Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Week beginning 14th August

What Has been happening at Winston?

Protecting the School

Preparing for the torrential downpour last Wednesday, Mr Phillips and his team made sure the drains were clear and then loaded up some sand bags to protect the school.  The hall floor has only just been repaired and we did not want to risk another flood.

The railings are finished.

Improvements to the facilities in Maths to provide a better work space.

Progress with the Tennis Courts

The new fencing is almost complete, improving the facility.  The surface has been drilled and the next stage is the base surface.  Students will be able to use this area for a number of sports, extending the usage of this area.  Clubs are also very interested in booking this facility during evenings and at weekends.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Library Progress

The Block Walls are Growing!

Some of the progress made so far.  There is a delay of several weeks as we wait for the steel frame to arrive but by Friday 18th August the main structure of the building should be in place.

Openings through to the English Block

 And from the inside of the English Block!

Site Progress

The Hall Floor

On Monday 31st July the renovation of the hall floor got underway.  The floor was damaged as a result of flooding during a torrential downpour during the evening 15th September 2016.  Having pulled off the layers of varnish, the site team have made every attempt to dry out the floor, to enable the Brazilian hardwood to be saved.  Over this week the wood blocks will be repaired, sanded and varnished.  I look forward to seeing the results.

Before the renovation

And Now...

Progress with the Shelter

 New Hand Rails

Friday, 28 July 2017

Summer Holiday Work

New Sports Facilities

Students will enjoy using the new surface being installed over the tennis courts, during this summer break.  The surface will be safer and support a wider range of sports including hockey, netball, football training and tennis. It will take at least four weeks to complete, as it is a huge job and it will also include new fencing. 

Maths Staff Room

Tasks in a school of this age and size are complex and demanding.  What started out as a simple refurbishment of the Maths Department Staff Room, has become a challenge.  We are unable to change the light fitting as the ceiling contains asbestos, therefore, this has to be removed by a specialist.  This then necessitates additional fire protection materials to be installed in the ceiling, between the classroom and the corridor. This type of work has to be assessed and completed each time we improve an area of the school, as with so many projects the costs are in the infrastructure, that ultimately cannot be seen but is essential.

All maths resources!

Drama Room

Drama 1 is being cleared out, redecorated and reorganised, ready for Mr Penfold to move in!

The Shelter

Fiona and Thomas, Head Girl and Head Boy, discussed with the Senior Prefects how to spend the money they had raised wisely for the benefit of students in the future.  They decided that they would like to refurbish the shelter and as you can see the work is underway!

 Railings on the Patio

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Book Now!

The PTA Quiz Night

Mr Ludlow and Mr Toovey are back by popular demand:

Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Music Matters

Summer Concert

A huge audience of parents and staff enjoyed a beautiful concert, performed by our highly skilled musicians.  Winston enjoys making music together, working across age groups and producing high quality pieces that make us immensely proud of the Music Department.   Having just completed the Music Tour, After Class and Winton Young Musician, students and staff created a musical feast for the penultimate day of the year.  Thank you to Mr Drake and his team for their commitment and creativity and for the provision of so many opportunities for our students. 
Enjoy the images below: