Wilson's School

Crossrail Speed Networking Event

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by Abdul Rafay, 9B2

ON MONDAY 9 October, staff from Network Rail visited Wilson's to talk to students about where they work. They discussed various roles and what they entailed, ranging from civil engineers to accountants, telecom engineers, infrastructure engineers and many more. They discussed their personal journeys to reach the roles that they now hold within the company and what examinations they had taken at school. We all found this very interesting as it made us think about our own futures and what we want from a job.

This was a really useful visit as it was an opportunity for students to hear first hand about the variety of jobs on offer at Network Rail and how the railways are managed. It also gave a glimpse into what could be achieved with hard work and ambition and it gave an insight into the world of work. At the end of the visit each student was given a medal as a memento of the brilliant encounter with staff from Network Rail.

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Lieutenant Harold Auten, VC

Old Wilsonian
On Saturday afternoon Major Burton represented the school at a service in Leatherhead which commemorated the action on 30 July 1918, for which Lieutenant Harold Auten, Old Wilsonian, was awarded the Victoria Cross. The service was conducted by Vice Admiral Peter Dunt and Rev Graham Osborne, in the grounds of whose church a commemorative stone was placed.

Also present was Mary Carpenter, niece of Harold Auten, whose father (Harold's brother) had also attended Wilson's at the turn of the last century. She was very pleased to hear that Lieutenant Auten was remembered at the school and told of how well Wilson's had served her father.

Following the ceremony there was a reception at which a first edition of Auten's autobiography, Q Boat Adventures, his sword and a replica of the Victoria Cross he was awarded, with its original naval blue ribbon, were on display.

Auten mainly served on Q-ships. These were decoy ships, armed vessels, but disguised as innocent merchant ships with the aim of fooling U-boats into surfacing. He was captain of the HMS Stock Force, a vessel that he had seen for himself in Cardiff docks. On 30 July 1918, the ship was twenty five miles south west of Start Point, Cornwall, when the ship was torpedoed by a U-boat. The torpedo hit a forward bulkhead and the vessel sustained severe damage, including the bridge. Some of the crew, known as the "Panic Party" left in the boats, but Auten, the gun crews and the engine-room crew remained aboard. The U-boat surfaced half a mile from the damaged ship and the Panic Party rowed back in the boats to try and get the submarine to follow, which it did. At 5.40 p.m., the Q-ship opened fire. Three direct hits were made, one blowing off the periscope, one blowing up the conning tower and the third ripping into the submarine's hull. Firing continued until the U-boat sank beneath the surface. Four hours later, the Q-ship also gave way to the damage sustained earlier in the day and sank, still flying the White Ensign. The crew were taken off by torpedo boat. Auten's Victoria Cross entry in the London Gazette merely gives his name and rank. He was presented with his medal by King George V at Buckingham Palace on 18 September 1918. Anyone who is interested can read Harold's autobiography, Q Boat Adventures, or visit the newly laid commemorative stone in the grounds of St Mary & St Nicholas Church in Leatherhead.

Fencing!

by Dawood Khan, 10D
In the last few months I have been focusing on the major fencing competitions that contribute to national rankings. My next international competition is taking place on 14 October in Manchester. I have had to buy new kit to comply with the international standards. Competitors will arrive from all over the world and as this is an U17 competition, I will compete against people who are up to 4 years older than me. However, I feel confident and hope to achieve a good result.

I have increased my training time and worked harder on my weaknesses. I currently train three evenings a week with a competition every other weekend. My work load from school has increased, and my time management skills are improving to ensure that neither my studies nor my fencing suffer, leaving me little time for myself. That however, is a sacrifice I am willing to make to achieve the goals I have set myself.

Recently my coach has focused on different topics to work on each week. This week was conditioning, where we did exercises without stop until we collapsed or the timer ran out. These exercises concentrated on the muscles that would be heavily used in fencing competitions i.e. quads and calves. Last week was speed, which meant using low resistance bands and trying to complete the exercises as fast as possible without making an error. The week before last the focus was on power and explosivity, this involved using very high resistance bands and doing short sprints to build up that explosive power. This regime is helping me a lot and will assist with my overall performance.

I am happy with my progress and performance this season. As we come to the end of one season, I'm looking forward to the next. In the last month I gained a gold and a bronze placing at Hertfordshire and Nottingham competitions respectively. With six places still available on the England team, I am still pushing for one of them. My long term goal however, is to try and achieve a place on the GB cadet team within two years. This will undoubtedly be a long hard road but I will never know how far I can go, unless I try.
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PFA 100 Club

The winners of the June, July, August and September 100 Club draws are as follows:

JUNE
1st T MacGillivray £38.75
2nd I McMillan £23.25
3rd C Foulkes £15.50

JULY
1st N Damjis £36.25
2nd Sivaramalingam £21.75
3rd W Robertson £14.50

AUGUST
1st D Craske £31.25
2nd Pradeep Kumar £18.75
3rd Sivaramalingam £12.50

SEPTEMBER
1st Holtz/Clifton £31.25
2nd L Tanaskovic £18.75
3rd I McMillan £12.50

If you would like to become involved with the 100 Club, please contact Leigh Shelton.

