U11A Netball Team qualify for national stage for IAPS qualifier
A great achievement for our netball team in reaching the qualifiers.
5th March 2020 — The U11A team played in the U11 IAPS netball qualifier at Uppingham School on Thursday 27th Feb. The team played in a pool stage first, beating Gresham’s Prep 4-3, Stephen Perse Prep 10-0 and drawing with Leeds Grammar 5-5. The team played some fantastic netball but unfortunately, they lost to Wellingborough School, coming 2nd in their group.
The team then played in the quarter-final against Bablake. This was a closely fought game, with both teams playing excellent netball. Despite having to play extra time, the players for WGS kept their nerve and went on to win and progress to the semi-final.
They lost in the semi-final but came 4th overall; this means they qualify for the national stage of the competition which is played at Bryanston School in Dorset, on the 20th March
Head of Netball Sam Goodier said ‘this was a fantastic display of netball by our young netball players. They showed a great amount of skill, sportsmanship, and determination. They played for each other and the teamwork was outstanding. We are very excited to move onto the National Finals, which is an event the team has not played before; I am so proud of their achievements’
Pupils fully embraced World Book Day, dressing up as their favourite characters from books that they love.
5th March 2020 — World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In support of this fantastic day, Prep Pupils dressed up as their favourite characters and spent time sharing the stories that are special to them.
"This is a great event, and we are keen to ensure all children enjoy reading and make story-sharing a part of their every day lives. As referenced by World Book Day, reading for pleasure is in decline, so we are more than happy to support this initiative and spark the imagination of every pupil at our School. Our pupils have certainly embraced the day, and the costumes were fantastic. A big thank you must go to families for supporting this event". (Mrs Neaves, Senior Deputy Head, Prep School)
You know Christmas is near when you watch your first nativity of the year and WGS pupils did not disappoint with their rendition of ‘A Wriggly Nativity’. This is very apt for little ones who struggle to sit still through a performance. At last, there is a play that will let them all jiggle! It’s fun, it’s alive, it’s a hive of activity. When all said and done it’s ‘A Wriggly Nativity’. Pupils from Kindergarten to Prep 2 took part and put on an impressive performance to their families and staff.
11th December 2019 — You know Christmas is near when you watch your first nativity of the year and WGS pupils did not disappoint with their rendition of ‘A Wriggly Nativity’. This is very apt for little ones who struggle to sit still through a performance. At last, there is a play that will let them all jiggle! It’s fun, it’s alive, it’s a hive of activity. When all said and done it’s ‘A Wriggly Nativity’. Pupils from Kindergarten to Prep 2 took part and put on an impressive performance to their families and staff.
“With special thanks to all our fantastic cast and all of the parents for their support! It was great to have our Kindergarten pupils open the nativity with a Christmas carol too”. Mrs Neaves, Deputy Head of Prep School
Be bold...be brave... and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined”
Prep School Speech Day is a time of celebration and recognition for all the hard work from pupils, staff and families over the last academic year. This year the School welcomed Miss Phoebe Parker who plays for Norfolk United Netball Club
9th July 2019 — Prep School Speech Day is a time of celebration and recognition for all the hard work from pupils, staff and families over the last academic year. This year the School welcomed Miss Phoebe Parker who plays for Norfolk United Netball Club, Premier Squad. Phoebe has also played for County/Country for Basketball and Netball. She gave an inspirational talk about the importance of being part of a team. “Your team are your people; these are the people you need around you to keep striving forward, whether in the classroom or on the sports pitch”. Phoebe then turned to the timeless quote from Charlotte’s Web, “Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
Mrs K Neaves, Senior Deputy Head of Prep School, reflected on the year with a speech about being kind and thinking carefully before you speak.
She said, “I love to read about the amazing journeys our pupils have travelled on this year, the successes they have had whether they be big or small …such as having the courage to walk into school through the gate leaving parents behind, tying their shoelaces for the first time, swimming a width of the pool, or having the courage to stand up and deliver their ESB presentation. We have seen a great deal of development around the school which will continue into the foreseeable future. This comes from a vision to improve the environment in which our children learn and to provide the resources to make their journey more enjoyable. Our Kindergarten was created over the summer of 2018 and the Reception class was transformed into a bright, airy space. The Kindergarten has proved to be a great success, with a full roll for September 2019 and spaces filling up for the coming years.
This September will see the largest intake into Reception since our Prep 6 class - who sit with us today as leavers - started their journey back in 2012”.
Many guests were emotional after the pupils sang the poignant ‘It’s My Life’ and Jasper Pike and Tom Williamson (Prep 6 pupils) played solo pieces on Cello. They were both presented with a music award, and Tom was recognised for achieving his ABRSM Grade 8 Cello with Distinction. At such a young age, this is truly impressive.
