Badminton Clean Sweep

The Wells Badminton squad have had a clean sweep of the Somerset Schools Badminton League this season, winning every division where the school was represented!The U18 Girls team won Division 1; the U18 Boys A team won Division 1; and the U18 Boys B team won Division 2. Very many congratulations to an extremely talented squad of players.

Wells Senior Jazz Combo at Jazz and Blues Festival

The Wells Senior Jazz Combo were invited to perform at the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, appearing on a roster alongside many established professional ensembles. Their set was popular and widely applauded.Ed Leaker, Wells Head of Instrumental and Vocal Coaching, said, “Many thanks to Old Wellensian saxophonist and technical assistant, Will Rees-Jones, as well as to the GMAs Georgina Hardy and Cameron Cullen who helped out at the event.”

Artists’ Postcards from Wells

An exhibition of Artists’ Postcards from Wells and beyond was held at the Wells and Mendip Museum from March 18th to March 23rd in aid of the St Thomas’s Church Development Fund. Professional and amateur artists of all ages were invited to donate up to three pieces of postcard-size original art using any medium (including drawing, painting, mixed-media, textiles, ceramic tile or relief, printmaking, glass or photography). The works were displayed anonymously and available for purchase at £20 per item....
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Exeter UCAS Exhibition

Last week, 80 Lower Sixth pupils from Wells attended the annual Higher Education Exhibition held at the Westpoint Centre in Exeter, accompanied by Wells Head of Careers, Ben Taylor, Sally Rowley, Helen Tallet and Charlotte Farmer.The pupils were able collect prospectuses and speak to UCAS experts and representatives from all of the universities in the UK, as well as representatives from graduate-level apprenticeships, gap year specialists and members of the armed forces. There were inspirational talks, topical seminars, application process advice,...
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Tag Rugby Event

On Tuesday, Wells hosted over 100 pupils from local primary schools for a tag rugby event on the School’s Astro Pitch. The event was a huge success, with the pupils making the most of an exciting new experience on the Astro; whilst many of their parents came to watch the action. The event was hosted by the PE department, assisted by an enthusiastic group of School Sports Leaders, who helped with coaching and refereeing.

Hockey Tour to Barcelona

Two senior boys teams and one senior girls team spent several days in Barcelona during the February break as part of a school hockey tour.The group of 37 pupils, plus school staff, played at some amazing facilities in and around Barcelona, including Club Egara, CD Terrassa, Atletic Terrassa and Iluro Hockey Club.They were also fortunate enough to watch a Top La Liga game, visit the Nou Camp and spend time on the beach, which was a real treat in February!...
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Online A-level English Literature Seminars

Wells English A-level students recently took part in two online A-level English Literature seminars with university academics. The first was a seminar on ‘Hamlet’ with the University of Exeter’s inspiring Dr Briony Frost; the second a seminar on analysing prose fiction extracts with the University of Sussex’s Senior Teaching Fellow, Dr Graeme Pedlingham.Next week there will be a seminar on Chaucer’s ‘The Merchant’s Tale’ with Dr Marianne O’Doherty, an Associate Professor of Late Medieval Literature and Culture at the University...
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Mid Somerset Festival

Major Awards The Piano Shop, Bath Salver (Outstanding Young Pianist) Max May King Award (Outstanding Young Adult Singer) Gabrielle Keyboards Open Recital 1st Francois 2nd Sejin 3rd Jane Open Baroque 2nd Oscar Open Classical 1st Max 2nd Ruby Open Romantic 2nd Ruby 3rd Max Post 1900  1st Yolanda Repertoire (U13) 1st Jeremy 2nd Bibi Concerto Class 2nd Max Vocal Art Song (13 years) 1st Esme 2nd Amelia Art Song (14 years) 1st Annabel Art Song (15 years) 1st Ellen 2nd Cordelia 3rd Joint – Charlie & Freddie Show Song – Musical or Film (14 years)  1st Annabelle Show Song or Operetta (15 years) 1st Ellen Unaccompanied Folk Song (12 & 13 years) 1st...
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Ella crowned Taunton Young Musician 2019

Congratulations to Lower Sixth oboe specialist, Ella, who was crowned Taunton Young Musician 2019, after winning first prize in the finals of the prestigious Taunton Young Musician Competition at Queen’s Hall in Taunton, at the weekend. Ella won a significant financial prize, as well as the fantastic opportunity to perform a concerto with a full orchestra in the next academic year. The standard of the competition was particularly high this year and Ella performed alongside nine other finalists to take...
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Primary Maths Challenge

In November, a number of Year 6 pupils took part in the Primary Maths Challenge, a national competition involving 67,000 children around the country. Two Wells Junior School pupils achieved a score of over 20 in the initial challenge, which ensured qualification for the Bonus Round in February. Out of the 2,300 children who took part in this more demanding paper, both Wells pupils were awarded medals. Rosie was awarded a Silver medal and Joshua achieved the highest gold award,...
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Year 9 Drama Trip to The Making of Harry Potter

