26 Wells musicians, from the Wells Cathedral School Chamber Orchestra, joined comedian Vikki Stone on Sunday afternoon on the stage at the Astrolabe Theatre at Glastonbury, for Vikki’s Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra. Photo Credit: Charles Gervais
A wonderful array of primary school children in costume arrived to enthusiastically partake in the school’s Medieval Day last Monday, with ladies, knights, crusaders, nuns and knaves from St. Joseph & St. Teresa and Wookey schools joining in the fun. Elizabeth Cairncross began the day with a reading of the Anglo-Saxon poem English poem ‘The Wanderer’ in fluent Old English – Wyrd bið ful aræd!* After this the pupils followed a busy programme of stone carving, calligraphy, gingerbread-making and a... Read More
Congratulations to Year 12 student Nick who has reached the semi-finals of the Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition. 78 pianists from 23 countries entered the event and the remaining 20 will compete again at Chetham’s in August. Old Wellensian, Brian, now a first year student at the Royal Northern College of Music, has also made it through to the semi-finals.
HRH the Duke of Gloucester visited Vicars’ Close and Cedars Hall last Tuesday, on a joint visit to the school and Wells Cathedral. His Royal Highness was escorted on a tour of Vicars’ Close; the most complete example of a medieval Close in the UK and built 650 years ago to house the men of the Cathedral choir. Later in the afternoon, he visited Cedars Hall, where he met Elizabeth Cairncross, Andy Kemp, Julie Barrow and Cedars Hall architect, Eric... Read More
Congratulations to Year 4 pupil Linsey and Year 6 pupil Dimity, both champions in their age group categories in this year’s Mendip Junior Cross Country League, helping to ensure a first and second place podium position for Wells respectively for the Lower School Girls and the Upper School Girls team event, in a thrilling end to the season. A special mention must also go to Year 4 pupil Aeryn, who was runner up in the Lower School Girls category to... Read More
Last Wednesday a conference pear tree was added to the school’s Boarding Schools’ Association orchard, planted outside in Jocelyn Garden. Year 7 students Markus, Alex, Dhanya and Demi were helped by head boy Angus Mitchell and directed by head gardener Paul Barnett and head groundsman Craig Keast.
Congratulations to Old Wellensian trombonist, James Buckle, who won the Gold Medal at the finals of the prestigious Royal Overseas League Music Competition, held at Cadogan Hall on Wednesday evening – the very first brass player ever to win the Gold Medal in its 65 Year history. The ROSL Annual Music Competition is the centrepiece of ROSL ARTS’ year-round programme of events. The competition offers more than £70,000 in awards with a £10,000 first prize (the Gold Medal) for solo... Read More
Cedars Hall, the state of the art performing arts centre, situated in the grounds of Wells Cathedral School, was presented with a South West RIBA award, as well as the prestigious RIBA South West Building of the Year Award 2017 for the South West & Wessex region, at the RIBA South West Architecture Awards held in Bristol on Tuesday night. Cedars Hall, designed by London-based architects Eric Parry, and constructed by Shaylor Group, opened last October. With a 350-seat auditorium... Read More
Students in Years 6 to 9 took part in the first national Share a Pencil Day last Wednesday under the leadership of Jules Desmarchelier-Arpino. The aim of the day, organised by the charity, HOPE, was to raise awareness of the lack of access to education for 124 million children around the world, as a result of due to conflict and war, poverty, health, family circumstances and lack of resources. Students in Years 7 to 9 were introduced to the issue... Read More
At the end of March, ten Wells students travelled to Geneva for a week on the first leg of their French exchange with students from the Institut Florimont in Switzerland. Students spent the weekend with their Swiss families, returning to school on the Monday to attend lessons in French and English. Later in the week they went on excursions to the European headquarters of the United Nations, visited the old town, tried out the little Geneva train, enjoyed spectacular views... Read More
Congratulations to Year 11 Wells International Study Centre (WISC) pupil Sylvia, who has been selected for the prestigious 8-week Stanford Summer College Programme over the summer holidays. The Stanford courses are compressed to fit the eight-week school term, and are designed to challenge students academically as they are more fast-paced and rigorous than traditional high school courses. Sylvia has chosen to follow Intensive Studies as part of her course, which focuses on human rights; as well as Silicon Valley Innovation... Read More
Congratulations to Year 8 pupil Thomas, who secured a silver medal in the Western Area Devon Closed Judo Championship at the weekend, narrowly losing out on gold to the British Schools 2017 gold medalist in the 55kg category.
