This month Writhlington celebrates the official naming of a brand new orchid hybrid raised at the school. Callum Swift, now aged twenty-four, was just fifteen when he first successfully made a cross between two charismatic orchid species from South America. After nine years of careful nurturing and care, Callum’s orchid has finally flowered allowing official registration with the Royal Horticultural to take place. Callum visited Writhlington as soon has he heard that his orchid had flowered: “I knew when I made the cross that it would be years before it flowered and now I’m really proud of what I have achieved. I imagine this is the feeling you get when you have a child for the first time – I feel like a dad!” Callum decided to name his new orchid Oncidium School Days, dedicating the orchid to his memories of Writhlington and its new generation of orchid growers. ‘I can’t begin to tell you how much being part of the Orchid Project benefited my time at Writhlington. The students are really lucky to have those opportunities and to be taught by a really inspiring teacher’ Orchid Christmas is from 6pm until 9pm on Thursday 12 December and will be an opportunity ... [Read More]
Writhlington was chosen as one of the first schools to receive professional coaching from players at Bath Rugby. The Bath Rugby’s Secondary Schools\' programme was launched this September, aiming to offer tuition to young talented players from Bath and North East Somerset schools. The classes, facilitated by seasoned professionals, will be tailored to each school harnessing their strengths and challenging their areas for development. Head of PE Ben Naunton said \"We have had such a great season so far and there are some really talented players here. I am very excited that they will get the opportunity to showcase their abilities to the Bath players and learn valuable skills.\" So far the teams have received coaching from rising Bath Rugby stars Tom Dunn and Ollie Devoto and have been working on key skills including scrummaging and lineouts Bath Player Tom Dunn commented: \'I had a great time coming into the school and meeting the pupils. They were really keen to learn and I was more than happy to share my knowledge of the scrum. It is hugely important, especially at a young age, to learn the safe and correct way to scrummage.” After a great season so far for Writhlington teams, students look forward to putting their new ... [Read More]
Writhlington student Amelia Dyer 15, from Frome took part in one of the most important events in the target shooting calendar. The Surrey Open, an Air Rifle and Pistol competition, is run at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley each year and attracts competitors of all levels from across Great Britain. With the 2014 Commonwealth Games less than a year away, this year’s entrants saw some of the top names in British shooting taking part in a bid to secure a place on the GB Shooting Team. Amelia took part in three matches over the weekend and, in her first match of the competition, she achieved a Match Qualifying Score (and new Personal Best by an incredible 31 points) of 385 ex.400. This put her into 6th position overall and secured her a place in the final. With another high score in her second competition, Amelia was rewarded at the end of the weekend with Gold and Silver achievement medals. The Surrey Open’s results are used to evaluate a shooter’s performance with a view to Great Britain selection in international competitions, including the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, and the final was run under the same conditions as Olympic ... [Read More]
Every November across the world, thousands of brave individuals take on the challenge of growing a moustache for thirty days. Disowned by partners and loved ones for an entire month, men gather together in hope of changing the face of men’s health While the teachers band together to create their Mo-teams, students decided it was time they did something to join in the fun. As most students are unable to grow their own successful moustaches, they decided they could raise awareness in other ways. The Learning to lead fundraising team organised a Movember Fun Run. Inspired by their very successful Race for Life event in the summer, the team invited all boys to run, jog and walk the five-kilometre challenge-gaining sponsors from friends and family. Assistant Head Mark Bridges said: ‘ It was a great turn out. There were freezing conditions outside but the boys still came in shorts, t-shirts and high spirits’ The boys not only wanted to raise money and awareness but had another goal set in mind too. Year Eight student Lewis Bond-Kendall said: ‘ My friend Chloe Derrick came first in the girls’ Race for Life in the summer so I really wanted to beat her time. Unfortunately she beat me by just over a ... [Read More]
Avon Riding Centre provides the positive experience and proven therapeutic benefits of horse riding to hundreds of children and adults with a wide range of complex additional ability needs each year. Year 10 student Owen Pass was awarded First Place in the RDA dressage competition held at Avon Riding Centre in Bristol. Owen scored an impressive 146.5 marks out of 180 in his first equestrian competition. ‘ This was a really fun experience. I love horse riding and it is a really good opportunity for me to get out and do fun things. I am really surprised I came first. It’s quite hard to judge the 10 meter parade circle but I was delighted with the final result’ ... [Read More]
