From the Heads
In this morning’s Assembly, we took the opportunity to reflect on the significance of Armistice Day and the sacrifice that was made by countless people to protect our freedom and the future of our country. Our formal events this week will include the opportunity for staff and children to come together at 11am on the 11/11 for a period of silence and the Last Post played by one of our pupils, as well as a Chapel Service for Year 4 – 8 children and parents at 4pm on Friday afternoon.
Not to be beaten by the elements, we are delighted to confirm our intention to run the Bonfire Night and Fireworks extravaganza this Thursday afternoon / evening and we look forward to seeing those of you who can make it at this event.
Mr Gavin Franklin and Mrs Jo Parpworth
This is a polite reminder that parents must not enter our site / school buildings without signing in at the office first. Naturally, this is for safeguarding purposes. If children have forgotten uniform items or bags (which can happen!), these can be dropped at reception and we will ensure these reach your child. Thank you.
As part of our approach to promoting healthy eating, can we respectfully ask parents to consider the nutritional value of the snacks that they are providing for their children to enjoy at break times? Specifically, please do not send in crisps, chocolate or sweets – we do run a tuck shop on Friday mornings for these such “treats”. We would also like to remind all that fresh fruit is available for all children after lunch and supper each day. Thank you.
School Last Week
Mrs Spencer planned an evening of Trick or Treating for the boarders in the local community on Monday 31st October. After a fantastically creative spooky supper, the children went up to the boarding house to put on their costumes and grab their treat bags. The children were dressed as some interesting characters including a scary rabbit, a ghost, Cousin IT, a skeleton and a giant T-Rex!
We were so impressed and touched by the effort that the residents of Broadstairs had gone to to make Halloween fun for the children of the town. Some houses were brilliantly decorated and the residents were dressed up, too. Thank you to the staff who organised this fun activity for the boarders and to the wonderful catering team for the excellent spooky supper!
Trinity Musical Theatre exams
Congratulations to two of our talented students who took Trinity Musical Theatre exams recently. Here are the results:
Mabel Dunbar-Brunton Grade 2 Musical Theatre 85/100 Distinction
Pearl Dunbar-Brunton Initial Grade Musical Theatre 87/100 Distinction
Art recognition – Six of the Best
Each half of term, Mr Parfitt, Head of Art and DT selects some work to be displayed in the Heads’ study. This half term, two pupils have been selected and these will proudly hang in Mrs Parpworth and Mr Franklin’s studies. As announced in this morning’s Assembly, Mr Parfitt says:
“It has been very hard to choose two students for ‘Six of the Best’ because it’s been such a good start to term. The appetite for and enjoyment of creative subjects at WHD is such a strength and it’s been a genuine pleasure to teach the students old and new over the past few weeks. However, the two students are:
Mirabel Poulson (Year 8) and Olivia Dilkes (Year 6).
Mirabel has made a brilliant start to the year. She is very hardworking and her determination to produce both imaginative and well realised art work is evident in everything she makes. Her triptych drawing employs cross hatching, stippling and line, is delicately made, but bold in its ambition and thoroughly deserves to be recognised. Her work can be seen in the Header of the Weekly.
Olivia has also made a great start to term. She clearly loves the subject and her enthusiasm and positive attitude towards learning has seen her technical skills and imagination soar. Her tessellating pattern is excellent and required considerable time and patience to complete, I look forward to seeing her work develop over the next year.”
Very well done, Mirabel and Olivia.
School This Week
On Wednesday morning we will be taking this term’s team photos (Year 3 and above). Please could we ask parents to make sure that pupils have clean sports kit in school:
navy skort or navy shorts (Years 3 to 8)
navy blue long socks (Years 3 to 8)
navy PE top (Years 3 to 6)
white PE top (Year 7 and 8)
Details on ordering team photos and also individual and class photos (taken last week) will be sent through to parents shortly.
Year 5 Roman Day
This is a history themed day and we invite all the children to come to school dressed in Roman costumes. On Tuesday, lessons will have a Roman theme and they will also be having a special lunch inspired by some Roman recipes. Please be aware that afternoon activities will be on as normal, but the children can change into their PE kit if they’d rather not attend these sessions in costume.
Please could we ask that no weapons are brought into school – plastic or otherwise!
Tombola items needed for Childrens’ Christmas 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!
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, as a result of their recent great team performances, the U11B football team have been named as ‘Team of the Week’ and will join Mr and Mrs Franklin for squash and home baked goodies at breaktime on Friday.
Friends of WHD Bonfire Night
Following last week’s postponed Bonfire Night we are looking to re-run the event this Thursday 10th November. We hope that many parents / family members can join us and we thank the Friends of WHD for their sterling organisational efforts with this.
Due to the wet weather conditions we have been experiencing we ask that all visitors park in the school car parks or off site if they are full. There will be no parking through the barrier as the school fields are extremely muddy. Walk in entry will be through the barrier where payment can be made.
A reminder that although the after school club is running, please note there will not be any after school paid activities/clubs taking place.
Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion have asked if we can support them in selling poppies (and other RBL merchandise) within our community in the weeks leading up to Armistice Day. The children may bring a donation into school and choose from the RBL boxes something that they can wear during this period of Remembrance. Pre-prep donations and boxes are in Junior House and Yrs 4-8 can make their donations outside the school office. There will be a school only Remembrance service on Friday 11th November at 11am and a Remembrance Chapel service for year 4 to year 8 pupils, which all parents are warmly invited to in the Ridgeway Chapel/Old Hall at 4pm.
ISEB Common Pre-Test – Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November
Some of our Year 6 and Year 7 pupils will sit these tests in English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning (taking place in our ICT suite at WHD) that form part of the entry requirements into a range of Senior Independent Schools. We wish them all well.
Remembrance Chapel Service – Friday 11 November
We very much look forward to inviting all parents to our Remembrance Chapel Service in the Ridgeway Chapel here at WHD on Friday 11th November, when we will have the opportunity to pause, reflect and consider the sacrifices that people made and continue to make to protect our freedom. Further information and a google form for attendance was sent to parents earlier this week.
Please click here and scroll through for the most up to date calendar of events for the term.
Matches This Week
2.15pm start unless otherwise stated
Wednesday, 9th November
Football Metherell Cup: U11 A Boys (a) 1:30
Football v Northbourne Park: U13 A Boys (a)
Football v Northbourne Park: U13 B Boys (a)
Spring Grove Cross Country: U11 & U9 Boys & Girls (a)
Thursday, 10th November
Football v JKS: U11 A Boys (h) 3pm
Saturday, 12th November
Netball Tournament Yr5/6 A (a) @St Georges Primary School Broadstairs 9:30-12
Hockey v Junior King’s: U13 B Girls (h) 1:45
Hockey v Junior King’s: U13 A Girls (h) 2:30
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 v St Edmund’s: U11 A Boys
Football v St Edmund’s: U11 B Boys
Football v St Edmund’s: U11 C Boys
Football v St Edmund’s: U13 A Boys
Football v St Edmund’s: U13 B Boys
Hockey v Dover College: U11 A Girls
Hockey v Dover College: U13 A Girls
Hockey v Dover College: U13 B Girls
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U9 A Girls
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U9 B Girls
Football v Northbourne Park: U11A Boys
Football v Northbourne Park: U11B Boys
Football v Spring Grove: U9 A
Football v Spring Grove: U9 B
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U13 A Girls
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U13 B Girls