High Ways

Head's Note

Is it too early to be talking about Spring? Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote about  “the juice and joy” of Spring and it feels like that has been operating in school … there is just so much going on. The Juniors ran to Harrogate and back (albeit in Nursery Road) in their sponsored run,  some of our wonderful senior vocalists sang beautifully for opera singer Mae Haydon at the Lieder competition on Thursday, our Under 12 netballers are competing in the county finals this Sunday (at Croydon High if you’re free to come and watch), Darrell Woodman gave us all a witty, simple insight into being brilliant at the Rosewell Lecture on Tuesday and girls have been writing on the walls in maths lessons (really – it’s a great way to learn)! One of the most important things this week though was the great pastoral evening for fathers run by Phil Wall.  His exploration of some of the things that we all need to navigate as parents of teenagers was very well-received and I am attaching here a link to the hard-hitting (but nevertheless important) Times article he referenced. I hope you enjoy reading it.

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A Cappella in NYC!

A Cappella in NYCThirty members of A Cappella headed to New York during February half term to take on Broadway. Braving the -20C temperatures, the girls performed in Ripley’s Times Square as well as watching performances of ‘Cabaret’, ‘On the Town’ and, for the older pupils, a stunning performance of ‘Punch Drunk: Sleep No More’. The girls also worked with Broadway actors from ‘Cabaret’ and musicians from the Julliard School (who asked, impressively, if we were a Performing Arts School!) in two workshops investigating the business of being a part of Broadway as well as choreographing the opening scene from ‘Cabaret’ – with subtle differences to WHS’s own December production.

Outside of all the performing, the girls visited the 9/11 memorial and the new One World Trade Centre building, toured the city by night by bus, as well as going to the ‘Top of the Rock’ in the Rockefeller Centre to see the stunning NYC skyline. A visit to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty and regular trips to Junior’s Breakfast Diner framed the trip, giving the girls an iconic NYC experience. Thanks to all the girls, who were fantastic ambassadors for Music and WHS, and to Mr Bristow, Mrs Martin, Miss Eastaugh and Dr Parsons for accompanying the trip with such dedication and humour. The competition for best NYC photo is open until Tuesday 3 March – the winner will be announced in the next edition of High Ways.

Watch a clip of A Cappella in New York here

Going Digital

Year 8 and 6 Students at the GDST Digital Leaders ConferenceOn Monday 9 February, a group of girls from Year 8 and Year 6 attended the GDST Digital Leaders Conference at South Hampstead High School. It was an incredibly inspiring day and the girls had the opportunity to work on a Dragon's Den-type computing project which they pitched to others, including the co-founder of Firefly, Simon Hay! Well done, girls! 



The art of continuous learning

The Wimbledon Geographical Association hosted a lecture, on Tuesday 24 February, by Bob Digby on ‘The 2012 Games- now what?’ In a comprehensive and wide ranging talk, Bob discussed the promise of the Games and reminded listeners of the euphoria of that amazing summer of Olympic and Paralympic achievement. He believed that the games were delivered on time, on budget and without any of the predicted transport and security disasters. The legacy: an opening up of East London, an ongoing boost for tourism and an enhanced appreciation of the cultural and diversity opportunities that both London and the UK have to offer.

The Rosewell lecture on The Art of Being Brilliant by Darrell Woodman was great fun and reminded all those present about the positive impact of ... staying positive. It introduced a new word into our lexicon: 'mood hoover' - someone who saps the positive energy from a room... http://www.artofbrilliance.co.uk

Lastly, this week Year 8 and 9 Dads enjoyed a session on Fathers and Daughters led by consultant Phil Wall. Many thanks to Phil for delivering an inspirational lecture on how dads can develop their relationship with their daughters through ‘rites of passage’, discussing meaningful transitional questions such as ‘what expectations can we have of you now you are a teenager, and how should we approach you if you are not fulfilling those expectations?’


 WHS Lieder Competition 2015

Students participated in the 2015 Lieder competitionThe annual Lieder Competition took place on Thursday 26 February in the Senior Hall, with 13 girls from Year 7 through to Year 13 taking part. We were honoured to work with Mae Haydorn, a professional mezzo-soprano, who not only offered invaluable advice to the girls but also amazed the audience with a short recital at the end of the competition. It was exceptionally difficult to award first places in the three categories owing to the quality of the performances, but in the end the following were celebrated:

Intermediate Category – Phoebe Schenk (Y11) singing ‘An Sylvia’ (Schubert)

Advanced Category – Miranda Porter (Y8) singing ‘Du bist die Ruh’ (Schubert) – Miranda has also won the String and Piano competitions, giving her an impressive trio of awards for an exceptionally able musician.

Diploma Category – joint award to Pansy Doyle (Y13) singing ‘Das Verlassen Magdlein' (Wolf) and El Blackwell (Y13) singing ‘Now sleeps the Crimson Petal’ (Quilter)

Our next concerts are the A2 Recital on Monday 16 March (7pm, Senior Hall, non-ticketed) and the Spring Concert on Thursday 19 March (7pm, Rutherford, ticketed)

In other Music News, congratulations to Elisavet Baltas (Year 11) who was a awarded a distinction in her grade 8 piano exam - a significant achievement.

