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Great Gymnastics!

The whole Westgate team had an amazing day with everyone bringing a medal home.

The year 4 did so well performing their routine holding all their pair and the group balances. Their section had eight other groups so they did really well to come third in the U11 age group.

The Yr 5 team were in the National section and unfortunately a few schools withdrew from this section, despite this they performed the routine with neatness, control and held their balances which earned them an amazing first. This means that they will qualify for the National finals in May.

Everyone had an enjoyable day performing and watching other schools.

Their was a real Westgate spirit with upper and lower school pupils supporting one another as one big team. 

Upper school results:

Tumbling:

Ronnie 3rd U14 girls

Nina   3rd O14 girls

Ben     1st O14 boys

 

Regional six

 U14 winners : Rosie, Alice, Agnes, Phoebe, Evie, Issy

U14 Nationals: 2nd : Neave, Millie, Ella, Amy ,Amelie, Jemima

                            3rd - Mark, Charlie, Lucy, Olivia, Issy, Ava , Bella

U14 Boys pairs winners: Mark, Charlie

The Westgate School Winchester launches programme for talented athletes

The Westgate School Winchester rolled out its Talented Athlete Programme (WTAP) this week, supported by local crowdfunding initiative, Steve’s Team. 

 

The programme, involving Year 11 students from Henry Beaufort and The Westgate School, launched with presentations from Saracens and England rugby players Poppy and Bryony Cleall and British and Commonwealth record-holding swimmer, Imogen Clark. The young athletes also visited the sport science department at Winchester University where they were able to watch and participate in a VO2 Max testing session as well as some bio-mechanics experiments.

 

Claire Fyvie-Rae, of The Westgate School said,  “For many years, our school has had a number of talented athletes who commit a substantial amount of time to their sport, training and travelling to competitions in the UK and beyond.  The pupils have to juggle their time carefully in order to maintain their academic progress but also continue to excel in their sport.”

 

“Around GCSE time this can become particularly difficult and this led me to think about what the school can do to support these pupils.   We are delighted to be able to launch this programme in collaboration with “Steve’s Team”, a charity very close to our hearts, created to support local athletes.”

 

Marie Prince, from Steve’s Team commented, “Imogen, Poppy and Bryony are professional athletes who remember exactly how challenging it can be to pursue your sporting dreams whilst managing school and college life.  We hope that their insight and encouragement will help our amazing young athletes find a way to continue to enjoy their sports and the proven benefits of physical activity through exam times and the transition to their next step.”

 

More information about Steve’s Team is available via

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/steveraynermemorialfundforsport

 

The Westgate is Hampshire’s first All Though School, uniquely placed to understand the learning journey from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to GCSE. 

Please click this link to see Poppy Cleall score her hat-trick! 

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEnglandRugby/videos/1271465419713118/UzpfSTcxNjYxOTkzNjoxMDE1OTUyNjgzNjk2OTkzNw/

Winning Westgate Pupil!

Westgate pupil Sam J spent his half term at the U17 French Open winning bronze in mixed doubles and just missing out on a semi final place in boys doubles against tough opposition. He then came back and straight to a domestic U17 tournament, winning gold in the boys doubles. He and his partner are unbeaten domestically since July 2019! Next stop Poland! We wish you all the best Sam!

Westgate's Talented Athlete Programme

Westgate launches its Talented Athlete Programme. On the 26th February there will be the initial event for some talent Year 11 athletes from Westgate and Henry Beaufort.. The day comprises of a visit from Bryony and Poppy Cleall ( Saracens and England Rugby players) and Chris Gregory ( GB Beach Volleyball Player) alongside a visit to The University of Winchester Sports Science department.

Chris progressed through the UK Sport Talent ID program 'Sporting Giants' in 2009 and has competed internationally for England & Team GB after securing a place in the Great Britain squad. He's since gone on to compete around the World on the international tour, reached multiple European Championships and in 2018 he competed in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast with Team England.”

