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  • Studybugs - The new way to report student absence!

    Published 21/06/23

    Dear parent/carers, 

    We are pleased to announce that Woolwich Polytechnic Girls is introducing a new, more efficient and secure system for reporting your child’s absence due to illness, called Studybugs.

    If you haven’t already, please get the free Studybugs app, or register on the Studybugs website, and use it to tell us whenever your child’s ill and unable to attend school.

    Get the app or register now:  https://studybugs.com/about/parents

    Top 3 reasons to use Studybugs
    1. It’s integrated with our systems, so we know right away if your child is unaccounted for.
    2. It’s quick and easy to register and use and automatically reminds you to keep us posted.
    3. You’ll be helping the NHS and other public health organisations improve children’s health. https://studybugs.com/about/schools

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  • FREE events & activities in Greenwich during May half term 2024

    Published 17/05/24

    Please find below a list of useful links for free events and activities available locally during the upcoming May half-term:

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  • Introducing Professor Higgins, our esteemed Dog Mentor

    Published 17/05/24

    Introducing Professor Higgins, our esteemed Dog Mentor at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls and Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys

    Professor Higgins is our friendly school dog. He became part of the Poly family as our Dog Mentor in 2022 at the tender age of 6 months old.

    In order to gain this title, like any student, he had to sit an exam to ensure he had the right temperament for school life, which included testing his skills such as patience, positivity and teamwork.

    Higgins specialises in working with students to reduce anxiety, to encourage social skills as well as helping students who are at the early stages of grasping the English Language. He is also very good at helping students understand the body language of dogs. This is useful when working with students to overcome their fear of dogs as this allows them to feel confident when out in public, including our Royal Borough’s green spaces.

    Higgins has a variety of hobbies, beyond the school gates, ranging from swimming (in any body of water, particularly in muddy streams) and even modelling!

    Professor Higgins works on a voluntary basis. Like any member of staff, our Professor has his own timetable. This means he avoids the corridors at change of lessons as well as the playground at break and lunchtime.

    The safeguarding and wellbeing of our students and staff come first in our Poly family - this includes the wellbeing of Professor Higgins. For this reason, our school community follow these guidelines:
    • Keeping our voices soft and calm (to stop him worrying that we are upset)
    • Asking before stroking him (he might be on his way to a lesson and won’t want to be late!)
    • Picking up any food that we may drop on the floor in the dining hall or playground (some human food can make him ill)

    We believe Professor Higgins is the ‘paw-fect’ Dog Mentor 🐕 💙

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  • Reminder early closure - Wednesday 22nd May 2024

    Published 17/05/24

    Early school closure for Years 7-10 on Wednesday 22nd May 2024.

    School will be closing at 1:30pm due to our Year 6 transition interviews.
     

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  • Mental Health Awareness Week 13th-19th May 2024

    Published 10/05/24

    At Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls, we are preparing for Mental Health Awareness Week.

    The upcoming MHW 2024 takes place from May 13th to 19th and will focus on the theme "Movement: Moving more for our mental health."

    To show our support, we have created green ribbon badges that students and staff can buy from our prefects at 20p each. All proceeds will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation. There is a limited supply available, so make sure to bring your cash early if you're interested!

    Mental Health Foundation #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MHW #woolwichpolytechnic #woolwichpoly #Polymat #polymatschools #thamesmead #greenwich

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  • PolyMAT - The first Trust in London to be awarded Investors in Diversity Silver Award!

    Published 08/05/24

    PolyMAT - The first Trust in London to be awarded Investors in Diversity Silver Award!

    We are delighted to announce that PolyMAT has achieved the Investors in Diversity Award from the National Centre for Diversity. We look forward to building on this success in the future.

    As the first Trust in London to be awarded Investors in Diversity Silver, this achievement recognises the value PolyMAT place on creating a truly inclusive culture where everyone feels celebrated and valued.

    The Investors in Diversity Award for Schools is a framework designed to help schools to review their current FREDIE (Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement) practices, in line with the latest Ofsted legislation. Diversity and inclusion is extremely important to our growth and development, and we will continue to promote this throughout our business.

