Wellesley Weekly

5th November 2018

From the Headmaster's Study

There are 3 war memorials at Wellesley that acknowledge and recognise the old boys of Wellesley House and St Peter’s Court who died serving our country in war. These can be found in the library, in the Old Hall and next to the organ in the Chapel. In Assembly on Monday, we encouraged pupils not just to read these names as they walk past them this week, but also to think of these people as Old Welleslians and of the incredibly brave role they played into fighting to protect our country and to make the world a safer place. Throughout the week, your children will also have had the opportunity to study war poetry and extracts in their English lessons as well as checking the displays that have gone up on Cold Corridor. We are delighted to welcome one of our parents, Colonel Jo Butterfill who will speak at our service. We really do hope that you can join us for this special occasion.

Gavin Franklin

Future Events

Remembrance Service

Our Remembrance Chapel Service will take place this Saturday 10th November and we look forward to welcoming Colonel Butterfill who will speak to the school. The service begins at 12.10 p.m.; parents and families are warmly invited to attend. Soup and sandwiches will be served after the service, so do please contact the office if you are planning to join us, so that we can make the necessary catering arrangements.

Christmas Fair

The Friends of Wellesley would like you to Save The Date for the Wellesley House Christmas Fair. This will take place on Saturday 1st December in the Old Hall, between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm. Christmas Shopping, games, mince pies, music and more! Stalls will include:

Catapult Clothing Brightly coloured t-shirts for 5-16 year olds, striking but simple designs. We also sell hoodies, caps, beanies & bags.

Sarah Featherstone Limited edition botanical prints, vintage interior items and seasonal bulbs.

Flamingo Paperie Bright, fun cards and wrapping paper. All you need to wrap up Christmas.

Bushbells Kenyan Kikoi pyjama bottoms.

Bobby V Shirts Bobby V was an idea born in 2015 after a visit to India and a brief stop in Jaipur. On seeing the beautiful fabrics that are handcrafted with years of tradition the seed was sown. With a clothing business in the 90’s Bobby V has always had an eye for fashion and is sure that his shirts will become firm favourites in your wardrobe. As well as parties, festivals and holidays, these shirts can be worn every day and hopefully add a bit of colour into our lives. Love – Live – Laugh

ChalkUK is a local wholesale company based in Thanet selling a range of loungewear and home accessories to independent retailers. A unique opportunity to buy our Christmas sacks, mums’ and children’s T-shirts, Cosy scarves and socks, scented candles and smells. See more on Instagram - chalkuk.

If you would like to volunteer to run a stall at the Christmas Fair or to sell goods on the day, please speak with Belinda Wakeling. Contact via the school office (office@wellesleyhouse.net).

Old Welleslians' Advent Carol Service at St Simon Zelotes, Chelsea, London

The annual Old Welleslians’ Carol Service takes place in London on Thursday 6th December. The service at St Simon Zelotes in Chelsea begins at 6.30 pm., and all parents are very welcome to join the congregation for what is always a very joyous occasion. Please contact the school office for further information.

School Last Week

School Council

The school council met on Friday 2nd November during morning break. As usual there was plenty of business to get through. We discussed how we were going to advertise the Christmas Fair to the school, and Mrs Franklin set us the task of producing posters for the event. There were helpful comments about some new activities that could be provided, and some of the senior pupils showed good initiative with plans to set up some evening coaching sessions for younger children. The next meeting is on Friday 30th November.


LAMDA exams took place on Saturday in the Sports Hall and we look forward to receiving the results of these.

Parents Chess Match

Two teams of eight players took part in the Parents v Children chess match on Saturday, with Tony Su joining seven other team members whose parents were playing. Early results suggested that it would be a difficult match, but the children rallied to be trailing by only 5 – 3 after the first round of games. In the second round, when children play against their parents, the children were still trailing with two games left to finish, but the results in those meant that the match ended in a draw, with 8 points to each team.

Thank you to all the adults who took part, and well done in particular to Tony Su and Freddie Southorn, who each won both their matches, and to William Franklin who had a win and a draw.

Fireworks Party

We welcomed large numbers of parents, families, Old Welleslians and visitors on Saturday for the annual fireworks display, which proved to be very impressive. Thanks go to Mr Latteur and to his team of Mr Taylor, Miss Wallace and our gap students, Sally and Hamish, and to everyone else who helped to make this a very successful evening, including kitchen staff and car parking assistants. The bonfire burned well and the children munched their way through all the hot dogs. We are always grateful to those of you who contribute towards the cost of the display. Wellesley parents have always been very generous in supporting this event and it is never too late to donate if you wish to do so. Thanks also to the Friends of Wellesley for providing the Flashing Batons that were very popular amongst the pupils and visiting children at the event.

Sunday Outings

The outing for children on Sunday was to the cinema to see either ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’ or ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’.

