We Are Open
You may be aware that during the flash floods today (Thursday 16th June 2016) the school suffered some damage. As a result there are some changes to the day tomorrow.
There was significant damage to the hall and small number of classrooms. As a consequence, although we will be open for all year groups there is bound to be some inconvenience. One or two lessons will have to be re roomed, the hall will be out of action and we will be unable to provide hot food. Exams will be relocated to the sports hall and the Boulogne trip will run as planned.
We would be grateful if you could arrangement a packed lunch for your children, although we will probably be able to provide something cold for those on free school meals, and for those who are unable to. This will only be available at lunchtime, not at break.
We would be would be grateful if students could come to school tomorrow prepared to be flexible and supportive of staff.
We are really grateful to those who stayed behind to help ensure the school is safe to be opened tomorrow (Friday 17th June 2016).
SEN Forum Meeting For Year 6 Parents
Ms Monaghan (Senco) would like to invite parents who have children with SEND in Year 6 to an informal meeting with existing parents and Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the SEN Department at Wallingford School, over a glass of wine. New parents will have the chance to hear about the primary to secondary transition. The meeting takes place on Wednesday 6th July from 5.30 until 6.30pm.
Henry's Walk - Wallingford School Sponsored Walk 2016
Wallingford School will be completing a sponsored walk on Monday 27th June 2016 in order to raise money for the FAB charity. The event will involve the whole school community and reflects the supportive ethos that permeates Wallingford School.
Please make donations via our JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wallingfordschool2016
Henry is the son of a long-serving member of staff at Wallingford School. On 17th July 2015, 8-month-year-old Henry suffered a serious burns injury to 60% of his body. He was air-lifted to Bristol Children's Hospital, where there is a Paediatric Burns Unit. After spending the first few days in intensive care, Henry spent the next 3 months in the High Dependency Unit and continues to undergo regular operations and recovery treatment, led by the Burns Team.
Initially there was a focus on simply helping Henry to survive this traumatic event, but attention shifted to recovery including numerous skin grafts and laser treatment. Henry is doing very well - all who meet him are impressed by his overwhelmingly happy nature and his surgeons are astounded by his recovery to date. It is hoped that Henry will continue to make great progress as he grows and develops over the next few years.
Despite the positives, Henry will have significant scarring over his legs, abdomen and one arm. Young people and their families at Wallingford School will know how hard things can be getting through the 'growing up' stage of life. The scarring left after a burn injury is lifelong - children and their families have to come to terms with an altered body image. Henry, and children in a similar position, will need support in order to build self-esteem, confidence and social skills, which is where the FAB charity comes in.
The Frenchay After Burns (FAB) Children's Club is an independent charity based in Bristol. Its aim is to provide ongoing support to burn-injured children and their families from injury through to adulthood. The Fab club supports young burns survivors and their families by building self-esteem, confidence and having fun through activities such as camps, fun days and parties. Friendships are made by the children and their families whilst giving mutual support to one another.
A burn injury is traumatic and can be a devastating experience. Children may have to cope with embarrassment, teasing and staring, and may require frequent hospital admissions and operations until they stop growing. The scarring left after a burn injury is lifelong, the children and their families have to come to terms with an altered body image. This can reduce their confidence when growing up is already difficult enough.
FAB's support helps the children recognise that their hopes and goals are still the same and just as achievable. With continual support, positive encouragement and the determination that has helped them, we hope to see the realisation of their dreams. They provide this support by offering the opportunity to meet up with others who really do understand, by organising adventure camps and holidays, parties and day trips. These are provided at no cost to the child or family, so fundraising plays a big part in the activities. FAB are completely self funding and all the work is carried out by volunteers.
Please make donations via our JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wallingfordschool2016
For more information please visit www.fabclub.org.uk
GCSE Results - 10 Steps to Success - 2016
Spring Concert - Thursday 21 April 2016
Being in Year 12 I have taken part in several Spring Concerts over my time at Wallingford School. Since my first time in Year 8 playing an out of tune ukulele, I've always made sure I am involved with the Spring Concert as it epitomises the abundance of talent this school has, from musicians to sound engineers. The concert always consists of a wide range of music from be-bop to rock and showcases a whole variety of groups and individuals who enjoy performing. It can create moments of chilling emotion when a pupil who is normally timid walks out on the stage and stuns the audience. However it can create moments of great fun and enjoyment shared between the performers and the audience. This year's spring concert was perhaps one of the best I have attended and I cannot wait to see how the performers grow between now and next year.
- Alfie, Year 12
Wallingford has talent!! Buckets of it!!
This was very evident at last night's Spring Concert. It was such a packed event of soloists, duets, small choirs, enormous choirs, numerous bands and of course the Bigg Band. Every student showed confidence and ability to sing or play music using a variety of instruments. One even brought a tear to my eye. Each and every one of them was well supported by the dedicated staff and their fellow students cheering them on.
There was a fantastic atmosphere in the hall, families were there to encourage and there were a lot of very proud faces and sore hands from clapping.
I cannot praise these students enough to stand up in front of a room full of people and give their all. I can only encourage you to make sure that you get to the school production in December and don't miss a chance of seeing these students once more.
- Cllr Ros Lester, Mayor elect
"I'm so proud of all of the students performing in the concert. It was amazing to see the range of talent that is in the school, and to be able to work with students who have such dedication and commitment is remarkable. The concert was brilliant and all of the students should be proud of what they managed to achieve."
