On Wednesday 18th April, the Mayor of Winchester joined pupils from Osborne School to learn the art of fly fishing in the grounds of Winchester College. Pupils spent a sunny afternoon casting their fly from the banks of the River Itchen, ably instructed by local fly fishing coach, Steve Batten and inspired by the Mayor who successfully hooked a small brown trout.
The activity was assisted by senior pupils from Winchester College through the school’s Community Service programme, which gives pupils the opportunity to broaden their life skills and to support the wider community. The College has established a successful link with Osborne School over many years and runs fly fishing sessions for pupils on a weekly basis throughout the Summer Term.
Mayor of Winchester, David McLean commented, “I spent a couple of glorious hours at Winchester College being taught the art of fly fishing and then being able to impart my new found knowledge to the pupils of Osborne School. The enthusiasm of the young students was a joy to behold!”
Nikki Bolt, Osborne School added, "The pupils are always very excited about the summer term and their opportunity to visit Winchester College for their fishing club. The fishing trips are a great chance for the students to learn and practice a new skill and to socialise with other students they might not know.”
Clare Talks, Director of Community Service at Winchester College commented, "We were delighted that the beautiful surrounds of the College could play host to the pupils of Osborne School and the Mayor. The weather helped to make it the perfect afternoon for all involved.”
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.
11th December 2019
Pupils regularly visit elderly people in local care homes and hospitals for conversation and to perform music but the annual Christmas Tea Party is an opportunity to host them at the school.
21st November 2019
The Primary Maths Challenge is a national competition that helps young people develop a love of mathematics, encourages enthusiasm and boosts confidence. Winchester College mentors pupils from local schools to help prepare for the Challenge and this week celebrated their success in the competition.
20th November 2019
As part of a Week of Wonder at Winchester, 50 pupils from a local primary witnessed the impact of liquid nitrogen on everyday objects.
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.