Badminton Success for Westgate Pupil

Westgate pupil Sam J did well at the Badminton Junior Competitions, winning Bronze with Russian partner, Anna and QF in men’s doubles in a tough tournament. Please see link below for @BadmintonEnglnd report. Well done Sam! https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/news/three-english-junior-titles-won-in-iceland-and-sweden/ … #badminton

The Gate - November 2019

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Year 8 DigiGirlz Winners!

A big congratulations to our two teams of Year 8 girls who attended the Microsoft DigiGirlz 2019 event on Monday hosted at their Reading offices. During the day the girls were able to learn about the variety of careers and roles available in the technology sector and to ask questions directly to a panel of their employees.

 

They then competed in a sustainability challenge involving creativity, technical prototyping and pitching their idea to a panel of judges, up against 30 other teams. Both teams made a considerable impact on the judges, with one going on to claim the major creativity prize, the other receiving specific commendations from 2 different judges. A really great event, well organised and hosted by Microsoft inspiring our girls with the possibilities of what roles in technology could look like and how they could really make a difference. Well done!

Creative Careers Week

Westgate Year 7 to Year 10 pupils celebrated Creative Careers Week with a variety of interesting and motivating talks from professional guest speakers working in the industry from Marketing, Arts, Film to Fashion Retail and Photography. A big thank you to all the professional speakers that visited The Westgate School and gave up their time to inspire our pupils.

Westgate Alumni, Class of 2019

Westgate Alumni, Class of 2019

Our Annual GCSE Certificate Year 12 Presentation Evening was held on Thursday 20 November at the impressive Bapsy Hall, Winchester Guildhall.  Penny Catchpole, Mrs Sambrook, Mrs Woodall, and Mr Damant were joined by our Alumni guest speaker, Rev. Thea Smith, who gave an inspirational speech. The Westgate Alumni received their certificates and some extra awards were given by Mrs Sambrook and the House Leaders for exceptional, outstanding work and contribution to The Westgate School. Our ex-Headboy and Headgirl, Benedict R and Elise H, brought the special evening to a close with a humbling thank you speech. We wish all of the Westgate Leavers of 2019 every success in their future endeavours.

Primary Phase Update

Congratulations to Mrs. Woodall and our Primary Phase team: The Fischer Family Trust (organisation that analyses school progress) has placed us in the top 4% in the Country for the number of pupils who have achieved Age Related Expectations (and above) in Reading, Writing and Maths at the end of Key Stage 1!

 

Very well done to our pupils and, thank you to our families for their strong partnership that is enabling such excellent progress!

School League Tables in Hampshire - Top Again!

Once again, The Westgate School is at the top of the school league tables in Hampshire for Progress and Attainment. Coming second only to Thornden and the highest of the Winchester secondary schools, Westgate School pupils achieved a progress 8 score of 0.49 last year meaning that pupils at the school on average, achieved half a grade higher in their GCSE exams than pupils of equivalent prior attainment in other schools. Additionally, the School's attainment results - the grades that pupils achieved regardless of starting point - are also second only to Thornden School, with an attainment score of 59.6.

 

We continue to be very proud of the success that pupils achieve in our school and most importantly, whilst we celebrate this, we know that our community for learning is not defined by these outcomes, but by the strength of partnership we have with our pupils and families that enables them to thrive in their learning.

 

The link to the official tables is: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schools-by-type?step=default&table=schools&region=850&la-name=hampshire&geographic=la&for=secondary

Jack Kicks for Gold Medal!

Jack R won gold at the British International Open Competition in July. He has also successfully completed the second grading on his black belt. Well done Jack - this is a great result for all your hard work and training.

Westgate Pupil Gynastic Success!

Westgate pupil Christian L competed at The Southern Regional Men’s Artistic Setwork Qualifiers in Milton Keynes on Sunday 8 September 2019 and once again he won all round gold in his age group ( this time Level 5).  Christian also secured the Jim Newell Shield, which is awarded to the gymnast scoring the highest score of the entire competition (across all age groups).  By winning the Shield for the second time, Christian made history by being the only gymnast to achieve such a distinction.  

