Saturday, 6 May 2017

Rising to the Challenge

Year 7 Enterprise Activity

Some students in Year 7 were selected for their problem solving ability to participate in an Enterprise activity.  The students had to work together in teams to produce a new ride or part of a ride, that would provide a unique experience at Alton Towers.
The enthusiasm and creativity displayed was impressive.  The ideas were both original and exciting and some teams aimed to cater for individuals with different needs.

This thought provoking activity gave students the opportunity to use a number of the Winston Competencies to solve the challenge, culminating in presentations later in the day.  Well done to every who took part; Mrs Smith and Mr Watson were very impressed.

Music Results!

Mr Drake sent me the following brilliant music exam results from students who have piano and voice lessons. They have worked incredibly hard.  Congratulations to:

Robert Angus (Y10) - Grade 3: Merit
Holly Gamlin (Y9) - Grade 4: Merit
Eliza Jarrett (Y7) - Grade 1: Distinction
Ellen Hillman (Y10) - Grade 5: Distinction
Rhiannon Drane (Y11) - Grade 7: Distinction

Philip Norman (Y11) Grade 4: Merit
Charlie Wayne (Y10) Grade 5: Pass
Ben Moore (Y11) Grade 8: Distinction

Assemblies this Week


Miss Alfaituri provided plenty of food for thought this week in assemblies.  As you can see from the images below the value of being able to read was explored in some detail.  Students were asked to consider their own reading material, how and when they read and the role reading plays if you want to be successful.

Woking District Football Finals

Yesterday was the first day of the Woking District Football Finals held at Woking Football Club. From the total of eight fixtures being played over two days, we are very proud to have our school participating in six of the eight fixtures. Below is a brief summary of some of the action from yesterday’s games.

First game of the day and Winston Year 9 Boys were certainly keen to show just how capable and talented they really are against BDB. The boys started the game extremely well and were 2-0 up after just 5min. Winston had the opportunity to convert from the penalty spot and make it 3-0 but the keeper made a fantastic diving save. BDB went on and scored on the counter attack but despite this, Winston continued to play the same way with some excellent build up and combination play throughout the half and by the whole team. The first half saw a total of 7 goals which were shared unevenly between the two teams with Winston on top and cruising with a comfortable 6-1 score line at the break. The crowd were spoilt with another 7 goals of very high quality from a range of players from Winston in the second half. The game finished 13-1 in favour of Winston who dominated the game showing fantastic teamwork, commitment, effort and attitude throughout. I have purposely named no names, as all the boys were superb and I predict some big things for these players as individual and wish them all the success in their final two years representing Winston.

The second game of the day saw the Year 10 boys take on Heathside. After a bright start, dominating possession, Winston were punished by a quick break and conceded a well struck early goal. This was followed by various spells of pressure from both sides, with neither team being able to put a stamp on the game. Eventually Winston found an equaliser after an in-swinging corner from Vini Badu was met by Rian Armstrong to make it 1-1. On the stroke of half time Heathside scored their second of the game with another set piece, after a tremendous double save from Sidney Boxall.

At 2-1 in favour of Heathside, Winston came out strong and mostly dominated possession in the second half, however Heathside were forever looking dangerous on the counter attack with Adam Guest making a few great saves to keep Winston only one goal behind. Heathside eventually managed to beat the offside trap and coolly slotted the ball home making it 3-1. With 5 minutes left, Winston had no reply and the game finished with Heathside as victorious.

Man of the Match: Jack Knapman – Winston’s stand out player on the day, was a leader from the backline.

The final game of the day was our Year 11 boys who were up against a very strong, physical and organised Gordons team. The year 11's showed great commitment, team spirit and skill to come out as eventual winners of the tie. Joe Phillips (MOM) scored the first with a cheeky chip and then a very late own goal made it 2-0 to the mighty Winston!

Everyone was brilliant and it was a performance all the boys should be extremely proud of. Their performance on the pitch and off the pitch is a credit to the school!