From the Headmaster’s Study

Following the national news last week, it was wonderful to read about and see the grandfather of a current Welleslian so prominent in the commemorative events to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day (click here). More than anything, to me, this highlighted the notion of “service” and of the incredible bravery and sacrifices that people made 75 years ago for us, for our country and for the free world. In a (loose) link with a similar theme but in a very different context, through my day-to-day role here at Wellesley, I am reminded daily of members of our team of staff who have demonstrated great and lengthy “service” to our community and a significant number of Welleslians. Two of these staff are nearing the end of their official Wellesley careers – Mrs Hatt and Mr Tunbridge. We look forward to celebrating all that they have given over the closing weeks of term.

Gavin Franklin


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School Photograph

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School Last Week

Common Entrance

Block 1 pupils sat their Common Entrance examinations between Tuesday and Friday, and now await their results which are due to arrive at the end of this week.  On Saturday they travelled to Le Lac Mimizan near Bordeaux in France, accompanied by Mr Longdon, Miss Wallace and Mr Waldie, for a programme of water sports and other activities that continue until they return on Friday.  We wish them a most enjoyable trip.  Further details can be seen on the Le Lac Mimizan website.


We held our third Saturday chapel service of the term at the weekend, and we thank Liz Worthington, Senior Deputy Head of King’’s School, Canterbury, for addressing the school.  She spoke about birthdays, referencing the Queen’s official birthday and then talking about the birth of the Christian Church and the holy day of Pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.

Team Photographs

Team photographs were taken on Monday, having been postponed before half-term.  The procedure for ordering photographs will be e-mailed to parents when the photographs are ready to be viewed and purchased.

Sunday Activities

The boarders remained in school on Sunday for a range of activities.

School This Week

Tutor Groups

Should you need to communicate with Mr Longdon, Miss Wallace or Mr Waldie this week, while they are away in France, please contact the school office.

School Exams

End of year exams take place this week for members of Blocks 2, 3 and 4 and Form JS.  Good luck to everyone with their papers.

Music on Monday

Owing to exams, there was no Music on Monday this week.

Team of the Week

This week’s ‘Team of the Week’, for their excellent performance in their chapel service debut, is the Junior Choir. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during a morning break.

Kent Prep Schools Athletics Championships

A contingent of athletes will be going to Ashford on Friday to participate in the I.A.P.S. Regional Athletics Competition at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford.  Please note that this event begins at 10.30 am.  Good luck to all who are taking part.

French Visit

We look forward to welcoming pupils from Collège St. Bertin in St. Omer on Friday morning.  They will be spending time with our Block 2 and 3 children, who will show them round the school and then they will all take part in various organised games.

Exeat Weekend

Exeat begins at 1.30 pm on Friday and boarders return to school at 8.00 pm on Sunday evening or by 8.20 am on Monday morning. Please would parents ensure they have informed the school secretary of their child’s travel/collection arrangements.


This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 1.

Matches Last Week

Wednesday 5th June

Cricket v St Lawrence: U11 Girls – lost by 3 runs

Cricket v Northbourne Park: U11 Girls – won by 11 runs

Cricket v Junior King’s: U11 Girls – lost by 7 runs

Cricket v Junior King’s: U12 – won by 8 runs

Cricket v Dover College: Colts A – cancelled

Cricket v Junior King’s: Colts B – lost by 18 runs

Thursday 6th June

Summers Cup Cricket v New Beacon: Colts A – lost by 114 runs

Saturday 8th June

Rounders v Northbourne Park: U13 – cancelled

Rounders v Northbourne Park: U11 – lost 17 – 17.5

Cricket v Northbourne Park: U12 – cancelled

Cricket v Ashford: Colts A (a) – cancelled

Live Cricket Scores

We are now using a live scoring system for some of our cricket matches. You can follow the action ball by ball by downloading the “Play-Cricket Live” app. Please use the links or scan the QR code. Once you have installed the app, search for “Wellesley House”, and any upcoming matches that are being live scored will appear.


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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.

Monday 10th June

Cricket v Junior King’s: U9 (a) (Note: 3.00 p.m. start)

Wednesday 12th June

Cricket – King’s School Festival: U11 Girls (a) (Note: At Birley’s; 1.30 p.m. start)

Cricket v Chatham &  Clarendon GS: U12 (a)

Cricket – Kent College 6s: Colts A (a) (Note: At Senior School; 1.00 p.m. start)

Cricket v St Lawrence College: Colts B (a)

Friday 14th June

Athletics – Kent Prep Schools Championships (Note: At Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford; 10.30 a.m. start)

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