Wilson's School

Victory at the London Middle Institute Schools' Debate

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WILSON'S won their first round fixture of the UNA debating competition with a confident win over St Philomena's. Represented by George Worrall and Morgan Anthony, Wilson's spoke against the motion that "This house believes that inequality in Britain has never been wider than it is today." Their arguments were well-researched and persuasive, with Morgan impressing with his erudite ability to combine the thoughts of Locke, Adam Smith and John Ruskin in a confident debut in longer form debating competitions. George's intellectual agility in the closing rebuttal speech made sure that Wilson's was the clear winner and progress to a second round fixture against local rivals Sutton Grammar.

The Wilson's Team competed at the Surrey heats of the Bar Mock Trial Competition this year. The boys enjoyed the informative and challenging experience of defending and prosecuting criminal cases in a real crown court in front of experienced judges. Unfortunately, the team were unable to repeat the stellar performance of last year where they progressed to the national finals. However, it was very close: Wilsons was only 2 points out of 300 from getting to the final of this regional heat! Although it was very much a team performance, it has to be noted that Matthew Kayanja was outstanding as a defence barrister during his debut in the competition. His precision in cross-examination and assured eloquence in his closing speech were impressive.
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The judge in his final case noted that his skills were at least comparable to those earning their living at the Bar in Guildford Crown Court throughout the working week. It should also be pointed out that Yash Raju (team captain and serial defendant) retires from mock trials having been prosecuted on no fewer than five occasions without ever having been convicted. He has his heart set on a career in the legal profession, and many of the team should consider directing their talents in the same ambitious direction.
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Remembrance Sunday

Following on from their support of the Head's moving remembrance assemblies , the CCF played a major part in Croydon Council's Act of Remembrance on Sunday.

In the morning a number of cadets and officers provided a street lining party and a guard of honour at Croydon Minster in advance of the Remembrance Service. The Guard of Honour comprising Major Burton, CSM Liam Hopson, FSgt Ben St (Clair-Gray and, Sgt Cerys Roberts) greeted the Mayor's party as they arrived at the church. The service was attended on behalf of the unit by Lt Newing and the banner of the Wilson's School CCF was borne up the aisle by CSgt Fideli along with the banners and standards of the other organisations parading. In the afternoon, those attending were joined by the balance of cadets and officers at Croydon North-End and representatives of the Reserve Forces, the Salvation Army Band, other cadets and uniformed youth organisations and the people of Croydon. They marched to Croydon Town Hall where CSgt Canesh Karrunavannan and FSgt Ben St Clair-Gray laid wreaths on behalf of the school and the CCF. As ever the students from both Wilson's and Wallington High School for Girls did themselves credit in their turn out and bearing, giving the day the reverence it deserved.

It was slightly disappointing that Wilson's was capped at 50 cadets for the event. Last year 120 were able to attend. It was however gratifying to see cadets who were unable to attend formally, in the crowd along with staff, parents, old boys and other members of the school community in the crowd supporting the event.
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RAF Boulmer

by Cpl Peter Wales
On Sunday 22 October, a group of CCF RAF cadets travelled to RAF Boulmer in Northumberland for their autumn camp. Originally set up as a decoy airfield to divert German bombers away from nearby RAF bases, RAF Boulmer is now home to a nuclear bunker where the RAF monitor aircraft activity in the sky above the UK, and control the treatment of any detected threats.

During the week, the cadets participated in a variety of on-site activities, including low ropes, a scarily realistic night exercise with the local cadet squadron, a visit to the station's fire section and a most interesting 'Tactical Planning event' where they had to manage battle plans, as well as a trip down into the bunker to see at first hand the live operation of the base.

They also visited several other bases, including the Brizlee Wood radar installation and RAF Spadeadam - an electronic warfare training base and home of the original British nuclear deterrent missile system.

As well as the military activities they went for a coastal walk, and had an interesting cultural visit to Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne and Berwick-upon-Tweed. There were social activities as well, including ten-pin bowling, and of course a party on the last night.

