Wilson's School

Wilson's excels at the 'Game of Gentlemen'

ALTHOUGH THE FIRST REFERENCE TO CRICKET appeared in the 13th century, the game only gained popularity in the 17th century, when English landowners started playing it. They decreed that cricket would be played in 'a gentlemanly manner', which meant no sledging, cheating, bodyline bowling, temper tantrums or excessive appealing! If the batsman knew he was out, he should 'walk' even if the umpire decided otherwise. Wilson's students are taught the same, though with the language updated a little.

As such we are delighted to have been selected for the third consecutive year for The Cricketer magazine's An A-Z Guide To The Summer Game's Top 100 Schools 2018.

This is a great honour, especially as Wilson's is one of only nine state schools to have been included. There were a record number of submissions which were each judged against a set of carefully considered criteria by The Cricketer and it is a great achievement to have been included alongside the likes of Charterhouse and Dulwich. We will keep working to provide opportunities for the boys at school to enjoy and develop their cricket and look forward to a successful season!

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Year 7 Celebration Evening

It was a pleasure to hear the entirety of year 7 perform in our two Winter Showcases this week. The progress that all students have made with the instruments that they began at the very start of the Autumn Term was tangible. A number of solo awards were presented to those students who, in their teachers' eyes, had made the most improvement, were worthy of being highly commended, or had shown an outstanding approach to learning their new instrument.

Smaller group items were performed throughout both evenings, directed by the instrumental tutors, showcasing the talents of the different instrumental groups. Finally, for the close of each concert, the whole wind band joined forces in order to perform pieces specifically arranged for the Year 7 Instrumental Programme Showcase, directed by Mr Elsom at the conductor's podium.

We look forward to welcoming you to our annual Carol Service which will take place at Croydon Minster on Wednesday 13 December, starting at 19.30.

More photos here
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WWI Poetry Competition

Do you enjoy creative writing? Are you interested in history? If so you might like to enter this major competition run by the University of Lincoln.

Armistice Day is remembered in countries around the world. In Britain a two-minute silence is observed to remember and honour the sacrifices made. Many people wear a Poppy as a symbol of remembrance and hope inspired by the poem 'In Flanders Fields', written by Canadian Doctor Colonel John McCrae in the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres. The bright red poppy is a resilient flower which continued to grow in landscapes otherwise devastated by war. In the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, Remembrance Sunday takes place on the second Sunday in November nearest to 11 November.

2018 will mark 100 years since the armistice was signed. The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and Winner of Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, Imtiaz Dharker, are supporting the University of Lincoln in launching a poetry competition for schools in 2017/18 to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day.

The competition judges will select will select the best poems submitted by UK school pupils and college students to feature in a special anthology, ‘Armistice 100’. It will be published on 11 November 2018 with a foreword by Carol Ann Duffy.

Eligible writers from the UK and overseas are invited to submit their poems to the competition on the theme of Armistice. This could be about the First World War, or about armistice more generally in the sense of the cessation of hostilities. It could even be a more personal interpretation.

Submitted poems can take any format: sonnet, haiku, couplet or free verse. They can be narrative or epic and of any length although the maximum number of words permitted is 500 (not including title). You can find out more at www.lincoln.ac.uk/armistice100.

If you would like to enter this competition, speak to Mrs Fletcher as soon as possible. Last year a Wilson’s boy – Gregory Davison – was runner up in a national writing competition. Can we do the same or better this year?
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Tuesday 19th December
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House coloured tops
— with substantial amount of their House colour.

£1 to wear House colours and £2 not to.

Points for the House that looks the most unified at the whole school assembly.

Money raised to go to House Charities.

Candlelight Soirée

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The Drama department presents an evening of dramatic pieces from Year 7, the Sixth Form and the cast of upcoming senior production Romeo & Juliet.

Friday 15th December 2017

Forms 7B, 7C & 7D perform 5.30 – 6.15 pm

Short interval

Forms 7G, 7H & 7S perform 6.30 – 7.15 pm

The drama suite, F23

Absolutely free entry!

Drink and snack bar provided

Sports News

Football Team and Player of the Week

Team of the Week The 1st XI advanced to the next round of the National Cup with a strong performance against Erith, winning 2-0. The U14B continued their good form with a win over Whitgift, giving them a record of 5 games unbeaten. Team of the week however goes to the 2nd XI (photo, above) who gained two good wins against KCS and Whitgift.

Player of the Week
Piralash Pathmanathan (below, right) was outstanding for the 1st XI in the national cup. He rounded off his performance with a fantastic goal, chipping the goalkeeper. Michael Oduyemi scored a brilliant five goals for the U15Bs against Whitgift, while Adam Forshaw put in a captain's display for the U14Bs.

Player of the week is Folaju George (below, left) who scored a hat-trick and had two assists in his man of the match display for the U13As in their win against Whitgift. It is just reward for him after working so hard on his game during the week
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Football Results

Monday 27 November
Wilson’s vs. Carshalton (Sutton Cup)
U15A lost 1 - 4

Tuesday 28 November
Wilson’s vs. Forest Hill (National Cup)
U13A lost 2 - 4

Wednesday 29 November
Wilson’s vs. KCS
2nd XI won 3 - 2
3rd XI lost 0 - 3
4th XI lost 0 - 3
5th XI lost 3 - 7
Wilson’s vs. Erith (National Cup)
1st XI won 2 -0

Saturday 2 December
Wilson’s vs. Whitgift
2nd XI won 5 - 2
3rd XI won 4 - 3
U15A won 3 - 0
U15B won 9 - 0
U14A lost 2 - 4
U14B won 3 - 1
U13A won 5 - 2
U12A lost 1 - 9
U12B lost 2 - 3
Surrey Futsal

The U13A and U15A futsal teams travelled to Woking to compete in the Surrey Futsal Tournament. The U15As took time to adapt but finished strong to win three out of their last four games. The U13As (photo, below) put in some excellent performances and only came second as the opposition scored a last-minute equaliser. They finished with five wins, one draw and one loss with Dubem Eze top scorer on eleven goals.
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Squash Results - U15s National Cup

Wilson’s 5 - 0 Reeds School
Wilson’s 5 - 0 Epsom College
The students who participated in the above matches (pictured below) were: Ethan Chak, Christopher Chak, Luke Griffiths, Tom Malcolm, David Middleton.

The next fixture is against Whitgift. We wish them good luck.
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Chess Results

Wilson’s A beat Reigate GS A 4.5 – 1.5

Wilson’s C drew with Reigate GS B 3.0 – 3.0

Wilson’s D beat Reigate GS C 8.0 – 4.0

Looking Ahead

  • Wednesday 13 December - Carol Service at Croydon Minster (7.30pm)
  • Friday 15 December - Drama Soiree (7pm)
  • Tuesday 19 December - House MUFTI
  • Tuesday 19 December - END OF TERM
  • Wednesday 3 January - TERM BEGINS — LATE START FOR STUDENTS (10.50 AM)
  • Thursday 4 January - SENIOR PRIZE GIVING (7pm)
  • Friday 5 January - MAIN PRIZE GIVING (2pm)

Deputy Head's Reminder

Thank you

We are very grateful to parents for their support of the school's Code of Conduct. This all helps to make the school the safest and most orderly place it can be for the boys.
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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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Saikrithik and Rahavan of 7C were nominated for showing a guest around the school in an outstandingly polite, affable and charming manner.

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Jonathan (8S) was nominated for playing a leading role in the excellent 8S Assembly about World Aids Day.

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