The Week Ahead 

Saturday, 15th October to Saturday, 5th November 2016

If ever there was a week that best summed up the rich diversity of Wellington life it’s been this last one. On Saturday we welcomed some 130 families making their first visit to Wellington as they began the whole process of choosing the next school for their children, while at the same time hosting a large group of senior OWs, many of whom had not been back to College for over half a century: it felt both vaguely surreal and yet somehow right to be talking to such different generations united that day by a shared Wellington connection. It seemed to me that whether you are eighty or eight there’s something at Wellington for you, and this was most certainly borne out by our spectacular Arts Fest. From the Choir singing with Stile Antico in a beautiful chapel concert, to the London Mozart Players on stage with our orchestra; from cutting-edge dance shows to the premiere of Nashville Skylines, the WTV documentary that chronicled our singer songwriters’ summer tour, there was something for everyone, and this eclecticism was nowhere more in evidence than in the house drama competition: there were some stunning and varied plays, and the Apsley and Beresford quite rightly shared the prize for their outstanding performances. Wednesday saw a really successful Service Day: the various branches of the CCF were deployed across the South of England, while those not in uniform joined in a day promoted by Round Square and devoted to Environmentalism. It was good to see the whole student body so clearly committed to service and the path of duty.  In so many ways the entire week mirrored the everyday life of College, and what was particularly pleasing was to see the way that the exceptional standards displayed by all the visiting artists, instructors and speakers inspired our own young to reach greater heights themselves. Thanks you to all pupils and parents who supported the week so wholeheartedly.

In the midst of all this lessons carried on as normal, of course – the academic life of the school never closes – and it has been good to see from the various interim reports that our current Wellingtonians are taking the notion of independent learning increasingly seriously. On this theme good luck to all our Oxbridge candidates, for whom the two week half-term break will be of vital importance as they prepare for the assessment tests and interviews that will feature large in their lives in the second half of term. The Exeat gives the whole community a chance to draw breath and re-kindle batteries, as well as the opportunity to embrace new challenges and experiences: good luck to all those setting out on trips and may I end by wishing you all a happy half-term.

Masters Signature Thomas

Upcoming Events At a Glance

Saturday, 15th October half term starts after College commitments

Sunday, 30th October 2115  Boarders return

Saturday, 5th November College Fireworks

Wednesday, 9th November College Flu Vaccinations

Saturday, 12th November Closed weekend

Sunday, 13th November Remembrance Sunday


Notice Board

Physiotherapy – procedure
The Health Centre team would like to remind all parents that if... Read More >

3rd Form Parent/Teacher Meetings: 16.11.16
The 3rd form Parent/Teacher meetings will be held in Newsome Hall on... Read More >

Mordaunt Gate Closed
Mordaunt Gate Closed  Unfortunately, the Mordaunt Gate will be temporarily closed due to... Read More >

October Half Term Trips
Parents of students travelling on College trips during half term have been... Read More >

The Parent Portal
  Here is the link to the parent portal where interim grades and... Read More >

Travel Vaccinations
Unfortunately the Health Centre is no longer able to give travel vaccinations... Read More >

Below is a link to a several key College Policies including those on Safeguarding,... Read More >

Parental Pastoral Masterclasses
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Future Residential Trips
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By |October 14th, 2016|Categories: Academic|

This week’s book recommendation is The Extended Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins  2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of The selfish gene, Professor Dawkins’ classic book on evolutionary biology. A multi-million copy bestseller, [...]

Sixth Form French Trip

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Academic|

Sixth Form French Trip to Montpellier – Sunday 12th – Friday 17th February 2017 The aim of the visit is to provide students with opportunities to use oral French at an advanced level, as well as to experience at [...]

Confirmed – One way College road system

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

After a period of consultation with staff members and parents, I can now confirm that the proposed one way road system will go ahead. New traffic signs, bollards and speed humps will be installed during [...]

Annual Charity Fireworks Spectacular

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Arts, Events|

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot … Wellington College Has Got the Lot! Annual Charity Fireworks Spectacular Saturday 5 November 2016 6pm – 8.30pm Wellington College’s spectacular charity fireworks extravaganza will showcase a dazzling display of fireworks [...]

Parents’ Pastoral Talk

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Service|

Independent Learning – Thinking and Learning Saturday 5th November: 11.30 – 12.30pm in the DLR Independent learning is one of the five pillars on which Wellington education is based. In this session Matt Oakman, Wellington Director [...]

Lamda at Wellingtn

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Arts|

LAMDA SCHOOL news! The LAMDA school’s new classroom will be in operation after half term, and we will therefore be able to offer a limited number of new places!  If any students or parents would [...]

Service Corner

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Service|

The service team is excited to welcome the 3rd Form to the Community Action programme in the second half of the Michaelmas Term. 3rd Form students will be making their selections for placements during their [...]

Wellington hosts Modern Pentathlon Training Camp

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Sports|

Modern Pentathlon Training Camp 26th - 28th October Wellington College is a Pentathlon GB Academy and the camp will be led by the College's very own Modern Pentathlon Coach and Pentathlon GB Pathway Coach, Russell [...]

College Shop – Half-term opening hours

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Please be aware that although the College Shop will be open during the first week of the holiday period, it will be operating with reduced hours. The shop will be closed the second week for our annual [...]

Fifth Form Trip to Palladio’s Villa Saraceno

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Academic, Arts|

This summer, after their GCSE exams, twenty-six Vth Form students will join the Art/ Art History Departments for four days in a remarkable Palladian villa, using it as a base to explore the cities of [...]

Sports Report – Week ending 8th October, 2016

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Sports|

Sports Video Round-Up - Saturday 8 October 2016  Rugby A great day for the club with a complete set of wins across the board (and 1 draw) on Saturday against Sherborne. Some great rugby on show [...]

Remembrance Service – Sunday, 13th November 2016

By |October 7th, 2016|Categories: Events|

We warmly invite Upper 6th form parents to Remembrance Sunday at Wellington College, including the Chapel service and ceremony held in Front Quad. Booking will open on Thursday 13 October at 10am via our online [...]

Michaelmas Term Parent Pastoral Talks

By |October 1st, 2016|Categories: Service|

These are the Pastoral talks scheduled for the rest of the term. Pastoral Talk 4: 6th Form Research Skills and use of the Library  Sat 1st, 11.30-12.30, Library This hands on interactive session run by the [...]

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