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Academic Pursuit Beyond The Curriculum

At Wellington every student enjoys rich opportunities for academic extension and challenge.  Nobody’s potential is fixed; everybody can develop and transform his or her capacity for learning. Each and every member of the Wellington community has the opportunity to develop a genuine and lifelong love of learning.

This webpage provides details of the different ways that you can stretch and challenge yourself academically at Wellington. You can find out about weekly clubs and societies, and one-off talks, lectures and demonstrations. There is information about competitions within and beyond Wellington, as well as links to reading lists, online courses and holiday activities. Where will you take yourself?

Notable Events

W/C 16th Sept

WEEK A

MONDAY 16th September

  • 16.30-17.25: What if history. What if Harold has won the Battle of Hastings? Plus, lots more great if questions. 4th & 5th Form. History dept.
  • 16.30-17.25: Cakespeare. Hamlet – To be, or not to be ….. All welcome but particularly suitable for 3rd & 4th form. English Reading Room
  • 17.45-18.45: Classics Society. Reading group of Classical texts in translation, covering a range of topics, should appeal to Philosophy, English and Classics students. 5th form upwards. Classics Atrium.
  • 18.00-18.45: Psychology Society. Psychology chat. All welcome. There will be food! Library (Moral Room).
  • 21.00-21.55: Fireside Lecture with Robert Hardman, journalist at the Daily Mail, discussing ‘Life in the News’. All welcome. Great School.

TUESDAY 17th September

  • 17.45-18.45: Tricky Physics. Physics dept. All welcome
  • 18.00-19.00: Crest Science Award: design your own science investigation and apply your knowledge to some real-world problems.  All 4th form welcome. CH8
  • 18.00-19.00: Tricky Chemistrylots of practical investigations and interesting experiments, first up carbonate rocks! All LVIth welcome. CH3.

WEDNESDAY 18th September

  • 14.30-16.00: Art School Applications: Sixth Form. Art School
  • 17.45-19.00: WCPCI Live issues: Where can the Calais Refugees go now? (WCPCI Calais Action group) for anyone interested in politics, international relations and current affairs. All welcome. PR1
  • 16.30-17.30: Debating society (Juniors): come and learn how to debate. All 3rd & 4th form welcome from beginners to experts. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 17.45-19.15 and 19.30-20.30: Debating society (Seniors) All 5th and 6th form welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)

THURSDAY 19th September

  • 16.30-17.25: Biology Book Club thought provoking discussion on a biology related reading. Bio Harkness room. 5th and 6th form welcome.
  • 17.45-18.45: The Geography of What if …. All 3rd & 4th form welcome. G1
  • 17.45-18.45: Set Zero Maths – extension, enrichment, competitions, Oxbridge. M10. All welcome
  • 17.45-18.45: Science Society fascinating talk by OW James Stythe on his experience working at an elephant orphanage in Namibia. Physics dept. All welcome.
  • 17.45-18.45: Phil-Thy society. All welcome. Library (Moral Room)
  • 20.00-20.55: Economic Affairs: discuss the week’s major news events in Ec6 with a particular focus on the impact of Brexit this week
  • 20.00-20.55: Dance Technique session to support the performance elements of the GCSE Dance. Old Gym.

FRIDAY 20th September

  • 16.30-17.25: MFL extension: a fascinating introduction to world literature in MFL 8. 6th form only.
  • 16.45-17.25: MedSoc focusing on ‘Ethical problem solving’. All welcome. Library (Moral rooms)
  • 16.45-17.45: Dr Phillip Lee, MP lecture giving the inside scoop on British politics at the moment and his defection to the Lib Dems. All welcome. CLT.
  • 18.00-19.00: Classics debate – who was the most impressive Classical women? Students and staff pair up to debate. All welcome. CLT
  • 17.45 – 18.45: Global History. All welcome. History dept.

W/C 23rd Sept

WEEK B

MONDAY 23rd September

  • 16.30-17.25: What is history. LVIth form. History dept
  • 16.30-17.25: LitSoc in the English Reading Room. All welcome but particularly 6th form.
  • 17.45-18.45: Classics Society. Reading group of Classical texts in translation, covering a range of topics, should appeal to Philosophy, English and Classics students. 5th form upwards. Classics Atrium.
  • 18.00-18.45: Psychology Society. Psychology chat. All welcome. There will be food! Library (Moral Room).
  • 21.00-21.55: Fireside Lecture with Peter Frankopan, University of Oxford, discussing ‘The End of History: the futility of studying the past’. All welcome. Great School.

