Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Work Goes On.

Work During the Holiday!

There is a tremendous amount of work that takes place during the summer break to ensure that we are ready for the new school year.  A large number of our teachers have been in clearing out and planning for the new academic year.  The site team are hard at work painting and decorating areas of the site, as well as ensuring contractors are able to do their jobs efficiently and that all the major developments will be ready for 3rd September, when the students arrive for their first day.


 

Site changes ready for the new school day.

Do you recognise this room?

Moving out!

Is this room familiar?

Or perhaps you are normally taught in this one?

The Stair Well in C Block
I will try to keep you up-to-date as the work progresses in the coming weeks. 

Friday, 25 July 2014

The End of the Academic Year


The End of My First Year

This has been an interesting and demanding year.  I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of being the Headteacher of The Winston Churchill School and I am looking forward to September to continue the journey from good to outstanding.
The staff and students of Winston have been quick to rise to every challenge presented to them throughout the year and I want to thank them for their commitment and determination to be the best that they can be.   

We have said goodbye to several members of staff and thanked them for the contribution they have made to the students at Winston.  This includes Mrs Ward(Textiles), who has been a teacher at Winston for 35 years, Mrs Linehan(Head of Learning Support), Mrs Harvey(English), Mr Scrivener(Year Leader), Mrs Rothenburg(Art), Mr Brown(Maths), Ms Godfrey(PE), Ms Lund(PE), Mr Duell(RE), Mr Pohlman(Music), Mrs Sewell(Latin), Mrs Thomas(English), Mr Goosen(PE), Mrs Blakey(LSA), Louisa Reynolds(LSA), Mr Owino(ICT), Mrs Anderson(Home/School Link Worker), Mrs Parfitt(Textiles).    All have left for reasons of retirement or promotion and we wish everyone success in their future lives.

Then there is, of course, Mr Davis.  He and his family are taking the huge step of moving abroad to teach in Abu Dhabi.  Mr Davis has been at Winston for 17 years and has most recently been Deputy Head, with a focus on curriculum and data.  He has made an enormous difference to the school and been a tremendous support to me in my first year at Winston.  His legacy is definitely the new school day, which he will not be here to experience.  He will be remembered for the significant contribution he has made to the school, his commitment to meeting the needs of students and their parents and for always being first in line to eat the cakes at meetings!!

Mr Davis on duty for the last time.

The Borneo Expedition

The Borneo expedition left Winston at 6.30am on Thursday 24th July for four weeks, under the leadership of Miss Howe.  We wish them well as they enjoy this amazing opportunity and I will ensure that you receive a report on the experiences of the students.

The School Site

The school site is having a make-over this summer, in preparation for the new school day.  Science labs are being replaced, fire doors changed, a new bell system installed, flooring is being replaced and there will be some decoration of classrooms.  One maths room is also having a make-over to try to increase the size of the room, using the space more effectively.  If successful, funds permitting, the aim will be to roll this out along the top corridor of the main building.  The sports centre roof is being repaired, the canteen walls surfaces are being replaced and the PE office is being extended to develop an improved and safer working environment.  All of this work is being co-ordinated by our Site Manager, Mark Hill and I will try to provide up-dates throughout the summer break so that you can see the progress being made.

The New School Year

I am now looking forward to the new school year and the opportunity that it brings to move the school forward. 

There are a number of new staff starting in September.  Governors and the Senior Leadership Team have taken the time to ensure that we have recruited only the best people for students at Winston.  We welcome them to our school and look forward to working with them.  My letters home to parents have named some of the new staff and a full list will appear in this blog later this summer.  There will also be a new cohort of Year 7 students, who are eagerly anticipating life at their new school.

I wish you and your families a enjoyable and relaxing summer.  I trust that the students are taking the time to experience learning beyond the classroom in a safe way. Thank you for your support.

Zoe Johnson-Walker

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Winston Celebrates the Year


 Winston Celebrates Student Achievement

Each year group has enjoyed an extended assembly to celebrate their success and the events of the academic year.
Sporting achievement, effort and progress in a subject, as well as academic achievement were recognised, with over 700 certificates being given out in each Year Group Assembly.   There were numerous examples of the commitment to learning demonstrated by our students, who were also rewarded by the applause of their peers and staff.  During each assembly there were some very impressive musical performances.

Well done to every award winner!













Monday, 21 July 2014

Winston on Film

Fox Fantastic


This was a fast paced comedy, developed around the serious consequences of the exploitation of our planet.  Written, produced and directed by Mr Jolly, the Key Stage 3students rose to the challenge and parents, staff and students enjoyed a brilliant performance.  See the trailer below.



A Winning Production

Chloe Whittle created an award winning animation on E Safety and received 2 prizes in a national competition.

  • KS4 individual Commendation
  • Individual Winner for the E safety Award
The ceremony was amazing and Chloe, as always, was very modest about her achievements.

