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22/01/21

Retweetd From KRSCP

Children and young people might be feeling particularly worried or anxious at the moment. The changes to lives and routines means there is a lot of uncertainty. For advice on supporting your child’s mental wellbeing, go to https://t.co/gVND3DYYjS

22/01/21

Retweetd From Colin Stitt

This is an urgent Safeguarding Alert which needs your attention to a dangerous challenge. Please, watch, read and share with Safeguarding Professionals,Teachers, Parents and Carers! https://t.co/A7PFOdVJQS

22/01/21

Retweetd From Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Here in the UK, and around the world, millions of people face discrimination and hostility simply because of their identity. Join the nation in standing against prejudice and hatred by lighting a candle at 8pm on . Together, we will .

21/01/21

Retweetd From YoungMinds

Accessing mental health support early can make a critical difference for young people - and can save money and resources for services later down the line. It’s time the Government make early mental health support a national priority. Young people and parents deserve better.

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21/01/21

Retweetd From YouthOutLoud

It's still a very difficult and lonely time for many of us. We miss our friends and family deeply. So today, YOL! is sending you all a virtual hug for 2021 and want you to know that For help and support ==> https://t.co/b6Mugyxist https://t.co/1HhMmM8g7m

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20/01/21

Retweetd From Hampton School Partnerships

Delighted that over 90 Year 12 students from could join us for the Oxbridge Introduction Presentation. Some great questions asked! https://t.co/bZvvUpziqK

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19/01/21

Retweetd From YoungMinds

If your teenager is struggling with their mental health, here are four things you can do. https://t.co/1aDCCerAx9

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1350171637488861186

15/01/21

Retweetd From Richmond Borough Mind

RB Mind’s Helpline offers a confidential listening service for anyone over 18 living in Richmond. We offer a safe place where you can speak to someone who will listen, offer you support and guide you to further help if needed. Find all the details at https://t.co/TpVj09PVGT https://t.co/Yg1GMrufUk

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15/01/21

Retweetd From Safer Schools

has released significant privacy updates for it's younger users, but will they work❓Find out in our new article - available here 👉 https://t.co/Uq2VQZg1ag https://t.co/HLgmRtHYjk

14/01/21

Retweetd From Victoria Derbyshire

From today, those experiencing domestic abuse will be able to go into a Boots or indie chemist & seek help. If they say the codeword ‘ANI’ they’ll be taken to a private room & asked if they want to call 999 or domestic abuse helpline. ANI stands for Action Needed Immediately

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14/01/21

Retweetd From YoungMinds

Services that can help you get through lockdown if you need support. https://t.co/xGn4FjlEHM

13/01/21

We have a session set up with a survivor, in collaboration with the lovely people at Richmond Synagogue, so they can share their experiences with our students https://t.co/NV4z2VMTmf

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1349008938059108357

12/01/21

Retweetd From The Brilliant Club

The pupils launching onto today with will experience university-style learning and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to go on to, and excel at, highly-selective universities. See what some pupils will be studying below! https://t.co/x11Ev8UscT

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11/01/21

Retweetd From Kingston Hospital

Are you struggling or finding things difficult during lockdown? Reach out to where you can find support, advice or just someone to talk to. It’s a free, anonymous 👥 online service and there for you when you need it 💻. 👉Get in touch https://t.co/dcsoAacDfp https://t.co/9MN3OLwpMG

07/01/21

Retweetd From KRSCP

Kooth is offering support in Kingston and Richmond: find out more https://t.co/VXhL2I56Zr

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07/01/21

Retweetd From YouthOutLoud

Want to improve your wellbeing? Do it ! The project combines creative activity, light touch art therapy and positive psychology to enhance mood and improve emotional wellbeing. NO NEED TO BE GOOD AT ART! Email julia-arts.org for bookings and information https://t.co/z71H049Wyi

07/01/21

Thank you. This is so kind 😊 https://t.co/UqkbxfFbLG

07/01/21

Retweetd From Julie Penna

I’d like to praise and for the provision of work, their incredible support and for all of their hard work not only during the pandemic, but always.

06/01/21

Retweetd From Matt Haig

Hollie McNish had a good point over on Instagram. That if you or your kids are stressed by the idea of 'lockdown' and 'isolation' reframe the concept as 'hibernation' which makes it sound more fun and squirrelish.

What Do We Do?

