From the Headmaster’s Study

Our Remembrance Readings, Armistice Day gathering and Remembrance Chapel Service on Saturday allowed all within our community to acknowledge and remember the Old Welleslians who fought in the wars. We reflected on our 3 war memorials – in the Old Hall, the library and in the Chapel – and we especially highlighted Mr Herbert Day, a member of staff who died in July 1916 and Lieutenant A.D Tweedie, an OW who died in Iraq in April 2003 at the age of 25. Serious reflection such as this, reminds us not just of the heritage of our school but the strength of the Wellesley community, past, present and future.
This week marks the arrival of our much-anticipated school play. Details for tickets / confirmation of attendance are set out in this edition of the Weekly. We encourage all families to come and enjoy the play – our pupils and staff have worked very hard and it will not be lacking in effort! Parents of pupils who are not in the play are of course more than welcome to attend either performance and may perhaps want to coincide collection for the Exeat weekend with enjoying the matinee performance.
Gavin Franklin

JDRM Gavin Portraits-2

School Last Week

Block 4 Roman day

The annual Roman Day continues to be a highlight of history for the children. This year’s Block 4 entered into the spirit with some fantastic costumes. Our young Romans got to spend the day learning about the different facets of Roman life, including their government, army, architecture, numerals and they even got the chance to make a mosaic.
This always proves to be a great day and it is topped off with the amazing lunch and snacks put together by the catering department. This year this included sticky honey chicken, egg tarts, cakes and other various dishes researched by our team. A huge thank you from the children and myself to all the staff who put this together!

Remembrance Service / Chapel

A copy of the programme for our Remembrance Readings that took place under candlelight in Chapel can be found here.

Team Photos

Details for ordering your copy will feature in a future edition of the Wellesley Weekly.

Pre Prep

News from Pre Prep

Our theme this week has been remembering and we had a period of quiet in Junior House on Thursday at 11am as well as thinking about ways we remember things in our assembly on Friday morning. A collection of our poppy art work is displayed in the foyer of Junior House.
Thank you to all parents who donated junk modelling – the children in Year 1 and 2 have designed some spectacular 3d models as part of their 2d and 3d shapes topic.
We were delighted to hear of the success of our children at the Spring Grove Cross Country. Not only did the children run really well but they also represented Wellesley brilliantly.
For Children in Need, Pre-prep will be making cards to deliver to children staying in Rainbow ward at our local hospital QEQM.
Next Friday it is exeat and all Pre-prep children should be collected from the main Wellesley front door at 1pm. (To avoid getting caught up in the back stage area of the school play which will be finishing at that time). Children do not need to bring their book bag into school next Friday and all sports kit and swimming kit will go home on Thursday. Please park through the barrier on the grass behind the art school as the car parks are likely to be very busy.

Pre-Prep Individual Photos

Pre-prep individual photos will take place on Thursday 18th November. If your child does not not normally attend Nursery on a Thursday we will find another time to have their picture taken.


This week the kitchen will be serving menu week 2.

Pre-prep menu

Menu 1

Menu 2

Menu 3

School This Week

Team of the Week

The ‘Team of the Week’ is announced at each Monday’s assembly.
Congratulations to the Choir who were quite outstanding in our Remembrance Service on Saturday. They will be rewarded with cookies and juice with the Headmaster in the library during Thursday morning break time.

‘The Next Step’ – Block 4 Parents – choosing a Senior School

On Saturday 27th November Block 4 parents are invited to join us to hear about the application process to senior schools.  Parents in other year groups who may have missed previous talks should also attend.  The talk takes place at 2pm in the library and please complete this google form to confirm your attendance.  Thank you.

Christmas Fair – Please spread the word and bring family and friends- Sat 4th Dec

The Friends of Wellesley are looking forward to seeing you at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 4th December in the Old Hall.  The Fair will run from 11am – 2pm with the Pupils in Block 4 and above running their stalls between 11am – 12pm.  Amongst all the exciting stall holders that we have joining us there will also be a Christmas Cafe, carols from the choir and much merriment all round.

Tombola items needed – any donations for this will be gratefully received. They can be left with the school office. 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!  Thank you to everyone who has already contributed.

Haddon Dene

Last week we were delighted to welcome pupils from Haddon Dene who are making use of Wellesley’s extensive facilities. Going forward, pupils will be using the swimming pool, sports hall and sports fields.

School Play Exeat weekend

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all parents and family members to our School play – “What a Knight!”, which is being performed on Thursday 18th November at 6.30pm and Friday 19th November at 11.15am.  

Both performances are open to all Wellesley parents (and wider family members if they wish).  Family members of those children who are in the play are more than welcome to attend both performances.  The pupils (and staff!) have been working very hard so please do show your support!

The matinee performance on Friday will begin at 11.15am and all pupils from Year 1 upwards will be in the audience (normal school uniform will be worn by the audience).  Nursery and reception children will have a normal morning of lessons and learning activities.  Exeat will begin immediately after the play at 1pm and, as result of the play, the pupils will have an early snack lunch during the interval in the dining hall.

Please complete the form here to indicate if you will be attending one or both performances and if you are attending the evening performance, please do bring a warm jacket, as interval drinks may well be taken on the terrace outside the swimming pool!


This week the kitchen will be serving menu week 2.

Prep menu

Menu 1.

Menu 2

Menu 3

Senior School News


This term, Tonbridge School has a range of dates where families can attend an Open Morning.  Please click here for further information.


Benenden is hosting a series of Open Days throughout the Michaelmas term and for further information please click here.


Matches This Week

Wednesday 17th November

Soccer v Dover College: 1st XI, 2nd XI, U9 (h)

Soccer v Dover College: Colts A (a)

Hockey v Duke of York: U13 A & B (a)

Hockey v Northbourne: U9 (a)

Hockey v Lorenden: U11 (h)

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 email you each Tuesday morning with information regarding the recommended pick up time from Wellesley.


No Matches Last Week

Soccer Metherell Cup: Colts APlate Semifinalists
Soccer v Northbourne: 1st XILost 2:0
Soccer v Northbourne: 2nd XI Lost 5:0
Hockey v Northbourne: U13 A Won 3:1
Hockey v Northbourne: U13 BWon 2:1
Soccer v St Edmund’s: Colts ADrew 2:2
Hockey v Dover College: U11/U9 Lost 1:0
Soccer v Kent College: Colts ALost 5:1
Soccer v Kent College: Colts B Lost 5:3
Soccer v Kent College: Colts C Lost 0-1
Hockey v JKS: U13 ALost 4-1
Hockey v JKS: U13 B Lost 4-0
Hockey v JKS: U11 ALost 6-2
Hockey v JKS: U11 BLost 6-2


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