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Romeo and Juliet

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THE END OF HALF TERM saw the opening of the hotly anticipated annual Senior Production: this year, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. With teaser posters and small football logos with 'Capulet United' and 'Montague F.C.' stuck up around the school, there was much intrigue at how the contemporary football setting would be realised in the JJ Hall.

What transpired was certainly worthy of a trophy or two! A specially lowered traverse stage covered in green turf and two large goals on the fixed stage immediately lifted the JJ Hall to stadium status, and once the players arrived in their inspired kits, the audience knew they were in for a great night of inventive theatre. And it didn't stop there: the costume department should be applauded all for their work, but especially the macabre outfits at the Capulet's 'Star Wars' themed ball. The crew must also be applauded for their dedication in delivering a professional and slick show with lights, sound and stage hands.

The entire cast gave outstanding performances, with special mention going to Ollie Flowers and Aaron Gillett in the titular roles, who approached the parts with maturity and much consideration, achieving very sophisticated performances. Indeed Romeo & Juliet was in many respects Wilson's most successful production in recent times, with record audience numbers and more students involved onstage and backstage than ever. The department looks forward to the next show!

More photos and video here.

Sixth Form Trip to Berlin

by Gabriel Cairns and Milo Wakefield
During the February half term, students from Years 12 and 13 studying History and German embarked on a four-day visit to Berlin in order to experience firsthand the rich cultural and historical significance of Berlin, both past and present.

For the German students a visit to Berlin is central to the requirements of the A-Level, which requires not only mastery of the language, but also familiarity with German art and architecture, as well as cultural life. For History students this trip offered an important supplement to students' A-Level course. It gave an excellent introduction to the NEA (non-examined assessment) that students prepare in Year 13, entitled 'To what extent was the authoritarian nature of the Nazi regime an aberration in the context of German history in the years 1870-1990?'.

Berlin is characterised by its past like no other city, as much during the terror of the Third Reich as throughout the Cold War where the artificially-established boundary between East and West became a frontline. It was therefore only fitting that we experienced a wide range of museums and monuments linked to Berlin's dark past. Nazi authoritarianism was exemplified in the Topography of Terror exhibit, which charted the Nazi's rise from 1933 and details the horrific methods the Nazis used to establish their rule and eliminate their opponents. A visit to the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße offered an insight into the division endured during the Cold War, where hundreds attempted to flee East Germany by digging tunnels or jumping from windows. The same period also took us to the former Stasi prison at Hohenschönhausen, used to house political prisoners and opponents to Communism. It was here that the East German secret police would imprison and interrogate suspected enemies of the state, using powerful methods of psychological warfare.

We also experienced up close several historical architectural landmarks, including the colosseum-style Olympic stadium used in the 1936 summer games and the East Berlin TV Tower.

Despite its sometimes bleak past, Berlin remains one of the most vibrant and diverse cultural hubs in the world, and this was echoed throughout our visit, be it at the cutting-edge Sony Centre at Potsdamer Platz, the centre of German cinema, or the East Side Gallery, a rare surviving section of the Berlin Wall which has been transformed into one of the best-known collections of street art in the world. We enjoyed an evening visit to a concert at the Berliner Philharmonie, a world-class classical music venue and architectural masterpiece of its era. Our final day began with a visit to the silent yet stirringly poignant Holocaust Memorial, which tackles Germany's difficult history with a powerful message of remembrance, and was capped off with a visit to the redeveloped Reichstag building, the centre of German government and an iconic symbol of unity and solidarity across Germany and Europe, capped by its magnificent Norman Forster glass dome. The Reichstag offers views across the whole of Berlin whilst providing natural lighting for the entire government hall. It was a fitting end to a trip that echoed Berlin's turbulent and ubiquitous past, yet at the same time its newfound strength in reunification.

Despite the often times serious subject matter of the visit, it was still a fun visit led by an enthusiastic group of teachers and an equally interested set of students making for an informative, reflective and enjoyable trip. We thank Mr Fletcher, Mrs Ford, Miss Francis and Mr Walters for this fantastic opportunity to experience all sides of this incomparably significant city.
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If you enjoy Maths challenges, read on …

Our senior mathematicians have been producing some of our best ever performances in competitions run by the UK Maths Trust. In the toughest school maths exam, the second British Maths Olympiad, Rubaiyat Khondaker scored 27/40 to be placed 14th out of all students in the UK. An impressive performance since Rubaiyat is in year 11 and most of those above him were sixth formers. Shavindra Jayasekera scored 25/40 to be placed 23rd in the UK.

