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Year 8 classes have been exploring the "evolution of the eye" as part of their curriculum. 8WG, 8WT, 8CG and 8WR were all able to experience first-hand that sight involves both the eye and the brain working simultaneously, to create images they perceive. They experimented with different materials and equipment - like bubble wrap over goggles or tiny little holes punched into black sugar paper- to experience blurred or obscured vision , respectively. Featured is class 8WG.
As part of the water topic, students in Key Stage 3 have been looking at how to make dirty water drinkable. They have filtered off soil and other impurities, used silver nitrate solution to identify whether salt or any chlorine residue was present and finally used a distillation apparatus to purify the water. This lesson is a very simple and early introduction to the GCSE Chemistry required practical.
As part of the advanced laboratory skills topic in science, during the next two weeks, Year 7 and Year 8 classes will learn how to read a burette, understand the concept of neutralisation, look at different pH monitoring equipment as well as testing household products for their properties. Our budding scientists will be able to set up a boss, clamp and clampstand, use indicator fluids and name a wide range of glassware we use in chemistry. Dr Gonzalez compiled a programme that will enhance our student's data collection skills. They will devise questions to estimate risks and follow standard laboratory practices.
The Year 7 Numeracy Leaders met on Monday morning to trial the new activity that they will be leading on Thursday, during tutorial time.
The students had to think and then plan how they would support their form group to complete the task successfully.
Last Thursday evening parents in Key Stage 4 were invited in to learn about how to help their children with revision. MADE, specialists in teaching children and parents about learning effectively, led a session which taught parents effective ways to revise. This session supported the work MADE did in school with Winston students on Thursday and Friday helping them build the skills to revise effectively.
It was a well attended event which challenged the parents and engaged them in the process.
With the football season coming to an end, the girls teams are working hard to get their league fixtures played before the cut off for the finals.
In order to be in with a chance of playing at the Woking Kingsfield stadium for the league final, teams need to have played at least 3 games each so on Monday 14th March the girls in the Year 8 and 9 football team played 3 league games in one night! Salesian, Woking High and Hoe Valley all travelled to Winston to get multiple games played.
It was an intense afternoon of football - 20 minute games with a 5 minute break in between. Refs from Year 11 oversaw the proceedings; which ended in the Winston girls drawing two games 1-1 (against Woking High and Salesian) and winning 1-0 against Hoe Valley!
Keep an eye out for more league fixtures and hopefully multiple Winston teams making it to the final!
As part of March: A Month of Reading in the library, students have been encouraged to recycle their books. To do this, they have been asked to bring in books that they have read and no longer want or need. In return students have been given tokens, whereby they can exchange these and take another book home.
The students so far have been great - the turn out in the number of books donated has surpassed our expectations and, at the request of students, we have decided to keep it running until the end of the month!
So, if you have any books sat at home that you've read one too many times and want to try something different, why not bring them into the library? In return you get to take home a new book of your own and start a new challenge - what a good way to get involved with March: A Month of Reading.
Congratulations to the Latin students who participated in the Latin Reading Competition at St Catherine's School this week, with many winners among them. Students competed against independent schools in and around Guildford in Latin recitals, marked on their pronunciation and expression. Mr Fisher was very proud to receive so much positive feedback from the organisers and teachers from other schools about how well all the students performed and presented themselves. We look forward to entering more students next year!
Congratulations to the Latin students who participated in the Latin Reading Competition at St Catherine's School last week, with many winners among them. Students competed against schools in and around Guildford in Latin recitals, marked on their pronunciation and expression.
Mr Fisher was very proud to receive so much positive feedback from the organisers and teachers from other schools about how well all the students performed and presented themselves.
We look forward to entering more students next year!
Yesterday, Year 8 were introduced to the importance of calibrating balances. Our trainee teacher, Ms Azam - with the supervision of Mr Gunnoo - created a lesson where the students were able to practice the use of balances by weighing extremely small quantities of chemicals and compared the items' volume to their mass. They understood the importance of placing balances on a firm surface in a draught free environment on a vibration free stand. They compared grams with fluid ounces as well as newtons. The pupils had the opportunity to use balances that are fitted with a spirit level and adjustable feet for the most accurate measurements.
We had an extra special visitor today for National Careers Week Sam, a yellow Labrador puppy, came along from Pet Doctors and had a great time walking around the library getting lots of attention from our students
More visitors to Winston for .ALPS-Partnership talked to our students about apprenticeships. Top tip not all apprenticeships are advertised for September some are advertised in March .
More visitors to @wcscschool for . The Royal Navy told our students all about life in the Navy. Waitrose & Partners talked about careers within the company and did a practical workshop on interviewing. Thank you so much for giving your time to our students . @roylanavy
Thank you @wokingcollege for joining us for @CareersWeek . So far you have held sessions about Dance , Drama, Business Studies and Law. The students have enjoyed the sessions and have been given a lot to think about.