We will be publishing the next set of ABRSM results early in the summer term; if your daughter takes music lessons and exams outside school, do feel free to share her result so that the Music department are aware: sara.balding@wim.gdst.net

 Sports News

Good luck to our Under 12 Netballers for the upcoming Surrey Finals at Croydon High School!

Students at the Queens College Gym and Dance CompetitionQCL Gym and Dance Competition - clean sweep!

The Queen's College London Gym and Dance Competition.
was a lovely competition with a great atmosphere.

We swept the board in the Gynmastics part of the competition with all girls achieving first place in all four catagories. Millie Hook and Lucy Pitman took first in the KS3 and KS4 categories of the Vault competition and Aisling Burke took first place in dance in the KS4 solo category. 

Miss Smith


Gym and Dance Display will take you Back to the Future on Thursday 26 March from 7pmGym and Dance Display

Tickets will be on sale for the extravaganza that is the annual Gym and Dance Display on Monday 2 March.

This year, seating will be tiered, so everyone will get a great view.

Click the poster for details >>>  





Student and Staff teams post game. Students v Staff Basketball

Congratulations to the staff team who triumphed during the Students v Staff Basketball match which took place before half term! Both teams played well and a good time was had by all. 


Sports Fixtures

See www.wimbledonhighsports.com - you can use the app on your smart phone.

Photos of the week 23 - 27 February

Taking the Big Apple by storm

Events Next Week

Mon 2 Mar




 Year 11 Berlin trip parents' meeting, Senior Hall 

Tennis Tour parents' meeting, Rutherford Centre

WHSA Committee, Senior Hall

Tue 3 Mar


Junior World Challenge Launch 

Wed 4 Mar



Year 7 House Drama Competition: Arnold v Hastings in the Rutherford Centre

Author Tara Mohr 'Playing Big' book launch, Junior Hall (drinks from 7pm)

Thur 5 Mar



Spring Giving Assembly

Year 7 House Drama: Meredith v Scott in the Rutherford Centre 

Fri 6 Mar


World Book Day

Year 8 Netball tour to Shropshire 


A Practical Guide for Brilliant Women Like You
Tara Mohr.

Wednesday 4 March 7.30pm, Junior Hall
Drinks reception from 7pm

Five years ago, Tara Mohr began to see a pattern in her work as an expert in leadership; women with tremendous talent, ideas and aspirations were not recognising their own brilliance. They felt that they were ‘playing small’ in their lives and careers and wanted to ‘play bigger’, but didn’t know how. And so Tara devised a step-by-step programme for playing big from the inside out: this book is the result. Please contact: Sara.Balding@wim.gdst.net to reserve a free place.

Spring Giving Assembly 

Wimbledon High School will be hosting the annual Spring Giving Assembly on Thursday 5th March in Draxmont Hall. As usual, we will be welcoming four local charities to the assembly, and donating a range of non-perishable food goods to help support local families and food banks. All students are invited to bring in foodstuffs such as tinned goods, pastas, coffee, soups or a monetary donation (if preferred).

Senior students should bring their donations with them to the assembly when they leave their Period 2 lesson.

Many thanks in advance for your generous donations!

Blue Hastings and Sommerville Wimbledon Guild
Green Arnold and Garratt-Anderson Christian Care
Red Meredith and Austen Merton and Morden Guild
Yellow Scott and Hepworth Faith in Action


Village Sports - Uniform latest 

We have received the news from Village Sports that the following items of Senior uniform are now fully back in stock: 

  • Courtelle jumpers
  • Sports shirts
  • Tracksuit trousers
  • Sports hoodies

 Coming up

Wednesday 4 March Year 7 House Drama
Thursday 12 March WHSA Personal and Home Styling Evening
Saturday 14 March WHSA Fun Run
(See below for more info)
Thursday 19 March Senior Spring Concert
Thursday 26 March Gym & Dance Display
Thursday 30 April  GCSE Art Private View


Pi Day coming up... Girls, have you picked up your sheet with the 100 first digits of pi? Are you ready for the pi challenge?



An Evening of StylePersonal and Home Styling Evening
7-10.30pm on Thursday 12th March, Senior Hall
Come and experience an evening of style with drinks and canapés 
Click on the flyer for more information and a booking form >>>


WHSA Family Fun Run flyer

Fun Run at Cannizaro Park
Saturday 14th March, Cannizaro Park
Enjoy a “fun run” with your family and friends and help us raise money for sports at Wimbledon High
2k and 5k distances.
For more information, and to volunteer to marshall, please contact etta.elder@blueyonder.co.uk
Click the flyer for more information and a booking form >>>

WHSA Car Boot Sale
Saturday 18 April

Summer Fair
Saturday 20 June, 12-4pm

Planning has already begun, and the team is keen to welcome new faces and volunteers, so please do be in touch with Irene Lee and Victoria Bell (Y1 parents) to get involved. richard.irene.lee@gmail.com, victoria_bell@btinternet.com

Also please keep an eye out for some more events, dates of which are yet to be confirmed.


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