10th December 2018
Louie's Helping Hands
Our school charity is Louie's Helping Hands. They have asked us if we would support them in their Christmas Winter Wonderland event this December 23rd in Minster.
They will be holding a Jam Jar Tombola and wondered if Wellesley House pupils (and families) could help with the jam jar donations?
All you need to do is send in a jam jar filled with something a child may like. This could be a jar of sweets or pencils, erasers, hair bands or anything child-orientated, and these will be sold at the Winter Wonderland. Any money raised will contribute towards the new Llewellyn School build currently in progress at Quex Park.
See the Louie's Helping Hands website for more information about the charity and about The Llewellyn School Big Build!
Thank you for your continued support.
School Last Week
Old Welleslians' Advent Carol Service at St Simon Zelotes, Chelsea, London
This was a lovely occasion, taking place in the very special church of St Simon Zelotes in Chelsea, which was beautifully decorated with a Christmas tree and Advent wreaths. The choir were in very good voice, singing, amongst other carols, 'In Dulce Jubilo', 'What Sweeter Music' by John Rutter and ‘O Holy Night’ by Adolf Adam. Lessons were read by Old Welleslians Martha Knight, Angus Maudslay, Ed Richards, Joffy Sale and Frances Steel, along with the Headmaster. It was wonderful to see so many Old Welleslians and former parents along with current parents, staff and governors.
The Dickens Declaimers came into school on Tuesday afternoon to give a presentation to the Block 1 and Block 2 pupils. After an introduction about Dickens, his novels and his links with the local area, we were then treated to a reading, in costume, from ‘Our Mutual Friend’. Thank you to the Dickens Declaimers, and it was particularly good to see Mrs Ewer, former Headmaster’s PA, who presided over the event.
The final class assembly of the term took place on Thursday. Mr Kearns’ tutor group addressed the school in an entertaining manner, explaining about the impending withdrawal of the UK from the European Union.
The NSPCC returned on Friday to congratulate us on the success of our Fun Run, and to thank us for raising the huge sum of £942.85. Thank you to all of the parents and friends who gave their support.
Youngsters on the Air
Members of Hilderstone Radio Club were in school on Saturday to run the annual 'Youngsters on the Air' event. The event is an initiative aimed at engaging youngsters in amateur radio and ‘encourages young people to experience the excitement and diversity that amateur radio has to offer with other activities running alongside the on-air station'. Classes were able to take part in activities designed to show the children how to use hand-held amateur radios, and also learned about Morse code. Further details can be seen on the Radio Society of Great Britain website.
The annual form plays took place on Saturday evening. As always this was a thespian treat, with excellent and highly entertaining performances from all the tutor groups, and the Junior House in particular showing their talents on stage. The acts were again punctuated by interludes from Mr. Latteur, who was very ably supported in his groan-inducing jokes by Mr Waldie. The evening concluded with an Antipodean offering by Sally and Hamish, our two departing gap students. Thank you to Mr Spencer for masterminding the extravaganza: a fun time was had by all.
The boarders outing on Sunday was to the pantomime at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. They had a very enjoyable afternoon watching ‘Cinderella’. Many thanks to Mr. Hallam and his accompanying staff for organising this trip.
School This Week
The fourth and final marks of term have been given and the standings are as follows:
Special mention goes to the following pupils who have achieved the highest set of marks for their year: Freddie Southorn, Sylvia Olson, Heath Archie Brown, Margot Grand, Paloma Llari de Sangenis, Katie Baird, April Ma, Cameron McKenzie and Catherine Ye.
The most improved pupils in each year group were Rio Goddard, Stas Shatokhin, Archie Butterfill, Raul Forsythe-Artiga and Tony Alaka, while the highest scoring tutor group was JH.
Music and Dance on Monday
We were entertained by two performances in Monday’s assembly, both reprised from the Orchard Christmas Party on Sunday evening. Catherine Ye began the assembly with a very graceful traditional Chinese dance, while Tabitha Butterfill, Poppy Falcon and Gigi Dunbar Johnson brought proceedings to a close with a beautiful rendition of ‘You Raise Me Up’.
Certificates were awarded in Monday's assembly for the LAMDA exams taken in early November. Congratulations to the following for their results: Toni Alaka, Joshua Andrews, Henry Barker, Harriet Brooks, Archie Butterfill, Tabitha Butterfill, Barnaby Carter, Poppy Falcon, Margot Grand, Daniel Gurung, Matthew Gurung, Tom Leonard, Alexander Long, Matthew McBride, Jansci Motsi, Stas Shatokhin, Freddie Southorn,and Ella Yu.
National Poetry Day
Certificates were also presented to Margot Grand and Lilia Hunter, for their entries into National Poetry Day ‘The Lost Words’ competition earlier this term. Congratulations, Margot and Lilia.
The result of the competition to create a sock for November’s Anti-Bullying Week was announced in Monday’s assembly. The theme was "Choose respect" and the competition was to create a sock as a metaphor of "we are all odd socks", we are all different and unique. Special mentions go to Poppy Brooke Turner and Pablo Guzman, and the winner, who received a book token, was Margot Grand. Well done, Margot.
Further information about Anti-Bullying Week can be seen on the Anti-Bullying Alliance website.
Well done to Henry Barker, who was presented in Monday’s assembly with his certificate from the British Fencing Association for Grade 7 Foil.
The Christmas tree is in place in the Old Hall and we are now looking forward to the Christmas Feast on Tuesday evening, followed by the end-of-term party for the children. A reminder that day children should bring their best uniform into school to change into on Tuesday for the Feast; collection will be at around 8.30 pm for Block 3, Block 4 and Junior House, and 9.00 pm for Block 1 and Block 2.
On Wednesday, all pupils should come to school wearing their best uniform. We look forward to seeing parents here in Chapel for the Carol Service, which starts at 11.30 am. The service will be followed by coffee in the Dining Room.
Middle School Play
Auditions have been taking place for the Middle School play, 'Ye-Ha!’, and we await the casting with much anticipation. Rehearsals will take place throughout next term, with the performances taking place on the last two days of term.
Boarders return to school on the evening of Wednesday 9th January and the whole school on Thursday 10th January. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.
Matches Last Week
Matches Last Week
Monday 3rd December
Hockey v St Lawrence: U13 A - lost 2 – 5
Wednesday 5th December
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U10 - lost 0 – 1
Rugby v Junior King’s: U13 - won 8 – 2
Rugby v Junior King’s: U12 - lost 2 – 12
Matches This Week
Please always refer to the website calendar as it is the most up-to-date place to check for fixture changes and locations.
Monday 10th December
Rugby v St Lawrence College: U13 & U12 (a)
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This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 2.