CO-EDUCATION THE FUTURE IS - Jules Akel

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CO-EDUCATION THE FUTURE IS - Jules Akel

december 2005T H E F U T U R E I SCO-EDUCATIONThe governors announcedin June 2005t h at W e l l i ng tonwould become a fully coeducationalestablishment.Shortly afterwards, the start dateof September 2006 was confirmed.It is the most significantchange to take place since theschool was founded and confirmsthe desire to be forward lookingand modern in every educationalsense. Girls were first welcomedto Wellington in 1975 and theirpresence in the Upper School hasundoubtedly added a great deal toschool life in the years that havefollowed. Full co-education willensure that Wellington becomes anenvironment that reflects societyand fosters the development ofvery natural relationships.Preparations for the new structureare well advanced. The Orangeis to become a girls’ houseand has moved to a new site nearThe Picton. In the next phase,The Hardinge and Combermerewill become one girls’ house. TheApsley will welcome girls in everyyear group.There are already eight femaleHeads of Department and two othersignificant appointments havebeen made. Miss Lucy Pearsonjoins as Deputy Head in January2006. Lucy is a recent memberof the England cricket team andcurrently Head of VIth Form atSolihull School. Her role is tomanage the academic performanceof the VIth Form, to co-ordinateand manage the sports and arts,and she will have a central role inthe management of the move tofull co-education. In September2006, Mrs Liz Worthington willbecome Senior Mistress. Shehas been a housemistress at bothOundle and Uppingham and willutilise her immense experience offull co-education, specialising inpastoral care and the managementof girls’ games.The decision to become fullyco-educational was taken in orderto modernise and maximiseWellington’s traditional all-roundview of education and the intentionis that the school’s existingstrengths in sport and the artswill be broadened by this move.The younger girls will build uponthe long standing success of Apsleyby bringing greater richness andvitality to the life of the school.


THETHIRTEENTHMASTERRECORDRESULTSThe governors haveannounced that DrAnthony Seldon isto become the 13th Masterof Wellington. He takes upthe post on 1st January 2006.Anthony Seldon has beenHeadmaster of BrightonCollege (which has 1215boys and girls) since 1997,and thus it was a naturaldecision for the governorsto move to Wellington becomingfully co-educational fromSeptember 2006. Before BrightonCollege, he was Deputy Headmasterof St Dunstan’s College(1993–1997), Head of Historyand General Studies at Tonbridge(1989–1993) and Head of Politicsand the Sixth Form (pastoral) atWhitgift School (1983–1989). Hewas educated at Tonbridge School,Worcester College Oxford and atthe London School of Economics,where he took his PhD and wasalso a Research Fellow and Tutor.He has written a number ofbooks, including Major, A PoliticalLife, the official biography of JohnMajor, The Blair EVect, which isthe standard academic work onthe first Blair government and,most recently The Blair EVect2001–5. He founded, with PeterHennessy, The Institute of ContemporaryBritish History andhas been a historical consultantto Prime Ministers and others inthe Cabinet. He is also a frequentpolitical and educational commentatoron both television andradio and writes regular articlesfor the national press.Anthony’s wife, Joanna,intends to take an activepart in the life of the College.She gained a D.Phil atSt Hugh’s College, Oxford,where she was the MoberleySenior Scholar, is herself theauthor of numerous articlesand has just completed herfirst novel. Currently sheteaches English at BrightonCollege, having previouslytaught at Old Palace and JamesAllen’s Girls’ School. They havetwo daughters and a son.Anthony Seldon will bringwith him passionate viewsabout education, inspirationalleadership, a commitment tounparalleled success in everyarea of school life and the aimto make life at Wellington atruly exceptional co-educationalexperience. Wellington isfortunate to have sucha figure to followsuch distinguishedpredecessors.The best ever results wereachieved at WellingtonCollege by the boys completingtheir gcses this year. Almost63% a* and a grades wereachieved, more than 6% better thanever before, and from a year blockthat is no more able than any priorone. Over 28% of the results weregraded a* compared to the previousbest measure of 21.6% a*s in2002. Clearly this is the result of asignificant improvement in both theteaching and the work done by theboys. Twenty-nine pupils achievedat least ten a* and a grades, andsixteen of these got more thanten. In addition all 132 candidatesachieved the Government’s