From the Headmaster’s Study

Thank you to everyone who supported the Senior School play – ‘Finian’s Rainbow’. It was a huge success with the pupils (and staff) demonstrating such commitment and teamwork – not to mention skill and ability – to produce 3 tremendous performances. For me, it is the process that the cast and crew have been through that is of the most importance – although, we all of course enjoyed the product as well. It is these such opportunities that we strive to provide for our pupils at Wellesley and make our community such a special place of which to be a part. I hope that you enjoyed the play as much as I did.

Gavin Franklin


JDRM Gavin Portraits-2

Dates for the diary

Christmas Fair

The Friends of Wellesley would like you to Save The Date for the Wellesley House Christmas Fair. This will take place on Saturday 23rd November in the Old Hall, between 11.00 am and 2.30pm.
In addition to the children’s stalls and the expertly run cafe with cake raffle and tombola, we are excited to announce we will be hosting 20 stalls this year, the last two to include:

Mothers Hub Specialising in high quality and ethically manufactured clothes, shoes, toys and books for children, Mothers Hub is a retail and activity space based in Walthamstow, East London. They work with and commission local, professional designer makers to provide both a retail platform and a support network for innovative, child centred start-up businesses. Their aim being to find new ways for a retail space to work within the community and play a creative role in the regeneration of our high streets. Angie Hicks, founder of the project, is now based in Broadstairs and is exploring the possibility of opening a Hub in Thanet as a social enterprise.

Wellesley House merchandise Umbrellas, apple juice, mugs, teddy bears and playing cards. Collect your children’s Christmas cards from here too.
Start saving now for what will be the best possible Christmas Shopping experience in Kent and beyond!
STOP PRESS Father Christmas will be visiting Wellesley House this Saturday between 11am and 1pm. Come and see him in his grotto!
Children’s stalls to include Tinsel Pull, Drop the Coin, Trap the Snowman, Christmas Hoopla, Pin the nose on the reindeer, The human fruit machine and more..!

School Last Week

Finian’s Rainbow

The Headmaster congratulated Mr Hallam and the entire cast on the success of ‘Finian’s Rainbow’. The children worked extremely hard on their lines, acting, dancing and singing, and their efforts throughout the term resulted in three highly memorable performances. It is a true team effort, with many people working off-stage: scenery, costumes, make-up, music, stage-hands, sound, lighting and camera operators all played a significant part in the performances. Well done to everyone who contributed in any way towards this outstanding production.
Jonathan Mount is again producing a DVD of the play. Please click here to place your order. The password to enter the Wellesley section is in the Weekly email from the office.

Team photographs

Team photographs were taken on Wednesday. Please click here to view the order form. Please note that the deadline for ordering is Sunday 24th November. Orders received after this date will be processed the following term.

History Trip Manston

The trip to Manston’s Spitfire and Hurricane Museum was an interesting and enjoyable one. The History Society members got to view the aircraft and many artefacts from the Second World War. There were some great displays, including a ‘bouncing bomb’ which was used when 617 Squadron were practising for Operation Chastise (the ‘Dambuster’ mission) just off Reculver. If you haven’t been it’s well worth a visit – free entry too!

Set Matches

Set football matches took place on a very wet Thursday afternoon during games. Blocks 1 to 3 boys represented their sets in some very competitive, keenly-contested and good-spirited matches. There were points awarded for first half and full-time scores as well as extra points for a ‘3 spot kick each’ penalty competition. The weather was not on football’s side and puddles started to form on the pitches, but the boys’ spirit could not be dampened. Congratulations to Vikings who finished top of the pile, Danes were 2nd, with Romans one point further back in third and only 3 points separated them from Saxons in 4th. Many thanks to the referees and the catering team for some impromptu hot tea for the boys as they attempted to defrost afterwards.

School This Week

Team of the Week

The ‘Team of the Week’, for achieving the highest improvement in their industry scores in last week’s Mark Reading, are Miss Wallace and Mr Longdon’s tutor group, Form 4. They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during Wednesday morning break.

Mark Reading 

Mark Reading The third marks of term have been given and the standings are as follows:

1st Danes

2nd Saxons

3rd Vikings 

4th Romans

Special mention goes to the following pupils who have achieved the highest set of marks for their year: Melody Flowers, Grace Flowers, Margot Grand, Javier Hurtado, and Oscar Vaughan.

The most improved pupils in each year group were Melody Flowers, William Franklin, Gracie Lawton, Archie Butterfill, and Tom Leonard.


The rugby season begins this coming Thursday for all boys except the U9s who will continue to do football until the new year.
Please note that studs in rugby boots should be changed accordingly. Please see Mr Longdon for further details.

Sunday Outing

This weekend’s outing is to Bumble Beez Reload ECombat Lazer Arena in Pysons Road on Sunday. With exams coming up next week, there is a revision day on Sunday for those in Blocks 1 and 2 and for others who wish to attend.


This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 1.

Matches last Week


Hockey v Northbourne: U11 (h)

Lost 2-3

Soccer v St Edmund’s: 1st XI

Lost 1-4

Soccer v St Edmund’s: 2nd IX

Lost 1-3

Soccer v St Edmund’s: Colts A

Lost 4-1

Soccer v St Edmund’s: Colts B

Drew 1-1

Soccer v St Edmund’s: Colts C

Lost 3-0

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 19th November

Squash v JKS (a)

Wednesday 20th November

Hockey v Dover College: U13 A, B & U9 (a)  Map

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

Soccer v Dover College: Colts A & B (a)       Map

Soccer v Northbourne: U9 (a)

Saturday 23rd November

Hockey v Northbourne: U13A & B (h)

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