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Wilson's welcomes the festive season

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THE ANNUAL WILSON'S SCHOOL CAROL SERVICE was a wonderful opportunity for the wider school community to come together and celebrate in the magnificent setting of Croydon Minster. Many pupils, parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers, governors and Old Wilsonians joined us for a truly memorable service. The marvellous School Choir, in which we have 100 participants, and brass players had spent the afternoon in rehearsals ably conducted by our choir master, Mr Christopher Hann.

Traditional carols such as Once in Royal David's City and O Little Town of Bethlehem were interspersed with some less well-known pieces, such as Britten's challenging Chorale After an Old French Carol sung by our Chamber Choir, and John Rutter's Mary's Lullaby sung by the full choir. A true spectacle was the performance of Gabrieli's O Magnum Mysterium, featuring Theo Horch as an alto soloist, with trombones in the brass ensemble adopting the role of the second choir.

The audience was enchanted by the readings, which were all exquisitely delivered by the students. There was a delightful atmosphere and it was wonderful to see the Minster full of people and to hear carols being sung with such relish. A selection of some of the carols will soon be available on the Music department's micro-site.

It was particularly special hearing the debut of Mr Elsom's recent composition The Saviour of All performed by the full choir.

Mr Cole would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy, festive break and he looks forward to welcoming the students back to school on Wednesday 3 January.

Senior Maths Challenge Victory

Our Senior Maths Challenge team took part in the regional final at Epsom College against lots of strong local schools. In the group round they managed to answer all ten questions successfully, whilst for the cross number they had just one wrong digit. They moved into the last round in a strong position but they knew that local rivals Sutton Grammar and Reigate Grammar were also doing very well. However, another good performance in the shuttle round, where the answer to one question is used in the next question, resulted in victory. And the prize – to do it all again at the national final in February 2018.

Congratulations to the winning team of:

  • Gabriel Cairns U6
  • Shavindra Jayasekera U6
  • Rubaiyat Khondaker 11
  • Alex Banwell L6
We wish them good luck in the national final.

Sixth Form Subject Commendations

Above: Lower Sixth students who received commendations

Every year, towards the end of the Autumn Term, the Sixth Form Team invites Heads of Department to nominate students in their subjects to receive Sixth Form Commendations. The criteria for these boils down to excellence in effort. Who has demonstrated true commitment to their studies? Who has upped their game since getting their AS results or really stepped up to the increased demands of Sixth Form study? Who regularly goes beyond what is expected of them? Students who are nominated are role models to others for their work ethic and we want to formally acknowledge and celebrate their grit and resilience. Congratulations to all those listed below!
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Below: Upper Sixth students who received commendations
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Tuesday 19th December
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House coloured tops
— with substantial amount of their House colour.

£1 to wear House colours and £2 not to.

Points for the House that looks the most unified at the whole school assembly.

Money raised to go to House Charities.

Why not join the PFA?

Have fun, make new friends, and raise funds at the same time
The committee have a lot of fun raising money for the school and if you would like to join them they would be pleased to have you. They organise many events, and are always grateful for any help that is offered. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, Mrs Guha by email at wilsonspfa@gmail.com.

Sports News

Football Team and Player of the Week

Team of the Week A quiet week due to heavy frost wiping out the busiest day versus Forest school but there was still time for some good performances. The 1st XI beat Challoner in the Surrey League in a hard-fought win. But this week's team of the week is the U13A (players shown below) who produced a masterclass in the first half of the match against Wallington in the Sutton Cup. A good Wallington side couldn't cope with the excellent attacking football on show as the U13As raced into a 5-0 lead, with some superb team goals.

Player of the Week
Ted St Clair-Gray was again commanding between the posts to gain another clean sheet for the 1st XI. Luca Stringer continued to dictate the play for the 3rd XI in their good week, going unbeaten. Guy Rogers' goal scoring exploits continued, with him netting another four against Wallington, making it twelve goals in just five games. Player of the week is Ademola Lewis (photo above) who has been instrumental in the good fortune of the 3rd XI team, playing at centre back or as a potent centre forward.
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Christmas Football Team of the Year Players that have performed consistently to a high standard so far this season for their individual teams:
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12. Hamish Rennie Carter
13. Nathan Mitchell
14. Sam Moody
15. Yusuf Hussain
16. Harry Endacott
Football Results

Tuesday 5 December
Wilson’s vs. Wallington (Sutton Cup)
U13A won 7 - 2

Wednesday 6 December
Wilson’s vs. Richard Challoner (Sutton Cup)
1st XI won 1 - 0

Wilson’s vs Richard Challoner (friendly)
U16A drew 1 - 1 vs. 4th XI

Wilson’s vs Trinity (friendly)

U16A lost 2 - 4

Chess Results

Wilson’s B drew with Trinity A

Wins for Adi Jain (Year 9) and Atticus Fear (Year 8)

Looking Ahead

  • Tuesday 19 December - House MUFTI
  • Tuesday 19 December - END OF TERM
  • Wednesday 3 January - TERM BEGINS – LATE START FOR STUDENTS (10.50 AM)
  • Thursday 4 January - SENIOR PRIZE GIVING (7pm)
  • Friday 5 January - MAIN PRIZE GIVING (2pm)
  • Monday 8 January - Prayer Group Meeting (8pm) - All Welcome
  • Tuesday 9 January - Y8 Parents’ Information Evening (7pm)

Deputy Head's Reminder

For last minute Christmas gifts, do remember to use the links to Amazon and Easy Fundraising from the school website! Very best wishes for a joyful and restful break.
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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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Razi of 7G was nominated for his continued support in helping peers with their organisation.

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Daniel of 8B was nominated for showing huge resolve in improving his diligence and the quality of his work in a number of subjects, but particularly in History.

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