Wilson's School

Cats!

IN THE LAST full week of term, 63 students from Wilson's and Wallington High School for Girls performed in the annual Junior Production — this year, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats — and what a production it was! Over the course of four performances some 500 people saw the show, including a matinée for a number of local primary schools who were especially pleased when they were able to meet some of the cast after the show and see them, up close, in some of their great costumes.

Speaking of costumes, a special thank you goes to Mrs Straw and Miles Robinson (UVI) for their extraordinary efforts with this production. Not only do they deserve credit for their innovative ways of making costumes (using cut balls with wool glued on — a cost efficient way of creating a wig) but also the sheer amount they had to make and their commitment to that. The cast looked amazing and the whole team should be congratulated.

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Conrad Essilfie-Conduah led a talented and professional crew once more; though the set requirements are low on a production like Cats (it has a static single set and no scenic changes) the crew still mastered new techniques in follow spotting and committed to getting all the technical elements exactly right despite a few sound glitches towards the start of the run. Cats has a deceptively easy-sounding score and yet its incidental nature and darting melodies make it one of Lloyd Webber's trickiest to play. Luckily for Wilson's, the music department was ready for the challenge and the result was an extremely tight band that moved effortlessly from the quick and exciting Jellicle Cats to the sweeping sounds of Old Deuteronomy before the dramatic Grizabella bars and the most famous song of the show, Memory. The music was superb and our thanks go to Mr Elsom for his direction.

The cast showed dedication and enthusiasm for what is an unusual show for an all-boys' Grammar School to take on. It's very dance-heavy and one that requires a great deal of stamina from the cast; Aaron Stace provided the audience with a very engaging performance as Munkastrap whilst Daniel Wainewright created a chilling moment at the finale when he sang The Addressing Of Cats to close the show. Aaron Gillett gave a show-stealing turn as the Rum Tum Tugger, the curious cat — with hips rolling and thrusting, he strutted around the stage with great confidence in a wig that was used in Wilson's 2013 production of Twelfth Night, when the character of Olivia was modelled on the 1980's Madonna! His performance brought the house down. Indeed the whole cast is notable for their talent this year — they were quite something and have left their audience looking forward to the next production.

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Pride!

Every year the annual Pride in London festival culminates in a bright parade through the centre of the city where floats and walking groups represent a variety of organisations and groups showing their support for the LGBT+ community. This year the event was held on Saturday 7 July and for the second year running Wilson's School Pride Society was lucky enough to join the event. It is a fantastic opportunity for the students to interact with and be surrounded by others holding the same values and also sent out a powerful message; that Wilson's is a place of acceptance for all and has a forward-thinking and pro-active approach to addressing LGBT+ issues.

There were humble beginnings for the Pride festival; in 1972 a mere 2000 people joined to celebrate diversity and protest against discrimination. Forty-six years later and 1 million people now descend on the capital to participate in the celebration. It is often argued that Pride is no longer necessary; the law now protects against discrimination, supports equal marriage and adoption and now legislates for gender equality. Yet the most recent surveys suggest that over 1 in 3 LGBT+ people have been verbally abused because of their identity, sexuality or gender, and over three quarters of LGBT+ people don't feel comfortable showing affection to a partner in public. The theme of this year's pride festival was 'Pride Matters' and such statistics prove why this is the case. Whilst shame rather than pride is the overwhelming emotion for so many, events which support the cause for those in the LGBT+ community are still vital.

We were cheered along and supported the length of the parade, by family, friends, colleagues and strangers alike. With 9 students, 4 teachers and 2 Old Wilsonians our group was one of the smallest, yet we drew much attention from the thousands of excited supporters through the very fact that we were a school that was marching. Some recognised Wilson's, whether ex-students or locals, and one Old Wilsonian present at the event even took time to send a touching e-mail to Mr Cole to tell him how much our presence at the event meant to him. He wrote 'I am extremely proud of my old school representing inclusivity and the acceptance of all their students in such a public, confident and proud manner.'

