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TED Talks

A TED Talk is anything you want it to be, whether that’s teaching the audience about a global tax on billionaires or persuading them that love is just a chemical reaction. These are just two examples of the eight thought provoking talks that were performed at this year’s Lower Sixth TED Talk evening in late February.TED is an online organisation which converges technology, education and entertainment, with aims to spread ideas on almost all topics in the form of short,...
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Year 6 Technology Challenge

Pupils in Year 6 have been taking part in science and technology challenges as part of their academic lessons. This week the challenges involved weight and load. One involved building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows. The current record stands at 90cm! Another was to use just paper to see how many pennies or marbles the pupils’ bridges could hold.

Money Raised for the NHS

Congratulations to a large group of pupils who have actively participated in an ‘Art Saves Us’ charity event to raise funds for the NHS. Over £10,000 was raised by the pupils and their parents within two days, which successfully purchased 2,000 sets of ICU protective coveralls for the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.With thanks to Year 7 pupils, Sophia Dou, Jinchen Ju; Year 9 pupils, Alison Li, Bonnie Liu, Nicole Wong; Year 10 pupils, Coco He, Noah Ip, Gary...
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Richard Long Inspired Artwork

Some of our youngest pupils have been learning about the artwork created by Richard Long, one the best-known British land artists. He is the only artist to have been short-listed four times for the Turner Prize. He was nominated in 1984, 1987 and 1988, and then won the award in 1989 for White Water Line.Richard heard about the pupils studying his artwork and has produced a special piece of Spring Line art to inspire them, shown above!  

The Butterfly Challenge

Some of our youngest pupils have enjoyed the creativity of the Butterfly Challenge that they have been set by their teachers this week, producing colourful artwork, learning about the lifecycle of butterflies, and even hatching little butterflies from chrysalises and setting them free in the sunshine.

Pre-Prep Pupils Go on a Bear Hunt

One of this week’s key themes for pupils in the Pre-Prep has been the much loved children’s story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen.The beautifully illustrated tale was read and ‘signed’ in sign language to the children by Rebecca Allen at the start of the week, and the pupils have subsequently embraced all things bear-related!Some have dressed up as bears, acted out the story themselves, made bear lairs and held teddy bears’ picnics for...
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BBC Televise Brass Finals

This Sunday evening, 17th May, BBC4 will feature the third programme in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020 series, showcasing the Brass Final, in which Old Wellensian trombonist, Meggie Murphy, will perform as one of the five finalists.Meggie, who left Wells last year to continue with her trombone studies at the Royal Academy of Music, will share the stage with another trombonist, a tuba player and two French horn players. The programme will include profiles of each of...
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Composition used in Interview with Michael Morpurgo

Upper Sixth composer, Thomas Nettle, has had one of his songs from last year’s Senior School Production of Private Peaceful, used to top and tail an interview with Private Peaceful author, Michael Morpurgo, for the podcast of this year’s Chiddingstone Literary Festival. Thomas’ composition was recorded by his family’s quartet for the podcast.

The Big MFL Cooking Challenge

For the fourth week of remote learning, modern languages students went ‘off-piste’ with a very creative teaching and learning challenge. This week centred around taste buds, creativity and cooperation, as well as working on written and verbal language skills. The pupils were asked to devise a menu in the languages they learn and then, as an additional challenge, to cook their chosen menu for their families.In the Junior School, pupils had the option of baking delicious French desserts. The response...
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Pre-Prep Bank Holiday Celebrations

Pre-Prep pupils thoroughly enjoyed the preparations for Friday’s holiday last week, designing beautiful flags, decorating their homes and gardens with bunting, and baking and decorating delicious cakes and scones. On the day some even dressed up in glamorous war-time costumes complete with elaborate 1940s hairstyles, and many enjoyed afternoon tea in the garden with their families! 

Coral Oceans Experiments for Lower School Scientists

Year 7 scientists have been conducting experiments at home as part of their Coral Oceans project. In their latest experiment they used Secchi disks to measure water transparency. Pupils found the experience great fun and managed to extract excellent data, which they used to plot their resulting graphs. As part of their project they have also created Ocean food webs and Ultimate Coral Species posters.  

The Last Post for VE Day Commemorations

Upper Sixth trumpeter, Matthew Whitehead, has recorded the Last Post & Reveille, with a timed two minutes’ silence in between, which has been circulated to church members in Castle Cary and the community of Galhampton and surrounding villages to be played as part of today’s VE Day Commemorations.

Year 3 CARE Awards Work

Pupils in Year 3 have been focusing on their Wells CARE Awards in this first half of the Whitsun term, particularly impressing their teacher, Mrs Kinnersley, with their sense of community and endeavour. Highlights include making delicious cream teas as a treat for elderly and vulnerable neighbours; creating willow fish sculptures as gifts for distant family; designing a Veggie Vaccine to boost health and wellbeing for the community; and bringing the  story of Mary Anning, fossils and all, to life...
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Junior School French Baking Challenge

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have been busy in the kitchen this week baking tasty treats as part of their French lessons. Jules Desmarchelier-Arpino provided the classes with instructions in French for a variety of delicious traditional recipes and the pupils have risen to the challenge, translating the French, designing menus and taking over the kitchen!The resulting spectacular culinary goodies have included madeleines, a chocolate gâteau au réfrigérateur and tasty crêpes with a variety of delicious fillings. Chapeau!

