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Tea Fit For A Queen - March 2014

Sixth Form and Year Eleven students at Writhlington welcomed members of the community to school for a guided tour and afternoon tea. Over 20 members of the local community, including long standing governor Phyllis Gay, were welcomed to Writhlington and given a guided tour of the school. Guests were given the opportunity to talk to students and many were able to reflect of their time or their children’s time at the school before the investment and rebuild took place. Sixth Form support and guidance officer Alison Blofield said: It was so lovely to see the students and the guests sharing stories and experiences. When we spoke about how to approach this topic in their studies, they all thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to get to know the community and the people who walked in their footsteps years ago. Once their tours were complete, Year 11 students welcomed guests into their boutique cafe, transforming the cafeteria into a lovely traditional tearoom. Students had spent the morning baking everyones favorite cakes, waited on the guests and provided them with tea coffee and treats, including carrot cake, Victoria sponge and fruit scones. Guests then invited the students to join them and tell them more about ... [Read More]

Award Winning Show to perform at Writhlington - March 2014

Prospect Theatre welcome award-winning director for a special one off performance. Writhlington welcome back Exit Stage Left for a last chance performance of their award winning show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst, chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championships of a lifetime. The shows Tony Award winning creative team have created the most unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes……a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is where they can stand out and fit in all at the same time. Before every performance, four audience members are recruited to participate on stage guaranteeing a new set of hilarious twists and turns around every corner – meaning every show is as unique as the one before. Theatre manager Edward Hill said: We are really excited to be hosting this fantastic show. The attention to detail is what sets a James Moore production apart from the rest. Coupled with the incredible talents of Musical Director Harry Burt and outstanding performances by some of Bath’s most seasoned professionals, I have no doubt it will sell out very fast.’ The show was performed to sell-out audiences at the ... [Read More]

Jumping To New Heights - March 2014

After his success at the World Championships, Writhlington Year Eight student Corey Walkes has not relented in his vigorous training schedule. Great Britains team for the 2014 trampoline, tumbling and double-mini trampoline European Championships has now been selected, following a series of intense trials held across the country. This year’s hopefuls carry a mix of experienced stars and exciting rising talent aiming for success in Portugal in April. GB Athlete Corey Walkes said: ‘I was really excited to be invited for the trials. I hadn’t yet performed a routine at a high enough level to really qualify for the full national trials but I thought it would be a great opportunity to get inspired by other athletes performing at the next level and gain more competition experience.’ Trials are held for athletes performing at a difficulty level minimum of 12. At Corey’s last international competition he competed with a level 9.5 making the leap to 12 quite significant. Corey performed with outstanding confidence and completed a 12.4, including a triple somersault, and received third place on his first day of competition. Corey then went on to exceed even his highest expectations gaining second place on day two of the prelims and first in ... [Read More]

Students win first prize at National Science Competition - March 2014

Five of Writhlington’s A Level scientists are celebrating winning the National Science Competition after two days of judging and presenting their work at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The competition is held annually to find the best of the UK’s young scientists and Engineers and four hundred school pupils from thousands make it through to the finals. Matt Bell, Zoe Barnes, Heather Limond, Devin Read and Ike Shackleton entered their research of orchid microhabitats carried out during the school expedition to Sikkim in the Himalayas in April 2013 and carried off the top prize in the Science and Maths Competition. Devin explained, “We each studied the habitat of a charismatic Himalayan orchids species and used the data we collected to make recommendations about growing the plants successfully in cultivation”. The students have had their research published in specialist journals and have used it to help design a new orchid exhibit at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens which represents the diverse forest habitats of Sikkim. Heather added, “The judges were particularly impressed with the different ways we had presented our data. It is available in poster format on the University of Cambridge website as well as in the published articles. We hope that our work ... [Read More]

Writhlington Girls Rugby Kicks Off To A Superb Start - March 2014

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]

Top Prize for Students - March 2014

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]

World Book Day Triumph - March 2014

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]

A Challenge And A Half - March 2014

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]

Girls Reach County Finals - March 2014

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]

Sporting Triumph for Year Ten Girls - February 2014

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]

Spring Orchid Even 2014 - February 2014

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]

Students prepare for the finals of the National Science and Engineering competition. - February 2014

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]

Twelve days, Thirty-seven Thousand Scouts and One Writhlington Student - February 2014

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]

Gale force winds, Flood water and hailstones. - February 2014

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]

Twitter Sensation - February 2014

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]

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Tea Fit For A Queen

Sixth Form and Year Eleven students at Writhlington welcomed members of the community to school for a guided tour and afternoon tea. Over 20 members of the local community, incl...

Award Winning Show to perform at Writhlington

Prospect Theatre welcome award-winning director for a special one off performance. Writhlington welcome back Exit Stage Left for a last chance performance of their award winning...

Jumping To New Heights

After his success at the World Championships, Writhlington Year Eight student Corey Walkes has not relented in his vigorous training schedule. Great Britains team for the 2014 t...

Students win first prize at National Science Competition

Five of Writhlington’s A Level scientists are celebrating winning the National Science Competition after two days of judging and presenting their work at the National Exhibition Ce...

Writhlington Girls Rugby Kicks Off To A Superb Start

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...