Once again we were completely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, maturity and conduct of the students we accompanied and were immensely proud of them and the passionate message they were broadcasting. We are also acutely aware that there are many students who would have loved to be there, but still don't feel comfortable enough. We still have so much work to do and yes, Pride still matters at Wilson's!
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Article by: Matt Jeffrey, Old Wilsonian and co-founder of Wilson's School Pride Society

Three years ago a society was tentatively set up by a group of students looking for an environment where they could openly be themselves. When the Pride Society was created we thought it that would be forgotten in our wake. I can honestly say for once that I have never felt so happy to be proven wrong.

On Saturday 7 July I was afforded the pleasure of walking in the London Pride parade with boys and teachers who clearly felt just as passionate about the club as I did when I was a Wilsonian. Over the course of the day the boys made it very clear that the club was still entirely committed to the acceptance of all and to spreading love and support between one another regardless of who was in the LGBT+ community or not.

Pride is an accurate word. I was certainly feeling it seeing the society I loved stronger and more unified than ever, and the students and teachers who still make up its membership deserve to feel proud of the fantastic work they are doing. Not only are they embodying that selfless school motto I used to hear every day for all those years, but they are also giving me reason to stop and think. Maybe Wilson's does still have things to teach me!

Team Maths Challenge Final

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National Chess Finals

Report by Aranan Sivakumar
We embarked on a sweltering, extensive journey to Uppingham for the finals. Once we arrived, we quickly settled into our rooms and a couple of us headed down to eat the classic lasagne served for lunch on the first day. The unbearable heat influenced Ms. Horton to buy a lovely Mars Ice cream bar, which coupled up well with her ever-worsening cold. Fortunately, the first game tends to be relatively easier for us, given how the pairing systems work, allowing us to ease into a cheeky victory over Queen Elizabeth Hospital (a school in Bristol) without breaking a sweat, though as a result we were faced with far greater obstacles…

We were paired up with local rivals Hampton School in the second round and unfortunately they just managed to come out on top with a 3.5 – 2.5 victory, with especially tough matches for the top 3 boards. That being said, nobody was overly discontented given that the England football match was to begin at 7pm. In addition we had an eventful game of Cranium led by none other than Ms. Horton.

Day 2 we were due to play Brighton College, which again meant tough matches on the top boards. Another close match and another 3.5 – 2.5 loss meaning that we had to win our last round match. Fuelled by pulled pork burgers we just pulled it out of the bag against King Edward GS, Chelmsford with another 3.5 – 2.5 result, in this case in our favour.

Two match wins, and two losses, left us in a fantastic 6th place in the national finals, the same position as last year. With three of our first team leaving for university it will be a challenge for us to do as well next year.

Annual Air Squadron Day

by Ben St. Clair-Gray
Wilson's RAF Section, for the third year running, had the privilege of attending the annual Royal Air Squadron Day, held at the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire. This was in recognition of their achievement in coming second nationally in the RASTC national finals. The day started with a Parade in honour of the winning schools and the de Havilland Flying Foundation medal winners, one of which was won by CWO St Clair-Gray. Afterwards a lunch was served before the main event which everyone was looking forward to: flying! With excitement everyone wolfed down their food before the general jostling for position to secure flights in the best aircraft. The pinnacle of Wilson's flying was the de Havilland Rapide, a 1930s luxury biplane. It was very impressive as it belonged to the owner of Jet2Holidays and is usually on display in the Collection but was wheeled out to provide the cadets with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Other aircraft there on the day included modern aircraft such as the Cessna 182 or the WWI Tiger Moth. Despite the incredibly hot conditions an enjoyable day was had by all and everyone was reminded of the lustre of being an air cadet.
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Wilson's Summer Parkrun

by Aaron Gillett
On Saturday 7 July, around 50 students, teachers, old boys, parents and friends of Wilson's School took part in the annual summer parkrun, a 5K race for all ages. After the team photo was taken and the runners, almost 200 in total, began to walk to the start line, temperatures had already reached a sweltering 30°C hinting at what would most certainly be a tough, tiring yet rewarding run. Not only did Wilson's runners do extremely well with a few gaining personal best times despite the tough conditions, but we also had 5 runners in the top ten finishers including 1st position. At the end of the race our times and houses were recorded. Well done to all who participated and helped to achieve such an excellent turn out representing the school and their houses. The house competition results are as follows:
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Sports Day