This afternoon we had two sessions from Woking College . Business Studies and Economics. The students got involved with creating their own business plan, Thank you @wokingcollege
Our continues with a very interesting workshop run by David Hingley , Head of Visitor Experience of @HRP_palaces. The Arts , Culture and visitor attractions were the topic of the workshop.
at Winston opens with an exciting dance training session from @wokingcollege.
Year 7 Intake September 2022
Secondary offers were sent out by Surrey County Council via email or post on the evening of Tuesday 1st March.
If you applied to The Winston Churchill School but were not offered a place and would like to go on our waiting list, please send an email immediately to [email protected] with your child’s name, address, and date of birth.
Steve Cole Author Visit - World Book Week!
Bestselling author Steve Cole visited Winston today to present an assembly to our Year 7 students! The kids thoroughly enjoyed listening to Steve who told us all about his career, how and why he became a writer, and a little bit about some of the 251 books he has written.
Steve's book Swarm Rising co-written with Astronaut Tim Peak, is his latest book. Steve spoke to students about the creative process behind the book, where the inspiration of the characters came from, his passion for space, and held a quiz about some really cool space facts. Did you know...on board the ISS, in 24 hours the Sun rises and sets sixteen times?!
60 lucky students were chosen by their English teachers to participate in a smaller workshop where Steve spoke about his Young Bond series. Interacting with students about what makes a spy, what weapons have been used and, what they are, who James Bond is, and the idea behind each Bond book he has written! He even signed some Steve Cole postcards for students to take away as a souvenir of the day.
It truly was a fantastic visit, packed with information and a lot of laughs!
Thank you Steve!
We have the following vacancies at Winston.
A Cover Supervisor : We are looking for an enthusiastic and confident graduate (any degree suitable) with the ability to relate to and motivate our students when covering for absent teachers. This person will be responsible for supervising/supporting students in classrooms across the curriculum. https://www.wcsc.org.uk/vacancy-cover-supervisor/
Learning Support Assistant: Do you have a positive approach to working with a range of students, and are motivated to support students to progress and become independent learners.?
Premises Assistant: We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and proactive Premises Assistant to be part of a well-established premises team, ensuring that the buildings, grounds and utilities are maintained to a high and safe standard.
Vacancy: Premises Assistant – The Winston Churchill School Vacancy: Premises Assistant Premises Assistant Required as soon as possible Part-time (20 hrs per week / 52 weeks per year). FTC until end of August 2022 Salary Surrey Pay – £10,790 to £13,179 (FTE £19,422 to £23,723) depending on skills & experience Usual shift: 12.30pm-4.30pm The Winston Chu...
To celebrate Lunar New Year the canteen cooked a superb range of Chinese inspired dishes for our students. There was an excellent choice, as well as a range of other salads and sandwiches and plenty of filled jacket potatoes!
Significant progress has been made this week and we can now all appreciate the shape and scale of the new facility. The bricks have arrived and the roof and concrete floor slab are planned for this week! Thank you to Justin Coll and his team for this time-lapse video: http://ow.ly/zEmk50HLp8l
Building the Performance Space At Winston Time lapse video of the building of the new Performance Space
10C4 and 10W2 took part in the demonstration of the Hoffman voltameter and the colourful electrolysis. Mr Spain used brine and UI indicator to demonstrate the splitting of an ionic compound, and how negative and positive ions form either acidic or alkali solution at either end of the electrode. During the Hoffman Voltameter demonstration the Year 10 students engaged well, applying their knowledge when explaining the test for hydrogen and oxygen, the products of splitting water.
Dr Gonzalez demonstrated the hazards of a chip pan fire to 11W1. 3ml of oil was allowed to overheat and catch fire and 5 ml of water was used to attempt to put the fire out. The students were amazed how much damage can occur if water is used to extinguish oil-based fires.
9WE and 9CG observed the Making Salt demonstration for their GCSE requirements. Mr Spain produced table salt by burning sodium metal and reacting it with chlorine gas. The students had to remember the states of the elements plus the product and their correct colours during the reaction to gain maximum marks in the future.
As part of the Year 8 curriculum, 8WT were invited to play and witness some wonderful effects of the power of air pressure. Mrs Blatch demonstrated the Magdeburg hemisphere and the Coin and Feather experiment to the pupils. The students all had a go at trying to separate the two hemispheres after the air was removed via a vacuum pump. No such luck. Mrs Blatch also attempted to show that sound does not travel in a vacuum, therefore no one could hear them scream in space .
Ofsted 2018 quote: ‘pupils relish the opportunities to extend their learning’.
Established in 1967, Winston is a state comprehensive, with a strong vision for the future and the strength of leadership and capacity to achieve our goals. We provide a unique and highly successful curriculum for students in Years 7-11, with a strong commitment to academic achievement and skill development. Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, the Winston community is an inclusive and caring learning environment in which all learners, are challenged appropriately to:
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