BBC Televise Woodwind Finals

On the evening of Sunday 10th May, BBC4 will feature the second programme in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020 series, this week showcasing the Woodwind Final, in which Year 11 Wells recorder player, Eliza Haskins will perform as one of the five finalists.Eliza will share the stage with a flautist, clarinettist, oboist and bassoonist, with the young musicians performing music by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Messiaen and Peter Facer.Full coverage of each of the category finals concerts, presented by...
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A Star Wars Odyssey for Pre-Prep

From the start of the week, pupils in Pre-Prep have been enjoying a cosmic learning experience, as they follow the theme of space, rockets and stars, commencing with a celebration of Star Wars Day – May the Fourth – on Monday.Head of Pre-Prep Development, Rebecca Allen, welcomed pupils back for the third week of the Whitsun term ‘from space’, dressed as a Jedi Master and ably aided by her little canine Ewok. The morning began with a reading of ‘Bringing...
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Geological Society Section Winners

Congratulations to the Wells Geology team who have been awarded the winner’s prize for their presentation on ‘Cryovolcanoes and Ice tectonics on Europa’ in the remote final of this year’s Geological Society Competition.This year, instead of going to London for the final, the teams submitted their poster, sent a video of them delivering their powerpoint presentation and completed a geological quiz online. Rather than awarding an overall prize this year, the Society awarded a winner for each section.Feedback from the...
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Year 10 Circular Motion Experiments

Year 10 pupils have found interesting and creative ways to explore the phenomena of circular motion at home, whilst working on their GCSE Physics syllabus. From swinging buckets of water around their head to twirling headphones, they have explored the centripetal force and its effect on the world around them.

Thanking Key Workers

Key workers in the Junior School helped pupils who are still at School paint a beautiful chalk rainbow on the gates of the Pre-Prep playground to show their appreciation for the NHS and Carers, whilst they were in Wells last week. We hope it makes lots of people smile!

Lily Wins Design Competition for New Hockey Stick

Congratulations to England hockey player, Lily Webb, currently in the Lower Sixth at Wells, who has won the Y1 Hockey brand’s competition to design the artwork for a limited edition hockey stick. Lily won the public vote, having been shortlisted for the final with her vibrant design! 

Sports Wall Challenge

The Wells Sports department have set up the Sports Wall Challenge for all those budding sportsmen and sportswomen currently in lockdown. Together as a school we are aiming to do as many wall keepy uppies as possible. All you have to do is film yourself for 30 seconds hitting or throwing a ball against a wall with any sports equipment you like (tennis racket, bat, stick etc). Count how many you do and send in your videos to [email protected] See Head...
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GCSE and A Level Art

Senior Wells pupils have worked hard on their exam preparation Artwork over the course of the last few months. Year 11 pupils designed a variety of work on the theme of ‘Event’; whilst Upper Sixth pupils created pieces on the theme of ‘Change and Stability’. 

Hetta Reaches Final 10

Congratulations to Year 11 singer/songwriter Hetta Falzon, whose song ‘Obsession’ has been shortlisted in the top final ten songs for the Young Songwriter of the Year, 13-18 year UK/Ireland category. Hetta’s song will now be listened to by some of the most influential music producers and songwriters in the UK. She will find out in early June if she has been selected as one of the top three, and is absolutely thrilled to have made it this far. Listen to...
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Budding Chemists in Year 6

Year 6 pupils have just started their new unit of chemistry, as part of this term’s science syllabus. Part of the topic involves dissolving different harmless substances in water and then investigating the reasons for the subsequent differing reactions.Normally, the teachers work with mystery substances to see whether the pupils can guess what they are using their scientific knowledge, but with remote learning this has not been possible, and more specific instructions have been provided to help the pupils conduct...
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Year 4 Return to Tudor Times

Year 4 pupils have been learning about the Tudors in their history syllabus this week, creating menus and invitations to a Tudor Feast inspired by the Court of Henry VII, baking cheese-fritters from a Tudor recipe, and designing beautiful Tudor artwork.    

Netball Challenge

Wells Year 10 netball player, Madison Lewis, is fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support over the next six days to help the charity during this COVID-19 crisis. Madison will be completing 2,600 shots on goal in six days for the 2.6 charity. Donations welcome here https://bit.ly/2WcwXMI

Learning Independence and Life Skills

Wells pupils are clearly making the most of their time in lockdown, developing important life skills and independence through a range of stimulating and challenging activities. In true Somerset-style, the King family are juggling the management of a busy working farm with a milk delivery business whose demand has soared due to the demands of village shops to supply their communities across Mendip. Edward in Year 9 and Henry in Year 5, third generation Wellensians, are combining their school work with...
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BBC4 Televise Keyboard Finals

On the evening of Sunday 3rd May, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020 will return to BBC4 with the first of six programmes covering this year’s competition.This Sunday’s programme, starting at 19.00, will showcase the Keyboards Final and will feature two Wells pupils out of the five finalists: Year 11 pianist Bridget Yee and Lower Sixth pianist Sejin Yoon. The pianists perform music by some of the giants of the keyboard repertoire – Bach, Scarlatti, Beethoven and Rachmaninov.Presented by...
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Here Be Dragons!