A massive thank you goes to Sgt Pickard, the test sergeant who looked after them and ran many of the brilliant activities; and to the staff accompanying them.
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Silent History lessons …

In year 12, students studying the Crisis of Liberal Italy have started to evaluate the Giolittian system (1901-1914). Having spent a number of lessons studying the political, economic and social condition of Italians and the reforms introduced by Giolitti, students tried to reach their judgement on Italy's Prime Minister through a silent debate. Instead of responding to each other's arguments orally, students presented their evidence in writing, for development by their peers.

In pairs, arguing for and against the motion "THB Giolitti's Labour and Social reforms were popular", students evaluated changes to the right to strike, measures supporting workers, and the franchise reform. They agreed with each other, built on each other's points, and very often challenged each other, to try to reach a convincing conclusion. This was all conducted in writing and (mostly…) in silence, to encourage students to develop their writing skills, as well as providing them with a clear record of how their thinking evolved.
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The Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Prize

Wilson's is delighted to announce that Kwame Baffour-Awuah has won the Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Prize for his performance in the summer 2017 Salters Advanced Biology examination.
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Kwame gained one of the highest marks, along with four other candidates, and will be presented with a cheque for £150 plus a certificate at The Salters' Institute Annual Awards Ceremony at Salters' Hall on Friday 8 December by The Rt Hon The Lord Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and Honorary Freeman of the Salters' Company. Kwame is currently studying medicine at Oxford University. Our congratulations go to him on this outstanding achievement and we wish him all the very best with his studies at Oxford.

Bonus Maths Circle Lecture

Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem and Big Bang, talks about his latest book, which explores mathematical themes hidden in The Simpsons. Everyone knows that The Simpsons is the most successful show in television history, but very few people realise that its team of mathematically gifted writers have used the show to explore everything from calculus to geometry; from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity. Simon will also discuss how writers of Futurama have similarly made it their mission to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series.

Thursday 30th November
3.30 to 4.30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre
Entry is free – but you need to get a ticket from Dr Cooper or your maths teacher.
Priority will be given to those in years 11, 12 and 13.

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Football News

Football Team and Player of the Week

Team of the Week The 5th XI continued their good recent form with a 5-0 win over Box Hill, while the U14C's were outstanding in their com prehensive win over Bedes. Team of the week goes to the U13As who not only won the district 6 a side, but progressed through to the next round of the National Cup with a 3-0 win over Latymer.

Player of the Week Alexandru Tutuianu scored a fantastic four goals for the U14Cs against Bedes; Freddie Lammie was superb on his debut for the U15As and Ajay Ravindran lead the 5th XI well in their win. Player of the week goes to Hari Bassi who was instrumental in the U13As 6 a side tournament win and then followed that up with a bullet-headed goal in the National Cup.

U13A win season’s first silverware

The U13As travelled to Stanley Park to compete in the first District 6-a-side tournament on a cold Wednesday evening. A nervous start resulted in a 1-1 draw with Southborough thanks to a late goal by Thomas Vuolo. These were the last nerves you saw from the side as they won their next two league games easily, with some fantastic goals from Dubem Eze, Josiah Fenn and Numair Khan. That meant semi a final place against Stanley Park B and a fine performance resulted in a 3-0 win. The final against Stanley Park A was end to end, but after Eze opened the scoring, there would only be one winner. The U13As went on to win 4-2 and in doing so the tournament. Well done to all of the squad.
Football Results

Wednesday 8 November

(Friendly Matches)
1st XI lost 0 - 1 vs Harrodian
2nd XI drew 4 - 4 vs. Salesian
3rd XI won 3 - 0 vs. Salesian
4th XI lost 1 - 3 vs. Box Hill
5th XI won 5 - 0 vs. Box Hill

District U13 6-a-side Tournament
U13A drew 1 - 1 vs Southborough
U13A won 6 - 0 vs. Stanley Park A
U13A won 2 - 1 vs. Wimbledon College
U13A won 3 - 0 vs. Stanley Park B
U13A won 4 - 2 vs. Stanley Park A

Thursday 9 November

Wilson’s vs. Latymer (National Cup)
U13A won 3 - 0

Wilson’s vs. Queensmead (National Cup)
U12A lost 1 - 3

Saturday 11 November

Wilson’s vs. Bedes (National Cup)
1st XI lost 1 - 2
2nd XI lost 0 - 6
3rd XI lost 2 - 3
U15A drew 3 - 3
U15B won 4 - 0
U15C drew 1 - 1
U14A drew 1 - 1
U14B won 1 - 0
U14C won 9 - 1

