From the Headmaster’s Study
I am delighted to announce the birth of Arlo Agostino Williams, a baby boy for our much loved and respected Head of Maths, Mrs Williams. Antonia, Ben and Arlo are all safe and well at home – our congratulations go to the Williams family at this wonderfully exciting time for them.
You will have noticed the small tweaks that we have made to our online provision as a result of positive and constructive feedback. It has been a real highlight for me to see Wellesley pupils “live” – and I have thoroughly enjoyed my reading sessions with the Middle School pupils, Block 1 catch ups and of course, my English lessons with Form 2.
It is a strange feeling living and working in a school which is physically empty of pupils, not hearing the constant buzz that echoes around the Wellesley corridors (mainly outside of my study whilst I am trying to hold meetings!), classrooms and rec rooms. We are, however, eagerly following government updates with regards to the possible re-opening of schools and measures that will need to be in place. As and when we have more information on this front, we will, of course, update you. It goes without saying that we are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back when it is safe and reasonable to do so. In the meantime, we thank you for all of your support and wish you an excellent week.
School Last week
We held our first digital Chapel service last Wednesday and the Headmaster spoke about courage; the Bible reading being about Joshua being installed as leader. He reinforced the Lord’s words to Joshua to “be strong and courageous” by also referencing St George’s Day and the strength and courage displayed by St George. In a more contemporary environment, we are all reading about and witnessing daily examples of courage.
Team of the Week
Congratulations to form JL who are Team of the Week for all of their individual and combined efforts with remote learning. The Headmaster looks forward to joining them via google meet on Wednesday morning at 10.50am.
Block 4 have been studying Saxon Crime and Punishments. They’ve been researching ‘Trials by Ordeal’. Here are some videos they have completed whilst in lockdown that recreate some of those Trials.
Pre-Prep Weekly Music Challenge Winners
Well done to the following who got the right answer in this week’s challenge:
Sammy, Rupert, Auben, Suri, Ralph, Lottie, Polly and Immy.
The first to answer correctly this week were:
JH – Ralph Wainman
JB – Rupert Reed
R – Imogen McDermott
Look out for next week’s challenge on Monday morning.
Prizes available when we get back to school!
Weekly Pre-Prep Warm-Up Songs
Well done this week to a pupil in JB for some lovely singing at home using Mrs Spencer’s Weekly Warm-Up video (view here). This week the children had to sing the Grand Old Duke of York, and had to swap words around each time, which even got Mrs Spencer in a muddle. Well done! Look out for next week’s song. It is equally silly!
Sport and fitness
In Mr Longdon’s headstand (inversion) challenge – congratulations to Saxons and Vikings who were joint winners judging by the replies and videos that were sent into Mr Longdon. With regard to his “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” challenges, only one pupil – the captain of football, Freddy Miles (Block 1) – managed to successfully complete the challenge, so Mr Longdon’s hair lives to fight another day. Congratulations to everyone who sent in videos and / or had a go at the “beat the teachers” catching challenge. Well done to Reuben Carss (Block 4) for his 32 catches in 30 seconds. For full information on all of the challenges, pupils must visit the sport and fitness classroom on google classroom. There are plenty of challenges available for other members of the family, too!
School This Week
Mr Martin has been Google Meeting with each year group at scheduled times last week to offer IT support. He has also been attempting to ‘Meet’ with any pupil or parent that has reported having technical difficulties to see if he can be of assistance. If you wish to contact him for a ‘Meet’ his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, suggesting a time and day that would work for you.
Are you sitting comfortably?
Just a quick reminder that the Headmaster’s weekly live reading sessions with JL, Block 4, and Block 3 are still going ahead at various times during the week. Feel free to grab a cuppa, curl up on the sofa and ‘then I’ll begin.’
Deaf Awareness Week
All this week at Wellesley we will be offering pupils the opportunity to get involved with Deaf Awareness Week. Deaf Awareness Week is all about promoting the positive aspects of living with deafness. The weeklong programme aims to raise awareness of the isolation that deaf people can occasionally experience, and promote the importance of social inclusion around the deaf community.
We are delighted to be able to offer pupils the opportunity to learn a few basic sign language tools. Two of our Pre-prep parents, Mr and Mrs Shaddick are both British Sign Language interpreters and have very kindly offered to spend time every day this week teaching pupils the basic signs such as greetings, colours, days of the week etc. We have scheduled the live lessons each day at 1.45pm for 30 minutes and if your son/daughter would like to take part please email email@example.com – Google Meet invitations will be sent to pupil school email accounts.
Well done to Raf Cable (Block 4) who performed ‘Moody Judy’ by Ned Bennett on the Recorder. Click here to listen. Very well done, Raf.
On Friday, the country will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Therefore, in a slight amendment to previously published arrangements, the Bank Holiday Exeat begins on Thursday afternoon at the end of the school day, not lunchtime as is usually the case. We return to school at the normal time on Monday morning.
Additional Information and Events
As we cannot see you in person at the moment, we want you to be aware of much of the fun activity that is taking place within our community. A snapshot of this is communicated through our social media channels facebook, twitter and instagram. Do please follow us and share these links with your families should you wish and we hope that you enjoy some of the footage and information!
In the ongoing preparations for pre-tests, for those with children in Blocks 3 and 4 you might be interested in a series of live online Atom Learning lessons. Please click here for further information on the timetable.
Senior School Virtual Open Days
Parents with children in Year 4 upwards may be interested in accessing the following virtual Senior School Open Mornings:
The King’s School, Canterbury – the first digital Open Morning is scheduled for Saturday 13th June.
Sevenoaks School – Mrs Arabella Stuart, Director of Admissions, is hosting online presentations every Wednesday at 1pm (UK time).
From Tuesday 5th May you will be able to visit Tonbridge virtually, beginning with online Meet the Headmaster sessions where you will hear from James Priory and have the opportunity to ask questions. Bookings are being taken from Tuesday 5th May.
Wellington College held its first Virtual Visitors Day on Saturday and Mr Ed Venables, Director of Admissions is available for daily question and answer sessions. Further Virtual Visitor Days are currently being scheduled – please see the website for further details..
Benenden School is hosting a live video Open Morning on Tuesday 16th June.
Eastbourne College is holding a virtual Open Morning on Saturday 6th June.
Please visit the appropriate website and ensure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
This is a valuable resource for parents, should you wish to have further information on how to support children at this time: How to support your child if they are feeling anxious about coronavirus
Wellbeing Resource for Block 1 Parents
Alicia Drummond, founder of Teen Tips shares a variety of approaches for tackling just some of the many challenges parents of teenagers are facing in the current climate.
Good Schools Guide
We are very proud of the exceptional review we received from the recent visit to Wellesley of The Good Schools Guide. Thank you to those who were approached for their comments and thoughts. Please click here to read it in full.
Sophie Von Hellerman – exclusive signed prints
To purchase a stunning, limited edition, signed print of a Sophie Von Hellerman watercolour, please click here.
The Launch of Oppidan Talks – Our Free Daily Show at 5pm until 9th May
Hosted by Oppidan’s Henry and Walter, this is 45 minutes of live interviews, daily news, educational content and Q&As for all families and children of all ages. Click here to register
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.