Last Sunday over forty clarinetists and saxophonists took part in the Single Reed Day in Cedars Hall. Joined by top professional tutors, clarinetist Richard Horsford and saxophonist Christian Forshaw, Wells specialist music teachers Ed Leaker, Andy Tweed and Marie Lloyd combined to enrich the playing and enjoyment of many local young musicians. The group was treated to a concert by the tutors, and all students performed to family and friends at the end of the session. The Peninsula Clarinet Choir,... Read More
The 6-piece Jazz Combo had a productive visit to Farleigh Prep School, near Andover last week. The sessions commenced with a workshop for a group of 20 children, which quickly led to an improvisation lesson and demonstration from Ed Leaker, head of woodwind, whilst the youngsters gamely tried out their solo improvisation skills. The four hour session ended with a finale concert to 25 Farleigh parents, who were very impressed with what their children had achieved.
On Tuesday evening the third Tonks Memorial Dinner, in memory of Warrant Officer Gary Tonks, was held at the Swan Hotel in Wells. More than 60 officers, guests and cadets attended the Contingent’s ninth ‘Dining in Night‘ a tradition started by WO Tonks in 2009. The proud tradition of British military units holding a ‘Dining in Night’ goes back to the time of the English Civil War and it is seen as essential to maintaining a sense of esprit de... Read More
This year, the Languages Faculty took part, for the second year running, in the Routes Into Languages National Languages Spelling Bee competition. Over 5,000 students in Year 7 entered the competition in September in the UK and at Wells, around 15 students volunteered to have a go. Each term, students had to learn 50 new French words and and at the end of the term, there was an internal competition, where students had one minute to translate and spell as... Read More
Congratulations to Year 12 percussionist Daniel, who has been selected for the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra Timpani and Percussion Academy, which will take place at LSO St Luke’s in Old Street in London in July.
Wells Senior Jazz Combo, comprising eight sixth form specialists, travelled to Hong Kong over Easter to present a programme of mainstream jazz standards and their own compositions at a range of venues across the city. The ensemble were welcomed by the Wells Music Society of Hong and by many local jazz fans at venues as diverse as the now legendary jazz club ‘Ned Kelly’s Last Stand’, Grappa’s Jazz Night, Bert’s Bar at the Foreign Correspondence Club and the prestigious Hong... Read More
On Wednesday, recently appointed President of the England Rugby Football Union, and Old Wellensian, Peter Baines returned to Wells to spend time with current Wells sports scholars, watch a school cricket match and enjoy a guitar concert in Cedars Hall by virtuoso fingerstyle player Mike Dawes. Peter, who attended Wells between 1953 and 1959 took an active role across many areas of school life, singing as head chorister at Wells Cathedral, representing the school in rugby and cricket, as well as starting... Read More
Congratulations to Nikita who won overall first prize in the Gregynog International Young Musician of the Year competition 2017 on Saturday 22nd April. Earlier in the day Nikita and Nick shared equal first place in the piano section and both played in the grand final along with the winners of the strings, brass and woodwind categories. Other institutions represented included Chets, Purcell and the RNCM. Nikita wins a cash prize of £3000 and a series of concerts.
On Monday evening, trained officers from the Wells police, ambulance and fire services took part in a pre-planned two hour simulated emergency services exercise along with school staff and students from Cedars. From 7.00pm, fire engines, police cars and ambulances, along with the command control vehicle for the Wells emergency services started arriving on the school site from across the city, to take part in a simulated fire and rescue exercise in the basement of Cedars House, at the heart... Read More
Congratulations to Year 13 trumpeter, Darcie, who has been selected to participate on a full scholarship in the Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) National Trustees Summer Music Institute (SMI) for a month over the summer. The prestigious course will take place between June 26-July 24, in Washington, DC and will include lessons with an NSO or Washington National Opera (WNO) musician; master classes and seminars with music professionals; side-by-side rehearsals with the NSO; and participation in the NSO Summer... Read More
On Thursday afternoon, Somerset-born particle physicist, cypher expert and TV science guru, Simon Singh gave an inspiring lecture The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets to an appreciative audience of students from schools across the south west, their teachers, parents and local guests in a packed Cedars Hall. Simon signed copies of his books for students as well as posing for selfies with some fans!