 

As a result of this achievement, Christian will once again be representing the South Region of England at the National Finals, which is scheduled to take place from the 01st to 03rd November 2019 in Birmingham.  Well done Christian!

Swimming Success!

Westgate pupil Rory Q achieved amazing results this summer at the English Summer Nationals at Sheffield.

In a very exciting race Rory came 3rd in the 200M Freestyle Final event. He finished the season in the ASA rankings as 13th in Britain for 200M freestyle! Rory also did team relays at Glasgow at  the British Summer Nationals competing in the 4x200 Freestyle, coming 8th in Britain out of hundreds  of swimming clubs nationally and the 4x100 Freestyle. Congratulations Rory and well done!

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Schools Sailing Championships

At the Schools Sailing Championships 2019 at Itchenor sailing Club, The Westgate School was represented with three RS Feva's in a fleet of just under 100 boats.  The two day event, with six races, although for two races, on the second day, proved challenging with little wind until the sea breeze came in. Great and impressive results;

 

Freddie F and Katy F - 5th  (very impressive)

Charlotte R and Lucy M - 31st

Holly F and Matilda P - 44th

For more information please see;

67th Itchenor Schools Sailing Championships

Schools Week 2019 2019 Feva Class Main Series Results

Well done to all those who took part. Wish wish them well when they all compete in the RS Feva 2019 World Championship set in Follonica in Italy at the start of the Summer Holidays.

Eco Group

Today, Westgate pupils from Eco Group participated in a ‘Fridays for Future’  protest in the centre of Winchester to voice their concerns over climate change. The Eco group are planning to increase their impact on their school environment as well by improving recycling, increasing awareness in school and ensuring our community minimises the use of single use plastics. Watch this space for updates.

Air Your Views Competition

The Westgate school is proud to say that a group of pupils came 3rd in the Hampshire wide "Air Your Views" video competition on Friday 14.06.19. Congratulations to them, they won a pollution meter, clapper board and film making guide for the school as well as £50 of high street vouchers for themselves. Mrs Edwards, Associate Senior Leader commented  "Well done once again; its a lovely achievement. Thanks for your relentless work on environmental issues."

Eco Group Head to Award Ceremony!

Recently, two groups of pupils from The Westgate School entered the ‘Air Your Views’ video competition. The competition was aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge around air pollution, as well as simple ways to reduce it, especially around schools. The groups are looking forward to going to the award ceremony on Friday 14 June 2019.

Captain Lou Rudd

We warmly welcomed Captain Lou Rudd MBE today who kindly gave Year 8 and Year 9 pupils an inspirational talk. He was the 1st Briton to complete a solo, unassisted and unsupported crossing of Antarctica (2nd in the world). 

Captain Rudd grew up in Lincolnshire and joined the Royal Marines in 1985 at the age of 16. After completing basic training he served with 40 Commando where he conducted a 6-month operational tour in South Armagh, Northern Ireland. He later transferred to the Army and over the following years saw service in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan, and did further work in Northern Ireland. He qualified as a sniper and parachutist.

 

 

He completed a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Security and Risk Management with the Army’s support. During his later years of service he became a Regimental Sergeant Major, one of the most senior positions a soldier can hold, and it was during this time that he planned and led the SPEAR 17 Adventurous Training expedition which saw him lead a team of 5 Reservist soldiers as they completed a 1,100 mile traverse of Antarctica, for which he was subsequently awarded an MBE for leadership.

 

In April 2017 he was commissioned as an officer and now serves with the Parachute Regiment at the Infantry Battle School in Brecon. From October 2018 to January 2019 he completed Expedition SPIRIT OF ENDURANCE which saw him ski solo and unsupported 1,000 miles across Antarctica in just 56 days, becoming the first ever Briton and only the second person in history to complete this journey. He holds the world record as the first person to have traversed Antarctica twice on foot, and is holder of the Antarctic Distance Record, having a total mileage of approximately 2,800 miles behind him.

