From the Headmaster’s Study
As we prepare with great excitement for the imminent physical return of our pupils next week, I took time to reflect over the weekend on the extraordinary efforts of all within our community during this second phase of Wellesley Online. All of us, not just our pupils, will have experienced considerable learning during this time and all should be commended for their positivity, creativity and resilience. Despite the successes of Wellesley Online, we are, of course, very much looking forward to opening our doors fully next week and physically re-connecting with our pupils and staff. A link to my letter containing valuable information on our reopening can be found here.
Block 1 and 2 – Testing Arrangements
We will be sharing the Block 1 and 2 testing arrangements with parents later this week. In the meantime, if you have not yet completed the testing consent form, please could we ask you to complete and return this to Mrs Baird (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible? Thank you.
Parent Info – e-safety
We have added a page to our website to help with managing e-safety at home. Click here to view.
Friends of Wellesley Quiz – Friday 19th March
We are very excited about our forthcoming online quiz on Friday 19th March. Thank you to everyone who has signed up. If you would still like to join in please email email@example.com . A gentle reminder to those who have signed up that payment details for quiz tickets and raffle tickets are on the latest letter from the Friends of Wellesley here. We have some fabulous raffle prizes up for grabs so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase some tickets which are £1 each.
School Last Week
News from Pre-Prep
Last week the Pre-prep enjoyed an hour long session with the author Steve Antony. He read one of his books and showed us around his studio. He eloquently described the writing and illustrating process and we were able to look through his sketchbooks and ideas journals. Children from Reception to Year 3 confidently asked him some very interesting questions. It was a really valuable session for all our budding authors and illustrators.
It has been wonderful to see the nursery children enjoying school life with Mrs Chiaramello. They have been spending much of each day in the lovely fresh air, making the most of spring weather. The children have been bird watching, digging for worms and enjoying snack times in the sunshine!
Forthcoming dates for the Pre-prep diary:
Thursday 4th March – World book day.
Friday 19th March – Red nose day. We will be asking children to take part in a sponsored obstacle course during the day. Children will be receiving a sponsor form during this week. We will be selling red noses at the Pre-prep front door from Monday 8th March. The cost is £1.50 and you are welcome to add the payment to your bill or pay for the noses on the door.
Wednesday 24th March – Pre-prep easter egg hunt.
Get Wellesley Fit
Thank you to all of you who participated in the Get Wellesley Fit holiday challenge. After adding up the minutes of walking, cycling, jogging and playing outside that Wellesley House pupils and their families managed to complete, we worked out that a total 2802 km was achieved. This is the equivalent distance as travelling from Broadstairs to either Marrakesh, St Petersburg or Istanbul. Well done!
Cooking with Madame Laurens
It has been so nice to see our wonderful Wellesley bakers after half term. We have made “easy bread” this week. Don’t be fooled by the name, it is not an easy deed and everyone did fabulously. It takes a lot of work, love, and patience as everyone discovered. Next week we will be making brownies.
On Thursday 25th February Block 1 pupils took part in a live Study Skills session with Ms Moosuddee. They discussed how to identify what type of learner you are, how to get the best out of your revision time and looked at a range of strategies you could adopt to support your memory and recall. Ms Moosuddee reminded pupils about how to get organised, how to plan your study time and shared tips on making every answer count.
JL – A Book of Fables
JL have made an e-book of fables, having spent the first half of term reading and discussing Aesop’s Fables. Each fable is accompanied by a beautiful illustration and a moral to think about.
Block 4 – Did You Know?
Block 4 have produced an e-book called ‘Did You Know?’, which is the fruition of half a term’s work looking at reference books. It’s full of fascinating facts and eye catching pictures. They’ve used subtitles, captions and colourful text to make each page an interesting read.
School This Week
Block 1 Mock Examinations
Block 1 children will be sitting their mock examinations this week. There will be a parent/teacher meeting for Block 1 parents on Saturday March 13th; further details about this will be sent to Block 1 parents in due course.
World Book Day on Thursday 4th March
We will not let lockdown dampen the fun of World Book Day so we are asking everyone from JL to Block 1 to dress up as a book character for the day, whether you are learning online or in school. Try to use only the resources that you have at home, as an extra challenge this year. Send in a photo to your English teacher so that we can all share the fabulous books and characters.
There will be lots of fun activities during English lessons that day and some competitions to enter, too. We hope that everyone will enjoy celebrating the joy of books.
Pre-Prep World Book Day
The children in Pre-prep are being asked to bring to school or share online their favourite fairy tale to read with their class and to dress as a character from a fairy tale too. There will be lots of book related activities to join in throughout the day. All children will have access to a new Google classroom which has a brilliant array of stories read by Wellesley staff. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this.
JL Parent/Teacher Meetings
On Wednesday afternoon we will be holding the JL parent/teacher meetings. Starting at 2pm, parents/guardians have been invited to book their appointments via the parent portal. Once appointments have been booked, an appointment schedule will be sent to parents/guardians which will also include the necessary links to join the meetings. Prior to Wednesday, if you have any questions, please contact Mrs Baird via email@example.com.
Senior School News
Sevenoaks School will be hosting an Open Morning on Saturday 13th March. Please click here for further information and to register for the event.
Eastbourne College has sent details of their newly released film and booklet on all things Eastbourne. With an ethos very similar to Wellesley, for further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benenden is hosting a series of online Prospective Parent Open Mornings, please click here for dates and further information.
Wellington College very much hopes to be able to welcome visitors soon, however, in the interim please view their Virtual Visitors Day via this link.
The King’s School, Canterbury is holding a live virtual Open Morning on Saturday 6th March 2021 and you can register and request a Digital Information Pack by clicking here.
Eton College has introduced a 45-minute webcast which includes an interview with the Headmaster, a tour of the school given by a Y9 boy, an explanation of the admissions process for parents, and a broader video about the school. For further information, please contact email@example.com in order to book into a webcast.
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.