Congratulations to Year 9 student Cordelia, who has been selected to perform the role of Treble in MESSIAH, a co-production between Bristol Old Vic and the English Concert Orchestra taking place at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre between Thursday 6th and Sunday 9th April 2017. The production will be directed by Tom Morris, OBE, producer and co-director of War Horse in the West End and on Broadway. It will be a stage production combining the music of Handel’s Messiah with... Read More
Congratulations to Year 13 pianist Adam who won first prize in the prestigious Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition on Sunday. Ten institutions were represented in this annual competition, including Chetham’s School of Music, the Purcell School, Yehudi Menuhin School, Junior Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Dance.
On Tuesday 15 sixth form physics students had the opportunity of taking part in a Particle Physics Masterclass at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories in Oxfordshire. In the morning the students were given the opportunity to process real data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and search for the elusive Higgs Boson. In the afternoon the students were given a tour of ISIS (a neutron accelerator). The students relished the opportunity to see the applications of the physics they have... Read More
Congratulations to the group of students who gained Gold in the Intermediate UK Maths Challenge in February: Harry and Amber in Year 9; William, Jonathan and Danni in Year 10; Lulwa, Samuel, Maxim, Miranda, Jane, Jason and Samuel in Year 11. In the Senior UK Maths Challenge, six Wells students were awarded Gold: Year 11 student Samuel, Year 12 students Connie and Samuel; and Year 13 students Herman, Phoebe and Benjamin. Congratulations to all of the students.
Congratulations to Year 11 student Lulwa who was invited by The Ministry of State of Youth Affairs, Kuwait to perform live at the opening ceremony of The Gulf Youth Festival, held in Kuwait on the 9th of March.
Pupils in the pre-prep and nursery classes gave a series of vibrant performances of Peter Pan-inspired musical, Beyond the Seven Seas, to audiences of junior school pupils, parents, friends and family in mid-March, a joyous culmination of their work in music and drama over the last two months. Beyond the Seven Seas was written and directed by our very own Penny Lambert, and featured mermaids, pirates, native American Indians, the Lost Boys, crocodiles, as well as Peter Pan, Captain Hook,... Read More
Congratulations to Year 12 cellist Ian who has won first prize at the prestigious Taunton Young Musician Competition. As well as a significant cash prize, Ian has been awarded a glass trophy and will perform with the Taunton Sinfonietta at one of their annual concerts. Wells pianists Nick in Year 12 and Nikita in Year 11, came second the third, respectively, in the competition, also winning cash prizes. A clean sweep for Wells musicians. The photo shows, from left to... Read More
Congratulations to Year 12 musician Daniel, who has been selected as one of only 12 students worldwide to attend the Curtis Institute’s prestigious Summerfest conductor programme in July and August. The Curtis Institute of Music, based in Philadelphia, is renowned as one of the world’s finest music academies, pairing tradition and innovation to educate gifted young musicians of the highest caliber. The three week young artist summer programme, which Daniel will attend, comprises a rigorous conservatory schedule involving private tuition,... Read More
The senior school celebrated the Chinese New Year in the cathedral in style on Monday; with a moving song about returning home, a Chinese flute solo, prayers in Chinese, sitting according to our zodiac signs, and an inspirational talk about our outward, inner and secret animal characters from head of EAL, Julia Bird. The celebratory assembly was concluded with rousing percussion and an energetic dragon dance. Congratulations and thanks to students Meadow, Edwin, Alex, Kelvin, Phoebe, Aileen, Stan and Kelly... Read More
Congratulations to eight Wells students who participated in the British Physics Olympiad Round 1. This gruelling paper challenges the 2000 most able physicists in the UK to solve problems well beyond the school curriculum. Particular mention must go to Year 13 students Orlando who achieved Gold, and is in the top 10% nationally; and to Benjamin who achieved Silver, and is in the top 25% nationally.