 

He is married to Lucy and has 3 children. Amy is serving in the Royal Air Force, Luke is in the Royal Marines and Sophie is training to be a criminal barrister in London. In his spare time Louis enjoys racing motocross and enduro, riding his mountain bike, polar ski expeditions and reading polar history.

Westgate Netball

The Year 8 and Year 10 netball teams are all ready for the World Netball Games at the end of June 2019. The new kit is supplied by their sponsor Gentian. Thank you Gentian! We wish them all the best!

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Deep Learning Day

Westgate pupils enjoyed Deep Learning Day Year R - 7 explored mindfulness through the arts, with Yoga, Dance and circles in art and nature. Year 8 pupils researched Mandalas, Year 9 created their own circular themed written booklets, Year 10 explored cultural diversity and Year 11 worked towards their GCSE studies. Please see The Lower School's wonderful display of their fantastic art work.

Winchester Street Pastors

Winchester Street Pastors visited Year 11 RE class as part of their RE GCSE course, to explain what they do in the community. It was an interesting and engaging lesson. Thank you to Winchester Street Pastors for taking the time to come in and visit The Westgate School.

Westgate Pupil to Represent Hampshire

We are delighted to say Lily N has  been selected to represent Hampshire in the Year 10 & 11 girls’ team (just 8 girls across Hampshire) at the English Schools cross-country championships in Leeds on Saturday March 15th. Even more of an achievement as she’s bottom of the age group being Year 10. We wish her all the best!

Terrific Taekwondo!

Jack R 9W1 competed at the weekend in Belgium at the Keumgang Open 2019. He won silver in Cadets -41 representing his club BTS. Well done Jack!

Hampshire Netball Trials

Three Westgate pupils were successful at the recent Hampshire Netball Trials. Immie N (yr8) got into U13 Satellite Squad and Eva R (Yr9) and Izzy H (yr10) were both successful in trialling for the U15 Satellite Squad.

Applicants needed to be nominated by their club coach (Swan Netball for Immie, Weston Park Blades for Izzy and Eva) and then all three had more than four hours coaching in a series of trials with over 80 other applicants in each age group! There were 20 players chosen for each age group in total.

Izzy and Immie will be representing U13 and U15 Westgate teams going to Loughborough later in the year to compete in the inaugural World Schools Netball Tournament. All three athletes are also going to Barcelona on the Westgate netball trip Oct half term organised by Mrs Fyvie-Rae. We will them all the best!

Top Table Tennis!

U13 boys  - Danny K, Jamie K, Arthur O and Ben A -  played last Saturday in the London Zone Finals  and came 2nd out of 8 teams which secured a place in the Regional Finals in Bristol on Feb 9th. Two of the players had never played in TT competitions!

 

U16 boys - Will A, Ed R, Fin P and Harry B played last Sunday in the London Zone Finals and came 3rd out of 8 teams which was an amazing result (they were playing mostly Year 11 players and Harry is still only Year 9! Amazing achievements and well done!

Success for Pupils at Aintree

Westgate pupils, Georgia and Toby achieved a second place in the Newcomers (1.10m) and confidently came a fantastic 11th out of 65 in the Winter JC which started at 1.15m and went up to 1.25m. Amazing result, well done! 

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Westgate Pupil Creates Cookery Master Piece

Westgate pupil Eden H took part in the Junior Chef programme graduation at Eastleigh College last night. He created some fantastic food for his graduation dinner where he cooked three courses and sampled by our very own Food and Nutrition teacher, Mrs Shellens and Mrs Fyvie-Rae. The course is open in Year 9, 10 and 11. The next course begins 9 January with spaces available.Congratulations Eden for a fantastic meal!

Four Westgate Year 8 Pupils become County Champions!

Congratulations to the Year 8 Table Tennis team, Danny  K, Jamie K, Arthur O and Ben A , on becoming County Champions at Table Tennis over the weekend. Considering 2 of them have never played in championships before (Arthur and Ben), it's an amazing achievement. And they go on to the Zone Finals in London in January. We wish them good luck for the Zone Finals.