As part of our Drama and Integrated Arts programme, pupils in Year 9 took the opportunity to visit The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studio in London. The unique studio tour took pupils behind-the-scenes to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films, which showcased the huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also revealed some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over...
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Geography Field Trip to Glastonbury

28 Year 7 pupils headed to Glastonbury last Tuesday for a Geography field trip of two halves. In the first session pupils climbed to the top of Glastonbury Tor, where they learnt about the location of this historic landmark, followed by a session at the top on how to take bearings and measure slope angles using a clinometer.Pupils then headed into Glastonbury town centre to investigate the range of shops and determine where the busiest and most attractive parts of...
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Dorothy’s Magical Adventure

Wells Nursery and Pre-Prep pupils put on three sparkling performances of Dorothy’s Magical Adventure to parents, friends and siblings in the Ritchie Hall this week. This bespoke play, written and produced by Penelope Lambert, was inspired by the various strengths and personalities of the young children performing it – tailor-made to fit their individual talents! The story focuses on the adventures of a ruby-slippered Dorothy who explores different nursery rhyme lands, meeting a whole world of endearing characters along the...
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Theatre Trips to Oxford and Bath

A selection of pupils studying A-Level and GCSE Drama and Theatre Studies were treated to two wonderful theatre trips over the past couple of weeks. On Monday 18th February they were lucky enough to see a performance at the Ustinov Studio in Bath of the acclaimed The Blue Door, a play with original songs; listed by The Times as one of the most important shows to see in 2019. A true masterclass in acting from its two leads, the play...
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Regional Dance Heats

This year, two new Dance Companies have been created at Wells, one for the Upper School and one for the Lower School. We are delighted to announce that both groups are now through to the regional South heats at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Tuesday 19 March. Competing against other companies from across the South of England is a fantastic experience within itself, but there is also the possibility of a place in the National Finals. Best of luck...
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Commando Training Centre Royal Marines CTCRM

Last weekend Captain Elks and Lieutenant Lancey took 17 cadets away to the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Lympstone, Devon. The cadets attempted the infamous Royal Marines bottom field assault course, completed the Royal Marines Battle Swimming Test with full weight and weapon, had an afternoon learning how to clear rooms in a house and fighting in built up areas (FIBUA), were introduced to foreign weapons of the world and then put through their paces on the drill square completing leadership...
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Intermediate Mathematics Challenge 2019

In February, 82 pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11 sat this year’s Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.11 Wells pupils achieved a Gold Certificate: Year 9 pupils Abigail and Jason; Year 10 pupils Rocket, Lilian, Imogen and Lynus; Year 11 pupils Justin, Harry, Francois, Amber and Jeroan, who gained the highest score in the school, for the second year running. In addition there were 15 pupils awarded Silver Certificates and 17 pupils awarded Bronze Certificates.12 pupils have been invited to take part...
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Brass Tour to Jersey

Five Sixth Form musicians spent four days in Jersey as part of a Brass Tour to the island, during the March exeat weekend. Trombonist Meggie, tuba player Jacob, French horn player Hannah, and trumpeters Eliza and Danni performed in four concerts, engaging and entertaining audiences with mute demos, trumpet and flugelhorn comparisons, impressive hand-stopping and “build a brass instrument” demonstrations. For the evening concert each musician elected to speak about their instruments and their repertoire, presenting well-researched and prepared information...
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Muddy Puddles, the Listening Dog

Lucky young pupils at Wells Cathedral Junior School have recently welcomed a caring and cuddly new friend to their classrooms. Muddy Puddles, a beautiful Australian labradoodle, and experienced ‘listening dog’, joins pupils in different Pre-Prep and Junior School classes once a week for group and one to one sessions with the children, helping them develop a passion for reading. With his calm and loving temperament and soft, warm coat, Muddy Puddles provides a reassuring and soothing presence for children starting...
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The Event on the Lawn 2019

The Event on the Lawn 2019 took place on the evening of Saturday 2nd March and proved a huge success.The night of live music involved performances from a huge range of talented singers and musicians from the Senior School, from individual vocalists, to the Jazz Orchestra, alternative rock groups to the Barbershop. Whilst enjoying the series of fabulous acts, the lively audience of pupils, family and friends were able to partake in tasty snacks and street food as well as...
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Devon Silver Tournament Champ

Congratulations to Year 10 pupil Kevin, who won the U19 Devon Silver Badminton Tournament on Sunday. Year 11 pupil John reached the Quarter-Finals.The boys also reached the Semi-Finals of the Boys Doubles in the same tournament.

Jazz Skills Day

Led by the engaging and professional jazz maestro Iain Ballamy and Head of Jazz Ed Leaker, young musicians at this year’s Jazz Skills Day experimented with improvisation styles in the jazz tradition. The sessions were embellished by a wide spectrum of instruments including flutes, euphonium and cornets, which all added to the great atmosphere on the day.