On Thursday a public team consisting of Year 11 student Angus, Year 10 student Frances and Year 9 student Benjamin took to the stage to impress the judges in the annual Taunton and District Final of the ESU public speaking competition. Angus spoke with passion and expertise on the subject, ‘Are referendums a pure form of democracy?’ and answered many challenging questions with agility and confidence. Ben chaired the presentation superbly and was awarded the coveted ‘best chair of the... Read More
Sixth form students have enjoyed a successful start to the new year, with well over a hundred offers of places at Russell Group universities, including six offers for students to study at Oxford or Cambridge University. For those hoping to continue with their studies at Cambridge, Emilie has an offer to read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Trinity College; Blandine has an offer to read Natural Sciences, along with an organ scholarship, at Queen’s College; Kaia has an offer to... Read More
Congratulations to Year 9 student Saskia, who has won the local round of the Rotary Young Chef Competition, held at the Blue School in mid-January. Year 10 student Mya came joint second; and Year 9 student Ben also took part. Saskia’s winning menu consisted of Kandala curry, poppadoms and rice, served with a tomato and onion side dish. Her dessert was mango mousse with lime biscuits. Saskia will be going on to the district stage of the competition at King... Read More
Congratulations to Year 11 photography student Archie Agabani, who has won the senior class in the local round of the Wells Rotary Club Young Photographer Competition. His entry, one of nineteen in the class, was judged to show excellent interpretation and also to show his skill, not just with the camera, but also with Photoshop. His entry will now be submitted into the regional round of the competition.
On Sunday, the brass department ran a successful brass skills day at Cedars Hall, involving 31 students, and five tutors leading five groups of different skill levels. Headed up by head of brass, Paul Denegri, the day comprised performance skills, practice tips and technique as well as exam preparation. Trombone teacher Andy Fawbert led a group of eight trombone, tuba and euphonium players, including three adult players from Wells City Brass Band, including Wells EAL and maths teacher Geoff Baker-Hytch.... Read More
Year 10 karting star Tom has graduated to car racing with the Douglas Motorsport team, having signed to contest the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship as part of the Toca package which includes The British Touring cars Championship, with all rounds being televised on ITV and trackside spectators of up to 40,000. In 2016 Tom finished as runner up in the Rotax Euromax Winter Cup, in Valencia, Spain, 3rd in the BNL European Junior Max Championship and also achieved 3rd in... Read More
A record number of Wells hockey players have been chosen to represent Somerset in the Junior Academy Centres this autumn. 26 hockey players from the school will represent the county at training and regional matches through the forthcoming season. Under 14 Poppy Harry Amber Jack Alex Harley Lily Under 15 George Callum Matthew Hugh Jacob Megan Amelia Under 16 Benjamin Maxim Andy William Samuel Jasmine Under 17 Archie Toby Phillippa Madeleine Alasdair James
15 sixth form students, accompanied by Martin Swarfield, Lisa Jarvis, Pippa Maple and Alex Battison experienced an exhilarating 19 day expedition over the October break that included 13 days trekking in the Himalayan mountain range to reach Everest Base Camp and summit Kala Pathar at 5,363m. On the descent, the expedition visited the temple at Bodhnath Stupa and Swayambhunath, the monkey temple, in Kathmandu. They also enjoyed an We also enjoyed a thrilling day’s rafting on the Trishuli river to... Read More
Eleven Year 13 students, led by Michael Meally and Jules Desmarchelier enjoyed an inspiring trip to Freetown during the October break along with Old Wellensian Johanna Harrison, a mezzo-soprano who travelled to Sierra Leone in 2010, as part of one of the first Wells trips to the country. The students spent time working in our partner school, the Ballanta Music Academy, teaching one-to-one instrumental music lessons. They also held formal concerts for members of the British diplomatic corps, including the... Read More
Year 6 pupil, Ozzie, is part of the cast of an adaptation of the children’s classic story book Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, an animated film which will be screened over Christmas on Channel 4. The film is being produced by Lupus Films, a London-based animation company who brought The Snowman to life in 2014. Ozzie plays Max, a four year old boy who sets off, with his siblings, on an intrepid bear hunt during which they... Read More
During the October holiday, Year 12 trumpet specialist Darcie played principal trumpet for the English Schools Orchestra of Great Britain, at Cadogan Hall. The complex programme included Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphism, Mussorky Pictures of an Exhibition and a new composition by Sebastian Skelly, named 1926, to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday. Darcie also auditioned for the CBSO Youth Orchestra in the summer, successfully gaining a place, and she is looking forward to the course in February, where... Read More
Creative arts student leader, Hugo, invited students to take photos for our first student photography competition over the summer holidays. Winners for each of the three categories were: Alexander, Year 9; Benjamin, Year 13; and Isaac, Year 13. The winners were presented with a book and their photo, mounted and framed, will be displayed in Cedars Hall.
