High Ways

Head's Note

It has been a rather elemental week at Wimbledon High. We ended with an eclipse – partial in more ways than one – since the entire school gathered to see nothing very much happen in the heavens… Still, as I pointed out to many of the girls, they will all remember in 2026 (which is when the next eclipse is due), what they were doing in 2015… gathered together in a good-humoured Wimbledon High huddle, to listen to some eclipse-inspired poetry and tunes whilst measuring the light levels and gazing hopefully at a lot of grey cloud. Another great lesson: things don’t always work out the way we imagine they will!  We certainly felt that on Monday morning when we arrived to face a flood in the Sixth Form house – caused by the bursting of a valve in the water-tank in the roof. The great thing about this particular event (apart from the professionalism, creativity and resourcefulness of my excellent senior team), was the extremely impressive response of our wonderful Sixth Form. Their only major concern was that the coffee machine was made speedily available to them (that has been sorted – it will be in the Rutherford foyer next week). Otherwise, they have been stoical, patient and enormously good-humoured in the face of much dampness. We have now got a solution for the girls which we think is elegant and suitable – details of that for Sixth Form parents can be found here. And in the midst of all this battling with fire and water, we have had some simply wonderful music at three stunning concerts this week.  So, there is always something to sing about…

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WHS community

Students engage in activities during the 85% Eclipse that hit London.

Never doing things by halves #1, the WHS community embraced the eclipse of the sun today with a variety of fun activities, including a science station in the playground from which it was possible to monitor any temperature change, a light monitor in the Junior School, a live stream from the BBC in the sports hall, music and a cake sale to raise money for the Senior staff charity Count the Kicks.


Putting the Fun in Fun Run

And never doing things by halves #2, the Fun Run organised by the WHSA has raised £1850 for sport at WHS, specifically new tennis nets and dividers.  We had a record turnout with 90 runners for the 5k and 140 for the 2K. 

WHSA organiser Etta Elder said:

"This was community effort between parents, the WHSA Fun Run team and the school. It was fantastic to see Mrs Lunnon and so many other teachers there on the day, either running or helping as marshals.  So definitely a united and wonderful effort by the PE department, led by Emma Doughty, the WHSA and parents all raising money for sports equipment for our girls.” 

Sincere thanks to everyone who helped with this successul and very enjoyable event. For more photos and to follow WHSA news:


WHSA Family Fun Run 2015

Women of the Future

The Head Girl and Dr Parsons attend Women of the Future reception.

The Head Girl team and Director of Sixth Form, Dr Parsons, attended the 'Women of the Future' reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Monday. It was a fantastic opportunity to practise some networking skills and an inspiring event.

Students attending a recent Model United Nations conferenceAt a recent Model United Nations conference, our Year 12 students represented New Zealand and Yemen, debating topics as diverse as nuclear non-proliferation and the Islamic State. They all did themselves proud and Camelia got her resolution debated! With thanks to Miss Anderson for organising the WHS delegation and accompanying the girls.

Yaer 7 students display their Wimbleland models and presentation boardsMeanwhile, looking further into the future... Year 7 have had a busy half-term. Following their fantastic performances in House Drama at the beginning of the month, the girls have been working hard on their Wimbleland presentations for the past three weeks in their PSHE sessions, demonstrating great teamwork and innovative ideas. Their brief was to put together a proposal for a new leisure centre, community centre or arts centre. The girls had to compete against each other in groups within their form, and the best project from each form went through to the finals on Wednesday. Judges Miss Ferro and Mrs Mitchell had a tough decision to make. In the end, they decided that the overall winners were Abbie, Natascha, Calypso, Holly, Clemmie and Maddy from 7C but 7A, with their amazing model with wind turbines and 7B with their website and mood boards, were close runners up!

Spring Concert

Wimbledon High Spring Concert 2015

We will run a review of last night's fantastic Spring Concert, performed by our Senior musicians, in the first issue of High Ways after Easter. In the meantime, here are some photos. You can order your own at www.bigimage.co.uk.

At last week's Coulsdon and Purley Festival, Pranali Gadoya won the cup for woodwind and Pranali and Maddie Horn shared the cup for ensemble playing with peripatetic teacher Gerry McDonald's recorder consort. Well done girls!

Saying Yes to the Environment and No to Bullies

In an initiative brought to WHS by our Sixth Form Environment Representative Ania Abbott, we marked Environment Week. Ania presented the Design & Technology awards to the winners of the most innovative designs during assembly this week. They each received a certificate and Gift voucher - congratulations girls:

Year 7 Samah Mughal; Year 8 Kaitlin Wallace and Jessica Hoyes; 
Year 9 Natasha Squire; Year 10 Alice Lavelle

In a separate initiative, WHS has also marked Anti-Bullying Week, with winning posters designed by students displayed around the school. Acts of kindness, courtesy and respect are celebrated and awarded throughout the year, as an integral part of our pastoral programme.

