From the Headmaster’s Study
Thank you for your support during this challenging and uncertain time. You will have received a letter from me on 16th March 2020, updating you with our plans and actions to protect the safety of our community. You will note that we are operating as normal whilst also having to make some adjustments. We will keep you informed of any further relevant updates. Thank you.
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
Please note that the Friends of Wellesley Quiz Night has been postponed. Further details to follow.
School Last Week
British Science Week 2020
A variety of activities took place last week for British Science Week including daily competitions for the Prep and Pre-prep on the theme of ‘Our Diverse Planet’. Well done to all those who took part and competition winners will be announced in a special assembly on Friday. Block 3 enjoyed an educational outing to Wildwood and took part in some fun and exciting lessons on Evolution. Reception and JB enjoyed their first science lessons over in the senior science block with Miss Wallace and the rest of the school took part in a variety of special lessons to give them an introduction to the wider world of science. Block 4 had a very exciting and informative lesson with Mr Waldie which focused on visual impairment, looking at Braille and learning more about life without sight. Many children also took part in the ‘Citizen Science’ initiative which helps to spot spider monkeys from thermal images captured by scientists at St John Moores University in Liverpool. The data will be collated by the university and used to help track and protect this endangered species.
Townsend Warner Paper 2
The results for the Townsend Warner Paper 2 have now arrived. We are delighted to announce that Barnaby Carter and Archie Butterfill received ‘Highly Commended’ certificates. Barnaby achieved a combined score of 131, putting him in 78th place. Archie achieved a score of 133, placing him in 68th. Henry Barker scored 106, placing him in 230th. There were a total of 242 entries in Paper 2 and 1036 entries for Paper 1. These results are the best that Wellesley have received in recent years – well done Barnaby, Archie and Henry.
On Wednesday we hosted our annual Under 11 tournament. Our team finished in 5th place. The afternoon was a huge success with all performers, staff and parents thoroughly enjoying the event and the glorious sunshine! Thank you to Mrs Williams and her team for their organisation of a very successful event.
Junior House Concert
We had an immensely successful and enjoyable Junior House and JL Concert on Friday afternoon, led by Mr Barnes, Ms Greig and Mrs Spencer. Thank you to all parents and guests who supported. Thank you to the children for entertaining us with a wide variety of performances, including singing, strings, brass, percussion, wind instruments and poetry.
Unfortunately the Sunday outing to Lost Island Golf had to be postponed. Boarders took the opportunity to catch up with any work, try their hand at some clay sculpture and played music and sport with their friends.
Thank you to everyone who was able to support the Lenten Service on Saturday, and especially to the choir, for their magnificent singing, and to the readers for the part they played in the service. Our thanks also go to the Reverend Dr Paul Glass, Chaplain at Kent College, Canterbury for his hugely entertaining and important sermon.
School This Week
The final round of this year’s Wellesley Challenge takes place on Saturday morning. Saxons and Danes will compete in the 3rd place play-off and then Romans and Vikings will battle it out in the final.
SATIPS General Knowledge competition
Congratulations to Barnaby Cater (Block 1) who came 48th out of over 1000 contestants from prep schools in the UK. Barnaby achieved a superb 75% and was awarded with an Amazon voucher by SATIPS that was presented at Headmaster’s Assembly. Well done, Barnaby.
Team of the Week
The ‘Team of the Week’ for this week are the Junior House musicians and poets who took part in the Junior House Concert on Friday. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during Wednesday morning’s break.
Revision Guide for parents
Ms Moosuddee has created a revision guide aimed at parents. Some pupils will have had an introduction to Study Skills already and others are planned for next term. During these sessions we will be looking at learning styles, good revision techniques and how you can best prepare for exams and tests. You can download your copy here.
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.
The boarders’ will remain onsite this weekend to enjoy a film in house.
This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 1.
Matches Last Week
Wednesday 11th March
Wellesley House Netball Tournament: U11 (h)
Rugby v Northbourne: U13 (a)
Sunday 15th March
Rugby IAPS Small Schools 7’s @ Sherbourne: U13
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.