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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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  • @whsg1920
    Please be aware of a scam email that has been circulating regarding Free School Meals. Keep yourself up to date and well informed with the Government website
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    parts out on the laser cutter, then contact local docs and hospital to see if they want them.... 🤞.... and how many. Currently have 1 x printer on the go, but could potentially have 4 up an running if all goes well. Well done Mrs Parkin!
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    arm to avoid touching the handles. She is also trying out a file for face guards/ visors. If they work, Mrs Parkin will need to order a stronger material (PET-G). The prototype is a single use because of material (PLA). Mrs Parkin will come in to school to cut some additional
  • @whsg1920
    to fight the spread of Corona virus. It was on BBC news (Wales) and is now happening all over the country. The 'key ring' is a personal product used to avoid touching door handles. There are some attachments that fit onto door handles so that you can open them with your lower
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    Mrs Parkin as been putting the 3D printers into use and testing out some products via a D&T group I'she has joined to help fight the spread of Coronavirus. She got the original pattern/files from a group on Facebook for D&T teachers who are all trying to do there bit - 'helping
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    This is a self-reporting coronavirus app from Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, which monitors the spread of the virus as well as individual people's symptoms.
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    Something to look forward to once school can resume normal business. Our brand new minibus will make sports fixtures, DofE and school trips a little more comfortable!
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    We have updated our website regarding school day services:
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    We had a very emotional assembly today with our Year 13 students. May we wish them all the very best with all their future endeavors.
  • @whsg1920
    This week has been unprecedented, but our students have shown us their resilience. Although swiftly organised we were proud to celebrate with our Year 11 students today and reflect on their academic career, friendships and experiences here at Westcliff High School for Girls.
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    A big thank you to our Senior Team this year, who have enjoyed being served by the Senior Leadership Team this lunchtime.
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    Year 8 students have been treated to a visit from . They have been serenaded with Bon Jovi songs and told tales of sitting in trees writing songs.
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