From the Headmaster’s Study
You will have received my communication regarding the next steps of our integration with Haddon Dene. Aside from their staff visiting this week, we very much look forward to pupils from their current Year 4 and 5 to join our pupils in mixed groups to enjoy a carousel of educational activities together on Thursday morning, before enjoying lunch in our dining hall. This will obviously be an opportunity for HD pupils to get to know our site a little better and for our pupils to begin to build some relationships with pupils who will be joining in September. You will have also noted similar events that are happening next week and beyond.
Northforeland Junior Golf Academy
Aside from our current and historical links with the world renowned Royal St George’s Golf Club, Wellesley are extremely fortunate to have a blossoming relationship with a superb nearby course – Northforeland Golf Club. As such, we are delighted to provide details of their Junior Golfing academy which may be of interest to some of our younger families.
SATURDAY 11TH JUNE – FAMILY & FRIENDS BARN DANCE
Tickets are available to buy from the school office on Wednesday mornings at 8.15am from a member of the committee or by emailing FRIENDSOFWELLESLEY@GMAIL.COM
Adult tickets are £25 Children’s tickets are £5.
Family and Friends are all very welcome.
School Last Week
Follow our cricket scores online
This season (IT-permitting!), we will be live scoring 1st XI and Colts A (and selected other) cricket matches using the ECBs ‘Play Cricket’ scoring software. If you would like to follow the action you can do so by downloading the play cricket live app – instructions and links below.
Play Cricket Live app:
Once you’ve downloaded the app click the button in the top left corner and search for Wellesley Haddon Dene. On the Wellesley Haddon Dene page, click the stars next to all of the teams listed. Finally click the home button in the bottom left corner and the available matches will appear.
Royal St George’s Invitation
Pupils, parents and guests enjoyed a magical day at Royal St George’s on Sunday for our annual Invitational (parents and pupils) golf event. The day began with coffee in the smoking room before the party headed into the dining room for the renowned RSG Sunday lunch. The real business began at 13:05 on the first tee, when the competition-proper began. Six Welleslians and their fathers (or appropriate substitute) took on the world-famous links in glorious sunshine. The fresh breeze made an already demanding course just that little more challenging. However, there was some superb golf on display, with all players (young and old-er) producing their own champagne moments. The day finished with a very informal presentation on the terrace, where all were congratulated on their efforts and spirit. The Franklin pairing took the trophy. Very well done to Rio and Mr Goddard, Archie and Mr Brown, Freddie Southorn and Mr Moore, Freddie and Mr Loudon, Jamie and Mr Montgomery and William and Mr Franklin, and thanks to other family members who supported the event.
Visit from Rebecca Smith, published author of “Super Daisy”
It was a privilege to welcome children’s author, Rebecca Smith, to Wellesley on Thursday. Rebecca spoke to our pupils about her new book – SuperDaisy. It is a story inspired by a real life character and follows an uplifting narrative of identity, courage and kindness. All money made from the sale of the book goes to the Little Princess Trust – a charity that does extraordinary things to help to support children with cancer and their families. If you would like to order a copy of the book, and are yet to do so, please complete this form. Thank you.
Cake Sale – Monday 20th June – Morning Break
The School Council were so inspired by their visit from Rebecca Smith, author of ‘Super Daisy’, and the amazing work of The Little Princess Trust that they would like to hold a Cake Sale on Monday 20th June to raise some money for this important charity.
Pupils can bring their cakes and bakes into the school dining room on Monday 20th June at drop off. Please can we ask that cakes do not contain nuts and have a label to say what they are.
A small charge will be added to your school bill if your child chooses to buy any cakes.
Thank you for your support of this hugely worthwhile cause.
The school council met for the first time this term on Friday afternoon. We discussed the charitable causes we would like to support this term, and there was strong support for The Little Princess Trust and also the Ruth Strauss Foundation. Fundraising ideas included a cake sale – see details below, and a sponsored swim.
We also discussed providing some more outdoor play equipment now that the weather is warmer. The council extended their thanks to Elaine, Nick and all of the staff in the kitchen for their superb efforts this year and, as ever, put in requests for more sugary desserts.
Last week Form JB very much enjoyed listening to the story written and read by Rebecca Smith.