The Achievement, Progress, and Effort Awards were presented to pupils from each Form. The current Magdalene House Head Boy (Harry Gee) and Head Girl (Jemima Mitchell) reflected on their time in Prep School, before they continue on their journey to Senior School.
Harry shared with the audience, “There is so much on offer here at WGS that when surrounded by it term after term, year after year we could be forgiven for forgetting just how lucky we are. But we mustn’t forget, and I won’t. Never did I think when I walked through the door for my first day aged seven that I would be standing here and talking to a few hundred people… but yet here I am. I am very proud of my personal achievements – though the award for the tidiest room on our residential was possibly more down to my best friend than me…. but I’ll take it! As my Mum says ‘we are the Masters of own destiny’ and surrounded by opportunities. In life, there will be both successes and failures but try not to wallow when things don’t work out as you hope - instead use this as an inspiration to succeed. Try to give new things a go when you get the chance, for after all some may say that the journey rather than the destination is really what is important.”
Jemima talked about her journey so far, saying, “My first memories of Magdalene House are watching my brother, sister and all the other children on stage in the annual school production. It always looked like so much fun and I couldn’t wait to be up there with them! At my very first school production, I had the choice between being a princess or a tree – those of you that know me well will not be surprised to learn that I chose to be a tree. This didn’t really surprise my parents either, although my mum did say it would have been much easier to find a princess costume!!
I have had the opportunity to play Hockey, netball, cricket and athletics too. In relation to the cricket, I am proud to have been selected to play at county level and have just this week been selected into the U13 North Cambridgeshire County Netball academy – both of which would not have been possible without the support of the School or the great teachers and coaches within it. I think my mum and dad are hoping this might put me off wanting to play rugby for the Red Roses, but I hear they have a girls’ team in the Senior School, so we shall see!
My last piece of advice to you all is to work hard and play hard. Make the most of your time here. This school offers so many wonderful opportunities - all you need to do is grab each one with both hands and see where it will take you. You never know - might find yourself with talents you never knew you had!”
Mrs Neaves announced the new officials for the next academic year, with Oliver Beck as Head Boy and Libby Hoyles as Head Girl.
The House Cup was closely contested, with Clarkson declared the winners, by just one point.
The final words of the day were summed up in a quote from Winnie the Pooh… “Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.”
WGS Prep 6 pupil Tom Williamson (Wisbech) awarded ‘Most Promising Performer at Stamford Music Festival.
14th June 2019 — WGS Prep 6 pupil Tom Williamson (Wisbech) awarded ‘Most Promising Performer at Stamford Music Festival.
Tom Williamson, in Prep 6, took part in the Stamford Music Festival Competition last weekend. He entered a “multi instrument” class, in which he played piano, cello and trombone. Tom came first in his class and was also awarded the Copthill Cup for the Most Promising Performance out of the 65 performances at the festival. A fantastic achievement for him.
All Star Cricket with Cambs County Cricket arrives at Wisbech Grammar School
As part of the partnership with Cambs County Cricket, WGS hosted their first ‘All Stars Cricket’ Programme, which will be followed by ‘A Chance to Shine’ Roadshow. Over 3.5 million boys and girls in more than 14,000 state schools are playing and learning through cricket today thanks to the Chance to Shine School programme.
1st May 2019 — As part of the partnership with Cambs County Cricket, WGS hosted their first ‘All Stars Cricket’ Programme, which will be followed by ‘A Chance to Shine’ Roadshow. Over 3.5 million boys and girls in more than 14,000 state schools are playing and learning through cricket today thanks to the Chance to Shine School programme.
All Stars Cricket is a national programme that is designed to inspire five-to eight-year-old boys and girls to take up cricket and provide a great first experience of the game; putting fun right at the centre of this experience. All Stars Cricket, Cambs CCC and Wisbech Grammar School aim to instil children with a lifelong love of the sport.
Wednesday 1 May is the first in many cricket events involving pupils from WGS from Reception to Prep 3. Friday, May 10 the School will also be hosting children from the local primary schools to take part in ‘All Stars Cricket’ alongside a Cricket Festival for the year 5 and 6 pupils.
“We are looking forward to working with Cambs CCC to promote cricket for children in the local community and will keep an eye on upcoming talented cricket players in future years” Mr Phil Webb, Director of Sport at WGS.
Nick Reeves National Programme Officer for CambsCCC said “this is a great way to showcase how cricket can be integrated into the community and through Schools and this is the 3rd year of running ‘All Stars Cricket’. We look forward to working with Wisbech Grammar School to offer this programme to their own pupils and the wider community through our partnership. We want today's kids to remain in cricket for the long-term – whether that’s as players, volunteers, officials or spectators".
Primary Schools in the local area are invited to join in the programme, and they can contact the School by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org