From the Headmaster’s Study
Many of you will no doubt have followed the Prime Minister’s update on Sunday evening in which he made reference to the phased re-opening of schools. Many questions remained unanswered and I am sure that we will be receiving more details from our Association leaders – the Independent Schools Council (ISC), the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and the Boarding Schools Association (BSA) – in the coming days. As we ascertain more about this complex situation, we will keep you informed.
In the meantime, we will be ensuring that all plans and actions are in place to welcome pupils and staff back to Wellesley when it is safe and right to do so. We thank you for your on-going support of your children as we continue with Wellesley Online.
School Last week
Deaf Awareness Week
Throughout last week at Wellesley, we offered pupils the opportunity to get involved with Deaf Awareness Week. Deaf Awareness Week is all about promoting the positive aspects of living with deafness. The week long programme aims to raise awareness of the isolation that deaf people can occasionally experience, and promote the importance of social inclusion around the deaf community.
We were delighted to be able to offer pupils the opportunity to learn a few basic sign language tools. Two of our Pre-prep parents, Mr and Mrs Shaddick are both British Sign Language interpreters and very kindly offered to spend time every day last week teaching pupils the basic signs such as greetings, colours, days of the week etc. Well done to all pupils who signed up and joined those live google meet sessions and thank you to Mr and Mrs Shaddick for giving so freely of their time and expertise.
Friday 8th May marked the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Unfortunately, since we are in lockdown, we were unable to hold celebrations at the school. However, many families were still able to mark the occasion at their homes. We are currently collecting photos of these events and we would love to have more to post online. Please send in any photos/videos to Mr Kearns’ email – email@example.com
JH and JL have been busy baking
We have been baking in our mathematics lessons to practise our measuring and timing and also, as a break from our work, to use up any old bananas and to celebrate VE Day. There have been lemon cakes, banana breads, carrot cakes and Chinese custard buns as well as some Easter fairy cakes. Keep calm and carry on baking!
School This Week
Music on Monday
Well done to Luna Sarafoglou (JL) who performed Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ on the Violin.
Click here to listen. Very well done, Luna.
Team of the Week
Congratulations to Block 4 who have been selected as Team of the Week for their brilliant efforts and the great spirit they have displayed so far with Wellesley Online.
The Headmaster looks forward to joining them via google meet on Wednesday morning at 10.50am. Please remember to have your snack and drink handy for your break time video chat.
Guided Relaxation session for Parents
Thank you all for taking time to feedback issues relating to our Online Learning, your comments have been invaluable. For some pupils and parents the experience has been a little stressful and frustrating at times which is completely understandable. Many of our pupils have enjoyed the Mindfulness and Wellbeing activities and report that they have felt more relaxed and calm after trying them. Therefore, if this is something that you would also like to try, we would like to offer you the opportunity to take part in a 10 minute Guided Relaxation session with Ms Moosuddee on Thursday at 5pm. Click here to register your interest.
Additional Information and Events
As we cannot see you in person at the moment, we want you to be aware of much of the fun activity that is taking place within our community. A snapshot of this is communicated through our social media channels facebook, twitter and instagram. Do please follow us and share these links with your families should you wish and we hope that you enjoy some of the footage and information!
Billings and Edmonds – Uniform
The school uniform supplier, Billings and Edmonds is currently offering the following promotions:
10% discount on all online orders placed before 30th June 2020.
5% discount on all online orders placed during July 2020.
Items can be returned (for a refund or exchange) for a period of 6 months after the purchase date (please refer to their website for full Ts and Cs).
For a limited period only, free delivery to a UK address is offered.
If you are planning to visit the Chiswick store (please note this is the only branch to stock Wellesley House uniform), an online appointment system is being launched later this month. You must make an appointment prior to visiting and please click here to book or contact the store on 020 8742 0201. For further details, please visit their website.
Senior School Virtual Open Days
Parents with children in Year 4 upwards may be interested in accessing the following virtual Senior School Open Mornings:
The King’s School, Canterbury – the first digital Open Morning is scheduled for Saturday 13th June.
Sevenoaks School – Mrs Arabella Stuart, Director of Admissions, is hosting online presentations every Wednesday at 1pm (UK time).
Tonbridge is offering virtual tours with online Meet the Headmaster sessions where you will hear from Mr James Priory and have the opportunity to ask questions. Please visit their website for booking information.
Earlier this month, Wellington College held its first Virtual Visitors Day. Mr Ed Venables, Director of Admissions is available for daily question and answer sessions. Further Virtual Visitor Days are being scheduled – please see their website for further details..
Benenden School is hosting a live video Open Morning on Tuesday 16th June.
Eastbourne College is holding a virtual Open Morning on Saturday 6th June.
Please visit the appropriate website and ensure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Wellington College – Fireside Talks
We are delighted to offer senior pupils and parents the opportunity to link into a series of ‘fireside talks’ being hosted at Wellington College.
This evening at 5.30pm, Arctic explorer, Alex Hibbert, will be sharing his experiences over Teams in a talk entitled “Icebergs, sled dogs and Polar Eskimos – lessons learned in the High Arctic”. To join the talk, please use the link: Microsoft Teams Fireside Talk Alex Hibbert. More information about Alex Hibbert is available here: https://www.alexhibbert.com/alexhibbert
Next week, Monday 18th May, again at 5.30pm TV producer Reza Pakavran, will be giving a talk entitled “Race to the end of the earth: why an explorer’s mind set matters”. To join, please use Microsoft Teams Fireside Talks Reza Pakavran. He will be talking about his record breaking, 11,000 miles length of the planet bike ride from Norway to Cape Town, discussing the adventures he encountered including some of the harshest conditions in the Arctic and the Sahara desert and the lessons learnt. More information about Reza Pakavran is available here: https://www.rezapakravan.com/about-reza
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.