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Wells Shortlisted for Co-Ed School of the Year

After being crowned “Performing Arts School of the Year” at last year’s Independent School of the Year awards, we are thrilled that this year we’ve been shortlisted for “Co-Ed School of the Year”. A fitting tribute to our incredible staff and pupils, who have been truly amazing in such a difficult year! We’ll find out in October if we’ve won!Head Master, Alastair Tighe said, “On the penultimate day of an enormously busy term, and an extraordinary year, it’s so wonderful...
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Speech Day 2021

Pupils, parents and staff enjoyed a celebratory end to what has been an eventful and often complicated academic year at the School Speech Day on Friday.With social distancing still in place nationwide, the Prize Giving Ceremony in Cedars Hall was attended only by Prize Winners, and live streamed for the rest of the School, parents and families.The traditional Leavers’ Service at Wells Cathedral was held for Upper Sixth Leavers, their parents and Sixth Form staff, with the Service recorded and...
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Russell Fox Heath Trust Awards

Eight Upper Sixth pupils have been generously given substantial awards to complete a variety of adventures and expeditions in the year after they leave Wells by the Russell Fox Heath Trust.Russell Heath was a former pupil who died mountain walking in New Zealand in 1992. A fund was established in his memory by his family and awards are made each year to Upper Sixth pupils who are planning post-School adventures.This year, projects range from cycling in France, hiking the Hadrian’s...
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Year 7 Adventures at The Mill on the Brue

On Wednesday, Year 7 pupils enjoyed the final trip of the academic year with adventure activities at The Mill on the Brue!We’ll be back with next year’s Year 7 pupils for an overnight stay in September.Enjoy a selection of photos of their adventures below:

Ribbon Acrobatics

Year 6 pupil Isabella Blake put on a wonderful demonstration of acrobatic skills to fellow Junior School pupils and staff in Jocelyn Gardens on Wednesday as she floated, balanced and twisted her way through a beautiful routine on a silk, to the tune of A Million Dreams.Isabella has been learning the silk for a couple of years and the routine she performed showed off her gymnastic skills and core strength. It was an amazing display of confidence and elegance, which...
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Arts and Volunteering Week

Wells pupils have spent the final week of term off-timetable enjoying a series of creative arts-based and volunteering activities.These have included a charity car wash, sponsored walk, volunteering at the Lawrence Centre, Wells Museum, Cathedral Gardens and Bishop’s palace, Film in a Day (courtesy of the Young Film Academy), Bollywood Dancing, treasure hunts, university cooking, stage combat, designing wedding dresses out of toilet roll, Kwik Cricket, artwork and abstract photograph, culminating in a whole School hike on the Mendips on...
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Zumba and Party for Years 3 and 4

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 all had a wonderful time playing garden games, eating ice lollies, participating in a fantastic Zumba session with local instructor Chiara Chatard and enjoying delicious pizza from DaLuciano in the last week of term. Well done on your hard work, resilience and positive attitudes this year!

Young Songwriter Winner 2021!

We are thrilled and extremely proud to announce that talented Lower Sixth songwriter, Hetta Falzon, has won this year’s prestigious Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021 Competition!The result was broadcast on Tuesday evening on a livestream with some of the competition judges, including BRIT Award winner Tom Odell. Hetta was invited to join them for an interview.Now in its 11th year, the Young Songwriter 2021 is the leading international songwriting competition for those under 18. This year’s competition attracted over 1,000...
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The Jazz Picnic

This year’s Parents’ Association Jazz Picnic took place with a limited pre-booked audience in the Marquee on Cedars Lawn – a fabulous way to celebrate the final Sunday of the academic year!Enjoy a selection of photos from the afternoon’s entertainment, below:

Friday Musical Discovery Showcase

Wells musicians enjoyed an action-packed day of musical discovery last Friday, the final Friday Music Seminar of this School year. Outgoing Academic Music Captain, Francois Cloete, led the seminar with a fascinating comparison of composers’ reactions to the state, with a spotlight on Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.Friday Night is Symphony Night returned in the evening with an exploration of Elgar’s Enigma Variations, ably led by student conductors Leo Wong, Yufei Zhu, Dawid Kasprzak, Defne...
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Confirmation Service 20th June 2021

Congratulations to David Gaski, Keziah Whitehead, Hannah Krekel and Shannon and Jo Williams, who were finally confirmed on Sunday 20th June 2021 by Bishop Trevor at Wells Cathedral after the completion of their Confirmation class 14 months ago!Confirmation classes for 2021/22 will start again after the summer holidays.

Senior School Sports Day

Senior School pupils have been enjoying a fantastic day down at Tor taking part in Senior School Sports Day. A fabulous way to round off sport this year at Wells as we come to the end of the academic year!For a glimpse of some of the fun, see below: 

Popular Music Showcase

Wells musicians presented a series of inspiring performances last Sunday at the Popular Music Showcase.A big thank you to Tim Walker and his team for the technical support and to the team of pupils who assisted on the day.Here are some images of the evening to enjoy: 

First Prize for Abbie

Congratulations to Upper Sixth violinist, Abbie Chan, who has won first prize in the USA Classical Music International Competition held in May 2021 by International Youth Music Competitions. 

