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23/09/22

Has your child had a growth spurt over the summer? That school jumper looking a bit worse for wear? Stock up on quality pre-loved uniform at the sale: in school on Saturday 24 September 10am-12pm. Got something to donate-we're happy to accept clean, quality items.

21/09/22

Teacher of Computer Science, Waldegrave School, Twickenham https://t.co/gXtsXiy75n

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1572605723758178304

21/09/22

Another successfully completed school improvement project - thank you to who have done a magnificent job of fitting these new windows! https://t.co/UP0r5KcefZ

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1570692110252408834

16/09/22

Team building on the Thames? What better way to start Y7! Thank you to and Thames Young Mariners for the kayaking, raft building and other fun activities. By the end of next week over 200 Waldegrave girls will have taken part. https://t.co/ysEiypOHGl

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1569735863420227585

13/09/22

Retweetd From AfCLocalOfferKingstonRichmond

Places are filling up on the SEND Futures conference on 12 October. Join us if you are the parent or carer of a child or young person with special educational needs and or a disability in Kingston or Richmond. https://t.co/PFHUfNtJxu https://t.co/oBuHQPT26n

13/09/22

Teacher of Science, Waldegrave School, Richmond upon Thames https://t.co/DfNHwwUF3v

13/09/22

Retweetd From Department for Education

Monday 19th September will be a Bank Holiday to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral. Schools and colleges will be closed for the Bank Holiday. https://t.co/T3DtHiBKgp

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1569367859008262144

12/09/22

Retweetd From Safer Schools

We have recently been made aware of a phishing scam circulating popular messaging app WhatsApp, known as the 'Hi Mum' scam. We encourage you to read our article for guidance on identifying phishing scams and how to deal with them if you have been targeted: https://t.co/oxx04dp9cm https://t.co/OwLo8sCzmw

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1568193568614891520

09/09/22

All at Waldegrave are commemorating the remarkable life and mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today. We are taking time to reflect on her resilience and sense of duty, in special assemblies, and thinking of her family in their grief. Rest in Peace Ma’am. https://t.co/uD5LfhuOTl

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1567213274722193408

06/09/22

Here is a sneak peek inside our lovely new Sixth Form Learning Centre. A huge thank you to and Woodland Commercial Ltd for their astounding work in bringing this together in time for the new school year. Students are excited to start using their new study zone! https://t.co/jDyQFLompx

05/09/22

A big thank you to - our new signs looks fantastic! Navigating around school is so much easier for students, staff and visitors https://t.co/91KpHshTjj

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1566777560092082176

05/09/22

A warm welcome to our new Y7s who started with us today! The students spent the day doing ice breaker games to get to know each other and a treasure hunt to familiarise themselves with the school. They all left with happy smiles! https://t.co/UKEun9wHhl

25/08/22

Retweetd From Kingston&RichmondEBP

Best of luck to all students getting their results today!! Remember that doing your best is always enough 🥇 & don’t forget… if you would like support with employment/further education after finishing school, including with maths & English, feel free to get in touch! 📚

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1561648066922516480

22/08/22

Retweetd From AfCinfoKingstonRichmond

Worried about your results or have you not achieved the qualifications you hoped for? Our exam support helpline is open, speak to one of careers advisers about your concerns. For more information please visit our webpage: https://t.co/EuUJeIP9mb ☎️ https://t.co/tvYuAne6IM

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1560298864204201985

18/08/22

Retweetd From AfCinfoKingstonRichmond

Not achieved the grades you'd hoped for this summer? Our exam support helpline is now open. The helpline will be open from 18 to 31 August 2022. For more information please visit our webpage: https://t.co/EuUJeIP9mb ☎️ https://t.co/qXqcM3ZuhQ

18/08/22

Absolutely! We didn’t have permission to name her until just now but thoroughly deserved!

18/08/22

Record number of students accepted to Oxbridge this year: Tomi, Florence, Emily, Ella, Silvia, Arden, Amalia, Lili (Oxford), Poppy (Cambridge). Also congrats to Milly & Flora (Medicine), Amelie & Bryony (Veterinary Science), Allegra (Unilever apprenticeship). Well done!

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1560202439604723712

18/08/22

A fantastic set of A Level results: 24% A*, 53% A*/A, and 80% A-B. We couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of our students! A true demonstration of their academic ability and resilience. https://t.co/OOt1cqItta

14/08/22

Retweetd From Sport In Richmond

We're looking for athletes aged 11 to 17 who live and go to school in to represent Richmond in the TCS Mini London Marathon Championship event on 1st October 2022. Find out how you can apply to be part of our team: https://t.co/3oWmQbwx7r

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1558445356144136192

13/08/22

Retweetd From Richmond Council

Despite the ongoing heat, please do not be tempted to jump into the River Thames. The Thames is a dangerous river. Don't gamble with your life. ℹ️ https://t.co/PqoFh532KL https://t.co/xAqKjZ4Lg6

PTA

Welcome to all parents and carers. The PTA is a great way to make friends, meet other parents and support this fantastic school. However much you want to get involved, please come along to any PTA meeting which is advertised in the weekly  newsletter or contact our Secretary for more information. 