High Sheriff Concert

On Friday 22nd February, a Lower School Brass Quartet, comprising of Grace, Nathaniel, Alexander and Daniel, played in the High Sheriff of Somerset Concert in Wells Cathedral. The concert consisted of drama, dance and musical performances, involving people from across Somerset.This photo, taken by Nick Spratling, shows the Brass Quartet in action.

Principal Horn Trial at SCO

Congratulations to Old Wellensian, Zoë, who is currently on trial as Principal Horn of the internationally celebrated Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO). Zoë, who was Head Girl at Wells in her final year in 2017, is currently in her second year studying French Horn at The Royal Academy in London. She returned to Wells over the weekend to take part in the Fire and Water concert collaboration in Cedars Hall between members of the Royal Academy of Music and Wells Brass and...
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TedEd Talks

At the end of February, seven Lower Sixth pupils gave interesting and inspiring TedEd-style talks to a fascinated audience in Cedars Hall. Wells done to the following pupils on a range of diverse topics:Polly – ‘999 – Is It Really an Emergency?’ Georgia – ‘Living with Lenses’ Alexander – ‘Super-science ; the Science Behind Superpowers’Hannah – ‘Does Feminism Need a Rebrand?’ Astrid – ‘Is Every Challenge a Blessing in Disguise?’ William – ‘Why Meat-eaters are the Greatest Threat to Mankind’...
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First England Cap for Lily

Congratulations to Year 11 hockey player, Lily, who represented England U16 in the recent internationals against Ireland at Lilleshall National Sports Centre near Telford at the end of February. Lily gained her first caps as a forward in the English team which won both matches in a competitive derby. She is one of 25 members of the elite English squad.Lily will now look forward to the future series overseas against Belgium, Holland and Germany in the forthcoming months, whilst also preparing...
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Creative Writing and Theatre Trip to London

Earlier this week, 19 Senior School pupils, accompanied by English teachers Sam Clarke and Janice Gearon, spent two active days exploring London as part of a Creative Writing and Theatre trip to the West End.The group, which included those studying A-level English in the Upper and Lower Sixth, and some pupils in Years 10 and 11, took part in a challenging creative writing workshop run by BBC scriptwriter Frazer Flintham at the City Academy, as well as time exploring paintings...
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Lit Soc Explores Chaucer

Last week members of Lit Soc explored the art of Chaucer in their evening literary soiree. Four Upper Sixth pupils gave talks on different aspects of Chaucer’s work: Flora looked at the presentation of the family group in the context of other tales; Susanna explored the key historical context of his work; Tommy argued that Chaucer is more renaissance than medieval; whilst Miranda encouraged the captive audience to write some lines of Middle English poetry.The next Lit Soc is due...
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De Winton Lecture – Professor Ian Pallister

On Friday Professor Ian Pallister, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, based at Swansea University, gave a talk to Sixth Form pupils at the regular De Winton enrichment session. Professor Pallister brought some of his groundbreaking prosthetics with him, which some of our potential medics tried out after the talk!

Sixth Form Artists at Hauser & Wirth

Last Tuesday Sixth Form artists spent the day at Hauser and Wirth in Bruton. It was a very exciting, inspiring and creative day, viewing exhibitions of paintings and installations by Catherine Goodman and Matthew Day Jackson. The pupils experienced drawing workshops in response to the exhibitions, and created their own individual paintings informed by the painterly and expressive visual language of Catherine Goodman’s work. Catherine was artist in residence for the gallery for six months, and all the work displayed...
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Tate St Ives

Last Friday Wells GCSE art pupils visited Tate St. Ives and the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden and museum. This trip forms the contextual ‘springboard’ for generating ideas and work for the Year 11 GCSE exam and Year 10 mock exam, based on the theme of ‘Reflection’. The pupils enjoyed sketchbook tours of the Modern Art of St. Ives; a collection of 20th Century art created in and around St. Ives. This included work by Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Barbara Hepworth,...
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Junior Poets

Junior School pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in this year’s Shepton Mallet Poetry Festival, over the half term break. Pupils wrote poems on the theme of ‘snowdrops’ during their English lessons and entered them into the poetry competition where entries from all over the world were accepted. Eight pupils from the Junior School had their poems shortlisted from over 600 entries and were selected as finalists for the £50 prize money. They were asked to attend the...
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Fastest in the UK!

Congratulations to Year 5 pupil Asta, who swam the fastest 50m freestyle in the UK in the last 12 months for her age group, in the recent Somerset County Swimming Championships.Asta won ten events at the Championships, receiving gold, silver and bronze medals, and breaking a number of Street and District Swimming Club records. She has now qualified for events in the upcoming South West Regional Championships in May where she will swim against the region’s fastest U12 swimmers.

National Schools Badminton Championships

Congratulations to the Girls Badminton Team who represented the School in the prestigious National School Championships over the February half term break at Wellsway School in Keynsham, the first time that Wells pupils have taken part in the competition.Well done to Ava, Serena (Captain), Betty and Dora, all in Year 11.