The committee have a lot of fun raising money for the school and if you would like to join them they would be pleased to have you. If you are interested please contact Mrs Guha by email.

PFA Cake Sale

On Friday 6 October, the PFA cake sale with 8G made an amazing £204.20! Three of the students in 8G had the brilliant idea of auctioning their cakes on Whatsapp. Between them they made £45 for their cakes.

Below: Alex of 8G, with the cake that he auctioned for £30
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Chess Results

King’s College U13 tournament, Saturday 7 October
Wilson’s U13A came 3rd; Wilson’s U13B came 6th
Eeshaan Iyer (Y8), 4 wins in 5 games; Henry Yu (Y7), 3/5

National Schools qualifier at Wilson’s, Monday 9 October
Wilson’s D and Wilson’s F were 3rd with 2 wins in 3 matches.
They therefore qualified for next term’s regional stage.
Vishu Ketheeswaran (L6) 2.5/3; Ian Cotton (Y8) 2/2; Daniel Read (Y10); Varun Sahdev (Y9); Max Ma (Y9); Shivank Khare (Y10); William Boulanger (Y9); Eshan Gupta (U6); Varnan Senthilnathan (Y9), Simon He (U6); Leo Kavanagh (Y8) all 2/3.

Wilson’s B beat Sutton A 4 - 2
Wins for Aranan Sivakumar (L6), Akash Gupta (L6), Koushikk Ayyappan
(Y10) and Atticus Fear (Y8)

Wilson’s C lost to Sutton B 2.5 - 3.5
Wins for Jake Eaw (L6) and Dylan Perera (U6)

Football News

Football Team and Player of the Week

Team of the Week It was a good week for the 1st XI who won their National Cup contest 5-0 and followed that up with a good performance away to a strong Ardingly side. The U13A and U15A had two excellent cup wins but this week's team of the week award goes to the U12B. They travelled to KCS and put in an exceptional team performance to win 7-0 and gain their first win for the school.

Player of the Week This week it is the school goalkeepers, sometimes the unsung heroes, who get the credit. Madani Sidibe was the hero for the U13As saving two penalties to send them through in the national cup. Muizz Imran kept a clean sheet for the U12Bs, the highlight a wonderful penalty save in the first minute. But this week's player of the week is Conrad Essilfie-Conduah. Playing in his normal position, centre forward, he scored two goals on Wednesday for the 1st XI, but then put the team first to play in goal due to injuries, and was excellent against Ardingly.

Football Results

Tuesday 3 October

Wilson’s vs Harrodian (Friendly)
U13B lost 0 - 7
U13C lost 2 - 5
U13D won 14 - 0

Wilson’s vs. Trinity (Friendly)
U12A drew 3 - 3
U12B lost 1 - 4
U12C lost 2 - 3

Wednesday 4 October

Wilson’s vs. Hampton (Friendly)
2nd XI lost 1 - 4
3rd XI drew 1 - 1
4th XI lost 0 - 3

Wilson’s vs. Petchey Academy (Ntl Cup)
1st XI won 5 - 0
Wilson’s vs. Jubilee High (Ntl Cup)
U13A won 3 - 1

Thursday 5 October

Wilson’s vs Matthew Arnold (Surrey Cup)
U15A won 6 - 0]

Friday 6 October

Wilson’s vs KCS (friendly)
U12A lost 2 - 5
U12B won 7 - 0
U12C won 5 - 1
U12D won 13 - 1
Saturday 7 October

Wilson’s vs. Ardingly College (friendly)
1st XI drew 1 - 1
2nd XI lost 0 - 6
3rd XI won 6 - 1
4th XI lost 3 - 2
NOTICEBOARD

Looking Ahead


  • October 16-20 International Languages Week
  • Monday 16 October - Mental Health Information Evening - 6.00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 18 October - Y9 Musicians’ Evening - 7.00 p.m.
  • Thursday 19 October - Y7 Parent/Form Tutor Meetings - 4.00 p.m.
  • Friday 20 October - Activities Day
  • 23 October - 3 November - HALF TERM
  • Thursday 2 November - OXBRIDGE ENTRANCE TESTS
  • Monday 6 November - Term begins
  • Thursday 9 November - Sixth Form Open Evening - 6.00 p.m.

Deputy Head's Reminder


School Nurse

Our school nurse, Sara Yanbolu, operates
a weekly drop in on Wednesdays. Any
pupil can speak to their Head of Year for
further details.
STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
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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Shuayb (7H) was nominated for educating the class with a wonderful example of Trinidadian pidgin English - with flair, drama and confidence. It was both entertaining and enlightening.

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Eeshaan (8C) was nominated for showing a very helpful and constructive attitude to a Year 7 pupil who needed help.

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