The PTA values your views and you can support us in lots of ways, such as:

School Fund

The school fund is collected through the PTA which is a registered charity (Charity Number 297288) so that we can reclaim gift aid at no extra cost to you. For every £1 you donate we can get an extra 25p in reclaimed tax if you are a UK tax payer, making your donation go even further. Thank you to those parents who have already donated to the school fund your generosity has enabled the school to provide the school planner, rewards, other extra activities and resources which cannot be funded from the revenue budget.

If you haven't already donated and would like to please click here 

Donations and Gift Aid 

The funds raised by us parents is essential. Together we can support our children’s school, by giving regularly through Kindlink. This allows the PTA to budget with these resources and support the outstanding work at Waldegrave constantly and with a long-term strategy and vision. This is a voluntary request. But please consider, for the price of a cup of coffee a week, we can, together, have a huge impact on the continued excellent schooling provided at Waldegrave.

Donate here. If you are a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid your donation which means the PTA can claim back the tax. You only have to fill it out once but you do need to let us know if your circumstances change

Kindlink logo gradient

You may have noticed that we no longer ask for standing order donations for the school fund. For efficiency and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance, we now use Kindlink which is just like other donation websites but with a big difference: Kindlink keep their fees to a minimum. You can elect to donate “regularly” or as  a “one-off”.  You don’t even need to be a parent to donate!

What’s in it for you:  

  • Stay anonymous (if you would like) 
  • You only need to put your address in once for gift aid
  • You can keep your credit/debit card points or cash back

What’s in it for the PTA:  

  • Less card handling fees 
  • Gift Aid automatically collected and settled every month 
  • No paper = No secure storage requirements = GDPR compliant
  • Gift Aid declaration consent checked at donation = GDPR compliant

What’s in it for the school

  • Less fees = more money to spend 
  • Frequent Gift Aid settlement = funds available quicker 
  • Less hassle for the school office to inform the PTA weekly of ParentPay payment details
  • Less paper to store on behalf of the PTA = less storage costs 

For ticketed fundraising activities, we will not be able to move away from ParentPay, but with your cooperation the gift aid process can be essentially cut out from the Treasurer’s workload. A VERY BIG thank you to all who already donate via Kindlink you are a star. If you never have or are contemplating it, please give it a try.

CASH4COINS

Here at Waldegrave School we're busy fundraising by collecting old British or foreign coins and notes, even obsolete currency. Once all the currency has been collected we send it to www.cash4coins.co.uk who exchanges it into cash we can use.  The bucket is at the school reception and will be there all year so keep it coming please.  Over the last five years this has raised nearly £2000!

How is the money spent?

Teachers' Wish Lists

Teachers were asked to draw up a Wish List of equipment across the school which would enhance their teaching. Applications were made for items to a value of £250, £500 or £1000. The PTA were able to provide funding for a wide variety of items from art supplies, electronic tablets, Orange Tree Theatre performance, online memberships, resources and subscriptions, digital cameras, keyboards, revision guides, science equipment, basketball and netball posts, visualisers and various kitchen equipment for Food Tech!

Aside from the Teachers' Wish List the PTA were also able to put money to other items that the school could not budget for. Replacement furniture for the 6th Form Block, tablets for student learning, PE crash mats, a new band-saw for the DT dept., funds for a parent engagement app. and author visits for Book Week. The PTA also provided funds for the refurbishment of the old school office into a Conference/School Council Room and the two counselling rooms, also money towards a new piano and a revision training session for the Year 11s.

As of 30/6/20 the parents have donated £17,619 to the school fund this academic year, this is down by £9422 from last year. The PTA keeps back 8% of donations (£1409), any Gift aid (£3895) and together with our PTA fundraising efforts - Comedy, Quiz Night and Bingo, teas at events, Christmas tree sale, raffles, Cash4coins and Waldegrave Winners - (£8469 this is down by £6375 compare to last year) we have funded £7250 worth of items for the school and, with extra fundraising by the PTA treasurer, bought 2 rowing machines for the school rowing club and funded the purchase of a second hand piano for the school.

