Wellesley Weekly

24th September 2018

From the Headmaster's Study

It is our intention to make sure that correspondence between the school and parents is as open as possible. As such, we have decided this year to make all industry scores available to parents. Industry scores are marked in the school calendar as “Mark Readings” and take place every 3 to 4 weeks. At this point, each teacher has the opportunity to award each pupil a score for their specific subject based on their performance and attitude in lessons and with preps. For your information, I include a link to the grid detailing the criteria for the different industry scores, which is also on the reverse of your child’s report found on the parent portal. Your children will be working closely with their form tutors, through using their pupil planners, to review their scores and to plan accordingly for improvements (if possible!) in the next “Mark Reading”. The philosophy behind industry scores, is to promote a “growth mindset” amongst our pupils and to recognise and reward hard work, not just attainment. We hope that you find the open communication beneficial.

I really hope that you will be able to support our Macmillan Coffee morning this Friday that Claire will be hosting (details below). Please accept my apologies for absence at that and at fixtures on Wednesday afternoon – I am away for the second half of this week at the IAPS annual Heads’ conference. I hope that you all have an excellent week.

Gavin Franklin

Future Events

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.

Harvest Festival

We hope you will be able to support our Harvest Festival on Saturday 13th October 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. However, if you are planning to include fresh produce, please do not bring it in any earlier than the week beginning Monday 8th October. Thank you to everyone who has already donated; please keep them coming.

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!

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 (office@wellesleyhouse.net).

School Last Week

Jeans for Genes Day

On Thursday 20th September we took part in Jeans for Genes Day, which raises money to help transform the lives of children affected by genetic disorders. The children, and staff, all wore home clothes including jeans or another denim item in support of this very worthwhile cause. In total we managed to raise £108.80. Thank you all for joining in.

School This Week

Mark Reading

The first marks of term have been given and the standings are as follows:

1st Saxons

2nd Vikings

3rd Romans

4th Danes

Special mention goes to the following pupils who have achieved the highest set of marks for their year: Frederick Southorn, Sylvia Olson, Teegan Pretzlik, Margot Grand, Paloma Llari de Sangenis, Cameron McKenzie and Ella Yu.

This year we shall also be mentioning the highest scoring tutor group, which this week is JS. Well done to everyone in JS.

Music on Monday

Music on Monday was provided by Tony Su. He played drums along to ‘Lights Out’ by Royal Blood, performing at Grade 7 standard. Well done, Tony.

Yachting Certificates

Well done to Amelia and Gracie Lawton, who were presented in Monday’s assembly with certificates they gained during the summer for the Royal Yachting Association Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 2.

Travelling Book Fair

This week we shall be hosting a book fair from 'Travelling Books' in the library. An e-mail has been sent to all parents giving further details. All English classes will have a session when they can look at the many books available, and children will have further opportunities to browse at various times during the week.

East Kent Ploughing Match

JH will be accompanying Mr Spencer and Mrs Franklin on Wednesday for an educational trip to this annual event, which is taking place near Dover. We wish them an enjoyable trip.

Class Assembly

The first class assembly of the school year will take place on Thursday. Mr Waldie’s tutor group will be addressing the school with a theme of 'World Animal Day’.

Team of the Week

'Team of the Week' are the members of JS for their collective effort with their industry scores. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during a morning break.

Block 2 Trip to France

Block 2 will be leaving school at 8.30 am on Friday morning and heading to Ebblinghem, an hour's drive from Calais. Children will wear home clothes. They will be visiting the market at St Omer, a biscuit factory, a chocolaterie and a bakery, and will also be joining a school in St Omer on Friday afternoon. If possible please could children arrive at school on Friday at around 8.00 am if they do not travel on the day bus. They return on Sunday at around 5.00 pm. We wish them "Bon voyage" and remind parents to please ensure passports and European Health Insurance Cards have been brought into school

Sunday Outing

The outing for boarders in Blocks 1 and 3 this Sunday will be to the Bayford Meadows Kart Circuit in Sittingbourne.


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


This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 1.


Matches Last Week

Wednesday 19th September

Hockey v St Faith's: U10 - won 1 - 0

Soccer v Dover College: 1st XI - lost 2 – 10

Soccer v Dover College: 2nd IX - won 7 - 0

Soccer v Kent College (Junior): Colts A - lost 3 - 4

Soccer v Kent College (Junior): Colts B - lost 0 - 4

Soccer v Kent College (Junior): Colts C - lost 0 – 10

Soccer v Kent College (Junior): Colts D - won 4 – 2

Thursday 20th September

Hockey v Sir Roger Manwood’s: U13 A - won 8 – 0

Soccer v St Lawrence: U9 - lost 4 - 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 26th September

Hockey v Duke of York RMS: U13 A & B (a)

Hockey v Dover: U9 (h)

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

Soccer v Northbourne Park: Colts A & B (a)

Soccer v Dover College: U9 (a)

Thursday 27th September

Hockey v Chatham & Clarendon: U13 A (a) (Note: 3.45 pm start)

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