From the Heads

Last week ended with a bang following our magnificent firework display. To have our community together, enjoying the opportunity to catch up with friends, drink mulled wine and eat a hotdog or two was simply wonderful. The display was spectacular and echoes of ‘ooh’s and ah’s’ could be heard around the grounds. Thank you to Liz Dilkes and Tash Hildyard for providing the vision for this event and organising the fireworks and glow sticks. Thank you to everyone in our brilliant catering team and site team for providing the delicious food and the impressive bonfire. It really was a special evening and we are pleased you could join us.

On Friday, we joined together to remember all those brave service men and women who valiantly gave their lives so that we may live in freedom. Thank you to all the children who were involved in delivering our Remembrance services, helping us to reflect on the bravery and courage of those we should never forget.

Mr Gavin Franklin and Mrs Jo Parpworth

JDRM Gavin Portraits-2

School Last Week

Year 5 Roman Day

This year’s Roman Day went very well thanks to the great participation of the children. The day consisted of learning about the Roman army and the equipment of the Roman soldiers, followed by other lessons in roman numerals, using the Caesar cipher and aqueducts. The best part of the day was lunch, where the children experienced a Roman feast. This included food from researched historic recipes. Roasted carrots with mint, flat-bread and honeyed chicken, followed by cinnamon cakes. It was a great Roman day!

Remembrance Assembly

On Friday morning, we held a Pre-Prep Remembrance Assembly. Kaspar Lear from Year 7 started proceedings by playing ‘The Last Post’ on his trumpet. We then explored why we wear poppies and talked about the brave men and women who have fought in wars to save our lives, giving us liberty and freedom. Thank you to Aziza, Louie, Emilia and Lucas in Year 2; Langa, Isabella and Lucio in Year 3 and our Head Students Olivia and Joshua for their poignant readings. This was followed by a 2 minutes’ silence by our war memorial in the Old Hall at 11am.

School This Week

Pre-Prep Values Awards

Reception: David Walters for trying his best and working really hard in all lessons.

Year 1: Rez for his phenomenal focus and progress in reading and writing and also for his very thoughtful piece of writing for Remembrance day; Henry Honeyman who continues to show courage and resilience in his work, writing independently and having the right attitude to keep on going and have a try when faced with a tricky challenge; Arlo Dooner who is always keen to learn and is ready to begin all classroom tasks with a smile on his face. He has shown good teamwork skills and he loves helping others to achieve their goals.

Year 2: Louie Moat for his superb attitude everyday at school, his excellent effort in learning and always willing to have a go at new things; Cooper Webb for his teamwork and resilience when completing his lessons. He is really beginning to think about what he needs to do to achieve good results.

Year 3: Lyndon Smith who always shows kindness towards others and explains choices in a mature way when he feels someone has misunderstood a situation; Lucy Bird who has worked hard using an atlas to find countries and cities in the Americas producing an extensive amount of information on her map.

Senior School Play

We are very much looking forward to WHD’s production of Oliver! We warmly extend the invitation to attend the performances to wider family members and friends. There are two performances, Thursday 17th November at 6.15pm and Friday 18th November at 2pm. As tickets are not issued for the performances, if you are planning to attend, we ask that you complete this google form. Children in Years 1 to 8 will watch the performance on Friday afternoon.

Children in Need

On Friday, we will be supporting the BBC’s Children in Need charity with a non-uniform day and children may come to school in home clothes. A Children in Need voluntary donation of £2 will be added on to your child’s School Money account. However, if you are attending the school play and would rather make a cash donation to Children in Need, collections are being taken during the interval on both days.

Friday Pick up and Exeat Arrangements

On Friday afternoon, we have our final exeat weekend of the term. As school will close at 3.30pm, please note, there will be no after school club or after school paid activities/clubs.
Boarders should return to school on Sunday 20th November between 5.30pm and 6pm and a hot meal will be served at 6.00pm. Weekly boarders without luggage to unpack, may return to school on Monday morning at 8.10am. Boarders choosing to return on Monday morning should be ready for the day as they will not be permitted to come into the boarding house to unpack at this time.

Team of the Week

Each week, a group of pupils is invited to meet with Mr and Mrs Franklin in the library at break time to enjoy some squash and snacks prepared by the catering team. This week, the Team of the Week is the U11 boys and girls netball team who won the Thanet Passport Sports Netball Tournament at St George’s School, Broadstairs. Well done to all for such a brilliant achievement.

Year 6 residential trip

Lots of our Year 6 pupils will be spending the week at Hindleap in 300 acres of woodlands in East Sussex. The children will be developing their teamwork, resilience and will have many opportunities to learn new skills and challenge themselves. They are sure to have a fun packed week. We look forward to hearing all about it next week.

Year 3 Class Assembly

The Year 3 Class Assembly will take place on Wednesday 16th November at 9:00am.

Future Events

Children’s Christmas Fair
We are very excited to be holding our Children’s Christmas Fair on Friday 9th December. Classes will be running their stalls for each other to play. To help with the smooth running of the event each child will be given 25 tokens to the value of 20 pence. Please do let the school office know if you do not wish to be charged £5 on school money for this event. If for any reason your child is absent on the day you will not be charged.

Tombola items

Tombola items needed for Children’sChristmas Fair – any donations for this will be gratefully received throughout November. They can be left with the school office/given to form teachers. Items in the past have included toys, craft activities, games, books, stationery, soft toys, chocolate and sweets or anything that you can think of that the children might like to win! 

School Calendar

Please click here and scroll through for the most up to date calendar of events for the term.


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Matches This Week

2.15pm start unless otherwise stated

Wednesday, 16th November

Football v Northbourne Park: U9 A Boys (h)

Football v Northbourne Park: U9 B Boys (h)

Thursday, 17th November

Dodgeball Yr1/2 (a) 4pm

Please always refer to the website calendar as it is the most up-to-date place to check for fixture changes and locations.

If your child has been selected for a fixture, we will communicate with you prior to the fixture with information regarding the recommended pick up time from Wellesley HD.


Matches Last Week



Football Metherell Cup: U11 A Boys 


Football v Northbourne Park: U13 A Boys 

Lost 2-1

Football v Northbourne Park: U13 B Boys 

Won 3-0

Spring Grove Cross Country: U11 & U9 Boys & Girls

3rd Overall team

Sam Reading – 2nd U9

Joshua Eve – 3rd U11

Ava Harris – 4th U11

Football v JKS: U11 A Boys

Lost 8-0

Netball Tournament Yr5/6 A 


Hockey v Junior King’s: U13 A Girls

Lost 2-7

Hockey v Junior King’s: U13 B Girls

Lost 1-8

Hockey v Northbourne Park: U9 A Girls 

Lost 1-0

Hockey v Northbourne Park: U9 B Girls 

Lost 1-0

Football v Northbourne Park: U11A Boys 

Lost 6-0

Football v Northbourne Park: U11B Boys 

Won 3-0

Football v Spring Grove: U9 A 

Won 4-3

Football v Spring Grove: U9 B 

Lost 2-1

Hockey v Northbourne Park: U13 A Girls

Drew 2-2

Hockey v Northbourne Park: U13 B Girls

Won 3-1


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