Wellesley Weekly

17th September 2018

From the Headmaster's Study

We often talk to pupils about encouraging them to follow their passions, and we hope that the opportunities provided at Wellesley help to ignite, instil and develop these passions in our pupils. Welleslians performing with passion in a number of different areas has certainly been evident so far this term – in lessons, on the games field, in the choir, in the art and DT school, in their free time…

Following on from that theme, at the end of my presentation to staff at INSET this term, I shared my expectations of them. I spoke about the 4 “Ps” – passion, professionalism, positivity and partnership. When talking about passion, I encouraged staff “to be committed to ensuring that our pupils perform and behave in the best possible way at all times; to be united in caring deeply for the school and for its advancement”. I am sure that as parents, you have similarly high expectations of your child’s teachers and indeed of me as your child’s Headmaster. Our team at Wellesley, will be working hard to ensure that these expectations are met. I am hugely grateful for the respect, support and trust that you give to my staff and me. Thank you.

Gavin Franklin

Future Events

Jeans for Genes Day

This Thursday 20th September we shall be taking part in Jeans for Genes Day, which raises money to help transform the lives of children affected by genetic disorders. We are doing it a day early because of our exeat weekend. The children may wear home clothes including jeans or another denim item, if possible. £1 will be added to the school bill so there is no need to bring any money in. Boarders will wear the home clothes that they have in school that day.

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

We shall be taking part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Please come along to the Franklins’ house after drop off that morning (opposite the school office). We will have coffee and pastries along with ‘Place the cherry on the gateau’ and ‘Guess the length of the sausage roll’ games. There is a suggested donation of £2 to take part (we will have a collection box on the day). Mrs Shatokin has kindly agreed to bake a cake as one the prizes, which is worth coming for alone!

Please come along and join us to raise money for such an amazing cause.

School Last Week


Children in Block 4 took part in a Team-Building day on Friday with Mr Latteur, Mrs Bonthron and Mrs Wallace. Activities included a walk, den-building and solving various problems requiring the children to work together. Particular thanks go to Mr and Mrs Fox-Pitt for again hosting this very enjoyable day.

Sunday Outings

Junior boarders went to the beach at Viking Bay on Sunday morning. There was then an outing in the afternoon to Wingham Wildlife Park. Thank you to Mrs Williams and Mr Kearns for organising the trip.

School This Week

Six of the Best

Congratulations to Poppy Brooke Turner, whose photo collage 'The Urban Alphabet' has been selected as the first of this year’s ‘Six of the Best’. This piece of art, which she worked on during the summer, shows how letters of the alphabet can be spotted in items and views all around us. It will hang in the Headmaster’s study for the first half of this term.

Captain of Hockey

Congratulations to Poppy Falcon, who has been appointed Captain of Hockey.

Team of the Week

This week’s 'Team of the Week' are the 1st XI soccer team, for their determination and teamwork in a very close encounter, which they won with the only goal, against Junior King’s on Saturday. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during a morning break.

Interview Practice

Many members of Block 2 and Block 3 will having interview practice during this week. We are very grateful to Mrs Jenny Olney for acting as interviewer for the children.


Exeat begins at 1.30 pm on Friday and boarders return to school at 8.00 pm on Sunday evening or by 8.20 am on Monday morning. Please would parents ensure they have informed the school secretary of their child’s travel/collection arrangements. The office will be closed over the weekend and emails will not be seen, so please telephone the school with any important messages. The answerphone will be monitored.


Click below to view the latest collections of photographs on the school website.


This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 3.


Matches Last Week

Wednesday 12th September

Hockey v Dover College: U13 A - won 12 – 0

Hockey v Dover College: U13 B - lost 0 – 5

Soccer v St Edmund's: 1st XI - drew 1 – 1

Soccer v St Edmund's: 2nd IX - lost 1 – 6

Soccer v St Edmund's: 3rd IX - lost 1 – 6

Soccer v St Edmund's: Colts A - won 6 – 4

Soccer v St Edmund's: Colts B - won 4 – 2

Saturday 15th September

Hockey v Junior King’s: U13 A - lost 3 – 6

Hockey v Junior King’s: U13 B - lost 0 – 4

Soccer v Junior King’s: 1st XI - won 1 – 0

Soccer v Junior King’s: 2nd IX - lost 1 – 5

Soccer v Junior King’s: 3rd IX - lost 0 – 6

Soccer v Junior King’s: Colts A - lost 0 – 6

Soccer v Junior King’s: Colts B - lost 0 – 4

Soccer v Junior King’s: Colts C - lost 1 - 5

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 19th September

Hockey v St Faith's: U10 (h)

Soccer v Dover College: 1st XI & 2nd IX (a)

Soccer v Kent College J.S.: Colts A, B, C & D (h) (Note: D team also)

Thursday 20th September

Hockey v Sir Roger Manwood’s: U13A (h)

Soccer v St Lawrence: U9 A & B (a)

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