A Foreword From Mrs Parpworth

Dear Parents,

Well done to Year 6 and 8 for completing some very important exams last week.  The children in Year 6 were treated to some time away from school on Friday with a trip to Elev8, lunch at the beach and a game of mini-golf – fully deserved!

Mrs Harries and Mr Buss visited our school last Wednesday and they both commented on how warm, happy and friendly our school feels.  They toured the site and visited each class noticing how polite and well mannered the children are.  Mrs Harries will be visiting each week in readiness for September and we would like to invite you to a coffee morning on Wednesday 5th June, in the Dining Hall, where you will have the opportunity to meet her.

You may have noticed that we have taken on board ideas to create an additional pedestrian pathway leading towards Junior House.  This roped off area will enable much safer passage around the car park area so please use this if you are walking into school.  

We received some very exciting news last week that we have officially been granted ‘Plastic Free’ school status.  Thank you to Mrs Sabin Dawson for all her hard work in educating our children to champion change.  Through their efforts, we have committed to making sustained improvements across the school, therefore reducing plastic usage.

Finally, it is with great sadness that I announce the departure of Mrs Crine in a few weeks’ time. Mrs Crine will leave Wellesley Haddon Dene on Friday 7th June and will begin a new career at Network Rail.  It goes without saying that Mrs Crine has been a fundamental part of the team for nearly five years.  She has been an incredible source of support to me and a dear friend.  She has worked tirelessly to build a robust, efficient and friendly office which is the heart of our school.  I want thank Mrs Crine for all her hard work, care, focus and dedication.  We will miss her vibrant and professional presence in the office and I am sure you will join me in wishing Mrs Crine all the very best for her future career. 

I wish you all a wonderful half term break.  We look forward to welcoming our boarders back on Sunday 2nd June and day students on Monday 3rd June.

Mrs Jo Parpworth

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School Last Week

Eco Shop Update

We held two business meetings last week where we prepared our new premises for Top Up Shop (Sports Hall hatch) and we finalised our logo.  Well done to Brooke in Year 6 and Wilbur in Year 8 whose artwork was selected and combined into our finalised logo.

Please see below for more information about our grand unveiling on the 24th May at 3.30pm.

    Year 2 Dover Museum Trip 

    Year 2 had a great time visiting Dover museum, linked to their topic of the bronze and iron age period! They started the day with the bronze age boat workshop where they saw a real life bronze age boat that was discovered in Dover 30 years ago, they were told that it is likely 3600 years old! The children created their very own replica bronze age boat equipped with supplies, which they will bring home later in the term. 

    The children thoroughly enjoyed getting hands-on in the artefact investigation workshop where they were challenged with thinking about what each artefact was and what its purpose was, they then reenacted a story using all that they had learnt.

    It was a fantastic opportunity to consolidate all of the learning they have been up to this term!

      Exams Last Week

      Year 6 SATs

      Well done to everyone in Year 6 for their effort and conduct last week during intense SATs week.  They applied themselves with determination and focus.  We look forward to receiving the results in early July.  Thank you to all teachers who have prepared our children over the years for these important exams

      CE French Listening / Speaking Exams 

      Year 8 seemed very buoyant after their CE French exams last week.  Everyone felt the exam was fair and accessible.  Thank you to Madame Ryder and Dr May for preparing the children.

      Digital Marketing and Careers Presentation 

      Thank you to Emma Frewin, one of our parents, for delivering a very informative careers talk to Years 5-8.   During the presentation the children were introduced to Digital Marketing as a career and the qualifications you may need.  Emma spoke about what Digital Marketing was and the different aspects of the job.  The children asked some great questions at the end of the session and were really interested in the direction a career can take in that industry and what they needed to start a business of their own.  

      Pottery Club

      The children have put in such a great effort in pottery this week!  They created whales and tree luminaries! Their creative minds processed ideas very quickly to come up with such interesting concepts.  Whales with their babies attached, crazy fish from the depths of the ocean and trees with huge witchy noses and fantastic textures! Thank you to Mrs Kelly for this wonderful club, giving the children an opportunity to express their most creative sides!

      Beach School

      Reception class went to Dumpton Gap beach on Friday as it was low tide so the children enjoyed the rock pools in the sun. Sean very kindly bought us all an ice lolly at the end from Bayside Cafe and the children were delighted. Thank you! Also, a big thank you to the owners (Élodie’s parents in Year 4) who looked after us and gave the children some sticks of rock to take back to school to share. Every beach offers something different and the children found some crabs, cuttlefish, anemones and shells. We had the litter picks too but there wasn’t as much to pick at this beach, which was good news! We will definitely go back to this one soon!

