From the Heads

This week in itself tells us so much about the opportunities available to our children at Wellesley Haddon Dene. Whilst this list is far from exclusive, aside from their everyday lessons, games and activities, different pupils will experience a Chinese New Year Assembly (delivered by our pupils), a general knowledge schools’ competition, various sporting fixtures and tournaments for U9, U11 and U13s with other schools (in netball, rugby and squash), trips to senior schools for scholarship assessments, a choral masterclass experience at Wellington College and, of course, Scottish Dancing for our Year 4 to Year 8s! One of our aims as a school is to inspire our children and to open up a world of new opportunities for them. This week’s programme of events is evidence of that. We hope that the children all have a fantastic week.

Mr Gavin Franklin and Mrs Jo Parpworth

JDRM Gavin Portraits-2

School Last Week

Burns Night rehearsals

Following last week’s Scottish dancing rehearsals led by Mrs Spencer in the Old Hall, we very much look forward to seeing the pupils perform a range of traditional Scottish dancing at our Burn’s Night celebrations this Tuesday. Very well done to all of our Year 4 and above pupils for entering wholeheartedly into the occasion and our thanks go to our resident Scottish dancing expert for her leadership of the event.

School This Week

Chinese New Year Assembly

In this morning’s (and Friday’s) Assembly, under the leadership of Mrs Bonthron, our Head of EAL, some Year 7 & 8 children delivered an (highly entertaining and informative) Assembly on Chinese New Year, climaxing in a question and answer session at the end, coupled with special prizes. Aside from the fun had by all, we had the opportunity to wish each other, and the Chinese members of our school, a very Happy New Year (of the Rabbit). It also highlighted the diverse and inclusive nature of our school community, of which we are rightly proud.

PFA Coffee Morning in the Old Hall

Please come along from 8.30am onwards this Friday morning for a coffee in the Old Hall which the PFA will be hosting. Parents are welcome to watch the pre-prep assembly at 9am followed by an opportunity to catch up with one another afterwards. It would be lovely to see you there.

Burns Night

On Tuesday evening we will be holding the Burns Night supper for pupils in Years 4 to 8. Pupils should wear Best uniform to school. Boys – grey trousers, navy jumper, white shirt and tie (no jackets/blazers required). Girls – kilt, white blouse and navy cardigan. The evening starts at 5.15pm for a supper of haggis, neeps and tatties before we move through to the Old Hall for some Scottish dancing, where we will see the fruits of last week’s rehearsal. At supper, the Headmaster will address the haggis (or he will persuade a current pupil to as his Scottish accent is really not good!) Children in Years 4 to 6 can be collected at 6.45pm from the Cold Corridor. Children in Years 7 and 8 can be collected at 7pm from the Cold Corridor.

Rowland Constantine GK Shield

We wish our General Knowledge team of Raf Cable (Year 8), Freya Ralph (Year 7), Olivia Dilkes (Year 6) and Theo Alifrangis (Year 5) all the very best as they head to King’s Rochester on Monday for the opening round of the Rowland Constantine Shield. Following the excellent preparation from the House / Set GK competition at the beginning of term, the WHD children very much look forward to competing against pupils from other schools in Kent. We wish them well.

Choir trip to Wellington College

This Thursday the choir members in Year 6 and above will be taking part in a Choral Day at Wellington College led by renowned British choral composer, Bob Chillcott. The choir has performed some of Bob Chillcott’s works in Chapel in the past so we are very much looking forward to meeting him.
We have an early start and a late return so please refer to the Choir Dojo page for detailed information on arrangements.


Please note that this Friday is one of our Exeat weekends, so pick up for all pupils from Year 4 to Year 8 will be at 3.30pm from the usual locations. Should parents need to, please do drive through the barrier for collection (trying as best as possible not to drive onto the field). There will be no Saturday activities programme for Years 5 & 6.

Sporting fixtures

This week, our children are involved in a plethora of sporting fixtures for U9, U11 and U13 teams in netball, rugby and squash. Please keep a close eye on calendars, Dojo and notifications regarding your son / daughter’s involvement. We very much hope that our pupils continue to enjoy the many sporting opportunities on offer at WHD.

Pre-Prep Values Awards


Diruksha for being a kind friend.

Year 1 

Roland for rising to every challenge and having an excellent attitude to learning.

Zyed for always trying his best and working hard to share his excellent ideas with his classmates.

Indigo for an excellent attitude in music and drama – really listening and participating.

Ezra for always showing kindness and explaining activities to his classmates.

Year 2

Margot Owen is respectful in class. She always listens to her teachers and peers and waits patiently for her turn. 

Emilia Foster for her excellent attitude to learning and her determination to enjoy all that WHD has to offer, both during the school day and her participation in after school clubs.

Year 3

Lucio- Showing hard work and independence during Maths. Showing maturity and determination throughout the school day.

Amber- Being super helpful and kind to her peers and adding positivity to the class dynamics. Willing to help others and support them. 


Values Awards

Year 4 

Darcey Page  – has made a sincere effort and worked hard in class while showing respect and consideration to others.

Year 5 

Dougie Taylor for his courage and resilience in trying new things.

Year 6 

Alexandra Kaklamanou for working hard.

Year 7 

Wilbur Henry for his commitment and resilience in all aspects of school life.

Year 8 

Jacky Xu for being an absolute gem of a gentleman (polite, helpful, kind) towards his peers and members of staff. 


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, after a convincing and worthy recommendation from the Head of Boarding, we very much look forward to seeing the boarders (full, weekly and flexis) for their positivity and camaraderie in the boarding house. Very well done to all of the boys and girls involved.

Future events

Role Models: Parent Webinar – How to develop confidence in children

Following the success of their previous webinar ‘Building a resilient family’ in November last year, which had over 1000 registrations, Role Models is hosting a further free parent webinar on How to develop confidence in children’ on Tuesday 28th February at 7.30pm, hosted by their Head of Education, Laura Kay.

A 45 minute online talk, followed by Q&A, exploring how to develop a child’s confidence, nurture their curiosity and encourage a healthy responses to challenges. Throughout their childhood, children are building their internal picture of how they view themselves; their self-esteem, self-efficacy and mindset are being shaped. What can we do to positively impact these important life skills? 

Register using this link:


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, 25 January

Rugby v SLC Festival: U11 A Boys (a) 2pm

Rugby v Foster Cup: U13 A Boys (a) 2pm

Netball v JKS: U11 B Girls (a)

Netball v JKS: U11 A Girls (a)

Rugby v Northbourne Park: U9 A Boys (a)

Rugby v Northbourne Park: U9 B Boys (a)

Netball v Duke of York’s: U13 A Girls (h)

Thursday, 26 January

Netball v SLC: U9 A Girls (h)

Netball v SLC: U9 B Girls (h)

Squash v Holmewood House: 1st V (a) 2pm

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

Rugby v SLC: U11 A Boys

Lost 6 – 7

Rugby v SLC: U11 B Boys 

Won 5 – 3


Netball v Northbourne Park: U11 A Girls

Lost 5-3

Rugby v SLC: U9 A Boys 


Won 3 – 2

Rugby v SLC: U9 B Boys

Won 6 – 0

Cross Country Kent Schools: U12 Boys and Girls 

HB 24th

MF 25th


Netball v Junior King’s: U13 A Girls 

Lost 23 -7

Netball v Northbourne: U13 B Girls 

Lost 5-7







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