keystatistic of at least 5 a* to c grades;only three pupils achieved less thaneight such grades.At a-level the results were also asubstantial improvement on thoseof last year with a/b grades risingfrom 63% to almost 70%, thesecond best on record. The top80% of our pupils achieved 86.1%our aim is to seewellington collegeback inthe first divisionin the league tablebefore very longa and b grades. This would put theschool into the top 50 IndependentSchools in the Daily TelegraphLeague Table if we did not have thepolicy of a broader intake than mostof our competitor schools. It is thisCherryCourtCaféVisitors to the NewsomeSports Hall will notice anew addition on the siteof the former Fives Courts. TheCherry Court Café was opened inApril 2005 to replace the bar andsocial area now occupied by theRackets Court gallery. The Cafétakes its name from the very firstuse to which the space was put. Itwas, originally, a miniature racketscourt in which both rackets andballs were scaled down accordingly.The miniature rackets ballwas known as a ‘cherry’ and thebreadth of ability that reduces ourLeague Table position, which doesnot take the ability of the intake intoaccount. Thirty-one (20%) of oura-level candidates got exclusivelya grades and the top 30 boys got100% a grades only between them.The top twenty girls achieved90.3% a & b grades. This data showsthat Wellington College can get thevery best from its pupils and canhold its academic head high.Measures introduced duringthe last academic year and this toimprove many of the major factorsinfluencing teaching and learningwill only ensure that the move upthe League Tables seen in 2005will accelerate. Our aim is to seeWellington College back in the firstdivision of the League Table beforevery long.court was one of a number inexistence at the time to be knownas a ‘cherry court’. The name isnow preserved and will be thesubject of quiz questions for futuregenerations.Other work in the Sports Centrehas resulted in improved changingfacilities for users of the FisherPool, a steam room and saunaalongside the pool and a newdance studio in the new space createdabove the Cherry Court Café.


…The new Beresfordhas beendesigned asa spacious,well-appointed and prestigiousbuilding in character with otherson the estate. It occupies the siteof the Old Talbot, nestling amongmature woodland and landscapedwater features. It has an environmentwhich is secure, comfortable,and conducive to study andin which social contact is naturaland easy. As well as the elegantoak-panelled Dining Room, inwhich boys take all their meals,the facilities in the house includea library, a large Common Roomwith tv, Pool and Table Football,a separate room for the SixthForm, which contains a full sizesnooker table and also two traditionalBrews Rooms. There is afully equipped it room, housingup to the minute power-desking,powerful computers and printingfacilities, whilst the Housekeeper’swell-appointed room on thefirst floor has washing and dryingmachines which ensure a speedyturn round of boys’ laundry. Outsidethe building there is a floodlitplay area.In their first year boys share aroom with two or three others: intheir second year they share withone other and in their GCSE yearthey have their own room. Allrooms have wireless access to thecollege network, and a particularfeature is the generous amount ofdesk and cupboard space in eachroom. Each year group is housedin their own separate wing, andeach wing has its own bathroomwith individual walk-in showersand baths. In the upper schooleach room is supplied with a handbasin and the Head of House andDeputy Head of House enjoy fullen-suite facilities.The Housemaster, Tim Headlives on site with his young family,as does the Assistant Housemaster,Mr Tom Newman, so the boysnever lack for tutorial supervision.The Beresford truly oVers a modernboarding experience for thediscerning leaders of tomorrow’sgeneration.Construction of thenew Orange is progressingapace withcompletion scheduledfor June 2006, ready to welcomethe first ever girls at 13+in Wellington’s 150 year history.The new house is located on thesouth side of the Picton, its frontoverlooking the Hardinge-Combermereblock, which will becomethe third girls’ house in 2007.The accommodation for the girlswill be modern and stylish. TheHouse is designed to house fiftygirls, with ten in each year, butinitially we are hoping to welcomein the region of 25–30 new Block3 (year 9) girls in September2006, so that the whole processof co-education can start with abang. The new girls will feel partof a solid cohesive group, quicklyfeeling at home and confident atWellington.Some of the current Lower Sixth(Year 12) from the Apsley willcome across to the Orange in theSixth Form and their presence