Wisbech Grammar School is an independent school in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire for ages 4 to 18. It was founded in 1379 by the Guild of the Holy Trinity and is therefore one of the oldest surviving schools. Recent major expansions of the school buildings include a junior school assembly hall, 2 junior classrooms and a sixth form centre building. The school is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.
WGS pupils chosen to play for the Lambs U18 National XV
WGS 1st XV Vice-Captains George Dady (Wisbech) and Will Gowler (March) along with 1st XV Captain Henry Mair were selected to play for the Lambs Midlands Side against the other Lambs Divisional teams this season. Following this, all three were chosen to play for the Lambs U18 National XV.
22nd May 2020 — WGS 1st XV Vice-Captains George Dady (Wisbech) and Will Gowler (March) along with 1st XV Captain Henry Mair (March) were selected to play for the Lambs Midlands Side against the other Lambs Divisional teams this season. Following this, all three were chosen to play for the Lambs U18 National XV.
George went on to play in all five of the Lambs National XV fixtures, the only player to play all five games. George played against the Irish Exiles, Crawshays Welsh, Bristol Academy, Nottingham Academy, and Coventry Academy. Following these performances, he was Nominated for XV Rugby, Schools County Team of the Year, and made the Midlands team. This has been an amazing season for George, and these are marvelous achievements.
Will Gowler made four appearances for the Lambs National XV, playing against Irish Exiles, Crawshays Welsh, Bristol Academy, and Coventry Academy. This has been a fantastic way for Will to end the season.
Henry Mair has regularly trained with and played for the Coventry U18s Academy side (Championship), this year, and he has captained the side on two occasions, an excellent achievement for Henry. He also represented the Lambs against the Irish Exiles.
We would like to congratulate all George, Will, and Henry on these incredible achievements this year, as well as thanking them for the excellent contribution they have made to Rugby at Wisbech Grammar School.
Pupils sent a touching video to say thank you to staff; why not share your own messages of gratitude to those people who have supported and helped you the most. This is why this week is #wisbechgrammargratitude week
4th May 2020 — Staff were surprised when Senior School pupils sent a video to show their appreciation of all the work that teachers and support staff have been doing with support and remote learning. It has been a learning curve for teachers, pupils and parents to embrace this new way of learning and there have certainly been some challenges along the way. WGS is focused on offering the best education to all pupils across Prep and Senior School to ensure there is access to academic learning, pastoral support, and guidance whilst children are learning at home. Our WisbechGrammarCommunity pages have been showcasing the interesting things our pupils have been doing and the latest video has prompted the school to start #wisbechgrammargratitude week.
On the back of this video, we have invited pupils across the school to send their own personal messages of gratitude to people they would like to thank. We are encouraging the wider community to get involved to share their own personal messages of thanks. #wisbechgrammargratitude week.
Crusaders By Frances Poet, Performed By WGS Theatre Company
Crusaders by Frances Poet, performed by WGS Theatre Company
10th March 2020 — Building on our reputation for new and original writing, the Drama Department was delighted to be accepted into The National Theatre’s Connection programme in October 2019. The Festival has been an annual event since 1995, with the NT commissioning ten new plays each year. All of the 300 national and international companies made up of youth groups, schools, and theatre clubs perform at their own venue, then move to a professional partner theatre to be part of a local festival so we will be at Norwich Playhouse on Thursday 28 April, and then one inspirational production of each play is invited to perform at the Connections Festival in London in June. Participation in such a prestigious undertaking such as Connections automatically widens our pupils' experience of physical venues, industry-led collaboration, and perhaps most importantly, to experience the transformative effect of standing in someone else’s shoes.
Frances Poet, the playwright, was inspired to write this powerful play following her research of the ill-fated medieval Children’s (or Innocent’s) Crusades, and the energy created by the more recent Youthquake movement. Serendipity, and an increasing urgency for global action on climate change, then made us, as a populace, aware of Greta Thurnberg and youth activism; thus art mirrors reality in poignant relevance.
The challenge of the play is to effectively communicate the epic vision of physical, geographical and emotional distance given in the text. Energy is required from both the company and members of the audience. The structure means that each scene starts in the middle of an episode or a conversation, so the audience needs to catch up. This is not a passive affair, nor is it, unusually, a final offering. From these performances, we shall continue developing and rehearsing with the help of our Communications Director Kash Arshad, in preparation for the next phase in Norwich.
The play takes place over the course of one week: Monday in Wisbech, Tuesday on the American Mexico border, Wednesday on the Gazza Strip, Thursday in the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Friday in India, and the weekend finishes on Jebel ash Shaykh, referred to in the Bible as Mt Hermon. How these different locations could be presented was an exciting task for the creative team but the essential structure from the playwright was that ‘transitions from one scene to another should add nothing than the time that is necessary’ therefore set changes, costume alterations, and role-changes had to be minimal. We, as an ensemble company, have tried to harness this energy wave and have used little to suggest a lot. This is also practical considering the necessity to tour the production to Norwich, and we have drawn on our experience of Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues to keep the technical effects as enhancements rather than drivers of the piece.
After the premiere on Monday night, the audience were asked to join in a Question & Answer session with the company and it was wonderful to hear the pupils talking so confidently about the process so far. This is a young company but the short biographies in the programme show just how much experience they are have already achieved. Perhaps the greatest compliment to our collective ambition was a member of the audience who said: “you couldn’t really say who had the leading role, there was nothing between them, the whole company made it such a strong piece.”
