From the Head’s Study
It is hard to believe that we are already coming to the end of a busy and fulfilling first half of term. We have packed in so many opportunities and experiences and thank everyone for their efforts in enabling us to start so positively and productively.
Thank you to everyone who supported our World Mental Health campaign on Tuesday, wearing yellow to fund the good work carried out by the charity, Young Minds. We raised nearly £350 bringing our total charitable contributions this term to almost £1000, excluding all the food donations given at our Harvest Festival. It is so important that we continue to focus on giving back to others and showing support for those in need.
We had a spooktacular time at the PFA organised Halloween discos. The children had so much fun and we cannot thank all the PFA volunteers enough for their time in organising this special occasion. Thank you to Mr Pullman for being our resident DJ and entertainment for the evening.
On that note, I do hope that you are able to attend our forthcoming Bonfire Party on the 3rd November and our Quiz Night on Friday 10th November. Both events will provide opportunities to come together as a community whilst raising money for the PFA, funding future experiences for our children. I am very much looking forward to hosting the quiz and there are more details contained within the newsletter so please rally your teams and let’s make it a night to remember.
Finally, we are holding two Open Days in November. Our Early Years event takes place on the 1st November (4pm-6pm) and Whole School on 4th November (10am-12pm). Please do share these dates with friends, family and contacts who may be interested in visiting us. It is an ideal opportunity for any parents who have not yet toured the school themselves and would like to do so. We offer a £500 loyalty payment for any successful referrals which lead to a registration as part of our Friends & Family Scheme so please do spread the word far and wide.
I wish you all a wonderful half term break and we look forward to welcoming boarders back on the evening of Sunday 29th October and all other children on Monday 30th October.
Mrs Jo Parpworth
School Last Week
Wear it Yellow Day
Thank you to everyone who supported our #Hello Yellow campaign in aid of World Mental Health Day. Our final total came close to £350 raised for Young Minds and this means that more children will be able to access emotional and mental health support in schools across the UK.
PFA Halloween Disco
Thank you to the PFA for their hard work in organising our Halloween Discos for the children. It was wonderful to see the children in costumes having so much fun. It was a great way to celebrate the end of our first half term.
Lyndon represents WHD at the Regionals
Congratulations to Lyndon for representing our school in a major regional competition. Over 200 aspiring athletes from schools across the South East took part in one of the GB Biathlons qualifying rounds, ahead of the National finals due to be held in March. Lyndon came first in his 25m swim, smashing not only his personal best but getting a considerable lead on the rest of the competition with an amazing 17.65 second time. This was followed by a fantastic 400m run, where Lyndon overtook 4 competitors on the final bend to come fourth place in his year group. Final results are announced in December, but he has a strong bid for a place in the finals! We are so proud of all he has achieved, testament to his hard work!
Year 1 and 2 Success at Margate FC
Congratulations to our Pre-Prep Football Team for their success and teamwork at the Thanet Passport tournament. The A Team won all four matches and Dominik (Year 1) was Man of the Match. The B Team lost three matches and drew one with Coco (Year 2) being woman of the match. We are so proud of both teams. They played with the right attitude and sporting values – the future is definitely bright.
School This Week
On the Parent Portal we have enabled a feature called ‘Data Check’ which allows parents to review and amend the details we hold on themselves and their children. This is great if you realise you have changed your mobile number, but not told the office, or if your child has a new allergy that we do not yet know about. When you next login you will be asked to perform the data check. This is currently in BETA and your feedback is appreciated. Please can we ask that particular attention is given to the medical section.
Our first Mark Reading of the academic year was announced in Assembly on Tuesday 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. You can view your child’s report by logging on to the parent portal.
Well done to the following children who achieved the top average in their respective year groups: Amber Hutchinson, Izzy James, Emmy Dobbs, Paula Arsuaga Reano, Ines Arsuaga Reano and Freya Ralph.
The highest scoring form group was 6E.
The overall aggregate House standings, including good and improvement marks are as follows:
1st – Joss
2nd – Viking
3rd – Kingsgate
4th – Stone
End of Term
Half term ends at 3.30pm on Wednesday 18th October.
Future Events for your diaries
Anti Bullying week
Join us for Anti-Bullying week 2023, which will take place from Monday 13th November – Friday 17th November and will kick off with Odd socks day on Monday 13th. Below is a Just Giving page if you would like to donate directly.
