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From the Headmaster Dear Parents, This has been a very sad week for London and the UK with the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower. You will know by now that Oscar, one of our Westway bus drivers, lived in that block though thankfully he is safe and well.

He has lost everything, yet the Wetherby

community has rallied round this week with a collection at Church this morning and again at the fete this afternoon. As just one individual affected, he is so appreciative of our collective efforts and expresses heartfelt thanks to the many of our parents who have

been in touch and coordinated donations.

When things are this close to home and

connected so tangibly with our School, a tragedy such as this has an even deeper resonance. I am only thankful that we are doing something practical. On a brighter note, I congratulate all of our Common Entrance boys who have had their results today. The marks this year were our best ever and, whilst grade boundaries may differ across the schools we feed, our view is that this group have outperformed all previous exit groups. Well done to the Class of 2017! Another ‘vintage year group’ for the Prep School was the ‘Class of 2012’ - so many characters and personalities and a group of boys that lives long in the memory. I was delighted then to see one of them this week, Sebastian Brindle, who wants to work here as a Gap Student next year, having finished his five years at Eton. Sebastian was, and is, a great lad - a true Wetherby boy; he will be a superb role model for our boys next year. Hopefully, he might be joined by Charlie Stranack and Sammy DaCosta, from the same year group, in Gap positions next year. It will be just like old times!

The more things change, the more they stay the

same... Very much looking forward to two big events later today: the Fete in Bryanston Square for the Prep and our Headmaster’s Dinner at the Italian Embassy. Dinner jacket dusted

off for another glamorous Wetherby occasion. Tough job this… Have a good weekend,


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DIARY Monday 19th Year 10 Exams No Year 10 Activities Parents’ Evening—Year 9 (surnames A-K)


Tuesday 20th Year 10 Exams

Wednesday 21st Year 10 Exams Cricket Year 7/8 Inter-Trib Parents’ Evening—Year 9 (surnames A-K)


Thursday 22nd Year 10 Exams Special guest Rugby coach for a Year 9/10


JGS trip to Natural History Museum


Friday 23rd Year 10 Exams HM Assembly at Hinde St Methodist Church


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NOTICEBOARD Pool Competition Notice Lots of games to be played next week in order to finish before end of term! Games to played ASAP (deadline end of Tuesday!): SINGLES: Sacha V D Lawrence Gabriel V Mr Chidell Luca L V Billy DOUBLES: Hamoud/Seb V Tobi/Monty

Alex PT/Nico V Nash/Ridley Josh/Will V A Atkinson/A Bray Jock/Michael V Nacho/Anthony

Quiz Competition Notice The long awaited final of the Quiz competition will take place on Monday 3rd July in Room 8 at 1:10. Mr Atkinson


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Clubs & Food Clubs & Activities this week: Monday Film Review Club Music Tech Philosophy YAD Fitness Basketball Barre Fitness Book Club Cricket Food Chemistry Football GCSE Art & Design GCSE Drama GCSE Graphic Design Quiz Club

Tuesday Art and Design Bridge Club Climbing Club Fencing Football Parkour Quiz Club YAD Fitness

Wednesday Actor Training & Physical Theatre Choir MFL Cinema Club Biology in the News Duke of Edinburgh Award Community Service

Thursday Fun Run Classics Club Junior Geographical Society Rock School Table Tennis

There will be no activities for Year 10 due to their Exams

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WSS ELECTION Mr Hartley writes... On Thursday 8th June Wetherby Senior School went to the polls. In an effort to replicate the voting procedures of the real general election taking place on the same day, Wetherby was divided up into thirteen constituencies, one for each of the tutor groups in the school. To form a government a party had to win a majority of the seats in parliament, in this case seven seats. With each of the constituencies fielding a candidate from each of the three main parties and any independent MP who wished to stand, the election was a hotly contested affair with the overall result running very much counter to the national mood. The Liberal Democrats won seven seats and therefore were able to form a government. Perhaps the most important lesson learned from the exercise was what it revealed about the way in which our first past the post electoral system works in this country. During the PSHE sessions following the vote much fruitful discussion took place regarding the difference between the number of votes cast for a party and the overall seats won by that party, as illustrated by the accompanying charts. Mr Hartley would like to thank Wetherby’s resident psephologist, Mr Hasthorpe, the Trib tutors, the leaders of the three main parties and all the boys who stood as MPs in a constituency for making this such a valuable exercise.