Pupils in the Pre-Prep have been centring part of their learning over the last week around the theme of Dragons, to tie in with St George’s Day last Thursday, a topic which has certainly unleashed creativity amongst pupils and teachers alike!Pupils have designed their own crests and shields to defend against dragons, created brightly coloured dragon masks and elaborate swords, used dragon stencils for face painting and dressed up as knights to defend their toys. There have even been some...
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Woody’s ‘Vicars Close’ Shortlisted for Young Songwriter Competition

Congratulations to Woody Collins, a young musician and composer in Year 7, whose song ‘Vicar’s Close’, inspired by his experience as one of the choristers at Wells Cathedral, is amongst 40 of those that have been shortlisted for the Song Academy Young Songwriter of the year for the 8-12 age group category. Using the knowledge of his time at Wells as a chorister and his own choral skills, Woody has integrated chorister singing and computer-generated Cathedral bells into his work,...
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Old Wellensian Concert Soloist Inspires with Beethoven

Seasoned concerto soloist and Old Wellensian, Lee Jae Phang (OW 2012), had a performance premiered on YouTube last week as part of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s year long Beethoven 250th Anniversary Festival. The concert featured all 35 Beethoven piano sonatas, performed by 35 specially invited concert pianists. Lee Jae performed the Beethoven Sonata Op.22 in B flat (1799-1800). He was originally booked to perform this at St. James’s Piccadilly in London last Monday, but following the concert’s cancellation...
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Megan is BBC Radio Somerset Hit

Head Girl Chorister, Megan Curl, is also a prolific songwriter, with her songs regularly played on BBC Somerset Upload, after she was talented-spotted online. The following songs have already featured on the music show: Daydreaming Blues, Sticklebricks and The BFF Song.Next week she has already been booked for her song Stranger, and the following week, her brand new and particularly apposite song Distanced, about social isolation, will be played!Megan has a YouTube channel called Meg Curl Music where you can...
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Remote music lessons working across the UK

Pupil, teacher and accompanist successfully joined together from locations across the UK on Thursday for their music lesson. Percussionist Stan Talman, based in Somerset, was taught by Jayne Obradovic, based in South Wales, and accompanied by Nick  Lauener, currently based in Scotland!   

Hetta Shortlisted for Young Songwriter of the Year

Congratulations to Year 11 pupil, Hetta Falzon, who has had three of her original songs shortlisted amongst the top 60 finalists in Song Academy’s Young Songwriter of the Year competition in the 13-18 year old category, selected from hundreds of entries across the UK.  Hetta, who is a member of the School’s Vocal department and the Commercial, Rock and Pop department, is one of only two finalists to have more than one song selected.The panel of judges includes Tom Odell, Imelda...
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Eager Pre-Prep and Nursery Pupils Back to School

Eager pupils in the Pre-Prep and Nursery classes have clearly been keen to continue with their home learning as the Whitsun term recommences this week, with some even donning their Summer school uniform!Pupils have started the term with a huge and creative variety of activities, from planting sweet peas, writing stories, calculating dinosaur maths, making butterfly feeders and enjoying countryside walks with their families. One of the key themes this week is Flowers, which ties in beautifully with the flourishing...
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24 Hour Challenge Raises Thousands for Musicians!

Throughout Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning, music staff at Wells completed a 120 mile 24 hour challenge to raise money for the charity Help Musicians UK and the Musicians Benevolent fund.Every hour over a 24-hour period, 24 Wells staff each ran, walked, cycled or skated five miles, raising a total of over £4,000 (including Gift Aid) to date.Communities around the world have turned to music during the coronavirus crisis, but many freelance Musicians are struggling as...
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Harriet Live on BBC Radio Somerset

Year 12 singer-songwriter, Harriet Perring, featured live on BBC Radio Somerset’s hour-long evening BBC Upload show last night. Her country-inspired song, Heartbreak, which she has recorded during lock-down, was played across the airwaves and she was interviewed on air about her musical influences by presenter Charlie Taylor.

National Youth Orchestra’s Ode to Joy

On Saturday, members of the National Youth Orchestra, including many Wells musicians, joined together to perform Beethoven’s classic Ode to Joy, from his Ninth Symphony, in a show of solidarity, dedicated to everyone in need of a “musical pick-me-up”.The musicians were joined by Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, who conducted from her home in the USA.

