‘Look deep into nature and you’ll understand everything better’ - Einstein.
Winchester College welcomed over 900 local pupils and members of the public on Wednesday 15 November for the annual Cameron Bespolka Memorial Wildlife Talk and Lecture. Guest speaker, Megan McCubbin, ecologist, conservationist, and wildlife presenter, enthralled a packed audience in New Hall in the afternoon and evening with her knowledge, passion, and expertise.
Whilst highlighting species’ vulnerability across the globe to habitat loss and illegal wildlife trade, Megan gave attendees hope through scientists ‘working miracles’ across six continents; from a captive breeding programme to conserve the Northern White Rhino, to the use of satellite imagery to protect remaining colonies of the Emperor Penguin.
Bob (K), President of the College's Natural History Society, summed up the sentiments of all who attended: ‘What I found most elucidating, yet harrowing, about Megan McCubbin’s talk was the fact that ‘rock salmon’ and ‘huss’ were just euphemisms for fried shark, spiny dogfish to be exact, which has caused their populations to plummet by 98%’.
Megan also attended an afternoon tea in College Hall for 100 local pupils and their families and presented prizes to the winners of the Primary Schools Wildlife Competition.
The creativity of the 175 entries impressed the judges and brought optimism that the younger generation is both deeply concerned about biodiversity loss and determined to bring systemic change to Earth. The legacy of Cameron Bespolka continues to educate us all.
5th December 2023
The Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide has named Winchester College its Southeast Independent Secondary School of the Year 2024.
14th November 2023
The College held the finals of its public speaking competition, Recita, on Friday 10 November to a packed audience.
20th June 2023
On Wednesday 14 June, a group of Year 12 geographers from the College traveled to Herefordshire and the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park to undertake residential fieldwork.
9th June 2023
Dr Cullerne, Head of Faith Circles, delivered last Friday's address in Chapel inspired by a talk in Faith Circels given by a pupil, entitled 'Blind Faith'.
22nd May 2023
A mock General Election was held at the College as part of the Widening Perspectives society's aim to expose pupils to a wide range of views and opinions.
7th May 2023
The results in for the College's two most prestigious writing competitions.