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Enrichment Activities for Park Community School

Winchester College are delighted to have formed a new partnership with Park Community School in Havant.  We are planning to organise a series of activities to help raise the aspirations of their students and open up opportunities for enrichment.  We are planning a series of activities including rowing coaching and some hands-on sessions in the Treasury.   In return we look forward to making use of some of Park Community School’s fantastic facilities, including a smallholding.  We hope this will be the start of a strong partnership that benefits students from both schools.

To coincide with Winchester Green Week, students from Park Community School joined us for a day of ecology in the water meadows.  Teachers from our Geography and Biology departments provided this unique experience.   Pupils learnt about the ecological importance of the River Itchen and why this chalk stream supports such a diverse flora and fauna.  They checked reptile refugia in the College’s nature reserve and sampled the terrestrial invertebrates there.  Kick sampling in the river showed them the caddis fly larvae and mayfly nymphs that are in abundance and they heard about the lifecycle of salmon as well as the hydrology of the stream.  

Winchester College were delighted to host 14 Year 10 students to attend the Mallory Centenary event.  The afternoon began with a tour of the photographic exhibition and encouraged the students to think about what it may have been like to climb Everest 100 years ago with rudimentary equipment under harsh weather conditions.  This was followed by Choral Evensong in College Chapel and dinner in College Hall.  We then enjoyed an inspiring talk by Stephan Venables who, in 1988, became the first Briton to ascend the summit of Mount Everest without oxygen.