Virtual Hymn for Easter

50 singers made up of Wells Cathedral Choristers and Friends sang a hymn for Easter Day, conducted by Jeremy Cole: ‘Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to heaven and voices raise’. The melody (Lux Eoi) was written by Arthur Sullivan with words by Christopher Wordsworth. The descant was written especially for this virtual choir performance by Jeremy Cole, the Director of Music at Wells Cathedral.For more videos and recordings, visit the Wells Cathedral Choir ‘Webcasts’ page: https://www.wellscathedral.org.uk/music-the-choir/webcasts/

Still Making Music

Harriet Perring, a rock and pop specialist in Year 12, has been busy recording one of her songs for a competition. You can find it on soundcloud. Link in bio! https://soundcloud.com/song-academy/heartbreak-harriet-perring?in=song-academy/sets/says20-competition-13-18-year

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Head Boy, Jacob Potts, has been busy creating his own bespoke woodwork business, called FactusX, during the Coronavirus lockdown. He has just finished making the table shown above, which is now for sale! Follow his Instagram @factusx and if you want to find out more contact [email protected]

Physics Olympiad Gold Awards

Congratulations to three Lower Sixth pupils, Francois Cloete, Timothy Ho and Leo Li, who have achieved Gold Awards in the recent Physics Olympiad, Senior Challenge (the Lower Sixth paper). This puts them in the top 5.5% of Lower Sixth pupils nationally, who sat the paper. The Senior Physics Challenge, run by the British Physics Olympiad, provides an exciting opportunity for physicists to stretch their lateral thinking skills and apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations. The Challenge is a single,...
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Achievement Assembly Celebrates Successes

Pupils in the Pre-Prep have enjoyed a very busy first week of home learning, which was rounded off with a celebratory Achievement Assembly streamed online by Rebecca Allen before the start of the Easter break. The Assembly focused on the huge range of activities that some of Wells’ youngest pupils have been working on over their time at home, as well as announcing the weekly Motivation Awards and celebrating each and every pupil’s successes.Highlights have included tadpole inspections, cookery, spellings...
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Joyeuses Pâques!

Year 7 pupils made a French Easter card as part of their remote learning this week, following instructions online to make a pop out beak.  This joyous version was made by pupil Chris Dietrich.

Aspiring Volcanologist Provides Insight for Pupils

Upper Sixth Geology pupils were joined on Google Meet by aspiring volcanologist and Old Wellensian, Emily Bell, for their remote Geology lesson on Wednesday. Emily, who left Wells in 2016 to study Geography and Geology at University, has very recently been working at the Colima Volcano Observatory in Mexico. She was expecting to spend another month working there, but has returned to the UK earlier than expected as a result of impending travel restrictions. Pupils were able to ask Emily...
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Pre-Prep Home School Club Activities

Pupils in the Nursery and Pre-prep have enjoyed an energetic start to their new school routines this week, with Head of Pre-Prep Development, Rebecca Allen’s rousing Welcome to the Pre-Prep Home School Club. Rebecca’s lively home video provided wake up exercises, tips for making the most of time at home and themes for the week, as well as reassurance to the youngest members of the Wells family. Every morning the team of Pre-Prep teachers greet their classes in videos which...
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Lessons Continue Worldwide for Wells Musicians

During the final week of the Lent Term, Wells musicians are continuing to have instrumental lessons from their specialist teachers, but are learning from the comfort of their homes around the world, rather than the music rooms in Mullins, Polydor, Cedars Hall or the Music School. So far this week, cello teacher, Richard May, has ‘visited’ Sweden, the Cayman Islands, China and various locations across the UK, without leaving his front door!

Pre-Prep Rainbows

This week, children in the Pre-Prep have been asked to create a rainbow with paints, pens, plasticine, flowers, magnets or whatever they have to hand, to place in one of their windows at home to cheer people up when they are out on their fresh air walks.The Nursery pupils have themed all of their home learning around rainbows, with stories in Assembly based on rainbows, and suggestions including Rainbow Fish, Elmer and Plant a Rainbow on home learning documents that...
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University and Music College Offers

Upper Sixth pupils at Wells Cathedral School have been receiving and confirming offers from universities and music colleges across the UK since the start of the year. To date, pupils have received over 150 offers from Russell Group and other top universities to study a wide range of subjects, from Anthropology and Archaeology to Engineering, History of Art to Theoretical Physics.Six Wellensians in total have received Oxbridge offers. Two have offers from the University of Cambridge: Gabrielle Desalbres from the...
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National Schools’ Geology Challenge

The team of Wells geologists were again due to represent the West of England in the National Final of the Geological Society’s competition in London last week. Although they weren’t able to visit in person this year, the competition still took place, albeit remotely.The team of Nick, Megan, Ed, Isaac, Humphrey and Ellie had worked hard to research their chosen topic and they demonstrated an impressive level of expertise, especially as three of them intend to read geology, and one...
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Year 7 Geography Trip to Glastonbury

Year 7 geographers battled a brisk breeze on their recent field trip to Glastonbury. They completed a data collection exercise about environmental quality in the town centre, as well as a land use survey. Though too blustery on the top of Glastonbury Tor for pupils’ intended task of measuring slope angles, the anemometer came in handy to measure wind speed and there was much enthusiasm as the group matched the landscape they could see to OS maps and their own...
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Confirmation Class

Thursday’s weekly Confirmation Class, run by Wells School Chaplain, Sarah Curl, covered the topic of prayer, providing the pupils involved with the opportunity to make prayer beads in situ in Cedars Drawing Room in Wells, and also remotely from their homes in other parts of the world! Next week’s Class will be run on google classroom. 