    PolyMAT’s final report demonstrated the value that students and staff placed in PolyMAT’s supportive environment: Staff members noted that leaders maintain open-door policies, ensuring accessibility for addressing any concerns or seeking guidance. They expressed feeling supported, knowing their voices would be heard, enabling them to provide feedback, suggestions, and seek assistance when necessary. Staff also described how positive leadership and management behaviours were encouraging them to emulate them.

    CEO of Polymat, Mr Tim Plumb comments,

    “I take pride in our commitment to diversity and inclusion, as demonstrated by our recent achievement of the Investors in Diversity Silver award. Our dedication to celebrating diversity and fostering inclusivity within the trust is unwavering and we have worked exceptionally hard over the past few years to advance and promote EDI which has included a number of significant and vital changes to our operations.

    Every member of staff within our trust has contributed to our journey by making our schools such warm, welcoming, and inclusive places to work and for our students to thrive and study. Our employees are our top priority and creating an inclusive work environment with a positive culture is essential to our people-focused strategy. A huge congratulations to everyone in our trust for all their hard work in helping us achieve this award. We are delighted to receive the Silver Award, and this will play a crucial role in shaping our long-term EDI plan, supporting us on this ongoing journey.”


    National Centre for Diversity

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  • Conclusion: Changing the timings of the school day

    Published 03/05/24

    Click to download the Conclusion: Changing the timings of the school day letter pdf

    3RD May 2024

    Dear parents and carers,

    I am writing to you to inform you of the results of our consulted changes to the school day, coming into effect from September 2nd 2024.

    Feedback on this proposal has been overwhelmingly positive and I can therefore summarise concluded changes below for years 7 to 11 at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls:

    • A 15 minute earlier start time of 8.15am every day; 
    • A 10 minute earlier finish time of 2.55pm every day except Wednesday; 
    • A finish time of 2.05pm on Wednesdays, which will include an afternoon registration; 
    • We will no longer need to have different finishing times in Week A and Week B, meaning that the finishing times above are consistent each week;
    • The lengths of periods would be 5 x 1-hour lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 
    • The length of periods would be 4 x 1 hour on Wednesdays; 
    • Staggered lunches of 40 minutes each for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

    The new school day timings will therefore be as follows:

    Key Stage 3: Monday/ Tuesday/ Thursday/ Friday 

     

    Start 

    Finish 

    AM registration 

    8:15am 

    8:40am 

    P1 

    8:40am 

    9:40am 

    P2 

    9:40am 

    10:40am 

    Break 

    10:40am 

    11:05am 

    P3 

    11:05am 

    12:05am 

    Lunch 

    12:05pm 

    12:45pm 

    P4 

    12:45pm 

    1:45pm 

    P5 

    1:45pm 

    2:45pm 

    PM registration 

    2:45pm 

    2:55pm  

    Key Stage 3: Wednesday 

     

    Start 

    Finish 

    Personal Development 

    8:15am 

    8:55am 

    P1 

    8:55am 

    9:55am 

    P2 

    9:55am 

    10:55am 

    Break 

    10:55am 

    11:20am 

    P3 

    11.20am 

    12:20pm 

    Lunch 

    12:20pm 

    12:55pm 

    Period 4 

    12:55pm 

    1:55pm 

    PM registration 

    1:55pm 

    2:05pm 

    Key Stage 4: Monday/ Tuesday/ Thursday/ Friday 

     

    Start 

    Finish 

    AM registration 

    8:15am 

    8:40am 

    P1 

    8:40am 

    9:40am 

    P2 

    9:40am 

    10:40am 

    Break 

    10:40am 

    11:05am 

    P3 

    11:05am 

    12:05am 

    P4 

    12:05pm 

    1:05pm 

    KS4 Lunch 

    1:05 pm 

    1:45pm 

    P5 

    1:45pm 

    2:45pm 

    PM registration 

    2:45pm 

    2:55pm 

    Key Stage 4: Wednesday 

     

    Start 

    Finish 

    Personal Development 

    8:15am 

    8:55am 

    P1 

    8:55am 

    9:55am 

    P2 

    9:55am 

    10:55am 

    Break 

    10:55am 

    11:20am 

    P3 

    11.20am 

    12:20pm 

    P4 

    12:20pm 

    1:20pm 

    Lunch 

    1:20pm 

    1:55pm 

    PM registration 

    1:55pm 

    2:05pm 

    Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys, our brother school right next door, intends to start at 8.40am and finish by 3.20pm, creating a 25-minute gap between both schools’ start and finishing times from September 2024.

