Wilson's School

Oxbridge offers: school record

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AT WILSON'S we expect all of our boys to aim high in all they do. By the time they enter the Sixth Form, most (though not at all) of our students begin the process of identifying the university which they feel will best suit them. This time of year is a gratifying one for staff and boys alike, as they begin to receive a whole raft of offers from the very best universities.

Each year a number of boys choose to apply to Oxford or Cambridge and we are delighted to announce a school record in this area, with thirty-one offers being made for a wide range of courses at a wide range of colleges.

Whilst we have welcomed the rigour of the new GCSEs and A levels, curriculum reform has inevitably presented significant challenges for schools, not least a significant increase in workload. The determination of the staff has not wavered and they have continued to provide first rate support to boys, whatever path they may choose.

Our congratulations to boys, staff and parents alike.

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British Maths Olympiad

Eleven Wilson's pupils sat this very tough 3½ hour test. There were some fantastic results. In particular, Rubaiyat Khondaker in year 11 with a score of 51/60 was in the top 50 in the country, as well as the top score in the school. Shavindra Jayasekera (U6) with 48/60 was also in the top 100 scores in the country. Both Rubaiyat and Shavindra have automatically qualified for the even tougher British Maths Olympiad 2. Gabriel Cairns (U6) with a score of 35/60 completed a trio who all gained distinctions. Luke Patel (U6) also performed impressively with a score of 26/60.

Our congratulations to all those who sat this test.

Below: Rubaiyat Khondaker, 11G; Shavindra Jayasekera, U6
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British Physics Olympiad

Last term, Upper Sixth Physicists had the opportunity to sit competitions organised by the British Physics Olympiad, an annual competition which stretches students with challenging Physics problems, requiring them to "think outside the box" as well as use their maths skills in a Physics context. Many students opted to enter the A2 Challenge, and the most successful candidates from this challenge sat Round 1 of the Physics Olympiad in November. We are delighted to announce that this year has been our most successful round of entries into the Olympiad, with all four participants obtaining Gold and Silver Awards:

Kevin Gu: Gold
Tom Lowe: Gold
Oscar Watts: Silver
Rohit Prabhu: Silver

This term, students in the Lower Sixth and Year 11 will have an opportunity to enter into Physics Olympiad competitions for their year groups. These are a fantastic opportunity for students to stretch their Physics beyond the requirements of the exam, and we would encourage anyone who is interested to give it a go! Interested students should speak to Dr Moore to find out more.
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Senior Drama

With only a few weeks to go rehearsals have begun to intensify for this year's Senior Production of ROMEO & JULIET, and it's sure to be as big a hit as last year's American fantasy that was A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM.

This year Mr. Kavanagh has chosen another contemporary setting for the production with the play's action transported from sunny Verona to the wintry depths of South Croydon - which actually still scans in the verse! The Montagues and Capulets are no longer Italian Mafioso but rival Football Clubs propped up by wealthy financiers and as the league derby arrives so too do the doomed Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. The costume department are working hard on the teams' kits whilst the crew prepare to create a pitch with steel decking and turf arranged in traverse staging – this is one production not to be missed!
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Joseph Chandler

plays with The London Schools' Symphony Orchestra (LSSO)
We congratulate Joseph Chandler on being asked to play with the LSSO at a concert at the Barbican on Tuesday 9 January. The LSSO was conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong and Joseph was on percussion.

The evening paid homage to two anniversaries - the hundredth birthdays of both Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Holst's The Planets.

The LSSO musicians were nervous at the beginning of the evening, but visibly relaxed after the interval. As one critic noted, it was a pleasure to see the Barbican Centre foyers, cafes and the Hall itself crowded with young people in an era when classical concertgoers tend to be in the 60-plus age group.

We look forward to seeing Joseph participating in many more concerts.

Sports News

Football Team and Player of the Week

Team of the Week The U14A had a fantastic win against Cheam in the Sutton Cup with Jacob De Sa and Tom Hubner leading the team well. The U13B put in their best performance of the year to beat a good Brentwood side. This week's team of the week can only go to one team though, the 1st XI gained one of the most memorable recent results in Wilson's sport with a 7-1 win over Whitgift in the last 32 of the National Cup. After being 1-0 down, the side showed incredible character and quality to come back and win so comprehensively. Well done all squad members.

Player of the Week Luke Waran continued his excellent goal scoring form with a goal of the season contender for the 2nd XI after stepping in last minute to travel to Brentwood. Taalib Hussain and Guy Thompson did incredibly well in making their first team debut. Dhillon Koria put in his best performance of the year in helping the U13Bs to an excellent away win against Brentwood. This week's player of the week goes to Michael Ojetunde (photo, below left) who scored a hat-trick for the 1st XI in their win over Whitgift and covered every blade of grass.
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Wilson’s vs. Whitgift, 7:1
Report by Toby Godwin

After defeat against a local rival, the 1st XI took a short trip to Whitgift, hoping to continue their impressive National Cup run.

Wilson's was immediately on the back foot, but held out for around half an hour before an unfortunate error allowed the striker to slot past a helpless Ted St. Clair-Gray in goal: 1-0. Just as Wilson's established a foothold in the game, things took a turn for the worse; newcomer Josh Fan was temporarily taken off the pitch with a major injury. Replacement, Essilfie-Conduah, was not phased. He picked up the ball and pinged a 30-yard diagonal out to the feet of fan-favourite Samuel Moody who swung in a cross to Michael Ojetunde, scuffing a finish past the keeper for his first of the game. 1-1. Game on.

