From the Headmaster’s Study

The second half of the Michaelmas term and the run into the Christmas holidays is one of the busiest for any school community. In the weeks ahead, aside from continued academic development in the classroom, our pupils and staff look forward to Bonfire Night (see details below), our Remembrance services, the much-anticipated School Play, a plethora of sporting fixtures (hockey, football, rugby, squash and cross country), an afternoon of Chess, our Choir performing at the Broadstairs Christmas Lights switch on, our Christmas Fair, the Pre-prep Nativity, Form Plays, Christmas parties, the Christmas Carol service and much, much more.
Aside from being a time of real focus for our pupils in both their academic and extra-curricular activities, it is also an important and enjoyable time of the school year for all pupils. We very much look forward to creating a wealth of opportunities for all members of our community. Our first community gathering begins on Friday evening at Bonfire Night and we look forward to welcoming all parents to this spectacular event. We wish everyone a productive, successful and happy second half of term.
Gavin Franklin

JDRM Gavin Portraits-2

Pre-Prep – The Week ahead

Stagecoach and ballet both resume this week. There will be no Codekids this Friday.
Swimming lessons for Nursery, Reception, Years 1 & 2 run on Mondays and Tuesdays. Year 3 have swimming on Thursday afternoons.
Fireworks on Friday: Please collect children by 4.45pm at the Junior House door to join the bonfire night celebrations on the field. There will be no hot meal served at after school club as all children will be able to get a hot dog at the fireworks display.

School This Week

Team of the Week

The ‘Team of the Week’ is announced at each Monday’s assembly. Congratulations to the Colts football team and the senior 2nd football team for their brilliant efforts in matches before half term. They have demonstrated such commitment, resilience and spirit throughout the first half of term. They will be rewarded with cookies and juice with the Headmaster in the library during Thursday morning break time.


In the Headmaster’s Assembly, Laurie Symington-Mills treated us to the piece ‘Bourrée’ by Handel on the cello. Beautifully played Laurie, thank you.

Thanet Schools Art Festival 2021

We were delighted to hear that two Wellesley pupils have won a commendation at the above exhibition. If you would like to view the art work, it will be on display at The Margate School from Monday 1st November until Sunday 7th November. Opening hours are:

Monday: 12pm to 4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10am to 4pm
Friday: 12pm to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Christmas Fair

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 Prep school pupils 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.
We are hoping to be running the ever popular Tombola stall at the fair and 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!

Pre-Prep Individual Photos

Pre-prep individual photos will be taken on Thursday 11th November. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase photos.

JB Trip to Art Festival

The children in JB will be visiting the art exhibition on Thursday.

OW News

Max Barnes (OW, 1987-93) last week completed the Namib desert crossing, the second of four multi-stage self-supported Ultramarathons. He endured daily temperature ranges from -2 to 50 degrees, carrying 20kg and hundreds of kilometres of running across soft sand and arid mountains to raise money for his orphanage and schools in Tanzania. This follows the successful traversing of the Atacama and (COVID permitting) will lay path for the future march across the Gobi and Antarctic. For more information, visit

Bonfire Night

We are looking forward to welcoming back parents, families and friends to celebrate Bonfire night at school this Friday 5th November with a fabulous firework display. The evening will begin outside the dining room at 5pm with a warm drink. The firework display, masterminded by Monsieur Latteur, will start at 5.15pm followed by hot dogs kindly donated by the Friends of Wellesley. Parking will be on the school fields to the right of the barrier. A gentle reminder to take great care when driving through the barrier at all times. Following the fireworks, if you require the day bus service, please contact


This week the kitchen will be serving 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 3rd November

Soccer v St Edmund’s: 1st XI, 2nd XI (h)

Soccer v St Edmund’s: Colts A, B & C (a)

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

Hockey v St Lawrence Triangular U11 (a)

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.


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