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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 1st June

WEEK B

MONDAY 1st June

  • 16.30-17.15: Cakespeare – weekly discussion of one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. 3rd & 4th Form. Please email jec@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams Cakespeare
  • 16.45-17.15: Environmental Society – looking at the impact of corporations on the environment. Please email kal@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any queries. To join use  Microsoft Teams Environmental Society

TUESDAY 2nd June

  • 13.45-14.30: Coronanomics – current affairs discussion group looking at the latest news new articles to assess the economic and political impact of Coronavirus. All welcome. Please email ejb@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams Coronanomics
  • 15.30-16.30: Model United Nations (MUN) – considers intentional destruction and misappropriation of cultural heritage. Play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues. All welcome. Please email  cbe@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams MUN
  • 16.00-17.00: LawSoc – an opportunity for those interested in applying for Law, either as a first degree or as a conversion course, to discuss different aspects of UK Law to broaden their knowledge and prepare them for applying. 5th & 6th Form. To join use Microsoft Teams Law
  • 16.20-17.00: Dance Technique sessionto support the performance elements of the GCSE Dance. 3rd & 4th Form. Please email cek@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams Dance Technique
  • 16.30-17.30: History Department Debate Series – hear Mr Gutteridge, Mr Macleod, Ms Whitelaw, Mr Oakman and Mr Hargreaves debate which is the most significant decade of the 20th Century. Please email trm@wellingtoncollege.org.uk fi you have any queries.
  • 16.30-17.15: Oxbridge Music Extension – advanced theory for aspiring Music undergraduates. Please email lxf@wellingtoncollege.org.uk to join

WEDNESDAY 3rd June

  • 15.30-16.30: Weizmann Safe Cracking – engineering/Physics national competition. 5th form only. Please email jai@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams Weizmann Safe Cracking
  • 15.30-16.30: Get your Geog on…. find out more about the RGS Young Geographer of the Year Competition. All welcome. Please email cnaf@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams Get your geog on
  • 15.30-16.30: Junior debating – hone your debating skills with expert tuition and practice. All 3rd & 4th form welcome from beginners to experts. Please email ekr@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any queries. To join use  Microsoft Teams Debating
  • 16.00-17.00: Art Masterclasses – Portrait Painting in Oils – a live demonstration illustrating how to build a portrait painting in oils with Mr Wardlaw, focusing on how to push a painting towards a finish. To join use  Microsoft Teams Art Masterclass part 2
  • 16.00-16.30: Biology Book club come and discuss popular Biology / Biomedical science books and get some ideas for some summer reading ideas. Please email amp@wellingtoncollege.org.uk to find out more.
  • 16.30-17.30: Art School Applications – detailed support in applying for Art School including portfolio production. 6th form only. Please email aexc@wellingtoncollege.org.uk to join.
  • 16.15-17.00: Advanced Music theorygrade 8 Theory. Please email lxf@wellingtoncollege.org.uk to join
  • 16.00-16.45: Junior Spanish extensiontricky Spanish and support with difficult grammar. 3rd & 4th Form. Please email ag@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams junior Spanish extension
  • 17.00-17.45: Senior Spanish extensiontricky Spanish and support with difficult grammar. 5th & 6th Form. Please email ag@wellingtoncollege.org.uk  if you have any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams senior Spanish extension
  • 17.00-18.00: Open DoorChristian Union discussion group with Paul Bolton speaking on Psalm 19. Please email sxa@wellingtoncollege if you have any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams Open Door

THURSDAY 4th June

  • 13.45-14.30: MedSoc – medical discussion group. Please email hwyw@wellingtoncollege.org.uk with any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams MedSoc
  • 15.45-16.30: Music Theorypreparation for Grade 5 theory exam. Please email saf@wellingtoncollege.org.uk to join Microsoft Teams Music Theory
  • 17.00-18.00: Maths Set Zero maths extension and competitions. Puzzles and problem solving. All welcome. Please email qhs@wellingtoncollege.org.uk to join. Microsoft Teams Maths Set Zero

FRIDAY 5th June

  • 13.45-14.30: Coronanomicscurrent affairs discussion group looking at the latest news new articles to assess the economic and political impact of Coronavirus. All welcome. Please email ejb@wellingtoncollege.org.uk Microsoft Teams Coronanomics
  • 17.00 -17.45: Public Speaking – learn to appear more confident speaking in public (even when you are really nervous), play games and prepare for competitions. All welcome. Please email eo@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any queries. To join use Microsoft Teams Public Speaking

W/C 8th June

END OF YEAR EXAMS

Lecture Programme

Every Monday evening the Master opens up the sitting room of his house and invites in an outside speaker to share their experiences. The main aim is to make the students think and question their preconceptions, rather than teach them about a particular topic. The Q&A, that is a major element of the talks, is often animated, drawing questions from students from all year groups.  Please bring a cushion.

Summer Term 2020

APRIL

Monday 27th 
Martin Cox, Director of the John Locke Institute
What the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us about ourselves

MAY

Monday 4th
Jimmy Mulville, Hat Trick Productions
An Evening with Jimmy Mulville

Monday 11th 
Alex Hibbert
Icebergs, sled dogs and Polar eskimos – lessons learned in the High Arctic

Monday 18th 
Reza Pakravan
Race to the end of the earth: why an explorer’s mind set matters

Lent Term 2020

JANUARY

Monday 13th (ML)
Dr Ashley Fegan-Earl, consultant forensic pathologist
Inside the World of Death Unexplained

Monday 20th (GS)
Afua Hirsh, Guardian journalist
What Does it Mean to be British?

Wednesday 22nd (GWA)
Master’s Lecture: Mary Berry
An Evening with Mary Berry

Monday 27th (GS)
Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham
What Leadership Means in Today’s Political debate

FEBRUARY

Monday 3rd (ML)
Matthew Gordon, naturalist television producer
Making the Spy in the World Series (title tbc)

Monday 10th (GS)
Andrew Noble, British Ambassador to Romania
30 Years of Freedom

Monday 24th (ML)
Becky Smethurst, Physics Research Fellow at the University of Oxford
Astrophysics: From the Lab to Your Living Room

MARCH

Monday 2nd (GS)
Stuart Block, Director of Outreach & Academic Partnerships, St Paul’s
Beyond the Bike: Experiences of Cycling Africa and Asia – observations on the world economy from the back of a tandem

Monday 16th (CLT)
Chris Budd, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath
Can Maths Save the Whales and Cure Cancer?

Monday 23rd (GS)
Mark Pennington, Professor of Public Policy at King’s College London
How Current Thinking on Public Policy is Wrong

Key

ML – Master’s Lodge
GS – Great School
GWA – G.W. Annenberg
CLT – Christopher Lee Theatre

Michaelmas Term 2019

Highlights during the Michaelmas Term 2019 included Oxford university history professor Peter Frankopan. He asked the students to question why they focus so much on UK specific history, such as Henry VIIIth’s wives, rather than looking at the history of China and South Asia and considering the perspective of the rising powers of the East.

Former England cricket captain Sir Andrew Strauss discussed how to achieve the seemingly unachievable through marginal gains, breaking a mission down into achievable steps.

Talan Skeels-Piggins was left paralysed from the mid chest down after an accident, but he explained how he set about his goal to represent GB in the Paralympics. His determination and sheer will power were inspirational – “Its what you do that defines you”.

Prof Matthew Goodwin explained the rise of national populism and the need to engage and deal with challenging issues in our society.

Gareth Patterson QC outlined his role as a prosecutor, working with police to build a case and prove a suspect’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt, by working through some of high profile cases.

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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