      Exams Last Week

      Year 6 SATs

      Well done to everyone in Year 6 for their effort and conduct last week during intense SATs week.  They applied themselves with determination and focus.  We look forward to receiving the results in early July.  Thank you to all teachers who have prepared our children over the years for these important exams

      CE French Listening / Speaking Exams 

      Year 8 seemed very buoyant after their CE French exams last week.  Everyone felt the exam was fair and accessible.  Thank you to Madame Ryder and Dr May for preparing the children.

      School This Week

      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 of £2 has been added to School Money.  Thank you for supporting this important cause.

      Top Up Shop Eco Shop Launch – Friday 24th May  

      We really hope to see you at the launch of our new business ‘Top Up Shop’ on Friday 24th May 3.30pm (end of term) at the Sports Hall.  The Mayor of Broadstairs will be opening the shop by ‘cutting the ribbon’ and then the business will be open for our families to buy a range of luxurious eco refill products.  Also on sale will be some seedling plants, homemade elderflower presse and cakes.  Please support our students who have worked so hard to establish and set up this enterprise.

      Thank you!

      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

      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!

      Coffee Morning – Wednesday 5th June

      Mrs Harries will be hosting a coffee morning where she hopes to meet you all.

      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 – Monday 24th June

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

      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 – Saturday 29th 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 Archaeological 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.


      Father’s Day Gift Room

      To book gifts for the PFA gift room, please fill in this form.


      School Values Awards



      Sadie-Mae Buckley-Patey for always working hard and challenging herself to make super progress. Such a helpful, lovely member of our class!

      Aubree Rattigan for working hard in maths when learning to add and take away.

      Year 1

      Harriett Piper – for showing an improved attitude to her work lately, taking her time and making sure she is writing neatly. Harriett has also demonstrated good manners as well as always being there to cheer up anyone who needs a lift!

      Leika Weymouth – for her leading qualities of kindness and respect, making sure that everyone is treated fairly and equally. Leika is an ambassador for eco-friendliness and is always there to make sure scrap paper goes in the recycling bin.

      Year 2

      Felicity O’Dell- Fi for being a great ambassador for our school on our trip. Showing good manners and being attentive during the workshop sessions. Her enthusiasm was infectious,  she said it was the best day of her life!

      Hannah Nelson- Hannah has shown great responsibility and enthusiasm in class this week, particularly towards the green beans we are growing in class, checking in on them and their well-being at every opportunity. 

      Charlie Carey is proving to be a very caring, thoughtful and conscientious member of our school and is constantly praised for his eco approach in and around the school environment. He regularly picks up discarded wrappers and keeps our field clean and rubbish free. 

      Reggie Smith for his positive attitude to his work and sporting activities. He is a valuable team player in our class and shows kindness to his teachers and peers. 

      Year 3

      Margot Owen – Margot is developing into a confident and mature young lady. She has shown resilience on a daily basis and is now reaping the benefits of her hard work.

      Lara Davies – Lara exudes positivity and is the most kind and caring class member. She is helpful with clearing the table at lunchtimes and always has a smile on her face.


      Year 4

      Oliver Eve for his positive attitude and showing enthusiasm towards his work in class.

      Year 5

      Hector Halton – for his positive attitude in the classroom and his enthusiasm for learning.

      Year 6

      Year 6 for completing their SATs with confidence.


      Freya for mentoring the Wellow girls in Latin and for working with the Nursery and Reception children in their French lessons.  She is an outstanding role model for them.


      Team of the Week

      Year 3/4 swimming team winning Thanet Schools.  

      Year 5/6 girls cricket team going through to represent Thanet at the Districts. 

      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 3.

      MenuWeek 1Week 2Week 3


      Matches This Week

      2.00pm start unless otherwise stated


      Cricket v St Edmund’s: 1st XI (a) 2.45pm


      Cricket v Sutton Valence: 1st XI (a) 2.00pm

      Cricket v Dover College: U13 A Girls (a)

      Cricket v St Lawrence: U11 A Girls (a)

      Cricket v St Lawrence: U11 B Girls (a)

      Cricket v Northbourne Park: U9 A Mixed (h)

      Cricket v Northbourne Park: U9 B Mixed (h)

      Matches Last Week


      Tennis v Junior King’s: 1st IV (a)

      Lost 1-5

      Cricket v Dover College: U13 A Girls (h)

      Won by 25 runs

      Cricket v Dover College: U13 B Girls (h)

      Won by 27 runs

      Tennis v Harvey Grammar: 1st IV (h)

      Won 5-1

      Cricket v St Faith’s: U9 A Mixed (a)

      Postponed due to poor weather

      Cricket v St Faith’s: U9 B Mixed (a)

      Postponed due to poor weather

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

      Lost by 7 wickets

      Netball v Thanet League: U11 A (a)

      A Team 3rd

      B Team 9th



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