Wilson's School

Regional Champions

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ON SUNDAY, a team of fourteen cadets, captained by CWO St Clair-Gray, travelled to RAF Halton for the annual South East Area Royal Air Squadron Trophy Competition (the 'Royal' being added this year after the competition received recognition from the Crown). The hours of dedicated training paid off; they went on to win the competition, dominating the seven disciplines - winning the Drill, Military Knowledge, Aircraft Recognition and Fitness - as well as placing in Shooting and First Aid.

Thanks must go to the dedication and commitment of the team – our youngest ever. They faced stiff opposition from the other teams and came through winners.

The team's focus now turns to the National Finals to be held on 4 March and the ultimate goal: retaining the title of being RASTC National Champions. Good luck to everyone involved.

House Music Winners

Each year the level of competition in Wilson's House Music gets ever more fierce. This year was no exception, with over 200 entries! The visiting adjudicators commented on how well the boys presented themselves and were extremely impressed with the overall standard – so much so that it often made it very difficult to decide on the winners! What a great situation to be in with so many talented musicians in the school. Thank you to all who entered, and well done to those who won a place. The winner of each category goes on to compete in the House Music Grand Finale on Tuesday 13 March 2018, at 7pm in the John Jenkins Hall. All are welcome to attend. Who will be crowned Wilson's Young Musicians of the Year?
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Student Investor Challenge

The Student Investor Challenge is a UK wide stock market investment game. All Year 10 Business students formed groups and entered this prestigious competition to make the highest possible return from their investment portfolios. The Active Investor portfolio of £100,000 allowed teams to trade every day leading to a short term dash for profits, while the Strategic Investor portfolio of £100,000 only permitted a limited number of trades per month, encouraging long term thinking. Having traded over a three month period two teams from Wilson's have reached the National semi-finals. Congratulations to Dazvanth Manokaran, Nithin Bose, Mayoorathan Sukumar, William Higgs, Harry Hamilton-Warford, Koushikk Ayyappan, Pranav Madan, William Johnson and Ken Li. They now have to predict the trading value of a number of shares over the coming weeks in order to reach the National finals. A very difficult task given the recent volatility in the markets!

Bebras Challenge Finals

Talented students Ryan Court, Daniel Cleary, and Dawood Khan from Wilson's School were invited to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford on Sunday 28 January as finalists in a UK-wide computing competition – The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge.

Reaching the final of the Senior age group is an impressive achievement, as 14,402 students entered the first round of the Senior age group category (14–16). Ryan, Daniel, and Dawood were among the top 60 highest achieving students invited to the final round in their age group, and were presented with their finalist's certificates at a prize-giving ceremony at Hertford College.

The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge, supported by Google, is designed to get students excited about computing and computational thinking. It is a problem-solving contest with questions inspired by topics in computer science. In the first round, held in their own schools, students have to try and solve as many problems as possible in the allotted time. There are six age categories. The highest scoring students from the four oldest age groups (Elite, Senior, Intermediate, and Junior) were then invited to the Department of Computer Science at Oxford for the finals over two weekends in January and February.

Sports News

Football Team and Player of the Week

Team of the WeekIkedi Harker played well in both 2nd XI wins this week while Hamish Rennie-Carter was outstanding keeping two clean sheets. Krish Agarwal was man of the match at the back for the U12Ds, but it is Caleb Bowers (photo below left) who wins player of the week for his goal of the season contender for the U12Cs.

Player of the Week One of the most difficult weeks in the football fixture list meant a trip to the always formidable Hampton. The U12D (photo below right) produced an excellent team display to win 2-1 while the U12E scored some stunning goals in winning 7-2. The 3rd XI drew 1-1 against an always strong Hampton 3rd XI. Team of the week goes to the 2nd XI who beat a good U16 Hampton team 1-0 (photo above).
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Monday 29 January

Wilson’s VS Greenshaw
U15A lost 2-1

Wednesday 31 January
Wilson’s vs. City of London (Block Friendly)
1st XI won 4-1
2nd XI won 2-0
3rd XI won 2-0
4th XI lost 2-0
5th XI drew 1-1

Friday 2 February
Wilson’s VS Hampton ( Block Friendly)
U12A lost 3-1
U12B lost 3-0
U12C drew 1-1
U12D won 2-1
U12E won 7-2

Saturday 3 February
Wilson’s Vs Hampton (Block Friendly)
1st XI lost 4-1
2nd X1 won 1-0
3rd X1 drew 1-1
U15A lost 5-1
U15B lost 5-0
U14A lost 3-1
U14B lost 4-0
U13A lost 6-0
U13B lost 3-1

Rugby: U12 vs St. Olave's

The U12s recently travelled to Kent to play St Olave's. The U12s were up against a strong St Olave's team boasting some of their A team players.