The first jazz instrumental day took place in Cedars Hall in November, when over 30 players enjoyed a fantastic day with tutors Iain Ballamy, Ed Leaker and Jack Coward. The concert for parents and friends demonstrated improvisation; whilst the ensembles were accompanied by a keen professional rhythm section comprising Andy Tween and Anders Olinder.
Dean Close prep and senior schools invited Wells brass students to Cheltenham as part of their plan to encourage new pupils to start learning brass. The Wells musicians put on workshops for current brass pupils, ending the day with an early evening concert for Dean Close parents. It provided an ideal opportunity for Wells pupils to impress as performers as well as to learn facilitating and teaching skills. The day was organised by the new head of brass at Dean... Read More
Wells Festival of Literature 2016 has been a great success for the city, with scores of speakers and thousands of visitors. This year, the school sponsored Monday evening’s talk at the Bishop’s Palace by Times and Spectator columnist, Matthew Parris, who spoke with razor sharp wit about his book Scorn, a collection of the funniest, rudest and most vicious insults in history. From ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter, and drawing on bile from such masters as Dorothy... Read More
Congratulations to Year 11 pianist, Nina, who has won first prize and a large trophy in the prestigious Birmingham Piano Competition. She also won second prize in the Romantic Period section of the same competition.
This year’s Save the Children Walk proved to be a hugely successful event, with hundreds of hardy walkers and runners from the school community raising money for this essential international charity. More than 300 school pupils, staff, friends and family members, many accompanied by a whole variety of pet dogs, undertook the beautiful five or ten mile walks across the beautiful Somerset countryside in the autumn sunshine on Sunday morning. The annual walk, organised for the school by Cedars housemaster... Read More
On Friday students across the senior school wore blue, green and white mufti, representing the Sierra Leone flag, to raise funds for the forthcoming trip to Freetown, following a week of fundraising activities across the school. Eleven Year 13 students, led by Michael Meally and supported by Jules Desmarchelier who is leading the fundraising part of the project, will be travelling to the Sierra Leone capital during the October break along with Old Wellensian Johanna Harrison, a mezzo-soprano who travelled... Read More
Many thanks to the Parents’ Association for funding the thatching straw required for the roof of the history department’s mediaeval hut, currently under construction on its site behind the school swimming pool. Head of history, Chris Eldridge, and a team of students continued with the building of the hut over the weekend once the straw had been delivered.
Last Thursday, Wells choristers took part in a special Evensong to celebrate the work of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust and the generosity of the Friends of Cathedral Music. The Cathedral Choir’s CD of music by Sir John Tavener was launched during the reception, which was attended by Lady Tavener. Pictured: head boy chorister Hugh and head girl chorister Orla, with Lady Tavener.
The whole junior school, from the youngest nursery pupils right through to year 6 students, christened the Eavis Hall with a wonderful Harvest Festival celebration service let by school chaplain, Revd. Juliette Hulme, on Wednesday morning. There were readings, poems, songs and blessings, whilst pupils brought in harvest gifts to be distributed to those needing support in the wider community.
Congratulations to Year 9 tennis player Harry who was crowned Cheddar Tennis Club champion in the 14 and Under category at the weekend, winning all of his matches in the club championships, and retaining his title.