 

Westgate Alumni, Class of 2018

Westgate Alumni, Class of 2018

Our Annual GCSE Certificate Year 12 Presentation Evening was held on Thursday 22 November at the impressive Bapsy Hall, Winchester Guildhall. Mrs Dean, Penny Catchpole, Mrs Sambrook, Mrs Woodall, Mrs Judd and Mr Searle were joined by our Alumni guest speaker, Mr Paul Findlay, who gave an inspirational speech. The Westgate Alumni received their certificates and some extra awards were given by Mrs Dean and the House Leaders for exceptional, outstanding work and contribution to The Westgate School. Our ex-Headboy and Headgirl, Alex Wilson and Nina Smith, brought the special evening to a close with a humbling thank you speech. We wish all of the Westgate Leavers of 2018 every success in their future endeavours.

Westgate School Top of GCSE School League Tables...Again!!

The Westgate School, Winchester, has come top of the official GCSE school league tables for Hampshire for the second year running.

The school was ranked number one in the county for both attainment and pupil progress in the Government’s newly-published provisional performance tables. To view our press release, please click here.

NSEA Champions!

Year 10 Westgate pupil, Georgia M was beaten by .34 of a second in to second place at the G&T. So focussed, pulling off turns that no one else attempted in the first heat to get a super qualifying time where the top 10 went through.


They galloped into the arena, and circled ready to start, the bell went and they galloped through the first time gates and over the first jump.  Jumping, landing, turning on a sixpence, taking 2 strides and over the next they came out clear and the NSEA champions!!!! A credit to The Westgate School thanking the organisers before leaving and being a super example of a Westgate Member. Well done!

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Connor to Train With London Irish Academy

Congratulations to Connor who will be returning to play Rugby with London Irish for a second season, following trials this week. Connor also plays weekly on the wing for Andover U15’s and for the Westgate School teams whenever he can. Connor discovered Rugby around 18 months ago. This sport has changed his world; his self-esteem has risen ten fold and he should be immensely proud of his achievements.

Westgate School Heads to The World School Games

The inaugural World Schools Netball Cup will be staged at Loughborough University in June 2019, and The Westgate School has been selected as one of the top performing sports schools invited to represent the UK on the world stage.

 

The event will see the best school teams from across the globe compete in U13 & U15 categories in a bid to be crowned World Champions.

 

In addition to competing in Loughborough’s state-of-the-art facilities and staying on campus in the world’s number one sporting university, competitors will have the opportunity to meet and learn from the stars of Vitality Superleague giants, Loughborough Lightning. Please click here to view The World School Games event series and click here to view more information regarding this event.

 

We look forward to this exciting event!

Sam's Success at Badminton

Zagreb Youth International

Sam Jones played at the U15 Zagreb Youth International and came away with Gold in boys doubles, silver in both singles and mixed doubles as well as being awarded the fair play award at the tournament. Well done Sam.

Swedish Youth International

Sam Jones played in both the team event representing England, as well as the individual event. This was against tough European opponents, many of whom he has played before, including at the European Championships in Russia earlier in the year. No medals this time but a good quarter final performance in the boys doubles against strong Russian opponents.

Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS)

Sam Jones, as a representative of HTAS, was invited to help with the second session of the launch of the adult No Strings badminton at Meadowside Leisure Centre, Whiteley. He joined in playing with the group and gave some advice, tips and hints. The adults in the group really appreciated his help. A great session and very much enjoyed.

Westgate Work of Excellence

The Westgate School are proud to celebrate Westgate Work of Excellence of the amazing talent, quality and commitment of our pupils. Class teachers nominate any Works of Excellence and these are given to the Head of Department. Pupils with selected work will receive 5 House points and a certificate of congratulations from the Head of Department. The House Leaders will then pass on pieces of work to SLT who will decide 1st  2nd and 3rd, with these pupils receiving a certificate of congratulations from the Headteacher and allocated House points. These pieces of work are displayed on the WWE board.

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Westgate Pupils Sail to Success!

On 25 and 26 June, two RS Fevas, sailed by Freddie & Holly Fisher and Charlotte Rankine  & Lucy Mitchell, competed in the Schools Sailing Championships 2018 at Itchenor Sailing Club, representing the Westgate School (Years 7 and 9). 