You You Yu was at the heart of the defence throughout the game, closely followed by Jerome Fernando whose industrious work at the breakdown earned him a well earned try on the stroke of half time, to take Wilson's in at 5 – 0 up. In the second half a spilt ball in midfield meant St Olave's could race away to score, shortly followed by another try out wide following some sloppy work from Wilson's with the ball in hand. Wilson's bounced back though and Jake Phelps–Gardiner fed Sean Balite the ball, enabling him to race away from the half way line. At this point, St Olave's bought some strength on from the bench and in the dying moments of the game snatched the draw from Wilson's hands with a powerful run from one of their outside backs. This was a great performance by the whole team and one the boys should be proud of.

The U12Bs had another great afternoon out, scoring some great tries through Ishan Sharma. However this wasn't to be their day, as St Olave's worked some well taken tries. The boys never gave up though and fought right to the end to impress the coach, Milo Wakefield. Oscar Taperell in action (above) and with the other participants (far right below)

Swim for Wilson's!

70 Wilson's Boys and their Siblings will be leaving a legacy by being the largest Team Entry in Purley Rotary's 30 years Swimathon History! Please help them raise funds for Wilson's by making a small donation at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/wilsonspfa2018

For detailed information about the Swimathon 2018, click on: http://rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgIDf3809&ClubIDˆ5
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Football News

Football Team and Player of the Week

Team of the Week The U13B had a great week winning their two games against Wimbledon and Salesians while the U15As continued their good form with a hard fought 1-0 win. But this week it was all about the U12s. The U12As produced an excellent performance to beat Wimbledon College 3-2 in what was a great game to watch. This week's team of the week is the U12Bs (photo above) who made it four wins in a row; the highlight being a 4-2 win away to Salesians.

Player of the Week Harry Endacott (photos below: on left, with Christopher Ofokansi) was immense at the back for the U12A in their game versus Wimbledon College and backed that up with a great headed goal. Kit Gikas and Craig Lobo showed it is not all about the goal scorers with two fine performances in goals to keep two clean sheets for their teams. Player of the week is Tom Hubner who had a fine all-round game for the U14A's. His shooting practice Friday paid off with a brilliant free kick goal followed by another goal and two assists.
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Wilson’s vs. Royal Russell, 1:0
Report by Taalib Hussain

It was the U15A's first competitive game in a while against Salesians. On a cold morning the boys struggled to start off well and were quite sluggish. They had a few shots from distance, but the opposition keeper made some great saves, especially against a thunderbolt strike from Reece Williamson. Taalib Hussain didn't let anything past him at the back and at the end of the first half Kit Gikas made an excellent save which kept the score at 0-0. Wilson's dominated the first half with possession but couldn't find the breakthrough.

The second half began the same with Wilson's pressing for the goal but unable to break down the strong Salesian's back four. Midway through the second half Wilsons did get their goal; Yusuf Hussain and Maj Kumar combined to free Guy Thompson who chipped the keeper from far out with a composed finish. Wilson's had chances to increase the lead through Middleton and Kumar, but they defended well for the rest of the half to get the win. Taalib put his body on the line and took a powerful volley to the stomach, Kit made some more wonderful saves and Joseph Harries was excellent on debut. Wilsons left the pitch with a 1-0 victory which was thoroughly deserved.

Team: Gikas; T Hussain; Middleton; G Thompson; Malcolm; Williamson; Johnson; Hamilton-Warford; A Thompson; Kumar; Y Hussain; Harries
Goal: G Thompson
MOM: K Gikas
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Pictured above: Kit Gikas and Guy Thompson


Tuesday 23 January

Wilson’s VS Wimbledon College
U13A lost 1-0
U13B won 3-1

Wednesday 24 January

Wilson’s vs. City of London (Block Friendly)
1st XI lost 3-0 VS Windsor (National Cup Last 16)

Friday 26 January

Wilson’s VS Wimbledon College
U12A won 3-2
U12B won 3-1
U12C lost 2-1

Saturday 27 January

Wilson’s Vs Salesian’s
U15A won 1-0
U15B lost 3-2
U14A won 4-1
U14B won 4-0
U13A lost 3-0
U13B won 3-0
U12A lost 2-1
U12B won 4-2

Looking Ahead

  • 12 - 16 February - HALF TERM BREAK
  • 19 - 23 Feb - Y12 Internal Exam Week
  • 26 Feb - 2 March - Y13 Internal Exam Week
  • Monday 26 Feb - Prayer Group Mtg. (8.00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday 27 Feb - GCSE Musicians' Evening (7.00 p.m.)
  • Friday 2 March - Y8 PFA Cake Sale (3.05 p.m.)
  • Monday 5 March - Used Uniform Sale (3.30pm) • Monday 5 March - Maths Circle Lecture (3.45pm)

Deputy Head's Reminder

Mobile Phones

The school's mobile phones policy is very straightforward: electrical equipment and mobile telephones may not be used in any part of the school grounds, except with the permission and supervision of a member of staff. Any pupil wishing to use their phone to call home should do so from the Main Reception. Year 7 and 8 pupils must not bring into school mobile phones with internet access or a camera.
In the Lower School we look to reward students who have gone above and beyond in lessons and in extra-curricular activities. Our congratulations go to those named below.
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Henry of 7D for playing so magnificently in assembly!

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Sidharth (8D) for maintaining a consistently excellent approach to his studies and always working as hard as he can.

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