From the Heads
The WHD school community came together in force on Friday afternoon with the mini marathon extravaganza. The hostile conditions of a bitter and strong wind did not dampen spirits as children – and staff – each ran a mile around our athletics track (5 and a half laps). It was especially impressive to see children as young as Year 1 taking part with such determination (and some in fancy dress costumes!)
Behind the fun and frolics of the run lay a far more serious message – one of charity and giving. We were delighted to reach our target (£400) in support of Great Ormond Street – a most worthwhile of charities. Our congratulations go to our fantastic runners and our thanks go to everyone who was able to support the event.
Mr Gavin Franklin and Mrs Jo Parpworth
School Last Week
South East Regional Swimming Championships
Well done to Ava,Thara, Joshua and Rupert. Who competed at the Regional Swimming Finals in Guildford. They came 9th out of 16 teams for the Freestyle relay and 7th out of 16 teams for the Medley relay.
Excellent performance and great team work.
Mini Marathon Fundraiser
Our congratulations go to everyone who took part in Friday’s mini marathon. Our community was determined not to be defeated by the inclement weather, and the WHD spirit was out in force as boys and girls from all age groups took to the athletics track to complete the 5 and a half laps that equate to a mile. Our thanks go to all organisers and supporters and please note that it is not too late to support the children in their fundraising efforts by visiting: our fundraising page. Thank you!
Yr1/2 Football Festival
15 Schools took part and Reuben Evan was awarded man of the match. All players were outstanding in their performance.
Year 4 Football Festival
Well done to all players who were part of the WHD team last week at the Thanet Football Festival. It was great to see so much camaraderie and teamwork. A special mention goes to Sammie Franklin for being selected as Man of the Match.
School This Week
Team of the Week
Each week, a group of children are recognised for their outstanding contributions to our school. This week, our regional swimmers are team of the week. They will see Mr and Mrs Franklin for squash and cake / cookies at some stage this week. Very well done, Ava, Rupert, Joshua and Thara.
Our first Mark Reading of the academic year was announced in Assembly on Monday morning. All children in Years 4 to 8 were given “industry” grades by their teachers based on their efforts and attitude in the classroom and with preps.
Well done to the following children who achieved the top average in their respective year groups: Emmy Dobbs, Darcey Owen, Darcey Page, Suri Lear, Rose Symington-Mills, Freya Ralph, Platon Shatokhin, Grace Flowers, Max Miller.
The highest scoring form group was 5E.
The overall aggregate House standings, including good and improvement marks are as follows:
1st – Kingsgate
2nd – Joss
3rd – Viking
4th – Stone
The reports are now ready to view on the parent portal.
Parents and sons / daughters Golf Invitational, Royal St George’s Golf Club
Yet again, we are privileged to be able to host the annual school Invitational at Royal St George’s Golf Club. This world-famous links course in Sandwich is a regular on the Open Championship roster and on Sunday looks forward to welcoming 10 of our keen golfers from Years 7 & 8 and their playing partners (made up of fathers, mothers or appropriate substitutes – in this case two very nervous staff members!). The golfers and guests will enjoy the full RSG experience, which includes coffee on arrival, a 3 course (world-renowned) lunch followed by some golf and presentations on the terrace at the close of play. Whilst it is a competition, the aim, of course, is to have fun and enjoy the magical experience of playing and visiting Royal St George’s.
Some of you may be interested in taking your child/ children along to the University of Kent on Saturday 20th May, as it is hosting its annual BioBlitz. This is a free event for all, even if you have no wildlife experience, and is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about our native wildlife.
A BioBlitz is an interactive event, which is held to record as many living species as possible within a specific area, under a short amount of time. This data is created through collecting many biological surveys carried out by scientists, the public and volunteers, providing an excellent opportunity to get the local community involved with conservation.
The University of Kent presents a perfect location for a BioBlitz with the vast greenspaces, concentration of ecological specialists and close proximity to a city. It offers expert knowledge, biodiversity, and plenty of local people to participate. The event will involve collaboration between numerous local conservation and wildlife organisations, as well as the local community and students.
Follow this link to find out more and book onto a free event through Eventbrite.
Women’s Crystal Workshop (Mrs Montila)
We are delighted to welcome Mrs Montila to school on Thursday evening where she will be running a women’s healing workshop with some of the proceeds going to the PFA. Details have already been posted on Dojo but to register your interest, please email email@example.com.
Bollywood Dance Workshop
We are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming Kalpesh to our school on Tuesday and we hope you will join us at 2.45pm where WHD will erupt into a celebration of dance.
RNLI Lifeguard Talks
We will be joined by the RNLI on Tuesday morning where children in Years 4 to 8 will receive a beach safety and lifesaving workshop. The team will return on Friday morning to talk with Pre-Preps too.
Team photos will take place on Wednesday morning. Can children please make sure they have their summer PE kit and, if necessary, cricket whites with them. Thank you.
We are currently looking for reading volunteers to work with a chosen class for weekly reading sessions. We are very lucky to have a number of parents and retired staff who work with us on a voluntary basis to boost daily reading. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Mrs Parpworth or Mrs Murray to discuss this further.
Prep Values Awards
Aisha for showing kindness and sharing the delicious cakes she baked with her friends.
Reuben Young Gadd for his enthusiasm for learning and some very impressive home reading this week.
Year 6 for their resilience and hard work towards the SATs – They have all put 100% effort in and a lot of time and effort in preparation towards them.
Sadiq for his resilience, excellent work ethic and the kindness he shows to his friends.
Teegan for her patience and maturity.
Please click here and scroll through for the most up to date calendar of events for the term.
Matches This Week
2.00pm start unless otherwise stated
Wednesday, 17th May
Cricket v Oakwood Park: 1st XI (a)
Badminton v JKS: Boys U13A (a)
Cricket v Northbourne Park: Girls U13 A (h)
Cricket v St Faith’s: U11 A (h)
Cricket v St Faith’s: U11 B (h)
Cricket v St Faith’s: U11 C (h)
Thursday, 18th May
Cricket v St Lawrence: Mixed U9 A (a)
Cricket v St Lawrence: Mixed U9 B (a)
Tennis v Norton Knatchbull: Boys U13 A (h) 3pm
Friday, 19th May
Athletics Duke of York’s Cup: U13 Mixed (a)
Saturday, 20th May
Thanet School Netball U11 A & B (a) 9am
Cricket v Junior King’s: 1st XI (a)
Cricket v Junior King’s: 2nd XI (h)
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 communicate with you prior to the fixture with information regarding the recommended pick up time from Wellesley HD.
Matches Last Week
Football Festival Yr3/4 3:45pm (Margate FC)
Cricket v Northbourne Park: 2nd XI
Lost by 2 runs
Cricket v Northbourne Park: Girls U13 A
Won by 2 runs
Cricket v St Edmund’s: Girls U11 A
Cricket v St Edmund’s: Girls U11 B
Cricket v St Lawrence: Boys U11 A
Cricket v St Lawrence: Boys U11 B
Cricket v Kent College: Girls U13 A
Cricket v Junior King’s: 1st XI
Cricket v Junior King’s: 2nd XI