A Foreword From Mrs Parpworth

Dear Parents,

I am absolutely delighted with the performances delivered by our cricket teams this week.  What a stunning set of performances from our pupils across a range of matches!  It is so wonderful to see the sense of achievement and enjoyment from all involved!  This is a timely opportunity to thank all the staff who support, coach and mentor our children in a range of sports.

I wish everyone in Year 6 the very best of luck for their SATs exams this week and to Year 8 who are sitting their CE French speaking tests.  We are so proud of everyone!

Finally, I am so proud of all our children who took part in the Thanet Primary Schools swimming gala at the weekend.  What an absolute pleasure to see our youngsters swim with such confidence.  Congratulations to our Year 2-4 Team for winning the championships and well done to every swimmer for their contribution to the team totals. I’d also like to thank Mrs Crompton and Mrs Dyer for their unwavering commitment and dedication.  They really deserve a medal too!

Have a wonderful week ahead.

Mrs Jo Parpworth

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School Last Week

Swimming Success!

Congratulations to our swim team for becoming swim champions of Thanet!  Beating nine other local state and independent schools with a final score of 143, our swimmers battled it out in Hartsdown (Margate) pool to win the championships on Saturday.  There were some truly impressive performances from individual and team swims.

Top 3 medallists were:

  • Marlo Montila – 1st place 25m breaststroke
  • Lyndon Smith – 2nd Place 100m IM
  • Langa Ngwenya-Robinson – 2nd Place 25m Freestyle and 3rd place 25m butterfly
  • Oliver Eve – 2nd place 25m backstroke
  • Nicholas Chhabra – 3rd place in the 25m butterfly

In the relay events for Year 2-4 we came:

  • Second in the mixed medley team
  • First in the girls’ freestyle team
  • Second in the boys’ freestyle team
  • First in the mixed freestyle team

Eco Shop Update

Work is well underway for our Grand Opening on the 24th May at 3.30pm.  In setting up our new business, we have decided to change the name to ‘Top Up Shop’ as the team felt this is a memorable and catchier title!

Orders have now been placed and we are delighted to confirm we will have the following products on sale:

  • Washing Up Liquid – Apple Orchard 
  • Hand Soap – French Vanilla
  • Body Wash – Pink Grapefruit & Aloe Vera
  • Hair Shampoo – Pink Grapefruit & Aloe Vera
  • Hair Conditioner – Pink Grapefruit & Aloe Vera
  • Laundry Liquid – Fresh Linen
  • Fabric Softener – Fresh Linen

Congratulations to Freya!

We are extremely proud of Freya, in Year 8, who will be one of fourteen Kent Girls’ County Age Group players that have been asked to form the Guard of Honour at the

International T20 match between England Women v New Zealand at Spitfires on Thursday 11 July.  This is an incredible achievement and we thank Freya for flying the flag for our school and women’s sport! 

School This Week

Wellesley Haddon Dene Business Club

Who doesn’t love a bit of business networking?

Fancy doing some business with people you know, like and trust – without having to pay extortionate membership fees to join BNI and the like? Good news – we’re starting up a Business Club at Wellesley Haddon Dene School! After half term, we will be meeting every Tuesday or Thursday from 7:30am to 8:30am in the conservatory at Orchard House.

There will be an opportunity to meet other parents and discuss your business. You will be given some time to explain what you do, and to understand what others do.  We also encourage you to catch up on 1-2-1s outside the formal meetings.

Why not come along and try it out?  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Please contact Stephen Foster for more information:

Foster41@hotmail.co.uk or (07540) 047748

Year 6 SATs Week

Good luck to Year 6 in their SATs exams this week!  At the end of the week, they have a special trip to the beach and lunch planned.

Year 2 Dover Museum Trip – Tuesday 14th May

Year 2 have been learning about the Bronze Age and Iron Age this term.  They will venture to Dover museum on Tuesday to see the huge Bronze Age boat on display there.

CE French Listening / Speaking Exams – Tuesday 14th May

We wish all our students the best of luck in these important exams.  

Digital Marketing and Careers Presentation – Friday 17th May

As part of our Careers Programme, one of our parents, Emma Frewin, will join Years 5-8 to discuss her career in marketing, the steps she took to get there and the skills required.  We are looking to inform our students about the opportunities for employment and how their learning will support different pathways.