Success at the Millfield School Team Mathematics Challenge 2020

On Thursday evening a four-person mathematics team consisting of Jason Kong and Ethan Turnbull in Year 10 and Rocket Brooks and Joel Sergeant in Year 11 took part in the Millfield School Team Mathematics Challenge. The evening was run by Lower Sixth mathematicians from Millfield and overseen by staff in the Millfield Mathematics department. The teams took part in five rounds, which included a Group Round, a round based on the game Fizz Buzz, a Speed Round, a Head to...
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Badminton Regional Champions

Congratulations to the Key Stage 4 Boys Badminton team, who won the Regional Finals of the Badminton England National Schools Championship on Monday at Torbay Leisure Centre in Paignton.They beat The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, Dorset (4-1), Prior Park College in Bath, Avon (5-0) and Farmor’s School Fairford, Gloucestershire (5-0) to win the Finals. 

Intermediate Mathematics Challenge 2020

In February, 86 pupils from across Years 9, 10 and 11 sat this year’s Intermediate Mathematics Challenge, a 60 minute multiple choice test.The top ten percent of achievers are awarded Gold Certificates by the UK Mathematics Trust. Eight of our pupils achieved this standard: Jason Kong, Ethan Turnbull and Yuhan Zhang in Year 10; Rocket Brooks, Joshua Christensen, Imogen Moorsom, Joshua Ng and Joel Sergeant in Year 11.19 pupils were awarded Silver Certificates; whilst 11 were awarded Bronze. Ten pupils have...
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Senior School Careers Fair

Senior School pupils from Years 10 to the Lower Sixth had the opportunity to take part in an evening Careers Fair on Friday, an excellent introduction to a wide ranging variety of careers and job opportunities. Old Wellensians, current parents and industry experts generously gave their time to provide targeted presentations on a range of subjects such as architecture, forensic psychology, law, the Military and music journalism. In total there were 22 speakers who covered 18 different careers. Over 100 Wells pupils...
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Hamlet A Level Trip

In mid-March Sixth Form pupils studying English Literature attended a conference on Hamlet at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The conference included lectures from leading Shakespeare scholars, the chance to work on the play from a performance perspective as well as a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace.The conference presented an exciting opportunity for pupils to extend and enrich their understanding of a set text for their A level exams and, moreover, perhaps the greatest play ever written! 

Spring Adventure in Paris

Senior School pupils from Years 10 to the Upper Sixth recently returned from the School’s first four day trip to Paris, where they enjoyed a vast range of cultural experiences, benefited from morning French lessons, tried out a funky new youth hostel and made the most of the opportunity to practice their French whilst exploring the beautiful city.Pupils enjoyed a packed itinerary of activities on top of their daily French lessons, visiting the magnificent Palace of Versailles and its glorious...
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Sophie Selected for England!

Congratulations to Year 9 cross country runner, Sophie Nicholls, who came in the top three out of 344 girls in Saturday’s National Schools Cross Country Championships in Liverpool, and has subsequently been selected for the England Junior Cross Country Team! Sophie, who is not yet 14, ran in the U15 age group, a year younger than her age group. Director of Sport, Tom Webley said, “In a field of 344 runners, all kinds of things can go wrong so it’s quite...
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U19 Netball County Cup Runners Up

Congratulations to the First Girls Netball team who were runners up in the U19 Somerset County Cup after a fantastic afternoon’s netball at Taunton Vale last Wednesday, winning a shield for the trophy cabinet. The tournament comprised teams from all the schools across the county, with Wells beating teams from King’s Bruton, King’s College Taunton, Richard Huish College and Wellington School.  

Lower School Paramedic Visit 

On Friday, pupils in the Lower School took part in a First Aid and Careers themed Assembly. Upper Sixth pupil, Polly Palmer, explained about her work volunteering with St John Ambulance and demonstrated how to manage two dining hall related scenarios: anaphylaxis and choking. She also explained how her work with St John Ambulance contributed to her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, and about the variety of careers in health and primary care. Polly has a place to read paramedic...
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Year 7 Science Challenge

Science pupils in Year 7 perfected their construction skills whilst learning about Forces on Thursday, when they designed 30x30cm square tinfoil boats to carry large numbers of marbles. Sophie Jackson and Keziah Whitehead designed a boat that carried the whole jar of marbles – all 97 of them! Hugo Paton-Freeman and Mike Gillbanks’ boat carried 57 marbles before it capsized. Forces in action!