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Biochemistry Evening Miss Hoskins writes... For the last two weeks, the Year 7 boys have been working hard in lessons and prep on their Biochemistry projects. This has involved plenty of research, practical investigations and the creation of an A2 or A1 poster. The boys were split into teams of 3 or 4 and given the following questions to investigate: Rafael, Ahmed and Sasha – What are sports drinks and why do athletes drink them?

Jude, Ishaan, Raphael and Erdem – Are there microbes living in Wetherby Senior, and what effect could these have on us? Ben, Zachary and Vasco – What effect does the pH of food and drink have on the human body? Each group presented their findings to an audience of their year group, parents, staff and the judging panel of Mr Hasthorpe, Mr Morris, Mrs Bennet and Miss Hoskins.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

Arthur, Luca and Danny S – What affects the shape and size of crystals as they grow?

Best team leader – Jude B.

Danny B, Faisal, Oscar and Gabriel – How does the behaviour of woodlice change according to their environment?

Best overall presentation – Rafael, Ahmed and Sasha

Devan, Matteus and Atticus – What is luminescence and can it be found in nature?

Best team work – Devan, Matteus and Atticus

All the boys should be very proud of what they achieved!

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Biochemistry Evening


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Biochemistry Evening

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Curriculum News From the History Department Mr Warner writes‌ On Monday, the Year 9 boys were given a fantastic talk about what it was like to be a British Tommy during the Great War. Speaking to the boys was Richard (aka Corporal) Knight who took the boys on a journey that covered recruitment, equipment, life in a trench, the evolution of the gas mask and much more besides. This was all brought to life with the assistance of his amazing collection of World War I memorabilia and uniforms. The boys studied this topic back in the Winter Term, but this was a wonderful opportunity for them to hear from an expert who, not only leads guided tours to the battlefields, but is also to be found on film sets, both in shot and as an advisor on authenticity. I was really impressed by the boys’ engagement with the topic and their enthusiasm to share their knowledge and get involved in the presentation.


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Curriculum News From the Art & Graphic Design Department Mr Meyer writes... 'Glass Coasters' was the final Year 9 Art & Design unit of the year, providing the boys with an opportunity to learn about the Memphis Group. They deployed a similar asymmetrical appearance which was so apparent in much of that period's work. The boys enjoyed the ability to cut into glass using a glass cutter and developing an understanding of the process of tack fusing helping to stick various pieces together and creating a polished finish.


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Curriculum News From the Music Department Mr Martin writes... The boys were hard at work this term, preparing for two show stopping performances at this year’s Prize Giving and they certainly didn't disappoint. The Big Band gave a great opening performance with Summertime by George Gershwin. Junior Choir, made up of all of Year 7 and Senior Choir (a combination of Year 9 and 10 boys) performed "Jersey Boys", featuring a superb solo by Alex G. in Year 9. This medley contained songs such as: December 1963 (Oh, What a Night), Working My Way Back To You, Stay, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, Who loves you and Let's Hang On (You had me singing along and swaying, loved this!—Ed.). The evening ended with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, superbly played on the piano as usual by Vidas. I am really proud of all the boys and their involvement in the concerts this academic year. It’s nice to see such a high standard for musical performance at Wetherby. Please don't forget to follow the Music Department of Instagram WSSmusic. We look forward to performing "Mamma Mia!" next year!

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Curriculum News Trib Drama Miss Twomey writes...

