Arts Awards Evening – Thursday, December 6th

The 2018 Arts Awards Evening will be held in the main school hall on Thursday, December 6th, commencing at 6.45pm.

Download the programme of Nominations from staff for these prestigious Awards

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Tutor Group and Awards Evenings – Photos available to purchase

All year tutor photos are now available to buy on the school photo site.

The sports awards evening on November 8th photos are also available. Watch out for the GCSE Awards Evening (Thursday 15th November) photos available early next week

To gain access you will need to log on to Frog and click on the link to WCSCPhotos to obtain a password.

Don’t know your Frog account  Username or  lost your password?

Go to the school website www.wcsc.org.uk and click on ‘Parent forgotten Username/password’ for instruction on how to get your username and set a password

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Sports Awards Evening

TEAM SUPERSCHOOLS DAY & ANNUAL SPORTS AWARDS CEREMONY

Last Thursday we were very lucky to have another Team GB Gold Medalist & Olympic Champion come and visit our school. This year it was the amazing Amy Williams, MBE who is also an ambassador for Team Superschools and she kindly helped to run a sporting programme with our students.

Our emphasis was to demonstrate what you can achieve, be that big or small, when you think positively; believe in yourself; have great support around you; and just try and give it a go! 

Amy was able to share her own personal story of how she became the Olympic Champion in Women’s Skeleton – a sport for which this country at the time did not have any training facility, nor course to practice on. Determination and ingenuity were skills that Amy had to use to ensure her success and winning time.

Even now she is still drawing on these skills to reach other goals and overcome challenges, such as an intrigue in motor racing, becoming a parent and a desire to share her experiences with a younger generation to teach them the possibilities that are available for them to reach. 

From speaking to all our year groups in assemblies, to personally meeting years 7 & 8 for a photograph, and then cheering them all on in a high intensity, fun exercise circuit, Amy gave the students her time and focus. She also gave a tailored masterclass to our Gifted & Talented cohort to explain what is needed to pursue a sporting career.

           

Our years 7 & 8 did a fantastic job in raising sponsorship funds for their Team Superschools participation and we are pleased to announce that our current total stands at approximately £1,700.00! If you are still to contribute then please hand your donations to the school Finance Office. These funds will be going towards sporting equipment for our students to use and enjoy. 

After school finished Amy hosted our annual Sports Awards Evening. Well done once again to all of our students who were nominated and those who were presented with trophies by Amy! A huge thank you to those students who represent the school in sports and continue to give 100% in their sporting efforts.

The importance of PE and sport in school and how this translates to your life as you grow up was perfectly described in the words of our Sports Prefects, Chris Johnston & Kayla Vine at the end of the evening:

“In sport here at Winston we believe these following 5 competencies are crucial to be successful:

The first is COLLABORATION. Many people don’t realise how large a part teamwork plays in not just team sports but, individual sports as well. Playing sport at Winston allows people to improve their collaboration, by working with a variety of people of all ages in order to achieve one main goal. RESILIENCE is also key, due to the inevitable lows that will come with taking part in sport. Using this resilience as well as ANALYSIS, allows you to improve yourself as an athlete, as you can look at these low times and through this work out how to push through and improve. In addition, sport develops your INGENUITY, as it encourages you to think outside the box. The opportunities provided by the PE department has given everyone freedom to try new ideas, and therefore helped improve this competency and skill. And finally COMMUNICATION. In the outside world, good communication is a highly valued skill. Through sport, this key competency is practiced, developed and improved and overall this helps you to become a more well-rounded person, therefore putting you in a better position for the future ahead.”

 

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Parent Drop In Sessions

This is a great opportunity for you to meet the team (Micky Adams, Nikki Edwards and Michelle Williams) and have an informal chat with other parents and carers.

Dates our as follows 

13/11  9 til 10 am

20/11  2 til 3 pm

27/11  9 til 10 am

04/12  2 til 3 pm

11/12  9 til 10 am

18/12  2 til 3 pm 

The sessions will be held at Winston Churchill School in the Barista Café where tea and coffee will be served .

If you would like to come and talk about anything, we’re here to support, listen and to answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s education. 

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Vote for Winston to win a grant from Aviva

Please help us win a grant from Aviva – all it takes is a few minutes of your time

The school is currently bidding for some funding to kick-start a programme to engage Senior Citizens in the local community.  As part of the Library and Planetarium build we are looking to establish some permanent community links to both share our resources, help our students engage with their community.

We have applied for a grant to Aviva, but part of this process requires us to get people to vote for us at the link below.  You will have to register, but the process is very quick.  Each person gets 10 votes, please do use them all for the school.  Also please share with families and friends and through social media.

The link is below and we have a couple of weeks to vote, but please do so as soon as possible and share with those that you know.

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-1552

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Learning Reviews Meetings

Review meetings will be held on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November. Correspondence has been sent to all parents/carers and can be found on Frog.

As a result of these meetings, please be aware that the school will finish early at 1.50pm on Thursday 8th November.  Also, on Friday 9th, all learning will be done at home in order to allow the meetings to take place.  Students will therefore leave school at 1.50pm on Thursday and will not be coming into school for lessons on Friday. Instead, subject teachers will be setting work on Frog, to be completed by students at home.

