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Week commencing 27th January 2018

This week, in the blink of a Willington eye, we have seen outings, fixtures, Orchestral trips to and a ‘Green Careers’ Assembly to name but a few events. Indeed, the talk by Miss Oldfield, Head of Geography, on Tuesday had all the boys captivated by the employment opportunities available in the green sector and by the further importance that will be placed on this area in the years to come.

We have had excellent results this week against a group of schools who pride themselves on their rugby. Special mention goes to the Under 10A Team for beating The Mall by an eye catching score line, but this was not surprising given the talented pool of players at our disposal. Mr Gibbs was also waxing lyrical about the Under 9A Team, who found themselves two tries down with four minutes to go when supersub, MW, came onto the pitch to score a hat trick in the dying minutes of the game. The B Team had everyone searching for the records books as they triumphed 120-0 (one hundred and twenty) as the old Grandstand vidiprinter used to say! The Under 8s were also complimented at Banstead Prep by the opposing coach for their “ridiculous line speed”, no less.

It is always a pleasure to see families and boys who are keen to join us and this week we held two full Assessment Mornings for potential new boys - one on Wednesday and the other on Friday - and it was wonderful to see so many boys seeking places here at Willington. Our own pupils, across the year groups, were so welcoming to all our visitors and, as always, they were the greatest advertisement for Willington. The same can be said for our excellent Prefect Team, who you may well see in the Junior Playground first thing talking to the smaller boys as the day gets under way. Again, this initiative came from the boys themselves during one of the Friday lunchtime gatherings in my Study.

In other news, a number of our Year 6 boys have been called to interview this week at schools such as King’s, Hampton, Trinity, Dulwich, RGS (Guildford) and Whitgift. The Year 8s have been busy, too, trying for Scholarships in Sport, Art, DT and Drama at their chosen schools.

When I first joined Willington, Twitter was something birds did and this Newsletter would hopefully have found its way home on a piece of paper via the bottom of the boys’ rucksacks. Technology was largely in its infancy. All change now and it was great that a small group of staff attended the Bett Fair at the Excel Arena today to look at new technology and ideas to bring back to Willington.

Marcus Tattersall BA (Hons), PGCE
Acting Headmaster