They were also part of the Wilson's Senior Maths Challenge team which recently came 9th in the National Finals of Senior Team Maths Challenge. Also in the team were Gabriel Cairns and Alex Banwell. The photo shows them working together on a poster about the 'Mathematics of Bell Ringing' now on display in F12.

In the Intermediate Maths Challenge sat by many Wilson's pupils a record 121 gained the Gold award, 130 Silver and 79 Bronze. Rubaiyat Khondaker scored full marks (135/135) whilst Andy Deng and Tony Lin (also year 11) each only got one question wrong for their scores of 128 and 127 respectively. Top score in year 10 was Ryan Court with 119 whilst in year 9 it was Max Ma with 114 securing him the 'Best in Year' certificate. In total 12 high scoring pupils have qualified for the Intermediate Maths Olympiad, to be sat on Thursday 15 March. Also a record 118 pupils qualified for the Maths Kangaroos, tougher multiple choice papers to be sat after school on the same day as the Olympiads. Our congratulations go to all of them.
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A new addition to the Biology

Thank you to everyone who collected the Woodcote Green Garden Centre vouchers last year and brought them into school. We have been able to purchase a group (known as an escargotoire) of 19 African Land Snails for the Science Department, now housed in a tank in S9. We are delighted to be able to recycle leftover salad items from the canteen for their food and they are growing rapidly. The snails have been used as test subjects in an A Level Biology core practical, where students investigated habituation to a stimulus.

Recruits Camp

and Biennial Inspection
As the participants of EX CAVAN either jumped on a coach back to school or cleaned their kit at Longmoor, the cadets, NCOs and officers of A Company along with the RAF Section's A Squadron, mustered at Wilson's before being transported to Longmoor Camp.

Day one consisted of some orientation followed by a carousel of training. This included revision for the tests that were to follow and in the case of the Army Section, a familiarisation with the obstacle course. In the evening the tests started in earnest with all Army section recruits passing the weapons handling test for the cadet general purpose rifle.

Day two saw the unit conduct EX TANGIERS a carousel of training for recruits which sees them learn a range of skills including command tasks, firing from different positions, navigation, using the DCCT (a computerised range simulator), drill, archery and many others. This year was a bit different however, as the day was also used for the review phase of the biennial inspection.

The Reviewing Officer, Lt Col Andy Gooch, an Old Wilsonian, was accompanied by Col Dennison, Col Cadets, London District, SSgt Dambar from the Cadet Training Team and Mr Booth, the Head of Wallington High School for Girls. They were conducted around the training stands by Major Burton and the Cadet RSM, WO1 Liam Hopson and the Cadet Warrant Officer, CWO Ben St Clair- Gray. All three confessed themselves impressed by the standard of training, the quality of the Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) and cadet NCOs and the engagement of the Recruits. We await the report with interest, but the informal comments indicate that it will be a positive one!

The following day saw the entire camp out on the training area for EX PLUMER, an initial fieldcraft exercise for the recruits, training them and practising them in camouflage and concealment, pairs fire and movement and living in the field. Following this, an excellent section attack demonstration by senior cadets took place, which was a real treat for everyone there.

The final morning saw drill tests and a passing off parade at which Major Burton congratulated the Recruits, thanked the senior cadets, NCOs and CFAVs for their time and efforts and issued A Coy with tier berets which they are now entitled to wear as they cease to be recruits and become cadets.
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Lower School

History Competition
How should we remember bloody Mary?

Write your own obituary of Mary Tudor, from the point of view of either a C16th Catholic, Elizabeth I, or a modern historian. This will be judged by professional historian Dr Whitelock – a reader in Early Modern History at Royal Holloway University! Max 500 words

Submit a word-processed answer, with your name on it, to your History teacher or Mrs Ford. Ask your teacher for more guidance/reading materials.

No later than Monday 12th March.

