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Week beginning 20th March

Middle School Play

If you would like seats for the Middle School production of ‘Treasure Island’, please contact  There is an evening performance on Tuesday 21st March at 6.30pm and a further performance on Wednesday 22nd March at 11am.

Invitation to Modern Boarding - Tonbridge and Benenden Schools

On Monday 15th May, Tonbridge and Benenden will be holding a combined event in London which may be of interest to you. The occasion, entitled “An Introduction to Modern Boarding” will be led by Tim Haynes, the Headmaster at Tonbridge, and Mrs Samantha Price, the Headmistress at Benenden, with contributions from housemasters, housemistresses, parents and pupils from their two schools. Their hope is that the evening will help parents to understand better the ethos which allows pupils to flourish as boarders in their schools and give you a greater insight into the broad and varied life of a boarder.

They would be very pleased to see you on Monday 15th May; if you are able to come please reply by signing up at:  or call Mrs Veryan Larmour on 01732 304297.

School Last Week

UK Schools Chess Challenge

Last week saw the seventh and final internal round of the UK Schools Chess Challenge. Many children have been involved this term, and the interest and enthusiasm for the competition has been reflected in the amount of chess being played at other times - rarely is there not a game being played in the library or elsewhere.  The top match was the battle between Timofey Selyukov and Mikail Evloev, which spread over three sessions before Timofey finally prevailed to finish with a maximum seven points from the competition.  The Area Megafinal takes place in Sandwich early next term and is followed by the South Gigafinal and then the National Terafinal.  

Block 1 History and R.S. Trip to London

Block 1 travelled to London on Tuesday as part of their History and RS syllabus.  Mr Page, Mr Longdon, Mr Kearns and Miss Green took the group to the Museum of London and St Paul's Cathedral.  This was a most successful day, with the children showing considerable interest in all their various tasks and activities.

School Council

The School Council held its final meeting of the term during morning break on Friday.

Wellesley Challenge

The final round of this year's Wellesley Challenge took place on Friday.  The evening began with Danes and Saxons competing in the 3rd place play-off, with Danes prevailing by 320 points to 270. In a repeat of last year's final, Romans and Vikings battled out an extremely closely-fought contest, with the result in doubt right to the end.  Ultimately Romans came out on top by 405 points to 395, which not only made this the highest-scoring contest in the competition's history, but also meant that the difference at the end was just one question.  Well done to the winning team of Oscar Vaughan, James Felton, Isabella Cable and Ethan Beckett.

Denne Hill

On Saturday afternoon we headed out for our annual cross-country race in the fine surroundings of Denne Hill Farm, courtesy of the Loder-Symonds family.  64 competitors set off, with both individual and set competitions riding on their efforts.  Jules Lagarrigue quickly established himself at the front of the pack and was a comfortable winner of the Fallon Trophy.  Manuel Rodriguez came in second, with Fleur Rex finishing in 3rd place to retain the Girls' Cross-Country Shield. Harry Heming, in 5th postion, was a deserved winner of the Chamberlain Cup for the highest finishing Under 11 runner.  The set competition, The Loder-Symonds Cup, was won by Vikings.  A mention also of the Dunbar Johnsons, all three of whom finished in the top twenty.  Well done to everyone who took part and particular thanks to the team of parents, led by Mrs Courage and Mrs Falcon, for the outstanding array of refreshments enjoyed afterwards by runners and spectators alike.

Friends of Wellesley Quiz

The quiz night was a great success. A very enjoyable and sociable evening was superbly organised by Belinda Wakeling and her committee and we thank them all.  Mr Latteur provided much entertainment as the question master, coming up with rounds that ranged from the relatively straightforward to the rather more challenging, in particular the History questions. It soon became evident that there was a Belgian theme this year, with a question included in almost every round. Congratulations to the Fisher team, who finished as winners in a competition that was very close throughout.  Thank you also to the kitchen staff who provided a wonderful meal.  Book your table now for next year's event!

Rugby Sevens Tournament

Our top rugby players travelled to Oundle School to take part in the IAPS Small Schools Sevens Competition on Sunday.  They played six tight matches, eventually finishing in 10th place.  Thank you to Mr Longdon, accompanied by Mr Wardman, for taking the players to this event at a particularly busy time of term.

School This Week

Music on Monday

There were two performances for this week's Music on Monday.  Firstly Poppy Brooke Turner sang 'Caro Mio Ben', which is attributed to Giuseppe Giordano.  Constantine Chu then played the 3rd Movement from Mozart's 'Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major'.  Well done, Poppy and Constantine.

Seven of the Best

In an extension to the half-termly pieces of art work that comprise 'Six of the Best', the Headmaster showed a piece to the school in Monday's assembly that had been produced by Miss Beaumont at an art day at Dulwich Prep School last week.  There were numerous suggestions as to what the abstract piece represented, with different ideas depending on the orientation of the work.  Miss Beaumont's response to these ideas is that, as an abstract piece, all suggestions are correct as it can portray whatever the viewer wishes it to portray.

British Science Week 2017

A reminder that the competition for British Science Week (see continues until Wednesday.  Mr Collins (Science) is co-ordinating entries for the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of 'Change'.  Further details can be seen by downloading the pdf file at the bottom of this page.

Middle School Play

A final rehearsal for the Middle School play, 'Treasure Island', takes place on Monday afternoon, and we look forward with anticipation to the two performances on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.  Refreshments will be served in the library during the interval of each performance.  A DVD of the play is being produced: details of how to order will be e-mailed to parents.

Easter Holidays

Term ends at 1.30 pm on Wednesday. Please note there are no buses. Children whose parents are watching the play on Wednesday may be collected before lunch. Boarders return for the Summer Term at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 19th April and day children at 8.25 am on Thursday 20th April. Happy Easter to you all! 


This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 1.

Thought for the Week

"Impossible is just an opinion."
Paulo Coelho

Matches Last Week

Wednesday 15th March  
Netball v St Edmund's: U13 C Lost 7 - 12
Netball: U11 Tournament 3rd place
Rugby v Dane Court: U13 Won 15 - 4
Rugby v Dane Court: U12 Won 6 - 2
Sunday 19th March  
IAPS Rugby Sevens Competition at Oundle 10th place