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  • Safeguarding training for Year 9, Amazing individuals, Girls 2 Tech, Year 13 mock week, PTA Quiz Night, Forward look - dates for your diary.

    Published 26/02/18, by Rachel Hayward

    Our School Our Week

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  • Enriching Experiences!

    Published 05/02/18, by Rachel Hayward
      Picture of the week - All fired up!   ​ Enriching experiences - INVEST day 25 January New recruits! Assistant Headteacher appointments 453 voices Sporting fixtures - results update Forward Look - dates for your
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  • Our School Our Week

    Published 26/01/18, by Rachel Hayward


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    Picture of the week:

    National Table Tennis competitors: Mary Pang, Sofia Moran-Casanova, Sophie Mutlow, Rebecca Greenough.


    • Have you had your say? – Vision update.
    • Up on the roof.
    • World Challenge Auction
    • Sixth Form Open Evening.
    • Enrichment achievements.
    • Cake at break – Year 11 Mocks are over!
    • U16 Regional Netball finals.
    • The week in pictures – follow our Facebook.
    • Forward Look – dates for your diary.

    Picture of the week

    The High School for girls took part in the Zone 5 finals of the national table tennis competition in Birmingham last Sunday. The standard was very high and although we persevered in some close matches we were not quite able to qualify for the regional finals. We were however an under 15 team in the under 16 competition, so next year we will be stronger because of this experience.  The girls were, as always, an absolute pleasure to be with and we had many positive comments from officials and other teachers about their good nature and enthusiastic approach. 

    Have you had your say?

    The new school vision is on its way! All staff have taken part in considering the educational landscape and our ‘Little Blue Book’ of vision statements is nearly ready.  Students are collating their input next week and parents/carers have had their opportunity to contribute through the survey issued last week.  Missed this? Why not join us at the PTA meeting 22/1/18 at 7.30pm where the ‘Little Blue Book’ will be available for comment.

    Up on the roof - site development

    We successfully won a bid from the government to repair leaking roofs.  Work on the main building is due to complete by February half-term.  Large parts of the gym roof will be resurfaced by the end of March.

    World Challenge Auction takes place 2/2/18.   The auction list and tickets are available here.  Get your cheque books ready

    Sixth Form Open Evening

    Hundreds of students, parents and carers were welcomed to our Open Evening on Thursday evening this week.  Our school has an amazing vibe due to the people that make our community.  Thank you to students, staff, parents and governors who made the evening such a success.  All details relating to Sixth Form and admissions can be found here. Individual Post 16 pathway discussions with current Year 11 will take place in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, Miss Leathart, Mrs Dunnett and your subject teachers are always happy to discuss Sixth Form options with you.

    Enrichment achievements

    Bryony Tuck (Year 10) has become a Medic Mentor Ambassador for the school. 

    Charlotte Russell (Year 11) recently qualified for and won her first round in a women’s Grade 1 British Tour event.  She went on to compete against a world ranked player on the women’s WTA Tour.

    Year 11 mocks finished on Tuesday this week and we celebrated with ‘Cake at Break’ for all Year 11 and staff on Wednesday.  Well done Year 11 on managing the exam period, remember, they are a ‘learning opportunity’ (to quote Miss Wilkes!).  Thank you to staff for organising the session and for the massive amount of marking undertaken.

    U16 Regional Netball finals

    Best wishes to the following students who will be competing in the U16 South West finals in Bournemouth on Saturday, 27th January.  An amazing achievement.  Go get ‘em girls!

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    Harriet Sanderson, Remi Shah-Thornley, Rachel McKinlay, Jemima Kelly, Lucy Griffin, Elissa Moor, Antonia Smellie, Jess Bedwell, Scarlett Jinks, Natalie Sodzi

    Follow our Facebook so much happens in a week I can’t possibly cover it all here! Follow our Facebook page for regular updates.

    Forward Look – dates for your diary

    • 22/1/18 – PTA meeting 7.30-9.30pm.
    • 29/1/18 – Progress Monitoring issued – all Year groups.
    • 30/1/18 – KS3 Chamber Concert, 7.00pm, Main Hall.
    • 1/2/18 – Year 9 Consultation Evening 5.00-8.00pm.
    • 2/2/18 – World Challenge Auction of Promises, 7-9.30pm, Main Hall.
    • 6/2/18 - Year 11 Consultation Evening 5.00-8.00pm.
    • 9/2/18 – End of term at 3.30pm.
    ​Have a lovely weekend.​

    ​​Miss C Giblin
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  • Hello from Miss Giblin, our new Headteacher

    Published 08/01/18, by Rachel Hayward

    Hello, I'm Claire Giblin and I am the new Headteacher at the High School for Girls.