¡Viva! Brass 

Wells brass and percussion musicians joined forces with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Brass Ensemble for an evening of exhilarating music for brass and percussion in Cedars Hall on Wednesday, following a lively afternoon practice session.Musicians presented a colourful exploration of over 300 years of music, from Handel’s Royal Music for both Water and Fireworks, Rimsky-Korsakov’s grand depiction of the Procession of the Nobles, Leonard Bernstein’s soundtrack to the 1954 film On the Waterfront, a suite describing...
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Under 18 Somerset Badminton Champions

Congratulations to the First Girls’ Badminton Team, who have been crowned Somerset Champions again, after winning the Somerset Schools League Under 18 Division 1, for the second time, at Queen’s College Taunton on Monday. They convincingly beat Wellington School, Queen’s College and Richard Huish College, gaining 34 points out of a possible 36. Well done to Year 11 pupil Natalie Leung, Lower Sixth pupils Serena Chung and Dora Wong and Upper Sixth pupil Samantha Chiu on their success!

Event on the Lawn 2020

This year’s successful Event on the Lawn took place across the School site on Saturday evening, a musical extravaganza which showcased the dance and rock, pop and commercial musical talent at Wells. It was a fully pupil-led celebration, with proceeds from the ticket sales going to the School’s Sierra Leone Project. Acts were performed inside Cedars Hall as well as on the main stage, kindly provided by Old Wellensian, Michael Eavis, which was constructed outside Cedars House. Acts ranged from solo vocal...
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Regional Performance Centre Selections

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Florence Gummer and Year 10 pupil Charles Rowley, who have both been selected for the West Region’s Hockey Performance Centre.The West is split into four cluster-centres, based at Bristol, Guildford, Southampton and Taunton. Florence plays at U15 level at the Taunton centre, while Charles plays at U17 level at Bristol. The four cluster-centres play against each other and then eventually feed into the Wessex Leopards Futures Cup squads.Florence and Charles are looking forward to forthcoming...
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Orchard and Raised Vegetable Beds

The Senior School Gardening Club, which gathers to work the land during Wednesday afternoon Activities, has been busy this term planting a beautiful orchard and creating a raised vegetable bed in grounds behind the Music School. We are hoping to be able to supply the school catering team with fresh fruit and vegetables in due course!

National Hockey Tier 4 Champs! 

Congratulations to the U18 Girls Hockey Team, who won the Investec Girls Schools Tier 4 Championship at the National Finals at Reading yesterday!The National Finals, held at Reading Hockey Club, took the form of a round robin tournament. Wells were unbeaten during the tournament, scoring 23 goals and conceded none, beating Bancroft’s School in the Final.

CSA Composition Competition Prize

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Francois Cloete, who has been awarded one of the top two prizes in this year’s CSA Composition Competition, for his vocal composition O Come Let Us Sing to the Lord.The competition was judged by composer and Musical Director of the Guildford Choral Society, Jonathan Willcocks. He said, “I thought that overall it was the highest standard of work that I have seen in recent years, and it is so encouraging to know that many of...
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The Great Wells Cathedral School Write Off

The Great Wells Cathedral School Write Off was a great success this year, with a high standard of entries from across all Senior School year groups. The panel had difficult decisions to make and would like to commend all those who submitted an entry for the competition.The prizes were awarded to the following pupils:Lower School: Joint winners: Woody Collins, Year 7 – The Knock and Megan Curl, Year 9 – Dimension 5.6 Upper School Winner: Oscar Howe, Lower Sixth – TritonUpper...
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BBC Young Musician Finalists

Huge congratulations to three Wells musicians and Old Wellensian Meggie Murphy, who have all been selected for the Category Finals of the BBC Young Musician Competition 2020. With four in the Finals, this year Wells has the highest number of musicians represented from any of the UK’s Music Schools.Year 11 recorder player Eliza Haskins has reached the last five of the Woodwind musicians and will compete in the Woodwind Category Final, for the second time; Year 11 pianist Bridget Yee...
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Jersey Young Musician of the Year

Congratulations to Upper Sixth saxophonist, Charlotte Arthur, who has just been crowned Jersey Young Musician of the Year following success in the annual competition over the weekend which included a performance in the Final at the Jersey Opera House. Charlotte was also awarded the Audience Choice Prize for her performance.Head of Instrumental & Vocal Coaching and Coordinator of Woodwind and Jazz Studies, Ed Leaker, said “Competition was tough as standards were very high so this is a real achievement for...
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U16 Boys Hockey Team Reach National Finals

Congratulations to the U16 Boys Hockey team, current Somerset Champions, who played well in the Regional Finals of the Tier 3 category of the Notts Sport Boys Schools Championships on Thursday, qualifying for the National Finals which will take place after Easter.