PTA meetings 

Please check the PTA section of the school newsletter for the next PTA meeting date or check the latest minutes in the DOWNLOADS section of this page. The meetings are very informal and there’s no obligation to commit to anything. They are usually held in the school from 7.30 to about 9pm often on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

PTA Committee and Contacts

If you would like to get in touch to raise any issues or ask any questions, please contact the Secretary 

The current Committee are:

Chair - Edel Hindley Email: PTA@Waldegravesch.org 
Co-Chair - Vacant
Secretary - Rachel Williamson
Treasurer - Nataliya Zadora
Data Protection Officer - Mark Given

PTA AGM

The Waldegrave PTA AGM is held in Spring usually at the end of February. A small but perfectly formed group of parents and teachers attend for the purposes of the Chair's report, the Financial report from the Treasurer for the past financial year and confirmation of the Committee roles for the next financial year. Existing Committee members may choose to continue in their roles but nominations  for all the posts are welcomed and voting takes place at the meeting. See the Chair's report and the Minutes of the last AGM in the DOWNLOADS section on this page for more details.

Fundraising

Raise money by shopping online

If you shop online regularly via the website thegivingmachine.co.uk there will be no cost to yourself but the companies will make a small donation to the school. All the major supermarkets and shops are there from Amazon to B&Q. It is easy to sign up as follows:  

  1. Go to thegivingmachine.co.uk
  2. Click on Join and then click Join as a Giver
  3. Click Find Beneficiaries and then enter Waldegrave and search
  4. Click choose next to Waldegrave School and then SAVE
  5. You will then be asked to enter your details i.e. name, email, postcode and a password to register.
  6. You can then go shopping!

You can also sign up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ or on Amazon, https://smile.amazon.co.uk/, select Waldegrave School as our chosen charity and start shopping!

Waldegrave Winners (formerly the 50/50 Club)

Waldegrave Winners is a monthly prize draw run by the school's PTA.  It is open to all parents, carers, staff and governors of Waldegrave School.

You join in the fun by 'investing' in your lucky number(s) for a year.  One annual number costs £15, two numbers is £24, three £36, four £48 or 5 numbers would be £60.  There is no limit to the numbers you can buy!

Half the money 'invested' goes straight to the school fund, the remainder forms the prize pot.  The Waldegrave Winners numbers are drawn by the PTA, and will be announced in the newsletter.

For more information on how to join Waldegrave Winners click here.

Quiz Night 

Around £2000 is raised at the annual Quiz night which is usually held in March. Many thanks to all the volunteers who help to make the evening happen and to those parents and teachers who attend, whom without there would be no event.  

Comedy Night

Comedy Night is always a roaring success. This is an 18+ event that takes place in the Autumn term. The comedians raise the roof with (raucous) laughter and this year we managed to raise over £3000 for the school.  Many thanks to all of you who attend this event, supporting the school whilst enjoying an evening out and even more thanks to our Comedy Night co-ordinator and wonderful team of volunteers. 

Christmas Tree Sale

In December we hold our annual Christmas tree sale, selling top quality non-drop Nordmann Fir trees, we also sell festive goodies and treats. 25% from every tree sale goes directly to the Waldegrave School fund. We sold more trees than ever in 2020 and raised £1,330.

Bingo

The PTA presents Bingo Nights in September exclusively for the new Year 7 families, and acts as an icebreaker and an opportunity for newbies to Waldegrave to meet.  These are fun, family evenings open to students and their parents.

Summer and Christmas Raffles

The PTA usually hold raffles at Christmas and again in the Summer, these are hugely popular and fabulous fundraisers. The 2021 Christmas Raffle raised an amazing £3755 whilst in the Summer Draw a further £3240 went to the school fund. With thanks to our benefactors who donated prizes (The Ivy Café, Chatora, Ristorante Del Posto, Osteria Pulcinella, WWWT London Wetland Centre, Waterstones, Knights Basketball, Prince Albert pub, Oliver Bonas, Pins & Needles, Real Drinks, Grace and Flora, Richmond and Rose Threatres) as well as many donations from parents.

PTA Refreshments at School Events 

The PTA provides drinks and snacks for students and parents at school events such as the Primary Induction Evening, Y7 Welcome Afternoon, Summer and Christmas concerts and Parents' Consultation Meetings and other School Open Evenings. All profits go towards PTA projects such as buying the equipment listed in the section above: ‘How the money is spent!’,  so please come and support us.

PTA Data Protection Privacy Policy

Waldegrave PTA is the Parent Teachers Association of the Waldegrave School located in Twickenham, London.  It is a registered charity, number 297288.  This policy covers how Waldegrave PTA treats personal information that it collects and receives.  Personal information, is information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address or phone number, and that is not otherwise publicly available.

Waldegrave PTA collects personal information to facilitate the process of parents: making donations to the charity, claiming gift aid on those donations, entering a lottery that supports the charity and on occasion recording attendance at events and meetings.

We do not rent, sell or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies except to ensure donations are processed, when we have your permission.

We will use reasonable efforts to ensure that your personal data is not disclosed to regional/national institutions and authorities, unless required by law or other regulations.

We may update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by placing a prominent notice on our web site.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the PTA Data Protection Officer via the SecretaryPTAWaldegrave@hotmail.co.uk