 

The RS Feva XL event, reached a maximum capacity of 110 boats, from 45 different schools across the country. After 6 races over the two days, Freddie and Holly came an impressive 17th and Charlotte and Lucy mid fleet amongst a high standard of sailing. To view the overall results from this event please click this link Feva Schools Week 2018 Results

Westgate Pupils Help Launch Southampton Football Club's New Kit

Year 9 pupils from Westgate (5 x U14 Littleton Football Club players and 1 x Flyers player) - Harry Nichols, Josh Woodward, Eden Draper, Sammy Alsop, Ted Whitton and Maya Gibbons were involved in a ‘Secret Saints Mission’ on Saturday 16th June.  They were filmed and photographed for the new kit launch for Southampton Football Club and the first promo is on the link below…

 

https://www.facebook.com/southamptonfc/videos/1982413505105193/

Silver Medal for Jack Rowley!

Jack Rowley in Year 8 took part in the Tae Kwondo 2018 Dome Open in Doncaster on 17/06/18. Having achieved his black belt earlier this year, he was entered into the Cadet - 41kg category where he achieved a silver medal, missing the gold by one point! He trains in Southampton with a GB Talent Club. The smile says it all! Congratulations and well done Jack!

Move Over Mary Berry!

Harry Roberts and Sophie Adams in Year 9 entered the Harbour Young Chef competition. Where Harry prepared a dish according to a recipe, Harry jointed a chicken and made a selection of dishes using the different chicken portions.  Sophie made a French style gateaux. Well done to them both!

Royal Wedding PSA Event

The Westgate PSA organised a fabulous Royal Wedding event on Friday 18 May.  Families joined Lower School pupils for fun, games and picnics. What an amazing event and good times had by all!

Race For Life 2018

Before half term years 7-9 girls took part in the schools Race for Life event. This was a 2K course set up on Chilbolton field, with all girls dressed in pink. This was a brilliant event which raised awareness and support for an amazing cause. In total we raise £979.00 as a school, which is a fantastic achievement.

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Mock Trial 2018

Whilst the majority were watching the Royal wedding, enjoying the sunshine or preparing for the FA cup final. Andy Hider and Mrs Mellor were in court! Supporting our 13 potential lawyers. The pupils as always were impeccable in their behaviour and a privilege to be with. They argued their case, defended their client and challenged the prosecution.

 

Despite missing the royal wedding and the build up to the FA cup final the pupils were in good spirits and only just missed out on a place in the National Finals. 

Westgate hosts The Winchester Primary Schools Cross Country Event

It was a perfect afternoon for this yearly event which has become increasingly popular with the Winchester Primary Schools. There was an amazing attendance with nearly 500 year 3 and 4’s from seven Winchester Primary Schools: Allsaints, St Bede’s, Westgate, Sparsholt, Western, Twyford and Weeke. 

 

There were 40 Year 10 Sports Leaders from The Westgate School who helped run the event. They led warm up activities to a group of 30 children and prepared the runners for their races. Following this they marshalled the course and supported the competitors around the 1.5km course. They all did a fantastic job and were a credit to The Westgate School.

Each race had on average 120 runners, so those in the first twenty did exceptionally well.

The Westgate Year 3’s all competed and we had amazing results: with 6 girls in the top 20 and  Ellie Jepson winning the year 3 girls race. The boys had 3 in the top 20 with Ollie Foden coming second in his race.

Every runner completed the course, there were some mixed emotions at the finish line but in the whole many finished with a smile. It was a fantastic afternoon with a great atmosphere and it was encouraging to see everyone participating with such determination and sportsmanship.

MasterChef Are You Ready?

Congratulations to Westgate's Finn Ainsworth who graduated from his Young Chefs course at Eastleigh College on Wednesday 9 May 2018.  Finn's final task was to prepare and serve a three course meal for his parents and teachers.  It was a fantastic evening with very fine tasting food.  Congratulations Finn!