Learning Review Resources

Year 7-10 parents: If you do not have a copy of  ‘Learning review – Parent Resources‘ which were sent home with the students recently please log on to Frog and click on the ‘Learning review – Parent Resources’ link

I don’t know my Frog account details

Don’t know your Frog account details? Go to the school website www.wcsc.org.uk  and click on   ‘Parents forgotten Username/Password.’

Did you know that parents can see their child’s homework on frog?

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Specialist Music places for out of Priority Area students

Did you know that students who are not in our priority area can apply for Specialist Music places at Winston?

Do you have a friend or family member who’s son or daughter is musical? Tell them about our opportunity for gifted musical students.

THE MUSIC CURRICULUM

During Key Stage 3 all students at Winston receive at least one hour of music teaching a week. They study a varied and engaging curriculum, rooted in practical music making, which challenges all students through the introduction and consolidation of key skills. Students experience playing and composing using a variety of instruments and also learn how to work with music technology in our iMac suite and recording studio.

At Key Stage 4 students are able to opt for either GCSE Music or VCert Music Technology. For each of these students receive 5 hours of lessons across our two week timetable. Results at KS4 are consistently high with our 2018 cohort continuing to achieve above students nationally.

In 2018

94% of our students achieved grade 9-4 – 20% higher than the national average
35% or our students achieved grade 9-7 – 4%   higher than than he national average

In the last three years

75% of students have achieved 9-4 or A*-C grades nationally – Winston’s student’s grades were 21% higher
31% of students have achieved 9-7 or A*-A grades nationally – Winston’s student’s grades were 17% Higher

EXTRACURRICULAR MUSIC

At Winston we are proud to have one of the largest extracurricular offerings in the county, with students enjoying over 20 different ensembles and clubs on a weekly basis. The vast majority of our ensembles are non-auditioned which allows students of all ability to make music together. Our groups include:

ORCHESTRA STRING ENSEMBLE JAZZ GROUP
BIG BAND BRASS GROUP FOLK ENSEMBLE
CHOIR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE A CAPPELLA GROUP
CHAMBER GUITAR ENSEMBLE ROCK N POP CLUB
SENIOR SESSION BAND FLUTE CHOIR MUSIC TECH CLUB
JUNIOR SESSION BAND KEYBOARD GROUP YEAR 7 HANDCHIME GROUP
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA JAZZ 4 CAROL PLAYERS

Throughout the year we give students the opportunity to perform in concerts and events at Winston and in the local area. School-based performances include our Christmas and Summer concerts, our annual school musical production, our March recital evenings, our annual Christmas Carol Service, and our Young Musician of the Year competition. We also support local events such as the Woking Crematorium Carol Service, Brookwood Christmas Lights, Brookwood School Fete and the St John’s Village Fair. In addition we also give students the opportunity to perform abroad on our annual Music Tour. In recent years we have performed in Germany, Holland and Spain. We also have visits from professional musicians including The Band of the Royal Logistic Corp who will be returning to Winston in the spring to work with our students.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

If you are currently living outside of the Winston catchment area but you play an instrument or sing to a high standard you can apply for one of our 15 music scholarships. Auditions for these will take place in October. Students are required to perform one or two pieces of at least Grade 1 standard (the pieces do not have to be from a graded exam book), to complete a short aural test, and to give a short presentation about their musical experiences. Successful applicants will be informed of the decision to award a music scholarship before the secondary school application deadline.

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

At Winston we are pleased to be able to offer a large range of peripatetic music lessons. The lessons are delivered by a combination of private instrumental teachers, Surrey Arts tutors and from September 2018 our Music Graduate, Miss Shlackman. The lessons are of an extremely high quality with our students consistently gaining excellent results in graded exams. Many of our instrumental teachers are also able to provide instrumental lessons for primary school students. These lessons take place in the Music Department after the end of the school day. If you would like to have lessons at Winston in 2018-19 or would like to reserve a space for 2019-20 please contact the relevant teacher below who will be able to arrange lessons for you:

Piano Mr Finch stephen.d.finch@gmail.com 07557 047232
Miss Shlackman h.shlackman@wcsc.org.uk 01483 476861
Guitar: Mr Beale daniel@bealeguitar.freeserve.co.uk 07896 715415
Drum kit: Mr Tough info@garytough.co.uk 07985 602546
Voice: Mrs Williams k.williams@talktalk.net  01932 340538
Flute: Miss Shlackman  h.shlackman@wcsc.org.uk 01483 476861
Woodwind: Surrey Arts surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk 01483 519303
Brass: Surrey Arts surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk 01483 519303
Strings: Surrey Arts surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk 01483 519303

Information  and how to apply can be found on the school Admissions page

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PTA Quiz Night – Friday 16th November

Friday 16th November, 7.30pm

£10 Ticket including Chicken Curry Meal

 (£5 without food or on the door)

Purchase before Wednesday 14th November for Meal

[Max Team Size 8 People]

Bring Your Own Booze & Snacks

Auction              Games               Raffle

Tickets available in the school office, on TUCASI, or by emailing p.alexander@wcsc.org.uk

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Year 7 Extra-Curricular Taster Sessions

There are lots of different clubs available to our new Year 7’s. Come along to the taster sessions and try them out.

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Thursday 20th September – Early Closure

 
Please be aware that we will close early, at 2 pm on Thursday 20th September and Friday 21st is an Inset day
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