Though much is taken, much abides

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It would be easy to dwell on the many things that have continued to be taken from us during summer term 2021—the usual opportunities for older pupils to visit places abroad (and for younger pupils to explore the Brecon Beacons), the full sporting and artistic calendar of events, and the sense of security and confidence that comes from more predictable circumstances! Furthermore, those pupils who have been advised or required to isolate have missed out on learning and other school experiences—albeit only for a few days at a time. But, as ever, we must reflect on that which abides. This term, under our Covid risk assessment, a huge range of activities has taken place! The term ended with the usual Sports Day, there was a Lower School production ("Fantastic Mr Fox"), there have been concerts (including the Grand Finale of our House Music Competition, judged by the Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral, an Old Wisonian), a very full sporting calendar (compromised more by the weather than Covid), trips for whole year groups (to Kew Gardens, RHS Wisley, and the beautiful coastline at Eastbourne), a Year 7 Music Day, a massive University Preparation Programme involving every student in Year 12 over the course of a week (which in itself involved various trips and visits for some), and a Speak Out Challenge for Year 10.

Furthermore, with the usual care to adhere to the school's risk assessment, co-curricular activities have continued in every aspect of school life: in addition to the staples of Sport, Music, Chess, CCF, Drama, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Gardening and Bird Watching Clubs have flourished, the Wilson's Intrigue and Politeia teams have continued to produce entirely student-led publications of high quality, and pupils have continued to enjoy experiences in cycling, golf, tennis and athletics within and beyond the school.

Congratulations and thank you to all pupils and staff who have been involved in these activities. In recognition of their achievements,
a video is available here, setting some images from this term to our Barbershop Ensemble's performance of Though Much is Taken, Much Abides by Victor C. Johnson, which sets selected lines from Tennyson's Ulysses, at the Vocal Evening a few weeks ago. Have a great summer!

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DEPUTY HEAD'S REMINDER

SUMMER HOLIDAY WELLBEING

The upcoming holiday provides a wonderful opportunity for us all to relax and recharge. Miss Banner has used the announcements slides to provide some very good advice about effective ways to unwind. All pupils in Years 7-10 have also been reminded this week about Kooth – an anonymous online service where young people can talk to professional counsellor. It's commissioned by the NHS and is available to any young person aged 11-25.

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Dates for your Diary

  • Details of start dates in September for different year groups will be posted here.
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ADMISSIONS

Registration for the admission process for Year 7 in September 2022 is now open until 13 August 2021.

Wilson’s School

A boys’ grammar school in the London Borough of Sutton (UK), Wilson’s School is:

  • committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
  • a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (no. 7536970). Registered office: Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9JW
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