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23rd February 2017 issue 5

 Message from the headteacher

I do hope you have had a refreshing mid-term break even if, like me, your friends and family were on a different half-term. Welcome back to the term, the most crucial term of course for exam classes in Year 11 and the Sixth Form as they metamorphose from learners of new content and skills into a sustained period of re-visiting and revising. A reminder too that full attendance to lessons is crucial to this success.
To update you on staffing, Mrs Souster (Cover Supervisor) left us at half-term and has been replaced by Mr Duarte. Mr Whiteman (music) also left us having ended his maternity contract covering for Mrs Lawrence. Mrs Keepax (ex-Assistant Head and performing arts teacher) has joined us to cover for Mr Parkes (music) until we can appoint a permanent replacement.
On other matters, please do spend a couple of minutes giving us feedback via Parent View HERE.  We value your views and it will also provide useful feedback for Ofsted for our forthcoming inspection.
Finally, one for the diary as Spring seems to be appearing, please dust off those brushes and remember to book for our Painting and Decorating morning on Saturday 11th March – more details to follow.

World Book Day Celebrations in the Library


Celebrate world book day with a week of fun events, prizes and surprises taking place in the Library Resource Centre at lunchtimes:


Bookish Bake Off Competition for Years 7-9

Win a £10 Book Token

Wednesday 1st March at Lunchtime

To enter you will need to -

  • Bake and decorate a delicious showstopper cake with a bookish theme
  • Bring your cake to the Library Resource Centre before lunchtime
  • Please include your name plus the name of the book which has inspired your cake
  • Come along at lunchtime for the judging

Daily events


Monday 27th February

Peculiar Place Name Challenge 

Tuesday 28th February 

Tongue Twister Tease 

Wednesday 1st March

Bookish Bake Off Competition 

Thursday 2nd March

Make a Bookworm 

Friday 3rd March

Book Trailers in the Study Room

Berkshire Schools Athletics Association Cross Country events
Recent years have seen a great many more runners amongst the Willink students and this year’s entry into the BSAA XC (Cross Country) was the biggest yet. With the first round of the competition taking place on Saturday 21st January on a rather cold Newbury Showground, runners were seen in boys’ teams for Y7 (U13) and Y9 (U15) and individual in the boys and girls U17 and U20 categories.
Results for the day (first round)
U20 Girls—Emily Faulkner – 4th place from 26 runners
U20 Boys—Liam Carmichael – 18th place from 36 runners
U17 Girls—Abigail Hancock – 11th place from 75 runners
U17 Boys—Daniel Hill – 42nd place from 60 runners
U15 Boys Team—Matthew Raynor – 2nd place; Oliver Moor – 16th place; Jensen Bale – 24th place; Samson Lace – 50th place
Overall the team came 4th.
U13 Boys Team—Rory Hodge – 12th place; Tristan Read – 16th place; Rory Williams – 22nd place; Harry Moor – 27th place
Overall the team came 2nd.
Special mentions go to Emily Faulkner, Abigail Hancock, Matthew Raynor and Oliver Moor whose excellent performances at Newbury meant that they qualified to run at Brands Hatch in Kent on Saturday 4th February. Matthew (having finished 45th overall and 4th in the Berkshire squad) and Emily (having come 24th overall and 3rd in the Berkshire squad) now qualify for the English Schools in Norwich on the 18th March. Abi and Olly are on the reserve list (a fantastic achievement in itself) so may also be competing in Norfolk. We wish them all the very best of luck and look forward to reporting their successes soon.

Duke of Edinburgh Award at The Willink

We would like to congratulate the following students who have achieved their Bronze D of E Award so far this current academic year: 

Benjamin Butler * Michali Swainston-Harrison * Thomas Meadham

We have had 44 students sign up this year to do their Bronze D of E Award which is the maximum number we can take which is fantastic. This is a sought-after award which challenges young people to take on new activities including volunteering, developing a skill, and completing an expedition and it requires commitment and determination. The group is lead by Mr Burgess, Miss Teague, Monsieur Collot and Miss Symonds

KEY Diary Dates

28th February Year 7 Parents’ Evening

11th March Volunteer Painting & Decorating

15th March Year 13 Parents’ Evening

17th March Non-Uniform Day

Previous issues

PDF icon Issue 4 - Posted 9th February 2017

PDF icon Issue 3 - Posted 27th January 2017

PDF icon Issue 2 - Posted 12th January 2017

PDF icon Issue 1- Posted 15th December 2016