Congratulations to recent Old Wellensians Harry Connock, Orlaith Duddy, Edward Firbank, Joseph Fone, Lloyd Howell, Thomas Jeffrey, Isaac Lapworth, Samuel Lapworth, Henry Lockyer, Isabelle Meek, Isabel Slattery, Ruby Sweetland, Harriet Tully, Matthew Wheeler and Rupert Brown, who were awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, at St James’ Palace earlier this week. The group are the first of several groups of Wells students to be receiving their Gold award from the Palace this autumn,... Read More
Over the summer recess, CCF Contingent Commander Chris Rondel, along with School Staff Instructor Glynn Lancey and Senior Cadet Jessica, took 20 Year 10 and 11 student cadets for a week’s summer camp at Crowborough Training Camp, Surrey. The cadets enjoyed adventurous training, military skills, range practices and a Final Training Exercise. Due to Jessica’s competence and professionalism, she was mistaken on more than one occasion to be an officer by the other professionals running the camp!
Rugby and girls hockey squads were treated to intensive pre-season training camps last week, when specialist rugby coaches Brian Ashton and Harlequins player Matt Hopper spent the day at Wells advising students on their technique and providing energising training sessions; the girls’ hockey squad was joined by Rio 2016 player Simon Mantell, who played for Great Britain at the Olympics this summer. Both squads had an inspiring day – many thanks to under 15 rugby coach Alex Battison and to... Read More
Congratulations to Year 10 athlete Matthew, who came in the top ten at the UK Triathlon Finals held in Strathclyde Park in Glasgow at the start of September. Matt is hoping to be selected for the South West Triathlon Academy following trials last weekend.
Head of hockey, James Mayes, took seven lucky Year 8 hockey players to the annual Prep Schools Hockey Conference at Millfield this week, where they met and were coached by members of the gold medal winning Great Britain hockey squad. Students Edward, Hermione, Lewis, Luisa, Mia, Max and Toby enjoyed a coaching day for prep school aged pupils, run by four of the Great Britain Olympic Gold medal winners: Alex Danson, Shona McCallin, Ellie Watton and Hollie Webb, plus two... Read More
Year 10 student Tom has had a busy summer, completing the European Karting Championships, achieving third place in the British National Karting League, and preparing for the final race of the season in the British Super One Karting Championships, which will take place in Newark at the end of September. Super One has been the nursery of many top line professional motor racing drivers, including David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, as well as team personnel at the highest... Read More
There is much celebration at Wells Cathedral School this week with students achieving impressive GCSE and IGCSE results following their summer examinations. One third of all grades awarded to Wells students were the top A* grade, with almost two thirds awarded A* to A grades. Significantly, 89 per cent of all grades achieved by Wells students were A* to B. Eight students from this year’s cohort were awarded a full complement of A* and A grades; and nine achieved seven... Read More
There was much to celebrate at Wells Cathedral School on Thursday, following this year’s successful A-level results. More than 15 per cent of the grades achieved were an A*, whilst over a fifth of the cohort achieved a full complement of A* or A grades. Just under a quarter of all students were awarded at least one A* grade. 13 students achieved two or more A* grades, among them – Esther, Kirsty, Hope, Harry, Charles, Benjamin, Eleanor, Isaac, Samuel, Henry,... Read More
This year a record 24 Year 13 students have achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award – beating our previous record of 17 Golds in 2014! The Gold students did their practice expedition in the Black Mountains and qualified in Snowdonia. Congratulations to Bethany, Emily, Leo, Annabelle, Harry, Orlaith, Ella, Edward, Joseph, Alexander, Francis, Benjamin, Lloyd, Thomas, Isaac, Samuel, Henry, Isabelle, Miranda, Isabel, Ruby, Nick, Harriet and Matthew. The photo shows some of the Gold Award students.
Congratulations to Year 12 student Olivia-Grace, who has been selected to represent the South West in the British Eventing Under 18 International Championships in Yorkshire in July with her horse Connor. Good luck Olivia!
