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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:

    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.

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  • Wear purple day - Thursday 23rd November 2023

    Published 17/11/23

    Dear families,

    As you may be aware, on 26th November 2022, two teenagers in our local community tragically lost their lives due to knife crime. Kearne Solanke and Charlie Bartolo were only 16 years old when they were stabbed and killed. This tragic loss affected both our local and school communities, and both boys have family members linked to our schools. We want to remember them both one year on and pay tribute to them by raising money for the Ben Kinsella Trust.

    The Ben Kinsella Trust is a charity set up in honour of Ben who also lost his life to knife crime 15 years ago.  The Trust was set up by his family and their website describes their work as: We educate young people on the dangers of knife crime and help them to make positive choices to stay safe. Our workshops follow the journey of both the victim and the offender through a series of unique and immersive experiences to show young people how choices and consequences are intrinsically linked.”

    We will be using resources from the Trust to deliver Personal Development lessons for our students to remind them of the impact that knives can have on individuals, families, and communities. 

    On Thursday 23rd November, we will be having a ‘Wear Purple Day’ to raise money for the charity. 

    We ask that students contribute £1 on the day (they of course can donate more if they are able).  Students/families that are not in a financial situation where they cannot contribute financially are still able to take part should they wish to, as this is about us standing together in Kearne and Charlie’s memory.

    On the day, students can wear an item or combination of items that are purple from the following list: 

    • Purple socks/tights 
    • Purple shirt/polo 
    • Purple hair band/bow/ribbon/accessory 
    • Purple tie 

    Students will still need to be in the rest of their school uniform with their purple item or items, (blazer, tie, skirt/trousers, shoes etc) and will not be permitted to have purple nails or make up/face paint. 

    If your daughter is worried about anything of this nature, please encourage her to speak to her form tutor or another member of staff as well as someone at home.

    Thank you in advance for your support for this cause.

    Ms E Smith

    DSL/Assistant Headteacher

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  • Diwali Celebrations at WPSfG!

    Published 09/11/23

    Diwali Celebrations at School

    Today, our school celebrated Diwali with a special themed menu catered by the talented Wilson Jones. The lunchtime spread included mouth-watering Chicken Balti, Vegetable Dhal with onion bhaji, and mini garlic naan breads, followed by a sweet honey and orange cake for dessert.

    Wishing everyone a joyous and prosperous Diwali!

    #diwalicelebration #diwali #diwalimenu #woolwichpolytechnic #woolwichpoly #polymatschools #polymat #thamesmead #greenwich

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  • Child Criminal Exploitation Parent/Carer Talks

    Published 07/11/23

    Dear parents/carers,

    We are holding some talks at both Woolwich Poly Girls' and Woolwich Poly Boys' schools this half-term on the topic of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE).  They will be given by the Growing Against Violence charitable organisation and will be on the following dates:

    Thursday 16th November 3.30 - 4.30pm at the Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls' site

    Tuesday 5th December 4 - 5pm at the Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys' site

    These talks are open to parents and carers of students in either school, so you may attend on either day. The talks will be the same each time so you do not need to come more than once. 

    Please see the attached flyer for information regarding CCE and contact your child's Head of Year if you have concerns of this nature.

    Click to download Child Criminal Exploitation Leaflet

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  • Important message to all parents/carers - Dispersal Zone 4th & 5th November 2023

    Published 02/11/23

    Dear parents/carers, 

    The police have informed us of their intention to have a dispersal zone covering Woolwich Town Centre on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November throughout the days and nights as a measure to prevent antisocial behaviour.

    We advise that any children without adult escort may be stopped by the police, questioned and asked to leave Woolwich Town Centre. Failure to co-operate with police instruction may lead to arrest.

    Those students coming to Saturday school or passing through Woolwich Town Centre are advised to take or change buses outside the main squares and Powys Street areas.

    Ms L Williams

    Head of School 

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  • Bannockburn Primary School joins PolyMAT - 1st November 2023

    Published 01/11/23

    Bannockburn Primary School joins PolyMAT

    We are very excited to announce that Bannockburn Primary School officially joins PolyMAT today, November 1st 2023. Bannockburn is a large and very successful feeder primary school to our existing two secondary schools and will be a key driver of our ambitions to develop our primary offer to other schools.

    Bannockburn Primary School prides itself on fostering a unique and diverse learning environment that empowers students to reach their full potential. The school spans two sites, both located within the Plumstead area, offering a purpose-built nursery unit at the Manor Way site. Bannockburn is a school with high aspirations for pupils, their families and the community of Plumstead.

    The arrival of Bannockburn means that we now provide education to over 3600 young people in the Thamesmead and Plumstead locality and can extend our work to achieve our vision of Success for Everyone through a cross-phase approach to the education journey.

    Bannockburn’s longstanding success and popularity are driven by their caring culture which always puts children first. This was evident from our first discussions and it was clear that PolyMAT’s values of Care and Unity are already reflected in how Bannockburn look after their children and their community.

    Our expanded partnership now offers the chance to design the learning journey “through the eyes of the child” and minimise disruption caused by the transition from primary to secondary. The benefits of staff collaborating between phases are considerable and we are all excited about the opportunities of working with our expanded “family”.

    Rachel Ford, Headteacher of Bannockburn Primary School, said: “We are all excited to build on our partnership with PolyMAT; sharing an aligned vision to provide our school communities with new opportunities and quality experiences".

    Tim Plumb, CEO of PolyMAT, said: “Bannockburn is the perfect school to be the first part of our primary offer, and we warmly welcome their staff, children and community into our partnership – this is a special day for our schools and our Trust”.

    PolyMAT Welcomes Bannockburn to the Trust with a Sweet Surprise

    This morning, our CEO Tim Plumb and COO Alexa Rendell visited Bannockburn's High Street and Manor Way sites to extend a warm welcome and to deliver some delicious chocolates. This visit commemorates Bannockburn joining our trust, and we couldn't be more thrilled about this partnership and what the future holds for PolyMAT.

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  • Poly Parent Morning - Friday 13th October 2023 Update

    Published 20/10/23

    On Friday 13th October  2023, we hosted another successful Poly Parent morning. Our focus was on ways that parents/carers can support their children from home, including managing homework, phone usage, and social media. The event was a great success, with many valuable discussions and ideas shared.

    We want to extend our gratitude to all attendees for being a part of this event. We truly appreciate your support.

    For those of you who were unable to attend, we have attached the resources that were shared during the event below.

    Keep an eye out for the next Poly Parent Morning date!

    Poly Parent Morning 13th October - PPT

    Family Mobile Contract

    Homework Guide Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls

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  • Discover Your Future Career Path at Skills London 2023

    Published 18/10/23

    Discover Your Future Career Path at Skills London 2023, UK’s Largest Jobs and Careers Event

    Skills London is the perfect event for 14-24-year-olds and their parents or guardians to explore career prospects and job opportunities. Come to ExCeL London on November 24th and 25th, 2023 to explore around 35,000 live jobs, courses, and apprenticeships from over 100 organisations.

    Supported by the Mayor of London, this free event provides tips and advice to help you find a career path that suits you. Visit to find out more and reserve your spot.

    Click here to find out more information about the Skills London event

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