Saturday, 18th November to Saturday, 25th November

As you might know, this last week was designated National Anti-Bullying Week, and as I was walking past the V&A I was struck by a particular quotation that stood out in the window display. It simply read “Every time you post something on line you have a choice whether to add to the happiness of the world, or to take some away.” It’s a very succinct way of describing the potentially detrimental impact of what we now call cyberbullying, that new and most insidious way of hurting people. Cyberbullying is particularly cowardly: under the cloak of anonymity and at arm’s length real damage to individuals can be done, especially as nowadays for the young there seems no escaping the pervasive reach of social media.

This was very much the theme picked up on by the Duke of Cambridge whose Royal Foundation is leading an industry task force against cyberbullying. He recognises the good that the internet can do, but also understands the fears parents have of its corrosive effects. His “Stop. Speak. Support.” campaign is specifically targeted at young teenagers, but of course we all have a duty to think carefully about the things we post, and to reflect on how our words may be received.

I was impressed by the lead that the prefects and Heads of College took this week: organising the displays in the V&A, sending out daily messages and ensuring that the topic was widely discussed. They focused on the message “all different, all equal” and this of course chimes so well with the Wellington identity, speaking as it does of inclusivity and stressing the importance of recognising the value of each individual. I was especially taken with the message they sent out on Tuesday, when they said: “At Wellington our aim is for every pupil to be celebrated for exactly who they are. You all have so much to offer. Make sure you are you today.” It breaks my heart to think anyone should be the target of warped banter simply for being themselves, which is why I am determined that Wellington should be a safe space for all, and why I was delighted that everyone seemed so anxious to endorse Prince William’s message.



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Wellington College Advent Procession and Carol Services – Update

By |November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Events|

Wellington College Advent Procession and Carol Services We invite parents and the local community to join us in celebrating Advent and Christmas at our annual Advent and Nine Lessons and Carols Services. The services are [...]

Wellington Connect Wins Summit Award.

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Wellington Community|

The Wellington Community team are delighted to announce that they have recently been awarded ‘Outstanding School Network’ at the Graduway Leaders’ Summit. They were awarded this accolade for the extraordinary growth and success of our [...]

Stanford University – an OW’s view

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Careers and Higher Education|

Olivia Lancaster, who was in the Anglesey and left Wellington in 2016, will be visiting College on Thursday, November 23rd to host a question and answer session about life at Stanford - and how best to [...]

Welly Hockey Successes

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Sports|

It’s been a busy week for the hockey club. Our U16 boys have qualified for the next round of the South Indoor competition  (their first year of entering the comp) and will travel to Magdalen College [...]

Gardening Society – Christmas Wreath Making

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Wellington Community|

Saturday, 2nd December  10:30am – 12:30pm or 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Daizeys Den, Holme Grange Get in the Christmas Spirit and join us for a Christmas Wreath Making session! The cost is £35pp and includes all [...]

Wellington Community Parents’ Choir

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Wellington Community|

Saturday, 25th November @ 11:00am, Concert Room, Music School, Wellington College We are pleased to invite you a meeting of the Wellington Parents’ Choir. Designed for singers of all abilities. To register please email: community@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Historic Tour and Tales from the Archives

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Wellington Community|

Saturday, 25 November 2017  09:45 - 12:30, Great School, Wellington College Set amid the fine College grounds and gardens ‘The Wellington Path of Duty Historic Tour’, led by OW Dr Patrick Mileham (former soldier and [...]

Gardening Society – Introduction to Garden Design

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Wellington Community|

Thursday, 23rd November 2017  7:30pm, Driver Lecture Room, Wellington College Lecture on Garden Design, by Jacqueline Easton. Please email community@wellingtoncollege.org.uk to RSVP

Magic of Maths – The Fourth Dimension

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Wellington Community|

Wednesday, 22nd November, 19:30 - 21:00, Moral Room, The Mallinson Library, Wellington College The final instalment in this series first asks what happens if there is more to geometry than meets the eye and then [...]

Brass Masterclass – with David Whitson

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Arts|

Brass Masterclass – with David Whitson Tuesday 21st November 14:00 | Wind Annex David Whitson is a founder member of the English Brass Ensemble, principal trombone of the English National Opera and teaches at the [...]

Dushy does Movember

By |November 16th, 2017|Categories: Other|

It perhaps won't have escaped your notice that there seem to be a few more moustaches around of late, but you may have forgotten that November always sees a major fund-raising effort on behalf of [...]

Read all about it – the e-Library!

By |November 16th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The e-Library - Digital resources to support student research A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk to a group of 6th Form parents about how the library supports the students to carry out [...]

Higher Education and Careers

By |November 16th, 2017|Categories: Careers and Higher Education|

HE & Careers issues for week 9 are as follows: SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOUR GAP YEAR.  A number scholarships from £200 to £800 are to be awarded for the 2017-18 year.  If you aim on doing [...]

Sport’s Report – week ending 05.11.17

By |November 14th, 2017|Categories: Sports|

Click here for the Sports Video Rackets Congratulations to Freddie Bristowe who has been seeded 3 in the H. K. Foster Cup at Queens this Christmas. This is the highest level of schoolboy singles Rackets, [...]

The Wellington Dance Show – Page Turners!

By |November 8th, 2017|Categories: Arts|

Wednesday, 6th and Thursday, 7th December starting at 7:30pm in CLT This years dance show 'Page Turners' will take you on a spell-binding performance journey through the world of literature. It's your chance to see [...]

Coram Boy

By |November 4th, 2017|Categories: Arts|

Coram Boy  - Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th November and Friday 1st December 19:30 | CLT Dramatised from Jamila Gavin's Whitbread Award-winning novel set in eighteenth century England, this is a play adapted by Helen Edmundson [...]

November visits by Californian and Canadian Universities

By |October 30th, 2017|Categories: Careers and Higher Education|

On the 9th November, Nathan Mack, admissions officer of the University of Southern California will be visiting Wellington to have lunch with any Wellingtonians who are interested in studying in the USA. He will be here between [...]

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