Future Events

Class assemblies this term (Old Hall)

Reception – Friday 21st June at 9am

Year 1 and 3 – Friday 14th June at 9am 

Year 2 – Friday 7th June at 9am

Year 4 – Tuesday 2nd July at 9am

Year 5 – Tuesday 11th June at 8.30am  (World Environment Day)

Year 6 –  Tuesday 18th June at 8.30am

Seniors – Tuesday 25th June at 8.30am

PFA Fundraising Day – Friday 24th May

We are inviting children to come to school in their pyjamas on this day to raise funds for the PFA.  A voluntary donation will be added to School Money.

Top Up Shop Eco Shop Launch – Friday 24th May 

Please join us on Friday 25th May for the grand unveiling of ‘Top Up Shop’, our brand new Eco Shop.  Our group of student entrepreneurs will be on hand to welcome you to view and smell our new refillable product ranges.  Please bring any empty detergent, fabric conditioner, shampoo/conditioner, washing up liquid and handsoap bottles along with you to the launch and we will refill them with beautifully smelling eco friendly liquids.  

CE Exams start this week – Monday 3rd June

We wish everyone in Year 8 the very best of luck for these important exams.  The children will end the week with a fun session down at the beach on Friday!

Reception 2024 Transition Session – Wednesday 5th June

We warmly welcome our new cohort of children who will join us in Reception this September.  We have lots of fun planned in our forest school and this will be a brilliant opportunity for parents to meet the class teachers and other families in the class.  We look forward to giving each child their very own Wellesley Haddon Dene School bear.  The session starts at 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Year 5 STEAM Day – Thursday 6th June

We are looking forward to a day at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School for a fun and interesting day of maths, science and engineering!

Seniors Trip to Rockley – Monday 10th June

Our leavers will join Mrs Parpworth and Mrs Crompton for a week away at a residential camp where there will be lots of fun and exciting activities to explore!

Reception Trip to Monkton Nature Reserve – Thursday 13th June

As part of Reception’s focus on ‘How things grow’ this term, they will be visiting Monkton Nature Reserve to see lots of flora and fauna, birds and animals.

Safety Talk for Year 6 – Friday 14th June

PC Cleaver will join us to discuss all aspects of safety as our Year 6 children transition to secondary school.

CE Results Day – Friday 14th June

Good luck to all our Year 8’s receiving results on this day.

Exeat – Friday 14th June

The school will close at 3.30pm and there will not be any after school provision on this day. 

Summer Showcase of Performance – Friday 21st June

Please join us for an afternoon of performances celebrating the very best talent across our school.

Year 1 & 2 Trip to Wingham – Tuesday 25th June

An opportunity to go wild and explore nature for our amazing youngsters. 

Year 5 & Senior Leadership Speeches – Wednesday 26th June

We will invite our Year 5 and 6  pupils to deliver their campaign as to why they should be selected as the next student leaders of the school.

Whole School Photo – Wednesday 26th June

Reception 2024 Transition Session – Wednesday 26th June

An opportunity to return for a second class-based activity to familiarise our pupils with their new classrooms and outdoor learning area.

Year 6 Surf Day Thursday 27th June

Year 6 will enjoy a session down at Joss Bay to perfect their surf skills ready for the summer holidays.

Pre-Prep Sports Morning & Speech Day – Friday 28th June

Please save this date in your diary between 9.00am-11.00am.  We look forward to welcoming everyone to our annual prize giving ceremony followed by a highly competitive morning of sport. 

Year 6 Leavers’ Party – Friday 28th June

Save the date between 4-7pm.  We look forward to celebrating Year 6’s time with us, reflecting back on many happy memories whilst having lots of fun.

Year 3 & 4 Archeological Dig – Thursday 4th July

These children will join Dr May and the Canterbury Archaeological Trust on a dig in Canterbury.  Will they find some Roman coins?  We are sure they will have lots of fun and learn lots of interesting facts during this step back in time.

National Transition Day – Thursday 4th July

Year 6 will attend their new secondary schools on this day.

Year 5 & 6 School Show – Friday 5th July

Please save the date.  We will be holding two performances at 2pm and 6pm.  This is set to be a spectacular production showcasing the amazing talents of these classes.

Prep & Senior Speech & Sports Day – Saturday 6th July

We look forward to celebrating the many achievements of our students this year and welcome everyone for an afternoon of family sporting fun.

Year 6 Leavers’ Speeches – Monday 8th July

Join us in the Old Hall where our children will speak of their memories and experiences with us.

Year 8 Leavers’ Dinner – Tuesday 9th July

Our senior leavers will be treated to a banquet in recognition of their time with us.

End of Term Chapel – Wednesday 10th July

Everyone is welcome to attend our final Chapel of this academic year.

Leavers’ Lunch for Years 6 & 8 – Wednesday 10th July

We look forward to welcoming all our parents in Years 6 to 8 to say a final farewell and goodbye to our wonderful school.


