West London Free School

West London Free School

Weekly Update  

 

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

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good week. There was so much rain! Many pupils arrived in school absolutely soaked, and their school books were very wet too. I would be grateful if you could rummage through school bags to find any soggy books and put them in the airing cupboard over the weekend. There was also a very exciting Art Trip this week, with the whole of Year 8 visiting the National Portrait Gallery and the BP Portrait Exhibition.

This evening we have the WLFS Auction Dinner. The PTA  are looking forward to seeing those of you who are coming to this event at 7.00pm at Palingswick House. Don’t worry if you can’t make it tonight, it is possible to  make a proxy bid! If you would like to do so, please see the live auction website  - www.wlfsauction.com, or there is the amazing WLFS Silent Auction website - givergy.uk/wlfsauction2019; lots start at £5 and the prize draw is £1 per entry.

We all remain concerned about the safety of the children on their way to and from school and when they are out and about in the local area. Please do remind them never to run across a busy road and to put their mobile phones and ear phones away when crossing roads at any kind of junction. In addition, the local Police have requested that I send you the attached information from School Watch. We will be showing them to the pupils in school next week.

I have been told that some parents find the newsletter rather long, so please forgive me for past rambling. I will aim to be briefer from now on!

Many thanks for continuing to support the school and, in particular for contributing to the PTA funds at the event, or via the auction websites, this evening.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 27th September 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

The weather has not been kind to us this week, with our U16 hockey fixture being cancelled due to thunderstorms. We had some tough results in the matches that did go ahead:

25-Sep

Football

U13

G

St Mary Magdalene

Loss    7-0

26-Sep

Football

U12

B

Tournament

5th

 

We have a packed schedule of fixtures and clubs next week with at least one fixture going out every day. You can find all the fixtures and clubs attached - fingers crossed for some better weather and results!

For those that don’t already follow us, you can keep an eye on what the PE department are up to on our Instagram and Twitter pages – we are on @wlfs_pe and @wlfspe respectively. 

A reminder that Sports Leaders will be taking place on Tuesday lunch time in N18 with Miss O’Brien. 

Years 10 and 12 : Duke of Edinburgh Award – Registration Deadline – 30th September

 The registration deadline for the Duke of Edinburgh Award is fast approaching! To confirm your child's participation in the DofE Award please can I ask that you do the following:

  1. Complete the Participant Enrolment Form and return to Mr Hind (s.hind@wlfs.org) by Monday 30th September 2019
  2. Make payment of a £75 deposit via ParentPay by no later than Monday 30th September 2019. 

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

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 housepoint.
  • 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

Years 7 to 9 : House Instrumental and Piano competitions - AMENDMENT 

We have decided to make the above competitions a KS3 event in order to encourage younger year groups to get involved, and this will now take place on Wednesday 12th February instead of the original October date. We will invite a small number of older pupils to perform whilst the judging is being finalised.

Please see the following attachments:

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Year 12 : Assessment Evening 2019

Years 7 to 13 : SchoolWatch

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Autumn Concert

Years 7 to 9 : Inktober

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had another very calm and productive week at the West London Free School. The term is well underway and our new pupils in both Years 7 and 12 in particular are really starting to feel at home.

I would like to focus attention on the safety of the pupils this week. As you may be aware, there has been a recent spate of robberies near the school site.  On the two most recent occasions, a small group (3-4) of young men/older teens, all in dark sports clothing, have approached local students on foot or on mopeds and demanded their phones. The students have been made to sign out of iCloud before handing over their phones.  The most recent incidents happened near Ravenscourt Park Underground station. These pupils were not from WLFS, but from a nearby school, but this is, of course, nonetheless very worrying. The Police are aware and they are increasing their presence around school and in Ravenscourt Park.  Members of the Senior Leadership Team and Heads of Year are also making themselves more visible at the end of the school day.

Here is the advice we have given out to pupils this week, and I would be most grateful if you could reiterate this at home:

  1. Staying safe involves:
    1. Keeping phones/cash out of view
    2. Not walking with headphones in – being aware of surroundings
    3. Not taking any unsavoury/isolated shortcuts
    4. As far as possible, walk home in groups/pairs
    5. If concerned, go into the nearest shop and ask for help – many local retailers are now working with the Police
  1. Registering Devices:
    1. In order for the police to track items, it’s important for your items to be registered using IMEI/reference numbers including phone and bikes
    2. Pupils/parents should register devices here so that it is more likely they can be recovered if stolen (https://www.immobilise.com/)
    3. Pupils should make a note (not in their phone) of their phone’s IMEI number by dialling *#06# into their keypad – this works on any phone 

