Diving in the mud and preparing for battle Year 7 and 8 girls embraced their first competitive rugby game. As the game approached the nerves kicked in for the two Writhlington teams competing, whose four training sessions served as their only ‘on pitch’ experience. There was an exciting and competitive atmosphere as the teams lined up and the students got into the spirit donning rugby “war paint”. Their first game against Selwood Middle School saw them narrowly missing out on a victory with just one try separating the sides. Similarly against Oakfield Middle School the girls lost their match by one try but with some outstanding work in the backs from Isabelle Davilla. The final match against Ralph Allen proved to be a teeth gritting game as both teams battled for the lead with great tackling from Katie Duffy and Flossie Ahmet. With just minutes to go and Writhlington up by one try. Harriet Pegg showed great determination diving on loose balls and holding up a strong defence. In the very last few seconds Ralph Allen eventually broke through the Writhlington defence and evened the score out to 6 tries all. Rugby Coach Rebecca Darke said: ‘This was a great display of resilience, ... [Read More]
Year 13 student Zoe Parfitt and Year 10 Ashley Teall are celebrating this week after winning the top prizes at last weekend’s Gloucester Orchid Show. Zoe was presented with the prize for Best Species for her Arpophyllum spicatum, a species from Guatemala. Best Hybrid was awarded to Ashley for his plant Dendrobium Delicatum. Ashley explained his success: “The Dendrobium has been growing at Writhlington since 1992 and is now so large that it is difficult to get it out of the greenhouse doors or fit it into a transit van. The judges were impressed by the 900 flowers on the plant and the exceptional culture. It is a really fragrant plant and its perfume filled the whole of the show hall.” Zoe, who has been going to shows organised by the Cheltenham Orchid Society since 2010, also gave a lecture about Writhlington’s conservation work in Rwanda and said: “We had a great day. It is really nice to meet up with so many orchid growers who follow our progress and enjoy seeing our plants and displays.” Chelenham Orchid Society will be joining other gardening groups sponsoring Zoe’s trip to South Africa next year where she will be lecturing at the World Orchid ... [Read More]
Writhlington’s staff and students celebrated World Book Day in style this year as colorful, creative and wacky costumes came pouring into the library. Staff and students donated £1 to either dress up or dress down for the annual event that supports Book Aid International. Every year the Charity sends half a million books to community, public, school and academic libraries in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, to increase access to the best quality books in some of the poorest areas of the world. For the “big celebration of reading”, costumes ranged from Tintin to Tigger, Sherlock to Skulduggery Pleasant, Head teacher Mark Everett even donned mortarboard and cape to preside over Bash Street School for the day. Headteacher Mark Everett said: ‘It was so great to see students and teachers dressed up as inspiring book characters. When asked about their book, they were excited and passionate about the stories. We encourage the students to read more by displaying what we are currently reading outside our rooms. I think I have a few more books to add to my list!’ Students proudly shared stories of spending many hours creating papier-mâché accessories and fashioning crossbows from branches, while teachers raided ... [Read More]
Despite the cold and drizzly weather, over twelve thousand runners pounded the streets of Bath for the 33rd annual Bath Half event held on Sundays 2nd March. Four students and 3 staff members took part this year raising money for the charity ‘Moving Mountains’. Thousands of competitors ran for a multitude of different reasons, from those striving to achieve a personal best or taking part in a charity challenge, to elite athletes aiming for a new course record and world record attempts. Over thirty thousand people turned out in support of the event and watched as the competitors completed the two lap course that runs along both sides of the river Avon, avoiding the hills surrounding the city. Students and staff all completed the course with very respectable times, raising a significant amount of money towards their charity. Sixth For Support and Guidance Tutor Alison Blofeld said: ‘I am very proud of everyone who took part. it takes a lot of time and commitment to train for the event and even more determination and resilience to complete it. Everyone completed with really good times and they were so supportive of each other,’ Money raised went towards their fundraising target of £12,000 pledged to the Charity Moving ... [Read More]
On Monday 3rd March Writhlington hosted the North East Somerset round of the Lady Taviners Under 15 girls cricket competition. Writhlington faced old rivals Hayesfield and private all girls school Sexeys’ from Bruton in the qualifying round. An impressive opening against Hayesfield School saw Bay McKewen run to take a great catch off the bowling of Abi Tonks on their first ball. This was just the confidence boost the team needed and they easily restricted Hayesfield to 88-7 off their allocated eight overs. Writhlington batted brilliantly and managed to post 111 for the loss of only 2 wickets to take a well deserved victory. This was a real milestone and was their first win over Hayesfield. The second game saw Hayesfield ( 95-6 ) defeated by Sexeys (103-6) which left the competition wide open. Writhlington lost the toss for their final game and were put in to bat, a decision which Sexeys soon regretted as superb running between the wickets saw Writhlington set a massive total of 133-4. Sexeys were on the back foot right from the start and despite giving their best were bowled out for just 34 runs with nearly two overs left to play. Karla Passingham said: ‘This ... [Read More]