Welcome Advice for Wells Newspaper Club

Journalist Mrs Knight led the Year 4 newspaper club in one of their weekly meetings before the half term break, bringing with her a fascinating and unique insight into national newspaper journalism.Mrs Knight provided the club with tips about hooking the reader in the first line of the article, and listening out for new and funny stories that the person being interviewed might not have told anyone else. She also spent time with budding Wells journalists helping them with their...
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Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition 2019

This year’s Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition was held in Cedars Hall on Tuesday and adjudicated by the Principal Trumpet of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Andrew Stone-Fewings.Pupils performed in different age categories, with the following results:Years 6/7Winner – CharlieHighly Commended – JoshuaYear 9Winner – FelixHighly Commended – GraceYears 10/11Winner – LukeHighly Commended – CharlieSixth Form ClassWinner – MatthewHighly Commended – ElizaThe Most Promising Trumpet Player was awarded to Luke.Adjudicator Andrew Stone-Fewings was impressed with the quality of the performances of the...
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The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Competition

Congratulations to four Year 9 pupils, whose poems were commended in the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Competition 2019.Highly commended: Freya and EmilyCommended:  Alix and Emily BoThe competition was judged by poet David Morley, winner of the Ted Hughes Award and Cholmondeley Award. He is the award-winning writer of eight books of poetry.

Gold at the International Acro Cup

Congratulations to Year 7 pupil Eliza who has won gold at the Bristol International Acro Cup, with her acrobatics partner Henry. The Acro Cup is an international acrobatic gymnastics competition, this year held at Yate International Gymnastics Centre.Eliza, who has been competing since she was eight years old, is clearly an extremely talented gymnast, and trains at the City of Bristol Gymnastics Centre, where her coach is based. Acrobatic gymnastics is a competitive gymnastic discipline where partnerships of gymnasts work together and...
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Musical Extravaganza

Monday evening’s Musical Extravaganza involved a wide range of talented young musicians from across the School, and featured vibrant performances from the Sinfonietta, Frigus Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Wind Promenade Concert

The fourth Woodwind Promenade concert, in its current format, offered a unique experience for performers and audience alike on the evening of Wednesday 23rd January.The concert, held in the beautiful environs of Wells Cathedral provided a wonderful showcase for the extensive repertoire of solo and chamber woodwind music at Wells.The evening featured a range of performances across the Cathedral from some of the youngest pupils in the Junior and Lower School to those from our most senior and experienced senior...
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Year 6 Senior School Transition

As part of the transition process to the Senior School Year 6 pupils took part in science lessons in the senior school laboratories last week.Class 6G attended a Physics lesson taught by Charlotte Farmer where they were investigating friction. First they looked at how hovercrafts work through the pockets of air at the base of the craft and progressed to build their own hovercraft using an old CD, a cork and a balloon.Class 6W attended a Chemistry lesson with Fiona...
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Brass and Percussion Promenade Concert

The first of our candlelit promenade concerts in Wells Cathedral took place last night, with a wonderful celebration of music at the Brass and Percussion Promenade. With Stravinsky’s dramatic trumpet Fanfare for a New Theatre emanating from the Cathedral Organ Loft to commence the performances, the rapt audience were treated to a stunning evening of themed-based repertoire with a connection to the live stage, including opera, ballet, Irish dance, musicals, incidental music and modern dance. Presented by pupils from the...
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South West Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to Year 12 pupils Ella and Matt, who have both been selected for the senior section of the Somerset Cross Country squad for the South West Championships at Bath Racecourse on 2nd February. Year 9 pupil Joshua has been selected for the reserve list in the junior section of the squad. Good luck to the runners!

St Endellion Festival Concert Series

Head of Student Performance, Paul Denegri, took three upper sixth music specialists to give a recital at The St Endellion Festival Concert Series in Cornwall on Monday.Violinist Cristina, pianist Bruce and bassist Alex gave outstanding performances of demanding repertoire in this prestigious professional concert series.

Trumpet Day 2019

Spirits were high on a chilly January day as enthusiastic trumpeters from Hampshire, Devon and Somerset raised the rafters of the Quilter Hall. Four experienced tutors, all professional trumpeters, led the groups, including three Old Wellensian musicians: Ross Brown, Hannah Opstad and Robert Webb. Wells specialist trumpet teacher, Simon Jones, led the grade 5-6 ensemble; whilst all tutors were expertly assisted by current senior trumpet specialists: Jesse, Charlie, Eliza and Danni. Parents and friends enjoyed a rousing concert, which included...
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University and Music College Offers

Final year pupils at Wells Cathedral School have been receiving offers and scholarships from prestigious academic and music establishments, as they plan the next steps in their education post A-level.Pupils have, to date, received over 130 offers from Russell Group universities, with offers to study a wide range of subjects at universities across the UK, from aerospace engineering to geology, history of art to law. Five pupils have received offers from Cambridge University to continue with their studies: Flora has...
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Planet Percussion