Corey Walkes arrived home from the twenty-second World Age Group Trampoline Championships 2013, which was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, with another top performance under his belt. After months of intense training with High Flyers Trampoline Club in Cheddar under the excellent guidance of Head HPC Coach, Sue Bramble, Corey has ranked 7th in the world, in trampolining for his age group. There were eight hundred competitors from forty seven countries taking part in the Juniors’ equivalent of the World Championships, which spanned all Trampoline disciplines, Individual and Synchronised Trampoline, Double Mini-Trampoline (DMT) and Tumbling, in four age groups: 11-12 years, 13-14 years, 15-16 years and 17-18 years. For Corey, this was his first time competing for Great Britain on an international level and the experience was definitely one to remember. Corey said: \"I have had the time of my life. I have met so many new people who share my passion for trampolining it’s been incredible!.\" Corey held the lead in the 11/12 boys age category right up until the last two Russian competitors competed in the preliminary rounds, putting him in 3rd place going into the final. The top 8 then went onto compete later in the evening in an intense ... [Read More]
Sixth form student Francesca Beg, is off to the United States this January to begin her career in University tennis. Francesca, who joined Writhlington last september gaining a place on the tennis training programmes usually reserved for year twelve students, has been offered a place at one of the leading universities for sporting excellence in America. Francesca took some time out of her busy training schedule to answer a few of our questions! How long have you been playing tennis for? I have played and enjoyed tennis all my life. My dad loved tennis and would spend hours with me in our back garden, dropping a tennis ball in front of me and telling me when to swing so that I could develop good timing and hand eye coordination. When did you realise that you really loved the game? My love for the game started with my dad in my back garden. I quickly joined two group squads for children my age at Bath University and then at our local club, near where I live in Leighton, Westbury. It just blossomed from there. When did you realise you have real flair and talent for the game? From the very beginning I was far more advanced than children my ... [Read More]
After weeks of rigorous trials Year Seven student Mason Harrison has just been selected to train with the Welsh National football team Mason, who currently plays for Southampton FC, was selected from a large group of very talented hopefuls from across the UK to train with the team. Professional players including Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale played for the Welsh National under 21 team before hitting the Premiership and European stage . Having shown great potential, Mason will travel to Newport, Wales once a week to train with the team. Mason said: ‘ I am really excited to have been selected. There are some amazing players who started off playing for the Welsh National team. I really hope I will get the chance to play in the Premiership one day’ ... [Read More]
Writhlington provides the very best opportunities to excel in extra curricular activities. Our sports department offers many lunchtime and afterschool activities for students, with some of the best coaching available our teams have had an outstanding first half of term. Both Year Eight and Year Nine rugby teams competed in the BANES league, finishing top of the league with an unscathed record. The Year Elevens had another great season narrowly missing the chance to defend their title in the Super 8s tournament after losing to St Gregorys School. The Year 9s are having a very successful football season in the English School National Football Association cup, reaching round 5 of the competition recently after beating Backwell school 7-2. With just a few more games left the team look set for a very successful season. The Year Seven Netball teams are storming through games with an unbeaten record and are proving to be the top team in the district. Year Eight and Nine netball teams have played 13 games with mixed fortunes, won 7, drawn 1 and lost 5 of their matches. Head of PE Ben Naunton said: Our teams are really passionate about the sports they play. Their determination and commitment to every game and training ... [Read More]
Writhlington’s very own producer Daniel Harper who has been nominated three years in a row for the Songlines World Music Awards 2012 has created professional opportunities for students at Writhlington. Daniel’s critically acclaimed album Tiga Tej Tiba has already created a buzz nationally and a Swiss music channel requested a music video which will be aired through music outlets across the world. Daniel Harper said: ‘This video request was a really great opportunity to share my achievements with students. I had to work from the very bottom to get where I am today. It’s a really tough industry to crack so I know how important these opportunities can be’ Media Students Mitch Williams and Harry Henderson both want to work in the film industry. They took to Frome’s hidden tunnels under the town bridge to begin filming under the expert guidance of both Dan Harper and Director Ryan Coyle. Sixth Form student Mitch Summers said: ‘We were really honored to be given the opportunity. Not only did we gain practical skills, but also acquired important media knowledge from seasoned professionals in the field.’ ... [Read More]
Year Ten Drama students launched themselves into one of the most challenging nationwide events in the UK. The Shakespeare School Festival inspires over seventeen thousand students each year to embrace his complicated yet beautiful language and perform in professional theatres across the country. Writhlington students took on ‘The Tempest’, a compelling story of power, control, revenge and forgiveness. Rehearsing both in class and after school, students performed with spectacular effort and produced a thrilling contemporary piece loved by all. Head of Drama Helena Greenlees said: We are very proud of our students. The language of Shakespeare is both difficult to learn and also requires a high level of ability. They performed with great finesse and were great ambassadors for the school’ Special congratulations and a huge thank you from the GCSE class went to Year Eleven student Peter Seal who took on the lead role of Ferdinand and memorized his entire script in less than 24 hours. ... [Read More]
