High Ways

Head's Note

You may have seen press headlines quoting Helen Fraser this week suggesting that, in general, girls should be “more naughty”; that a tendency towards compliance rather than challenge, might perhaps make girls more likely to be bullied or passed over once they make it to the workplace and prevent them from becoming the movers and shakers we know they have the potential to be.  The GDST Annual Conference this week opened with keynote sessions from three of the most inspiring women currently in the workplace: Helen Fraser (Chief Executive, GDST), Sacha Romanovitch (Chief Executive, Grant Thornton) and Sandie Okoro (General Counsel, HSBC Asset Management). All three women demonstrated, with great charm, wit and poise, what female assertiveness looks like. It is not ferocious but it is fearless. And it’s extremely inspiring when you see it.

So, whilst Helen’s plea for more benign disruptiveness from our girls is by no means a call to arms for every potential WHS rebel, I love the fact that our girls are prepared to push back: they tell me what they think and they fight for what they want. Polite and appropriate assertiveness is a key skill for life and I know that WHS girls are generally very happy to be courteously combative in discussion in lessons and beyond. I’m all for it!  We might see even more of that next week – as 4G Week kicks off.  I do hope you enjoy thinking about your own “grit” articulations over the weekend – please do let us hear them (via info@wim.gdst.net or @WimbledonHigh). We are very keen to have a wide range of perspectives on it – and to involve the whole community.  And, in the meantime, I hope you have plenty of interesting discussions with your daughters over the weekend…

Have a great weekend. 

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It's been a sporty week. Click here to find out more in High Ways Juniors.

And see the Under 14 Merton Borough Rounder Champions below...


Trust Athletics 2015

Our athletes had a fantastic day all-round at the GDST Athletics Competition. The girls ran, jumped and threw their hardest with great spirit and Wimbledon pride.

A few mentions to girls and teams who did particularly well:

Emily, Year 7 won Gold Medal in the Shot Put - this is a fantatsic achievement, well done Emily!

Charlotte, Year 10 won Bronze medal in the 200m

Phoebe, Year 10 Silver in the 300m and Bronze in Long Jump

Anna, Silver medal in Hurdles

Year 9 Relay team Gold medal

Year 8 Relay team silver medal

Overall results: Year 9 3rd overall; Year 10 3rd overall

Congratulations, girls!

Get cycling!

Our very own Mr Holmes and Mr Priddle (ICT and Caretaking teams) took part in the Tour of Cambridgeshire last weekend, racing for 83 miles. 

Mr Holmes' time of 3 hours 55minutes put him in the top 25% of racers – he now qualifies for the world race in Denmark. 

Mr Priddle's time of 4hours 42 minutes was a personal best.  Both received medals and both are great role models for showing grit when most needed - more on that next week!


Celebrating (more) Year 7 success

Izabella took part in the swimming regionals for 11 and 12 year olds just before Summer Half Term. She achieved 3 Silver medals and 1 Gold medal over a series of two competitions at Crystal Palace and London Olympic Park.Izabella

Her 3 Silver medals were achieved in:

400m Individual

400m Front Crawl

200m Free Swim

A Gold was achieved in the 800m Free Swim

Congratulations to Izabella on her success!


RubyAt the beginning of the academic year, Ruby was selected to be a member of the Glyndebourne Youth Opera and performed alongside one of the world's greatest orchestras in Tycho's Dream under the role of Pepper. Ruby will be performing in Carmen with the Children's Chorus until mid-July at Glyndebourne as part of Festival 2015.


Watch Ruby's performance in Tycho's Dream on the Glyndebourne website.


Thinking Allowed

NeuroscienceLast week saw the launch of our brand new Thinking Allowed programme for Years 9 and 10 pupils. Following on from the success of Mind Matters for Years 11, 12 and 13, and the launch of the fascinating pupil-led WIMTALKS this year, this new programme is designed to broaden horizons and provoke curiosity and critical reflection in our talented Year 9 and 10 girls. In the first lecture on 4 June, history teacher Mr White enthralled the audience of students and staff about the history of transatlantic slavery. The next lecture on 18 June will be from an outside speaker on Neuroscience - see poster.


Sports Notices

Merton Borough Rounders Champions!

Congratulations to the Under 14 girls squad, who were crowned champions in the Boroough. Read Mrs Hammond's match report here


Super Sunday of Sports!

You should have received a letter on Schoolcomms about this new event, happening on 28 June - a fun afternoon of all things tennis.

You should also have received a reminder about Sports Day on 16 June.

Please contact sara.balding@wim.gdst.net if you are missing this information.

Photos of the week 8 - 12 June

Some of the work of our talented A and AS Level artists at WHS...

Coming up during GIRLS GET GRITTY week

Mon 15 June  

4G week starts - GRIT AWARDS

Year 12 UCAS Day

Tue 16 June   Senior School Sports Day
Wed 17 June   New Year 7 Induction Day
    Year 7 trip to Rochester
    Year 8 trip to Lille 
Thu 18 June   New Year 7 Induction Evening
Fri 19 June 1.15pm - 2.15pm  Charity Fair - in the pit
Sat 20 June   WHSA Summer Fair - see details below and see you there!


It's the word that you've heard...

Tickets are now available for Grease via our new online booking system opposite. 

Wednesday 1 July, 4.30pm

Thursday 2 July, 7pm

Friday 3 July, 7pm

Saturday 4 July, 2.30pm

Simply click on the date you would like to attend and then click on the Grease logo and you will be transported to the ticket selection page. Once you've chosen your tickets click on the 'Get Seats' button and you'll be able to choose your seats from a plan of the Rutherford Centre. The booking system will try to place you in the best seats available but if you wish to choose others simply deselct the highlit seats and then select the ones you want. From there it's just a matter of paying for your seats.


Catering Corner 
To take a look at next week's Whole School Menu (Summer Term Week 3), please click here.


Summer Soirée
Thursday 25 June 7pm Senior Hall

Join the Senior School Music Department in the final music concert of the academic year. With performances from the Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Canto and Clarinet Choir, as well as final solo items from our Year 13 Music Scholars, the evening promises to be a fitting way of ending a fantastic year of music-making at WHS. Tickets will be available early next week.


WHSA Save the Date
WHSA Autumn BallSaturday 10 October, evening
The Big WHSA Autumn Ball is coming to Wimbledon High in October. An event not to be missed! More details to come.


WHSA Summer Fair
WHSA Summer FairSaturday 20 June, 12-4pm

There are some great tech and science workshops for Senior students. See High Ways Juniors News for more info. Or contact: whsa.events@gmail.com


The Pastoral team in Seniors and Juniors have been preparing for the approach of 4G week – - which starts on Monday. Your daughter may already have started singing the 4G song, penned by our very own Mr Haythorne! 

As a reminder that Grit (rather than good looks, social intelligence, physical health or IQ) has been shown to be the best indicator of academic and life success, you may like to watch Angela Duckworth’s TED talk. She concludes that we, staff and parents: “need to get grittier about getting our kids gritty”.

As we would like the whole WHS community to be involved in 4G Week, everyone is invited to submit their ideas on WHAT IS GRIT? The response should fit onto one sheet of A4 (or smaller) and may be sketched or painted, written in a few lines, with a quotation, or a short story, as chords of music, an anecdote, a picture, a recipe… literally, we are looking for any response at all. The more imaginative, the better! Please send them in with your daughters, by post, or email: info@wim.gdst.net

We hope that your daughters enjoy the week’s many activities and opportunities to develop this important aspect of their character.

WHS Pastoral Team

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