Trib Drama is a new event to Wetherby Senior and began earlier in the term at our signup meeting. Boys were told that they'd gain points for participating, further points if they made it to the final and triple points for winning a certificate. With that, a flurry of boys signed up to the event and it was exciting to see many boys get involved in their first Drama Department event of the year as well as familiar faces from our Christmas Cabaret and Curiosities shows. The first stage of the process was rehearsals week! It was a monologue competition and boys had the opportunity to work with either Miss Twomey


or Miss Kirk to stage their piece. They were coached on projection, characterisation, facial expressions and stage presence and this had a very positive impact on their public speaking skills. It was excellent to see the words on the page becoming a great range of different characters as the boys brought them to life. The boys had chosen their own roles and there were gangsters, plastic surgeons, leaders, murderers and even talking animals. After their rehearsals, getting the monologues performanceready was in the boys’ own hands and I was extremely impressed to see the staging ideas the boys developed on their own! The heats were held at lunchtimes following half term week. Each day, a different year group gathered together to perform to each other and the atmosphere was informal, friendly and supportive. This was very helpful for the boys who were new to Drama events and helped build their confidence. The boys made great audiences for each other and cheered each other on with complete support.

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After the heats, the top 16 performers were chosen to take part in the finals. Boys were picked for the finals if they had been among the best at accurately portraying their character, performing with energy and holding the attention of the audience. It was extremely difficult to pick 16 finalists; initially I considered making the final twice as long and having 32 finalists as the quality of the performances was so high. When the day of the finals came, boys gathered in the Drama Studio with our audience. We began by introducing our guest judge, Miss Amanda Hope, who is head of Drama at our neighbouring girls’ school, Queen's College. The event now felt very official and, without further ado, the performances began...

Curriculum News William P. N. (Tyburn) opened proceedings with his performance of Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. He has shown great progress in his confidence on stage and interacted with the other (invisible) characters on stage with greatly improved eyecontact and confidence. Next, Evangelos M. (Effra) was the Television Man by Alex Broun, a man who watches 17 hours of television a day until, in a storm, his TV set explodes. Evangelos told the story with great conviction, including his urgency to get a new screen installed! Danny S. (Walbrook) performed The Pain and the Itch by Bruce Norris. In this monologue, he played a plastic surgeon talking to a difficult patient and even, within this, performed the responses of the patient too. Ahmed A. (Fleet) was Mole in the play Toad of Toad Hole by Kenneth Grahame. Mole had become lost in the forest and was extremely nervous as he waited for mole to find him. Ahmed’s volume was excellent, he wasn't afraid to yell out to Toad during his scene and his on-stage energy was extremely good. Monty C. (Fleet) performed a monologue from the play Cider with Rosie. His speech told the tale of his uncle who, when at risk of losing his job, would threaten to kill

himself in the most amusing of ways. Monty showed the humour of his characters with excellent conviction; well done Monty! Harry G. (Effra) performed a scene from We’re Gonna Make You Whole by Yasmine Van Wilt. His character recounted an oil rig explosion he had managed to survive and Harry's wide eyed sincerity when telling his shocking story was mesmerising. Atticus C.

(Walbrook) performed Mother Teresa is Dead by Helen Edmonson, an extremely angry monologue in which his character, Mark, releases all the tension he feels about his exwife and son. Atticus used great pauses to demonstrate the depth of his rage. Tobias T. (Fleet) performed an extract from Mogadishu by Vivienne Franzmann in which the characters of Chuggs recounts the build up to a fight between the 'owner' (thief) of a dog and an RSPCA inspector. Tobias jumped between both