  • House points per entry
  • Letter of commendation from Dr Whitelock for the entry judged best in terms of historiography and expression, and Amazon vouchers.
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NCOs Cadre

RAF SE Region
by Arjun Gopi

Dressed up in our smart civilian clothing, clutching bags for the journey ahead, we said our final goodbyes to our family - the last time we would see them for 5 days, and also the last time they would see our old selves before the transformation that would occur during the process of the cadre into young, prospective JNCOs and SNCOs.

Upon arrival onto the base, many of our assumptions had been quashed - there was no one barking at us and it was seemingly a relaxed start to the week in our new block, where we would be doing the majority of our living and working. Building friendships was the focus of our attention on our arrival day - we did this through icebreakers, activities and discussions. There was no doubt that this set the tone for the rest of the week - we could only all pass out on the final parade with scores we could be proud of if we worked well as a team.

The next two days were important for the group as we had to absorb all of the knowledge our highly capable instructors were giving us in order to utilise their advice effectively in the assessments we'd be undertaking. This ranged from good communication skills, how to give a lesson and how to establish good lesson conduct as well as confidence boosters (an impromptu lesson given by an ex-serving member of a very highly respected regiment within the British army) and how to build on our existing leadership skills. It was not as dreary as it sounds either — our instructors had always stressed the importance of making sure our cadets are always adequately engaged and they had not failed to engage us during their lessons and during the week.

Having done the best we could on our assessments which accounted for our final scores, time went by very quickly and we found ourselves on the final parade, minutes away from returning home with amazed family members. We all left RAF Henlow as a better version of the person we arrived as.
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Maths Circle Lecture

March 5 at 4pm
Professor Buzzard talks about p-adic numbers, which are what you get if you allow decimal expansions of numbers to go on forever— but in the opposite direction! It's very counterintuitive and a lot of fun. If you're happy to temporarily believe that 10 is smaller than 1, then come along.
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Sports News

Football Team of the Week

An excellent last week for the football with Wilson's wining every game they played. The 2nd XI beat Glenthorne 4-0 with the influential Will Straw dominating the game from the play maker position. All U15 teams did well to gain a clean sweep against Sevenoaks especially the U15C. They produced a fine all-round performance with some great goals scored, the best being a James Meehan goal direct from a corner. The U14A beat Sevenoaks 7-0 away from home. However, the 3rd XI become team of the week for beating Reigate Grammar 1st team, 3-1. Despite playing up two levels, they put in a very good team performance with inspirational captain Luca Stringer leading by example.

Football Player of the Week

Josh Eves scored a stunning hattrick for the 2nd XI, the second goal a volley from outside the box. Pranav Mattipalli continued to lead from the front for the U15Cs with two excellent goals and an excellent attitude in organising the team to ensure their victory. Reece Williamson was instrumental for the U15As with three assists against Sevenoaks. Alex Berard put a complete display in for the U14Bs; he was excellent in defence and scored the winning goal. Player of the week is Dmitri Goverdovsky who scored a stunning four goals against Sevenoaks for the U14As.

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Reece Williamson

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U14 Goalscorers Dmitri Goverdovsky and Alex Berard


Monday 5 February

Wilson’s vs Sevenoaks
U15A won 4 - 0
U15B won 3 - 1
U15C won 7 - 1
U15D won 6 - 3

Wednesday 7 February

Wilson’s vs. Glenthorne
2nd XI won 4 - 0

Wilson’s vs. Reigate Grammar
3rd XI won 3 - 1
5th XI won 3 - 0

Thursday 8 February

Wilson’s vs. Sevenoaks
U14A won 7 - 0
U14B won 1 - 0
U14C won 1 - 0

Looking Ahead

  • 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 (3.30 p.m.)
  • Monday 5 March - Maths Circle Lecture (3.45 p.m.)
  • Tuesday 6 March - A level RecitalvEvening (7.00 p.m.)

Deputy Head's Reminder

Advice for Parents

Following some recent changes to the school website, pages providing advice and information for parents can now be found here under Care & Support.
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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Zain (7B) and Ben (7G) were nominated for being Year 7 Spelling Bee School Champions!

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Akshaiyram 0f 8D and Ugas of 8S were nominated for being Year 8 Translation Bee School Champions!

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