Recita is the Winchester College annual recitation competition. Every boy in the second to fifth years learns a poem of at least 16 lines to recite in their English or Div classes. Two winners go forth to the hotly-contested semi-finals with ten boys going through to the Lower School Recita competition for the Jack Parr Award / Simon Eliot Cup, and ten contesting for the highly-coveted Queen’s Silver Medal for English Speech. The competition is judged by a guest professional poet.
This year saw a blended Recita, with a small live audience in New Hall as well as the event being streamed live. The Hampshire Poet Laureate, Kathryn Bevis, judged the event remotely and sent her verdict in following the event. She awarded the Queen’s Silver Medal for Speech to sixth form entrant, Adedeji Adesida for his recitation of ‘ Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou.
In her comments, Kathryn Bevis described Adedeji’s winning performance as "outstanding and breath taking," noting, "I thought you were this poem. I loved the way that you used your whole body as well as your whole voice. That you brought your acting skill to bear so powerfully on enacting this poem. You looked so comfortable with this. You held the energy of this poem, you held the power of this poem, seemingly so easily and I know how much work goes into making that look easy. Well done."
The Lower School competition was won by Peter Marsden (G) with Isaac Rosenberg’s ‘Returning, We Hear the Larks.’ Ms Bevis commented: "This performance has everything for me. It was versatile in terms of its range in voice. It had great authority. Its performer was unafraid to inhabit the performance as fully as he could. The poem played out its story through gesture, through expression and through physical movement as well."
Lower School Recita for the Jack Parr Award / Simon Eliot Cup
1. Peter Marsden (G): ‘Returning, We Hear the Larks’ by Isaac Rosenberg
2. Michael Nevin (G): ‘A Dog Is A Dog’ by T.S. Eliot
3. Mike Wimbush (B): ‘Break of Day in the Trenches by Isaac Rosenberg
Upper School Recita for the Queen’s Silver Medal for Speech
1. Adedeji Adesida (F): ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou
2. Laurie Goggin (G): ‘People's Faces’ by Kae Tempest
3. Kit Colville (B): ‘I Love My Job’ by Dr Seuss
7th May 2021
In this year's Wykeham Journal, Professor Paul Elkington MBE (Old Wykehamist) highlights how his work on researching and treating patients with tuberculosis led to the creation of an entirely new type of respirator hood, which is now standard issue at Southampton Hospital and 16 other NHS trusts. Instead of patenting their design, Paul's team put it out on the internet for anyone to copy.
4th July 2021
18 year old Aston Wade OW has won the British Open Golf Croquet Championship.
22nd June 2021
Winchester College has entered a new partnership with Andover College to enable them to run a CCF programme for its students.
14th June 2021
On Sunday 13 June, we hosted the premiere of our Sixty Second Cinema film competition, showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of our first year film makers.
13th June 2021
A number of our Community Service projects seek to make an important environmental impact. The teacher leading our rewilding project in Berkshire, Adam Rattray, explains the context and the progress that has already been made.
25th May 2021
Last weekend sixth form pupils led a 24 hour music festival, involving performers of all ages and raising over £5000 for charity. They entertained a small live audience as well as parents and friends, via a livestream of the entire event.