characters in the argument, getting louder and louder as the argument built and changing characters rapidly- a very impressive and comedic performance. Oli L. (Walbrook) also performed Mother Teresa is Dead, but did so in a different way. It was interesting to see that his interpretation of the character was much more aggressive that Atticus' and we were stunned to see Oli bellowing Mark's lines with brilliant conviction. Robert B. (Walbrook) had his dramatic debut performing What we Know by Paula Carta. Here, his character tells the audience about the time he'd seen a dead body after having first mistaken it for a dummy in a shop. He recounted zooming in on the evidence with great comedy and had the audience giggling. Frejvid G. (Tyburn) also performed the Pain and the Itch and considered how to show the patient’s irritating opinion about plastic surgery in a very comical way; I greatly enjoyed his arm flinging and eye rolling to show the stupidity of the character. Sean M. (Tyburn) performed Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, a play about the young prodigy Mozart. Sean presented this crazy egocentric character with great energy and fantastic use of the stage as he paced back and forth to show Mozart’s dynamic nature.

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Curriculum News Max H. (Tyburn) took on the difficult challenge of the infamous ‘is this a dagger?’ Macbeth monologue by William Shakespeare and used brilliant eye contact and facial expressions to show his fear and concern at the thought of killing King Duncan. Danny B. (Walbrook) performed Leah’s monologue from DNA by Dennis Kelly, opening with the brilliant line ‘Do I talk too much?’ and then proceeded to ramble, interrupt himself (a

very challenging vocal skill) and protest his talkative-ness with wonderful conviction. Penultimately, Luca O. (Fleet) performed Jump for your Life by Ken Whitmore. In this monologue his character was trying to convince a crowd that they must all jump in the air at 2pm tomorrow, or else the world would implode. Luca used great facial expressions of convincing wide eyes and the physicality of darting

around the stage to show his urgency and staged his character very believably. Nico S. (Fleet) ended the competition with Shaddha by Natasha Landgridge, in which he begged not to be beaten up by Mr and Mrs Penfold for having fallen in love with their daughter. Nico’s pleading innocence, especially on the line ‘I know what yer said about what you’d do to my teeth’, was captivating to watch.

Ms Hope had to make some tough decisions and the winners of individual prizes are as follows: Most Improved: Sean M. (10 Tyburn) Best Facial Expressions: Luca O. (7 Fleet) Best Voice: Danny B. (7 Walbrook) and Evangelos M. (9 Effra) Best Stage Presence: Oli L. (10 Walbrook) Most Enjoyable Monologue: Tobias T. (9 Fleet) Best Characterisation: Monty C. (9 Fleet) Judges Choice: Nico S. (8 Fleet) The overall points for all stages of the competition are as follows: Points for participation are (one point for each entrant): Walbrook 10, Tyburn 7, Fleet 8, Effra 3 Double points available for getting through to the final:

Walbrook 10, Tyburn 8, Fleet 10, Effra 4 Triple points for winning a certificate (above): Walbrook 6, Tyburn 3, Fleet 12, Effra 3 Totals (all points for Effra are doubled to balance trib sizes): 1st Fleet with 30 points 2nd Walbrook with 26 points 3rd Tyburn with 18 points 4th Effra with 20 points 16

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Curriculum News From the Drama Department Miss Twomey writes... 'It has been an exciting week for the Year 9 boys in Drama, who have all taken part in a CSI style Murder Mystery lesson. The scene was set at Inverness Castle, the home of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth where a body has been found and taken to the morgue. The victim was King Duncan, a trusted friend of the Macbeths’ who had been visiting them. Why was he murdered? What was their motive? Why didn't the Macbeths have better security if they were hosting a visit from the King? These were all important questions uncovered by our detective year 9s.

The lesson began by examining the crime scene; it was important to closely inspect the handprints and footprints, read through the witness statements and ascertain who attended the crime-scene within the last 24 hours. The Year 9s may have a career ahead of them as detectives: finding the crown on the crime scene taught them that this had not been a burglary, examining the size of the handprints taught us about the people who had been inside the crime scene and noticing that the footprints were of bare feet helped us to ascertain that it was an inside job. Next week there are leads and motives to investigate, those Macbeths are looking mighty suspicious...'

