Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Annual Awards Ceremony

On Thursday 15th November, The Winston Churchill School held its annual Awards Ceremony and was delighted to welcome back past Year 11 students for the presentation of their examination certificates for the school’s best ever set of results. 



Rebecca Jenkins and Charlotte Walker were the outstanding students of the year with 14 A* grades, 11 students achieved A and B grades in AS philosophy and ethics, usually taken in Year 12.  Other outstanding achievements included success in subjects taken after school, Latin, astronomy and fast tract PE

The certificates were presented by the Mayor of Woking - Councillor Michael Smith and the special guest for the evening was Mr Paul Harrison, who retired from the PE Department last summer.   Paul presented the Special Subject Awards and those nominated by the Year Leader, he also delivered an inspiring and motivational speech.

The vote of thanks was provided by our current Head Girl and Head Boy, Gabby Home and Phil Razey, who thanked all those who had organised the very successful evening.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Theo Fennell makes Technology sparkle for the day at Winston Churchill School


On the 16th October Winston Churchill School Technology Department hosted our first master class in design inviting the world class jewellery designer Theo Fennell in to speak to students.  Theo’s style of jewellery is very different to the average jewellery piece sourcing precious gem stones from around the world combining with beautifully engraved and enamelled metals to design masterworks inspired by history, nature, buildings and symbolism.  Theo’s designs are highly sort after appealing to stars such as Elton John, Lewis Hamilton, the Beckham’s and many more.

Our aim of the day was to inspire the students to see where their GCSE’s in creative subjects in technology and art could take them in the future.  Theo first gave a talk to 125 of our year 9, 10 and 11 technology, art and media students, he gave insight to the students about how his career has grown from the age of the students to now, how he got into jewellery and the challenges of starting his own business and how it had grown to be worldwide.  At the end the students got to see some of his pieces for real to see the detail that goes into each part of the work. 

Then 22 competition winners who gained their place by designing a piece of jewellery inspired by Theo’s work came to the technology block for a drawing workshop.  Where first Theo showed the class his sketchbooks and portfolio of work seeing where his designs start off as a spark of inspiration to a completed masterpiece.  Then it was the students turn to get to work developing their designs that got them the place in the workshop with Theo offering each of them guidance and advice on how to improve the work and their drawing skills.

This day has now inspired students work across the year groups, some considering talking up jewellery and design courses once they leave Winston Churchill School.

Miss Blackman, Technology Department: Resistant Materials


 Let’s see what they have to say…  

‘I enjoyed the brainstorming of ideas with Theo cutting between us giving advice on how to get as many ideas from the inspiration around us. Seeing his inspiration books that he carries around really showed me how anything can become inspiration for a piece of artwork/jewellery.’

Adam Gardiner Year 10 Resistant Materials Student

 ‘The day was brilliant; it showed me what I can do if I put my mind to it. Theo Fennel is a genius; he is unique, and definitely very talented! He has inspired me to think up my own jewellery designs, so I am very grateful as I know are the rest of the people who took part.’

Robyn Hartwell Year 9 Technology Student

 I enjoyed getting helped by Theo during the drawing part. I was inspired by a lot of his work with the attention to detail. I learnt about how he gets ideas for his work. Over all a very inspiring day.

Joe Cross Year 10 Resistant Materials Student

Here is an account of the day by one of our year 9 students:

My Day with Theo Fennell by Naomi Ehigie

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Annual Sports Awards Evening 2012

After supporting our students in the Super Schools event Aaron Phipps, London 2012 British Para-Olympian Wheelchair Rugby Player, returned to the school in the evening as our guest of honour at the Annual Sports Awards Evening.

The opening address was given by Mr Fricker, Subject Leader for PE, and all the Sports Mentors introduced our gifted and talented students and gave a short talk about their achievements so far and their hopes for the future.

Throughout the evening awards were presented for the following:

Performing Arts Award - Brittany Fuller

 Service to the Sports College - Harrison Hubbard

Most Dedicated to School Sport - Sam Stemp

Team of the Year - Yr 10 & 11 Girls Football

The Dean Blackmore Most Improved Performer - Robyn Hartwell

Young Sports Leader - Charlotte Walker

Performer of the Year - Louise Adams

The evening finished with Aaron Phipps giving an inspirational speech about his experiences as a competitor in the 2012 Para-Olympics and the opportunity for everybody there to ask him any questions they had.


Super Schools 2012

On Tuesday 23rd October all our students from years 7, 8 and 9 took part in the annual Super Schools event.  Before the event they were asked to find sponsors and on the day they took part in a variety of timed fitness activities supported by the Sports Prefects.  All students had their photograph taken with our guest for the day London 2012 British Para-Olympian Wheelchair Rugby Player, Aaron Phipps.