Holiday Club with TSC

We are delighted to announce our Half Term Holiday Camp with Thanet Sports Coaching (TSC).

The camp will run over the following dates in May: 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st (Tuesday – Friday)

To book, please click on the following link.

Ambition Sports Update

We are aware that there are some supply issues with the summer dress.  If you are unable to purchase the summer dress in the size required, please visit Marks & Spencer who have something similar available here.

Summer Photo Opportunity

Clare Smith is offering the opportunity of some affordable mini-photo shoots at Botany Bay on the 25th and 26th May.  This is perfect for couples and growing families who want to capture some special moments at an affordable price.  Please see the leaflet attached for more details.

School Values Awards


ReceptionEden Hutchinson for his hard work and dedication to improving his own learning. You wrote a fantastic part of a story. Keep up this amazing work! 

Autumn Thomas for her enthusiasm to learn and always trying her best. You did a great job on the number hunt and worked so hard to form your teen numbers correctly. What a star! 

Year 1David Walters for excellence in effort with his work, especially with his writing. David has worked hard to improve his skills and is becoming more confident in himself. Well done.

Dominik Foster for reading at home every single day and putting in extra practice across both literacy and maths to make sure that he propels himself to a higher level. 

Year 2Harper Donnellan- Harper has proved how kind and helpful she is this week, especially in arts and crafts club where she was readily asking if she can help as well as tidying up- even for others! 

Mia Low- Mia has made great progress this term with her reading, she has fostered a love of reading and it’s a pleasure to see her bring in the books she’s been enjoying at home! Mia has also worked really hard on her handwriting, taking extra care with her work! 

Rez Gardner for his excellent attitude to everything school related, whether it is a Sports fixture or class based lessons. He approaches all lessons with enthusiasm and produces work of a very high standard. 

Ezra Jeffrey for showing perseverance in maths and self correcting the position of his hour hand to show movement within the hour. Well done and accurate work! 

Year 3Grace Glanville for her enthusiastic attitude towards reading. Grace has already read a number of books already in the short time she has been with us. She reads daily and her knowledge of vocabulary when writing has obviously been influenced by her love of books. Grace would live in the library if she could!

Juno Palmer for her resilience in regard to learning. Juno never gives up, tries her best and listens carefully to advice on how to improve her work. This is having an impact on the quality of learning she is producing.


Year 4Elodie Doorey-Williams and Langa Ngwenya-Robinson. I admire their perseverance and their determination to never give up even when they find something challenging.
Year 5Hughie Hughes – for an improved focus and an increasingly positive attitude to his work.

Darcey Page and Owen and Beau Young- for their courage in playing sports against and with older pupils.

Year 6Johnny Roberts for courage – taking up hard-ball cricket and playing his first match despite being very apprehensive at first.  

Felix Agnew – great captaincy of the U11 team during the match vs Northbourne.

SeniorsKeira Mae Wilkinson and Effemie Griffin for showing courage and resilience in giving boarding a real chance and getting back into it after a long weekend at home.


Team of the Week

U11 Girls cricket team

Beating St Edmunds 268 runs to 234 runs. Great teamwork and a pleasure to coach. 

School Calendar

Please click here and scroll through for the most up to date calendar of events for the term.


This week the kitchen will be serving menu week 2.

MenuWeek 1Week 2Week 3


Matches This Week

2.00pm start unless otherwise stated


Tennis v Junior King’s: U13 A Boys (a)

Cricket v Dover College: U13 A Girls (h)


Tennis v Harvey Grammar: U13 A Boys (h)

Cricket v St Faith’s: U9 A (a)

Cricket v St Faith’s: U9 B (a)


Cricket v Junior King’s: 1st XI (h) 1.30pm start

Netball Thanet League: U11 A Girls (a)

Matches Last Week

Cricket v St Lawrence: 1st XIWon by 34 runs
Cricket v St Lawrence: U13 A GirlsWon by 96 runs
Cricket v Northbourne Park: U11 A BoysWon by 11 runs
Cricket v St Edmund’s: U11 A GirlsWon by 28 runs
Tennis v Sir Roger Manwood’s: U13 A BoysWon by forfeit
Cricket v Junior King’s: U9 A Lost by 10 runs
Cricket v Junior King’s: U9 BLost by 20 runs
Dodgeball: U7 AWon 10

Lost 1

Quick Cricket Districts: U11 A Girls First
Quick Cricket Districts: U9 ASecond
Tennis v Junior King’s: U13 A Girls Lost 10-2
Cricket Thomas Cup v Junior King’s: 1st XI Lost by 28 runs


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