Year 7 Geography Trip to Glastonbury

Pupils from Year 7 ventured over to Glastonbury on Wednesday in glorious summer weather for the annual geography trip. They used clinometers to work out slope angles and learned how to take bearings. In the town itself they conducted a survey of shop types and environmental quality.Thank you to Head of Humanities, Jeremy Boot, for arranging the trip and providing pupils with a fascinating and enjoyable conclusion to the year! 

Final Cadet Sailing Session of the School Year

The Wells Naval cadets enjoyed their final sailing session of the year on Wednesday afternoon. Here are James Durham, George Milton-Parry, Emily Oxtoby, Matilda Binns, Oliver Pearce and Hetty Christopher alongside Izzy Savage and colleague from Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club, the OnBoard Instructor – clutching a chocolate ‘thank you’ from Wells – all under the watchful eye of Humphrey the sailing spaniel!Great day’s sailing to close out the term – well done to all who have participated and here’s to...
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Celebration Concerts in Wells Cathedral

Last week, Wells musicians from across the music faculty put on two splendid concerts to mark the musical reopening of Wells Cathedral.After a year without the chance to play in public, Wells Brass and Percussion musicians were delighted to join forces with friends from the Vocal and Organ departments for a concert titled Eternal Source of Light Divine and to perform a programme of celebratory pieces.Later in the week, Wells Woodwind and Strings musicians celebrated with a programme of much-loved...
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Mozart Opera Gala Rehearsals

Rehearsals have been taking place in Cedars Hall for the Mozart Opera Gala, which will be performed to a limited audience on the evenings of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June.What a fantastic opportunity for our vocalists and instrumentalists to round off the year in such musical style!

PA Quiz Night Trophy Presentation

On Friday, current Chair of the Wells Parents’ Association, Rachel Hewson, presented members of the winning PA Quiz Night team – The Slightly Muddled Troublemakers – with their engraved trophy. This year’s quiz was held online during lockdown and provided an evening of much needed competitive entertainment!

Junior School Summer Artwork

During the Whitsun and Trinity Terms, Junior School pupils have been very busy in their art lessons, learning new techniques and discovering inspiration from a range of celebrated artists and historical events.Pupils in Year 3 focused on the theme of landscapes. They studied the work of several impressionist artists and then used the new painting techniques to paint in the style of their chosen artist. The pupils loved mixing the colours and worked on larger scale images. They then used...
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Jazz Evening

Last week’s Jazz Evening showcased the talents of jazz players and small group jazz from across the School. Introduced by Coordinator of Jazz Studies Edward Leaker and specialist improvisation tutor Nick Malcolm, the concert gave Wells pupils a long-awaited chance to perform a selection of jazz standards and original compositions. The evening finished with a socially distanced jam session. 

Year 5 French Fashion Show

Pupils in Year 5 have spent the year learning about colours, weather and clothes in their French lessons with Head of Modern Languages, Jules Desmarchelier, and as a culmination of all their hard work, they choreographed a fabulous French Fashion Show.Each pupil created a summer and winter outfit, with a written description in French. They then recorded their summary to practice their oral skills and perfect their French pronunciation.The Fashion Show, held in Cedars Drawing Room proved a riot of...
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West Panthers Hockey Squad

Well done to Year 8 pupils Paul Kemp-King, Tilly Matthews and Linsey Mitchell, who have all been selected for the West Panthers hockey squad to represent the West at the UK Festival of Hockey at U13  level in Nottingham. Following four trials and a lot of competition, they have all done extremely well to be selected.In further hockey news, seven Wells pupils – Year 9 pupils William Perring and Ralf Warner; Year 10 pupils Mia Falco, Florence Gummer, Archie Mycock...
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Oskar Selected for England Squad

Congratulations to Year 11 pupil Oskar Edwards who has been selected for the England U16 hockey squad and has played in two matches, one against Loughborough University where he scored for the team, and the other against Great Britain women’s U23.Oskar has also been playing for Team Bath Buccaneers 1st XI in the Y1 Hockey league, and took part in the Final of the League on Friday, beating the University of Bristol Men’s Hockey Club 4-3 to be crowned inaugural...
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Year 5 WWF Fundraising Initiative

Freya Williams and Alice Compton, both in Year 5, set up a fundraising initiative for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), holding a sale of homemade gifts after School on Monday. The girls raised over £50 for this leading non-governmental organisation, showing impressive independence and resourcefulness.

Junior One Day Event National Finals

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Lola Phillips whose team, the ETSW (Equestrian Training South West), have made it through to the National Finals of the Horse Trials Junior One Day Event, taking place at Swalcliffe Park in Banbury in early August.Lola was also one of the youngest competitors at the recent British Eventing competition at the West Wilts Equestrian Centre outside Bradford On Avon. 