As a child you are used to your parents making decisions for you, but what happens when suddenly you are faced with a choice that could affect the rest of your life? The subjects you choose at GCSE directly impact where you go in life, what career you choose and if you go to university. Students attended a whole day seminar with leading experts in employment LV, discovering how to make the decision which best suits their journey. After filling in an online questionnaire, students were provided with a Motivational Map, designed to their specific needs and encouraged to discuss their pathways through a series of group and independent activities. Buisness studies teacher Rebecca Heppinstal said: ‘ This is the first big decision students will have to make. We hope that with guidance from both ourselves and their parents, they will be making decisions that really empower them for the future’ Students left feeling excited about the journey ahead and more confident in their ability to make the right choices to be able to follow their chosen careers. ... [Read More]
Five Writhlington Sixth Form students were chosen to play for Bath City First Team against Larkhall Athletic in the Somerset Premier cup. Writhlington students Ryan Mitchell, Jordan Ricketts, Nathan Legge, Elliott Gibbons and Jake Miller, played in the teeth-gritting game where a goal in the final minute of extra time saw City overcome Larkhall Athletic. It was an even match against the high-flying Western League side after Larks keeper spilled the ball only for Jake Miller to fire wide of the unguarded goal. The visitors began to look more threatening as the second half progressed and when Lyons headed home a 75th minute corner it looked as if they were on course to win the first competitive meeting between the Bath clubs. However, six minutes later a stunning 25-yard shot by Aaron Brown levelled the scores. Just when the game looked destined for penalties, City broke forward and James Fisher slotted the rebound home to secure City a quarter-final place. Head of Sixth Form Steve Cantrell said, “We love hearing about the success of our students outside of school. It sounded like a thrilling match. The boys should be very proud of themselves; they are an asset to ... [Read More]
Writhlington Sixth Form students visited the National Tennis Centre in London this week to talk to professional coaches and train with some of the best in the sport. Students were greeted by Christine Sprowell, Head of Further Education for the Tennis Foundation, and given a tour around the extensive facilities. The tour included all the indoor acrylic courts, offices, altitude centre and gyms used by well-known faces of the tennis world such as Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. Year Twelve student Tom Hunt said: ‘It was an amazing experience. Andy Murray and David Beckham were training there just days before. There were life-size models of Rafael Ndal. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. It was just brilliant and really informative.’ After the tour, students had the opportunity to join in with a cardio tennis session. Cardio Tennis is a high-energy fitness activity which combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardio-vascular exercise, delivering the ultimate full body calorie burning aerobic workout. George Donnelly, Head of Competitions UK, held a short conference with the students where they shared ideas about engaging their age group into sports such as tennis and how to maintain participation in sport . Head of tennis at ... [Read More]
Writhlington strives to provide students with endless opportunities for extra curricular activities. This year Writhlington launches its Outdoor Education programme, starting with registration for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Ten Tors Challenge. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is designed to encourage students to take part in extra-curricular activities, community outreach work, charity work and outdoor pursuits. Universities and employers look favorably on those who have completed these awards as they show a multitude of skills and competencies. Those undertaking the Gold award will have the opportunity to take their expedition on international terrain. Students this year will get to choose between the French Alps, Tanzania and The Lake District. Outdoor coordinator Jamie Comber said: “I remember doing these awards when I was at school. They were brilliant fun to do with your friends and you gained a lot of experience without realising it” “If it’s not hard it’s not worth doing” is the motto of this year’s Ten Tors Challenge. Students who competed last year could not agree more. With training just around the corner, students are gearing up to compete for a place on the Ten Tors 2014 team. Year 11 student Nicole Poole said: “Hundreds of people compete in Ten Tors and ... [Read More]
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This month Writhlington celebrates the official naming of a brand new orchid hybrid raised at the school. Callum Swift, now aged twenty-four, was just fifteen when he first succ...
Writhlington was chosen as one of the first schools to receive professional coaching from players at Bath Rugby. The Bath Rugby’s Secondary Schools\' programme was launched...
Writhlington student Amelia Dyer 15, from Frome took part in one of the most important events in the target shooting calendar. The Surrey Open, an Air Rifle and Pistol competition...
Every November across the world, thousands of brave individuals take on the challenge of growing a moustache for thirty days. Disowned by partners and loved ones for an entire mon...
Avon Riding Centre provides the positive experience and proven therapeutic benefits of horse riding to hundreds of children and adults with a wide range of complex additional abili...