8th October 2018
From the Headmaster's Study
This Wednesday is World Mental Health day. As you are no doubt aware, the mental health of young people is something that comes up almost daily in our news. Different people do and will encounter challenges at different stages of their lives and at Wellesley, we aim to provide an education and an environment that supports each individual and helps them to grow and flourish. We are regularly reviewing how best to make this work at Wellesley and, as such, we are making constant adjustments to our provision (delivered through PSHE, pupil planners, assemblies, school council, games, music, art, chapel, mindfulness etc.) In half term, Mrs Franklin will be attending this conference in London, run by the University of Buckingham (with an extraordinary array of prominent speakers) and we look forward to hearing cutting edge advice and considering how we can continue to develop our support systems for the children and staff that fall under our care. It is of real importance to us.
Around this time last year, as the days began to shorten, we shared a document with our pupils about leading and living a “mentally healthy life”. The poster that we put together (see below) provided the pupils (and staff) with strategies to encourage them to remain emotionally healthy throughout the dark winter months.
We look forward to seeing many of you at the Harvest service on Saturday and thank you for your help in providing shoe boxes of goods for the Salvation Army in Ramsgate.
We hope you will be able to support our Harvest Festival this Saturday by sending in donations of food items (preferably in decorated, shoebox-size cardboard boxes) that can be distributed by local charities. We ask that all items brought into school should be non-perishable: items such as tea bags, tinned and dried food, biscuits and even toothpaste are particularly useful. We are now able to accept fresh produce. Thank you to everyone who has already donated; please keep them coming. 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.
Parents Chess Match
The annual Parents v Pupils chess match will take place this year on Saturday 3rd November at 4.00 pm in the Library. It follows the Mothers v Girls hockey match and precedes the bonfire and fireworks in the evening so it makes the entire day an enjoyable occasion for all. If any parents would like to take part in the chess match or would like further details, please contact Mr Tunbridge, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
If you wish to take a stall at the Christmas Fair, please speak with either Claire Franklin or Belinda Wakeling. You can contact them via the school office (email@example.com).
School Last Week
The first class assembly of the school year took place on Tuesday. Mr Waldie’s tutor group addressed the school with a theme of 'World Animal Day’, highlighting the harm that humans can do to the animal world and how we can all make a difference.
National Poetry Day
Thursday 4th October was National Poetry Day and we were delighted to welcome Gary Studley to the school for the morning to work with the different year groups. The morning began with an assembly as an introduction to the day, and then each year group had a workshop during which they wrote their own poems based on this year’s National Poetry Day theme of ‘Change’. They have also been focusing on poetry in their English lessons.
The School Council held its first meeting of the school year on Friday. Among the topics discussed were which charities the school should support over the coming academic year. Following a video presentation, and information from Mrs Hatt, who visited the site over the summer, the councillors unanimously voted to support Louie's Helping Hands. Run by Wellesley parents, the charity has embarked on an ambitious project to build the Llewellyn School and Nursery at Quex Park. The aim of the school is to support children aged 2-11 living in Kent and the South East with multi-sensory impairments and physical difficulties. We look forward to hearing more about the project over the course of the year as we support this very important cause.
The next meeting is on Friday 2nd November.
Mrs. Wallace led Block 1 in a Study Skills session on Friday morning, with the aim of helping each pupil to discover their own individual learning style and to identify the right techniques for them to perform at their best and succeed. She gave them tips and ideas which will benefit them as they progress towards the examinations they will be taking later in the year.
The outing for boarders on Sunday was to Flip Out Ashford for an exhausting afternoon of trampolining activities.
School This Week
Music on Monday
Music on Monday was provided by Charlie Bond, who played drums to ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra. Well done, Charlie.
Team of the Week
The 'Team of the Week' are the Under 13 Girls hockey team. They have had an excellent start to the season, producing fine performances against much larger schools. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during a morning break.
We welcome Johnnie Jackson to the school on Wednesday. He is a housemaster at Eton and will be in school looking at the boarding houses and talking with the boarders and boarding staff.
Senior boarders will be going paintballing at Quex Park this Sunday, while Middle School and Junior House will heading to Manston to enjoy a round of mini-golf.
Our teams will be travelling to Schools at Somerhill, near Tonbridge, to race in the regional cross-country event on Thursday. Good luck to all our competitors. Please note that this event starts at 2.00 p.m.
Matches Last Week
Wednesday 3rd October
Hockey - Kent Mini-Hockey Tournament: U13 A - Quarter-finals
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U9 - won 6 – 0
Soccer - Shapira Cup: 1st VI - 3rd in group; Plate Competition semi-finals
Soccer - Spring Grove Tournament: Colts A - Quarter-finals
Thursday 4th October
Hockey v Sir Roger Manwood’s: U13 B - lost 0 – 2
Hockey v Junior King’s: U9 - lost 1 – 3
Soccer v Lorenden: U9 A - lost 2 - 5
Soccer v Lorenden: U9 B - won 1 – 0
Saturday 6th October
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U11 - lost 0 – 4
Soccer v Northbourne Park: Colts A - won 3 – 1
Soccer v Northbourne Park: Colts B - won 4 – 2
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.
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.
Wednesday 10th October
Hockey v St Edmund's: U13 A & B (h)
Hockey v St Lawrence: U11 (a) (Note: now an U11 fixture)
Soccer − Ashford School Tournament: Colts A (Note: at Ashford Prep, Great Chart; 2.00 pm start)
Soccer v Dover College: U9 (h)
Thursday 11th October
Regional Cross-Country (Note: at Schools at Somerhill, Tonbridge; 2.00 pm start)
Hockey v Chatham & Clarendon: U13 B (a) (Note: 3.45 pm start)
Saturday 13th October
Soccer – Set Matches
Monday 15th October
Soccer v St Lawrence: Colts A & B (h)
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This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 3.