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Curriculum News From the English Department Miss Kirk writes... In English, this week has been no ordinary week... 'Brandishing steel' (their pens), the boys have competed against one another in teams, not quite with 'direst cruelty' but with a strong competitive spirit nonetheless, during 'Macbeth Week'. Over the course of the past five lessons, the boys have raced their rival teams to recall the most information about the play, sought to identify the speaker and significance of key quotes and, as is evidenced below, directed and performed dramatic scenes. Not only have I been thoroughly impressed by the quality of the boys' understanding and analysis of Macbeth but also amused: I'll always remember fondly the day on which our boys performed their anguished or malevolent soliloquies, or vicious battle scenes, in front of a rather 'surprised' audience in Paddington Gardens! There was quite the encore...


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Curriculum News

Miss Kirk writes... My set in Year 9 are about to start studying An Inspector Calls, Priestley's masterpiece which explores social responsibility. In order to explore the play's key themes this week, we conducted a 'silent debate'. Without saying a word, on paper, the boys argued with one another in response to statements such as 'A man is an island; if we all focus on looking after ourselves, society would be a better place'. The boys demonstrated some sophisticated and mature viewpoints, which will further assist their understanding of the play's key message.

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Curriculum News From the English Department Miss Ridley & Mr Chidell write… Twenty-five degrees and clear, blue skies: perfect park weather! That is what Miss Ridley and Mr Chidell thought when jointly planning their Year 9 lesson for boys beginning their study of the theatrical adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. So off along sunny Marylebone High Street to Paddington Square Gardens went both teachers and their 30 boys, all clutching crisp copies of the text. A shady stage was created under the spread of an impressive oak and many boys were involved in the performance of the play’s opening – even Wellington the dog’s forked body was present! Quickly grasping the text’s frequent and sudden anachronous twists and turns, all boys contributed to the discussions of characterisation, setting, and the developing plot.


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Curriculum News GCSE Drama & German Trip to Woyzeck Miss Twomey writes…. On Wednesday 14th June, the boys who study GCSE Drama and German went on a joint theatre trip, accompanied by Miss Twomey and Miss Eaves. We saw Woyzeck, at the Old Vic, written in German by Georg Bucher and left incomplete at his death in 1837. In 1879 the play was found and reworked but not performed until 1913. In this modern adaptation, Jack Thorne (co -writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) had re-written the play to be set in the Cold War with Franz Woyzeck staged as a British soldier called Frank Woyzeck. The play followed his unavoidable breakdown as a result of his poverty, medical state, fragile relationships and victimisation. Before we left school, all of the boys took part in a workshop to explore the plot of the original play. Meeting the characters and learning about the key events, boys were able to think objectively about how the play should be staged and I was pleased to hear their interesting directorial ideas en-route to the theatre. As the curtains rose, it was very exciting to see the set filling the stage. It was comprised of approximately 30 large wall panels (pictured), each with insulation and wooden beams, it was immediately a very striking image. The panels flew down from the flower tower or across on the automatic floor sliders: they were used brilliantly to trap and imprison Woyzeck, adding to his isolation throughout the play. The Woyzeck apartment was set above a ‘Halal butchers’ and regular comments were made about the stench of meat. As the tension rose, the panels in the walls were stripped away to reveal 22

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blood and organs underneath- adding a very haunting effect to the play. Poor Woyzeck fought hard throughout the play to establish a secure life for his girlfriend, Marie, and their baby, even signing up to take part in a medical trial to gain extra income. Unfortunately, the pills he took made him hallucinate, believing Marie was an adulteress and visualising that he was reliving traumatic moments from his childhood. Lighting was used brilliantly in these sequences, creating a grid of spotlights on the stage with Woyzeck trapped centre-stage in a prison-like fashion. The play had been changed extensively from the original, with boys noticing the key themes and lines that had remained. This aggressive staging of the play built to a climax that we knew was coming, but it still made us all jump. We greatly enjoyed the dramatic journey that the play had taken us on; we’d seen one of the best stage fights performed in recent years, moving walls and a great deal of controversy, all leaving the theatre with plenty to talk about!

