On Wednesday 17 November, 400 pupils from ten local primary schools attended our annual Cameron Bespolka Memorial Lecture in New Hall.
The guest speaker, Jonny Owen from the Dorset Wildlife Trust, enthralled the young audience with a dolphin-eyed view of diverse marine life in Poole Harbour and the English Channel, before describing the perils of warmer waters, more acidic waters and plastic waters on Dorset’s marine fauna and birdlife.
Jonny’s talk, ‘A wilder future’, which was held in memory of former Winchester College pupil, Cameron, highlighted the importance of young people becoming both young conservationists, and catalysts for change to protect our oceans from human threats.
Jonny spent an hour with Winchester College's Natural History Society at the Outdoor Classroom before joining 80 children, their parents, and representatives of Hampshire’s wildlife organisations for a special celebratory tea in College Hall, where the numerous entries for a Schools’ Wildlife Garden Design competition were on display.
The panel of judges included Winchester College Head Gardener, Alan Smith and Cameron’s father, Kevin Bespolka. Two pupils from Winnall Primary School and Sparsholt C of E Primary School were elated to win the fabulous prize of a day out for their respective classes at Cameron’s Cottage in the RSPB Franchises Lodge Nature Reserve in the New Forest, and the Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, generously donated by The Cameron Bespolka Trust and the Dorset Wildlife Trust.
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.
13th May 2022
To mark the end of their collaboration as part of the Empower programme, the College's Creative Writing Society met the pupils from Winton Community Academy, to share their writing and explore different techniques and approaches.
10th May 2022
An excited audience of over 300 gathered in Flint Court for ‘Resilience 2022’, a sustainable fashion show in aid of local children’s charity, Naomi House & Jacksplace.
8th May 2022
The Natural History Society and guest students from Park Community School in Havant learnt about rhino conservation with Amanda Smith.
31st March 2022
Developing sustained, enriching partnerships with state secondary schools is a core part of the College's Vision for the 21st century.
28th March 2022
Winchester's biannual speaker event, Studium, offers pupils the opportunity to hear from a host of experts in myriad fields, with the aim of broadening perspectives and horizons.