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   Saturday, 10th February to Saturday, 24th February 2018

The Master’s Voice

I am pleased and proud to tell you that on Thursday, at the annual TES Independent Schools Awards evening, Wellington was crowned Boarding School of the Year, a huge accolade and one which recognises the efforts of all those in our Community who work so hard to make College such a special place. The Tweet sent out by the TES as the award was announced confirmed that the judges were impressed by the school’s ‘genuine commitment to an all-round and inspirational education’. Those words really chimed with me and echoed something I had felt earlier this week while watching our astonishing production of Cats.

As the cast put heart and soul into the rousing final number I was reminded of the saying  “education is what’s left after you have forgotten all you have learnt at school”. Often attributed to Einstein, the words do seem to highlight much of what we are trying to achieve here at Wellington. Certainly for the cast and crew of Cats this last week will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It was a spectacular show, and a fitting last musical extravaganza to say good bye to the CLT as a venue for our major performances: it is exciting to think that come the Summer the new Performing Arts Centre will be fully operational, and that our singers, dancers and actors will be able to play to much larger audiences.

This half of term has gone by in a flash, but there have been so many moments that will live long in the memory of our students. House singing was great and proved not only how talented all our pupils are, but also how much the community is strengthened when everyone comes together in pursuit of a common goal. The Montgomery competition highlighted the sheer excellence of our classical musicians, while St Martin’s provided an inspirational setting for the Wellington Symphony Orchestra. Congratulations also to our Boys and Girls Ski Teams who did do well recently in the British Schools Championships in France, and also to the Girls Under 16 Hockey Team who were crowned National Indoor Champions back in January. Those are but a few of the many highlights, and at times there seems no end to the challenges and opportunities that are on offer here at Wellington – each week I hear of new achievements and initiatives that provide the framework for outstanding education in the widest possible sense of the word.

However, it is also true that although we may eventually forget much of what we are taught at school, what definitely remains are the actual qualifications we leave with: no matter how well we do in everything else, we will still be expected to have taken our exams seriously and to have performed to the very best of our ability. With that in mind it is the right time to remind our exam years that Mocks are just around the corner: the Sixth Form start straight after Exeat, the Fifth Form a week later. This Half-Term break is a wonderful chance for everyone to recharge their batteries, but also a week where our exam candidates can quietly focus on the academic challenges that lie ahead.

 
Masters Signature Thomas

Upcoming Events At a Glance

Sunday, 18th February  Boarders Return (2115)

Monday, 19th February IB and A Level Mocks start (U6th)

Tuesday, 20th February SAT and ACT practice tests  Politics Dept

Thursday, 15th March Third Form Parent Teacher meetings

Friday, 23rd March Lent Term Ends

 

 

 

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