15th October 2018
From the Headmaster's Study
As half term arrives, I would like to highlight some events that are happening after we return from our break. The Wellesley House Christmas fair on Saturday 1st December is a must. Please make sure that you have the date in your diary and please spread the word amongst all of your friends and contacts. It is sure to be a superb and festive gathering with some great pupil and parent led stalls on offer. Huge thanks to the Friends of Wellesley and those of you who are heavily involved in the preparations.
Also, the Old Welleslians are hosting an Advent Service in London – at St Simon Zelotes Church in Chelsea on Thursday 6th December (as per our calendar). Current parents, their friends and families are warmly invited. Our choir will be performing and there will be drinks after the Service. We would love for you to join us.
I would like to congratulate the pupils for their efforts at the start of this academic year – they have individually and collectively made many positive contributions. I wish them, you, and indeed all of our teachers, a well-deserved half term holiday.
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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
School Last Week
Thank you for a wonderful turnout at Saturday’s Harvest Festival service and for the produce that was kindly given for distribution to local charities. Thank you to the lesson readers and to the choir, who sang beautifully. Freddie Southorn carried the harvest loaf to the altar, accompanied by his sister Lottie, who carried the basket of grapes. Many thanks also to The Reverend Canon Toby Marchand, chaplain of Dover College, for his address: he spoke entertainingly about his school days, and then of our collective responsibility to take care of the planet for future generations, referring to Chief Seattle, who called for respect of Native American land rights and environmental values in the mid-19th century.
The children in Block 4 will be accompanying Mrs Franklin and Mr Spencer to the Salvation Army in Ramsgate on Tuesday afternoon to pass on all the produce donated.
Cross Country at Schools at Somerhill
Fifteen pupils took part in the IAPS cross country event at The Schools at Somerhill last Thursday. Each race had more than 100 entrants, and all our competitors ran with great spirit and enthusiasm. Our best performers were William Franklin, who finished 15th in the Under 9 race, Reuben Okotie, who was 14th in the Under 11 age group, and Gigi Dunbar Johnson, who came 17th for the under 13s. Well done to all.
Soccer Set Matches
The annual Set Matches took place on Saturday, with teams comprised of both girls and boys. After a competitive afternoon, with close matches, Saxons came out as victors, with Romans in 2nd place and Danes finishing 3rd.
Senior boarders had an energetic trip on Sunday, pitting their wits against each other paintballing at Quex Park, while their younger brethren went into Broadstairs to enjoy a round of mini-golf at Lillyputt.
School This Week
The second 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, Margot Grand, Paloma Llari de Sangenis, Katie Baird, Catherine Ye and Ines Vaes Somolinos.
The most improved pupils in each year group were Platon Shatokhin, Georgie Carter, Everett Olson, Simon Ji, Joe Dawson and Daniel Stowell, while the highest scoring tutor group was JH.
Music on Monday
We were treated to two performances this week in Music on Monday. First, Oscar Vaughan played Verdi’s ‘Anvil Chorus’ from ‘Il Trovatore’ on the trumpet. William Norton then gave a rendition on the trombone of ‘Food, Glorious Food’ from Lionel Bart’s ‘Oliver!’. Well done, Oscar and William.
Team of the Week
The 'Team of the Week' this week are Form JH, for being the highest scoring tutor group in the latest Mark Reading. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during a morning break.
Well done to Poppy Falcon, who stood up before the school in Monday’s assembly to give a detailed match report from the recent Kent Mini-Hockey Championships.
Lilia Hunter was presented with her certificate in Monday’s assembly for her achievement in swimming one mile. Also in Monday’s assembly, Heath Voisey-Stovell was presented with his Award for Sporting Achievement from the Kent Deaf Children’s Society. Well done, Lilia and Heath.
Congratulations to Jordan Cox, who has been named as a member of the England Under 19 Cricket squad for winter training camps in the UK and in Bangalore, India. He will then hope to be selected for the 15-man squad that will be touring Bangladesh in the new year and playing the hosts in all three formats of the game.
Block 1 Trip to Paris
A group of 21 children from Block 1 are looking forward to spending a few days in Paris this week. They will be leaving on Tuesday morning with Mr Hallam, Mme Laurans and Mr Latteur, and, in addition to their French lessons, will visit some of the well-known sights: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Montmartre and the Louvre. They will also travel out to the Palais de Versailles and to Disneyland. We wish them 'Bon Voyage' and a very successful trip.
Junior House Lunch
We are looking forward to welcoming parents of pupils in forms JH and JS to the Junior House Lunch on Wednesday at 12.45 p.m., when they will be able to meet with the members of staff who teach their children.
Half-term begins at 1.30 pm this Wednesday 17th October. Boarders will return at 8.00 pm on Sunday 28th October and day pupils on Monday 29th October. We wish you all a relaxing half-term.
Matches Last Week
Wednesday 10th October
Hockey v St Edmund's: U13 A - lost 2 – 4
Hockey v St Edmund's: U13 B - lost 1 – 3
Hockey v St Lawrence: U11 - won 5 – 2
Soccer − Ashford School Tournament: Colts A Quarter Finals
Soccer v Dover College: U9 - lost 2 – 7
Thursday 11th October
Hockey v Chatham & Clarendon: U13 B - won 4 – 1
Hockey v Chatham & Clarendon: U13 C - won 11 - 0
Monday 15th October
Soccer v St Lawrence: Colts A - won 3 – 0
Soccer v St Lawrence: Colts B - drew 2 – 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.
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This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 1.