    I want to thank you for your engagement in our consultation process and hope that you agree that these new times will greatly benefit the smooth access and exit from our two schools.

    Yours faithfully,

    Ms L Williams

    Headteacher

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  • Uniform Spring Offer - 10% off 4th-6th May 2024

    Published 29/04/24
    10% off everything this bank holiday weekend!
    Enter Promo Code: SPRING24
    Click here to buy uniform from Brigade

     

    Offer only applies to orders placed online between 00:01 on 04/05/24 and 23:59 on 06/05/24.

    Offer only applies to order placed via the ‘Parents Direct’ area of our site

    Offer cannot be claimed on orders placed prior to, or after the above period.

    Discount does not apply to delivery/handling charges.

    Offer only applies to orders placed online using the promo code: SPRING24

    Partial refunds will not be given if you place your order during this period but fail to correctly apply the promo code

    Offer only applies to orders placed on www.brigade.uk.com

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  • Erith Town FC - Final Game of the Season - Thursday 25th April 2024 at 7.45pm - Bayliss Avenue Thamesmead

    Published 23/04/24

    Erith Town vs. Snodland Town FC - Final Game of the Season Thursday 25th April 2024 at 7.45pm

    Stanmore Stadium Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London SE28 8NJ

    The final game of the regular league season against Snodland Town FC is this Thursday 25th April at 7:45pm. This may be a bit late for some, but we would be delighted to invite as many fans as we can to this game to celebrate the first season we have had at Bayliss Avenue.

    As a thank you for your support this season, fans will have the chance to have photos taken with the SCEFL Challenge Cup and Kent Senior trophies that the club has won, as well as the club buying fans their first drink of the evening at the bar. There will also be half-time entertainment for any children to take part in, as well as the chance to meet and have photos with the players and management after the game. As always, any season ticket holders will get in FREE and any accompanying adults will get in at the reduced rate of just £5 instead of the usual £8.

    Thank you again for your support this season. It has meant a lot to all of us at Erith Town FC, and we would not have been able to achieve what we have without you.

    Click to view the Erith Town FC website for more details

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  • Poly Parent Morning - Monday 22nd April 2024

    Published 22/04/24

    This morning, we hosted parents and carers for our Poly Parent Morning event. The focus this week was on encouraging reading at home. Mrs. Spencer, our School Librarian and Literacy Coordinator, presented to parents and shared tips to make reading a positive experience at home, including the following:

    • Select books based on your child's interests.
    • Even ten minutes of daily reading adds up to over an hour per week.
    • Utilize libraries! They are free to join and offer a wide range of books.
    • Don't hesitate to seek advice on reading or literacy from your child's Tutor, English Teacher, or the School Librarian.

    We always enjoy seeing so many parents and carers at our Poly Parent Mornings, thank you to everyone who attended. Please keep an eye out for information about our next morning event.

    For any queries about reading at home and literacy, you can contact Mrs. Spencer at rspencer@woolwichpolygirls.co.uk.

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  • Poly Parent Morning - Monday 22nd April 2024 9.15-10.15am

    Published 16/04/24

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Please save the date for our next Poly Parent Morning, which will be held on Monday 22 April 2024 from 9.15 - 10.15 a.m.

    During this session there will be a focus on the importance of literacy across the curriculum and at home.

    We will look at how literacy impacts results in exams, how it can support mental health and wellbeing, and why Reading for Pleasure is a vital part of learning.

    There will be information shared on how WPSfG supports literacy, as well as hints and tips for parents and carers to support their young people with these skills outside of school.

    Poly Parent Morning is always a great time to meet with other parents, and gather further information on various topics and interests from our brochure table.

    Refreshments will be provided and young children and babies are welcome.

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Kind regards,

    Mrs R Brown

    Poly Parent Morning Co-ordinator

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