It is also important that pupils go straight home after school and do not linger on King Street or in Hammersmith Broadway. In addition, this is an important time of year to remind pupils about road safety. As the days get shorter, visibility for drivers becomes poorer, especially at dusk. Pupils must use the correct crossings when walking across roads. I worry in particular about Weltje Road and King Street. Pupils run across these, often without looking left and right and they are also frequently looking down at their phones. Many pupils cross the road with headphones in, which is extremely dangerous for the same reason as mentioned above, they simply cannot hear buses, cars, lorries or motorcycles when listening to music. We give them road safety advice often, both in assemblies at outside the school, but it would be hugely helpful if you could reiterate these at home. 

It is also worth noting that 145 King Street is a new hub that will have a police presence in situ after school, so children can go there if they are worried about anything on their way home. If they are worried, they should always call 999 immediately, and this is also the case if an incident occurs. It is very difficult for the Police to follow up on an incident if pupils wait until they get home or come into the school the next day to report a crime. 

On a happier note, today we were visited by Mr Vic Hill, who lived in Palingswick House in the late 1950s when he was a child with diabetes and it was a home for diabetic children. We walked around the main house and he relayed stories of all kinds of high jinks, fun and games. He even started to tell the pupils about when they all went on strike, but I steered him swiftly away from them at that point.

Please see below points of information for the relevant years for this week’s update, 20th September 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

It’s been a difficult week for team WLFS this week:

 

16-Sep

Netball

U14

G

St Benedict’s

Loss

45 - 38

17-Sep

Netball

U13

G

Wimbledon High School

Loss

25 - 1

19-Sep

Football

U14

B

Charters School

Loss

5 - 0

 

Next week sees the first week of sports clubs, as well as our first hockey fixture of the year. Please see the attached document for a full list of clubs and fixtures. A reminder that if you child wishes to take part in lunch-time swimming club, we will need a returned consent letter – this was attached to last week’s update. 

We are halfway through our first aid scheme of work with the Year 8s and its proving to be very popular. So far, the pupils have learnt how to assess danger, the procedures you should take should you discover a casualty and the recovery position. Next week, the pupils will be learning how to perform CPR – a skill that hopefully they will never have to use! 

For those who had a gumshield fitted by OPRO last week, they are ready to collect from the PE office. 

Years 7 to 13 : WLFS Auction Dinner on Friday 27th September 2019, 7.00pm-11.00pm at Palingswick House

Thank you so much for your support for the WLFS PTA Auction Party. We are now sold out of tickets for the event. 

We have developed two Auction Websites for you to view all of the exciting Auction lots:

A live Auction website - www.wlfsauction.com for you to view the items we will be auctioning on the night. Can’t make the event? Don’t worry there is an email address for you to email any proxy bids (bids close 10pm, Thursday 26th September)

We also have a silent auction website for you to bid on from the comfort of your own home. We hope we have something for everybody, but if not and you would like to support our event, don’t worry there is a section for you to make a donation. Finally, for fun, we have a prize draw where you can buy tickets for £1 and win a wonderful Halloween Chocolate Hamper valued at £150.  The silent Auction will close at 11.00pm on Monday 30th September. 

https://givergy.uk/wlfsauction2019

Anyone can bid, so please share the link to raise much needed funds to enrich our children’s time at the school. Happy bidding!

Years 7 to 11 : Clubs Programme for the Michaelmas Term 

The WLFS clubs programme will start week commencing Tuesday 24th September and run for 10 weeks until week ending 6th December  with the exception of Ceramics club that will end on Monday 9th December. You should have received notification of your child’s club choices via email, if you haven’t please get in touch with clubs@wlfs.org  NB that all pupils in Y7/8/9 must take 2 clubs per week. 

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.

Years 7 to 9 : House Instrumental and Piano competitions - AMENDMENT

We have decided to make the above competitions a KS3 event in order to encourage younger year groups to get involved, and this will now take place on Wednesday 12th February instead of the original October date. We will invite a small number of older pupils to perform whilst the judging is being finalised. 

Please see the following attachments: 

Years 12 and 13 : Sixth Form Letter

Years 7 to 13 : Sports Fixtures

Years 7 to 13 : Autumn Concert

Thank you for all of your support. The pupils continue to impress us on a daily basis and it really is a joy and privilege to be working here at this wonderful school. 

Best wishes, 

Mrs C Wagner

Headteacher

 

 

 

  

 

 

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