On Saturday, the percussion section and trumpeter Richard Blake from the world-acclaimed City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra joined Wells instrumentalists and singers and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire at Cedars Hall for the Planet Percussion concert.Music included the post-war masterpieces Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ by Steve Reich, the extraordinary Kimmo for trumpet and percussion by Anders Eliasson and Rick Dior’s insane B-movie homage Science Fiction with live video projection.The packed audience were delighted with the eclectic sounds and...
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ECB Level 4 Master Coach

Congratulations to Director of Sport, Tom Webley, who has been awarded Level 4 Master Coach status by the English Cricket Board over the Christmas holidays. The elite course is widely regarded as one of the highest coaching qualifications internationally, and held by only 140 coaches worldwide. Tom has been working towards the prestigious qualification over the past three years, with components including 52 days of course contact time, numerous assignments and a dissertation on elite coaching. Tom said, “I’m hopeful...
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As part of the school’s unique sixth form medieval history syllabus, the history department has produced a European companion to the English history text. Written by Chris Eldridge, edited by Marcella Bishop and published by Neil Bowen, our new book, Imperium: The Fall of Antiquity and the Birth of Europe 284-1118, is an ambitious foray into the politics behind the decline and fall of the Roman Empire and the emergence of Europe as a political, not just geographical, concept. It...
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Mendip League Cross Country

Our Junior School pupils have been competing in this season’s Mendip League cross country league around the region, with particular success going to the Wells lower and upper girls’ teams at this half-way point in the championship.Well done to all members of the Wells team and particular congratulations to the following pupils who have achieved top 30 rankings in the league races at Millfield Prep School and Shepton Mallet’s Collett Park before Christmas:Lower Girls and Boys: Willow, Eva, Olivia, Lulu,...
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New Street Ensemble

Eminent members of the Wells Cathedral School music faculty will set their teaching commitments aside for an evening of chamber music jewels in Cedars Hall on the evening of Thursday 17th January.The New Street Ensemble, which comprises Marie Lloyd on clarinet, Simon Smith on violin, Penny Driver on cello and Joe Tong on piano, will perform a beautiful programme, including Ravel’s Sonata no.2 for violin and piano in G op.77; Suk’s Elegy op.23 for piano trio; Beethoven’s Trio for violin,...
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The Song of Names

Over the first few months of the academic year, Lower School violinist, Luke, has been involved in an exciting project many miles from Wells, filming for the forthcoming Serendipity Point Films production, The Song of Names, in locations across Germany, Hungary and the UK. The film, directed by Francois Girard, is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Norman Lebrecht, with the screenplay written by Jeffrey Caine. Starring Clive Owen, Tim Roth and Catherine McCormack, The Song...
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Nina on BBC Radio Devon

At the end of December, Year 13 pianist Nina, was interviewed on BBC Radio Devon by Janet Kipling.Nina discussed her Robert Lewin scholarship for talented young musicians, opportunities at Wells and recent conservatoire auditions, as well as playing Debussy and Mozart, to the great pleasure of the listeners!  

Haydn 104 Day and Concert

This new event, focusing on one of the music A-level set texts was enjoyed by eight external schools as well as our very own A-Level music pupils. The day attracted a lot of interest as it boasted some exceptional guest speakers, including Stephen Johnson, presenter and critic of BBC Radio 3. The sessions included a workshop on the popularity dances of the period such as ‘the minuet’, which proved the favourite with pupils.

Geneva Trip

Our annual exchange to Geneva just before Christmas got off to a very good start with a visit to Stettler’s chocolate shop, which included the tasting of some truly delicious chocolates; as well as a visit to CERN and the Hadron Collider…Further visits included the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, as well as the Christmas market in the Bastions Park and the Old town of Geneva. The group of intrepid linguists concluded their week-long stay with a visit to the Red...
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French and Spanish Language Performances

Students from Years 10 to 13 studying Spanish or French took part in the performance of two plays by the ONATTI production team, based at King’s Bruton School at the end of the Advent term. Wells students enjoyed performances of El Viejo Saloon in Spanish and La salle des Énigmes in French. Our very own Year 11 student Alexandra, stole the show and amazed audiences with her quick wit and near perfect French! We hope to take part in these...
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The Write Off 2018 Winners and runners up

‘The Great Wells Cathedral School Write Off 2018’ attracted a record number of entries this year, making the panel’s decision extremely difficult. What was particularly encouraging, and indeed a reflection of the incredible talent of pupils at Wells, was the wide range of genres attempted. Creative writing enthusiasts at Wells really epitomise the school’s motto, ‘esto quod es’. It takes amazing courage and discipline, confidence and independence, to commit your ideas to paper and allow yourself to be ‘judged’. So...
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A View from the Bridge Workshop

On Monday a director from the Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatre came to Wells to run workshops on A View from the Bridge with Year 11 English classes. The theatre put on a stunning series of performances of Arthur Miller’s powerful modern tragedy earlier in the year, and Wells pupils were very fortunate to have the opportunity to delve deeper into this fascinating and dark tale portraying the unravelling of a man’s world.

