Category: Activities

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BRONZE TRIP

The DofE expedition was an event that I would say was…highly anticipated, at the very least. And, quite frankly, I would be lying if I said that it did not live up to all of what it was expected to be. It surpassed our expectations with flying colours.

I vividly remember preparing for the upcoming weekend, buying and being introduced to all ...

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COMPETITION REPORTS

Senior Debating has now grown to incorporate a large cohort of Year 11s attending every week to improve their skills and observe how the sixth formers debate. We made the decision this term formally to switch to the 'British Parliamentary' debating format to give the Year 11s and Year 12s a more representative experience of competitive debating, ...

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WILSON'S OSCARS

The Wilson's Film Competition is the biggest annual student-run event of 2022 and this year's edition was the grandest yet, with over 70 students making 30 films across the Spring Term. Ranging from murder mysteries to music videos, we were enthralled by variety of productions this year.

Many members of the school were amused seeing students ...

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SILVER AND GOLD REPORTS
Silver DofE Newsletter Report

The Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition happened over the first weekend of the Easter break, and was a fun (even if a little cold) experience for me and my group. We learnt many valuable lessons from our mistakes to help us next time and were taught some important skills by our supervisor. On the first day ...

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WILDLIFE CLUB

Wildlife club is thrilled to launch its first Photography Competition and we invite you to enter with any photo you have taken of nature (animals, plants, landscapes etc.).

  • £10 Amazon voucher for overall winner and other prizes to be won
  • House points for every entry
  • Only one entry per student/staff member
  • Must ...
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CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

The lighter evenings this week, as well as the lovely recent weather have certainly helped remind me that spring is upon us. The spring term always brings with it certain challenges: older students near the end of their courses and preparation for upcoming exams becomes very real, it can feel like we don't have enough time in the day to get through ...

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THANK YOU!

Thank you to all the families who collected Morrisons 'It's Good to Grow' tokens for our School when doing their grocery shopping during the Autumn. We have received a fantastic selection of free gardening equipment which will be used by the gardening club over the coming weeks.

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COURT ROOM BATTLES

On Tuesday 1 March, fifteen of our students swapped their lessons for criminal court cases as they represented the school in the Bar Mock Trial Competition. The first time Wilson's has been represented in this competition for many years, our team of pupils prepared diligently for months as they got to grips with how court procedures work, how to ...

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PRESENTATION BY AARON

Many students present at History Club, and the following article is by Aaron who gave a recent presentation which coincided with LGBTQ+ History Month.

Discussions at History Club, which meets every Thursday lunchtime in Room 20, have been increasingly focused on the philosophy of history, and what it requires to be a 'good' historian. ...

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FILM CLUB
Loss of Innocence

A key theme of the film is the loss of innocence. Holly writes books about heroic figures who always prevail. He trusts in his old friend at first, and is very reluctant to believe Harry Lime had done anything wrong. This initial innocence is worn away throughout the movie, as Holly begins to realize how heartless Harry ...

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A HOBBY OF MINE

This week Chemistry Teacher Mr Brown talks to us about juggling.

How did you get into it?
I was taught how to juggle by my form tutor at school. As a fan of motorsports, I read about Max Verstappen along with other racing drivers juggling as ...

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MANTIS ENCOUNTER

In Entomology Club last week, students were introduced to the life cycle and characteristics of the Praying Mantis, with the opportunity to view a live specimen – the Giant Asian Leaf Mantis. I personally really enjoyed watching the feeding of the Praying Mantis, as it captured and devoured its locust prey, which can take up to an hour! I could also ...

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SHOOTING PERIOD ONE / POPCORN REVIEW
Behind the Scenes of Film Club: The Period One Film

Period One was enjoyable to make, especially as the actors got to see a compilation of what happened behind the scenes. Although the final product looks seamless, it took many takes to get one part of the film completed without any bouts of laughter. Yet, unless you attend Film Club, you ...

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BRONZE, SILVER & GOLD

Over the past two weekends, the school has been home to a huge number of students going through the training for their upcoming Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions. Last weekend 120 Year 10 Bronze students and, the weekend before, 60 Year 11 Silver and 40 Sixth Form Gold students undertook two days of training. They learnt how to read a map, put up a tent ...

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A HOBBY OF MINE

This week Mr Redmond (Physics) tells us about his exciting hobby.

What is your hobby?
Scuba Diving.

How did you get into it?
My neighbour got me into it as he is a very keen diver and would commonly share stories and pictures of his diving holidays. I had always enjoyed swimming so this seems ...

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iSOC

This term we have been fortunate enough to introduce Islamic Society (iSoc), a community which embodies the spreading of knowledge and bringing people from various backgrounds and faiths together. In Islam the provision of knowledge is known as Da'wah and now we have the opportunity to inform others about key Islamic principles and values. In this ...

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FILM AND TV

Over the past 20 months or so, films and TV have been an excellent distraction from the woes of the world. Whether it be watching a movie with family on a Friday night, or competing against friends to see who can race through the latest series the quickest, there's no denying that they give us a lot of satisfaction. The ...

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A HOBBY OF MINE

This week Miss Lewis, a teacher in Wilson's Chemistry Department, tells us about one of her hobbies.

What is your hobby?
Bouldering/lead climbing.

How did you get into it?
I loved rock climbing as a child, and a friend manages a climbing centre in London so they gave me a couple of coaching sessions ...