andleadership as maturer girls will beinvaluable and reassuring for thenew, younger girls.All girls will have study bedrooms.Ten rooms (designed forthe youngest girls) are sharedrooms, but for all other yeargroups, rooms are singles. Prefectsin the Sixth Form will haveen-suite accommodation.At the heart of the Orange willbe a large, well equippedkitchen area leading to aspacious and comfortablecommon room. TheSixth Form will havetheir own common roomarea on the first floor.Pastoral support inthe New Orange will bevery strong with a live-inassistant Housemistressand a live-in full time matron.It is intended that some of thehonour boards from the old housewill be kept and displayed in thenew Orange. It will be importantto retain a sense of the history.Linda Raabe-Marjot (modernlanguages department) will be theHousemistress of the Orange. Sheis greatly looking forward to theunique challenge of welcoming thefirst ever intake of younger girls tothe school. Her husband John isalso a teacher—currently AssistantVice Principal at CollingwoodCollege in Camberley. Oliver(14) is already in the Stanley andAlistair (12) will be joining himthere in Sept 2006.


THEFROZENDEEPTOThe Royal Mile at Festivaltime is the veryhub of the EdinburghFringe. To walk alongit and to witness the maelstromof fire-juggling, unicyclists, costumedtableaux, improvised skits,bagpipes, percussive dustbins andleaflets, encapsulates the atmospherethat makes up the five-weekexperience. It is intense, diverse,exhausting, rapid, ever-so-slightlyludicrous and utterly compelling.The touring theatre productioncompany of Wellington Collegewas at the Edinburgh Festival forthe fourth time in 2005. Theyperformed The Frozen Deep, takenfrom a short story by Wilkie Collins,and especially adapted forIronduke’s unique physical theatrestyle of storytelling. The playfocuses on two men, in love withthe same woman, marooned onthe same ice-floe as part of the illfatedFranklin Expedition to findthe North-West Passage.The cast had already endured anintense three weeks of preparationbefore arriving in Edinburgh.Once they were actually there,daily performances, in differentvenues, to a variety of critical audiencestook place. It is a gruellingschedule but one in which thereis much reward.Samuel Sedgman (O.W., T), amember of Ironduke summed upthe experience: “Edinburgh 2005was every bit as exciting as the yearbefore. It is unrelenting and tiringand anything short of professionalstandard is pounced upon by thenext hungry critic. Once past that,however, the feeling of taking acurtain call in one of the world’smost prestigious festivals is littleshort of euphoric”.Thirty-two pupils andfive adults made theirway to Russia for aneight day educationalvisit to St Petersburg and Moscow.It was a visual feast and everyonedelighted in seeing some of themost spectacular sights of a countrywhich is steeped in a fascinatingand complicated past.St Petersburg was first and itsnickname as the Venice of theNorth certainly rings true. It isa city that is divided by rivers andoVers spectacular views at almostevery point. The Peter and PaulFortress, which includes the Cathedralwhere the Romanovs areburied, gave everyone an insightinto the nature of Tsarism andindeed their final resting place.The Winter Palace provided atrue reflection of the opulenceof Tsarism and the distaste withwhich it was so obviously viewedin the years leading up to the Revolution.The Hermitage Museumis perhaps one of the finest ArtGalleries in the world; the sheerdepth of works from some of themost famous artists of all timewas a truly enlightening experience.The group also visited theYusupov Palace where Rasputinwas murdered and the CruiserAurora which started the OctoberRevolution of 1917.After the adventure of the overnighttrain to Moscow, everyonewas eagerly awaiting the delightsof the capital city. It certainlydid not disappoint. The hotelUkraine was one of seven buildingscommissioned by Stalin andcompleted after his death. It wasa magnificent sight and a pleasureto stay in a gothic style Hotel sodirectly associated with the glorificationof the Communist regime.There was an eerie silence amongstthe group after seeing the bodyof Lenin, still preserved in themausoleum on Red Square. StBasil’s Cathedral provides a strikingbackdrop to Red Square and itis diYcult to remove the image ofthe many military parades whichhave taken place there.The pupils were a credit to theCollege at all times and werealso fun to be with. It will haveadvanced their understanding ofRussian culture, and their ideologiesand characteristics which haveshaped the course of its history.The constant presence of the Mafiawas a reminder to all that the futurecourse of Russian History willnot always be a pleasant one.