Sporting News From the Games Department Yr9/10 Inter-Trib Cricket Mr Sullivan writes... The second annual Inter-Trib cricket tournament took place at Regent’s Park on Thursday of this week. The ground staff had worked tirelessly in preparing the pitches for the day and the weather was perfect. Overall, a wonderful day of Cricket with much talent on show. Thank you to the entire PTA for an amazing spread afterwards #teamwetherby

To be continued on…

Well done to Walbrook who won the Year 9/10

Years 7 & 8 – Wednesday 21st June, starting

Inter-Trib cricket

at 13:30

Top Batsman: Matthew Monaghan – 37 not out Alan Azeaz – 28 not out

Top Bowler: Antonio de Brunner – 6 wickets Tom Zundel – 4 wickets Catch of the day: Leonid Khasis

Come down and support your TRIB! Will win the treble? Come on Fleet, Walbrook & Tyburn! Venue: Regents Park – Sports Hub. All the RED circled numbers are Regent’s Park Cricket pitches we will be using. If you intend to watch please be aware that there is no parking onsite and please use the pre-paid parking bays outside the park.

Sportsmanship Award: Anthony Abrahams

Final Scores: 1st Walbrook 2nd Tyburn 3rd Effra 4th Fleet

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Sporting News Inter-Trib Highlights


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Sporting News Year 10 Cricket



confusion and a calamitous


Jack HG bowled two superb

run out. Zach Z. arrived at the

Mr Underwood writes‌

overs, claiming another run

crease and took the game to

out and following this by

UCS, striking two boundaries


and running hard between

The U15A team entertained UCS for the final cricket





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fixture of the term on a

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roasting Tuesday afternoon.

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down the early innings

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play to begin.

run rate ticked by, Oliver

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wicket early in the game.

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the off-side to pick up

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batsman who proved very

these promising batting

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performances, we ran out

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able to claim victory.

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middle stump! Will B. finished

The Man of the Match

the innings for WSS, claiming

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performance from him.

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Sporting News Exercising for exam success

help you clear your head so that you return refreshed to your studies.

A healthy body means a healthy mind. Take care of yourself during the exam period by eating well, sleeping well and exercising regularly.

Develop a routine

Exercise helps to oxygenate the brain and release tension, helping you to keep calm, mentally relax and study more efficiently.

TOP EXERCISE TIPS Little and often

A balanced routine of work and play is essential during revision and exam time. It might feel like you’re too busy, but try to maintain a regular exercise schedule aim to get active at least every other day. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good, reducing stress and helping you to get good night’s sleep - but avoid stimulating activity just before bed, to give your brain time to wind down.

If your exam is close to where you live, why not walk there instead of been driven or taking the bus? A short walk before an exam helps you to relax and focus your thoughts. Good luck boys!

Mr Underwood demonstrates that practice makes perfect

Sports Quote of the Week:

“If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today” Follow us for results and updates on Twitter via @WetherbySSports #teamwetherby


Use your feet

Know what works for you Plan your exercise during periods when you know you generally won’t study. Some people

You spend a great deal of time sitting at the computer or with your head in a book when revising for exams. You can’t revise effectively for excessively long periods, so take regular breaks to stay productive. A simple walk to the shops can be enough to

work better in the morning, some at night – if you plan your exercise around your study schedule then you won’t miss out on valuable revision time.

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Sporting News

IAPS Triathlon Mr. Meyer writes... Well done to Luca G., Beau B., Robert B. and Rafael H. who took part in the IAPS triathlon at Dulwich Cranbrook, Kent, on Sunday of last week. The triathlon consisted of a 250 metre swim, 4000 metre cycle and 1km run. They showed great commitment throughout, and all completed the challenging course with a set of very impressive times and finding a new sport that they can continue to work at.