UK Mathematics Trust Junior Challenge

Wells Lower School pupils took part in the Junior Mathematics Challenge, run by the UK Mathematics Trust in the first half of the Summer term for Senior School pupils in Years 7 to 8.Four pupils achieved Gold Awards and were subsequently selected to sit Follow-On Kangaroo papers. Congratulations to Lucille Raynal in Year 7, and to Alfie Carey, Sophia Dou and Joshua Knott in Year 8.Five pupils achieved Silver Awards, congratulations to Charles Groom, Thomas Parkman and Luca Wiseman in...
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Our Country’s Good Filming

Filming has been taking place this week for the Senior School Drama production of Our Country’s Good, which will be available to view by a pre-booked virtual audience in late June.This challenging play, based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally, has been professionally filmed in Cedars Hall this week, providing the actors and technical crew with the opportunity for real film experience instead of the usual live performances.The demanding storyline, which takes place in an Australian penal colony...
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Cricket Week 2021

The Wells Annual Cricket Week commenced with a wonderful display of cricketing prowess as the First XI took on the MCC on the glorious Cedars cricket pitch on Monday.The stunning grounds and blazing sunshine provided a fitting backdrop to this showcase, the first of many scheduled matches for the celebration week, and offered a masterclass in batting skill by Wells captain Bryce Furlong, who had a fine innings of 87 not out.The week’s cricket continues with matches against Taunton Deane...
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15 Years: A Lifetime at Wells!

Four members of this year’s Upper Sixth have been making the most of their final few weeks at School, as their 15 years apiece as Wells pupils comes to an end.Humphrey Boot, Harry Chantrey, Jack Denegri and Hector Gummer all joined Wells as toddlers in the Nursery, when it was run with military precision by the inimitable Ronni Clarke. Having progressed through subsequent years in the Pre-Prep, the Junior and Senior Schools and now the Sixth Form, they are all...
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Year 9 Army Cadets Field Craft Day

Last Thursday, Year 9 CCF Army Cadets spent the afternoon on Yoxter Ranges on the Mendips, conducting a day of fieldcraft, which culminated in a break contact drill under effective enemy fire. Much fun was had by all involved!

Winning 1,111 Anniversary Mug Design

Pupils were asked to submit designs for a mug which would be specially created for the School’s 1,111 Birthday before Christmas. The mugs have now been made and the photo shows Upper Sixth pupil Charles Wilson with his winning design!

Lower Sixth Geography Trip to Exmoor

Last Thursday Lower Sixth geographers, along with teachers Jeremy Boot and Rebecca Murdoch, conducted a river study to analyse downstream changes in channel characteristics of the River Horner on Exmoor.Pupils used equipment including a theodolite to measure gradient and hydroprops to measure velocity. The river itself is short and heavily monitored due to potential flood risk to two villages in its lower course. It was a great opportunity for pupils to conduct field work in a beautiful part of the...
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Lower Sixth Geology Trip to Sand Point

Despite Covid restrictions, Wells geologists have been able to participate in a number of field trips to enhance their studies this term, using covid-safe equipment.Visits have been made to Portishead, Sand Point and to Vallis Vale to observe, record and interpret the strata, fossils, geological structures and even lava flows in the local area!

Year 3 and Year 4 Teams Reach National Finals

Congratulations to the Wells Year 3 and Year 4 teams who have made it through to the National Finals of the National Key Stage 2 General Knowledge Inter-School Quiz Championship for 2021.Teams from Years 3 to 6 participated in this annual general knowledge competition, which comprises four team members for each year group. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this competition was held remotely this year.All four of the Wells teams did extremely well, but both Year 3 and Year 4’s...
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Junior Mathematics Challenge Awards

Congratulations to Year 6 pupil En Xuan Tan, who achieved a Gold Award and was selected to sit the Kangaroo Follow-On paper in this year’s Junior Mathematics Challenge, run by the UK Mathematics Trust. Fellow classmate, Tom Hellier achieved a Silver Award.The Junior Mathematical Challenge is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at pupils across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Junior Mathematical...
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Wellensian Association Horizons Awards

Congratulations to the following pupils, who have each been awarded £500 by the Wellensian Association towards the cost of their chosen projects:Emilia Candlin (Upper Sixth) – to fund a course at The Orchards School of Cookery in Evesham, Worcs, which has a history of training award-winning cooks.Harry Chantrey (Upper Sixth) – to fund a visit to Iceland to explore its culture and its incredible geographical and geological physical landforms.Maddie Davis (Year 11) – to explore the evolution of wine-making and...
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Food Bank Donations

A big thank you to Lower Sixth pupils Karina Chan and Natalia Gal who delivered food donations to the Wells Vineyard Church Food Bank on Saturday, which they had been collecting as part of their project for Wednesday Afternoon Activities with Nicky Connock this term.Nicky said, “The girls organised the whole process as part of their activities and should be praised for their efforts. The church was incredibly grateful for the donations, explaining that demand is still high and donations...
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TEDEd Talks

On Thursday evening, five members of the Lower Sixth gave a series of individual TEDEd Talks to an audience in Quilter Hall.Pupils put forward a fascinating set of arguments which included a focus on philosophy, science and justice, from ‘64 – the inevitability of liberal democracy’, ‘Immortality, At What Price?’, ‘Why are we Afraid of Death?’, ‘The End of the Universe’, and ‘The 1992 LA Riots’.Congratulations to Harriet Carlill, Eliza Haskins, Belle Li, Amelia McCormack and Max Warner, for their...
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Hetta Reaches Final Three!

