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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 18th November

WEEK B

MONDAY 18th November

  • 16.30-17.25: Weizmann Safe cracking – Engineering/Physics national competition, students prepare safes with the virtual assistance of Weizmann Institute doctoral candidates. Local competition with final in Israel in Easter. 5th & LVIth form. DET dept.
  • 16.30-17.25: What is historydiscussion group for advanced historians, reading a chapter of ‘History: A Very Short Introduction’ by J. Arnold each week. VIth form. History dept.
  • 16.30-17.25: LitSoc – stretching students’ understanding of English Literature in this advanced group. All welcome but particularly VIth form. E8.
  • 16.45-17.25: Environmental Societyhow environmentally friendly is your school? Hear from staff and students about their sustainability drives. All welcome. Cultural Living Room
  • 17.45-18.45: Classics Society. reading group of Classical texts in translation. 5th form upwards. Classics Atrium.
  • 20.00-20.55: Fireside Lecture – former fast-jet fighter pilot, Mike Bryan, discusses “Challenge and Adventure: why and how UK defence operates, from political footballs, to boots on the ground.” All welcome. Please bring a cushion. Master’s Lodge.

TUESDAY 19th November

  • 17.45-18.45: Tricky Physics. stretch your understanding of the physical world in this advanced group. Physics dept. All welcome
  • 17.45-18.45: Biochemistry Extension: extending students by looking at application of chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. CH2/4. Aimed at UVIth but all welcome.
  • 18.00-19.00: Crest Science Award: design your own science investigation and apply your knowledge to real-world problems to achieve a Crest Science Award. All 4th form welcome. CH8
  • 18.00-19.00: Tricky Chemistry – lots of practical investigations and interesting experiments. All LVIth welcome. CH3

WEDNESDAY 20th November

  • 12.45- 1.25: Extension Economics – discuss advanced economic concepts beyond the AL/IB syllabus related to current economic affairs UVIth only. Ec6
  • 14.30-16.00: Model United Nations (MUN) – train and compete in academic simulations of the United Nations. Play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues. All welcome. Ec1.
  • 14.30-16.00: Art School Applications – portfolio printing. Sixth Form. Art School
  • 14.30-16.00: Arkwright programme engineers: turning a mobility scooter into an autonomous robot. 5th form. DET dept.
  • 16.30-17.25: Get your Geog on – might you be the next student to represent the UK in the 2020 Geography International Olympiad in Istanbul!? Come to Get your Geog On to refine your application and learn more about the competition. Entrants must be 16 or over, competition deadline: 6th December 2019. All welcome.” G3
  • 16.30-17.25: Mandarin Club – learn to speak Mandarin. All welcome. MFL.
  • 16.30-17.30: QinetiQ Powerboat challenge – designing a miniature power boat. 3rd Form. Mentoring opportunities for LVIth. DET dept.
  • 16.30-17.30: Debating society (Juniors) – hone your debating skills with expert tuition and practice. All 3rd & 4th form welcome from beginners to experts. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 17.30-18.45: Spanishfocusing on tricky Spanish grammar. All welcome. MFL
  • 17.45-18.45: Disrupt –  welcomes Nick Donnelly, the founder and CEO of WorkClub. WorkClub is a platform which transforms under utilised spaces into stylish workspaces which invoke productivity and the fire the company delivers clients an affordable network of easy access spaces to hire for events or work. All welcome. DLR
  • 17.45-18.45: Welly Inclusivity – student Pastoral, Diversity and Inclusion Committee – open forum. All welcome. Library.
  • 17.45-19.15 and 19.30-20.30: Debating society (Seniors) – hone your debating skills with expert tuition and practice. all 5th & 6th form welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 18.00-18.45: Psychology Societycome and discuss Psychology, All welcome. Py classroom (behind English)

THURSDAY 21st November

  • 16.30-17.25: Biology Book Club thought provoking discussion on a biology related reading. Bio Harkness room. 5th and 6th form welcome.
  • 17.30-19.00: Life drawing – figure drawing practice using a live model, studying the human form in various positions and experimenting with a range of traditional and experimental techniques. Art dept. All welcome
  • 17.45-18.45: Creative writing – practice your writing skills under expert guidance. All welcome. Library.
  • 17.45-18.45: Set Zero Mathsmaths extension and competitions. Puzzles and problem solving.. All welcome. M10.
  • 17.45-18.45: Science Society – Science Book club discussing the books short-listed for the Royal Society Science prize. All welcome. Library Logical Room.
  • 17.45-18.45: Pheng society (Philosophy and English). Library (Moral room).
  • 20.00-20.55: Economic Affairs – debate controversial topics at this student-led Economics discussion group. All welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 20.00-20.55: Dance Technique sessionto support the performance elements of the GCSE Dance. Old Gym.

