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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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  • Final Parent Morning of the year - Wednesday 10th July 2024 9.15-10.15am

    Published 12/06/24

    Dear parents and carers,

    Please save the date of our final Poly Parent Morning of the academic year. It will be on Wednesday 10th July 2024 at 9.15 - 10.15 a.m.

    We will be looking forward to what the new academic year holds for each year group and how parents can support their child to embrace the next stage of their education. There will also be a celebration of student achievements. More detailed information will follow nearer the time, but in the meantime, please put this date in your diaries.

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

    We look forward to seeing as many of you who can make it.

    Mrs R Brown

    Poly Parent Coordinator

    #parentmorning #woolwichpolytechnic #woolwichpoly #thamesmead #greenwich #polymatschools #Polymat

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  • Calling all 16-20 year olds: Reimagining our streets FREE workshop!

    Published 29/05/24

    As part of the 2024 London Festival of Architecture, not for profit organisation, HomeGrown Plus, is joining forces with architecture practice Pilbrow & Partners to lead a design workshop for 16-20 year olds to reimagine the city and their place within it.

    Over a 3-hour collaborative session, the group will come together to find imaginative solutions to redesign London’s spaces and places, examining how this could benefit them as well as future generations.

    You will need to bring along recycled materials, from a cardboard box to a plastic bottle (anything you would usually throw in the bin), and be encouraged to dream up alternative solutions to the way we use and develop our built environment to create a more equitable, sustainable and resilient city.

    The resulting models and drawings will be on display at Pilbrow &Partners’ Clerkenwell reception throughout the month of June.

    There is space for 20 participants and refreshments will be provided for the duration of the workshop.

    Reserve a spot now!

    SIGN UP HERE

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  • Uniform sale 15% discount on all orders 1st-3rd June 2024!

    Published 20/05/24

    Date: Saturday 1st June – Midnight Monday 3rd June

    Offer: 15% Discount on all orders

    Code: FINAL24

    This discount works in conjunction with the already reduced prices, reducing the blazers, for example, to under £20!

    School - Brigade Clothing, LTD

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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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