Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Term Ends

Celebration Assemblies

At the end of each term students have the chance to celebrate the success of individuals and groups, recognising that 'getting it right' has its rewards.
The assembly reflects all aspects of school life and recognises academic achievement, sporting achievement, excellent attendance and achievement points.  It also includes musical performances, showcasing a wealth of talent.

Students come to the stage to collect certificates and receive congratulations from their peers.  At Winston we publically recognise and celebrate success.

Well done to everyone in each of the Year groups for the contribution they have made this term.

Year 7 Celebration Assembly

 Year 7 boys demonstrating the Hand Jive they had perfected during PE Lessons.
Year 7 students who had been nominated for awards during the spring term.
Well done Year 7, you have made a great start to your journey through Winston.

Screen Test

Year 11 GCSE Drama students took part in a Screen-test workshop on Thursday, March 26th, led by Iain Patterson, Head of Performing Arts at Brooklands College in Weybridge.
This proved to be a wonderful opportunity for our students to spend time with Iain exploring the process of auditioning for Film and TV roles. Iain’s workshop gave the students clear techniques that they can use when they come to screen-test in the future, exactly the same as it is done in the industry. This was a practical workshop which allowed all of the students to have a go in front of camera as well as ask Iain questions about life as a working actor and the issues relating to applying to Drama school at 18.
Pictured at her screen test, and being interviewed by Iain Patterson, is Year 11 Drama student Samantha Harvey, who is joining the Italia Conti Arts Centre in Guildford in September.

 Afternoon  Tea

The gifted and talented food students produced an amazing range of delicious afternoon tea items for the Senior Leadership Team to enjoy before their meeting.  The high level of skill and creativity was impressive, as was the taste and the texture of each dish.  It was difficult to get the work done with so many lovely things to try!  Thank you students, I am already looking forward to next year as you just keep getting better and better.
Thanks also to Mrs Ballam for working with the group and giving them the confidence to develop their skills.

Rugby at Winston

The annual memorial rugby match, played between Winston and Woking High was played on Thursday, after school.  The Winston team were outstanding, building up an impressive score.

Remembering Leo

Some year 9 students planted a tree in memory of Leo Trice who passed away 24th March 2013. They were joined by the Trice family, Mr & Mrs Trice, Max, Jack and Ella. He was fantastic member of our year group and is sorely missed.


Friday, 27 March 2015

Amazing Students!

'The Boy Preference'

Each year the National Theatre asks ten writers to create new plays for performance by young theatre
companies all over the country. From Scotland to Cornwall and Northern Ireland to Norfolk, Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage – and the energy, commitment and talent of young theatre-makers.  Winston was one of only two schools in the country to be selected to perform in this festival. This is to the credit of Mr Donaldson and his team.  Mrs Remnant directed the play, enabling the students to demonstarte their considerable skills.

The Boy Preference
By Elinor Cook
Performed by The Winston Churchill School

In an affluent suburb the birth of a boy is welcomed with shouts of joy, but when a girl is born, the neighbours say nothing. One night, Joey looks out of his bedroom window and sees many women with a strange glow around them – are they the ‘missing women’?

The performance took place at the Soho Theatre, London on Tuesday 24th March, at 7.00pm.  I was delighted to be able to get tickets for this sell-out performance.  Our students were amazing; they took hold of the challenging material and produced an superb performance, drawing the audience into the complex story.  They all had a fantastic day and were in the words of the staff 'spot on' in everything they did. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

SSAT Award for Winston

SSAT Award Announcement

The Winston Churchill School A Specialist Sports College 
commended for excellent GCSE results in 2014
The Winston Churchill School A Specialist Sports College has received national recognition for the exceptional attainment of its students in the 2014 GCSE examinations.
SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network, recently undertook its annual in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England and identified The Winston Churchill School A Specialist Sports College’s success. 

The school has qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 20% of non-selective schools nationally for high average grades achieved by students.

The school has been invited to receive their award at a regional celebration ceremony hosted by SSAT at Holland Park School in London on 12 May.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
‘The Winston Churchill School A Specialist Sports College should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share, and I hope they will join us at the celebration evening for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools'.
‘These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at The Winston Churchill School A Specialist Sports College, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person. I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network.’