From the Headmaster’s Study
Last Friday evening, we hosted our annual Middle and Senior School poetry recital competition. There were 28 performers in total with a refreshingly wide range of poem choice – from Auden to Nesbitt; from Frost to Dahl; from Betjeman to Donaldson; from Shelley to Rosen; from Kipling to de la Mare. The overall standard was superb (many staff suggesting it was the highest in recent memory), and aside from demonstrating such linguistic ability, the pupils also displayed huge courage to perform in front of an Old Hall packed with their peers, parents, grandparents, siblings and staff. Our guest adjudicator, Mr Anthony Lyons – Head of Creative Writing, English teacher and Editor of the superb publication Mind’s Eye from The King’s School, Canterbury, commented on the high quality of the performers and the brilliant atmosphere of the event. He really did have an impossible job to select winners and we would like to acknowledge and congratulate all of our performers. I would also like to thank parents for their wonderful support of the event – certainly one of the highlights in our artistic calendar.
I am away from Wednesday of this week with our cricketers as we head to Cape Town on tour, so my apologies for absence at fixtures on Wednesday and at pick up on Friday. Dominic Spencer will ably take the reins in my absence. When it comes, I wish you and your families a wonderful half term – the children have absolutely earned a much-deserved holiday and rest.
1st XI Cricket tour to Cape Town
This Wednesday, 12 Wellesley cricketers, head to South Africa for 9 days of cricketing and cultural learning. Aside from playing 5 matches against strong South African opposition, the touring party will visit Robben Island, have a tour of Newlands cricket ground, climb Table Mountain, visit a Cheetah outreach sanctuary, enjoy an early morning and late evening drive at a Game Reserve and take some rest and recuperation on Cape Town’s world famous beach – Camps Bay. You can follow their progress through any of our social media channels and we wish the boys a memorable experience.
NEXT STEPS: THE BOARDING OPTION
A chance to discover how modern independent schools
prepare young people to be the next business leaders
Saturday 21 March, 10.30am
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ,
King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
Info and booking: www.benenden.school/next
Easter cricket course
After the huge success of last year’s course, we are delighted to announce the dates for our Easter Cricket course – Monday 20th April and Tuesday 21st April 2020. This follows the news that Wellesley has been recognised by the internationally renowned magazine, “The Cricketer”, as one of the top 50 cricket playing prep schools in the UK. The full article can be downloaded here. The course is for boys and girls of all levels, aged between 6 and 13, and will be led by Wellesley’s team of qualified and experienced coaches. Please click here for full details on the course. The booking form can be found by clicking here.
The Friends of Wellesley Quiz
The Friends of Wellesley Quiz will be held on Friday 20th March at 7pm. Once again Jean Latteur and his team will host the evening, accompanied by delicious curry and fizz. Team tables can be organised for between 10-12 guests. Tickets are £20 per head. Please contact Belinda Wakeling, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your team name, details and money if you would like to take part.
School Last Week
The School Council met on Friday for the first time this term. We discussed the charities that we will be supporting as a school this term, and they were interested to hear about the Everest in the Alps challenge that you can read more about below. Our representatives from the Pre-Prep had plenty to say and were pleased to hear that Mrs Brown and Mr Curtis were meeting to discuss Pre-Prep catering! Many thanks to all of the representatives for their time and effort.
Year 3 Shopping Trip
Year 3 had been studying money all week in their maths lessons. Having progressed to adding totals and finding the right amount of change, Miss Hopkin decided a trip to the local shop was necessary. Each child was given one pound and had to come back with some change. Most people bought two items but Henley found a bargain at 50p for a large pack of biscuits. Everyone got their change and a receipt and enjoyed their treat as an after school snack. Thank you to Mrs Franklin for walking there with us.
Poetry Recitation Competition
Mr Anthony Lyons (Head of English at King’s School, Canterbury) had an exceedingly difficult task on Friday evening when he came to Wellesley to judge our Poetry Recital. We were all treated to a wonderful plethora of poetry and everyone present agreed that all of the children that performed did so splendidly.
