19th November 2018
From the Headmaster's Study
The subject of “what makes a good education” often invites strong opinion and a range of responses. We, as a school, are in the challenging situation of wanting to ensure that the pupils get in to their chosen and preferred Senior school of choice – wherever that may be (and we are proud of the range of schools to which our pupils progress). However, we absolutely do not believe in the narrow, short-sighted and restrictive “teaching to the test”. We aim to provide a rich and diverse education which promotes resilience, builds confidence and which challenges our pupils. Never was this better on display than at the Senior School play, “Aladdin” which many of you supported last week. It was team work personified, from the actors, to the technical crew, to the back stage helpers, and not to mention all of the staff involved. It was brilliant fun for all involved. It is these such experiences which children will remember when they leave Wellesley and look back on their time here. Of course, we are fully committed to academic rigour, which is an absolute priority, but working alongside the many co-curricular opportunities that we provide and promote. Thank you to all who were able to support the play.
Goodnestone Christmas Fair
The annual Goodnestone Christmas Fair will be held at Goodnestone Park this Saturday 24th November between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm. This is an ideal opportunity to purchase original gifts. Admission will be £2, in aid of Kidney Research. The Wellesley Choir will be singing between 10.30 am and 12.00 noon, accompanied by the Snowdown Colliery Brass Band.
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
Andrew Fisher - Baker extraordinaire
Hazelbank wines - wine tasting with Clare Felton
Barbelo - Annabel Wakeling's organic beauty products for Face & Body. www.barbelo.co.uk
In the Country Kent - Clothes and Accessories for all your outdoor pursuits. www.inthecountrykent.co.uk
Games to include Trap the Reindeer, Drop the Coin, Steady hand game, Guess the weight of the Cake, My Chocolate on a card game, The human fruit machine and more..!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
The Headmaster congratulated Mr Hallam and the entire cast on the success of 'Aladdin'. The children worked extremely hard on their lines, acting, dancing and singing, and their efforts throughout the term resulted in three highly memorable performances. It is a true team effort, with many people working off-stage: scenery, costumes, make-up, music, stage-hands, sound, lighting and camera operators all played a significant part in the performances. Well done to everyone who contributed in any way towards this outstanding production. Do have a look at the photos on Facebook - there are more to come.
Jonathan Mount is again producing a DVD of the play. To order your copy please visit his website. Parents have been emailed the password that you need to login. Please contact the office if you have not received it.
School This Week
Music on Tuesday
Music (on Tuesday this week) was provided by Poppy Brooke Turner, who sang Purcell’s ‘Hark! The Echoing Air’ from ‘The Fairy Queen’. Well done, Poppy, on a beautiful performance of a difficult piece.
Team of the Week
The 'Team of the Week', for achieving the highest average in their industry scores in last week’s Mark Reading, are Mme Laurans’ tutor group, 1L. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during a morning break.
A number of our children took part in Canterbury Junior Hockey Club’s President’s Day at Polo Farm. Well done in particular to Arabella Inns, who was part of a winning team in that event.
The rugby season is now beginning for the boys. There are not many practice sessions before the first fixtures, with matches for Under 13 and Under 12 teams next week at King’s Rochester.
Please note that studs in rugby boots should be changed accordingly. Please see Mr Longdon for further details.
This Thursday the NSPCC are visiting us to deliver their "Speak out. Stay safe." assembly and workshop. The aim of the programme is to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. All our pupils up to Block 2 will be taking part during the morning. Further information can be seen by following this link to the NSPCC website. A letter was sent to parents last week about the event and is available on the school portal. In case you missed it, you can download a copy here.
The competition to create a sock for last week’s Anti-Bullying Week has been extended and the closing date is now this Saturday. The theme is "Choose respect" and the competition is to create a sock (mostly made of paper, but all material welcome) as a metaphor of "we are all odd socks", we are all different and unique. The sock will focus on understanding how pupils can show more respect to each other and celebrate being different. The winner will receive an i-tunes voucher.
Further information about Anti-Bullying Week can be seen on the Anti-Bullying Alliance website.
Middle School and Junior House boarders will be going to Bumble Beez Reload ECombat Lazer Arena in Pysons Road on Sunday. With exams coming up next week, there is a revision day on Sunday for those in Blocks 1 and 2 and for others who wish to attend.
Matches Last Week
Wednesday 14th November
Hockey v Junior King’s: U13 A - won 7 – 2
Hockey v Junior King’s: U13 B - lost 0 – 7
Hockey v Dover College: U9 - won 2 – 0
Soccer v St Edmund’s: 1st XI - won 2 – 1
Soccer v St Edmund’s: 2nd IX - lost 0 - 9
Soccer v St Edmund’s: 3rd IX - lost 0 – 9
Soccer v St Edmund’s: Colts A - won 4 – 0
Soccer v St Edmund’s: Colts B - won 4 – 1
Soccer v St Edmund’s: Colts C - lost 0 – 5
Soccer v Northbourne Park: U9 - won 6 - 1
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.
Tuesday 20th November
Squash v King’s, Canterbury: 1st V (a) (Note: At King’s School Recreation Centre)
Wednesday 21st November
Hockey v Dover College: U13 A & B (a)
Hockey v Lorenden: U10 (h) (Note: Now a home fixture; 2.00 pm start)
Soccer v Spring Grove: U9 A & B (a)
Saturday 24th November
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U13 A (h)
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.
Click below to view the latest collections of photographs on the school website.
This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 2.