Huge congratulations to Lower Sixth singer/songwriter Hetta Falzon, who has been selected for the Final 3 in the Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021 competition, for the second successive year! Last year, at just 15 years old, Hetta was runner up of the whole Young Songwriter of the Year Competition 2020, with her song ‘Obsession’.Now in its 11th year, the Young Songwriter 2021 is the leading international songwriting competition for those under 18. This year’s competition attracted over 1,000 entries from...
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Geography trip to Lulworth Cove and Man O’War Bay

On Tuesday 35 pupils studying GCSE Geography, plus teachers Jeremy Boot, David Rowley and Rebecca Murdoch, headed for the Jurassic Coast for a field study day. Durdle Door beach itself was so crowded that the group decided to use Man o’ War Bay instead to measure beach profiles and perform data sampling tasks. Afterwards the group headed for Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole where the evolution of this remarkable stretch of coastline was explained.The group were fortunate to have a...
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Young brass players from 65 Schools across the UK and Europe have taken part in Wells Cathedral School’s free online project Salsa Brass Go!The inclusive project focused around the brass piece ‘Salsabasco’, and musical participants were given access to online content, including 12 bespoke tutorial videos featuring Wells Brass department members, Emily White, Simon de Souza, Andy Cresci and Ross Brown. Backing tracks and 14 different parts for musicians ranging in ability from grade 1 to grade 8 were also...
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Haslemere International String Competition Winner

Congratulations to Year 10 violinist Dawid Kasprzak, who has just won joint First Prize in the Junior Category of the Haslemere International Online String Competition 2021.The Haslemere String Competition was launched in 2017 to give talented young string players a chance to gain significant solo concert exposure. Originally aimed at students living in the counties around London, it has since expanded greatly, and now draws talented youth from across the south and west of the UK.

Egyptian Feast Fit for a Pharaoh!

At the end of the Whitsun term, pupils in Year 4 rounded off their topic on Ancient Egypt with a spectacular Egyptian feast, fit for a pharaoh!Pupils tried lots of new foods that would have been available in Ancient Egypt, with favourite dishes including goat’s cheese, pomegranates, fresh and dried figs, lentils with onion and garlic, and bread dipped in honey.The pupils also made their own canopic jars inspired by their favourite animals, and enjoyed dressing up as Cleopatra and...
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Alfred the Great History Trip

On Monday, Sixth Form pupils studying History enjoyed a day visiting the key local sites associated with Alfred the Great’s campaign against the Vikings of 878, which included Athelney, Alfred’s Tower and the site of the Battle of Edington on Salisbury Plain above Westbury in Wiltshire. A good time was had by all – enlivened by two trips to farm shop cafes! The pupils were accompanied by Head of History, Chris Eldridge, History teacher Sam Broderick and Eva James, our...
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UK National Arena Eventing Championships Podium Finish

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Lola Phillips, who achieved a double clear and finished in second place in the individual honours at the British Riding Club’s National Arena Eventing Finals at the end of May on her horse Spike (officially titled ‘Gortmore Giggidee Goo’) at Aston le Wall Equestrian Centre in Northants.The British Riding Club holds a national championship over the winter months for Arena cross country, which involves riding clubs across the UK. There are 480 Riding Clubs in...
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Nordic International Piano Competition Special Prize

Congratulations to Year 11 pianist Jeremy Sun, who was awarded a Special Prize for the Best Performance of a Nordic Piece in the Junior Talents (15 Years and Under) section of the prestigious Nordic International Piano Competition 2021.Jeremy and Upper Sixth pianist Sejin Yoon in the Young Artists (18 Years and Under) section both reached the Finals in this online competition, which attracted a very high global entry of 193 young pianists.The Nordic Piano Competition, based in Sweden, has been...
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Silver Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expeditions

A large group of Year 11 and Lower Sixth pupils undertook their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualifying Expedition over the weekend, whilst a Year 10 group completed their Silver Practice Expedition.The pupils left Wells on Friday morning and spent the weekend hiking and camping on the beautiful Mendip Hills in glorious sunshine before returning to School on Sunday afternoon.The groups enjoyed the first 36 hours in beautiful weather, but awoke in a rain cloud on Sunday morning and had...
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Poetry By Heart Commendation

Congratulations to Year 8 pupil Oscar Lovell-Clark, who has been Highly Commended in this year’s 11+ Category of the Poetry By Heart Competition.Oscar recited two poems in the Classic section of the competition from a list published on the Poetry By Heart website. One poem had to be published before 1914 and one published in or after 1914.Oscar chose two contrasting pieces: The Pobble Who Has No Toes by Edward Lear and Lament of an Arawak Child by Pamela Mordecai.An...
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Bushcraft Adventures

Year 7 pupils enjoyed a great day of Bushcraft activities in the Cotswolds just before the half term break. Severe weather warnings prevented their planned overnight camp, but despite this the group were able to make shelters, light fires and learn about camouflage and concealment in the depths of the woods on the Badminton Estate.