TUESDAY 24th September

  • 17.45-18.45: Tricky Physics. Physics dept. All welcome
  • 18.00-19.00: Crest Science Award: design your own science investigation and apply your knowledge to some real-world problems.  All 4th form welcome. CH8
  • 18.00-19.00: Tricky Chemistrylots of practical investigations and interesting experiments, first up carbonate rocks! All LVIth welcome. CH3

WEDNESDAY 25th September

  • 14.30-16.00: Art School Applications: Sixth Form. Art School
  • 17.45-18.45: The Wellington Geographical Society. All welcome. G3
  • 17.45-18.45: Disrupt – Wellington’s student run entrepreneurship society in. Discussing business ideas, start ups and overcoming problems on the way to successful business, with talks from fashion brands like ASOS to a cancer charity. DLR. All welcome
  • 17.45-18.45: Welly Inclusivityfor anyone interested in hearing insights to outside views, not just for the 51%. All welcome. Library.
  • 16.30-17.30: Debating society (Juniors): come and learn how to debate. All 3rd & 4th form welcome from beginners to experts. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 17.45-19.15 and 19.30-20.30: Debating society (Seniors) All 5th & 6th form welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 19.00- 21.00: WCPCI trip to Populism and Democracy Conference, Leighton Park School – of interest to Politics/Philosophy/History students. Please sign up by email to  WCPCI@wellingtoncollege.org.uk  – limited places, sign up now!

THURSDAY 26th September

  • 16.30-17.25: Biology Book Club thought provoking discussion on a biology related reading. Bio Harkness room. 5th and 6th form welcome.
  • 17.45-18.45: The Geography of What if …. 3rd & 4th form. G1
  • 17.45-18.45: Creative writing looks at the theme ‘Writing Conflict’ with a visit later in ther term to to the Senate House Library exhibition. All welcome. Library.
  • 17.45-18.45: Set Zero Maths – extension, enrichment, competitions, Oxbridge. M10. All welcome
  • 17.45-18.45: Science Society Physics dept. All welcome
  • 17.45-19.00: Debating society (Juniors): come and learn how to debate. All 3rd, 4th & 5th form welcome from beginners to experts. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 17.45-19.15 and 19.30-20.30: Debating society (Seniors) All 6th form welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 17.45-18.45: Pheng society (Philosophy and English). Library (Moral room).
  • 20.00-20.55: Economic Affairs: discuss the week’s major news events. All welcome. Ec6
  • 20.00-20.55: Dance Technique session to support the performance elements of the GCSE Dance. Old Gym.
  • 19:45-21:45: European Day of Languages film screening. The MFL department and Mandarin centre turns into a cinema multiplex showing films from around the world. All welcome.

FRIDAY 27th September

  • 16.30-17.25: MFL extensiona fascinating introduction to world literature in MFL 8. 6th form only.
  • 16.45-17.25: MedSoc focusing on ‘Ethical problem solving’. All welcome. Library (Moral rooms)
  • 17.45 – 18.45: Global History. All welcome. History dept.

Lecture Programme

Fireside lectures are held on Mondays 8-9pm (unless specified ) in the Master’s lodge with supper beforehand for a few interested students, the Master and the speaker.  Please bring a cushion.

SEPTEMBER

9th Peter Bray, canoeist *
Kayaking Across the Atlantic

16th Robert Hardman, journalist at the Daily Mail **
Life in the News

23rd Prof Peter Frankopan, University of Oxford
The End of History: the futility of studying the past

OCTOBER

7th Gareth Patterson, QC
Building a Murder Case

14th Prof Matthew Goodwin, University of Kent
National Populism: the revolt against liberal democracy

Venue: GWA   **  Venue: Great School

NOVEMBER

4th Mary Harper, journalist
Reporting from Africa’s Most Dangerous Places

11th Andrew Strauss, ex-England Cricket Captain
Life as England’s Cricket Captain

18th Mike Bryan, former fast-jet pilot and MOD
Military Action and Defence

DECEMBER

2nd Dr Kerry Daynes, psychologist
Can You Spot a Liar? The Psychology of Lie Detection

9th Geoff Riley, founder of Tutor2u
Trade Wars

Clubs & Societies

Our co-curricular programme encompasses a wealth of opportunities in music, drama and dance as well as a full range of academic clubs and societies, from the ever-popular Phil-Thy society to Russian for beginners.

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