Join us for our Bonfire party at WHD on Friday 3rd November from 4.30pm onwards. We look forward to serving hotdogs, drinks whilst warming around the bonfire. This event is organised by the PFA and we do hope you are able to attend this seasonal fundraising event.
Parent/Teacher Quiz Night
Please join us on Friday 10th November for an adult quiz night in the Sports Hall. It is set to be a night of fun, laughter and good company. The ticket entry of £10 includes 2 bottles of wine per table. Please bring your own additional snacks and drinks. Ms Mohammed has kindly created a quiz for everyone to enjoy, which will be delivered by Mrs Parpworth who will be wearing her sparkliest of jackets. To enter please email: email@example.com.
We will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 4th November with a Fireworks Theme from Year 1 to 8. We would like children to attend school on that day between 10 and 1pm. There will be a variety of activities to enjoy. More details will follow but please put this date in your diary and we would be grateful if you could share with any prospective families you know.
We wanted to stress the importance of weekly swimming lessons for our children, particularly as we live by the coast. If children are well and are in school, we expect all children to take part in swimming lessons. Mrs Crompton and her team are very experienced in supporting reluctant and nervous swimmers so there is no need to worry. Thank you for your support in this matter.
School Uniform Shop
We have a range of preloved uniform items available in our uniform shop. Please contact Liz Dilkes, Chair of the PFA, to arrange an appointment.
This is another reminder that dogs should be kept on leads at all times.
School Values Award
School Values Award
Elliot Palmer for excellent effort in all of his lessons and showing lots of enthusiasm during teacher inputs. Elliot is also proving to be a role model for good manners and kindness.
Dominik Foster for working carefully in his Maths and English lessons, really taking his time to make sure that he gets the concepts and going back to correct any mistakes, therefore solidifying his understanding.
Freddie Tipping for always completing his work to a high standard. Freddie has been working really hard on his presentation particularly in maths! He is very reflective and is always looking to uplevel or make corrections.
Henry Honeyman for positively contributing to class discussions, his worldly knowledge is inspiring! Henry is a poetry whizz and it’s great to hear that he is sharing these at home too!
Reggie Smith for his positive working attitude in all lessons. He tries really hard and applies himself, even when he finds things challenging.
Sadie Manning for her positive attitude to school and her concerted effort to be more independent when arriving at school.
Margot Owen and Aziza Foster-Troy – both for putting extra effort in the presentation and content of their fact files on the river Nile. They completed their task to an extremely high standard including illustrations and written information.
Kody Simpson for always putting in the extra effort with all his work. He embraces challenges with a smile.
Darcey Owen and Darcey Page for some excellent focus and effort in their work.
Brooke Webb, JemimaFisher-Bowes and Genevieve Frogley for very good industry and good solid girl-power.
Theo Eberlin for always being polite and respectful and always ready to learn.
Freya Ralph for excellent working attitude, excellent industry grades and being helpful to her peers who need help with their work.
Team of the Week
Every week, a team or group of pupils are nominated for a special treat with Mrs Parpworth. This week Year 5 have been nominated for absolutely SMASHING the Latin vocabulary test with every single person in the class getting top marks. What a bunch of superstars!
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, 18 October
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U11 A Girls (a)
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U11 B Girls (a)
Football v Kent College: U11 A Boys (h)
Football v Kent College: U11 B Boys (h)
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U9 A Girls (h)
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U9 B Girls (h)
Hockey v Dover College: U13 A Girls (h) 3pm
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
Squash v King’s: U13 A Boys
Thanet Football Tournament Y1 & 2
A Team won 4
B Team Lost 3, drew 1
Hockey v Northbourne Park: U13 A Girls
Football v St Edmund’s: U11 A Boys
Football v St Edmund’s: U11 B Boys
Football v St Edmund’s: U13 A Boys
Hockey v Junior King’s: U11 A Girls
Hockey v Junior King’s: U11 B Girls
Hockey v Junior King’s: U9 A Girls
Hockey v Junior King’s: U9 B Girls
Football v Northbourne Park: U9 A Boys
Football v Northbourne Park: U9 B Boys
Super Saturday U11 Football Tournament