Despite the wind, rain and hailstones, Year ten girls netball team left victorious from their match against Oldfield School, 14-4. The team played some fantastic interlinking netball with exceptional shooting by Amy Seymour and Megan Bryant. Well planned and highly skilled interceptions from Georgia Clark gave them the advantage and provided great drive for the team. A big congratulations goes to Alice Stockley who was voted Player of the Match’. The team are going from strength to strength with only one loss so far in their league matches this season. The Year 11s lost their match 10-4 against a well played and strong Oldfield side. Second in Department Helen Earle said: ‘The girls commitment and enthusiasm was fantastic and they were a pleasure to coach. Their smiles still did not fade during the hail storms, despite not being able to feel their fingers! This was their last match with Miss Robinson coaching the side and the girls gave her a well-deserved, enormous three cheers! All girls teams are in action against Chew Valley next Wednesday. Come along and cheer them on! ... [Read More]
Writhlingtons Orchid Club will be opening the doors to their Orchid Empire for visitors on Thursday 6th March to allow the community to catch a glimpse of some of the inspiring work and orchids being produced by the students. Some of the prize orchids on display will include award-winning orchids acclaimed at both the Bournemouth and Cheltenham Orchid Shows. There will also be the opportunity to catch a sneak preview of the displays prepared for the biggest event of the season, The London International Orchid Show. Year Seven student Emily Thearle explained: \'Spring is our busiest time because most of our best orchids flower from February to April. Next week is a great chance for people to come and see the orchids without having to go all the way to the London Show\'. The Orchid Evening runs from 5pm until 9pm and will include a chance to purchase orchids grown and nurtured at the school as well as find out the latest news on their exciting conservation projects in Africa and India. There will also be photographic displays of British orchids and orchids of Bosnia Herzegovina hosted on by the Bath Area Orchid Group. ... [Read More]
This month is competition time as two teams of Writhlington students prepare to compete at the NEC Birmingham in the finals of the National Science and Engineering competition. Year 12 students Heather Limond, Zoe Barnes, Matthew Bell, Devin Read and Ike Shackleton got through to the finals by combining their research in the jungles of India with design work for a new orchid display at the University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens which opened to the public last week. Heather and her team recently travelled to Cambridge where they ran a series of successful workshops specialising in in orchid science and propagation for Botanic Gardens’ staff and pupils and teachers from Cambridgeshire schools. Heather said: “A really exciting time. We have been able to see the finished displays that we helped to design and share our knowledge and experience of orchids in the wild and in the laboratory with lots of people.” The orchid display consists of two trees planted with orchids supplied by Writhlington School Orchid Project. The trees represent the hot tropical valleys and cool sub-temperate forests of Sikkim where the young scientists spent last Easter researching the habitat niches in which these threatened orchids grow. Devin explained, “It has been amazing ... [Read More]
Year Eight student Lydia Swanson has been chosen from hundreds of Scout ambassadors across the United Kingdom to represent her district in the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan. Almost thirty-seven thousand Scout leaders aged between fourteen and eighteen from all around the world, will get together in Japan to celebrate their achievements and share good practice. The Jamboree which takes place every four years started in 1920 as a result of the First World War when founder Baden-Powell wanted to bring the world’s youth together to encourage peace. The scouting organisation hopes to continue forging links between neighbouring scouting groups and opening opportunity for cross-seas partnerships allowing scout groups to get a broader scouting experience inspired by different cultures. Activities at the Jamboree will encourage the Scouts to work together and think about issues facing the world. Alongside this there will be plenty of adventurous activities, cultural events and water sports. The camp in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, takes place for 12 days, and as well as this the participants get two days exploring Tokyo and also will live with a Japanese family for several days. Lydia who has been a patrol leader for almost three years was chosen from hundreds of applicants and went ... [Read More]
While most of us have taken to extended hibernation, a few brave souls have been battling against intense weather conditions to prepare for the Bath Half Marathon. Twenty three sixth form students will be traveling to Tanzania in Africa this summer to carry out extensive charity work with the organisation Moving Mountains. Having paid for their own flights and accommodation, students have been working hard to raise money for the charity hosting events throughout the year including a talent show, Mufti day, Jumble sale and Quiz nights. It hasn’t just been the students working hard to raise money for the Charity. As some of the students announced their intention to run the Bath Half to raise sponsorship members of staff stepped forward to help too. Both Staff and students have been training hard for the event that takes place on the second of March training in the most adverse weather conditions, demonstrating the greatest level of resilience and will power. Head of Geography Karis Higgins said: ‘It’s really inspiring to see so many students willing to give up their own time to raise money for a great charity. A few members of my tutor group are amongst those running and so I decided to show ... [Read More]
Sixth Form student Holly Powney has created quite the stir in the twitter world after tweeting her hand painted portrait of Nelson Mandela. Holly, who is studying A Level art, created the exceptional 5ft portrait of Nelson as a home project to practice her fine art skills. Having chosen three images of inspirational people, Holly painted the portrait on cardboard and shared it with the twitter world, including Nelsons ex-wife Winnie Mandela, who re-tweeted the image. The beautiful image was re-tweeted by many of Nelson Mandela’s followers and comments congratulating her on her remarkable talents and for capturing the kind-hearted nature of Nelson so beautifully came flowing in. Head Teacher Mark Everett said: ‘ We have some exceptionally talented students in our Art Department. This is a clear example of some exemplary work being produced. We are very lucky to have the original painting being displayed at the front of the school as Holly was offered the opportunity to sell it to a number of bidders from South Africa’ ... [Read More]
