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Week beginning 15th January
Parents should be made aware that they will see an increase in school communication by way of the school portal in the next few weeks and months. We are attempting to become less paper driven and the portal allows us to do a number of things electronically. Block 2 parents will have received a consent form for the French trip later this year. This allows parents to give consent and sign on screen via touch-screen or by using your mouse. To sign the form you will need to click on the pencil (top right) and then use your stylus/finger (if on a touch screen) or your mouse to sign.
We hope that you will find this way of working much more effective. Gone are the days of permission slips being found crumpled in the bottom of bags! Mr Spencer will also be in touch shortly via the portal to establish weekend arrangements for boarders.
From the Headmaster's Study
As a means to us being open to feedback and understanding the thoughts of all parents, I will be circulating a questionnaire later this week for you to complete. I really do hope that it will not take up much of your time, but your feedback is valuable to us. Your timely completion of the survey would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time, thoughts and comments.
At Assembly on Monday morning, we were delighted to welcome Amy Nicholson, our new school counsellor, who has joined our team (on a part time basis) to offer further pastoral support for all staff and pupils within our school. Further details are outlined below. It is a positive step for our community.
Claire is hosting another coffee morning after drop off this Friday in the Headmaster's house – everyone is welcome and she very much looks forward to seeing all that can make it.
You are warmly invited to attend Chapel this coming Saturday followed by soup and sandwiches for parents in the library - full details are below.
Have a great week.
School Last Week
Townsend Warner History Prize
Seven pupils took the first paper for the Townsend Warner History Prize on Friday afternoon. This competition for prep school children began in 1886 and has been won five times by Wellesley pupils. Those who qualify from Paper 1, a general knowledge history paper consisting of 100 short questions from British and world history, will take Paper 2 immediately after the half-term break.
We held the first of our Saturday chapel services at the weekend, and very much enjoyed listening to Gareth Doodes, the Headmaster of Dover College. He addressed the school most entertainingly on resilience and perseverance, drawing analogies with the film 'Sing', which many of the children had seen. Our next service is this coming Saturday, at 12.10 p.m. Parents and families are warmly invited to attend. Soup and sandwiches will be served after the service, so do please contact the office if you are planning to join us, so that we can make the necessary catering arrangements.
The first round of the annual inter-set general knowledge quiz, the Wellesley Challenge, took place on Saturday evening and provided us with two closely-fought matches. The first was very tense, with Saxons leading for most of the match, but a strong surge at the end meant that Romans beat Saxons by 365 to 345 points. The second match was more measured, with lower scoring overall. Danes led for about half of the match but Vikings woke up in the final half to go on to win by 245 points to 190. Fine individual performances were from Isabella Cable for Romans, Tom Leonard for Saxons and Pelumi Adedoyin-Adeyinka for Danes. The final, on the last Friday of term, will be Viking v Romans, with Danes and Saxons playing for 3rd and 4th places.
The outings for the boarders on Sunday were to the VUE cinema. The senior group went to see 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' while middle and junior boarders watched 'Coco'. Thank you to Mr Spencer, Miss Stevens and Mme Laurans for organising these outings.
School This Week
We welcome current parent Mrs Charlotte Evans to the school on Wednesday in her guise as a new governor of the school. As many of you will be aware, she is also the daughter of former Wellesley headmaster Bill Sale. She will have responsibility for marketing. We wish her well in her new role.
In Monday's assembly we were delighted to welcome Mrs Amy Nicholson, who is joining us as School Counsellor. She will be coming in to the school on a regular basis and all members of the Wellesley community will have the opportunity to speak to her about anything they wish to discuss. Amy can be contacted, at any time, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music on Monday
Music on Monday was provided by Isabella Cable, who played Jacob van Eyck's 'The English Nightingale', one of her Music Scholarship pieces, on the recorder. Well done, Isabella, on an excellent performance.
Captain of Netball
Congratulations to Nandita Gurung who has been announced as the captain of netball. We wish her and all the teams a successful season.
Sports matches for this term start on Wednesday, with the girls and boys continuing their netball and rugby fixtures which began late last term. Please remember to refer to the website calendar as it is the most up-to-date place to check for changes and locations. Good luck to all the teams playing this week.
Congratulations to Freddie Miles, who travelled to Nottingham as part of the Kent team who played in the Junior Finals of the Inter County Championships organised by England Squash at the weekend. His team beat Gloucestershire in the semi-final and then Warwickshire in the final, both by a 3-0 scoreline, and were therefore crowned Boys Under 11 Champions, a fine achievement.
Team of the Week
The winners of this week's 'Team of the Week' are this term's new Welleslians, who have all settled in very quickly. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during a morning break.
Librarian badges were awarded in Monday’s assembly to William Allfrey, Gabriel Barlow, Rachael Badero, Jolomi Etan, Harrison Lawton and Miyah Woolaghan.
UK Schools Chess Challenge
This year's UK Schools Chess Challenge will begin this week. There will be two separate competitions, one for Junior House children and one for those in the middle and senior parts of the school. Those who enter will play seven rounds within the school during this term, with the winners qualifying for the Area Megafinal at the beginning of the Summer Term, followed potentially by the South Gigafinal and then the National Terafinal. Last year's tournament attracted more than 40,000 children from 1280 schools, so competition is fierce.
Scottish Dancing Rehearsals
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evening in preparation for our Burns Night celebrations next week, on Tuesday 23rd January. The rehearsal for Block 3, Block 4 and Junior House lasts from 5.45 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., followed by Blocks 1 and 2 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Parents of day pupils should have received information from Mrs Hatt about these rehearsals: please contact her if you have not received these details.
Early Film Club
This week's presentation to the Early Film Club, on Wednesday afternoon, has Harold Lloyd starring in 'Get Out and Get Under', which was released in 1920. The film was produced and directed by Hal Roach, who is best known for his work with Laurel and Hardy.
The School Council will hold its first meeting of the term on Friday during Morning Break in the Library.
The outing for boarders this Sunday will be to Bugsy's bowling alley in Margate.
Middle School Play
Rehearsals for this year’s Middle School play, 'Treasure Island', have now begun. Rehearsals will take place mainly during the Activity periods on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, and we look forward to the performances at the end of term.
Second Hand Uniform
If you would like to purchase any second hand uniform there will be the opportunity on Saturday afternoons. Please contact the school office to make an appointment and Mrs Willshire, our Senior Side matron, will look after you in the senior boarding house.
This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 2.
Matches This Week
As advised last term, please always refer to the website calendar as it is the most up-to-date place to check for fixture changes and locations.
|Wednesday 17th January|
|Netball v Dover College: U13 B & C (h)|
|Rugby v Duke of York's: U13 & U12 (h)|
|Rugby v Ashford & St Lawrence: U11 & U10 (a)||(Note: at Ashford Prep)|
|Saturday 20th January|
|Rugby v Junior King's: U13, U12 & U10 (h)|
|Rugby v Junior King's: U11 (a)|
|Monday 22nd January|
|Rugby v Junior King's: U9 (h)||(Note: 3.00 pm start)|