A big thank you to the Parents' Association for providing ice creams for the boys, staff and visitors to enjoy on Sports Day. This went down very well on a very warm day. Congratulations to Greencoat on their victory! We were delighted to welcome Tom Holden (OW) back to award the prizes on Sports Day. His ongoing recovery is an inspiration to us all. It was excellent this week to see so many old boys back helping the Lower Sixth this week with their University Preparation Courses. A true example of non sibi sed omnibus !
NOTICEBOARD

Looking Ahead


  • Monday 16 - Thursday 19 July
  • Visits and Activities Week
  • Tuesday 17 July - Term ends for Y8 and Y10
  • Thursday 19 July - Term ends for Y7, Y9 and Y12

Calendar

The school's calendar has been updated on the website to include information for September and October.

Deputy Head's Reminder

Counselling Service
There is a free counselling service for young people in Sutton ("Off the Record"). For further information, please contact info@jumpstartsutton.org or speak to a Pupil Support Manager (Mme Renaut, Miss Banner or Miss Atwell).

Summer Holidays
We look forward to welcoming boys back in September. There is no access to the school site from Saturday 21 July and members of the office staff are asked not to permit entry for health and safety reasons.

Woodcote Green Nursery Vouchers

Woodcote Green Garden Centre have now finished issuing the vouchers. Thank you for all the vouchers we have currently received. Please can you bring in any vouchers you have remaining at home and place in the green box on the reception desk by the end of term.

PFA 100 Club

The winners of the July PFA 100 Club draw are as follows:

1st Prize W Robertson £30.00
2nd Prize B McMillan £18.00
3rd Prize L Shelton £12.00

Congratulations to them. If you would like to participate please contact the PFA using the following email address: wilsons.100club@gmail.com.
STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
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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Brandon of 7B was nominated for showing extreme levels of consideration and kindess to a fellow pupil. He both found and restored his planner.

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Saif (8B) was nominated for having a really positive approach to life in school and enjoying a very successful Year 8.

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CRICKET NEWS
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Player of the Week

Unfortunately there were only five games played, however the boys didn't disappoint. For the U12As, Ahrujan Ragunathan bowled well taking another 2 wickets, whilst Zain Khan finished the season with another accomplished innings of 47.

In the U14A team game, Jackson Ellis, Moksh Sachdeva and Aaron Stace were all in the runs with 32, 31 and 26 respectively. Aaron also took 3 stumpings of which 2 were from the bowling of Varnan Senthilnathan who took 3-16. The highlight of that game though was the bowling of Nick Felice who had figures of 4 overs, 1 maiden and 5 wickets for 9 runs. He took 4 wickets in his last over including a hat trick.

The 1st X1 had 3 matches which saw good bowling from Riley Jarrold 3-14 and 4-24, Daniel Read 3-23 and despite only taking 1 wicket in 2 games , Rehan Gamage bowled very well in both matches. The batters shone with Achal Srivastav making 30 & 51, Varun Jain 59 not out his maiden 1st X1 half century, Arjun Dutta 30 & 51 his maiden 1st X1 50 (he also took 5 stumpings), Janaken 34 and Rehan Gamage a valuable 22 not out. The innings of the week though was made by Pranav Madan who against the Old Wilsonians CC hit 105 not out from only 60 balls, with 15 4s and 2 6s. From records we believe this is the youngest player to score a hundred for the school 1st X1 and makes Pranav the Player of the Week.
Team of the Week

The U14As had a good win over Langley Park and the 1st X1 put in a valiant display against the Old Wilsonians, but for a controlled performance from a young 1st X1 their win against Wallington Grammar on their Open Evening and a last ball victory in a 40 over game against the adults of The Forty Club makes the 1st XI the Team of the Week.
CRICKET RESULTS
Monday 2 July

Wilson’s vs St. Bede’s
U12A lost by 39 runs

Wednesday 4 July

Wilson’s vs Old Wilsonians CC
1st XI lost by 22 runs

Thursday 5 July

Wilson’s vs Wallington Grammar
1st X1 won by 32 runs
Wilson’s vs Langley Park
U14A won by 22 runs
U14B match cancelled

Saturday 7 July

Wilson’s vs Old Wilsonians CC
U15A match cancelled
U13A match cancelled

Monday 9 July

Wilson’s vs. The Forty Club
1st X1 won by 3 wickets
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