Every year, Winchester College hosts a festive tea party, with carols, readings and music, for elderly people in the local community. This year, on 4 December 2019, 100 guests attended from ten local nursing homes – St Catherine’s, Moorside, Brendon care Meadway, Brendon care Park Road, St Cross Grange, Brothers at St Cross Hospital, Abbotts Barton Nursing Home, Sunrise Nursing Home, Abbeyfield Nursing Home, Westholme Nursing Home. The school has long-standing relationships with all the care homes, regularly visiting them throughout the year for conversation and to put on musical performances.
On the day, guests were treated to smoked salmon sandwiches, sausage rolls, sausages, chocolate brownies, Christmas cake and mince pies. There was music from the Quiristers, Cantores Episcopi, the CS Entertainers and the Jazz band. There were also a number of beautiful readings from senior boys, with extracts from David Niven’s “The Moon is a Balloon” and also Evelyn Waugh’s “Decline and Fall”. One boy also read a letter from Evelyn to his wife Laura describing a catastrophic effort by 42 Commando to impress a local nobleman by blowing up a tree stump.
Working in partnership with Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust, Winchester College pupils also regularly visit hospital patients to sing and play music. On 11 December, two groups of musicians from the school visited the RHCH for special festive jazz performances and to sing carols in a number of the long-term care wards.
15th March 2019
On Tuesday 12th March 2019, Winchester College’s Natural History Society welcomed Dr Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace for the annual Duncan Stewart Lecture where she addressed an audience of more than 450 people.
21st November 2019
The Primary Maths Challenge is a national competition that helps young people develop a love of mathematics, encourages enthusiasm and boosts confidence. Winchester College mentors pupils from local schools to help prepare for the Challenge and this week celebrated their success in the competition.
20th November 2019
As part of a Week of Wonder at Winchester, 50 pupils from a local primary witnessed the impact of liquid nitrogen on everyday objects.
4th November 2019
At the opening of the Cameron Bespolka Outdoor Classroom, we welcomed family, friends, teachers and House staff to remember Cameron and celebrate his legacy in the form of this inspiring new learning space.
1st November 2019
Not many schools have their own River Keeper. Mark Sankey tells us about managing the water meadows, the biodiversity of the Itchen, and filming with the BBC.
19th October 2019
Hampshire students gathered at Winchester College for a celebration of the work of poet John Keats and to receive their prizes following a county-wide essay competition.