Visitors from China
We have been very fortunate to be able to host a group of Chinese students for the past three days. They are on an educational visit, looking at education in Europe as they intend to study at universities in the USA or Europe in the future.
The School Development Plan
We have a School Development Plan (SDP) that the governors use to help move the school forward and monitor how well it is doing. The document itself is rather weighty and has lots of data on it but we thought people might be interested in the headlines. There are no ground-breaking or innovative ideas (we aren't that kind of school); the areas of focus are common-sense, simple things that we feel matter to young people and their families.
Year 7 Parents' Evening Information
Year 7 Parents' Evening takes place on Thursday 26th January from 5.30-8.00pm, where parents of Year 7 students will have the chance to meet their child's subject teachers. If you haven't attended a parents evening at Wallingford School before, the following information may be useful.
You will be receiving a letter with a blank appointments timetable (copies below). Discuss with your child who you would like to visit and what times you can attend, then your child will make appointments with their subject teachers. Appointments are expected to last no longer than 5 minutes, and should have at least a 5-minute gap between them to allow time to move between teachers. The latest appointment time is 8.00pm.
Parents' Evening takes place in the Kershaw building. Please make your way directly there and sign in at the desk when you arrive. We would very much like to see your daughter/son attend with you.
Merchant Taylors' Company Photography Competition 2016
Many thanks to the Merchant Taylors' Company for their annual School Photography Competition. Our students were asked to submit photographs under the theme of "Community".
There were a number of good entries, shown below. The winner was Sophie, Year 11, with her photograph, "Community Spirit".
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Winner - Sophie - Year 11
St Irene's children's community and friendship, Nasio Trust Charity, Kenya - October 2016
Parliament Week at the Bodleian Libraries, Thursday 17th November
In 1646, as the chaos of the Civil War raged across the land, the Royalist Parliament gathered in a series of chambers in Oxford, owned by the University. It was in one of these rooms, Convocation House, that we gathered over 300 years later. However, our chaos, our monumental event, and, as we were told, the defining political moment of our generation, is not a war. It is, of course, Brexit.
It was part of "Parliament Week" and we, as students of the Government and Politics variety, had been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a session on post-war Britain's relationship with continental Europe and, by extension, the EU. This began with a series of lectures by academics from the University's Department of Politics and International Relations. These spoke of the history of the relationship and the significance of the referendum result. We were also asked to consider Britain's future outside the EU.
However this was a prelude to the grand event wherein, after having been given a rather up-market buffet lunch, we were ferried away from the modern library complex to the stone pillars and wooden benches of Convocation House. Here we were to participate in a discussion about the referendum, with a panel that was a picture of the British Political Landscape: Labour's Will Straw who served as executive director of Britain Stronger in Europe, Ken Clarke MP who is regarded
as a "Big Beast" within the Conservative Party and the House of Commons, Caroline Lees of Reuters, and BBC journalist Chris Bowlby.
They spoke of the failures of the remain side to gain momentum, the passing of the 1972 European Communities Act and how the Commons has changed since then, and the idea that we are living in a "Post-Truth" world. After this we were given the opportunity to bombard the panel with questions and, as the event began to end and the other schools filter out, we stayed behind and started many dialogues with the panellists.
- Jody, Year 12
Celebration Evening - December 2016
We were really pleased to hold another Celebration Evening last night. Thank you to everyone who attended.
Hairspray - The Broadway Musical
This year's production, Hairspray - The Broadway Musical, runs from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm.
Tickets can be purchased from Positickets. Adults £6.50, Children £4.50.
Certificates For Exams Taken Summer 2016
Exam certificates from summer 2016 are now available for collection from the school reception.
Certificates must be signed for. If someone else is collecting them for you, they must have a signed letter from you to give permission for them to be collected.
Ms Bowler & Mrs Meardon
Geography Field Trip to Iceland 2016
Wednesday, 26th October 2016
It was a very early start on the Wednesday morning; however there was the element of excitement in my stomach about the amazing trip that was lying ahead which made it so much easier. At 7am we arrived at school and climbed upon the bus. We then had a swift and successful journey to Gatwick. After making our winding way through the baggage drop, passport control and security, we had some time to relax and eat our lunch before departure. Following our small trek to the gate we climbed aboard the unique purple WOW airlines plane and set off over the North Atlantic to our destination... Iceland.
Sixth Form Open Evening
We would like to invite all Year 11 students & parents (at Wallingford School or elsewhere) to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 12th October.
It is a chance to understand more about what Wallingford offers, to experience a taste of the courses on offer and to speak with staff and current students about life in Sixth Form.
External students and families should arrive for a 6pm start.
Current Wallingford School students and families should arrive for a 6.30pm start.
After talks from the Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form, there will be the opportunity to visit up to 5 subject presentations. The evening will finish at approximately 8.30pm