Friday, 23rd March to Saturday, 21st April 2018

The Master’s Voice

When I spoke to the pupils at our End of Term Assembly I took the opportunity to remind them of how lucky they were to be at a school that takes them as seriously as Wellington does. They have teachers who not only have expert subject knowledge, but who also take care to make sure they don’t slip through the net by chasing up overdue work and constantly monitoring their progress. They also have an astonishing range of academic enrichment opportunities: individual academic departments put on regular study and seminar evenings, and the “Inspire” series of lectures ensures a steady stream of the brightest and most interesting minds in Academia regularly come to College. The sport here is second to none, as is art, music, dance, debating and drama – and of course most Wellingtonians also have many opportunities through service and travel to both literally and metaphorically expand their horizons. The result of all of this, I said, is the strong likelihood that most of them will end up with not only very good exam results, but also will have become genuinely rounded and interesting young men and women.  I am proud and excited to lead such a school and to see so many of our pupils making such good use of their time here.

But I then went on to suggest that all of this opportunity, which for them is so easily accessible, could also prove to be their Achilles heel. When they leave school they will not just be competing with people like themselves who have enjoyed such a privileged start in life, but will actually be up against others of their generation who, despite not having had all of their advantages, have nevertheless left school with excellent grades and achievements. The point I was making was that once they are in the outside world – at University and beyond –  they will be rubbing shoulders with genuine self-starters who have managed to find openings and opportunities where perhaps initially few seemed to exist. More often than not it will be the self-starters, the ones who not only have a vision, but also the desire and energy to make those dreams come true, who go on to enjoy the most successful careers.  It’s a message reiterated time and time again by CEOs and academics alike, including one of our Governors, Professor Peter Frankopan – an Oxford Don himself.

I was not trying to scare them, but rather reminding them that for the exam year groups, these Easter holidays are hugely important, and that if they gave anything less than their maximum effort to their final preparations they would be guilty of letting themselves down. They would also be running the risk of jeopardising many of the advantages they have been given and of conceding ground to all those who do see the next three months as absolutely vital for their futures.  And for all those who do not have examinations on their immediate horizons, they could do worse than use these holidays to reflect on whether they really are getting the most out of the extraordinary and inspirational environment that is Wellington College.

I wish you all a very Happy Easter.


Masters Signature Thomas

Upcoming Events At a Glance

Monday, 16th April Boarders Return 1945

Tuesday, 17th April Summer Term Begins

Saturday, 21st April Closed weekend for Third Form

Sunday, 22nd April Third Form Grandparents Day

Friday, 27th April Montgomery Singing Competition

Thursday, 26th April IB Written Exams start

Saturday, 5th May Weekend Leave (after College commitments)

Monday, 7th May Boarders Return

Saturday, 26th May Speech Day (Exeat starts after Master’s Callover)

Sunday, 3rd June Boarders Return

Friday, 29th June Summer Term Ends




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Sports Report – End of Term Round-up

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Sports|

Please see all the videos from this term below: 13th Jan -  Sports Video can be viewed here 20th Jan - The sports video can be viewed here 25th Jan - This week’s sports video [...]

Read all about it – holiday special!

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Academic|

Book Prize round-up and holiday reading recommendations. Following on from mention of the Carnegie Book Award for children’s fiction last week there is also The Bookseller YA prize shortlist of 10 brilliant young adult books [...]

Wellington Adventure Club

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Wellington Community|

Monday, 30th April 7.00pm - 9.00pm, Prince of Wales, Drury Lane Do you have an adventurous spirit? Do you dream of adventure? The Wellington Adventure Club seeks to bring like-minded members of the Wellington Community together [...]

Tales from the Wellington Archives

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Wellington Community|

Saturday, 28th April  1300 - 1400 Royal Foundation Room Caroline Jones (Wellington College Archivist) returns once more to delve into the wonders of the College archives, showcasing selected items and the stories that they tell. [...]

The Wellington Path of Duty – Historic Tour for Parents

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Wellington Community|

Saturday, 28th April 09.45am - 12.30pm, Great School Founded in 1859 as a living memorial to Britain’s most famous general, Arthur, Duke of Wellington, the College has a history like no other school in Britain or [...]

Parents Art History Talk with Adam Rattray

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Wellington Community|

Saturday, 21st April  11.00am - 12.00pm: Art History Classroom Adam Rattray, Head of Art History, will show you how to look at paintings and sculptures, at how light, colour, form and composition combine to make a [...]

Bishop Richard and the Icon

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|

On Friday, 23rd March, an important Russian Icon will be blessed in our Chapel. Because this religious object is 600 years old, and is valuable with a significant history, the former Bishop of Oxford, Bishop [...]

The Wellington College “Waterloo Half-Marathon”

By |March 21st, 2018|Categories: Events|

Please join the Third Form, OWs and energetic members of staff for the walk/run from Stratfield Saye to Wellington College, on the 18th of June (the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo). This 13-mile route [...]

Sports Report: Week ending 17.03.18

By |March 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Team of the Week Running Club Representatives:  Marcus Nye, Angus Neale, Tom Williamson, Ewan Cuttell, James Voisin were all absolutely superb on Thursday acting as the hares and tortoises for the annual St Neots cross [...]

Pastoral Talk 13 – Teenage Nutrition and Food at Wellington

By |March 17th, 2018|Categories: Pastoral|

Saturday, 21st April, 11.30-12.30, Driver Lecture Room Vanessa Giannikas, Head of Nutrition at Wellington College, will talk about the importance of a balanced diet for our pupils in supporting their wellbeing and general development. Pastoral [...]

Upper Sixth Leavers’ Graduation Day Celebrations – Friday 29 June 2018

By |March 16th, 2018|Categories: Events|

Graduation Day is a very special and moving day in which the leavers, their parents or guardians, together with their HMs and other staff, celebrate the time the Upper Sixth pupils have spent at Wellington College.  [...]

Easter Revision Course – Some courses now sold out: limited availability on others

By |February 9th, 2018|Categories: Events|

Monday 9th – Friday 13th April 2018 (residents arrive on Sunday 8th April) While we fully prepare all our own pupils within normal term time for exams, some parents will recognise the benefits of their [...]

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