Congratulations to Wells Cathedral School Choralia who have been selected as category finalists in the Youth category of the Choir of the Year Competition 2016. Choralia, an upper voice girls choir, directed by Christopher Finch, were selected for the category finals following the regional Wales and West finals which took place in May at St David’s Hall in Cardiff. Old Wellensian choir, Wellensian Choralia, have also been selected, in the Adult category, for the finals, so Wells have two through... Read More
Congratulations to Year 9 trumpeter James, who has won the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Young Musician of the year at just 14 years of age. James achieved 93 in the brass advanced recital class, winning the Bosanko Brass Trophy and was then invited to compete in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Young Musician competition alongside the best instrumentalists from across the festival. He won this title with a beautiful performance of Hummel’s 1st Movement. James has been asked to play in the... Read More
Congratulations to Year 12 athlete, India, who won the South West Triathlon Championships Junior (17-19) category on Saturday. India led from the front of the field, was the first out of the swim, followed by a strong and safe bike section, and finishing with a determined run to win the title. The following day, India was also competing, this time in the 17 and over age group at the ASA South West Fast Five Sprint Swimming Championships. Points were accumulated... Read More
Over the last few weeks 28 Year 9 students have taken advantage of the changes to the Duke of Edinburgh Award starting age, completing the expedition stage on the Mendips for their Bronze award. They have two further sections of the Award to complete next year.
Congratulations to Year 9 tri-athlete Matt, who came second in the south west Inter-regional competition qualifying race at Dorney Lake, Eton last weekend, in the under 13/under 14 boys section, automatically qualifying for the Triathlon England South West (TESW) regional team. Only the top three athletes in an extremely competitive field, comprising athletes from across the whole of the South, including the Channel Islands, were selected for this elite team. The British Triathlon Inter Regional Championships (IRCs) brings together the... Read More
Year 12 Student Lydia has just completed a prestigious work experience with law firm Burges Salmon in Bristol. Lydia was chosen to take part in their ‘Bright Sparks’ initiative with a diverse group of students from all over the Bristol area. The week culminated in a presentation afternoon in front of their mentors, parents and teachers. Head of Sixth Form Sally Rowley was delighted to see Lydia’s team speaking so eloquently about the new legal apprenticeships being offered as an... Read More
Congratulations to three lower school students: Year 8 pupil Harry, who came second in this year’s national University of Southampton Junior Maths Challenge; Year 7 pupil, Joel, who received a merit in the same competition; and Year 9 pupil, William, who received a distinction in the University’s Senior Maths Challenge. There were over 1,200 entries to the competition from schools across the UK. All three boys were invited to an awards ceremony in Southampton in June.
Congratulations to five pupils from Years 7 and 8, who all achieved a gold award in this year’s UK Junior Maths Challenge: Louis in Year 7; and Harry, Amber, Katie and Amelia in Year 8. Amber additionally won through to the junior kangaroo paper to be taken later in June. The challenge consisted of a one hour paper which encouraged mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. There were also six... Read More
Congratulations to four Year 12 musicians who won our annual Concerto Auditions and the opportunity to play the whole of their chosen work in a concert next academic year. Well done to pianist Adam, violinist Gwyneth, saxophonist Luke and french horn player Zoe. The Concerto Auditions – open to students in Years 11 and 12 – took place in the Concert Hall at the end of April and were adjudicated by Professor David Strange, our artistic advisor and former Head... Read More
Congratulations to Year 8 pupil William who attended the British Eventing Horse Trials in May at Mount Ballan, jumping a double clear over the BE90 track on both of his ponies, Orielton Aquilla and Koora iii, and winning the BE9 open class with Koora. William also finished with the best dressage score in his section, and jumped a double clear inside the time. A very successful day for William!
Wells athletes performed very well in last weekend’s athletics county championships at Yeovil – our very own ‘Super Saturday’! Congratulations to Year 10 student Jazz, who held on to her county titles in both the 100m and the 200m, with great times. Year 9 pupil Tom also took a double victory, with wins in the boys’ 100m and 200m; whilst Year 9 pupil Matt, just back from injury, won the 3,000m with a fantastic time. Year 7 pupil Blossom came... Read More
Congratulations to our team of Year 12 and 13 geologists, who won the Presentation Prize and were runners up in the Geologists’ Association National Schools Geology Challenge, representing the South West region at the prestigious national competition. The students’ presentation and poster, entitled ‘Fossils are pretty, but they don’t do much do they?’, was named top presentation, but they were narrowly beaten following the quiz round. Well done to Bethany, Emily, Alex, Ella, Phoebe and Ben.