An Australian SerenadeTh e O rc h e s t r a Tou r To Au s t r a l i a Ju ly-au g u s t 2 0 0 5Merlin’s TaleHaving spent threedays rehearsing atWellington and over24 hours in transit,the Wellington College Orchestraarrived in Sydney in time for thefirst concert at St Andrew’s Cathedral.In a pattern that becamefamiliar, a number of Sydney basedOld Wellingtonians were in theaudience. A rewarding concertin splendid surroundings preparedthe way for what was to follow.After two more concerts atTrinity Grammar School and, aftera scenic coach trip, Blue MountainsGrammar School, our nextvenue was at Melbourne GrammarSchool. Many will remember theirspectacular visit to Wellington inDecember 2004 and the orchestrawas undoubtedly keyed-up at thethought of producing somethingsimilar. A spellbinding performanceof (the Rossini aria), sung byTom Humphreys (Christ ChurchCathederal School, S) and supportedby sound of the highest qualityfrom the orchestra, ensured thatthe concert given by Wellingtonwas every bit as memorable to ourAntipodean friends.Via a lunchtime concert at GeelongCollege, we moved to Ballaratfor a joint concert with BallaratGrammar School at Her Majesty’sTheatre. This was our biggestvenue and it was very gratifying tobe received so warmly by a largeand appreciative audience.From there we journeyed to StPeter’s College in Adelaide. Manyof the orchestra were delighted tobe there to witness the outcomeof the second Ashes Test at Edgbaston.It certainly added piquancyto our conversations!This was our last concert and wasonce again shared with our hostorchestra, with a Latin Americantheme. The 1000-seat St Peter’sConcert Hall was full for the occasion.The exceptional quality ofthis last concert was testimony towhat can be achieved with hardwork, enthusiasm, willingness,cheerfulness and expertise, thingsWellington has in abundance. Acd of this concert is available, recordedas it was by Radio Adelaide.It was the most excitingand ambitious project everto be undertaken by theMusic Department. Underthe expert directionof Rebecca Applin, Composer inResidence (who also wrote all ofthe show’s lyrics), the plan wasto write and stage a home grownmusical. Work began in September,when Rebecca led a groupof gcse and as Music composersin a series of workshops on composingfor musicals. After completingsome technical exercises,each composer was given a set oflyrics for a song, and given untiljust before half-term to completethe music. Then followedthe lengthy task of orchestratingeach song (arranging the musicfor all the various instrumentsof the orchestra), but with thiscame the first exciting glimpseof the music’s potential. Auditionswere held and the showwas cast during the week beforehalf-term. At the first readthrough of the script, cds withthe backing tracks for each songwere handed out, and the newcast then faced the challenge oflearning all their lines and musicover half-term. This left justthree weeks after half term torehearse and stage the show. Thetechnical design (lighting andsound) was very complex, butthe stage crew excelled themselvesin the week leading up tothe performance. Amongst thecast there were many who hadnever performed, let alone sung,on stage before. All this added tothe special nature of the project.With an orchestra made up entirelyof Wellington staV andstudents, the buzz created in theTheatre on each night was tangible.Of all the glowing reportsthe cast and crew have receivedsince the show went down, itis the one that exclaims, ‘WellingtonTheatre was transportedto the West End’ that sums upthe success of the project andthe achievement of the pupils.


