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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 20 May

WEEK B

MONDAY 20 May

4.35-5.15pm Literary Society. All welcome. English department (E7).

6-7pm Classics Society. ClassSoc offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the literature, philosophy, history, art and archaeology of the Classical world of Greece and Rome. It will especially appeal to those who are thinking of studying Classics or Ancient History at university, but individual sessions will also be of great interest to students studying English Literature, History, P&R, Modern Languages and Art History. Extension doesn’t get broader than this! Aimed at Fifth and Sixth form. Classics department (foyer).

6-6.45pm Psychology Society. Psychology chat. All welcome. There will be food! Library (Moral Room).

8-9pm Inspire Lecture. Mr Adam Rattray, ‘Jewellery, Murder, Revolution and Russia – Fabergé, the greatest artist jeweller in history’. All welcome. Napoleon’s Retreat.

TUESDAY 21 May

5.30-6pm Pictionary und Pretzels. More MFL games, fun and doughnuts (and probably pretzels) in the V&A. . Third and Fourth form. V&A.

WEDNESDAY 22 May 

4.30-5.55pm Set Zero Maths. For anyone with an interest in problem solving and puzzles, Set Zero is an exciting opportunity to develop your problem-solving skills. Questions will be provided, but feel free to bring your own puzzles or problems too. All welcome. Maths department.

5-6pm French Debating Club. All welcome. MFL3.

4.30-5.30pm Debating Society (Third form). Come and learn how to debate! We have amazing coaches and cake. All welcome from beginners to experts. All welcome. Library (Moral Room).

5.30-7.15pm & 7.30-8.30pm Debating Society (seniors). More coaches! More cake! Library (Moral and Logical Rooms).

THURSDAY 23 May

5-6pm Creative Writing. All welcome. English department (E6).

5-5.55pm World History Society. All welcome. History department.

5-6pm PhilThy/Pheng. Philosophy mixed with Theology and English. All welcome. Library (Moral Room).

6-7pm The Development Section. Investigations into Music. Interesting discussion and listening on a range of musical styles, sometimes led by a member of staff, sometimes by students. Open to all. Music department.

6.15-7pm Science Society. Will Barker, ‘Ageing and Antagonistic Pleiotropy’ (where one gene can control something both beneficial to an organism and also detrimental to its fitness) and Charles Deane, ‘What are Dreams?’. All welcome. Chemistry 8.

FRIDAY 24 May

6-7pm Public Speaking. Come and learn how to develop your public speaking. Everyone is welcome – young and old – and snacks are provided. All welcome. Library (Moral Room).

W/C 3 June

WEEK A

MONDAY 3 June

4.35-5.15pm Literary Society. All welcome. English department (E7).

6-7pm Classics Society. ClassSoc offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the literature, philosophy, history, art and archaeology of the Classical world of Greece and Rome. It will especially appeal to those who are thinking of studying Classics or Ancient History at university, but individual sessions will also be of great interest to students studying English Literature, History, P&R, Modern Languages and Art History. Extension doesn’t get broader than this! Aimed at Fifth and Sixth form. Classics department (foyer).

6-6.45pm Psychology Society. Psychology chat. All welcome. There will be food! Library (Moral Room).

8-9pm Inspire Lecture. Josh Coombes, Hairdresser for the Homeless. All welcome. Napoleon’s Retreat.

TUESDAY 4 June

5.30-6pm Pictionary und Pretzels. More MFL games, fun and doughnuts (and probably pretzels) in the V&A. . Third and Fourth form. V&A.

WEDNESDAY 5 June

4.30-5.55pm Set Zero Maths. For anyone with an interest in problem solving and puzzles, Set Zero is an exciting opportunity to develop your problem-solving skills. Questions will be provided, but feel free to bring your own puzzles or problems too. All welcome. Maths department.

5-6pm French Debating Club. All welcome. MFL3.

4.30-5.30pm Debating Society (Third form). Come and learn how to debate! We have amazing coaches and cake. All welcome from beginners to experts. All welcome. Library (Moral Room).

5.30-7.15pm & 7.30-8.30pm Debating Society (seniors). More coaches! More cake! Library (Moral and Logical Rooms).

THURSDAY 6 June

5-6pm Creative Writing. All welcome. English department (E6).

5-5.55pm World History Society. All welcome. History department.

5-6pm PhilThy/Pheng. Philosophy mixed with Theology and English. All welcome. Library (Moral Room).

6-7pm The Development Section. Investigations into Music. Interesting discussion and listening on a range of musical styles, sometimes led by a member of staff, sometimes by students. Open to all. Music department.

6-7pm Disrupt. 

6.15-7pm Science Society. All welcome. Chemistry 8.

FRIDAY 7 June

6-7pm Public Speaking. Come and learn how to develop your public speaking. Everyone is welcome – young and old – and snacks are provided. All welcome. Library (Moral Room).

Lecture Programme

As well as a wealth of guest speakers in departments, we have an impressive range of speakers from universities, industry, commercial life and public life who come to the school. All students are welcome to attend.

The Inspire series is held on Mondays, 8–9pm (unless otherwise specified), in Napoleon’s Retreat.

Forthcoming Inspire Lectures:

10 September. Mr Aidan Sproat, ‘How to get your piano perfectly out of tune’.

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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