Welcome to my first Blog of the year, my apologies for the delay but we felt the first Blog of this academic year would be best placed on our new Website. If you are reading this Blog then you have successfully navigated your way to it through what I hope you agree is a much smarter and more modern Website. We have spent several months fine tuning and tweaking it and are delighted with the positive feedback we have had which I am pleased to say has informed further changes.
I still struggle after all these years to believe how quickly our terms pass by but in a busy place where so much happens each day I guess it’s not surprising. The year started well with an excellent outcome for our student’s achieving some of the best results locally and indeed nationally. We were one of the few schools to achieve a Positive Progress Score (the new accountability measure). The buzz on Results Day was wonderful to see in a time of such significant curriculum and changes to the examination system our students have shone and gone onto college courses or apprenticeships.
We have, as always, received nearly 600 applications for school places next year which was not a surprise given the huge number of visitors on Open Evening. Our commitment to supporting our local community in offering high-quality teaching and learning remains a priority and as many of you know we continue to work on the development and opening of two new local schools, a Secondary school close to Wildern and Primary school at Boorley Park. We are working hard with Hampshire County Council and Eastleigh Borough Council to ensure these schools are open in the timeline set to meet the basic need for places required. We are excited that we have a solution to address the long standing challenges we have had in our area, to be able to build on and extend our excellent provision will be brilliant for the generations of youngsters in our community.
Key events that have already taken place this term have been the school show ‘My Fair Lady’ which was incredible. The talent on the stage from a range of year groups was stunning. The characterisation from young people demonstrated maturity way beyond their years.
There have been trips to New York and the Battlefields with other trips scheduled throughout the year. What is a delight as the Headteacher of this fabulous school is when you receive emails about the way our students conduct themselves when out of school. I received a wonderful email from a couple on the aeroplane on the way back from New York who could not speak highly enough about our students, your children. Clearly there are occasions when a handful bring negative feedback to my door and I thank you for raising this with us. We do not shy away from this negative feedback but address it as quickly as we can. I am pleased to say from every four or five who bring negative feedback there are hundreds who don’t and who are wonderful ambassadors for the school and their families.
The E-safety Focus Group recently took part in a workshop led by the Hampshire Police Youth Commission. The workshop was called GOFISH (GO Find Internet Safety Help). GOFISH is a pilot cyber ambassador scheme which informs students how to educate and offer support to their peers on how to make the most of the internet and stay safe. You can view more information about the scheme on the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner's website. (We are mentioned on this webpage at the bottom!)
The day was a huge success and the following students were an absolute credit to Wildern School:
They acted maturely, contributed to all the discussions / sessions and behaved very well throughout the day.
During the workshop a lot of ideas were given on how the students could now support others regarding e-safety. Some of the ideas were to do assemblies, train others in tutor time, run workshops or have drop in sessions at lunch. I shall be discussing these ideas and more with senior management and hope to start them soon.
At the end of the day students were awarded a certificate. Professional photographs were also taken and a press statement was made for local newspapers.
Callum Swain (Year 8) collected his award for his winning entry for the Hampshire County Council Interfaith Calendar competition on 14th November at their offices in Winchester. He was presented his award by Cllr Andrew Joy, long-time supporter of Hampshire Interfaith work. Callum's fantastic art work depicting the sacred fire of Zoroastrianism (one of the oldest monotheistic religions of the world) will be published in the calendar as the accompanying artwork for January. The calendar can be purchased via this link click here and features the work of lots of talented students from various schools across Hampshire.
His work is also going to be exhibited at Winchester University during Interfaith week celebrating the contribution of RE to interfaith, understanding and peace building in Hampshire.
Richard Groom – Art Teacher, Wildern School.
Over the Summer break Mr Groom entered his drawing ‘Masking the Truth’, a piece he made about mental health, into the 21st National Open Art Exhibition. There are some 4000 entries to this competition every year. He was shortlisted to roughly 600, through digital entry, then had to take his work in August to Chichester University where it was included into the final shortlist of approx. 200 to be included in the 21st NOA Annual Exhibition in London.
Mr Groom was particularly excited to find out one of his ex-students Kurt Buckley also made it to the shortlist. He is doing incredibly well for himself having exhibited in London already a number of times. Mr Groom said it was a privilege to be exhibiting alongside him now, teacher and ex-student.
His work has been displayed in the Gallery 24 Exhibition on the 24th floor of the Leadenhall building, London, until the 20th October.
He will also be exhibiting in the main exhibition from 17th November.
‘Masking the Truth’ – Richard Groom
‘Lumière Naturelle’ – Kurt Buckley
The 21st National Open Exhibition will take place at the Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London from 17th -26th November 2017.
On Thursday 16th November 10 students as part of the Focus Group, New Techs, went with Mrs Broadribb to King Edwards School to take part in a Digital Leaders event. They got to find out about different technologies such as Google expedition googles (or VR), spheroes (which are programmable balls which can be programmed to move around and follow a path) and green screen cameras to name a few. A great time was had by all.
Bradley continues to enjoy huge success in Karting, where by the way I believe some of our greater formulae one drivers have come from. This year he has competed in The British Karting Championship 2017; the event held at Lincolnshire saw him finish 2nd in the Championship, leaving him seeded number 2 and the title of Junior Max British Vice Champion 2017. This therefore secured him a place in the British Championship to compete at The World Finals to be held in Portugal in November. Bradley will be competing in up to 60 countries.
Bradley also competes in Europe but due to the different age regulations has to compete in the senior age bracket. He finished an impressive 8th in the championship, and will be aiming higher next year. The winner was 23 and from the track in Genk, where Max Verstappen (F1) comes from.
Given this impressive record the UK importer for the Rotax engines offered to cover Bradley’s costs for the final race in Casteletto, Italy. They paid for his testing, racing, tyres, fuel and oil.
To quote Bradley ‘It's been an amazing year, filled with lots of fantastic opportunities, some very last minute. I've had some great results, we've gone flat out, non-stop, met lots of wonderful people along the way, learnt loads, we've travelled everywhere, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, due to go to Italy and Portugal. Our race truck has been everywhere, we have so many unbelievable memories that will be there forever! I am so lucky and we have really been living the dream!’
Well done Bradley, fantastic achievements keep us updated.
Another budding motorist is Rossi Banham who takes part in small bike and kart racing competitions. In September he came 1st place in a race, the photo shows him showing his wares.
Olivia is an incredibly talented astro-photographer. She has multiple publications and has been awarded Young Photographer of the Year. Her work is on this link click here, it shows an amazingly clear photo of Saturn that she took whilst out in the desert in the Middle East.
Phoebe is one our Ballroom and Latin dancers who competes Nationally and Internationally at a very high standard, and currently is in the top 12 in the UK and top 20 in the world. Recent competitions she took part in include:
International Open Championship, Essex
Dutch Open Championship, Assen
Sophie won the All England Dance Finals for Tap aged 13 to 14. This took her through to the Young Tap Dancer of the Year where she competed against 15 to 18 year olds and came 2nd. A phenomenal achievement for a dancer who has just started Year 10.
Daniel recently represented Hampshire in the Under 13 boys Hurdles and Shot Put at the South of England Inter-counties Competition in Kingston, he came 3rd in the Hurdles and 7th in the Shot. (13 counties participated).
Lauren is another talented Ballroom dancer who recently took part in a ‘10 DanceChallenge' in aid of the Hampshire and Isle of White Air Ambulance. We were delighted to support Lauren and her partner Adam, in this challenge.