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The Humanities Special!



Dear Parents, We have started the term with good news. Eight boys from Years 8-10 sat their French GCSE in November and their results were announced this week. All boys achieved an A* and are congratulated on managing to perform so well whilst juggling this extra work alongside their academic and other responsibilities. The successful boys were: Year 10 Antonio de Brunner Henri Jégou Elis Mosaku Sacha Ross Year 11 Louis Jégou Nelson Tobin Edouard Gouillard The week started with a very important workshop for Year 9. All the boys worked with members of the Great Man initiative to consider the stereotypes of gender that pervade society, the potential negative impacts and look at the importance of treating all with respect. Over the course of the afternoon, I was able to visit all the sessions and

was impressed with the way in which our boys responded to this challenging topic. They were able to effectively critique adverts which promulgate these stereotypes but I particularly enjoyed the role plays in which the boys shared information that may provoke surprised or shocked reactions and look at how they could be handled differently. The parents’ session in the evening was well attended and the men who had lead the sessions shared the boys’ anonymous feedback with the parents as well as taking them through the work they had done the afternoon. The organisation offer a number of follow up sessions on specific topics and the School will consider which of them would most effectively build upon on this good start. Good luck to the U15 football team who have made it to the last eight of the English Schools’ Football Association’s Small Schools Cup. Over 130 teams started out in the first round so for the boys to have made the quarter finals at the first time of entering is a considerable achievement. The match against LeAF

Studio School, Bournemouth, will be played next Wednesday afternoon at the Park Club, kick off 2.30pm. I also look forward to seeing many of the Wetherby mums at the PTA organised evening on Tuesday 23rd January at the Marylebone which is just across from the School. I, along with the staff attending, are looking forward to seeing many of you there. Best wishes,



MFL mock orals all week 8:35-16:35 Snow Centre Trip to Hemel Hempstead 12:30-20:30 Artist in Residence Event 16:35-17:20 Games Years 7, 10 & 11 14:00-16:00


23.01.18 GCSE Drama Trip (Things I Know To Be True) 19:30 Games Year 8 & 9 14:00-16:00 PTA Mum’s Night Out, The Marylebone 19:00 Football U14 WSS A vs Radnor House Twickenham (H) 14:30



Games Years 7, 10 & 11 14:00-16:00 Football Cup Quarter Final U15 WSS A vs Leaf Studio (H) 14:30









Games Year 8 & 9 Football U14 WSS A/B vs Kingston Grammar (H) 14:30

Young Art in association with Cancer Research UK (deadline) Year 10 GCSE Drama boys and Upper School Play Cast workshop with Frantic Assembly HM Assembly at Hinde Street Methodist Church 15:00-15:30 Health and Safety Committee meeting 15:45-16:30


GCSE Drama Trip: Tuesday 23rd January: Things I know to be True at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre -Meet outside theatre at 6:50pm -Boys dismissed at 10:30pm. Please could you email Miss Twomey to let her know if you will collect your son or allow him to travel home independently.

PTA Mums’ Night Out - Tuesday 23rd January The Marylebone, 47 Welbeck Street at 7pm https://www.themarylebonelondon.com/ 




Soup: Tomato

Soup: Minestrone

Main: Spaghetti with a tomato and basil or Alfredo sauce

Main: Chicken Drumsticks

Meat Free: Chilli con carne To Go With: Rice, cheesy nachos Steamed Cauliflower Florets Dessert: Lemon Mousse

Soup: Carrot Main: Souvlaki Chicken Meat Free: Pasta bows with mushroom sauce

Soup: Leek and Potato

Main: British Beef Burgers Meat Free: Vegetable Quarter Pounders

Soup: Broccoli Main: Sesame Beef

Meat Free: Warm Vegetable Couscous

Meat Free: Vegetable Stir Fry

To Go With: Garden Peas and Carrot Rounds New Potatoes with Green Beans and Nut Free Pesto

To Go With: Egg fried rice Rice rice Noodles Broccoli

Dessert: Rocky road

Dessert: Lime Jelly

THURSDAY To Go With: Pitta Bread Diced Greek Potatoes Greek Salad Basmati Rice Dessert: Rice Krispie Squares

Freshly Made Bread To Go With: Brioche Buns Cajun Curly Fries Steamed Mixed Vegetables Full Burger Bar

Homemade Salads Vegetable Crudités With Hummus Sandwich & Wrap Selection Meat & Cheese Platters

Dessert: Chocolate Orange Cake

Fresh Fruit Yogurt Pots




GEOGRAPHY IN THE NEWS To be a good geographer it is essential that you keep on track with current affairs and what is going on in the world around you; think about all the stories which have hit the news in the last few weeks which are linked to Geography. The library is well stocked with relevant publications such as National Geography, The Economist, New Scientist, plus a selection of broadsheet newspapers. Take a look!


Year 7 spent last term studying ‘Our World’ and ‘Map Skills’. Here, 7B are drawing lines of latitude and longitude including the Equator and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn onto balloons.

This term the boys are studying ‘Pole to Pole’. They will journey from Antarctica to the Arctic looking at the wildlife, uses and pressures on the two environments.