Alumni Visit

We were delighted to welcome Anna, Frances and William Steel to Saturday’s chapel service and for a snack lunch afterwards with the longer-serving members of the teaching staff. Anna, Frances and William are not only Old Welleslians but also the children of former Headmaster Richard Steel and his wife Judith. It was wonderful to see them and they particularly enjoyed wandering round their old school and home.

School This Week

Music on Monday

Music on Monday was provided by Robin Hu, who played ‘Under The Sea’ from ‘The Little Mermaid’, one of his Grade 1 pieces, on the viola. Well done, Robin.

Paris Trip

Tabitha Butterfill and Poppy Brooke Turner addressed the school in Monday’s assembly following the Paris trip at the start of half-term. Their report showed how much they and all the pupils and staff had enjoyed the trip, visiting various landmarks as well as practising their French.

Block 4 Roman Day

Block 4 will have a Roman-themed day on Tuesday, during which their lessons will involve Roman-based activities. They will also be enjoying a Roman lunch. We especially look forward to seeing Mr Kearns and Mr Latteur patrolling the school in suits of armour.


The first squash match of the school year takes place on Tuesday, when the 1st V play against St. Lawrence College. Congratulations to Gigi Dunbar Johnson, who has been appointed as Captain of Squash for this year.

La Traviata: Behind The Curtain

The choir and some additional pupils will be going to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on Thursday evening to experience a special performance of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’. This is described as “an operatic event that will explore just some of the secrets of this uniquely rich art-form”. We wish them an enjoyable evening and we thank Mr Dix for organising this trip. Further details can be seen by visiting the Marlowe Theatre website.


We are now into the full swing of rehearsals for the senior play. This week will see the Technical Rehearsal on Friday afternoon, with further rehearsals in costume to follow early next week.

Please can those who have not done so either return the slip to the school office, or reply by email, if you would like seats for one of the performances. Please also confirm when you will be collecting your child on the Saturday (i.e. before lunch at 12.20 pm, or after the play).

Sunday Outings

The outing for children on Sunday will be to Tides Swimming Centre in Deal.

Team of the Week

The 'Team of the Week' this week are the Under 13 B Hockey Team, for their strong improvement during the course of the term. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during a morning break.

Alumni News

William Heneage, who moved on to Uppingham School from Wellesley in 1999, has teamed up with two friends to take on the challenge of running the Marathon Des Sables in April 2019. This event is a 156-mile foot race held over six days in the Sahara Desert, and their team, ‘The Desert Dambusters’, are determined to complete this challenge and thereby to raise money for ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Further information can be seen in their letter and accompanying flyer, which can be downloaded here, and at www.marathondessables.com. If you would like to get in touch with William about the event, please contact the school office.

Matches Last Week

Wednesday 31st October

Hockey v Duke of York RMS: U13 A - won 7 – 0

Hockey v Duke of York RMS: U13 B - won 6 – 2

Hockey v Spring Grove: U10 - won 1 – 0

Soccer v Dover College: 1st XI - won 6 – 2

Soccer v Dover College: 2nd IX - won 6 – 0

Soccer v Kent College (Junior): Colts A - lost 0 – 1

Soccer v Kent College (Junior): Colts B - lost 0 – 2

Soccer v Kent College (Junior): Colts C - lost 1 – 6

Soccer v Kent College (Junior): Colts D - lost 1 – 2

Sporting Competitions

A full week of sporting fixtures lies ahead, and they will include tournaments for the Colts A soccer team at Junior King’s on Wednesday and the Under 9 soccer team at Spring Grove on Thursday. Also at Spring Grove, on Wednesday, we shall be entering Under 9 boys and Under 10 girls and boys in their Inter Schools Cross-Country event.

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 5th November

Soccer v St Lawrence: Colts A & B (h)

Tuesday 5th November

Squash v St Lawrence: 1st VI (a)

Wednesday 7th November

Hockey v St Edmund’s: U13 A & B (h)

Hockey v Northbourne Park: U9 (a)

Soccer v Northbourne Park: 1st XI & 2nd IX (a)

Soccer – Metherell Cup at Junior King’s: Colts A (a) (Note: 2.00 pm start)

Soccer v Lorenden: Colts B (a)

Cross-Country – Spring Grove: U9 & U10 (a) (Note: 2.00 pm start)

Thursday 8th November

Soccer v Dane Court: 1st XI, 2nd IX & 3rd IX (h) (Note: 2.45 pm start)

Soccer – Spring Grove Tournament: U9 (a) (Note: 1.30 pm start)

Saturday 10th November

Hockey v Northbourne Park: U13 B (a)

Soccer v Junior King’s: 1st XI & 3rd IX (a)

Soccer v Junior King’s: 2nd IX (h)

Soccer v Junior King’s: Colts A & B (h)

Soccer v Junior King’s: Colts C (a)

Molten Golden Ball Challenge Standings

The Molten Golden Ball Challenge is an annual tournament played against Junior King's, St Edmund's and Northbourne Park at both U13 and U11 levels.

League Table 2018


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