FRIDAY 22nd November

  • 08.15-08.55: Reading Breakfast Club – Open to all students to start the day with a peaceful, relaxing yet stimulating companionable read in comfortable surroundings. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, mini pastries and fruit will be available.
  • 16.30-17.25: Model United Nations (MUN) – train and compete in academic simulations of the United Nations. Play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues. All welcome. Politics 1
  • 16.30-17.25: Bee & Bowl History Quiz – buzzers at the ready! History quiz society entering national competitions. Study history general knowledge and competitive quizzing! All welcome. History dept.
  • 16.30-17.25: MFL extension a fascinating introduction to world literature in MFL 8. 6th form only.
  • 16.30-17.25: French Cinemawatch French films. All welcome. MFL.
  • 16.45-17.25: MedSocdiscuss medical issues. All welcome. Library (Moral rooms)
  • 17.45 – 18.45: Global History broaden your horizons with off-syllabus history – from the Byzantine Empire to Yugoslavia in the 1990s. All welcome. History dept.

W/C 25th November

WEEK A

MONDAY 25th November w/e leave

TUESDAY 26th November

  • 17.45-18.45: Tricky Physics. stretch your understanding of the physical world in this advanced group. Physics dept. All welcome
  • 17.45-18.45: Biochemistry Extension: extending students by looking at application of chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. CH2/4. Aimed at UVIth but all welcome.
  • 17.45-18.45: Investment Societycovering different types of investment such a Property, Stock Markets and Banking. All welcome. Library (Moral Room)
  • 18.00-19.00: Crest Science Award: design your own science investigation and apply your knowledge to real-world problems to achieve a Crest Science Award. All 4th form welcome. CH8
  • 18.00-19.00: Tricky Chemistry – lots of practical investigations and interesting experiments. All LVIth welcome. CH3

WEDNESDAY 27th November

  • 12.45- 1.25: Extension Economics – discuss advanced economic concepts beyond the AL/IB syllabus related to current economic affairs UVIth only. Ec6
  • 14.30-16.00: Model United Nations (MUN) – train and compete in academic simulations of the United Nations. Play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues. All welcome. Ec1.
  • 14.30-16.00: Art School Applications – portfolio printing. Sixth Form. Art School
  • 14.30-16.00: Arkwright programme engineers: turning a mobility scooter into an autonomous robot. 5th form. DET dept.
  • 16.30-17.25: Mandarin Club – learn to speak Mandarin. All welcome. MFL.
  • 16.30-17.30: QinetiQ Powerboat challenge – designing a miniature power boat. 3rd Form. Mentoring opportunities for LVIth. DET dept.
  • 17.45-18.45: WCPCI – Wellington College Peace and Conflict Institute. All welcome. PR1
  • 16.30-17.30: Debating society (Juniors) – hone your debating skills with expert tuition and practice. All 3rd & 4th form welcome from beginners to experts. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 17.30-18.45: Spanishfocusing on tricky Spanish grammar. All welcome. MFL
  • 17.45-19.15 and 19.30-20.30: Debating society (Seniors) – hone your debating skills with expert tuition and practice. all 5th & 6th form welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 18.00-18.45: Psychology Societycome and discuss Psychology, All welcome. Py classroom (behind English)

THURSDAY 28th November

  • 16.30-17.25: Biology Book Club thought provoking discussion on a biology related reading. Bio Harkness room. 5th and 6th form welcome.
  • 18.00-19.00: Music Extension: Mr Williamson discusses “Everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about BANGRA. An entertaining introduction to this style of popular/Indian music. Where did it start? Is it really Indian? Is it really pop music? All welcome. Music Library
  • 17.30-19.00: Life drawing – figure drawing practice using a live model, studying the human form in various positions and experimenting with a range of traditional and experimental techniques. Art dept. All welcome
  • 17.45-18.45: The Geography of What if – great what if questions each week. 3rd & 4th form. G1
  • 17.45-18.45: Creative writing – practice your writing skills under expert guidance. All welcome. Library.
  • 17.45-18.45: Set Zero Mathsmaths extension and competitions. Puzzles and problem solving.. All welcome. M10.
  • 17.45-18.45: Science Society Science Book club discussing the books short-listed for the Royal Society Science prize. . All welcome. P2.
  • 17.45-18.45: Phil-Thy society – all welcome. Library (Moral Room)
  • 20.00-20.55: Economic Affairs – debate controversial topics at this student-led Economics discussion group. All welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 20.00-20.55: Dance Technique sessionto support the performance elements of the GCSE Dance. Old Gym.

FRIDAY 29th November

  • 16.30-17.25: Model United Nations (MUN) – train and compete in academic simulations of the United Nations. Play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues. All welcome. Politics 1
  • 16.30-17.25: MFL extension a fascinating introduction to world literature in MFL 8. 6th form only.
  • 16.30-17.25: French Cinemawatch French films. All welcome. MFL.
  • 16.45-17.25: MedSocdiscuss medical issues. All welcome. Library (Moral rooms)
  • 17.45 – 18.45: Global History broaden your horizons with off-syllabus history – from the Byzantine Empire to Yugoslavia in the 1990s. 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 Talan Skeels-Piggins
From Paralysis to Podium

11th Andrew Strauss, ex-England Cricket Captain
Beyond Winning

18th Mike Bryan, former fast-jet pilot and MOD
Challenge and Adventure: why and how UK defence operates, from political footballs, to boots on the ground

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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