Royal Visit to Wells Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens

As part of a joint visit by The Earl and Countess of Wessex to Wells on Monday to coincide with the re-opening of hospitality and tourism and to meet members of the Wells Coronavirus Network Team, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens and Wells Cathedral individually.HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Wells Cathedral to hear about some of the Cathedral’s fabric projects before moving on to the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens. There he met Palace representatives in...
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Young Organists’ Competition Winner

Congratulations to Upper Sixth musician François Cloete who has won the Advanced Class of the School Organists’ Association Young Organists’ Competition, and a financial prize.The inaugural competition has just taken place online and was adjudicated by Professor Stephen Darlington MBE, formerly Organist and Tutor in Music at Christ Church, Oxford. Competitors submitted video files of their performances, although in future years it is intended to be run live.The competition is for young organists aged eighteen and under; the Advanced Class...
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Celebratory Community Bunting

The last year has been challenging for everyone and many villages and towns up and down the country have been using Community Art as a way to help and support each other.The Wells Community Bunting Project has enabled the people of Wells and the surrounding villages to become involved in the local community and support others, by making and hanging 1.5 kilometres of bunting around the city centre.Pupils and staff at Wells have been very involved in the project, with...
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Shona to Play in Billy the Kid

Congratulations to Upper Sixth musician Shona M’gadzah, who has been selected to play tenor saxophone and clarinet in a National Youth Musical Theatre London West End production of Billy the Kid between 25th and 28th August.Shona was also accepted to play in the National Youth Musical Theatre production of The Night the War Ended at the Theatre Royal Margate, but unfortunately the dates clashed with Billy the Kid. 

Woody on BBC Radio Somerset

Year 8 pupil Woody Collins has composed a new song ‘Molecules’ alongside a music video, which will be featured on Luke Knight’s Arts and Culture show this Friday at 7:15 on BBC Somerset Radio. Woody will be the special featured artist on the show.To see Woody’s video and listen to his track, click here: Molecules 

Bridget Awarded First Prize

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pianist Bridget Yee, who has been awarded first prize in the 15-17 age group category in this year’s online Junior Orbetello Piano Competition.The international panel of judges included Leonardo Colafelice, Julianna Kiss, Nati Ballarìn and Giuliano Adorno.

Captain Sir Tom Moore – The Challenge Continues

More pupils have been involved with the inspiring Captain Sir Tom Moore 100 Challenge over the last few days, completing tasks that they’ve set as teams, tutor groups or individuals.Kate Brown’s Year 10 tutor group, completed 100 netball goals in 10 minutes during tutor time on Thursday, a challenge masterminded by Mia Falco; whilst Jayne Obradovic is doing 10,000 steps each day for 100 days, and will be taking out Claver Morris girls for a walk each evening if she...
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EDF Energy STEM Visit

Last Wednesday, a representative from EDF Energy came to talk to Year 9 pupils about the future of energy production. Pupils learnt that EDF is the biggest generator of low-carbon electricity as they use different sources of electricity like wind, nuclear and solar.As part of the session, pupils built wind turbines in teams to try and generate maximum electricity.Sophie Lam, in Year 9 said “We adjusted our turbine to try and make it spin quicker when the wind was going...
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CCF Royal Navy Cadets Take to the Water

Six Wells CCF Royal Navy cadets took to the water at Cheddar Reservoir in the School’s Pico sailing boats on Wednesday and enjoyed a sunny and blustery afternoon learning some sailing basics.Sailing is just one of the exciting Adventurous Training opportunities in the Summer term for CCF cadets.

Faraday Engineering Challenge

Pupils in classes 8L and 8K took part in a 5-lesson Faraday Engineering Challenge last week to design and build a prototype to help Network Rail cope with the increasing number of passengers using their stations and trains throughout May. The team challenge was set by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in combination with Network Rail, judged by an IET judge.The pupils rose to the challenge, quickly realising that teamwork was the key to success. With each team...
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Full Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Following the awarding of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Certificate of Achievement last year during the period of Covid-19 lockdown, the following 16 pupils in Year 10 successfully completed their Silver Practice Expedition on the Mendip Hills last weekend, and have all qualified for their full Bronze Award. They will be receiving their certificate and badge in the post soon.Congratulations to: Peter Baller, Annie Banks, Abigail Beech, Nina Kemp-King, Edward King, Xanthe Knott, Edson Macedo Bird, Campbell Maddox, Emily Morris,...
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Bristol Suspensions Crowned ICCA UK Champions