Here, Andrew H and Raphael L are looking at Antarctic food webs. Ruslan B and James U are trying to work out whether the ‘facts’ they have been given are true or false. For example, ‘polar bears live in Antarctica’, ‘there are volcanoes there’, ‘Antarctica is a desert’, ‘no woman has ever reached the South Pole’.


Trash- Andy Mulligan The Garbage King- Elizabeth Laird Gold Dust- Geraldine McCaughrean Refugee Boy- Benjamin Zephaniah The Kite Runner- Khalid Hossaini Cold- Ranulph Fiennes How to Lie with Maps- Mark S. Monmonier The Little Soldier- Bernard Ashley A Squatter’s Tale- Ike Oguine Prisoners of Geography- Tim Marshall Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of FlagsTim Mashall Horrible Geography- Violent Volcanoes, Odious Oceans, Stormy Weather, Raging Rivers, Desperate Deserts, Freaky Peaks, Bloomin’ Rainforests, Monster Lakes, Earth-Shattering Earthquakes, Cracking Coasts. Regular Publications • New Scientist • The Economist • National Geographic • Time Magazine- current affairs • The Week- current affairs

GEOGRAPHY IN LESSONS: YEAR 10 Year 10 have been studing Urban Issue and Challenges. This has included investigating the issues associated with rapid urbanisation in Brazil, including the favelas and regeneration in HIC cities such as Stratford following the London Olympics.

Year 10 learning about Global Warming.

Year 10 studying Sustainable Urban Development


Year 11 finished the GCSE course shortly before Christmas with a unit called ‘Changing Economic World’. Here, Matthew M. is presenting to the boys on the pros and cons of Fair Trade.


@WSSGeography on Twitter and Instagram!

GEOGRAPHY BOOK COVERS Congratulations to the winners of our Geography book cover competition! All of Year 7, 8 and 9 were given the first two weeks of term to design a geographical book cover as part of an InterTrib competition. There were loads of fantastic designs and selecting winners was a very difficult process! The covers you can see here are the ones that were chosen as the most well presented and Geographically relevent.

WINNERS: Year 7: 1st place: Max K. 2nd place: Oscar T. Year 8: 1st place: Matteus S. 2nd place: Santiago E.

Oscar T.

Year 9: 1st place: Adam A-M. 2nd place: Aryav L.

Max K.

Adam A-M.

Aryav L.

Matteus S.

Santiago E.

Before Christmas the Geography department launched an InterTrib competition, challenging the boys to send in the most geographical postcard they could find from their holiday. Every landscape has a geographical story to tell and we wanted to encourage the boys to really think about the places they were visiting. Haotong X sent in a great postcard from Picadilly Circus and explained the importance of tourism at one of the UK’s most well known landmarks.

The most geographical description was from Jude B who send us a postcode from his holiday in Cornwall. He talked about the climate, the location and the history of its landscape. His excellent postcard earned him Geographer of the Week! This competition was so successful we have decided to make it an all-yearround event, so wherever you go on holiday, don’t forget to send in a postcard!


Congratulations to all the Geographers of the Week that we have had so far. Th ability to make impressive progress by applying themselves but also their natu


Aims to be: • Curious and able to enquire, research, problem-solve, argue and critique. • Someone who is resilient in their constant acquisition of geographical skills and knowledge. • A global citizen who reflects on their current and future role in the human and physical environment. • Empathetic and respectful to others. • Enthusiastic about pursuing Geography to further study.

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Jock S




Harrison P




Tyler M




Isaac E




Matthew M




Max P




Zachary G




Aryav L




Nico S




Jude B



MISS WEBB’S HISTORY QUIZ Miss Webb enjoys nothing more than a quiz on a Monday morning to get brains whirring after the weekend. Below are some of the questions boys have tackled over the past week. How well would you do?


Which country did the Mughal Empire largely fall in?


Which king took the throne when the monarchy was restored in 1660?


Britain and France were in the Triple Entente with which country?


Who did Serbian nationalists assassinate in 1914?


Which German leader is credited with helping Weimar Germany recover after 1923?


Which Nazi was in charge of the Four Year Plan?


Who was king during the Peasant’s Revolt?


Who was the leader of the National Union of Miners during the 1984-1985 strike?


What year was the Peterloo massacre?


Simon De Montfort defeated Henry III at which battle in 1264?

