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9th February 2017 issue 4

In this edition

 Message from the headteacher

This has been a relatively short half term but extremely busy. Only this week we have two evenings of musical concerts (as I write the SBN concert is this evening); these are great events where our still relatively new Year 7s take to the stage to sing, perform and listen to each other and to our senior students. Hopefully they too are embarking on illustrious careers here in the creative arts.  Following on from our celebration of the Chinese New Year last week, we have two teacher visitors from China this week, teaching Mandarin and about Chinese culture, re-enforcing the school’s credentials as an International School.
As I have mentioned before, we really do appreciate feedback from parents. One way to do this anonymously is through Parent View. Please CLICK HERE and follow the link. Ofsted look at this survey during an inspection so do please give us your view.
Finally, if you are a parent of a year 9 student in possession of the Year 10 Curriculum Booklet (with page 25 omitted by mistake!), and you would like to find out more about GCSE Triple Science please click HERE, or contact Dr Kellaway (Head of Science) for more details.

New House logos on Display


In September 2015, a move was made to change the look and feel of the Willink Houses.  For over 15 years the Houses had had names that represented well-known and successful international cities.  However, it was felt that the names did not truly represent what The Willink was about and what it supported.
The entire school was asked their views and the overwhelming majority chose to keep the current names but to tweak them slightly. An idea was floated to twin each city with a second city from a Lower Economic Country with the new, twinned city sharing the first letter of the original city. The idea was expanded on and it was decided that each tutor group  would support their twin city with their KIVA donations.  The new twin Cities were born, and thus started a re-branding process for each House.
In January 2016, a competition was launched for students to design a new logo to encompass the twin names and to represent the twin cities.  The remit was to fit a logo into a circle template, it had to use the House colours and represent both the original and twinned city.
The response was overwhelming with over 700 students submitting designs.  These were whittled down to three per house, and these designs went to a vote within House assemblies in March.  Each winning designer was awarded with a £10 Amazon voucher (donated by Willink PTA) and a goodie bag.
The final logos were turned into banners to be used at sports events and competitions, and stickers that now adorn the covers of all students’ planners. The new banners, which look fantastic, can be seen currently hanging in the school hall. You will also find house information on the school website

Year 7 House concerts—Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th February

School County Cross Country Competition

Girls U13 cross country team: Overall 6th: Holly Sellwood (49th), Martha White (27th), Ella Buchan (35th), Caitlin Prosser (3rd), Maddie Buchan (20th), Imogen Stead (42nd), Elisha Hare (44th).

On the 25th January, 33 Willink runners represented the school at The Newbury Show Ground, where the county cross country events took place.  With over 70 runners in each category the Willink team ran some amazing races and a special mention must go to Matt
 Raynor in the U15 boys who finished first and Caitlin Prosser in the U13 girls who finished 3rd in her group.

Willink Team results

PE boys
U13 Boys 2nd U13 Girls 6th
U15 Boys 2nd U15 Girls 8th
U17 Boys 8th U17 Girls 9th
U20 Boys 6th U20 Girls 4th

Boys U13 cross country team: Overall 2nd:  Rory Hodge, Tristan Read, Will Muscroft, Rory Williams, Harry Moor, Josh Wilson

Willink year 7/8 boys smash the table tennis!
On Thursday 2nd February Willink hosted the West Berkshire Schools Table Tennis play off.  Willink A and B teams played Park House in singles and doubles match.  After two hours of play and when all the results were collated, the final scores gave Willink A first place and Willink B second.  Well done to the ten players who represented the school
boys Table tennis  
Team A: Will Cross, Tom O'Haro, Rory Hunt, Harry Moor, Calum Ramsden
Team B: Sam Riccalton, Ben Cape, Rory Hodge, Jacob Foote, Ollie Cuthbertson

Tom is getting his head shaved!

Year 11 students Tom Bailey, George Jones and Zoe Flower are all appearing in Eugene O’Hare’s play ‘Hospital Food’ on 3rd March at the Oakwood Centre, Woodley in aid of Duchess of Kent Sue Ryder Hospice and Tom is shaving his head in support of the charity.

Tom says, “This is a story about 10 teenagers on a cancer ward in a city hospital.  They are all undergoing treatments for different forms of cancer and bond over their illness and the fact that they are all teenagers together.  This is a play not just about cancer, but also friendships, growing up, love, life and loss.  I'm playing 15 year old Josh who is undergoing chemotherapy and this has side affects, hair loss being the most physically obvious.  Not only to make my part more authentic but also to raise lots of money for Sue Ryder, I am doing a sponsored hair shave the day before the performance.  My Head of Year, Mrs Wise, and Mr Sizer have given me permission to do this.  I have set up a Just Giving page for people to donate and I'm hoping to have my head shaved to a grade 1 the day before I perform.  I'm hoping lots of people will come and watch and pop 50p in a pot for the privilege”

The performance has sold out but you can donate via the Just Giving page at 

Charlotte and Cathy with Mrs Pywell



Every year The Willink hosts a four day school placement for Chinese teachers of English.  This week Charlotte and Cathy have been observing many lessons including Art, History and PSHE as well as teaching Mandarin and Chinese culture.

 It’s back! The fabulous Moldova Quiz (and Curry!)

  • A varied and fun quiz suitable for all.  Come and pit your wits!
  • Friday 24th February 2017 in the School Hall
  • 7pm for 7.30pm start.  Finish approximately 10.30pm.
  • Teams of up to 8 people
  • Tickets in advance ONLY from Finance Office (£10) including curry. (Veggie option available)
  • Bring your own drinks.  Other refreshments, non alcoholic drinks, and a raffle available
  • All proceeds to support Willink’s Flying Pig visit to Moldova in 2017
  • Please contact Alison Eves on for further details. 

Sainsburys active kids 2017

We’re taking part in Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2017.  And this means that from 25 January – 2 May, you can collect vouchers at Sainsbury’s and donate them to us by 30 June. We can then exchange them for new cooking and sports equipment, and experiences for our students.
How to collect vouchers: 25 January – 2 May
In Sainsbury’s Local Stores, you’ll get one voucher for every £5 you spend.  Every time you shop at a Sainsbury’s Supermarket, you’ll be given one voucher for every £10 you spend at the till.  Or online at, you’ll still receive the equivalent of one voucher for every £10 you spend, but they’ll all be printed on one piece of paper up to the value of 50 vouchers – so make sure you keep it safe.
How to donate vouchers
Simply bring your vouchers into The Willink School Reception and drop them in our collection box, which you’ll find there. We’ll need all your voucher donations by 30 June.
Spread the word
Active Kids is a great way for our community to join together to help our students eat well, move well and live well. So ask all of your neighbours, friends and family to help collect vouchers too.

If you’ve got any questions about Active Kids, just ask Sue Millard, call us on 0118 9832030 or email us at

KEY Diary Dates 2017

9th February Year 9 Parents’ Evening

10th February End of Half Term

20th February School starts at 8.40

24th February Moldova Quiz Night

11th March Volunteer Painting & Decorating

15th March Year 13 Parents’ Evening

Have a lovely half term holiday! 

Previous issues

PDF icon Issue 3 - Posted 27th January 2017

PDF icon Issue 2 - Posted 12th January 2017

PDF icon   Issue 1- Posted 15th December 2016