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YEAR 7

The recent Year 7 Day Enterprise Day is an event that is eagerly anticipated by staff and students alike. It's a chance for all Year 7 boys to start developing skills and attitudes that will serve them throughout their school lives and beyond - learning how to work with each other, listening and collaborating, but also daring to take risks and think ...

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Walk of the Week

At 294m above sea level, Leith Hill near Dorking, is the second highest point in the South East England and the highest point of the North Downs meaning that a walk to its summit presents walkers with beautiful views over the Surrey countryside. There are a number of different routes of varying lengths, taking you into beautiful and enchanting woodland ...

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CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Wilson's Film Club is exclusively run by Year 13 students, who give up much of their time to do so. One of their projects this term will include launching a booklet with recommendations for film and TV viewing over the holidays and will feature reviews from students in different year groups, as well as some from teachers! Below is one of the short ...

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RECOMMENDED WALKS

Walking became a passion for many of during the pandemic and over the various lockdowns. Every week in the newsletter we shall recommend a local walk, but with half term coming up, here are a few to whet your whistle. Mr Cole recommends two beautiful walks.

Woldingham Countryside Walk

Explore hidden valleys, chalk downland ...

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SUNFLOWERS

Last term our gardening club grew some beautiful sunflowers in the area outside the sixth form centre. Most of the flowers bloomed in the school holidays, which made it a little difficult for our gardeners to see the very bright flowers, so Mrs Higgs kindly took the attached pictures. The students had looked after the seedlings very carefully, using ...

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OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

As well as encouraging pupils to develop academically, the school feels it is important for them to participate in a range of co-curricular activities in order to nurture skills and develop the fully-rounded personality that is the hallmark of the Wilsonian. Whilst we strive to help the students attain excellent grades, our role as educators is equally ...

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ACTIVITIES

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 ...

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PUBLIC SPEAKING

Speak Out Challenge Day – Friday 2 July 2021

Classrooms and corridors were abuzz with Year 10 pupils delivering speeches on topics as diverse as the value of failure, the abolition of social media and the unbearable annoyance of television adverts. The school was delighted to host the Speakers' Trust on Friday to work with ...

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TRACK CYCLING

Last Thursday a group of year 9 cyclists were given the opportunity to take part in a track cycling session at Herne Hill Velodrome. The boys have been working closely with Cycle Coach James Hey during games sessions in order to develop their skills in preparation for the visit. The session was fantastic with the students gaining experience of what ...

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WILDLIFE CLUB

On Tuesday evening members of the Wildlife Club were treated to a fantastic bird watching experience on Roundshaw Downs. Arjun in Year 13 is currently being filmed for a documentary all about his environmental and ecology work, and so we were followed around on the trip by a camera and boom mic, the director and the producer. They were keen to film ...

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD

Many pupils at Wilson's have enjoyed very fulfilling experiences of volunteering, including as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Regular volunteering is widely believed to boost wellbeing by promoting physical activity, social interactions, as well as experiencing the great value of making a contribution to the community.

Unfortunately, ...

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UPDATE

Medical Society has continued to meet weekly throughout the spring and summer term, switching to meetings via Zoom during the period of remote learning.

We have seen record numbers this academic year with in excess of 30 students regularly attending, making for some lively debates and thorough questioning of our student speakers. Presentation ...

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INTRODUCING HORTICULTURE

Gardening Club is a new addition to our co-curricular timetable and the club has now met for two weeks. In the first session students met in a Science lab to learn about potting and sowing seeds. Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Higgs explained the process by which the plants take root, and the students carefully re-potted some sweet peas, studying their roots ...

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PEN POWER

The modern history of student journalism at Wilson's dates back to 1883, with the first editions of The Wilsonian. The earliest volumes report on school activities, including plays and sporting events, as well as essays, poetry and articles on a wide range of themes. Some of the pieces are of historical importance, including an essay on the Inner ...

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INTRODUCING 'FLICK FOOTBALL'

This week's Origami Club held a 'flick football' tournament. Flick football is a game that can be played by two people using a carefully crafted paper triangle and a goal made with one's fingers (a fingerpost). The game requires you to flick the triangle over your opponent's fingerpost. The person with the most points at the end of the first one-minute ...

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ACTIVITIES REDUX

Co-curricular activity is an essential part of every boy's Wilson's experience. Whilst we strive to help the students attain excellent grades, our role as educators is equally to help open up their world and provide them with experiences beyond the classroom. It is these experiences which will make the longest (and arguably most important) impressions ...

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TALK! SERIES LATEST

As the term gets underway, more and more activities and events are being planned and this should be a really vibrant and busy few months. Several co-curricular activities are getting up and running from next week, many making good use of the warmer weather to get outside! We are even inviting prospective pupils and parents to visit the school towards ...

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COMPETITION

During the first lockdown last year, Mr Cady created a film competition to keep us busy during those isolating times, and many of us found it to be an excellent way to break the monotonous routines. I was inspired by its success to carry forward the Wilson's Film Club, which launched in the second half of Autumn, where Years 8 and 9 have been writing ...

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CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

This year has brought with it much uncertainty. But in all the commotion, uncertainty and upheaval the preservation of a buzzing co-curricular offer at Wilson's was always important to us. We have been incredibly pleased to be able to run an almost full timetable of clubs, activities and societies. A few weeks ago, two pupils who had not yet attended ...


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