Answers 1. India 2. Charles II 3. Russia 4. Franz Ferdinand 5. Gustav Stresemann 6. Hermann Goering 7. Richard II 8. Arthur Scargill 9. 1819 10. Battle of Lewes

HISTORICAL FICTION As part of the History department’s Historical Fiction Competition, here are the department’s reviews of some historical fiction that they would recommend:

“Dissolution” by C.J. Sansom The year is 1537 and England is in the middle of the Reformation, a time of staggering upheaval for its citizens. We meet the character of Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer who works for Henry VIII’s powerful chief minister, Sir Thomas Cromwell. In this book, we follow Shardlake in his attempts to solve the murder of one of Cromwell’s Commissioners who had been sent to close, or dissolve, a monastery on Henry VIII’s orders. I loved reading this book because it brought the sights, smells and sounds of Tudor England to life with its vivid descriptions. I enjoyed reading how

Shardlake tried to solve the crime – some of his methods were positively medieval, whilst others were reminiscent of modern crime novels. I also like the way Sansom has created a unique protagonist. Shardlake is hump-backed, and is constantly stigmatised because of it. Sometimes he can overcome his disability, and other days it brings him down and upsets him. This makes him seem very human and relatable. Ultimately, this is a fastpaced whodunit with a Tudor twist! And the best thing about it? There are seven further books in the series! Miss Mendes

“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad is Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning, genre-bending novel that weaves adventure, brutal history and a hint of magical realism to explore the horrors of slavery and one desperate young girl’s attempt to escape its clutches. This novel is not the first to look at fugitive slaves, but Whitehead’s decision to transform the Underground Railroad – the network of abolitionists who helped runaway slaves to escape – into a real, thundering train makes this story particularly dynamic and distinguishes itself from its predecessors in this genre.

Cora has lived a life full of pain and injustice on a plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a fellow slave, convinces her to risk everything and escape on the Underground Railroad, she is exposed to America’s wildly conflicting views on slavery as she moves across the states. For any reader that wants to understand the USA’s unique form of federalism, and the distinctive personalities of each state, this book offers a fascinating read: South Carolina appears initially utopian, but masks a sinister underbelly, whereas the horrors of North Carolina’s lynch-obsessed mobs are only too obvious. It can be notoriously difficult for historical fiction to be respectful of the events of the past, but also create an imaginative, new tale. Whitehead succeeds in both respects, as he creates an entirely modern tale about humanity’s innate desire for freedom and justice, whilst also painting an agonisingly honest picture of the institution of slavery and America’s interminable struggle to reconcile the injustices of its society with its famous founding words, ‘all men are created equal.’ Miss Webb

“Under the Eagle” by Simon Scarrow This book is set in AD 43 on the eve of the Roman invasion of Britain. Cato is the 17 year old slave freed by the emperor on the condition that he joins the legions. The story begins in Germania as Cato, used to palace comfort, has to adapt fast to the rough life of a legionary. He is assigned to the century under the command of centurion Macro, who is not convinced his new recruit is up to it. After seeing action against a local German tribe, the 2nd Legion marches north for their new posting, which is rumored to be the mysterious island north of Gaul, with awful weather and worse natives.

This is the first book in a series that follows the adventures of Macro and Cato as they march under the Eagle of the 2nd Legion Augusta. It is fast paced and full of both action and intrigue as we soon learn that there is also a plot afoot to return Rome to a republic. Cato’s inexperience and initial frailty is offset by Macro’s rough, veteran’s experience and it is impossible not to be gripped as the two battle their way through Germanic barbarians, Celts and do their best to evade becoming tangled in imperial plots. This is a fantastic series to get your reading teeth into. Mr Warner


Mr Warner writes‌ Last term the Year 7s were asked to learn a rhyme that lists all the kings and queens of England/Great Britain/ The UK since the Conquest. In the spirit of fostering a growth mindset amongst the readership of the Barometer, I am delighted to be able to share the rhyme with you in the hope that it improves your scores on University Challenge. My grandfather used to assure me that this worked to the tune of Good King Wenceslas. I have to confess, I’ve tried this, and I am not wholly convinced. But, no matter what tune to choose to sing this to, I hope you find it instructive on the monarchy.

Willie, Willie, Harry, Steve, Harry, Dick, John, Harry three; One, two, three Neds, Richard two Harrys four, five, six... then who? Edwards four, five, Dick the bad, Harrys twain and Ned the Lad; Mary, Bessie, James the Vain, Charlie, Charlie, James again... William and Mary, Anna Gloria, Four Georges, William and Victoria; Edward, George, the same again And now Elizabeth doth reign

And the list without the rhyme: William I, William II, Henry I, Stephen Henry II, Richard I, John, Henry III Edward I, Edward II, Edward III, Richard II Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI Mary, Elizabeth I, James I Charles I, Charles II, James II William III & Mary II, Anne George I, George II, George III, George IV, William IV, Victoria Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI Elizabeth II

YEAR 10 HISTORICAL ESSAY COMPETITION This term the History department is launching its Historical essay competition. The aim of this competition is to allow the boys to explore an area of history outside of their current classroom studies and to develop their extended writing skills. This year’s title is: Who has made the greatest contribution to modernising their country in the period 1850-2000? You can pick any individual who was alive during the set period from any part of the world. You can focus on politics, diplomacy, science, culture, art, attitudes (or any other category that you think can be described as modernising). Essays should be no more than 1500 words long and should be handed in to your history teacher by the 20th February. Good luck!


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The Barometer Week 2 Spring  

A humanities special this week with exciting news from the history and geography departments. Keep an eye out as well for the upcoming compe...

The Barometer Week 2 Spring  

A humanities special this week with exciting news from the history and geography departments. Keep an eye out as well for the upcoming compe...