Volcano workshop

Dr Pete Rowley, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, visited Wells on Thursday to run a series of workshops for Year 11 geographers and A level geologists. GCSE pupils were tasked with a crisis management exercise using volcano monitoring data. They reacted to the changing behaviour of the volcano by deciding when and where evacuations should take place and considering the consequences of their proposed actions. The A level groups analysed satellite images and cross sections of Anak...
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Sevington History Trip

Year 6 pupils enjoyed stepping back in time this week when they visited Sevington Victorian School in Grittleton. Pupils took on the role of Victorian working class children and experienced life in a village school. Authentic activities took place in the school room where the boys were taught the ‘Three Rs’, Science and Maths, while the girls were only allowed to take part in the handwriting and drawing sessions. Outside the school room, the boys made beeswax candles and learnt...
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Badminton County Champions 

Congratulations to the Wells KS4 Boys’ Badminton team, who won the County round of the Badminton England National Schools Championships on Friday and were crowned Somerset champions. The tournament was held at Court Fields School in Wellington and Wells played teams from Haygrove School, Ansford Academy and The Castle School in Taunton. The team, comprising Year 10 pupil Jason Kong, Year 11 pupils Kevin Luk and Joshua Ng, and Year 12 pupil Hani Chui, played well and supported each other brilliantly. They...
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Sophie Qualifies for the Nationals

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Sophie Nicholls, who won the Junior Girls’ race at the South West Cross Country Championships on Saturday, following on from her victory at the County Championships last month. Sophie has now qualified to run in the National Championships to be held in Liverpool in March.Wells Director of Sport, Tom Webley, said, “This is a remarkable achievement for Sophie  – competing against the best runners in South West England and juggling chorister commitments as well!”

Quiz Club National Science Finals

Congratulations to members of the Junior School Science team who have qualified for the National Finals of the Quiz Club’s Inter-School Championships, a Science championship for pupils in Years 5 and 6. With more than 400,000 Key Stage 2 children taking part each year, the Quiz Club National Championships are the largest Inter-School competitions in the country.The Wells team qualified after scoring highly in the South West heat held at Millfield Prep School in November. Area heats run nationwide during the...
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Mendip Area Primary Schools Quicksticks Hockey Festival 

On Friday morning, Wells welcomed 220 local primary school pupils from nine Mendip schools to take part in a mixed Quicksticks Hockey festival and competition. Older pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in the Somerset Activity Sports Partnership (SASP) Competition, with coaching from Wells Graduate Sports Assistant and hockey specialist Liam Hedaux, followed by a round robin tournament. Pupils in Years 3 and 4 benefitted from an intensive coaching session led by 12 Wells Senior School sport scholars.Pupils from...
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Bibi Wins the Kingsfield Cup

Congratulations to Year 9 pianist Bibi Redford, who won the Kingsfield Cup in the Piano category at the opening event of this year’s celebrated Taunton Festival of the Arts.The Piano category was adjudicated by pianist Deborah Brittain, Associate of the Royal College of Music and a member of the British Federation of Music Festivals.

U14 Somerset Hockey Tier 2 Champions 

Congratulations to the U14 Boys’ Hockey team, who were crowned county champions of the Tier 2 category of the Notts Sport Boys Schools Championships, held at King’s Taunton last week. The boys beat teams from King’s Bruton, Downside School, Queen’s College Taunton, Wellington School as well as Millfield School’s B Team. They now move on to represent Somerset at the West Finals, to be held in mid-March.The boys’ win means that this year, both the U14 Boys and Girls teams...
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A Level Geohazards Student Conference

Wells A level Geology and Geography pupils attended a Geohazards Students Conference at the University of Plymouth on Monday as part of their academic enrichment.Lectures included Communicating Geohazards and Disaster Risk by Professor Iain Stewart, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute and BBC television presenter, Hidden Hazards: Sinkholes by Chloe Sheppard-Muir, a Geo-Environmental engineer, Tsunamis: Past and Present, from the UK to Japan by Dr Sarah Boulton, Associate Professor in Active Neotectonics, Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards in the Eastern Caribbean by Dr...
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Lower Sixth Enrichment Interviews

On Friday afternoon, 116 Lower Sixth pupils took part in 20 minute enrichment interviews aimed at providing key life experience and preparing them for the world of work. Preceded by a presentation to introduce pupils to the interview process, and supported by a comprehensive workbook, each pupil had 15 minutes to present why they would be an ideal candidate for a potential role, before being critiqued by a formal interviewer. 30 volunteers from a wide range of business sectors including accountancy, HR,...
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Dave Smith & Fofoulah Inspire Percussionists

Wells percussionists took part in a fabulous collaboration with Old Wellensian Dave Smith and his energetic band Fofoulah on Saturday evening in Cedars Hall. Dave Smith is one of the UK’s great drums pioneers, who plays with Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters and Juju. With Fofoulah he matches African rhythms against a range of styles from rap to dance. Described in The Guardian as, “A bravely adventurous fusion band”, Fofoulah includes talking-drums expert Kaw-Secka and Batch Gueye with his chanting African...
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University Offers 2020

Many of the School’s Upper Sixth pupils have been receiving offers from universities from across the UK over the last few weeks. Meanwhile, many of our musicians await final decisions from conservatoires.To date, pupils have received over 100 offers from Russell Group and other top universities, with offers to study a wide range of subjects, from Anthropology and Archaeology to Engineering, History of Art to Theoretical Physics.  Six Wellensians in total have received Oxbridge offers. Two have offers from the University...
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Promenade Concerts