Private Peaceful

With a series of stunning performances over three nights last week, Wells marked the centenary year of the end of World War 1 by telling Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, the compelling tale of love, loyalty, bravery and redemption as this year’s poignant, yet life-affirming senior school production.Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn.During the night, he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up...
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Devon Bronze Badminton Champ

Congratulations to 15 year old Year 10 badminton player Kevin, who won U19 Devon Bronze Badminton Tournament on Saturday. The tournament involved 24 participants from across the South West, so Kevin’s performance was particularly impressive.

Follow the Star

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, pupils aged 2-7 from the Wells Cathedral School Nursery and Pre-prep classes put on three heart-warming performances of the sparkling nativity musical, Follow the Star in the Ritchie Hall.Parents, grandparents, siblings and Junior School pupils watched spellbound as the cheerful caravan of kings, attendants, camels, sheep and shepherds followed the brightest star in the sky to its resting place above a stable in Bethlehem. Niki Davies’ engaging script, adapted by Wells’ own Penny Lambert,...
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BBC Music Magazine Christmas CD

Wells Cathedral Choir was selected to record this year’s Christmas CD for BBC Music Magazine. The CD includes five previously recorded pieces, along with 14 other works which were recorded by the choristers and Vicars Choral over two nights in early October.

Festive fairy tales with the Literary Society

On a cold, wet and wild Wednesday evening, a group of intrepid senior pupils met to explore fairy tales. As if cursed by a wicked witch, the Lit. Soc. team had to cope with one member dropping out of the event with sudden illness and another called to a university interview. Worse and worser, a few minutes before guests arrived, evil fairies were discovered to have wormed their way into the school internet system, sabotaging plans to share carefully crafted...
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Somerset Cricket Selection

Congratulations to Year 11 pupil William, who has been selected for the full Somerset CCC U17 squad. Additionally, Year 9 pupil Cerris and Year 10 pupil Lewis have been selected for the Somerset Cricket Pathway, for their respective age groups.

England Next Generation Triathlon Camp

Congratulations to lower sixth triathlete Matthew, who spent last weekend at St George’s Park, where he attended the England Next Generation Triathlon camp.St George’s Park is a £100m international sports training facility, set in 330-acres of Staffordshire countryside, and the home of the England FA. Sports science and performance is integral to St. George’s Park. The Performance Centre at St. George’s Park is a bespoke sports medicine, rehabilitation and human performance facility which combines cutting-edge technology with elite medical expertise.During...
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TedEd Outreach

Lower Sixth scholars were recently invited to Millfield School to host an academic enrichment evening. They ran an evening based on the TedEd programme which they have been following in their enrichment sessions. Pupils challenged Millfield pupils to create short speeches on a range of topics. Our pupils impressed with their quiet confidence and assured leadership. Well done to all!

Cadets visit the Wildcat Maritime Force

Last Wednesday, cadets from the Royal Navy Section had the pleasure of visiting the Wildcat Maritime Force (WMF) at RNAS Yeovilton. The purpose of this visit was to further cement the affiliation between the section and the WMF. Cadets met with the Commanding officer Cdr Gus Carnie and were then given an oversight of the Force structure, its operational output, followed by familiarisation with the Wildcat Aircraft. All the cadets enjoyed their visit, especially the opportunity to sit inside the...
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Senior Maths Challenge

Congratulations to the following pupils who achieved bronze, silver or gold in the recent UKMT Senior Maths Challenge, designed for pupils in Year 13 and younger. The gold awardees will go on to sit the follow on paper later this term:GoldAmber, Year 11 William, Year 12 Maxim, Miranda, Jane and Samuel, Year 13 SilverHarry, Till, Rose, June and Jeroan, Year 11 Alfie, Emma, Oliver and Danni, Year 12 William, Year 13 BronzeElaina, Justin, Serena, Francois and Bartholomew, Year 11Hilary, Nicholas, Maria, Year 12Lulwa, Flora, Angus, Lucas...
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Percussion Day with O Duo

30 delegates and pupils enjoyed an inspiring workshop day in Cedars Hall with O Duo on Sunday. Taking part in a three hour workshop, the musicians created two pieces with the delegates, which were subsequently performed as part of O Duo’s concert in the evening. O Duo‘s sparkling mix of popular classics arranged for tuned percussion, fun temporary works and vibrant drumming from across the globe has been captivating audiences for over ten years. The duo give recitals around the...
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French Horn Day

Former Wells pupils, Dave Oxley and Matt Gunner, joined Simon de Souza as the tutors for this year’s French Horn Day on Sunday. The format incorporated workshops, ensembles and masterclasses rounded off with a concert to family and friends. One parent summed up the day by saying, “My daughter was just bursting with enthusiasm when we picked her up. This morning she insisting on taking her horn to school to do extra practice in break time! The workshop was so...
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English in Action

