Next week will see publication of Issue 8 of the Wilson’s STEM Intrigue, the science and technology magazine written and produced entirely by students. The latest edition of the Humanities Intrigue was published last month, with copies placed in all Lower School classrooms and in the library, providing inspiration to younger pupils considering their own future contributions! Current and past editions are available via the school website.
Dozens of pupils have again been involved in the Young Reporter scheme, meeting monthly deadlines to submit articles about important local issues. Participants are assigned a mentor at Newsquest and all articles are published online. Once again this year, Wilson’s pupils have been singled out for praise by the scheme’s coordinators and we are particularly proud of Edwin’s achievement as one of last year’s overall winners!
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 and Middle Temples by the future Sir Stafford Downing. In 1938, school inspectors reported that “The magazine, The Wilsonian … is a publication of some size … each number contains original articles in verse and prose. Most of these are of fair merit, and one or two are noteworthy for originality or technical quality”.