Year Twelve student Edward Joseph has been elected to represent thousands of young people across Bath and North East Somerset. After weeks of campaigning, poster covered hallways and heated debates, Edward Joseph has finally gained a place in local government. Elections were held across Bath and North East Somerset where over five thousand young people aged between thirteen and nineteen, turned out to cast their votes for one of the six candidates. Edward soared past the other six candidates representing their schools, including Bath College, Royal High, Norton Hill and Ralph Allen. He received 1360 votes beating the lowest vote count by 1052 votes. Edward Joseph MYP said: ‘ I am really excited to be elected by my peers, It is very humbling to know that over a thousand people believe in me and what I stand for. I already have lots of exciting plans to get the ball rolling but I am most looking forward to attending my first official parliamentary meeting!’ Members of the Youth Parliament will work together on projects which affect Bath and North East Somerset and will also represent the authority at national and regional events. Ed Joseph will be following his Writhlington predecessors Jamie Smaje and William Bridges ... [Read More]
This term Writhlington students welcomed Christine Sprowell, The Tennis Foundation\'s Further Education Manager, to meet with Steve Cantrell, Head of Sixth form and Mandy Stonier Head of Tennis, to discuss the on going development of the Sixth form workforce development programme. Christine Sprowell said: \"Writhlington is a great example of a school using tennis to engage learners across the curriculum. The staff from the school and Writhlington Sports and Leisure Centre have developed a comprehensive programme which allows young people across the school to both enjoy tennis and to learn through the sport. I would certainly encourage other schools and colleges to look at their successful model. I am particularly impressed with the post-16 offer and how they are utilising members of the sixth form to broaden their skills by taking on the role of Tennis Ambassadors to promote and drive tennis participation with their peers aged 16-18 years. Marianne Veater and Tom Hunt are the nominated ambassadors and are real assets to the tennis programme at Writhlington and will be such good roles models across the school.” Currently there are twenty to twenty-five Sixth formers playing tennis in a lunchtime club plus some cardio and formal coaching ... [Read More]
Writhlington and Downside Schools have a long held tradition of hosting charity showcases celebrating the wealth of talent in their music departments. This year the schools will be performing a concert of well loved musical numbers played by their student bands. From hit songs such as Nina Simone\\\'s Feeling good to beautiful orchestral pieces like the Pirates of Penzance overture, audiences will be provided with an evening of memorable performances. The schools have chosen to support H.A.R.T [Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust] which works with villages across the world to help provide resources to rebuild communities post war and the local charity \\\'Children’s Hospice South West\\\' working with children and adults to build a brighter future. Head of Music at Writhlington Fiona Langley said: “This is a concert not to be missed, including performances from Downside School’s Orchestra, Wind Band, Barbershop, Ceilidh Band and Pipes and also from Writhlington School’s Junior and Senior Wind Bands, Stage Band and Choir with a joint finale at the end! It\\\'s a really great opportunity to celebrate the talents of so many young people and raise money for some really worthwhile causes.\\\' Entry is free but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance – book yours ... [Read More]
Writhlington pupils team up with scientists from Kent University to launch major national exhibit. Pupils at Writhlington School are working with academics from Kent University’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology to develop a dramatic new exhibit about conservation which will tour the UK during 2014. The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) is Britain’s leading research and postgraduate training centre dedicated to conserving biodiversity and the ecological processes which support ecosystems and people. It has teamed up with Writhlington to highlight the international impact of Writhlington’s global Orchid Project and to draw on the expertise of Writhlington pupils. Fourteen year old pupil Aaron Rabbits explained; “We spent a whole day with Dr David Roberts and Amy Hinsley from DICE during which they shared their knowledge of conservation and the Convention on Biological Diversity. We were able to share our experiences of working with orchids and helping in tropical countries.” The joint project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and will culminate in a conservation exhibit at London’s International Orchid Show in April. Thirteen year old Emily Thearle describes planning the exhibit as “the most exciting thing I have ever done. Our unique exhibit will include our best orchids ... [Read More]
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Diving in the mud and preparing for battle Year 7 and 8 girls embraced their first competitive rugby game. As the game approached the nerves kicked in for the two Writhlington t...
Year 13 student Zoe Parfitt and Year 10 Ashley Teall are celebrating this week after winning the top prizes at last weekend’s Gloucester Orchid Show. Zoe was presented with ...
Writhlington’s staff and students celebrated World Book Day in style this year as colorful, creative and wacky costumes came pouring into the library. Staff and students donate...
Despite the cold and drizzly weather, over twelve thousand runners pounded the streets of Bath for the 33rd annual Bath Half event held on Sundays 2nd March. Four students and 3...
On Monday 3rd March Writhlington hosted the North East Somerset round of the Lady Taviners Under 15 girls cricket competition. Writhlington faced old rivals Hayesfield and priv...