Parent Drop In Sessions

This is a great opportunity for you to meet the team (Micky Adams, Nikki Edwards and Michelle Williams) and have an informal chat with other parents and carers.

Dates our as follows 

13/11  9 til 10 am

20/11  2 til 3 pm

27/11  9 til 10 am

04/12  2 til 3 pm

11/12  9 til 10 am

18/12  2 til 3 pm 

The sessions will be held at Winston Churchill School in the Barista Café where tea and coffee will be served .

If you would like to come and talk about anything, we’re here to support, listen and to answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s education. 

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Vote for Winston to win a grant from Aviva

Please help us win a grant from Aviva – all it takes is a few minutes of your time

The school is currently bidding for some funding to kick-start a programme to engage Senior Citizens in the local community.  As part of the Library and Planetarium build we are looking to establish some permanent community links to both share our resources, help our students engage with their community.

We have applied for a grant to Aviva, but part of this process requires us to get people to vote for us at the link below.  You will have to register, but the process is very quick.  Each person gets 10 votes, please do use them all for the school.  Also please share with families and friends and through social media.

The link is below and we have a couple of weeks to vote, but please do so as soon as possible and share with those that you know.

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-1552

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Learning Reviews Meetings

Review meetings will be held on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November. Correspondence has been sent to all parents/carers and can be found on Frog.

As a result of these meetings, please be aware that the school will finish early at 1.50pm on Thursday 8th November.  Also, on Friday 9th, all learning will be done at home in order to allow the meetings to take place.  Students will therefore leave school at 1.50pm on Thursday and will not be coming into school for lessons on Friday. Instead, subject teachers will be setting work on Frog, to be completed by students at home.

Learning Review Resources

Year 7-10 parents: If you do not have a copy of  ‘Learning review – Parent Resources‘ which were sent home with the students recently please log on to Frog and click on the ‘Learning review – Parent Resources’ link

I don’t know my Frog account details

Don’t know your Frog account details? Go to the school website www.wcsc.org.uk  and click on   ‘Parents forgotten Username/Password.’

Did you know that parents can see their child’s homework on frog?

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Specialist Music places for out of Priority Area students

Did you know that students who are not in our priority area can apply for Specialist Music places at Winston?

Do you have a friend or family member who’s son or daughter is musical? Tell them about our opportunity for gifted musical students.

THE MUSIC CURRICULUM

During Key Stage 3 all students at Winston receive at least one hour of music teaching a week. They study a varied and engaging curriculum, rooted in practical music making, which challenges all students through the introduction and consolidation of key skills. Students experience playing and composing using a variety of instruments and also learn how to work with music technology in our iMac suite and recording studio.

At Key Stage 4 students are able to opt for either GCSE Music or VCert Music Technology. For each of these students receive 5 hours of lessons across our two week timetable. Results at KS4 are consistently high with our 2018 cohort continuing to achieve above students nationally.

In 2018

94% of our students achieved grade 9-4 – 20% higher than the national average
35% or our students achieved grade 9-7 – 4%   higher than than he national average

In the last three years

75% of students have achieved 9-4 or A*-C grades nationally – Winston’s student’s grades were 21% higher
31% of students have achieved 9-7 or A*-A grades nationally – Winston’s student’s grades were 17% Higher

EXTRACURRICULAR MUSIC

At Winston we are proud to have one of the largest extracurricular offerings in the county, with students enjoying over 20 different ensembles and clubs on a weekly basis. The vast majority of our ensembles are non-auditioned which allows students of all ability to make music together. Our groups include:

ORCHESTRA STRING ENSEMBLE JAZZ GROUP
BIG BAND BRASS GROUP FOLK ENSEMBLE
CHOIR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE A CAPPELLA GROUP
CHAMBER GUITAR ENSEMBLE ROCK N POP CLUB
SENIOR SESSION BAND FLUTE CHOIR MUSIC TECH CLUB
JUNIOR SESSION BAND KEYBOARD GROUP YEAR 7 HANDCHIME GROUP
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA JAZZ 4 CAROL PLAYERS

Throughout the year we give students the opportunity to perform in concerts and events at Winston and in the local area. School-based performances include our Christmas and Summer concerts, our annual school musical production, our March recital evenings, our annual Christmas Carol Service, and our Young Musician of the Year competition. We also support local events such as the Woking Crematorium Carol Service, Brookwood Christmas Lights, Brookwood School Fete and the St John’s Village Fair. In addition we also give students the opportunity to perform abroad on our annual Music Tour. In recent years we have performed in Germany, Holland and Spain. We also have visits from professional musicians including The Band of the Royal Logistic Corp who will be returning to Winston in the spring to work with our students.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

If you are currently living outside of the Winston catchment area but you play an instrument or sing to a high standard you can apply for one of our 15 music scholarships. Auditions for these will take place in October. Students are required to perform one or two pieces of at least Grade 1 standard (the pieces do not have to be from a graded exam book), to complete a short aural test, and to give a short presentation about their musical experiences. Successful applicants will be informed of the decision to award a music scholarship before the secondary school application deadline.

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

At Winston we are pleased to be able to offer a large range of peripatetic music lessons. The lessons are delivered by a combination of private instrumental teachers, Surrey Arts tutors and from September 2018 our Music Graduate, Miss Shlackman. The lessons are of an extremely high quality with our students consistently gaining excellent results in graded exams. Many of our instrumental teachers are also able to provide instrumental lessons for primary school students. These lessons take place in the Music Department after the end of the school day. If you would like to have lessons at Winston in 2018-19 or would like to reserve a space for 2019-20 please contact the relevant teacher below who will be able to arrange lessons for you:

Piano Mr Finch stephen.d.finch@gmail.com 07557 047232
Miss Shlackman h.shlackman@wcsc.org.uk 01483 476861
Guitar: Mr Beale daniel@bealeguitar.freeserve.co.uk 07896 715415
Drum kit: Mr Tough info@garytough.co.uk 07985 602546
Voice: Mrs Williams k.williams@talktalk.net  01932 340538
Flute: Miss Shlackman  h.shlackman@wcsc.org.uk 01483 476861
Woodwind: Surrey Arts surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk 01483 519303
Brass: Surrey Arts surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk 01483 519303
Strings: Surrey Arts surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk 01483 519303

Information  and how to apply can be found on the school Admissions page

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PTA Quiz Night – Friday 16th November

Friday 16th November, 7.30pm

£10 Ticket including Chicken Curry Meal

 (£5 without food or on the door)

Purchase before Wednesday 14th November for Meal

[Max Team Size 8 People]

Bring Your Own Booze & Snacks

Auction              Games               Raffle

Tickets available in the school office, on TUCASI, or by emailing p.alexander@wcsc.org.uk

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Year 7 Extra-Curricular Taster Sessions

There are lots of different clubs available to our new Year 7’s. Come along to the taster sessions and try them out.

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Thursday 20th September – Early Closure

 
Please be aware that we will close early, at 2 pm on Thursday 20th September and Friday 21st is an Inset day
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Autumn Lunch and Breakfast Menus in the Canteen

Take a look at the menus for the new autumn term

Breakfast is served from 8am

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Exam Results

Exam result can be collected on Thursday 23rd August from 11:00  until 13:00. Results not picked up by 13:00 will be posted out on the 23rd

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Summer holidays

The school will close for the summer holidays on Friday 20th July at 12:30 and will reopen for students on Wednesday 5th September. (Tuesday 4th is an inset day)

 

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