Refurbished RacketsWork to refurbish theRackets Court beganon the first day of the EasterHolidays and was completedin time for the start of theMichaelmas term. Front andside walls were repaired andrepainted, while the floorwas completely replaced.The gallery was restoredto its original size, and allhonours boards dating backto Wellington’s first representativesat Prince’s Club in 1871 arenow on display. The court wasoYcially reopened on Saturday15th October by Sir David Scholeyand two exhibition matcheswere played. In the first theCollege Pair (James Fuller (Bn,The Dragon) and Rod Shephard(Bn, St Aubyn’s Rottingdean))played the Old Wellingtonians(George Tysoe (O.W., L), FosterCup winner 2002 and JamesCoyne (O.W., O), currently u24Old Boys’ Champions). TysoeAbove: Peter Mallinson (O.W., Pn)with Sir David ScholeyBelow: Tim Cockroft (O.W., A)and Coyne, recently returningfrom the prestigious Knox-StevensTour of all North Americanclubs beat the boys in convincingstyle: 15-1, 15-4, 15-10, 15-7.After the game Sir DavidoYcially opened the court,revealing two new honoursboards. The first lists allthe professionals who havecoached the game at Wellington.In his speech hemade particular reference toJim Dear (1950 to 1969), andWalter and Ronnie Hawes,father and son, who betweenthem covered 51 years between1902 and 1953. The second newboard lists the names of the donorswho contributed towardsthe refurbishment.The second exhibition matchwas a replay of the World ChampionshipChallenge which hadbeen held in Chicago and atQueen’s Club in March earlierthis year. World Champions GuyBarker and Alister Robinson againbeat Tim Cockroft (O.W., A)and Guy Smith-Bingham 3-2, butcoming from 1-2 down to do so.festival of remembranceThree current Wellingtonians,watched by millionson television, tookpart in the Festival of Remembranceat The Royal Albert Hall on Saturday12th November. Headof College, Oliver Tilney (Bn,Woodcote House), College Prefect,Edwina Hayward (Ap, CheltenhamLadies College) and HughHemsley (Bd, Wells CathedralSchool) all read at the occasion,which was attended, as usual,Photograph: Clare Patterson (Wokingham Times)by Her Majesty The Queen andother members of the RoyalFamily. Their poise, confidenceand impressive presentationwere commented upon favourablyby many of those present.Organising the Festival wasW.J.H.Clark O.W., the Directorof Administration at the RoyalBritish Legion. All three readersfelt extremely honoured to takepart and thrilled that Wellingtonwas represented in this way.HOT ICEIf your idea of walking 25 kmin the hot sun in the rarefiedatmosphere of the mountainsis fun, then you wouldhave loved being a WellingtonGeography student this summer.For the tenth year running thegeography department took agroup of students on a week longvisit to the southern French Alps.Staying in Serre Chevalier, theweek was spent walking throughbreathtaking mountain sceneryto trace evidence of ancient glacialactivity and to witness currentglaciers in the Ecrins region.To the uninitiated, a pile ofrocks can just seem like a pile of& wondrous rocksrocks. Our Lower Sixth geographersfound out these rocks areoften clues to the action of glaciersof the past. Through studyingsize, roundness and angle oforientation of glacial debris, it ispossible to deduce much aboutthe origins of the landscape.Other days were spent lookingat the Glacier Blanc, significantlyreduced in size since ourfirst visit there in 1995, and theCol d’Arsine, complete with itsspectacular and icy cold morainedammed lake. On each trip,the scale of the work of ice wasbrought home to students andstaV alike. Every evening weenjoyed a fantastic supper backat base camp hotel (cooked bythe resident Swedish chef) beforesome work was done toensure that the work of the daywas applied and understood.The trip brought out the best inboth girls and boys and relationshipsbetween staV and studentwere cemented. We are lookingforward to returning in 2006.As in previous trips, the groupwas expertly led by MurrayFowler, assisted by Brynn Baymanand Will Williams, eachtrying to outdo each other withlarge words, florid explanationsand ridiculous items of clothing.