Congratulations to The Bristol Suspensions, directed by Old Wellensian Robbie Armstrong, who have been crowned UK champions of collegiate a cappella, and now go on to the world finals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), in only their seventh year of existence.The Bristol Suspensions are a 17 piece mixed a cappella group from the University of Bristol. Founded in 2014, the group includes Old Wellensians Robbie Armstrong (2017) and Francesca Corr (2019), who were both also Wells...
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Duke of Edinburgh Silver Practice Expedition

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Wells goes from strength to strength, and it is exciting that the inspiring expedition sections are now able to restart as the country opens up again after lockdown.Over the Bank Holiday weekend four groups of Year 10 pupils successfully undertook their Silver Practice Expedition on the Mendip Hills, covering 25km over three days.The groups left School on Friday morning and headed North to Rowberrow Warren, facing rain, wind, hail and plenty of hills,...
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Hetta Through to Final Ten

Huge congratulations to Lower Sixth singer/songwriter Hetta Falzon, who has now been selected for the Final 10 in the Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021 competition, for the second successive year!Hetta has had a busy few days, in addition to this success, Hetta enjoyed performing in her first official paid gig at London’s Wired4Music online Allegro Festival at the weekend, having been selected to perform by the Wired4Music Committee. At 16 years old, Hetta was the youngest performer in the festival...
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Wilamena Helps Raise Thousands for ‘Cornwall Mind’ Charity

Year 10 pupil Wilamena Dyer has produced another report for the BBC following the success of her previous one. The report went out on the BBC on Friday and focused on the charity ‘Cornwall Mind’ and how, as young people transition to adult mental health services, charities like Mind can play a key role.The report also featured an art auction for ‘Cornwall Mind’ which concluded this weekend – this involved Wilamena doing extensive interviews with various artists and celebrities who...
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Captain Sir Tom Moore 100 Challenge!

The School community has embarked on a number of activities in support of the Captain Sir Tom Moore 100 Challenge. The activities so far have been Physical: 1.1 mile walk for Pre-Prep pupils, 100 baskets, 100 tennis balls over the net and walking 10k steps for 100 days; Academic: creating an organic molecule consisting of 100 atoms and conducting 118 science experiments in 20 minutes; and Creative: baking 101 tasty chocolate flapjacks!Thank you to everyone who has already donated to...
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Winner of Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pianist, Sejin Yoon, who has been announced as one of the three winners in the Piano section of the prestigious Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition for 2021.This year the competition was held remotely and attracted a wide international field. The winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on Friday 30th April by a distinguished panel of judges: John Wallace CBE, Katherine Bryan, Tasmin Little OBE, Natalie Clein OBE, Joanna MacGregor CBE and Sam Haywood.Winners will receive...
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Over 100 Experiments in 20 Minutes

The Science Department successfully completed the Captain Tom 100 challenge at lunch time on Wednesday: 8 pupils, one outstanding technician, 118 experiments completed.The team set up a circus of 25 and the pupils worked together or in teams to complete as many experiments as they could in 30 minutes.The experiments were all designed to be ‘experiments that you can do in your kitchen’ and ranged from tea bag lanterns to spinning eggs with fire, water and everything else in between....
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Upper Sixth Geologists Visit Vallis Vale

Upper Sixth Geologists visited the De la Beche site at Vallis Vale, a nationally important location to complete their A level fieldwork at the end of April.They have now finalised fieldwork on the Mendips, Bristol Channel Coast, Hartland Quay and Dartmoor despite the restrictions of Covid. They were able to apply the work done in the classroom to new situations and had a valuable opportunity for revision of a number of key topics.

Event on the Lawn Online

This year’s Event on the Lawn, our very own popular annual mini music festival, organised and performed by Wells pupils and showcasing many of our most talented popular and commercial musicians from across the whole School, took place on Saturday evening.With something for everyone, the evening featured six bands, including Midnight Studios and Chasing Chickens, and an eclectic assortment of solo acts – all captured on high quality video and available to view here:  The Event on the Lawn 2021All...
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Lower Sixth Geology Field Trip to Portishead

Last week, Lower Sixth geologists undertook a field trip to Portishead to study the sediments and geological structures as part of their fieldwork and practical portfolio.They made the most of the opportunity to get out in the field for the first time in several months and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Covid protocols were followed and an enjoyable, safe and successful field trip was the result.They are pictured standing on the axis of a fold!

Sam Wedgwood Provides Inspiration

Sixth form pupils studying A level Music Technology were treated to expert feedback on their creative work and inspiring career advice from esteemed media composer and Old Wellensian Sam Wedgwood ( last Thursday. Although now based in Australia, Sam kindly offered his expertise and experience via remote 1:1 sessions, offering a range of creative and technical feedback, to help pupils further develop their music technology skills.