The winner for the Middle School was Raf Cable, with his fabulous recital of ‘It Wasn’t Me’ by Steve Turner, and the runner up was Margot Grand with her slightly adapted version of Henrietta Downtown’s poem ‘Be True, Girls’, which she performed with great command.
The Senior School prize went to Joe Dawson, who performed his poem (‘Strict’ by Michael Rosen) with panache and humour. The runner up was Reuben Okotie, who amazed everyone with his performance of ‘Three Little Pigs’ by Roald Dahl.
A huge thank you to all involved and for the parents for their support with this significant event in our calendar.
After entering this year’s ‘Litter Angels’ anti-litter poster campaign, congratulations go to Henry Obee who was chosen as the winning Wellesley entry. Anti-litter charity ‘Litter Angels’ was set up to educate children about the negative impact that litter has on our local environment. Well done, Henry.
The boarders were due to travel to Gillingham on Sunday to the Soar Trampoline Park, but unfortunately due the weather the trip had to be cancelled. They enjoyed a film in school and some time in the sports hall instead.
School This Week
Well done to Katie Baird and Mola Etan who have been invited to join the Excellence programme at the King’s School, Canterbury for Drama and Art respectively.
Team photographs were taken on Wednesday. The procedure for ordering photographs will be e-mailed to parents when the photographs are ready to be viewed and purchased.
The first informal music concert for this term will take place in the Music School at 10.35 am on Thursday.
Team of the Week
The winners of this week’s ‘Team of the Week’ are the U11 rugby team for their superb team effort at the Milner Festival last week where they demonstrated great spirit, fitness and determination. Well done, boys.
The Wellesley Under 13 Netball tournament takes place on Wednesday, with twelve schools taking part. Please note that the tournament begins at 1.30 pm, with presentations and match tea expected around 4 pm.
Half-term begins at 1.30 pm on Friday and boarders return to school at 8.00 pm on Sunday 23rd February or by 8.20 am on Monday 24th February. Please would parents ensure they have informed the school secretary of their child’s travel/collection arrangements.
Pre-prep Half-Term pick up
School will finish after lunch on Friday and children should be collected by 1.30pm. If you would like to pick up before school lunch which is at 1pm please let the office know. Pre-prep ballet will be running as normal with Mrs Carrington from 12.45pm until 1.15pm, these children will have an early lunch and will be ready to be picked up at 1.30pm.
Artwork on Display in Sandwich
Aside from being a wonderful School Secretary, our very own Lisa Hawkins is also an extremely talented artist. Her work is currently on display at the Drill Hall (also known as Pizza Giovanni) in Sandwich. Do please pop in to check it out of you are passing by!
Everest in the Alps Ski Touring Challenge
Described as the toughest four days on skis, current Wellesley parents, Colin and Camilla Norton will be joining illustrious team members who have completed this monumental ascent and face the height of Everest for the ultimate winter endurance challenge. Fighting their way up 2200m vertical per day for four consecutive days they will be driven onward by the desire to raise funds for the Silas Pullen Fund and the Everest Centre, both of which work to raise awareness, fund and carry out research to find cures for brain tumours. Please click here for further information.
This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 3.
Matches Last Week
Tuesday 4th February
Squash v St Lawrence: 1st V (a)
Wednesday 5th February
Netball v Northbourne: U11 (h)
Netball v Dover College: U9 (a)
Netball v St Lawrence: U13A (h)
Rugby Milner Cup at Junior King’s: U11 (a)
Won 2 Drew 2 Lost 3
Rugby v Dover College: U13 (a)
Saturday 8th February
Netball v Duke of York: U13 (h)
Rugby v Northbourne: U11 (h)
Rugby v Northbourne: U13 (a)
Matches This Week
Please always refer to the website calendar as it is the most up-to-date place to check for fixture changes and locations.
Tuesday 11th February
Squash v King’s: 1st V (a)
Wednesday 12th February
Wellesley House Netball Tournament U13 (h)
Boys’ Hockey Festival @ JKS: U11 (a)
Tag Rugby v Spring Grove: U9/8 (a)