Over two evenings this week, Wells musicians performed vibrant promenade concerts in the stunning surroundings of Wells Cathedral. On Tuesday evening, brass and percussion musicians, along with guests from the woodwind department played the extraordinary Royal Fireworks Music, by Johann Friedrich Fasch, written for the wedding of Catherine the Great, with Elgar Howarth’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s thrilling Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition.The following evening, Wells woodwind musicians, together with selected guests from across the whole music...
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Menuhin International Violin Competition

Huge congratulations to Year 9 violinist, Dawid Kasprzak, who has been accepted into the Menuhin International Violin Competition Junior Section which will take place in Richmond, Virginia, in mid-May 2020.Dawid was selected, one of just 22 participants from a list of 152 applicants, to take part in the competition following submission of a recording in October and a rigorous audio screening process. The Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading competition for young violinists, receiving entries from the top conservatoires and music...
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Kevin Hits Top 35 Ranking

Congratulations to Year 11 pupil Kevin Luk, who won the Oxfordshire Senior Bronze Badminton Tournament held in Abingdon over the weekend, his first senior tournament win, which has resulted in a top 35 Badminton England ranking. To reach the finals of the Oxfordshire Tournament, Kevin had to beat both the captain of the University of Warwick’s Badminton Team, and also a member of the Wales National Team. Kevin was awarded a financial prize as Tournament Champion. 

Young Musicians’ Gala Recital

On Saturday evening Upper Sixth trumpeter Danni Woodnutt, and Lower Sixth pianist Sejin Yoon performed in the first of this year’s Young Musicians’ Gala Recitals in Cedars Hall.As finalists in the School’s Concerto Competition, the pupils presented an exciting and eclectic range of classical masterpieces for solo piano and solo trumpet. The recital also included the world premiere of Minds for Trumpet and Timpani by Paul Denegri, with fellow Lower Sixth percussionist Stan Talman as guest performer on timpani.

EDF Day

On Tuesday pupils in Year 9 were visited by electricity company EDF, which supplies electricity and power across the UK. Following a talk about power stations from the EDF team, pupils were shown a video about the construction of the new Hinkley Point C reactor at Bridgwater, before being split into small groups to make their own wind turbines, helped with advice from the EDF team and Wells science teachers. Each group was given exactly the same materials and they had...
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Senior School Ski Trip 2019-20

Fifty pupils and five staff enjoyed a successful week skiing at Les Menuires, in the Belleville valley of Les Trois Vallées, over the New Year. The skiing conditions were perfect, with blue skies and well covered pistes. All ability groups made excellent progress, but a special mention should be made to congratulate our 26 beginners who made incredible progress by skiing a slalom course by the end of the week! Many thanks to Martin Ashton, Ken Padgett, James Mayes, Harriet...
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Luke Returns to NYOW

Congratulations to Year 9 violinist, Luke Doyle, who has once again been chosen for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. Founded in 1945, the NYOW has the distinction of being the first national youth orchestra in the world and is Europe’s longest-standing national youth orchestra. This year, the orchestra will work for the first time with the New Zealand-born conductor, Holly Mathieson, as well as with a first-class team of professional musicians, before going on to perform three concerts across Wales....
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Celebrating Christmas with The Salvation Army

Talented Year 9 chorister, Sophie Harbridge, performed the beautiful and spiritual Pie Jesu to a packed audience of 5,000 at the Royal Albert Hall in the first week of December, as part of the annual Christmas Celebration with the Salvation Army.Celebrity guests and Salvation Army musicians kicked off the festive season with a celebration of Christmas music, carol singing, and readings. In addition to Sophie’s uplifting performance, the annual festive event saw doyenne of British baking, Mary Berry and EastEnders...
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Senior UKMT Maths Challenge

17 Senior Wells pupils have achieved an award in this year’s Senior UKMT Maths Challenge.The Challenge is a 90-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.Five Wells pupils achieved Gold and were selected for the follow-on Kangaroo papers; six pupils achieved Silver; whilst six achieved Bronze.Congratulations to the following pupils:Gold Award: Harry Chantrey, Francois Cloete, Amber Cooknell and Leo Li, Lower Sixth; and...
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Unbeaten Season for U14 Hockey Team

Congratulations to the Under 14 Girls’ Hockey Team and their enthusiastic coach, Fiona Robertson, who have enjoyed an unbeaten season this year, as well as being crowned Tier 2 County Champions at the Somerset Hockey Tournament in October. 

Grease is the Word

Congratulations to the cast, band and creative team of this year’s dynamic Senior School Production – the popular and high octane musical, Grease, performed at Strode Theatre over five shows in the first week of December. Produced and directed by Damian Todres, with music directed by Paul Denegri and vocals directed by Laurence Whitehead, the show involved over 80 pupils, acting, singing, dancing and involved in creative production backstage. Since its electric Broadway and West End debut in the early 1970’s, Grease...
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Longleat Festival of Light 

Nicky Connock and her team of helpers took 25 pupils from the Senior School to visit the spectacular Longleat Festival of Light on Friday, as part of the activities organised for boarding pupils. This year the theme was Myths and Legends, which provided a sensational odyssey of colour and adventure as extraordinary creatures, ancient deities and magnificent scenery were brought to life in glorious technicolour!