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The Library is a purpose-built space, home to over 11,000 resources divided between fiction and non-fiction with access to computers. It is a calm working room, on two floors, affording everyone the opportunity of quiet study or reading.

The Librarians work closely with the subject departments to keep the non-fiction stock up to date supporting study through every stage. Tracking student reading trends and publishers’ latest releases, we ensure our stock is modern and relevant, yet maintain a balance between classic texts and modern authors to provide a comprehensive reading experience.

The Library catalogue, Accessit, can be accessed remotely (!dashboard), from a laptop or a smartphone via the school website, meaning students are able to search and reserve books in advance, or add book reviews to the catalogue, helping others with their book choices.

An annual programme of events includes two author visits; one coinciding with World Book Day in March, and the other in the summer term. In the past we have had the pleasure of welcoming highly-respected authors such as Sufiya Ahmed, Sophia Bennett, Anne Cassidy, Laura Dockrill, Mary Hooper, Sally Nicholls, Malcolm Rose and Holly Smale, all of whom have proved highly successful with the girls.

In October we celebrate creative writing with National Poetry Day; this gives the girls the opportunity to submit and recite their poetry based on that year’s theme. Our ‘Catch Me Reading’ initiative enters those ‘caught’ reading into a termly prize draw. To provide a more inclusive reading experience, the first WHSG Book Award was launched in 2018 with a shortlist inspired by the Carnegie Book Award and the Essex Book Award. Its success has turned it into an annual event.

Parents are welcome to contact the Librarians if they have any questions concerning the Library and its resources.

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    Boris Johnson to address school leavers Friday 10 July 10am. The PM will address all school leavers, broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. Please encourage your final year children to tune in! Recordings of the address will be available on both platforms.
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    Pop over to Facebook tonight for a virtual piano recital. View all our students' performances over lockdown on our WHSG Music YouTube channel
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    the ensembles - sheet music & play-along tracks, along with the Google Drive folder (upload your final recording here). More info can be found on the poster below & if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs Daniels. We can't wait to see your performances!
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    instrumental, strings or vocal, or you can submit a solo, duet or other ensemble performance (these will be auditioned depending the number of submissions). To take part, please join the Music Ensembles Google Classroom - iorjedv - where you can find all of the resources for
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    After the huge success of our Virtual Live Lounge, we are hoping to showcase more superb musical performances from our WHSG students in a Virtual Summer Concert. It is your last chance to get involved (deadline FRIDAY 10th JULY) by performing with one of our virtual ensembles:
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    We are pleased to announce that 1st floor refurbishment works at Westcliff High School for Girls started this week and we look forward working with the school again!
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    The students that have been coming in to school have been busy paying tributes in chalk on the playground floor.
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    Join the live Q&A at 2pm today
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    Year 12’s UCAS course search for 2021 is open! Take a look at what courses interest you and perhaps sign up for some virtual open days. It will do wonders for your motivation!!
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    There is still time to register your child for online music lessons. Please see the flyer for details and contact Mrs Daniels.
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    Did you know that you can access even if you don't live in Southend? If you attend a secondary school in you can use our service! 📱#SouthendSN
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    A virtual wellbeing weekender, free for students and frontline and key workers.
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