- Miss Norman, Music Teacher, Wallingford School
"This was my first time performing a solo at the Spring Concert and I really enjoyed it. Everyone was so supportive and I'm so thankful that the school has given me the chance to perform. I want to say thank you to my music teachers for giving me the opportunity and I can't wait to do it again next year....if they'll have me!"
- Ellis, Year 10
Year 10 Work Experience 2016
For my work experience I worked at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. I chose this work placement because I am taking food technology and would love to become a chef in later life. I thought working at Le Manoir would give me the opportunity to understand what it is like to work in a professional kitchen.
GCSE Maths Revision resources
With nine weeks until the first of the two GSCE Maths exams, we are delighted with the way our pupils have risen to the challenge of preparing themselves. Throughout the Easter holiday they have a great opportunity to continue this good work.
To help support their progress over the two weeks, your son or daughter will have been provided with various revision activities to complete.
In addition to these, we would like to draw your attention towards two online resources which we feel will help complement the revision they do.
Year 11 Revision Information Presentation
The PowerPoint presentation from last night's GCSE Revision Information Evening can be downloaded below.
You need Microsoft PowerPoint to view the slideshow, or you can download Microsoft's PowerPoint Viewer for free.
Year 11 Revision Information Evening
A Message from Wallingford School for Parents of Students in Year 11:
Dear Y11 Parents,
The countdown has well and truly begun. After having spent the best part of five years with us at Wallingford, our Y11 pupils, your sons and daughters, will soon be entering the ‘Grand Finale’ – their final KS4 exams. We strongly believe that parental involvement can have a huge impact on student progress in school. We appreciate it isn’t always obvious what you can do to help and several parents have been in contact to ask whether we would be able to give some guidance and further information.
With this in mind, I would like to invite you to an information evening on Wednesday 23rd March, at 6.00pm. The event will last approximately 30 minutes, with time for you to ask questions afterwards. The focus of this will be Revision. The aim is to provide parents with information about what types of revision Y11 students should be doing over the next few weeks and what you can do to support them.
More specifically, we are likely to cover:
- Revision Plans & 'Spacing'
- Practical arrangements
- Way to revise: Quizzing, Mind-maps, Flashcards, Chunking
- Exam arrangements
We will be going through many of these aspects with students themselves in school, but they are still welcome to join you if they would like to.
We want to put parents in a position where you have a greater understanding of what pupils are being asked to do and why it will be effective, so that pupils can be effectively supported at home.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday.
Mr R Griffiths
Year 7 Religious Studies trip to Neasden Temple, London
Year 7 embarked on an adventure to Neasden Temple, London on Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th March. We had the opportunity to find out how Hindus worship their God and by visiting this temple we could experience their place of worship.
On arrival, my first reaction was how beautiful the building was and its size, it was huge! The design was very different to any other place of worship I have been to before.
After going through security, we were asked to remove our shoes to show respect before entering the main hall of worship. We watched a short film describing how and why the temple was made. We found out that it took 3 years to build with marble sent from Italy to India, hand carved in India and then shipped to the UK. This information helped us to complete our first worksheet.
We went upstairs to the main part of the temple to take part in the worship service where they sang a hymn. We were then directed to another room, where we saw religious statues. We were given a second worksheet to complete whilst looking around the Hindu exhibition. I found it interesting to see how the Hindu culture came to be what it is now.
This was a really interesting day trip. I was glad to be able to experience and gain knowledge about the Hindu way of life and how they worship God.
- Alicia, Year 7
The Neasden trip was an amazingly cultured trip, learning many different and very interesting facts about the largest Hindu temple in Britain.
At the start of the trip we all gathered together by the bus stops to await our journey. Luckily we all got to choose who we sat next to. After the "fun" bus confusion we were allowed to stop half way to have our snacks. As we were really excited to see the temple, we swiftly got back onto the coach and drove all the way over to north London. On the way we could see the amazing figure of Wembley (as it was so close to us).
Once we arrived at our destination, there were gasps everywhere as we all didn't expect something so creative to be made in the space of just three years. Once we got inside we had our photo taken, we then had to go through a security scanner, (just in case anything odd came inside). The reason why we had to take our shoes off was because as the man explained to us: the shoes are made from leather that comes from a cow, and the Hindus don't allow that.
Swiftly after our arrival we entered a large hall ready with a short video on how this amazing design was created. It explained that they had 1400 men volunteering to carve inside the limestone features to create the building. The stone came all the way over from Bulgaria. The reason why they chose to bring the stone from Europe was because it is a lot cheaper than having to order it all the way over from India.
After the lecture we all went upstairs to a live service. There was great music and so many features, like the models to search for and read about. Soon after, we had to attempt to finish a booklet about the temple itself and the Hindu religion. This was really helpful because it gave me a Hindu's perspective of how they worship and what they worshipped about. We then had some time to look around ourselves. We learnt that the building was in fact dedicated to: Pramukh Swarmi Maharaj. We also learnt that the full name of the Mandir is: Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.
Once we had finished that we had time to go to the gift shop to buy a small souvenir. After that amazing experience we left to go onto the bus and eat our lunch. We arrived slightly early so it was technically home time. I really enjoyed that experience and I would recommend people go. It was a really fun and cultural trip.
- James, Year 7