Hidden amongst the trees, in the corner of Meads, and next to the Logie burn Itchen carrier, is the recently opened Cameron Bespolka Outdoor Classroom. This wonderful new learning area has been created in memory of Cameron (C, 2011 – 13) who tragically died far too young.
From an early age, Cameron was passionate about the world around him and his family is keen to ensure that outdoor learning is an important element of a Winchester education. This project has been entirely funded by the generosity of donors.
The classroom overlooks the river, and beyond it the landscape, which inspired Keats' ode 'To Autumn'. Current boys and future generations of Wykehamists will no doubt be as inspired by their environment and hopefully develop their own passion for the countryside.
This space is not just for teaching those subjects directly related to the great outdoors, but to enable pupils to learn, surrounded by nature, whether that's philosophy, literature or biology. The amphitheatre style seating caters for up to 30 people and the new pontoon encourages the boys to explore the river and the life within.
As well as being used by our pupils, it will also be available to the various visiting state school groups we welcome as part of our community programme.
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.
26th June 2020
There is always something to celebrate at Winchester College and the last couple of years have been particularly full of significant anniversaries - the opening of the boarding houses and the conversion of Commoners into classrooms - and this summer sees the 150th anniversary of the opening of Moberly Library.
14th June 2020
Sadly, due to COVID-19, Winchester Match is one the events, which have been cancelled this summer. Here, archivist Suzanne Foster, looks back at how Winchester Match developed into the event we know today and shares how it looked in past years.
10th June 2020
Whilst the important commemorations of major moments in the Second World War have dominated our collective consciousness in recent months, there are important episodes in British history from that critical period that are less known but where Old Wykehamists played significant roles. History teacher, James Webster, delves into the details.
8th June 2020
English don, Richard Stillman reflects on the protests sweeping the United States and United Kingdom, what we might do to educate ourselves, and how this might help make a difference.
1st June 2020
In our latest Thought for the Week, Dr Jamie Barron notes that the COVID-19 crisis has brought scientists into the spotlight, but that science by its nature sits uncomfortably with the world of the sound-bite.