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  • Thank you and Goodbye

    Published 18/12/17, by Rachel Hayward
    Dear Parents/Carers This last term has been extremely busy with a large number of events occurring, including the visit of Professor Robert Winston to the school.  This was a most prestigious event for the school and more about his visit can
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  • Visit of Professor Winston, Mock Interviews – Year 11, Targeted Year 10-13 Parents’ Consultation Evening, Charity Concert and Christmas Carol Concert

    Published 08/12/17, by Rachel Hayward
    Dear Parents/Carers Visit of Professor Winston. Mock Interviews – Year 11. Targeted Year 10-13 Parents’ Consultation Evening. Charity Concert. Christmas Carol Concert. Visit of Professor Winston The school was deligh
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  • Shopping event, PTA Quiz, Rembrance Day Assembly, Dangerous Behaviour

    Published 15/11/17, by Rachel Hayward
    Dear Parents/Carers Shopping Event: Friday 17th November 2017. PTA Quiz. Remembrance Day Assembly Dangerous behaviour by young people on bicycles in traffic Shopping Event: Friday 17th November 2017 Friday night’s
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  • Progress 8 Attainment, Measles in Gloucestershire, PTA AGM, PTA Quiz Night and PTA Christmas Fayre

    Published 26/10/17, by Rachel Hayward
    Dear Parents/Carers Progress 8 and Attainment Measles in Gloucestershire PTA AGM – 7.30 pm on Monday, 30th October in the school hall PTA Quiz Night – 7.00 pm on Friday, 10th November in the school hall PTA Christm
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  • Creative Arts Exhibition, Croft Farm Bonding Trip, Spanish Exchange and Rags 2 Riches

    Published 09/10/17, by Rachel Hayward

    Dear Parents/Carers

    · Important information about measles and vomiting and diarrhoea viruses.

    Spanish Exchange.

    · GCSE Creative Arts Exhibition.

    · PTA Rags 2 Riches.

    · Croft Farm Year 7 Bonding Trip.

    Important information about measles and vomiting and diarrhoea viruses

    A separate email went out this morning concerning the above two issues.  PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

    I will let all parents/carers know as soon as the school is aware of an outbreak of either measles or the vomiting and diarrhoea virus.

    Spanish Exchange – 27th September – 4th October

    As always the Spanish exchange was a great success and everyone came back late on Wednesday evening having had a wonderful time.  I am sure that everyone who took part in the exchange would like to thank Mr Groom for organising it.

    GCSE Creative Arts Exhibition

    The standard of Art, Art Textiles and Design and Technology work was absolutely outstanding this year. Students had made the most amazing objects such as lamps, cake stands, boxes etc.  The Art Textiles and Art sketchbooks were a delight to peruse, as well as the final pieces.  I am looking forward to having some of the pieces in my office.  Well done to all the students.   Please take a look at the photographs on our website gallery.

    PTA Rags 2 Riches

    Thank you to everyone for their support of the PTA in the Rags 2 Riches collection.  There were certainly numerous bags waiting to be collected this morning.  This collection raises money for the PTA, which is then used to buy equipment needed in school that your daughters and sons benefit from.

    Croft Farm Year 7 Bonding Trip

    I have heard that Year 7 are thorough enjoying their bonding trip to Croft Farm.  I am certain you will hear more about the trip from Miss Wilkes, Year 7 Co-ordinator next week.

    I hope everyone has a good weekend!  Certainly the weather promises to be good on Sunday.

    Best wishes

    Ewa Sawicka

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  • Important Information For Parents/Carers

    Published 09/10/17, by Rachel Hayward

    Outbreak of measles in Gloucestershire and highly contagious vomiting and diarrhoea bug is sweeping the UK

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  • Prize-Giving, Facebook, Whole School Photograph and Adult Education 

    Published 25/09/17, by Rachel Hayward
    Dear Parent/Carers Facebook – Official HSFG Page Whole School Photograph Prize-giving Photographs Adult Education in Gloucestershire Facebook – Official HSFG Page We are delighted to announce the High School for Girls&
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  • First day and Security Update

    Published 22/09/17, by Rachel Hayward

    Here is the first email from Mrs Sawicka for this new academic year.

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