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Student Board in action

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THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS in which we use pupil voice to evaluate the provision of the school and indeed this is fundamental to our on-going development. Perhaps the most formal of these is Student Board where representatives from each year group present items to the School Captain for consideration, with the Headmaster and a senior member of the pastoral team present in order to advise and guide. The agendas are always interesting and wide ranging with items this week considering greater incentives for praise and the timing and organisation of Year 8 Exam Week as just two examples.

The purpose of Student Board is not simply to enable the boys to present ideas for the school's development. It is also to help them to develop as future leaders by giving them the opportunity to present within a formal setting, whilst simultaneously being able to consider the perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders. The Headmaster speaks openly about a wide range of issues which any large institution needs to take into account, from Health & Safety legislation to the ever present spectre of minimal funding. The quality of the ideas and the standard of the discussion is testament to the maturity and careful consideration of the boys – which more often than not means the answer to their proposals is 'yes' – but with the expectation that they work with the school to make the change.

Pictured above: the Student Board in session

Fur coats and old wool

Rehearsals for the Junior Musical are in full swing. Director of Drama Mr Kavanagh has the cast of our upcoming musical CATS working hard on their acting and comedy skills and with his innovative choreography we are set to produce yet another outstanding show. This year for the first time, our students will be showcasing drama during Open Evening. It will be a fun opportunity to share with prospective students the exciting extra curricular drama provision available at Wilson's. Ticket booking forms for CATS will be available on Open Evening to prospective students. Please don't forget to book your tickets in advance on ParentPay for what looks set to be another musical extravaganza and sell-out show.

Mrs Straw and her team would like to say a big thank you to those of you who have already donated old balls of brown, black, grey, orange, cream and white wool. Work is underway to make Cat wigs to complement the various feline costumes. If you have any more wool or old fur coats or furry jumpers that you would like to donate to the drama department please give them in at reception. All donations will be very gratefully received. The products of your donations are modelled below.
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Mrs Straw demonstrating some of the cat wigs that have been created for CATS

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Students hard at work rehearsing for CATS

Year 9 Reading Enrichment Programme

This year, all students in Year 9 have taken part in a 'reading enrichment' programme. Designed to promote the reading of more sophisticated fiction than Year 9 students might usually read, the reading enrichment programme has also sought to rekindle the enthusiasm for reading interesting and exciting fiction that sometimes wanes as boys get older. These students have also been reminded of the fact that being 'well read' – having a broader cultural knowledge than that gained through GCSE and A level study – is important in later life, both socially and when it comes to working with and for other very well-educated people.

As Tathushan Subenthiran explains, "In Reading Enrichment, each of us chooses a book from a curated selection, and we spend one hour weekly in school (as well as at least half an hour every other day at home) reading these books. For example, I chose the book 'Everything is Illuminated' by Jonathan Safran Foer. These books were chosen specifically because they would be challenging for us, and be a step out of our 'comfort zone' (for example, my book isn't strictly chronologically structured, and has two tales being told simultaneously). We are encouraged to read from genres of books that we typically don't: I normally read dystopian fiction and adventure books, but the book I chose was comedic, and I enjoyed the change."

Matthew Mannix adds: "Year 9 enrichment involves each student getting a book courtesy of the school, that may be different to what they would normally read, and having to read it both during lessons and at home. It is really excellent as it instils the great habit of reading upon those who have perhaps forgotten its merits, and therefore encourages a wider vocabulary and improved creativity."

And Ellis Jarrold admits that, "I haven't always been a big reader, but I found that Reading Enrichment was a good time to just sit down and read, and I have already, now, bought myself a new book as a result!".

Reviews written by Year 9 students of the books they have read can be found on a blog here.

France and Germany trips

Information Evenings
Year 9 Trip to Northern France – Monday 16 July 2017 to Thursday 19 July
Year 9 Trip to Cologne, Germany – Monday 16th July 2017 to Thursday 19th July

We should like to invite you and your son to an information meeting on Tuesday 3 July at 6 pm in the Lecture Theatre for the French trip and in the John Jenkins Hall for the German Trip. This will be an opportunity to discuss the itinerary, safety procedures and practicalities and answer any questions you may have. Your son is welcome to attend too. I look forward to seeing you there. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Mulcahy should you have any queries.

