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16th June 2017

What another glorious day of sporting endeavour! Sports Day has, once again, come and gone in an all too brief whirlwind of energy and good natured competition. My congratulations go to Lancelot, who win this trophy for the first time since academic year 2011-12, adding it to the three other trophies they have already won this year (Football, Quiz and Rugby), putting them further ahead on trophies won in the competition between the Houses. My thanks go to everyone in the Games Department for their work on this very exciting and logistically demanding day. I must say an enormous thank you to our superb POW Organising Committee, who, once again, along with their support of Sports Day earlier on, provided a fantastic event with their 8th Annual Staff and Football Competition. I hope many of you will be able to join them at their Inaugural Summer Barbeque at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club on Saturday 1st July.

Yesterday, we held a wonderful Choral and Orchestral Concert, which saw a range of boys performing, including our fabulous Choristers, who gave a sneak preview of the work to be performed at the Gala Concert. The Gala Concert is a sublime evening of choral singing, which I urge you to try and attend if you possibly can. It is due to take place on Wednesday 28th June at 7:30pm in St. Paul’s Church on Augustus Road, Wimbledon. The Class of 2017 revelled in their trilogy of activity days and were an absolute credit to Willington. Years 5 and 6 experienced a first this week with their trip to The New Wimbledon Theatre to see a production of the French Musical ‘Pinot’. The Year 2 boys enjoyed a trip in the warm sunshine to Morden Hall Park on Tuesday and the Year 1 boys had a visit yesterday from the “owl man” (I am sure there should be a fabulous superhero based on this). The boys experienced a wonderful introduction to some magnificent birds of prey. Next week is just as busy, with presentations from the new uniform providers, SchoolBlazer, ,as well as the Whole School Photograph on Tuesday (perfect uniform for that please, boys) and the Common Entrance and Pre-Test Information Evening for parents wanting to learn a little more about how we support your son through this process, the Meet the New Teacher Morning for the boys and the annual POW Hotdog lunch! I feel exhausted just writing about it! I conclude this week with the fantastic news of our Year 8 boys’ success in the Common Entrance Examinations. Once again, all the boys have passed and are off to a host of senior schools, along with their peers who accessed schools via Scholarship examinations and direct entry papers last term. Very well done to you all, boys. We are so proud of you.


Michael Chanter BSc(Hons), PGCE, MA