It took a matter of minutes at the beginning of the second half for Michael to stride through the Whitgift defence and blast the ball past the keeper. The game settled down and up stepped Oskar Gregorczyk, tucking away a header to restore faith in the outcome of the game. Moody got his third assist of the game, no doubt the goal which won the game, as from this moment on Whitgift was deflated and defeated. While it looked like Oskar was on his way to a second, Seyon Srishangar calmly put the ball away. Wilson's continued to push and again Michael drove through the defence before laying the ball across to Oskar who gave the keeper a cheeky wink as the net bulged for the 6th time in the game. This was not the end of the drama, as while Oskar wheeled away in celebration, he collapsed to the floor with an apparent injury. No hat-trick for him. The same could not be said however, for Michael who ended the scoring with his third. Just seconds after, Josh Fan rose highest to score yet another goal for Wilson's. Some say that the reward for a 1XI hat trick is brunch, but that's just a rumour. 7-1 to Wilson's, who advance to the National Cup Round of 16 — a fantastic achievement by all.

Team (photo, above right): T St. Clair-Gray; T Soretire, C Black, J Fan; D Okoh, M Ojetunde, N Mitchell, F Barke-Asuni; P Pathmanathan, O Gregorczyk, S Moody
Subs: C Essilfie-Conduah, J Eves, S Barker, S Srishangar, Dan Brown
Goals: M Ojetunde (3), O Gregorczyk (2), S Srishangar, J Fan
Football Results

Wednesday 10 January

Wilson’s vs. Whitgift (National Cup)
1st XI won 7 - 1

Wilson’s vs. Box Hill (Block Friendly)
2nd XI won 2 - 0
3rd XI won 8 - 0
5th XI lost 3 - 2

Thursday 11 January

Wilson’s vs. Cheam (Sutton Cup)
U14A won 7 - 0

Friday 12 January

Wilson’s vs Brentwood (Block Friendly)
U12A lost 2 - 0
U12B lost 5 - 3
U12C drew 3 - 3
U12D lost 5 - 3
U12E lost 5 - 3

Saturday 13 January

Wilson’s vs Brentwood (Block Friendly)
1st XI drew 3 - 3
2nd XI won 4 - 3
3rd XI drew 0 - 0
4th XI drew 2 - 2
U15B lost 3 - 2
U14A drew 0 - 0
U14B lost 5 - 0
U14C lost 4 - 3
U13A lost 7 - 1
U13B won 4 - 0
U13C lost 2 - 0
U13D lost 7 - 1

Looking Ahead

  • 20 & 21 January CCF SAA/Bronze DofE Training Weekend
  • Monday 22 January - Used Uniform Sale (3.45 pm)
  • Monday 22 January - Charity Cake Bake Competition
  • Monday 22 January - Used Uniform Sale (3.30 pm)
  • Tuesday 23 January - Higher Education Evening (7.00 pm)
  • Thursday 25 January - Year 13 Parents' Evening (4.00 pm)
  • Friday 26 January - Year 11 Final Option Forms Issued

Deputy Head's Reminder

Cold Weather

Pupils should dress appropriately for the cold weather, wearing a smart dark plain coat or jacket to and from school as well as hat, gloves and scarf as appropriate.

Chess Result

National Cup
Wilson’s D lost to Reigate GS A 2- 4
Victory for William Boulanger (Y9) and Ugas Jeyakanth (Y8)
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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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Jerome (7D) and Jake (7B) were nominated for helping another pupil in the year group who was clearly suffering and in pain.

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Nikhil of 8G was nominated for demonstrating a huge improvement in diligence over the first term of the year.

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PSHE Update

PSHE is a very important part of your son's education as it deals with Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and looks at aspects of life that are not always covered during academic studies at Wilson's. The aim is to provide students with a diverse range of challenging topics that will allow them to leave Wilson's as well-rounded, caring and empathetic young men. Where possible the students are asked for their opinions and thoughts on the topics studied in order to make the course of study as relevant as possible to them. We aim to bring in as many specialists as possible to deliver specific topics to the boys.

In order for parents to be kept up to date on what their sons have been studying, it was thought to be helpful to give details of what your son looked at last term and what is in store this term. This will show you what will be studied this term, and this is what your son studied last term.

If you ever have any questions relating to PSHE, please don't hesitate to contact Mr Sturt, PSHE Co-ordinator, by email on ads@wilsonsschool.sutton.sch.uk.

Careers Events

EPOC Careers Events

EPOC Careers organises high quality careers events for students. Places are available at the following events: Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Doctor, Saturday 3 February 2018 Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Lawyer, Sunday 4 February 2018 These one-day careers conferences run from 10:00am to 4:30pm, at University College London. Students will be given a good understanding of university admissions, interviews and career options. Students will also be supplied with all the information they need on BMAT and UKCAT (for medicine) and LNAT (for law). The careers conferences are principally designed for students in years 11 and 12. Students in year 10, parents and staff also find the events useful and enjoyable. For full details, including costs and to book places, see www.epoc.org.uk.

Careers Convention

Croydon High School cordially invite students from years 9-13 to attend their biennial Careers Convention on Thursday 25 January 2018 at 7pm. The aim of the evening is to provide an opportunity for students and their parents to meet informally with representatives from a range of careers to discuss the nature of their work as well as professional entry requirements and future prospects. Over 70 delegates have agreed to attend, with one of the widest selections of career areas represented, as well as Gap Year providers. There are no formal appointments during the evening, so students will be able to talk to the delegates individually or in small groups. The evening will prove to be an excellent opportunity to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the variety of career areas open to them in the future. In addition, independent careers advice is offered by Inspiring Futures who will be available throughout the evening.

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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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