Calligraphy on Vellum

Lower Sixth historians experienced the art of Anglo-Saxon communication last week, attempting calligraphy on vellum (parchment) as part of their course, learning about the history of manuscripts such as the Lindisfarne Gospel, the first great art produced in Britain.In addition to their beauty and the value of their scholarship, Head of History, Chris Eldridge wanted pupils to understand the challenges involved in physically making them – a complete Bible like the Codex Amiatinus needed the skins of 1000 sheep/goats/calves. It...
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Two Moors Festival Winners

The much anticipated Two Moors Festival Competition 2021 took place on Saturday 24th April in Taunton and Wells pupils were two of the five winners of this coveted title, chosen from 41 competitors.Congratulations to Lower Sixth recorder player, Eliza Haskins, and to Year 9 flautist, Lily Owens, both of whom are amongst the winning five.Year 10 trumpeter, Hetty Christopher, was awarded Highly Commended for her performance. The competition adjudicators included previous winners, Josephine Goddard and Joseph Shiner. Joe was a specialist clarinettist...
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The Furstenau Flute Challenge

Saturday marked the final event for the ‘Furstenau Challenge’, a project that was set up by flute teacher Liz Walker to engage Wells pupils with flautists from around the world. The aim was to study the famous Furstenau Op 125 etudes for flute as well as raising money for Help Musicians by performing all 24 pieces in one go!Wells pupils have been studying the whole set of pieces since January with additional early morning classes run by Susie Hodder-Williams.24 eminent...
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National Youth Orchestra 2021

The following Wells musicians have been confirmed as members of the National Youth Orchestra 2021, and will take part in virtual performances:Brass: Luke Lane and Imogen MoorsomPercussion: Stan TalmanStrings: Rocket Brooks, Summer Brooks, Tom Mahoney and Isabelle NettleWoodwind: Emily Moores and Rebecca Pughe.Old Wellensians, from last year’s Upper Sixth cohort include: Alfie Creber, Ella Leonard and Eliza Talman

Dawid Selected for International Menuhin Competition

Congratulations to talented Year 10 violinist Dawid Kasprzak, who was selected to take part in the First Round of the Junior Section of the prestigious Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists.Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983 and nicknamed “The Olympics of the Violin” the competition attracts hundreds of entries from countries across the globe, choosing only 44 of the world’s very best young violinists, under the age of 22, to participate. Held every two...
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Meg to Play at Jelli Records Songwriter Night

Year 10 songwriter Meg Curl has been invited to play at the Jelli Records Singer Songwriter showcase on the 18th May with two other artists, Chris Beauman Jn and Grace Dukes.Jelli Records, a Bristol-based music management company, usually hosts a Songwriter Night at The Bristol Fringe on the last Tuesday of each month. This features three musicians all performing six original songs and talking a little about each one. Since Covid-19, the Songwriter Night has gone online.Meg will be playing...
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Koechlin International Flute Competition

The Koechlin International Flute Competition took place remotely throughout March and April, with competitors from 20 countries submitting recordings of their performances of the celebrated ‘Chants de Nectaire’ to a team of adjudicators.Congratulations to Year 10 flautist Annie Banks who was awarded Third Place in the 18 Years and Under category; Year 9 flautist Diego Jurado Hoshino and Year 12 flautist Amy Cleverley, who were Highly Commended in the 14 Years and Under and the 18 Years and Under categories,...
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British and National Youth Music Theatre Success

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Nia Avenell, who has successfully auditioned for both the British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT) and National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) as a musician for their summer season.Nia has been offered and accepted a place playing viola in the NYMT production of Hunchback of Notre Dame in Manchester Cathedral in performances from 11th to 14th August; and she has also been offered and accepted a place playing violin in the BYMT production of Goblin Market in...
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Competitive Team Sports Back in Action

This weekend it was a joy to see so many Wells pupils out representing the School in sports teams with the full return of competitive fixtures.Matches took place on the beautifully prepared Wells cricket pitches and tennis courts, as well as away at Queen’s College Taunton and Kingswood School in Bath. Thank you to our dedicated ground staff team for their hard work in the run up to the start of the season. The photo shows the First Boys’ Tennis...
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Maths Kangaroo Merits

Congratulations to the following talented mathematicians, who achieved Merits in the recent follow-on Kangaroo round of this year’s Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.Year 9 pupil Luca Ng; and Year 11 pupils Oscar Ho, Jason Kong, Karen Ng, Jeanie Tang and Christine Yang.

