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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 20th January

WEEK B

MONDAY 20th January

  • 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: LitSocDisloyal Daughters and Missing Mothers: Women in Othello and The Tempest. All welcome but particularly VIth form. E8.
  • 16.45-17.25: Environmental Society –  how 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 – Guardian Journalist, Afua Hirsh considers ‘What does it mean to be British?’. All welcome. Great School.

TUESDAY 21th January

  • 16.30-17.25: Bountiful Biology Bonanza – why does the colour of light affect the rate of photosynthesis. 5th form upwards. B6
  • 17.45-18.45: UK Linguistic Olympiad practicepreparation for the UK Linguistic Olympiad taking place on Tuesday 4th February. All welcome. Classics department.
  • 17.45-18.45: History ClubWhat if Wellington lost the Battle of Waterloo? What if the Russian Revolution had never happened? What if Germany won World War One? History dept. All welcome
  • 17.45-18.45: Tricky Physics. stretch your understanding of the physical world in this advanced group. Physics dept. 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
  • 18.00-18.45: Intro to Economics & Business – curious about Economics and Business and wnat to find out more. 3rd-5th Form. Ec3
  • 18.00-19.15: Tricky Chemistry – preparation for the Science Olympiad taking place on Tuesday 27th January. All LVIth welcome. CH3

WEDNESDAY 22th January

  • 12.45- 1.25: Extension Economics – discuss how we could encourage more sustainable economies in the future drawing on the work from Donut Economics. Ec5
  • 14.30-16.00: Arkwright programme engineers: turning a mobility scooter into an autonomous robot. 5th form. DET dept.
  • 16.00-17.30: Art School Applications. Sixth Form. Art School
  • 16.30-17.25: Get your Geog on…. “Why has UK life expectancy stopped improving?” – fortnightly viewings of contemporary lectures from the Royal Geographical Society. 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: 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 23rd January

  • 17.00-17.45: Biology Book Club – read about the development of robots using repurposed living frog cells. 5th and 6th form welcome.
  • 17.45-18.45: Creative writing – practice your writing skills under expert guidance. All welcome. Library.
  • 17.45-18.45: The Geography of What if – To what extremes should we go to prevent the Australian bush fires and future events similar ? All welcome. G1
  • 17.45-18.45: Set Zero Mathsmaths extension and competitions. Puzzles and problem solving.. All welcome. M10.
  • 17.45-18.45: Science Society – Klaus Dodds Prize for Academic Extension
  • winner Elisya Faizal presents “Does regularly brushing your teeth reduce the risk of heart disease?’. All welcome. Bio 5.
  • 17.45-18.45: Pheng society (Philosophy and English). Library (Moral room).
  • 20.00-20.55: Economic Affairs – discuss current affairs and the impact of the oil industry. All welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 20.00-20.55: Dance Technique sessionto support the performance elements of the GCSE Dance. Old Gym.

FRIDAY 24th January Weekend Leave

W/C 27th January

WEEK A

  • MONDAY 27th January
    • 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: Cakespeare. King Lear: Lear rages against the storm …. All welcome but particularly suitable for 3rd & 4th form. English Reading Room
    • 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 Societyreading group of Classical texts in translation. 5th form upwards. Classics Atrium.
    • 20.00-20.55: Fireside Lecture Sir Anthony Seldon discusses “What leadership Means in Today’s Political debate”. All welcome. Great School.

    TUESDAY 28th January

    • 16.30-17.25: Bountiful Biology Bonanza – which behaviours in animals are innate and which are learned. 5th form upwards. B6
    • 17:15-21:30: Tricky Chemistry – Science Olympiad. All LVIth welcome. CH3
    • 17.45-18.45: UK Linguistic Olympiad practicepreparation for the UK Linguistic Olympiad taking place on Tuesday 4th February. All welcome. Classics department.
    • 17.45-18.45: Disrupt Tim Warrilow, co-founder of Fevertree, talks about the lessons he has learnt from running his own business and answers students questions. All welcome. DLR
    • 17.45-18.45: History Clubdiscussion, quizzes, movies and cake! History dept. All welcome
    • 17.45-18.45: Tricky Physics. stretch your understanding of the physical world in this advanced group. Physics dept. LVIth form
    • 18.00-18.45: Intro to Economics & Businesscurious about Economics and Business and want to find out more. 3rd-5th Form. Economics dept (Ec3)
    • 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

    WEDNESDAY 29th January

    • 12.45-1.25: Extension Economics – Donut Economic – looking at sustainable development. 6th Form. Ec5
    • 14.30-16.00: Arkwright programme engineers: turning a mobility scooter into an autonomous robot. 5th form. DET dept.
    • 16.00-17.30: Art School Applications. Sixth Form. Art School
    • 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 – Concerned about the crisis in Hong Kong or refugees in Calais? Join the Wellington College Peace and Conflict Institute for talks and trips abroad.  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 30th January

    • 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 – 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 Matthew Gollock – Zoological Society of London: Marine Conservation (sharks and rays). All welcome. B5
    • 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 31st January

    • 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)
    • 16.45-17.25: Psychology and Business – Nadia Waheed (Psychology Masters graduate)who works for a company specialising in personality testing and career placement. https://www.pymetrics.com/candidates/. 5th & 6th Form. Py
    • 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.
    • 17.45 – 18.45: Public Speaking – learn to appear more confident speaking in public (even when you are really nervous), play games and prepare for competitions. All welcome. Library (Moral room)

    welcome. Library (Moral room)

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.

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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