish native speakers, to help our pupils to improve their conversation skills and also for anyone who would like to give some 1:1 tutoring support to pupils after school on a regular basis. If you think you may be able to help with any of these volunteering opportunities, please contact me c.wagner@wlfs.org

As pledged, I am aiming to keep this message shorter and sweeter. Or at least shorter. There have been some more fantastic Art trips this week; Year 11 went to the Wallace Collection to draw armour and see the Manolo Blahnik shoes among the amazing Rococo setting. They then went on to see the new Tim Walker exhibition at the V&A. This was to inform their current 'Wearable Sculpture' project. They were also shown excerpts from the highly acclaimed McQueen documentary on the iconic fashion designer who was also inspired by the Wallace Collection. Today is also the first session of the Jack Petchey Public Speaking Competition for Year 10. It has been brilliant to see all Year 10 pupils gaining invaluable public speaking training. Lots going on, as ever! 

 

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 4th October 2019. 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Update

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

Years 7 to 13 : Message from Mr Norton, Director of Sport

See this week’s fixture results below:

30-Sep

Football

U15

 B

                        Burlington Danes Academy

Win

5 - 2

 

 30-Sep

Football

U14

B

St Thomas More

Loss

4 - 2

 02-Oct

Rugby

U13

G

Hammersmith Academy

Loss

25 - 20

03-Oct

Hockey

U14

B

Sir William Borlase

Loss

7 - 1

A reminder to parents and pupils about our policy on jewellery. For safety reasons pupils should remove all jewellery (including earrings, bracelets and necklaces) before taking part in any PE or Games lesson. If on the occasion a pupil has a newly pierced ear and they are taking part in anything other than rugby, we will allow the pupil to bring tape for their earrings for a 2-week period.

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS PTA Auction 

The PTA would like to thank everyone who attended last Friday's Auction and all of the Silent Auction bidders. Auction proceeds are over £22,000! A huge ‘thank you’ to all of our phenomenal volunteers, especially our gem of a kitchen team starring Maria Sundrica, Michael Weber, Louna Barakat, Sadieh Mashaei and Maica Pons, and our epic Bar Managers, Angela Ridgeon and Philippa Hanscombe. The biggest thanks of all goes to Auction Director, Sue Lee-Stern, whose tireless efforts ensured an amazing event and brilliant outcome. Please tune in again next week for details about our upcoming PTA Committee Meetings - new members welcome - and make sure to save the date for Quiz Night on Friday 22nd of November. 

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Music Department Autumn Concert  

The Autumn Concert will be held on Thursday 10th October at Palingswick House from 6:00pm onwards. This concert features stand out performances from all of the West London Free School Choirs Years 7-13.  We look forward to welcoming you to this rising star-studded event. The PTA will serve light refreshments. Please see attached poster for more details.  

Year 11 : Sixth Form Open Evenings 14th and 16th October 

These open evenings are for Year 11 pupils and their parents and will provide the opportunity to hear an introductory talk from the Head of Sixth Form, look around  Franklin House and meet many of the Sixth Form teaching staff. Please use one of the links below to book tickets. 

October 14 at 5:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-14th-oct-2019-tickets-65176549815

October 14 at 6:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-14th-oct-2019-tickets-65521154537

October 16 at 5:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-16th-oct-2019-tickets-65521692145

October 16 at 6:30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-london-free-school-sixth-form-open-evening-16th-oct-2019-tickets-65176986120

Year 9 : Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiatives 

In partnership with a national charity concerning mental health and wellbeing, some students in Year 9 may be selected over the coming weeks to take part in some initiatives,  including individual and group sessions. 

Year 11 : Boys – Cyber Safety 

Over the next two weeks, Barnardo’s will be running sessions for the Year 11 boys around cyber safety. These sessions will cover online presence, keeping safe online and the benefits and potential drawbacks of the internet. 

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober 

This October at WLFS, Mr Critchley would like to invite all KS3 pupils to take part in Inktober for a chance to earn house points and win prizes at the end of month. This competition is not compulsory.

  • For every drawing that he receives via email, he will award a house point.
  • For every week any pupil is able to prove they have produced a drawing every weekday, he will award a commendation.
  • For full weeks, half-marathons and marathons, he will examine drawings personally. All other submissions must be via email and with the artist's full name in the subject.
  • Drawings should be small but detailed and use some form of tone, i.e not just line drawings.
  • For ideas you can use this year's list of prompts or search the hashtag on Instagram or Google

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Autumn Concert

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

  

 

 

Previous Weekly Updates 

 

27.09.2019

20.09.2019

13.09.2019

06.09.2019

16.07.2019

12.07.2019

05.07.2019

28.06.2019

21.06.2019

14.06.2019

07.06.2019

24.05.2019

17.05.2019

10.05.2019

03.05.2019

26/04/2019

29/03/2019

22/03/2019

15/03/2019

08/03/2019

01/03/2019

15/02/2019

08/02/2019

01/02/2019

25/01/2019

18/01/2019 

11/01/2019

18/12/2018

14/12/2018

07/12/2018

30/11/2018

23/11/2018

16/11.2018

09/11/2018

02/11/2018

19/10/2018

12/10/2018

05/10/2018

28/09/2018

21/09/2018

14/09/2018

07/09/2018

19/07/2018

13/07/2018

06/07/2018

29/06/2018

22/06/2018

15/06/2018

08/06/2018

25/05/2018

18/05/2018

11/05/2018

04/05/2018

27/04/2018

20/04/2018

29/03/2018

23/03/2018

16/03/2018

09/03/2018

02/03/2018

23/02/2018

09/02/2018

02/02/2018

26/01/2018

19/01/2018

12/01/2018

05/01/2018

15/12/2017

08/12/2017

01/12/2017

24/11/2017

17/11/2017

10/11/2017

03/11/2017

20/10/2017

13/10/2017

06/10/2017

29/09/2017

22/09/2017

15/09/2017

08/09/2017

20/07/2017

 

 

 

 

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