As part of the ttp Education in Action programme, Wells Head of English, Neil Bowen, is running two lectures for the GCSE English in Action at the Emmanuel Centre in London today, alongside award-winning Welsh poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers.The innovative session will feature an interactive programme to prepare and enthuse students, giving them the skills and confidence to exceed expectations in their examination. Students will explore ways to increase their creativity and improve their writing skills, delve into...
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Adventures in Southern Italy

Between 23-27th October 32 pupils and four staff led by Jeremy Boot explored the geography and antiquities of southern Italy. On the first day the group travelled west from Naples to the area called Campi Flegrei (burning fields), a zone of volcanic activity that saw a powerful eruption 39,000 years ago and which is still active today. They visited Pozzuoli and its famous ruin The Serrapeum, the Roman resort of Baiae, much of which is now under the sea and...
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Remembrance Sunday

This weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. In addition to the beautiful remembrance service held by the Junior School in Cedars Hall on Friday, the School held a Remembrance Service in Wells Cathedral on Sunday evening, at which the Bishop of Bath and Wells preached, the Chapel Choir sung, poems were read in English, German and French, and the Old Wellensian Roll of Honour was read out. Junior and Senior School parents, OWs,...
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Last Post and Reveille

15 trumpeters from Wells Cathedral School, were honoured to take part in 22 Armistice Day and Remembrance Services across the region, and as far afield as Alderney, to commemorate the fallen, on this particularly poignant centenary of the 1918 Armistice.Wells musicians, specialist, special provision and general, aged from 10 to 18, played The Last Post and Reveille at moving Armistice Day and Remembrance Day Services in churches, cathedrals, concert halls and primary schools in and around Somerset over the Remembrance...
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Hosting the Royal Marines Band Service

This afternoon, Wells was proud to host the Royal Marines Band Service. First and foremost, these are Royal Marines, which involves considerably more than simply playing music. The Royal Marines have a vital role to play in the most challenging military operations, providing vital operational and logistical support for 3 Commando Brigade. Regarded as the world’s most versatile military music organisation, the Royal Marines Band Service is the public face of the Naval Service, playing at some of the most...
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Side by Side Orchestra Day

Paul Denegri, Wells Head of Student Musical Performance, hosted an exciting workshop and concert day for Prep Schools in Cedars Hall on Tuesday.50 young musicians, from King’s Hall School, Taunton; Salisbury Cathedral School and Leehurst Swan School in Salisbury, plus 15 from Wells Junior School, enjoyed workshops, sectionals for brass and percussion, woodwind and strings, as well as multi-use sectionals. At the end of the day, the musicians gave a finale performance side by side with Wells specialist orchestral players...
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Everest Base Camp Expedition

A group of twelve Sixth Form pupils experienced a successful 18 day trip to Nepal, and expedition to Everest Base Camp over the half term break. The group showed tremendous teamwork and resilience coping with temperatures as low as -10.2 degrees C, the effects of high altitude, tummy upsets, basic facilities, very early starts and the cumulative impact of a lengthy and strenuous trek. Accompanied by David Rowley, Stuart Elks and Fiona Robertson, the entire group reached base camp and...
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Critics Competition Highly Commended

The Forward/emagazine Young Critics Competition 2018 offered students and teachers the opportunity to respond to their choice of poem from the Best Collection and Best First Collection shortlists in one of two ways: a critical appreciation or a creative response, alongside a reflective commentary. The competition was judged by the editors of emagazine, the quarterly magazine for advanced level students published by the English and Media Centre, and the poet Sinéad Morrissey, winner of the Best Collection in 2017 for...
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National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Congratulations to the following 12 students who have been selected for the National Youth Orchestra, including the Summer Tour to the USA in 2019 –Strings: Nellie, Isabelle, Summer, Carys, Tom, Alex Woodwind: Ella Brass: Hannah, Meggie, Eliza Percussion: Meadow (Principal), Alfie (Spring course)

The Sierra Leone Project

This year’s trip to Freetown, as part of the Sierra Leone Project, has been another great success. 13 pupils, including seven musicians, aged 17 and 18, spent ten days in the capital over the October break. During the trip, students taught maths, English, French and physical activity at the JT Reffell memorial school, whilst music was taught at the Ballanta Academy of Music. The group also visited the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, attended church services and relaxed on the beach. Every afternoon,...
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Regional Finals Await

In October the mixed age Under 14 Girls Hockey team took part in the Tier 2 section of the County Hockey Tournament at King’s Taunton, finishing in second place. The team will now go through to the Tier 2 Regional Finals later in the term. Congratulations!

Defining Tragedy Lecture

In early November, Wells Head of English, Neil Bowen, gave a lecture, Defining tragedy, the tragic genre and tragic sub-genres to A-level students from across the country at the Emmanuel Centre in London. In a programme designed as part of ttp Education in Action to inspire, support and entertain, expert speakers, including actor, director and lecturer, Nick Hutchison, and Dr Simon Avery, lecturer at the University of Westminster, explored the literary, social and international perspectives of Tragedy, offering students comprehensive...
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Experiencing chorister life!

