From the Headmaster’s Study
On Saturday morning, I met (remotely) with a number of the Block 4 (year 5) parents to share information about and discuss the Senior school entry process. One of Wellesley’s great strengths is that our pupils move on to a range of different senior schools both nearby and further afield. Over the course of the next few weeks, beginning today, Block 1 (year 8) Wellesley pupils will be visiting Senior schools for some scholarship assessments. Our scholarship candidates will be visiting The King’s School Canterbury, Harrow, Sevenoaks and St Lawrence College for various assessments, practicals, group tasks and interviews in drama, art, music and sport. All academic scholarship assessments will take place in the Summer term. They have all worked extremely hard in preparing for these and we wish them all the very best of luck. Irrespective of the outcome, the experience gained will be of value to these Welleslians.
School Last Week
On Sunday 23rd January in the afternoon, the boarders had great fun at the Lost Island Adventure Golf in Margate. Thanks to Mr Latteur and Miss Wallace for arranging the trip and we can report that Miss Wallace managed at least one hole-in-one!
News from Pre Prep
This week the nursery children have continued their topic, ‘ People who help us’ and they are looking forward to finding out about being a nurse from Sister Carol and Sister Ruth. They had their first session at soft play which was a great success and they have enjoyed yoga sessions and dough disco.
Form JK have written imaginative and extensive lists of items they would take to space – among the items were mince pies!!
It’s been a busy week for Form JB. The Year 3 children travelled to St Lawrence College for their first very successful rugby matches where they were excellent ambassadors for Wellesley. On Friday the whole class visited Canterbury Cathedral and having dressed as characters from the tale of Thomas Becket they toured the cathedral acting out the story. Following this they participated in a number of activities in the Education Centre. It was a really fascinating day and of course the highlight was the packed lunches!
Year 3 trip to Canterbury Cathedral
Follow the link to the children’s recounts of their trip to the cathedral.
School This Week
Team of the Week
This week’s team are Form JB, who conducted themselves brilliantly on their recent outing to Canterbury Cathedral and were excellent ambassadors for Wellesley. They will be treated to cookies and juice during Friday morning break time.
It’s been fantastic to see so many children back in the music school for lessons. For more information about what lessons are available please email email@example.com.
The Rowland Constantine Shield
Sadly the Rowland Constantine Shield has been postponed as one of the teams has been affected by Covid-19. Our team of Hector Hulme, Raf Cable, Freya Ralph and Septimus Oduwole will eagerly await the re-arranged date.
Parking / pick up on Wednesday
We are hosting a Colts rugby festival (involving 5 schools) on Wednesday afternoon, as well as senior netball fixtures. All minibuses will be parked on our playing fields. Parking will be available for parents around the squarabout or – if this is full – through the barrier in designated areas – but please take extra care driving as there will be plenty of activity taking place on our playing fields. Thank you for your diligence and understanding of this.
Burns Night – Tuesday 25th January (pupils in JL and above)
We are all looking forward to our Burns Night celebrations on Tuesday 25th January and pupils should please come to school in the following uniform:
boys: grey trousers, white shirt, tie and navy jumper (no jacket)
girls: kilt, white blouse and navy cardigan
After a supper of haggis, tatties and neeps followed by Scottish dancing, we will see the fruits of last week’s rehearsals. At supper, the Headmaster will address the haggis (or he will persuade another member of staff to as his Scottish accent is really not good!) Tuesday evening activities are cancelled as a consequence and day pupils attending the event will be available to be collected at 6.45pm from the usual pick-up points. If you have any queries regarding the day bus, please contact the office.
On Friday we have the first exeat of the term. Pre-prep children can be collected from Junior House at 1pm and pupils in Years 4 to 8 will be ready for collection at 1.30pm from the usual pick-up points.
Boarders should return to school between 5.30pm and 7pm on Sunday (with a hot meal served at 6pm in the dining room) or at 8.20am on Monday morning.
During a King’s School, Canterbury service at Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday evening, three OWs Isabella Cable, Fleur Rex and Tiffany Zhang were awarded honorary academic scholarships . The OWs received their awards for outstanding performance in their GCSE exams.
We will be holding three remote parent/teacher meetings prior to half term:
Block 2 – Tuesday 1st February (6-8pm) and Friday 4th February (6-8pm)
Block 3 – Saturday 5th February (9.30-11.30am)
JL – Thursday 10th February (6-7pm)
Please make a note of these times and dates in your diary. An invitation to book your google meet appointment will be sent to your parent portal account later this week. The google meets will be hosted via your child’s Wellesley House email account and if you have any questions, please contact Mrs Baird via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the Block 1 remote meetings (Saturday 12th March, 9-11am) will take place after the mock exams (28th Feb – 3rd March).
Senior School News
On Saturday 26th February, Eastbourne College will be hosting a whole school Open Event. For further information and to book a place, please click here.
Throughout January and February, Lancing College will be hosting small group visits for those looking for Year 9 entry from 2022 onwards. If you would like further details on the programme, please click here.
Matches This Week
Wednesday 26th January
Rugby Foster Cup: U13 (a) 2pm
Rugby Come and Play Festival: U11 (h) 2pm
Rugby v Northbourne: U9/U8 (a)
Netball v Northbourne: U13 A&B (h)
Netball v Northbourne: U9 (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.
Matches Last Week
Rugby v Spring Grove U11
Netball v Dover College: U13
Rugby v Dover College: U13
Rugby v St Lawrence: U9/U8 A
Drew 6-6 and 2-2
Rugby v St Lawrence: U9/U8 B
Lost 6-8 and 2-4
Netball v JKS: U13 A
Netball v JKS: U13 B
Netball v JKS: U11