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Farewell to the Class of 2015!


MOST of the boys in the Upper Sixth joined us almost seven years ago. They have made their mark on Wilson’s and it is now time for them to make their mark on the world. Good luck and farewell!

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In other news this week…
Southwark win Year 7 music
Art Exhibition
Chemistry Challenge Competition
Year 9 at Herne Bay
Lunch Menu
English Schools Athletics
Geography Competition
Player of the week
Ryan Court: Croydon Music Festival
Cricket News
Cricket Fixtures
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Southwark win Year 7 House Music Ensemble Competition

On Monday Year 7 students from Hayes and Southwark competed in the final of this year's House Music ensemble competition. Students from across Year 7 have been preparing entries for the competition for some months. The rules are simple: boys must perform music in a group of students; they can only perform with members of their house; they must receive no support from any member of staff in the music department in choosing repertoire, organising rehearsals or practising their piece.

The competition was judged by Mr McLaughlin, who had success in similar competitions as a student musician. Although he commented that he was 'very impressed with both groups and how they had produced their pieces without teacher input', he decided to award Southwark the prize for a performance which was full of 'energy and confidence'. All of those lunchtime rehearsals paid off!

Congratulations to Southwark winners Joseph Crawford, Kevin Chen, Ethan Chak, Finley Pointing, Alex Hallowes, Kiran Lee, Harsh Sinha, Eddie Hamidovic, Jacob Fihosy, Abiram Manoharan and Rhithan Suresh and also to Hayes runners-up Humza Rafi, Pedro Nartallo, Joe Chandler, Tunmise Obilade, Callum Menezes Rodrigues and Leonard Nucinkis.
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On Wednesday 13 May four of our best Year 10 chemists travelled to Kingston University to represent Wilson's in the regional Chemistry Challenge Competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry. They had scored significantly high enough in the first round of the competition to qualify for this event and found themselves against five other teams from the Royal Grammar School at Guildford, Reigate Grammar, Brighton College, St George's at Weybridge and Roedean. There were six rounds of activities that they had to complete and I am pleased to tell you that they gained first place in this competition. Congratulations must go to Ryan Eaw, Isuru Jayasekara, Dylan Perera and Aron Kulanathan all from 10B.
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Year 9 Geography Field Trip to Herne Bay

On Tuesday 12 May 2015 seventy nine Year 9 Geography students went on their school trip to Herne Bay to learn about coasts, which is one of their GCSE modules. Here is Aakas Ravikumaran's (9B) write up of the day:

"I really enjoyed the sunshine and the nice breeze brushing past us with the colourful beach huts located in different parts of the coast. On this trip we had Mrs Prestney, Mr Sturt, Mr Cady, Miss Tattersall, Mrs Ford and Mrs Kitson. We also had two birthdays on that day; one teacher (Mrs Prestney) and one student.

We were taken to the coast to gain a first-hand experience of a coastal management case study and we saw examples that included groynes, revetments, rip rap and sea walls. We started our day at Reculver where we saw the Abbey which centuries ago used to be much further inland but now was perched on the edge of a fast eroding (and well managed) cliff face. We then went through to Bishopstone Glen which was a very good example of a rejuvenated river valley and showed us what happened to a river when the sea level falls. After this we went to Herne Bay, this was where Neptune's Arm (a man-made breakwater) was placed to protect the town behind it and the pier from storm surges and coastal flooding. We then went to Hampton pier which was originally built for getting whelks and cockles to East London and in turn helped to protect the beaches of Herne Bay. It did have a devastating effect on the town of Hampton itself though, as this area of the coast behind the pier was starved of sediment, and eroded very quickly. As such in 1916, the village of Hampton on Sea became Hampton- under- Sea- showing the amazing, erosive power of the sea. Before getting to the end we walked to Long Rock which is a spit. It was quite hard to see this landform at low tide. It felt as if we were walking on a normal beach but we were in fact walking on a spit made from sand and on the marshland that is created behind it. As our long journey came to an end we were all exhausted and unable to walk any further, we then boarded the coach for the 2 hour journey back home after a fun and educational Geography field trip."
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Of this there can be no doubt! U13A Captain Callum Furmidge has had a remarkable week with the bat. At St Olaves on Saturday morning, he hit 140 not out from 80 balls. This was despite a long, wet outfield and large boundaries to hit. He then followed this up with 118 not out from 63 balls against over at Trinity School. In this innings he scored 14 fours and 6 sixes, and had a strike rate of 187.3 %. In both innings Callum has opened the batting and carried his bat through, showing a Captain's responsibility to lead his team to victory from the front.

Callum's innings of 140 not out is the highest score since Mr Parkinson took over responsibility for Cricket 12 years ago. He surpasses Oliver Robertson's 132 for the 1st XI against the MCC just a couple of weeks ago. Despite being in Year 8, Callum has already made his 1st XI debut this year, and we obviously hope this current form continues throughout his School cricketing career!
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Ryan Court in the Croydon Music Festival
In April, Ryan Court (Yr 7) took part in the Croydon Performing Arts festival. He played in the grade V-VI class for woodwind, performing an arrangement of Chanson Bohème from Bizet's opera Carmen. He was the winner of the class and the adjudicator also selected him to receive the David Osland award for oboist with the most potential, a particular honour. His performance was commended for his tone quality, range of dynamic contrast, articulation and control of the sound.

Ryan attended the awards ceremony last Saturday where presentations were made by the Mayor of Croydon.
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English Schools Athletics
A very solid performance by the year 8 team saw them win the first round of the National Cup.

Some great performances all round with a notable one from Callum Hockley in the 800m, running 2.16. The year 9/10 team will have to wait and see if they have done enough to qualify for the next round. Great performances by Jonathan Chen and Lloyd Smith in the 800m (2.05 and 2.08) and Toby Ademiju in the 100m (11.5).

Next match is against John Fisher.
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Mrs Ross would like to thank all those students from 7B who helped to pick rhubarb from the school allotment. The catering staff have been able to bake rhubarb and ginger cake to sell in the restaurant and have made rhubarb muffins to sell in the catering van.
Geography Competition
Where in the world is this?

Congratulations to the winner of last week's competition: Ken Li, 7B, (winner two weeks in a row – can anyone be quicker than Ken?!) who correctly identified the image first as Admiralty Arch, London, UK, and to Arjun Dutta, 7S who won a bonus praise point for a correct entry in the Monday prize draw.

Please come and see Mr Sturt in room 24 for your praise points. Congratulations to all who got this correct!

Onto this week's competition! Where in the world is this (include the name of the landmark and the name of the town and country)? There are two praise points up for grabs this week. The first for the first correct answer and then there will be a draw on Monday at break time (for another praise point) for a correct entry received by then. Simply email the information to ADS@...! Get thinking (bonus praise as well if you can link to the reason this image was chosen!).
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History & Geography Homework Support
1.10 - 1.50 P.M.
Tuesday A: C1
Fri A: C1
Tuesday B: C1
Friday B: C1
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