Thursday, 21st September to Saturday, 30th September

Can it really be only three weeks ago that this new academic year started? So much has already happened here this term and it is a joy to see the place buzzing with activity; our new students already seem as if they have been here forever. What has particularly impressed me so far has been the strength of our student leadership in the classroom, on the pitches, in the choirs, ensembles and performance groups – and also, of course, in the Houses. It seems to me that it should be the aim of any good school to get to a point where the students themselves are able to inspire each other to get the very best out of themselves – and I see examples of this here at Wellington on a daily basis. But good leadership doesn’t just happen by magic; it has to be worked at and learned – or at least an environment can be created where young leaders are able to find the space to flourish and grow. This is why I am so proud that Wellington has set up its own Leadership Institute, which is already enabling young people from around the globe to develop themselves – and also why this last week our own College prefects, joined by four of their contemporaries from the Wellington Academy, spent several days of intensive leadership training in the Carpathian mountains.

Staying in log cabins in deepest Transylvania allowed them to get right away from College life and to think with clarity about the issues facing Wellington in the coming year. I was able to join them for some of their time there, and was deeply impressed with the seriousness with which they discussed the experiences they have already had as prefects, and how anxious they were to talk about the notion of 360 degree leadership and the way that organisations flourish best if everyone is invested in the success of the operation. They certainly appreciated the opportunity to have the time and space to formulate strategies, to share good practice – and to talk through some of the frustrations that are often involved in trying to organise and encourage occasionally reluctant young teenagers! I think they learned a lot about themselves too.

It was a really inspirational 48 hours for me, not just to see the prefects working so well and so maturely, but also for the opportunity it gave to develop our increasingly close and effective links with the quite remarkable Transylvania College, one of the finest and most unique schools in the world. I am full of hope that we can use this most successful trip as a template for future opportunities – and that we will see many, many more Wellingtonians (from across all age groups) experience outstanding leadership training in the compelling and transformational setting of Transylvania, fictional home of course to one of Wellington’s most celebrated former pupils, the actor Sir Christopher Lee.



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Upcoming Events At a Glance

Saturday, 23rd September Weekend Leave

Monday, 25 September, 19:00-19:45 – The Year Ahead 4th form  CLT

Monday, 25th September Boarders Return (2115)

Saturday, 14th October Exeat starts (after College Commitments)



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USA University Admissions Seminars

By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: Careers and Higher Education|

Charlotte Houghteling is the new US Universities Advisor at Wellington, and she has arranged the following visits from the admissions officers of a number of top US universities. 26th September, 12.20pm – Yale University (Waterloo Dining Room) 27th September, 12.20pm [...]

Wellington ‘Beaks’ star on Only Connect this Friday

By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: Other|

The coming term sees, perhaps, a first for Wellington College as three of its Teaching Staff dive into the heady waters of televisual quizzing. Mr Clements (Benson HM), Mr Sproat (Head of Maths), and Dr [...]

Royal Society Science Book Prize 2017

By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: Academic|

On Tuesday 19th September our 6th form Science Society held their meeting in the library to discuss the Royal Society Book Prize Shortlist they had been reading. Each year the library buys copies of the [...]

Magic of Maths – Equilateral Post-it Notes

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Wellington Community|

Wednesday 27th September, 19:30 - 21:00, Moral Room, The Mallinson Library Our own inspirational Head of Maths, Aidan Sproat, continues to lead you through a six-week hands-on tour of some of his favourite mathematical corners. This [...]

In-depth Career Advice for 6th Formers

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Careers and Higher Education, Wellington Community|

Saturday 23rd September, 12:00 - 13:00, Economics Classrooms, Wellington College Sixty minutes of one-to-one career guidance for Sixth Form students, to find out more about a range of careers from Advertising to Zoology. Broken down into [...]

Sebastian Adeniran–Olule Charitable Fund

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Sports|

Annual rugby fixture held at Wellington College in memory of Sebastian Adeniran–Olule On Saturday 23rd September 2017, Wellington College will host Whitgift School in their annual rugby fixture. An online raffle has been set up [...]

Resilience 1: ABC and Thinking Traps – Parents’ Pastoral talk No 3

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Pastoral|

Saturday, 30th September 12:00 – 13:00, Driver Lecture Room Ian Morris, Wellington College Head of Wellbeing, which will provide insight into some of the material covered in the students’ wellbeing curriculum. This session focuses on [...]

What does this look like in the classroom

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Academic|

This week sees the release of ‘What Does This Look Like in the Classroom?’ written by Wellington teachers Carl Hendrick and Robin MacPherson. This book is the culmination of months of research into bridging the gap between [...]

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Cake Competition

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Events, Service|

Our Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning takes place on Friday 29th September.  It’s open to everyone in the Wellington College Community as well as friends, family and the local community from 10am until 2pm.    Have [...]

Sports Report: week ending 16.09.17

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: Sports, Uncategorized|

Sports Round-Up Video: Saturday 16th September 2017 Golf Wellington’s golfers have had a busy first week with a triangular match vs Cranleigh and Stowe and a tournament at West Sussex GC. Tom Dowe played especially [...]

Last chance to join the DofE this year.

By |September 18th, 2017|Categories: Service|

DofE Sign-up deadline. 27/09/17.  A reminder that all students who are to take part this year need to have signed up by 27/09/17.  Any questions or support required should be directed to sw@wellingtoncollege.org.uk.  Don’t miss [...]

Higher Education and careers

By |September 18th, 2017|Categories: Careers and Higher Education|

HE & Careers issues for week 3 are as follows   2018 BRITISH AVIATION EXPERIENCE  Two weeks in U.K. for teenagers age 14-18.  This unique two-week course in the U.K., for boys and girls (14-18 [...]

Digital Awareness and Safety – Parents’ Pastoral Talk

By |September 16th, 2017|Categories: Pastoral|

Saturday 23rd September 2017, 11.45-13.00, Driver Lecture Room   Talk by Digital Awareness UK, the UK’s leading social media safety organisation who have been appointed to support Wellington College’s commitment to safeguarding students online and [...]

Chapel Choir Concert, St James’ Church, Sussex Gardens, W2

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

Friday 6th October 19:45 | St James’ Church This concert, in the beautiful surroundings of St James’s Church in Paddington, promises an exciting preview of the Chapel Choir and String tour of Andalusia. This concert [...]

The Third Way

By |September 6th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Events|

We are hosting another conference on Degree Apprenticeships on May 18th, 2018. You may have seen the article in The Times, in which Julian Thomas is mentioned, which talks about this new and exciting Third Way [...]

“An African Spectacular” – Brass for Africa Concert

By |August 31st, 2017|Categories: Arts|

“An African Spectacular” - Brass for Africa Concert Friday 13th October 19:30 | Old Gym The Brass for Africa Brass Band and Wellington College Musicians present, “An African Spectacular” To celebrate an exciting new partnership, [...]

RPS Women Conductors: Workshop

By |August 31st, 2017|Categories: Arts|

RPS Women Conductors: Workshop Thursday 28th September 16:00 | Waterloo Hall RPS Women Conductors is an internationally award-winning programme of conducting workshops designed specifically to encourage more women to be conductors. This workshop aims to [...]

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