Rugby News

U12 Rugby
The U12 A and B teams began their rugby career by travelling to Trinity. The A team, captained by Jake Phelps-Gardiner produced a brave display against an experienced opposition, but lost out to some well taken tries 30-10. Scorers on the day were You You Yu and Sean Balite. The Bs however managed to win 50-10 through tries from Ahrujan Ragunathan and Aryan Kulkarni. All the U12 rugby players who participated on Friday afternoon performed well. The early signs are that this is going to be an extremely talented year group for rugby!

U14 Rugby
The year 9 team produced their most memorable game yet as they beat Trinity away 17-12. Bolstered by new signings, Arthushchan Sivathasan, Classin Jeyakumar, Oliver Bell and Callum Ferguson, the team had a new look about it. Playing with great control thanks to half backs Siobann Bouyer and Jackson Ellis, they were able to free up the ever present Matthew Mannix to score twice each side of half time. Trinity however managed 2 tries themselves, so with light fading Wilson's were 2 points down with the last play of the game. It was Classin Jeyakumar on debut who was the hero, breaking through 3 tackles before streaking through to score on the final whistle.

U15 Rugby - by Arjun Gopi
(10G2) At 15:44 exactly, their floodlights turned on; they were already pene trating through the Trinity defence. Ver soon, Yash Ramcharan managed to catch the ball and exerted his pace through the line to score. However, Trinity had other ideas and reacted promptly, scoring a try of their own. Wilson's then went on to score a further 3 tries through Ollie Flowers, Max Locke and Joe Chandler. Ollie Bottle's conversions on the day proved crucial as Wilson's eventually won 26-24. This was the best performance of the season and the team is looking forward to a tough game vs Richard Challoner in the Surrey Cup next week.

1st XV - by Marcus Brown (11G2)
This week, the 1st XV were away to Trinity School. The match was very much a game of two halves with Wilson's controlling early parts of the proceedings with tries from number 8 Bennie Otabil and flanker Terry Kwofi. Stand out performances during this early outburst, includ ed the Captain, Soham Sarkar, who assisted the second try, giving Wilson's an early lead of 21-5. Wilson's went into half time at 21-15. Unfortunately, Trinity obtained a healthy advantage in the second half and were leading 37-21 with only a few minutes left to play. With late tries from the Captain, Sarkar and year 11 winger, Sung Chan, the match ended 37-33. The team agreed this had been the best encounter of the season so far and was a very well matched fixture. The squad, which was riddled with injuries both before, and since the match, performed very well against a strong Trinity side. Elliot Roberts also gave a very good performance, kicking 4 out of 5 conversions.
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Looking Ahead

  • 20 - 23 November - Y12 Geography Field Trip
  • Wednesday 22 November - GCSE Musicians’ Evening I (7.00 p.m.)
  • Thursday 23 November - GCSE Musicians’ Evening II (7.00 p.m.)
  • Friday 24 November - Y8 PFA Cake Sale (3.05 p.m.)
  • Monday 27 November - Used Uniform Sale (3.30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday 29 November - Winter Concert (7.00 p.m.)
  • Thursday 30 November - Y10 Parents’ Evening (4.00 p.m.)

Deputy Head's Reminder

Translation Services

Please let us know if you are able to provide translation services of any kind (i.e. for other parents and carers). Many thanks to those parents who volunteered to assist with this when we asked last term.

Chess Results

First Wilson’s Chess Academy Tournament
(21 October)

1st - Tharshan Kuhendiran (Y12) 5.0 - 5.0
2nd - Kiran Lee (Y10) & Eeshaan Iyer (Y8) 3.5 - 5.0
4th - Muhammad Al Ghifari (Y12) Hashim Hussain (Y12) Adi Jain (Y9) Leo Kavanagh (Y8) 3.0 - 5.0
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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Freddie of 7S was nominated for demonstrating a really positive attitude to school and for settling in well during the second half of term.

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Dhiraj (8C) was nominated for showing considerable improvement in both his diligence and his approach to his studies.

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