Geography Field Trip to Porlock Bay and Minehead

The Geography department ran its first field trip for over a year on Thursday, with Upper Sixth pupils studying beach profiles and coastal management at Porlock Bay. As can be seen from the photo, this is a beautiful stretch of coastline, part of the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate.From there the group, accompanied by Head of Geography and Humanities, Jeremy Boot, and Geography teacher and Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Rebecca Murdoch, travelled to Minehead to study a very different type...
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Two Wells Songwriters reach the Top 30

Huge congratulations to Hetta Falzon in the Lower Sixth and Megan Curl in Year 10, who have both been selected as Top 30 Finalists in this year’s prestigious Young Songwriter of the Year competition for UK and Ireland.Both girls are members of the School’s Popular Music department, and have been selected in the 13-18 category.This is Hetta’s second successive selection for the Top 30 – last year, at just 15 years old, she was runner up of the whole Young...
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Wellensian Association Summer Reunion Weekend

The Wellensian Association plans to host its annual Summer Reunion Weekend from Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th June in the beautiful school grounds at Wells.Do join friends and guests on glorious Cedars Lawn and in the Marquee for the summer reunion dinner on Saturday 26th June, tickets cost £20pp and include a welcome drink and three course buffet dinner.There will also be the opportunity for a school tour on Saturday afternoon, and the chance to watch the OWs vs School...
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Lower School Photography Competition

There have been some fantastic entries, bursting with imagination and humour for the Lower School Photography Competition, and judging has been particularly hard.The three winning entries were selected for their excellent composition and meaningful interpretation of the subject.Congratulations to first prize winner, Harry Hellier in Year 8 for Trapped and The Ripple – both reflections on Lockdown.The two runners up are Oliver Stankiewicz in Year 9 for “Oh, the places you’ll go”, and Sam Butler in Year 7 for “Freedom...
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Royal Navy Cadets Chocolate Galleons

In Wednesday’s Afternoon Activities, members of the Royal Navy Section of the Wells CCF in Year 11 were challenged to construct their version of HMS Victory in a chocolate galleon team building competition.Head Master Alastair Tighe, who judged the cadets’ entries, found it extremely difficult to select a winner, but eventually chose the winning team, consisting of Elsie Carter, Sophie Karseras, Ben Mapleston, Oliver Sturgess and Ethan Turnbull.

Junior School Spring Artwork

Pupils in the Junior School have been particularly creative this term, working on a series of artworks during lockdown and on their return to the classroom.Year 4 pupils have been studying the patterns and colours found in water. They used batik to create the basic patterns and dyed the fabric. They then added different textured fabrics and sewed over the top. Examples of their work can be viewed below.Year 5 pupils studied portraits during the latest Lockdown period. Examples of...
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National Youth Orchestra Inspire Course

Congratulations to Year 11 flautist Emily Moores and to Lower Sixth violinist Rocket Brooks who have recently been selected to join the online National Youth Orchestra’s Inspire outreach course, two of just 30 additional new young musicians selected for the Orchestra this year due to the impact of Covid-19.Due to the lack of performances during 2020, the National Youth Orchestra did not conduct main auditions this year, but instead chose to re-enroll from last year’s cohort. They did however invite...
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Chemistry Olympiad 2021 Successes

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil Oscar Purcell-Shirley, who has been awarded a Gold in this year’s UK Chemistry Olympiad, scoring in the top 2 percent of entrants.Oscar is planning to study Chemistry at University, and after receiving successful offers from all five of his applications to Russell Group Universities, he is hoping to continue with his studies at Imperial College London.Four other Upper Sixth pupils obtained Silver Awards: Wayne Chen, Serena Chung, Hector Gummer and Amelia Watson. Oisin Moriarty, in...
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Geological Society of London: National Schools Challenge

The Wells Geology team once again progressed to the National Final of the Geological Society of London’s National Schools Challenge, alongside nine other schools and colleges from as far afield as Yorkshire and Kuala Lumpur (the eventual winners).This year, participants were offered a free choice of topic for the qualifying round, with the initial Wells team of Humphrey Boot in the Upper Sixth and Harriet Carlill in the Lower Sixth choosing to make a video presentation on the Geology of...
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The Great Wells Cathedral School Christmas Write Off

Over the Christmas holidays and into the January lockdown, Senior School pupils were invited to submit a short story of around 500 words for the English Department’s fifth annual creative writing competition, ‘The Great Wells Cathedral School Christmas Write Off’. The title, of course, was ‘A Winter’s Tale’.Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil Oscar Howe, who won the Upper School prize, for the second consecutive year, with an extremely well-crafted and richly descriptive tale of a battle in the woods.Also, to...
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Walk and Sketch Challenge

The Art Department would like to thank all pupils who submitted work for the ‘Walk and Sketch’ challenge, which was open to all Senior School pupils over the lockdown period during the Epiphany term.Staff were very impressed with the wonderful creative entries, and it was difficult to select just one winner from each year group. After much deliberation and discussion, we are delighted to announce the following winners:Congratulations to Archie Blee in Year 7, Elsa Melia in Year 8, George...
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BBC Young Reporter 2021 Awards

Huge congratulations to Year 10 pupil Wilamena Dyer one of two regional winners in the South and West of England regions in this year’s BBC Young Reporter Competition for her report on How music helps cope with Tourette’s Syndrome.Wilamena’s inspiring 3-minute film is about how playing a musical instrument can lessen or even prevent Tourette’s tics. As part of the film she interviewed her Wells cello teacher, Penny Driver, as well as several other musicians with Tourette’s syndrome who have...
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