On Saturday 13th October, Wells Cathedral hosted a behind the scenes day, where children were able to experience the life of a Cathedral chorister. Thirty seven girls and boys, aged between seven and nine, came from schools across Somerset and beyond for the annual Be a Chorister for a Day event where they met the Cathedral choristers and participated in singing workshops. The day culminated in singing Choral Evensong in the Quire of the Cathedral with the award-winning and world-renowned...
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Pupils, staff and families from the across the Wells community enjoyed a fabulous firework display on Monday evening, prepared by Andy Davies and his fireworks team. The event was supported by the Wells Parents’ Association, who sold tasty burgers, hot dogs, candyfloss and other confectionery to help raise funds for the PA bid process, which supports the purchase of equipment for pupils around the school.The evening was a huge success, raising in the region of £1,600 for school community projects,...
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Emma Craigie Creative Writing Masterclass

On Thursday 11th October, the English Department had the great pleasure of welcoming local author Emma Craigie to Wells. She came to talk about her own novels and to give three creative writing workshops to some of our most enthusiastic writers from across the school. Students were invited to take part in a variety of writing tasks, including characterisation, plotting and group poetry writing. All three sessions were a huge success, with Emma being able to offer her valuable advice...
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Badminton Success

The Wells badminton squad goes from strength to strength, with a fantastic set of results following Saturday’s local derby against the mighty Millfield.Wells played 8 boys singles, 6 girls singles, 3 boys doubles and 3 girls doubles, and 7 mixed doubles, winning all but one of the matches. All the rallies were competitive and a special mention must go to Kevin Luk, who gave away the least number of points!Congratulations to the successful team: Nate (Boys Captain), Timmy, Max, Kevin,...
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Geneva Exchange 2018

Over the last week Wells students and their parents once again played host to 16 students from the Florimont institute in Geneva. The Swiss students enjoyed visits to the Bristol Aerospace museum, WTC in Bristol and The Roman Baths, as well as joining in lessons with Wells students.Student feedback about the experience at Wells has been very positive and we are now looking forward to the second leg of the exchange, when Wells students return to wintery Geneva in December!Thank...
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Primary Schools Shakespeare Festival

Wells Cathedral School hosted a Shakespeare Festival in mid-October involving pupils from two local primary school pupils.Pupils from Croscombe Primary School and Coxley Primary School joined three classes of Year 6 pupils from Wells to perform half hour versions of five of Shakespeare’s most well loved plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest and Twelfth Night, over two evenings on 15th and 16th October. Each Autumn nearly 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the...
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CCF Biennial Inspection

Reviewing Officer Brigadier Graeme ‘Jock’ Fraser MBE RM, Naval Regional Commander (Wales and Western England) visited Wells on Wednesday for the biennial inspection of the school Combined Cadet Force. The Brigadier spent the morning with the Army section of the CCF at Yoxter Ranges on the Mendips, where cadets underwent a series of training exercises and activities. The Royal Navy section undertook leadership tasks on the school site; whilst groups of RAF cadets had an early start from Weston-super-Mare, spending...
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Cedars Hall Scoops Somerset Building Award

Six Somerset building projects, including Wells Cathedral School’s very own Cedars Hall, have won prestigious awards for the exceptionally high standard of their design and craftsmanship.The winners of the William Stansell/Somerset Building Preservation Trust Awards were announced at a special ceremony at the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury in late September.Russell Lillford, chairman of the Somerset Building Preservation Trust said: “A total of 25 entries were received this year, all of a very high standard. I congratulate to all those...
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Save the Children Walk

On Sunday, a chilly and autumnal morning, bathed in glorious sunshine, hundreds of pupils, staff, families and excited canine companions from Wells Cathedral School, set off bright and early from the dining hall for the Save the Children Walk, a much loved annual community event to raise money for this fantastic charity.Pupils from the Reception class, right through to Year 13 took part in the event, which followed a picturesque route through Wells and up onto the glorious Mendip Hills...
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Top Class Hockey Coaching

In late September 14 Wells students spent the day at Millfield, benefiting from top class hockey coaching from GB internationals Kate Richardson-Walsh, Barry Middleton and Crista Cullen. Wells student made up almost half the cohort taking part in the masterclass and so made the most of the small group coaching, which involved game play and advanced technical skills. Congratulations to Year 8 student Florence, who was awarded Player of the Day.

Trio of Chorister Siblings Sing in the Cathedral

For the first time in a decade, a trio of choristers from the same family is singing together in Wells Cathedral as part of the Wells Cathedral Choir. Siblings Cecilia, aged 13; Daniel, aged 11; and now Estella, aged 8, are all choristers at Wells Cathedral, and have the opportunity to sing with each other when the girl and boy choristers perform jointly in Cathedral services. Cecilia and Daniel are both now in their fourth year as Cathedral choristers, having...
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