Two weekends ago, Dr Parsons, Director of Sixth, embarked with his twin brother, on a Bear Grylls style survival weekend; building their own shelters, foraging and finding their own food and living off their wits and ingenuity deep in the perilous jungles of Wiltshire. Some might feel that this move to empathise with his exam-focused Sixth Form, who are themselves calling on reserves of resilience and determination at this point in their lives, might be said to have been slightly beyond the call of duty. Nevertheless, it has given rise to some interesting speculation amongst us about the nature of “grit” – a much prized quality here at Wimbledon High – which is of particular importance now as exams loom for almost all next week. Paul Tough (author of the illuminating: “How Children Succeed”) defines grit as: “a passionate commitment to a single mission and an unswerving dedication to achieve that mission.” Or, to quote from Dr Parsons’ assembly this week: “the difference between “try” and “triumph” is just a little ‘umph”. We are going to be focusing in much more detail on grit and how to achieve it, after half term, during our “4G” WEEK: “Great girls get gritty”! You will hear much more about that next week, but in the meantime – I hope that all our girls press on with determination and gusto next week, remembering to keep things in perspective and looking after themselves in the meantime. And I wish them all the very best of luck with their exams and you all the grittiest of gritty weekends.
Who's been having fun away from home? Click here to find out in High Ways Juniors.
Rainforests and Deserts in S W London
How do you study the complexity of rainforest ecosystems, desert survival and also complete detailed botanical drawings of individual fruits, flowers and leaves? The answer is a one day field trip to Kew Gardens and 82 very hardworking students.
Time was spent in the Palm House (32 degrees Centigrade inside) and the Princess of Wales Conservatory (cooler but full of prickly plants) collecting information and sketching with quiet reflection. The richness of colours and textures was almost overwhelming and posed a real challenge to capture on paper, but much excellent artwork was produced. Additionally, the sheer economic value (actual and potential) of the rainforest and desert was assessed and the students will use this information in their following Geography lessons to produce an educational resource suitable for teaching about vulnerable ecosystems and the need for sustainable management.
Congratulations to National Hockey Champion Eliza! Eliza plays Goal Keeper for the Spencer Hockey Club GU12's and on Saturday 9 May they competed at the England In2Hockey GU12 Club finals in Nottingham. There are approximately 600 junior Hockey clubs in England who enter this competition from all counties and regions.
They won their pool, resulting in a re-match of the South Regional Final with Spencer up against arch rivals Surbiton Hockey Club also representing Surrey & The South! It was a close match but the Spencer girls triumphed and beat Surbiton 2-1, to become National Champions 2015.
Eliza played brilliantly throughout, making some really beautiful saves and helping her team on their way to victory; she only let in three goals in the whole tournament.
UK Young Fashion Designers
Two GCSE students, Chloe St John and Aurelia Waltham and one A Level student, Hattie Gill, have entered the Young Fashion Designer UK competition. See their work below. The finalists will be announced mid-June.
Head of D&T Miss Phillip and all of us wish you the best of luck!
Keeping Mindfulness in Mind
In Mental Health Awareness Week, outgoing Head of Peer Counselling Anna has reminded us all about Mindfulness. She has been sharing links with students and has highlighted the importance of being present in the moment and taking every day as it comes:
"Below are links to TED talks on what Mindfulness is and what it does and a link to mentalhealth.org.uk where you can find out more about the week itself and how to get involved."
Thank you Anna!
Saturday Athletics is back! See you there.
During exam week clubs will continue; please come and have a breath of fresh air, some exercise and a brain break! It is so important to strike a balance and it will do you good to have a break.
Thursday session 1 will be open rounders for yr 7, 9 and 10. Session 2 will be open Tennis for anyone that wants it. Year 8 clubs continue as normal.
Good luck from the PE department!
You should have received a letter on Schoolcomms with arrangements for Sports Day on 16 June, to which you are invited.
Please contact email@example.com if you are missing this information.
|Mon 18 May||Key Stage 3 Assessments begin - Years 7, 8 and 9|
|7pm||WHSA meeting (Senior Hall)|
|Tue 19 May||Year 10 Art Exam|
|Wed 20 May||10 to 6 Day|
|Year 13 last day in lessons|
|Thur 21 May||Year 10 Take our Daughters to Work Day|
|9-11am||Year 13 Farewell (Junior Hall)|
|7.00-8.30pm||10 to 6 Parents' Evening (Junior Hall)|
|Fri 22 May||Years 7-10 trips day|
A great way to start the day...
What's on the Menu?
Can you help inspire the next generation?
On Monday, 15 June between 19.00 and 20.30 the school is holding a Careers Fair for Year 12 students. The purpose of the evening is to provide students – who will shortly be making decisions on university and other pathways - with ideas and inspiration for their future careers.
Would you be able to help by talking to students about your career? The format is relaxed and informal; you will be sitting at a table, with students circulating and stopping to chat and ask questions. If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Even if you are unable to help with the Careers Fair, Debra Bean and David Ryde, the school’s careers team, would still love to hear from you! They are exploring other ideas and are keen to build up a list of parent contacts. If this might be you, please email email@example.com
We seek an enthusiastic person who likes working with children to supervise school lunchtime and play sessions from 11.30am – 1.30pm Monday-Friday, term time. Previous experience is preferred and we are looking for someone actively to engage children in play.
For further details about this post, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 020 3123 0842 or click here. The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 1June. The job would start on 1 September. Wimbledon High School is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This post is subject to an enhanced CRB check.
WHSA Summer Fair
Saturday 20 June, 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.