WGS U18 Boys Hockey crowned East Regional U18 Hockey Champions
U18 Boys Hockey crowned East Regional Hockey Champions with the National Finals being held on 24 March at Reading Hockey Club
9th March 2020 — Wisbech Grammar U18 Hockey Boys have been crowned Regional Champions at the East Tournament at Redbridge Essex on Thursday. The first match was against Stamford School who they played and beat in the first round of the cup, just before half term with 5-0 win.
Their second opponent was Spalding Grammar School. This was a really close game with both sides playing well. James Kerry GK made some excellent saves to keep the scores level. But just before half time, WGS found the net after a great counter-attack. Spalding then levelled the score after a slip in concentration. It was very tense throughout the remainder of the game with lots of great hockey on display. WGS missed several shots on target which took the final score to 1 – 1
The third and final game was the most competitive of all with a lot at stake for the Wisbech Grammar School boys. The game started with the Hitchin team applying early pressure and moving the ball around very well. In the last 2mins of the game, WGS won the ball and drove it into the circle and put it on the foot of a Hitchin defender. The final whistle went and WGS pushed all their players up to the circle with clinical precision hitting the ball through the GK’s legs to win the game 2 -1.
"Winning this final game enabled WGS to be crowned East Regional Champions 2020, they now progress to the National Finals on 24th March at Reading Hockey Club. This is a huge achievement for the Team as this has not been accomplished at the school for many years. Everyone at WGS is incredibly proud of the team and we can't wait for the finals". Andrea Glover, Head of Hockey
Team Were: Sam Landles (Captain) King's Lynn, Matt Goodley from Spalding (Ass.Captain), James Kerry from King's Lynn, Ross Clarke (Wisbech), Jack Robb (Wisbech), Tim Bateman (Wisbech), Shen Wei Lim (King's Lynn) Joe Reed (Hunstanton), Josh Porter (Wisbech), Josh Bell (Wisbech), Bailey Slender (Ely), Toby Twite (King's Lynn)
Wisbech Grammar School U18 Boys Hockey are County Champions
The U18 Boys Hockey will play at Redbridge in the East Round on Thursday 30 January
23rd January 2020 — Wisbech Grammar School took part in the County U18 Boys Hockey County Championships on Wednesday 22nd January in Cambridge, competing against Saffron Walden County High School, last year’s County winners. The WGS team had a lot to live up to, as the WGS U18 Girls won the County Champs earlier in the year.
WGS U18 team has made considerable progress, which has enabled them to be very competitive within their gameplay. The game started with both teams working hard on and off the ball; this enabled both sides to find space and attack both circles. Saffron Walden opened their scoring account with a very soft goal. WGS soon re-grouped and answered immediately with a great attack, which Matt Goodley deflected a shot into the goal. From here on, WGS dominated the game and found the net another three times with Sam Phillips (King's Lynn) scoring and Matt Goodley (Spalding) getting his hat trick; at half time WGS were 4-1 in the lead. Saffron Walden bounced back quickly in the second half with two goals to take the score to 4 – 3. In the last few seconds of the game, Saffron Walden was awarded a penalty corner. It was a very tense moment for everyone, but WGS coped really well with the pressure and watched the ball drift far out of the circle.
This was a great result for the WGS Boys Hockey and they will play at Redbridge in the East Round on Thursday 30 January.
Mental Health and Well-being takes centre stage at the Prep School
The health and wellbeing of the children at Wisbech Grammar School is of paramount importance. Throughout the year, we strive to provide the children with a happy place to learn, but also look to ways that we can develop the children into life-long happy and healthy men and women. We use PSHCE to help the children build on these life skills and their awareness of mental health, relationships, resilience, and physical wellbeing.
20th January 2020 — The health and wellbeing of the children at Wisbech Grammar School is of paramount importance. Throughout the year, we strive to provide the children with a happy place to learn, but also look to ways that we can develop the children into life-long happy and healthy men and women. We use PSHCE to help the children build on these life skills and their awareness of mental health, relationships, resilience, and physical wellbeing.
To complement the fantastic work already being done around the school, Prep School hosted a Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness Day for children on Friday 17 January.
The whole of the Prep School, from Kindergarten to Prep 6, went off timetable for the day and took part in a range of activities that helped them think and learn about different ways to keep themselves healthy both physically and mentally.
The activities that were chosen by the staff allowed all the children to participate at the level appropriate to their age. They took part in laughing sessions, colouring, welly walks, meditating or had the opportunity to just sit down, have a chat and a cup of squash. The children were organised into 16 vertical groups with children from Reception to Prep 6 for that day. The children are used to this format as they group vertically for House competitions. Lunch was also a success as staff noticed how the older pupils interacted with the younger ones and could really see the benefits of this.
Lara a Prep 6 pupil found the meditation very relaxing and calming. Rudy a Prep 3 pupil enjoyed the fact that he could talk and spend time with children in other year groups. Finlay Prep 5, enjoyed making the glitter bottles and said “the glitter in the bottles represents my feelings, and when the bottle is shaken they are all jumbled up, and when they settle it made me feel settled”.
A big thank you has to go to Mrs Fairbrother (Assistant Deputy Head Pastoral Prep School) who organised the day, as she wanted to ensure pupils took some time out to focus on improving mental health and wellbeing. Another big thank you must go to BookLife in Kings Lynn who donated a range of books for children to enjoy reading.