After School Activities

Now that teachers are settled into remote teaching some staff have kindly volunteered to provide opportunities for extra curricular activities.  Please see the link below:

Remote Clubs & Activities Spring 2021

Educational Visits

Educational trips are widely used to enhance the curriculum and to extend experience. In 2016-17 we ran over 130 trips including theatre, music events, Hampton Court, universities, competitions, English immersive days, technology trips, art galleries, photography expeditions, geography and biology field trips and a maths PGL. We run some foreign trips including ski trips and have begun to offer adventure trips – currently planning Borneo in 2019 and Botswana in 2020. 

Student leadership KS3 and 4

  • From Year 11 we elect students leaders and one of their roles is to head up the school council with representatives from every form class. This is a committed team of students from all year groups, who represent views of the student body at meetings. Staff seek students’ feedback on a wide range of issues, and students thereby shape school policy and procedures. Elected School councilors represent the school at the Richmond School Student Council who contribute to local decisions.
  • Around April in Year 10 our students apply for prefect positions for the following year. Approximately 75% of students have a role such as Year 7 buddy, music prefect or canteen prefect. 
  • Within form classes the students are elected to roles that include: council rep; eco rep; charity rep and sports captain.
  • The house system offers significant leadership opportunities through the role of house captains.

Examples of Other Opportunities at KS3 and 4

  • Approximately 75% of students in Year 9, 10 and 11 complete their bronze Duke of Edinburgh award, and a significant number go on to complete their silver award. 
  • All Year 11 students have the opportunity to achieve the Waldegrave Mayor’s Award (through volunteering their time and by completing a challenge)
  • All students actively engage in charity work within their houses or the whole school. Each house has their own charity and we also support national campaigns and international campaigns. Fundraising takes place throughout the year involving fun activities. As well as raising money the students take an interest in the activities of the charities they support and also engage with the community through harvest boxes, and visits to some of our elderly neighbours.
  • Waldegrave enter teams for a wide variety of sports competitions and tournaments. Students participate through clubs. Some of our most popular sports are rugby, football, netball, rounders, and athletics, cross country.  
  • Clubs and Activities: Activities vary year on year as the offer relies much on staff volunteering their time. These are usually timetabled for after school and the schedule is publicised on the school website. In 2017-18 the activities include: several orchestra and choirs, drama, art, maths drop in, science, photography, yoga, citizenship, design, enterprise and a wide range of sports clubs including tennis and trampoline.
  • Students who study music may opt to have lessons from our peripatetic teachers during the school day (on a paid basis)
  • Gifted linguists in Year 9 have the opportunity to study a second language (Spanish or German) after school (on a paid basis)
  • Opportunities come up during the year where students can step up and challenge themselves. Examples are through the BBC News Report; the Rotary Young chef; and competitions in art; photography; debating; science and design as well as the great Waldegrave Bake-off.

The Enrichment Programme at KS5

During Year 12 (Wednesday afternoons) students are offered a choice each term to widen knowledge of the arts and cultural events; to be involved in sports or exercise for fun; to develop a special interest through a club or society; to engage in community project or fundraising activities. Many activities are facilitated by our own staff but some exploit benefits of wider partnerships with coaches and external visitors. The programme includes a range of competitive sports, the boy’s rugby team are sponsored by a local Twickenham company, and at time of print are unbeaten this season! We have also launched a girls rugby team and Sixth Form netball team.

Examples are:

  • Competitive Sports
  • Debating
  • Gallery Visits
  • Martial Arts
  • Music Performances
  • Oxbridge focuses events and support
  • Public Speaking
  • Recreational Sports
  • School Leadership visits
  • Theatre visits
  • Visiting Speakers
  • Volunteering in the local community

The EPQ (Extended Project)

The EPQ carries UCAS points equivalent to half an A level and each student can elect to complete the course. It is not taught in classes but students have a mentor and some group teaching is done during the study periods. The course runs autumn to Easter of Y13.

Leadership and Other Enrichment Opportunities

Waldegrave Sixth Form values voluntary service and students are expected to complete a minimum of 30 hours, thereby developing their sense of community, responsibility, leadership and moral purpose. We have developed local bonds with primary schools, residential homes, and charity shops, to name a few.

In Sixth Form a small but significant team of students are elected to develop leadership skills through representing that student body. These students are elected in Year 12 and form an important part of the whole school council and student voice in the sixth form. Sixth form students are invited to volunteer to represent the school at events throughout the year such as the sixth form open evening and Year 11 information evening.


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