Click on the posters to see larger versions >>>

Environment Poster
Anti-Bullying Poster 01
Anti Bullying Poster 02

 Sports News

A positive end to the sporting season

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WHS Sports TeamsNetball

The end of season matches have been successful for the U14s and U15 A & B Netball Squads. Mrs Hammond said: "They have worked very hard to improve their performance throughout the season. Their level of commitment to squad training has led to superb progress. Congratulations girls on excellent results in your final matches during fixtures week."

Mrs Hammond added: "I'd also like to give a special mention to the U12 Netball squad, who won the Merton tournament in October. As District champions they have qualified to take part in the London Youth Games which take place at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Tuesday 24 March. Thirty three U12 London schools netball teams have qualified to take part in the tournament, which will be an exciting and new experience for our girls. This is the first time that Wimbledon High has entered this prestigious event and we wish them the best of luck."

U12 Merton qualifiers going to the London Youth Games on Tuesday (photo)


Hockey has had a great year at Wimbledon High, seeing more teams entered into more competitions than ever before. Some stand out team performances include the U13A team only losing one game the whole (albeit short) season and the U14A and Senior teams stepping up and giving their opposition very tightly fought games. Our players of all ages have shown true dedication and commitment; in the 61 games that have been played collectively, we have scored a massive 125 times, 24 of which were scored by the U12 teams! Well played to every girl who has represented the school this year for Wimbledon High School Hockey.

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

We're looking forward to going Back to the Future!

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Photos of the week 16 - 20 March

The Fun Run in Cannizaro Park was a great success! Year 7s presented their innovative and creative ideas for Wimbleland.

Coming up next week

Mon 23 Mar


Year 11 Art Exam

Tue 24 Mar


U12 Netball Youth Games



Parents Forum Tea in Hastings Centre Studio



Economics Society talk in the Rutherford Centre

Wed 25 Mar


Bookfest Committee meeting



Charity Event in the Senior Hall 

Thur 26 Mar


Gym and Dance Display: Back to the Future - in the Sports Hall (Tickets still available)

Fri 27 Mar


Year 11 Berlin trip departs (returning 30 March)



Senior School Easter Service at Trinity Church



Term ends - Students dismissed

Sat 28 Mar  

Year 8 and 9 Latin trip to Pompeii and Bay of Naples departs (returning 2 April)


Catering Corner 

Half Measures is a new Holroyd Howe initiative being launched in the Summer Term. We aim to cut most of our recipes' sugar content by half as part of our commitment to promote a healthy lifestyle.

To take a look at next week's Senior School Menu (Week 2), please click here.


WHSA Car Boot Sale flyerWHSA Car Boot Sale 
Saturday 18 April, WHS
Have you de-cluttered yet?
To book a pitch online please click here 

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NEW!  WHSA Quiz Night
Saturday 9 May
Come and join in the competitive fun! Tables of 8 - look out for the flyer coming soon.
Contact angela@dentalrooms.co.uk for more info

NEW! WHSA Crazy Whist Night
Friday 15 May
Senior Hall, flyer to follow - a new and extremely entertaining new fundraising night from WHSA - save the date.

WHSA Summer Fair
Saturday 20 June, 12-4pm
12-4pm. Inventions and Discoveries themed, with lots of exciting new workshops and lots to appeal to the older girls. External vendors, food, entertainment and usual WHSA stalls. More information will be forthcoming. Help needed with Silent Auction and Luxury Lucky Dip prizes so please do contact the team if you can help at richard.irene.lee@gmail.com or victoria_bell@btinternet.com.

Note to all Drivers in Mansel Road

Please refrain from executing a three-point turn at the entrance to the school / our driveway. With large numbers of girls, siblings and parents on foot in the vicinity, it is simply too dangerous. Thank you. 

An Opportunity to Volunteer by the Seaside!

Bucket and SpadeOn Saturday 4 July, local charity Christian Care will be taking 34 children aged 6-11 by coach to Littlehampton for a fun day out by the seaside! These are children from underprivileged backgrounds who rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to go on holiday or even see the sea. Without enough volunteers the trip simply cannot go ahead, and so Christian Care would really appreciate any willing volunteers from Year 12 to be group leaders for the day.

The charity are looking for three, possibly four, pairs of helpers. If you are interested, please email or see Ms Gartrell by Friday 27 March (the end of the Spring Term) or contact Christian Care directly at christiancaremerton@googlemail.comThank you in advance for your generous offers of help!


Gap Year student for PE Department

As our current gap year studetnt leaves us for pastures new at the end of the summer term, the PE department is looking for a replacement from September 2015. The job requires a good level of organisation and ability to carry out admin tasks, a desire to coach teams and a commitment to the co-curricular life of the department. Obviously a love for the great British climate will help! For more information about the role, please contact: emma.doughty@wim.gdst.net

Minibus Driver

The school is looking for an experienced minibus driver. Please spread the word and if you know of a friend, relative or neighbour who may fit the bill (20 hours a week, term time only, fixed term contract until 8th July 2015) please ask them to contact victoria.moss@wim.gdst.net. Candidates must have ‘D1’ qualification on their driving licence. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.


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