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Week beginning 13th November
From the Headmaster's Study
A tremendously full and action packed week – including many events reviewed below – climaxed with Remembrance weekend where our community come together on Saturday at 11 00 and on Sunday where our boarders and some parents enjoyed our Chapel service. Both were special occasions and they gave us the opportunity to honour and remember Old Welleslians who died serving our country.
We are all extremely excited for the Senior Play and we look forward to welcoming many of you to performances at the end of this week. The pupils (and staff!) have worked so hard in the build up to the main event and thank you in advance for all of your support of the cast.
When the Exeat comes, we hope that you enjoy some quality time with your families.
'The Next Step' - Block 4 Parents
There will be a meeting this Saturday 18th 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 Lion King'
Following full rehearsals on Friday and Sunday, the play is fast approaching. The final Dress Rehearsal takes place on Tuesday afternoon and then we look forward with great anticipation to the three performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Please can those who have not done so either return the slip to the school office, or reply by email, if you would like seats for one of the performances. Please also confirm when you will be collecting your child on the Saturday (i.e. before lunch at 12.20 pm, or after the play).
School Last Week
It was wonderful to see so many present and former Wellesley families and staff paying tribute at the Memorial Service for Peter Budden on Thursday. St Clement's Church in Sandwich was filled and the reception afterwards at Royal St George's Golf Club gave us all a chance to remember Peter and his 50 year association with the school, with roles including teacher, cricket coach, archivist and alumni representative. He will be much missed, but his presence will live on.
LAMDA exams took place on Tuesday in the Sports Hall and we look forward to receiving the results of these.
Block 4 Roman Day
Block 4 had Roman-themed day on Tuesday, during which their lessons involved Roman-based activities. They also partook of a Roman lunch and we enjoyed seeing Mr Kearns patrolling the school in his suit of armour.
The season of squash matches got underway on Tuesday at St Lawrence. Although the match resulted in a 0 - 5 loss, our players competed well against much older, faster and taller children, and will have learned much from the experience.
The Colts A team played admirably at the Metherell Cup on Wednesday, fighting hard to reach the final of the competition. Finishing 2nd in their group, they produced a backs-to-the-wall performance in the semi-final, against the tournament favourites, Ashford Prep. Jonjo Wylie in goal, under considerable pressure, would not let anything past him, and Harry Heming hit an unstoppable shot from the halfway line with just a few seconds remaining at the end of extra time. Although they could not quite repeat this in the final, against Kent College Junior School, they can look back on an excellent afternoon. Well done.
Our younger cross-country runners headed to Spring Grove on Wednesday for a competition involving many other schools. In cold, wet and windy conditions all the girls and boys taking part acquitted themselves most commendably, and there were some excellent individual performances, including William Franklin who won his age group. Congratulations to everyone for an excellent team effort.
Congratulations to the singers who performed at Fenwick's in Canterbury on Thursday evening. They had great fun and their ability and efforts were acknowledged with a cheque for £100 for the school. Well done.
The whole school community joined together by the War Memorial in the Old Hall on Saturday morning. Members of Form 2 read poems by Wilfred Owen, Rudyard Kipling and John McCrae and the Two Minute Silence was then observed.
Many thanks to Colonel EMC Coles TD QHN QARANC for giving the address at the Remembrance Service on Sunday. Colonel Coles, who is Mrs Hatt's sister, spoke of her experiences as a nurse and soldier in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and of the privilege of serving her country. Her closing message to the children was: 'Remember the dead, those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but look after the living. Work hard, challenge yourselves, look after others, look out for your buddies, be loyal, have fun and you will get through the tough times and be richer for it.'
Thank you also to the choir, and especially to Minnie Dunbar Johnson for her beautiful solo.
School This Week
Music on Monday
Music on Monday was provided by Isabella Cable, who played one of her Scholarship pieces, 'Romance' by Stewart Macpherson, on the oboe, a piece that she also played at Fenwick's last Thursday. Well done, Isabella, on a most impressive performance.
Following the School Council meeting earlier in the month, Nandita Gurung and Pelumi Adedoyin-Adeyinka addressed the school about Anti-Bullying Week, which is being recognised by schools across the country. We shall be running a competition this week to design a poster, or make a short video, with the theme of 'All Different, All Equal'. The closing day for entries will be Friday, and the winner will receive an iTunes voucher.
Further information about Anti-Bullying Week can seen on the Anti-Bullying Alliance website.
Team of the Week
In a departure from the norm, a nomination was made for this week's 'Team of the Week' for Miss Stevens and Miss Wallace, for their work with the Under 10 hockey team. However, they just miss out, and the award is shared by the Cross-Country team and by the group who performed at Fenwick's in Canterbury last Thursday. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during a morning break.
Photographs from recent events, including Block 4's Roman day and the cross-country competition at Spring Grove, have been added to the website. Click on Photo Galleries to view the collections of photographs.
The Play Exeat follows the play on Saturday. Please note that there are no coaches on Saturday. Boarding pupils are expected back in school on Monday evening at 8.00 pm and coaches will be operating for the return journey. Lessons resume on Tuesday morning.
Goodnestone Park Christmas Fair
Goodnestone Park will be holding their annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 25th November. Full details can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 1.
Matches Last Week
|Monday 6th November|
|Soccer v St Lawrence: Colts A||Won 4 - 3|
|Soccer v St Lawrence: Colts B||Won 2 - 1|
|Tuesday 7th November|
|Squash v St Lawrence: 1st V||Lost 0 - 5|
|Wednesday 8th November|
|Cross-Country at Spring Grove School||See report above|
|Hockey v Dover College: U13 C||Cancelled|
|Hockey v St Lawrence: U10||Won 2 - 0|
|Soccer v Northbourne Park: 1st XI||Drew 2 - 2|
|Soccer v Northbourne Park: 2nd IX||Won 5 - 0|
|Soccer - Metherell Cup at Junior King's: Colts A||Runners-Up|
|Saturday 11th November|
|Soccer v Junior King's: 1st XI||Lost 0 - 3|
|Soccer v Junior King's: 2nd IX||Lost 3 - 8|
|Soccer v Junior King's: 3rd IX||Lost 1 - 2|
|Soccer v Junior King's: Colts A||Lost 0 - 3|
|Soccer v Junior King's: Colts B||Drew 2 - 2|
|Soccer v Junior King's: Colts C||Lost 0 - 6|
|Soccer v Junior King's: Colts D||Lost 1 - 10|
Matches This Week
|Monday 13th November|
|Hockey v Sir Roger Manwood's: U13 A & B (a)||(Note: At Polo Farm; 4.00 pm start)|
|Wednesday 15th November|
|Hockey v Sutton Valence: U13 A & B (h)|
|Hockey v Northbourne Park: U9 (h)|
|Soccer v St Edmund's: 1st XI, 2nd IX & 3rd IX (h)|
|Soccer v St Edmund's: Colts A, B, C & D (a)|
|Soccer v Northbourne Park: U9 (a)|