On 11 November, twenty pupils competed in Recita, Winchester College’s recitation final: ten lower-school pupils for the Jack Parr Award / Simon Eliot Cup; and ten upper-school pupils for the King’s Silver Medal for English Speech. A capacity audience in School was treated to an evening of compelling poetry. What impressed was not only were the contestants word-perfect from memory, but their interpretations showed tremendous sensitivity and commitment. Our esteemed judge was the poet Carrie Etter.
Jack Parr Award / Simon Eliot Cup
Matthew Sneller (College) won the lower-school competition for his moving rendition of Eliot’s 'The Journey of the Magi'. The runners up were Arthur James-Duff (Fearon's) with a poignant reading of Manley Hopkin’s 'Binsey Populars', and Alex Winnifrith's (Turner's) excerpt from another Eliot poem, 'The Waste Land'.
King’s Silver Medal for English Speech
The upper-school competition was equally hotly-contested, with William Brem (Chernocke House) eventually triumphing with the blazing drama of Sylvia Plath’s ‘Lady Lazarus.’ Second was Brian Chan (Du Boulay's) with a heartfelt reading of ‘Immigrant Blues’ by Li Young Lee, with third place going to Sasha Del Mar's (Morshead's) exuberant recitation of Allen Ginsberg’s ‘A Supermarket in California.’
5th February 2023
On Tuesday 31 January, two of the most significant and influential figures involved in nature recovery, Sir Charles Burrell and Mr Derek Gow, spoke to pupils, parents, dons and Friends of Winchester College about rewilding, regenerative farming and ecology.
4th December 2022
The annual inter-house art competition, known as Drew Jug, requires collaborative spirit, team research, and plenty of creativity.
27th November 2022
Young entrepreneurs gathered at Winchester College on 26 November to pitch their ideas to end waste in schools. The Ignite competition, part of the College's Makyth Ventures programme, brought teams from across the country.
24th November 2022
Proper preparation for the MMI, used by the majority of UK medical schools, is critical to pupils hoping to study medicine at university. Winchester runs practice interview sessions, which are crafted to emulate the real experience, for its own pupils and students from schools across Hampshire.
10th November 2022
Ross Brawn OBE inspired his audience with insights into all aspects of motor racing and his hugely successful career in Formula One.
8th November 2022
In line of COP27 and concerns about the need for more concerted action, pupils have organised a whole-school Climate Week with a range of talks, events and activities.