S T PAU L’ SC H U RC Hcovent garden[ the actors’ church]bedford street,london wc2e 9edwellington collegeorchestrachapel choir& ensemblesthursday9th march 20067.30 p.m.For further information please contactthe Music School oYce01 344 444 201rmfd@wellingtoncollege.org.ukA TASTE OF BOARDINGEach June, we offer day boysfrom preparatory schoolsan opportunity to experienceboarding life at College.For full details, please contact:The College Secretary344 4448 Lent 2006Saturday 8th Januaryto Friday 4th MarchExeat: Saturday 11th Februaryto Sunday 19th FebruarySummer 2006Tuesday 8th April to Friday 30th JuneExeat: Saturday 27th Mayto Sunday 4th JuneMichaelmas 2006Tuesday 5th Septemberto Friday 15th December(New Pupils arrive Monday 4th Sept.)Exeat: Friday 20th Octoberto Tuesday 31st OctoberOPENDAYSforBOY & girlApplicants& their ParentsSaturday 21st January&Saturday 25th February2006. p.m.If you are interested in attendingplease contact:The Registrar, Wellington College,Crowthorne, Berkshire, rg45 7puTelephone: e-mail:registrar@wellingtoncollege.org.ukProspective ParentsPlease inform us if you change the yearof entry, or change your address:The Registrar: 344 444The Corus HotelDuke’s Ride, Crowthorneformerly the waterlooSpecial B&B RatesThe Corus Hotel has a special ratefor members of College& their families, parents& O.W.sMonday to Thursday£92.00 per person B&Bsubject to availabilityFriday to Sunday£30.00 per person B&Bsubject to availabilityAt the time of booking, to receive thisrate, all guests must state‘Wellington College’Telephone: 0870 6096111e.mail: reservations.bracknell@corushotels.comH 6Anglesey Mr C.J. Hutchinson Apsley Mrs M.C.F. Fielder Benson Mr I.M. Henderson Beresford Mr T.J. Head Blucher Mr M.T. Boobbyer Combermere Mr M.G. FowlerHardingeMr C.M. Oliphant-Callum Hill Mr S.W. Lockyer Hopetoun Mr G. Waugh Lynedoch Mr M.J. Sayer Murray Mr J.C. Rawlinson Orange Mrs L. Raabe-Marjot 466667Picton Mr A.R. Dewes Stanley Mr N.C. Lunnon Talbot Dr P.G.S. Boscher 444263*STD Code 01344OW SOCIETYGAUDYSaturday 6th May 2006for all those who entered Collegein or beforeSummer Term 1955For further information contact;O.W. SocietyTelephone: e.mail:owsoc@wellingtoncollege.org.ukcollege foundationThe Foundation Endowment Fundwas originally established to helpeducate the children of Army officerswho were killed in action, or died inservice or on a full pension. Today,the Foundation still supports, by wayof reduced fees, the education ofchildren (boys or girls) of deceasedofficers from any of the Services. TheBursar would be happy to talk to anyprospective parent whose child mightqualify for Foundationer status.The Wellington Newsletter is intended to givean impression of life in College through aselection of brief reports on some recentevents and activities, mainly for the benefitof prospective and current parents.Editor: Mr Jim DewesDesign: Jules Akel 8 3www.akel.co.uk

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