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Week beginning 3rd July  

School Last Week

Leavers’ Activity Programme

The activities for the leavers continued on Monday with a Djembe drumming workshop in the morning and then an outing to SOAR Trampoline Park in Gillingham for dodgeball in the afternoon. From Wednesday they took part in ‘The Dragon’s Apprentice’, for which they had three days to research and plan business ideas before attempting to sell them to this year’s Dragons on Saturday morning.  Congratulations to the winning group for their pitch explaining the benefits of Bag 21, a waterproof rucksack with embedded speakers, charger and earphones, and thank you to the Dragons, Mr Hammond, Mr Long and Ms Macintyre.  Winning team: Ethan Beckett, Tobias Dean, George Fenwick, Pablo Guell Borrajo, Abigail Jones, Dominic Leo, Tia Pilkington and Aaren Song.

Set Shout

The Set Shout followed a different programme from previous years, with rehearsals concentrated into a single morning on Tuesday and the competition taking place in the afternoon. The shorter practice time focused minds and the standard was just as high, with Vikings deemed as winners for their performance of Oasis' 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out'.  Thank you to Mr Rogers, our organist, for judging the competition.  Vikings will be heard singing their song at the End of Term Concert.

Block 3 Camping

The Block 3 children were away from school from Thursday until Saturday for the annual camping trip, held this year at Mrs de Gelsey's home.  The campers were set the tasks of erecting their own tents, gathering fire wood and building dens.  They also got to experience their lovely surroundings by going for a walk.  The evenings were spent around the camp-fire roasting marshmallows, singing songs and telling ghost stories.  Thank you to Mr Kearns, Mr Longdon, and Miss Wallace for running the trip.

French Soirée

What a marvellous evening this was.  The children sang beautifully and the parents' French was tested by 'Joyeux anniversaire' and ‘Tête, épaules, genoux, pieds’.  An especially big thank you to the Catering Team for all their work: among the fare provided were French bread, cheese and paté, accompanied by Gallic wines.

New Children's Tea Party

On Saturday we welcomed many of the new pupils who are due to start in September.  Thank you to those of our current pupils who acted as ‘pilots’, taking the new children on guided tours. The weather was ideal and it was a very successful day.

Leavers’ Service

We had a very memorable Leavers' Service on Sunday.  The leavers selected their favourite hymns and sang them in full voice for the last time as pupils of Wellesley House.  Mrs Jane Ashton, a former parent who has been a governor of the school since 2008, spoke to the leavers, and it was an emotional service for all.

Farewell Mr and Mrs O'Malley

It was an enormous pleasure to welcome so many current and former parents, children and staff to Wellesley on Sunday to bid an official farewell to Mr and Mrs O'Malley.  Following speeches from Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the Governing Body, and from Mr O'Malley, leisurely picnic lunches were taken and a festival atmosphere reigned, with visitors commenting on how much at home they felt even if they had not been back to Wellesley for many years.

School This Week

Leavers’ Activity Programme

The final activities for the leavers take place across this week, beginning on Tuesday evening with a talk from some of last year's leavers about their own experience of the transition from Prep School to Public School.  On Wednesday some of the children will helping with an Art Morning for visiting pupils from Callis Grange School, and then they will all be having a party in the evening, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Norton.  The traditional Leavers' Dinner takes place on Thursday evening and the week, and their time at Wellesley, draws to a conclusion with lunch accompanied by parents and staff on Friday, following their performance of the Leavers' Song at the End of Term Concert.

Cricket Quadrangular

The 1st XI had a very early start on Monday morning to travel to Elstree School in Berkshire for the annual Cricket Quadrangular, also involving Cheam and Ludgrove.  Drawn against the hosts in the first match, local knowledge of the ground helped Elstree set a challenging but reachable target; however, in spite of the match being evenly poised half-way through our innings, a flurry of wickets left us short of our goal.  In our second match, Cheam reached a similar total, even though we ran out their top batsman without scoring.  The efforts of Freddie Bond took us close to victory, but no-one else was quite able to stay at the crease long enough in support.  Nevertheless, congratulations to Freddie, whose score of 68 not out led to him being recognised at the award ceremony for the highest individual score of the day.

Choir Trip

The choir enjoyed their end of year outing to Thorpe Park on Monday.  Thank you to Mr Dix for organising the trip, and to the accompanying Miss Green and Miss Stevens.


Good luck to Gigi Dunbar Johnson, who is taking part in the National Prep Schools Athletics Championships in Birmingham on Tuesday.  She is competing in Hurdles and Long Jump.

Block 4 Trip to France

Members of Block 4 left early on Tuesday morning to spend the day in France. Bon voyage!

Art Trip to London

Also on Tuesday, our top artists from Blocks 2 and 3 travelled to London with Miss Beaumont and Mrs O'Malley to spend the day sketching at the National Portrait Gallery.

Swimming Sports

In a change from previous years, the annual Swimming Sports will take place on Thursday morning.  The earlier start will allow the winners of the Set Competition for the whole year to celebrate with a barbecue at lunchtime on Thursday.  When not themselves swimming, competitors will be supporting (noisily) from poolside.  All parents are very welcome to spectate. Races begin at 10.00 am.

Tennis Finals

Tennis finals will take place on Thursday afternoon, beginning at 2.00 pm.

End of term

The final event of the school year for most of the children is the End of Term Concert, which takes place on Friday in the Sports Hall, starting at 11.00 am.  All parents are very welcome to attend.   Term ends at 12.30pm on Friday for all except Block 1 who have their Leavers’ Lunch.  We then look forward to seeing many of you at the 'Wellesley Fest' on Saturday.

Please remember that there are no buses at the end of term on Friday.

We wish everyone a relaxing, sunny summer holiday.


This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 2.

Thought for the Week

"There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story."
Frank Herbert

Matches Last Week

Monday 26th June  
Tennis - Kent Finals: U13 Girls 5th
Wednesday 28th June  
Rounders v Dover College: U11 A (h) Won 11 - 9.5
Cricket v Ashford School: 1st XI (a) Won by 8 wickets
Cricket v Northbourne Park: Colts A (h) Won by 115 runs

Matches This Week

Monday 3rd July  
Cricket - Quadrangular Tournament at Elstree: 1st XI  
Wednesday 5th July  
Cricket v Sunningdale: 1st XI (a) (Note: 11.30 am start)
Cricket v St Faith's: Colts A (h)  
Thursday 6th July  
Swimming Sports (Note: 10.00 am start)
Tennis Finals (Note: 2.00 pm start)