29th October 2018
From the Headmaster's Study
Over half term, I followed with interest the Invictus Games - the international event in which injured armed services personnel compete in a range of sports. This year, as I am sure you are aware, the event took place in Sydney, Australia and was supported by its founder, the Duke of Sussex and his wife. There were many individual examples of success and so many real examples of overcoming adversity and people using challenge in such a positive way. It really was inspiring. These such messages - whilst on the one hand quite extreme for our pupils - are a brilliant way for us to approach the topic of persevering in the face of adversity. At Wellesley, with our academic rigour and extensive "beyond the classroom" programme, pupils are given the opportunity to experience different situations throughout their time here - perhaps reciting a poem in front of the school, playing the piano in full school assembly, taking the penalty flick in the dying seconds of a hockey match and so on. We believe that all such opportunities are an integral part of the education process. Aside from providing opportunities, we also look to create the most supportive environment and provide strategies to enable our pupils to thrive in their formative years at school.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming Colonel Butterfill MC to speak to us at our Remembrance service on Saturday 10th November. The service begins at 12.10pm and we hope that many of you will be able to join us. A soup and sandwich lunch will be served in the library after the service.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice, and in recognition of this we have been thinking about those from Wellesley House and St Peter's Court who have been involved in conflicts. As a personal tribute, and also to help the children to focus on the day, we would like to create a memorial cross with the names of people who are connected to our current Wellesley community. In order to help us with this, you may wish to provide your child with the name of a relative who has been part of any conflict in our past, that they can add to the cross. If you have any questions about this please do contact Mr Kearns.
'The Next Step' - Block 4 Parents
There will be a meeting on Saturday 17th November for Block 4 parents to hear about the application process to senior schools. Parents in other year groups who may have missed previous talks should also attend. The talk takes place at 11.30 am in the library. Please contact the office to confirm your attendance.
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.
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 children in Block 4 accompanied Mrs Franklin and Mr Spencer to the Gap Project in Broadstairs on the Tuesday afternoon before half-term to pass on all the produce kindly donated for out Harvest Festival service.
Block 1 Trip to Paris
21 pupils from Block 1 accompanied Mr Hallam, Mme Laurans and Mr Latteur to Paris just prior to the start of half-term. The timetable was packed with visits, including Montmartre, l'Arc de Triomphe, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, as well as excursions out of Paris to the Palace of Versailles and to Disneyland Paris. Language lessons were included and there were plenty of opportunities for the children to use their language skills in real-life situations. Thank you to the staff for organising such a successful and enjoyable trip. Do have a look at all of the photos on Facebook.
School This Week
Chapel Saturday 3rd November
Please note that Chapel this Saturday will be a school only service, and there will be no soup and sandwich lunch afterwards.
Six of the Best
Congratulations to April Ma, whose charcoal drawing of ‘Still Life’ has been chosen to hang in the Headmaster’s study for this half of term.
Music on Monday
Music on Monday was provided by Catherine Ye, who hugely impressed her audience playing a long piano piece titled ‘The Wind In The Street’ entirely from memory. Well done, Catherine.
The school moves over to the winter timetable from Monday. The main change is that there is just one lesson after lunch before games and activities take place. The second afternoon lesson now takes place at 4.30 pm. Pick-up times for day children remain unchanged at 5.15 pm.
The School Council will hold its second meeting of the school year on Friday during Morning Break in the Library.
Parents Chess Match
The annual Parents v Pupils chess match will take place this Saturday 3rd November at 4.00 p.m. in the Library. 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.
We are looking forward to a large gathering for this year’s event on Saturday and are keeping fingers well and truly crossed that the rain (and wind) stays away!
Parking is on the 1st XI football pitch. Please do not park on the drive at the front of the school. There will be mulled wine in the swimming pool courtyard from 6.00 p.m. prior to the fireworks at 6.45 p.m. The fire will be lit afterwards. Please be aware of the safety rope which spectators must not cross and, also for safety reasons, we ask that parents do not bring sparklers for their children.
We are always very grateful to those of you who donate towards the cost of the fireworks. If you would like to do this, please contact the bursar directly and thank you very much in advance for your support.
The outings for children on Sunday will be either to the cinema or ten-pin bowling.
Team of the Week
The 'Team of the Week' this week are the Chapel Choir, for their general contribution to school life and in particular their work in preparation for and during the Harvest Festival service on the Saturday before half-term. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during Tuesday’s morning break.
William Heneage, who moved on to Uppingham School from Wellesley in 1999, has teamed up with two friends to take on the challenge of running the Marathon Des Sables in April 2019. This event is a 156-mile foot race held over six days in the Sahara Desert, and their team, ‘The Desert Dambusters’, are determined to complete this challenge and thereby to raise money for ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Further information can be seen in their letter and accompanying flyer, which can be downloaded here, and at www.marathondessables.com. If you would like to get in touch with William about the event, please contact the school office.
Matches Last Week
Monday 15th October
Soccer v St Lawrence: Colts A - won 3 – 0
Soccer v St Lawrence: Colts B - drew 2 – 2
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 31st October
Hockey v Duke of York RMS: U13 A & B (h)
Hockey v Spring Grove: U10 (a)
Soccer v Dover College: 1st XI & 2nd IX (h)
Soccer v Kent College (Junior): Colts A, B, C & D (a) (Note: D team also)
Monday 5th November
Soccer v St Lawrence: Colts A & B (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.