We continue to enjoy our wonderful outdoor environment and Beach School was a real treat for our littlest Wellesians on Monday morning. It is really helpful if you can make sure children have applied suncream before coming to school and then they can reapply it during the day. We are encouraging all our children to drink plenty of water during the day so a named water bottle in school is essential!
The first cricket matches of the term take place for the U9 teams this Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, you will be notified if your child is participating and the return times to school.
We are looking forward to welcoming the Haddon Dene staff and pupils to a number of events over the coming weeks.
School This Week
The first marks of term have been given and the standings are as follows:
- 1st – Romans
- 2nd – Danes
- 3rd – Saxons
- 4th – Vikings
Special mention goes to the following pupils who have achieved the highest set of marks for their year: Clara Montgomery, Greta Grand, Tillie Spanton, Freya Ralph, Grace Flowers, Max Miller, and Alejandra Deniz.
The most improved pupils in each year group were Clara Montgomery, Algie Moore, Idris Sheppard, Thomas Spanton, and Luis Alcoz, while the highest scoring tutor group was JL. Well done.
Copies of industry reports are now available on the parent portal.
Block 4 Remote Parent Teacher Meeting
The Block 4 parent teacher meeting will be held remotely on Saturday 14th May 9 – 11.30 am. Parents will be emailed a link to book slots with their children’s teachers via the school portal later today.
Rowland Constantine Shield (The Finals)
In the first round of this General Knowledge competition, the team did well to achieve the third highest score among all the schools participating. This has allowed them to get through to the final round, which will take place at King’s, Rochester on Thursday 12th May. We wish them all the best.
Team: Margot Grand, Raf Cable, Freya Ralph and Septimus Oduwole.
Wellesley Haddon Dene and Haddon Dene transition update
We very much look forward to welcoming Haddon Dene pupils in Year 4 and 5 for a transition and teambuilding morning on Thursday this week. The pupils will follow a carousel of art, science and orienteering activities and it will be an opportunity for pupils to integrate and begin the process of amalgamation.
Something Glimpsed – Lisa Hawkins
We are delighted to announce that Lisa Hawkins (Wellesley’s previous school secretary) is holding her first solo exhibition – Something Glimpsed at The Margate School of Art. The exhibition comprises both oil and watercolours inspired by the land and nature and runs from 7th to 12th May (10am to 4pm).
Over the course of this academic year, all pupils in blocks 3 and 4 have been given a free set of earphones for them to use with our computers and chromebooks. We no longer have class sets of headphones as cleaning between users is rather problematic. We would like this to become a regular part of each child’s pencil case. Unfortunately, we cannot replace any lost or broken sets that we have already supplied and would encourage parents to provide a cheap, yet robust set to bring into school. We do not want to see expensive headphones and cannot be held responsible for the safekeeping of such items. Something small and named to be kept in their pencil case would be perfect.
Matches This Week
Wednesday, 11th May
Tennis v Junior King’s: U13 A Girls (a) 1:45pm
Cricket v Northbourne: 1st XI (a) 2pm
Cricket v Northbourne: Colts A (h) 2pm
Cricket v Dover College: U9 A&B Mixed (a) 2pm
Thursday, 12th May
Cricket v Junior King’s: U9 A&B Mixed (a) 1:45pm
Saturday, 14th May
Cricket v Junior King’s: 1st XI (h) 2pm
Cricket v Junior King’s: 2nd XI (a) 2pm
Cricket v Junior King’s: Colts A (a) 2pm
Cricket v Junior King’s: Colts B (h) 2pm
Cricket v Junior King’s: U13 A Girls (a) 2pm
Cricket v Junior King’s: U13 B Girls (a) 2pm
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
Cricket v Northbourne: Colts A
Abandoned due to rain
Cricket v Dulwich Cranbrook: U13 A Girls
Won by 19 runs (DL method) Rain stopped play.
Cricket v Northbourne: U11 A Girls
Lost by 25 runs
Cricket v Harvey Grammar (Thomas Cup): 1st XI
Won by 7 runs
Cricket v Ashford: Colts A Sommers Cup
Lost by 6 runs
Cricket v Eastern Vikings: 1st XI
Won by 33 runs
Cricket v Northbourne: U11 A Girls (a)
Won by 10 runs
Cricket v Northbourne: U13 A Girls (a)
Won by 34 runs