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.
6th October 2022
Local primary school children are invited to enter our wildlife poetry competition and attend a special lecture by renowned ornithologist Roger Morgan-Grenville.
20th September 2022
The whole school is aiming to run and walk a total of 4,000km on the morning of Friday 23 September to raise money for a water pump at Basgo Nunnery Orphanage in rural India.
8th September 2022
The Treasury museum welcomed over 80 children to free Family Craft mornings over the summer.
6th September 2022
A team of pupils, jointly committed to their ideas behind their Investor Soc project, spent the summer putting their plans into action by supporting Impact Schools and teaching online.
16th June 2022
The Charities Committee is aiming to raise £8000 to fund an ambulance for Ukraine, with a sponsored cycle event on Wykeham Day.