See below her winning entry Internet V Reality also her OCR nationals coursework Ninja Bunny time.
 
The competition website contains all the 2014 winners.

http://animation14.cs.manchester.ac.uk/gallery/winners/KS4/

Congratulations Chloe.


Friday, 18 July 2014

Inspiring Leadership

Congratulations


 
Congratulations to all the children and their Year 10 mentors for completing the Toe by Toe Literacy programme.   Certificates were presented to all those involved by Deputy Headteacher, Mr Davis.

Literacy Leaders in Action

Two of our literacy leaders have presented a literacy starter today, first to Miss Lister’s, then to Mrs Markham’s year 7 history classes, the subject was commas. They created and delivered the mini lesson and Miss Lister says they did a fantastic job as you can see below. They also then taught the same lesson to Mrs Markham’s group. The girls have really taken the initiative here, they came for a practice and some tips early this morning with me before the lessons, and the result of their work is that they have really helped the year 7 students with their literacy.

 

Enterprise day: Year 10

The Science and Maths Departments ran two excellent Enterprise experiences for all students in Year 10.  The aim of the project was to build a bridge that would hold the weight of our Head of Science, Mr Lawson!  Students had to form a company, design and build an efficient, cost effective bridge using materials that had to be purchased.  It was then necessary for the company to design a website and pitch their product. Thank you to our amazing teams of staff who find the energy at the end of a busy year to deliver such inspirational sessions.  I should say that Mr Lawson survived the experience and some of the bridges held his weight!
 
  


 


Monday, 14 July 2014

The New School Day


The New School Day


Following some extensive discussions with the bus company Arriva, I am delighted to announce that the buses that currently run at the end of the day will now be re-scheduled to pick students up from Raglan Road at 3.05pm.

Arriva has been very supportive of our need to change the school day to finish later and have made a number of adjustments to accommodate our students.

I would like to thank Graham Harmer and his team for their understanding and for the time it has taken to develop a new timetabling solution.

Thank you Arriva!


Movement Time


Click below to view a message from our Headboy, Freddie, about the movement time in the new school day.  This short information film, Directed  and Produced by Mr Jolly, will be shown at lunch breaks during the coming week.





Friday, 11 July 2014

Fox Fantastic


“The Fox Fantastic” is being performed on Wednesday 16th July & Thursday 17th July in the Main Hall at Winston Churchill School at 7pm. Tickets are available on Tiscali and on the door. Students £3-00, Adults £6-00. Not to be missed!

Track 1; ‘UNDERGROUND’

“The Second Guessers” performing ‘Underground’ by Ben Folds Five, taken from the soundtrack to ‘The Fox Fantastic,’ Winston Churchill School’s Lower School Drama Production for 2014.
Featuring Year 9 students from Winston Churchill School, including Ellie Sharpe on lead vocals, supported by Tasmin Martin-Young and Lauren Shearer. Matthew Elliott on the drums with Abby Brown on bass. This up-tempo pop-rock number provides the play with its main theme, evoking the excitement (and zaniness) of the hair-brained story.
The song was arranged and conducted by drama teacher Simon Jolly, who features on piano. Simon has also written and directed the show.
The Fox Fantastic” is being performed on Wednesday 16th July & Thursday 17th July in the Main Hall at Winston Churchill School at 7pm. Tickets are available on Tiscali and on the door. Students £3-00, Adults £6-00. Not to be missed!



Track 2: ‘STEP’

“The Second Guessers” performing ‘Step’ by Vampire Weekend, taken from the soundtrack to ‘The Fox Fantastic,’ Winston Churchill School’s Lower School Drama Production for 2014.

Featuring Year 9 students from Winston Churchill School, including Tasmin Martin-Young, Lauren Shearer and Ellie Sharpe on vocals, Matt Elliott on the drums with Abby Brown on bass. This ballad features late in the story when our brave heroes are at their lowest ebb before the play’s exciting climax.
The song was arranged and conducted by drama teacher Simon Jolly, who features on piano. Simon has also written and directed the show.



Thursday, 10 July 2014

Thursday: Activities Week

The English Department Enrichment Activities

 
 

Year 8 Creating Dragons

 




Year 7 Students in a Football Tournament

 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Wednesday: Activities Week

ZooLab

Students had the opportunity to learn about a range of creatures that they would not normally come into contact with.  They were able to ask questions and understand further information about their food and habitat.
A Tarantula with a pink back.


Holding a giant African Snail

Holding a giant African Snail
 

Student Leaders in Action

Student leaders from Year 9 and 10 planned and organised a football competition for their peers.



 
 
Other students went to the theatre to see the production of Matilda and there was a trip to see Harry Potter World.  Mr Hough took a group of students to The London Sea Life Aquarium Centre.  All the staff reported on the excellent behaviour of our students and that they engaged by asking appropriate and interesting questions.