Congratulations to talented Year 12 oboist, Poppy, one of the four winners at this year’s prestigious Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Platform. Poppy wins a significant cash prize and the opportunity to play at a renowned concert in October at St Andrew’s Church in Ashburton.
Pupils in Year 8 enjoyed a long weekend at the Outdoor Adventure Centre in Bude over the exeat weekend, where they took part in abseiling, kayaking, coasteering and surfing activities in the Cornish surf!
Congratulations to Pip, Olivia, James and Megan, who have been selected to represent the region at hockey, as part of the Junior Regional Performance Centre, in their appropriate age categories. The students, who have all played in tournaments where they represented Somerset, have been selected for the prestigious training academies held at Exeter University and Clifton College throughout June, July and August, and will play in tournaments for the region in the autumn. The region chooses players from across the... Read More
Wells musicians performed extremely well again at this year’s elite Mid Somerset Festival in Bath, winning a large number of categories across a range of musical disciplines; as well as coming away with a clutch of the major awards for best musician. Adam won the Piano Shop Bath Salver for most outstanding pianist in the senior category; whilst Bridget won the Western Daily Press Challenge Trophy for most outstanding pianist in the junior category. Cellist Ian won the Premier Award;... Read More
Congratulations to Year 12 composer Lindsay who was selected to take part in the BBC Proms Inspire Composers band this week. As one of a small group of young women composer/performers she worked with critically acclaimed composer and electronics producer, Anna Meredith, to create a short collaborative piece for International Women’s Day on 8th March. Lindsay attended a series of workshops, held at the BBC Maida Vale Studios in February and March. The band rehearsed together at the Royal College... Read More
Last week, Wells hosted the annual Choir Schools Association football and netball tournament for ten other choir schools, including teams from Dean Close Prep School, King’s Worcester, Bristol Cathedral School, St John’s College Cardiff, Llandaff Cathedral School and The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester. The Wells football team, coached by keen sportsman and chorister parent Adam Cox, challenged hard; whilst the Wells netball team, coached by chorister parent Jo Perring, came runners up in the netball tournament. Salisbury Cathedral School won both... Read More
The Wells Virtuosi took our world-leading music to Cheltenham in aid of The Mayor’s Charities at the start of March, with works by Elgar, Finzi, Holst, Suk and Dvorak. The concert took place in the celebrated Pitville Pump Room in Cheltenham, and was the first stop on a short musical tour, which also included a performance at the beautiful St John’s Church in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.
Congratulations to Year 6 specialist musician Poppy who was awarded the title of Taunton Junior Young Musician for her violin performance at the recent festival, receiving a significant financial award and a large trophy. Poppy was also awarded the Westlake Cup for achieving the highest marks at the festival, which included her entries in both the Strings and the Woodwind categories. As further strings to her bow, Poppy has also been selected for the fifth consecutive year for the prestigious... Read More
Congratulations to head girl chorister Astrid, who has been selected to join choristers from across the UK to sing at the prestigious Diamond Fund Concert in St Paul’s Cathedral on 27th April. The concert provides a unique opportunity to bring together, for the first time, choristers from some 60 of the nation’s cathedrals and colleges, marking the Diamond Jubilee of the Friends of Cathedral Music and the launch of the Diamond Fund for Choristers. FCM provides grants from members’ subscriptions... Read More
Congratulations to Year 4 percussionist Isabelle, who, at only eight years old, is the youngest Wells pupil ever to have been selected for the elite National Children’s Orchestra. The NCO is Great Britain’s premier symphony orchestra for children, providing young people with a world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship. Hundreds of 7-13 year olds from across the country are brought together, meeting like-minded young musicians and being guided by top professional musicians. As well as creating a safe, stimulating... Read More
Head of percussion, Jayne Obradovic joined Old Wellensians at a private reception to celebrate the opening of the new percussion suite at the Royal College of Music, alongside guests Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sir Robert Winston and the Principal percussionists of the top international orchestras. Old Wellensian Kizzy Brooks led the soloists in a performance.