Sixth-form and undergraduate students from across Hampshire gathered at Winchester College on Saturday 19 October for a prize-giving ceremony and celebration of John Keats. It is 200 years since the poet wrote his famous poem ‘To Autumn’ after walking through the water meadows that run past the school.
Winchester College ran an essay competition, in association with the Keats Foundation and the University of Winchester, that asked local pupils to write about poems from Keats’ ‘living year’ 1819. The competition was open to all and we were delighted by the high-standard of the entries. Students from St. Swithun’s School, Winchester College, and the University of Winchester claimed the top prizes.
The prize-giving included talks by the eminent Keats scholar and biographer, Professor Nicholas Roe, Reader at the University of St. Andrews, and Dr Gary Farnell from the University of Winchester. After the awards, guests visited the school’s Treasury, which currently has an exhibition on Keats and his contemporaries, before enjoying an afternoon tea.
We were also grateful to the support of independent bookshop, P&G Wells, for their prize donations.
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.
4th November 2019
At the opening of the Cameron Bespolka Outdoor Classroom, we welcomed family, friends, teachers and House staff to remember Cameron and celebrate his legacy in the form of this inspiring new learning space.
1st November 2019
Not many schools have their own River Keeper. Mark Sankey tells us about managing the water meadows, the biodiversity of the Itchen, and filming with the BBC.
23rd October 2019
One of the stars of the show writes about his love of acting, the importance of drama at the school, and the latest production.
5th September 2019
Two Winchester pupils chosen to represent the UK, came home with medals from the 2019 Chemistry Olympiad, and the Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad.
16th July 2019
A Winchester College pupil has won a national chemistry competition, scoring the highest mark out of 10,000 pupils.