Sports News

by Pranav Madan

London Schools vs. Surrey Schools at The Oval Cricket ground It was a great experience playing at an international cricket venue with the best players of Surrey and London schools. It was a massive stadium and I saw how big the boundaries actually are for international players. One of the best parts was seeing my name on the scoreboard. Using the same changing rooms as players such as Sachin Tendulkar was inspirational. The match was very well organised and I felt proud to be a part of it. There was a lot to learn from the match about my performance which I will work on this season.

Above: Pranav Madan and Daniel Read in the Surrey State Schools team who played the London Schools team at The Kia Oval on Monday 4 June

Of the 7 games played this week, 6 wins were recorded which is very pleasing. The U15As had a good win over Sevenoaks by 17 runs, and a narrow loss against the touring Mayo College side from India. The U15Bs did well to beat the St Joseph's U15A team. The 4 games featuring the U12A, U12B, U13A & U14A teams against Sutton Grammar produced 4 victories. Of those matches, the most commanding performance and therefore the Team of the Week, is the U13 A team.


First week back after half term it was a quiet week for matches, however there were some strong performances by the students. For the U12As, Zain Khan 3-11 & 23 not out and Ahrujan Ragunathan, 45 not out, continued their recent form. In the U12B team game, Freddie Stevens had great figures of 2.4-1-1-3, whilst Faizal Ukani bowled well for 3-1-3-2 and hit 26. The U13A match saw Janam Shah and Eeshaan Iyer both take 2 wickets each, whilst Agustya Iyer hit a very fine 67. In the U14A game, Mustafa Khan took 2-3 and Jackson Ellis continued his fine form with 51 off 29 balls. For the U15Bs in their game, Zain Ahmed 2-11 and Aditya Vishwanathan 2-6 bowled well, but they were outdone by Niruthihan Vimalanathan who had figures of 4-2- 5-4. In the two U15A team matches, Rohan Renganathan had one very good bowling spell, though wicketless, and Pranav Madan and Finlay Michael were in the runs. The Player of the Week is the U15A team Captain who made 24 and 50 in the 2 games plus bowled well to take a 4 wicket haul, so many congratulations go to Arjun Dutta.

Below: the U15A team with the touring Mayo College from India after Saturday’s match
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Monday 4 June

Wilson’s vs Sevenoaks

U15A won by 17 runs

Wednesday 6 June

Wilson’s vs. St. Joseph’s
U15B won by 3 wickets against the U15A team

Saturday 9 June
Wilson’s vs. Mayo College (touring)
U15A lost by 8 runs

Wilson’s vs. Sutton Grammar
U14A won by 8 wickets
U13A won by 67 runs
U12A won by 9 wickets
U12B won by 8 wickets
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CONGRATULATIONS TO DR MANCHESTER who recently ran a Macmillan 5K, completing the run in 29 minutes! He would like to say a huge thank you to all staff and friends who either made a donation or gave him words of encouragement. They have all made a huge difference both to him and to those who are affected by cancer. As of Monday 11 June, he had raised £1,200. Dr Manchester is astounded by your generosity. If you would like to donate, please click here.

Looking Ahead

  • Monday 18 - Friday 22 June - Y9 internal exam week
  • Wednesday 20 June - EARLY FINISH (1.05 p.m.)
  • Thursday 21 June - Y11 Book Return & Y11 Public Exams end
  • Monday 25 June - Friday 6 July - two week Y11 Work Experience
  • Tuesday 26 June - Y13 Public Exams end
  • Wednesday 27 June - Y13 Book Return
  • Thursday 28 June - EARLY FINISH (1.05 p.m.)
  • Thursday 28 June - SCHOOL OPEN EVENING (3.30 p.m.)

Deputy Head's Reminder

Contacting the school office

We try to make sure that the school office is able to take calls from parents promptly during the day, but please be aware that we are only in a position to pass on urgent messages to pupils (for example, when arrangements for collection or travel at the end of the day have changed).
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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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Ed (7H) for showing a kind and considerate attitude to his fellow pupils

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Arnav of 8H for scoring an amazing 105 runs in a cricket match at school!

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