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Clubs & Activities Fun Run


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On the Hot Seat Hello and welcome to Week 24 of “On the Hot Seat”. Readers, Half Term has been and gone and all that remains for Frau and Señor are the hazy memories of sunshine, mosques, beaches, Pasteis de Nata, baklava and cheap alcohol #dreamy. Still, not long now until the next holiday! Speaking of holidays, this week’s Hot Seat “victim” is a bit of a seasoned traveller. Our lovely Head of English, Miss Kirk, is the epitome of #wanderlust. She likes to book spontaneous trips abroad and have as many adventures as possible whilst exploring new cultures and climes. She has been hiking and camping in the Himalayas, she has bungee jumped off a volcano in the Canary Islands and has explored Thailand by motorbike. This summer she is going to learn to scuba dive in Bali #casual. Some say Miss Kirk likes travelling so much that she has struck a deal with her insurance company to provide generous pay outs in ‘so called’ emergencies. When she was 21 she was unable to fly back from New York due to the volcano ash after an eruption, so she went for a holiday in Jamaica #payout. At the age of 22, due to snow, she was unable to fly back from a holiday with friends in Berlin so ended up spending Christmas in Germany #anotherpayout. Last year, when on holiday in Rome, she was 'forced' to stay another 5 days due to air strikes #enoughsenough. It has to be said, when we asked for some ‘fun facts’ for our piece, Miss Kirk sent us a 3 page write up of her life story #jokes #itwasactuallyfour. It would make sense then, that her nickname from her family and closest friends is ironically ‘Mouse’, because she is ‘apparently’ (ahem) never quiet. Readers, we couldn’t possibly comment… Deciding to use her verbal diarrhoea for good, in Year 11 at

school, she raised over £300 for charity doing a sponsored silence for two days. Needless to say, they were some of the most challenging 48 hours of her life! Whilst Miss Kirk is a talented and eager communicator, one thing she cannot do well is sing. She was told by her school Music teacher that she is tone deaf and that she must mouth the words during hymns in assembly, (we often stand in front of her and can assure you that she does not do this #Jerusalem). Ever the thrill seeker, when she was 14 she decided to dice with death and stand up on the biggest water slide in the world. Both Miss Kirk and her family were chucked out of the water park as the manager said that such a near death experience could have cost them a fortune and been bad for business #nojokes #thrillseeker. So, on that bombshell let us begin…

1) Elizabeth Bennet or Jane Eyre?

7) Coffee or tea? Tea 8) Scrambled or fried? Scrambled. (Mr Chidell and I actually have a competition about who does the best scrambled eggs!) 9) Asking questions or answering them? Asking questions (Don’t all teachers? I’m very curious) 10) Pizza or pasta? Pizza! 11) If you could be a character in a book, who would you be and why? Oh, this is so mean. I hate you. Who do I admire? Oh my gosh! I think I would have to say Katnis Everdeen. I think she is fierce. She has amazing strength and huge emotional capacity. #21stcenturywoman. Or, I would say Rosalind from ‘As you like it’. She always has the last laugh! Or Beatrice from ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ I love verbal sparring! (We swear, readers we asked for one character) 12) What would be your desert island dish?

Jane Eyre (oh God, yes…)

A rare fillet steak with peppercorn sauce and a side of sweet potato fries. Actually, I would just want to go to Flat Iron with Miss Eaves and Mr McFaul.

2) Introvert or extrovert? Lols, can I say introvert? 3) Call or text? Call, always… I love talking. 4) Fruit or vegetables? Vegetables 5) Still or sparkling? Sparkling 6) Truth or dare? Dare (Always, without a doubt, I love dares)

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From the Editor On this week’s front cover: Inter-Trib batsman takes an almighty swipe On the back: Wicket keeper gives his all in the Inter-Trib contest For all comments and feedback please email: henry.warner@wetherbysenior.co.uk


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