In this column reference is made from time to time on aspects of our Wellington ethos, and how staff and students seek to develop and apply these in the daily life of the College. Last term we considered the ‘Wellington Identity’, the five “I’s”, over several weeks, and this term we introduced discussion of some of the many ways in which we encourage the development and practice of Wellington values. Our core School values, as expressed in the College’s Mission statement are ‘Kindness, Courage, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility’. I recently shared my thoughts on Responsibility and Respect in this column.
This week, the Second Master, Mr Jeffrey, writes on the theme of Courage. The week ahead is Remembrance Week in most countries across the world, and is therefore an apt time to reflect on the value of courage, sometimes referred to as the virtue on which all other virtues depend. In Remembrance Week, we especially bring to mind again the courage of the millions who sacrificed their lives in the awful wars of the last century, and since. Today Mr Jeffrey pens a most-thought provoking reflection on this core value from the perspective of both the history of Wellington (on which Mr Jeffrey is an authority), and what the day-to-day application of this value should look like for our College community. I commend Mr Jeffrey’s column to you.
With best wishes to all our Wellington families.
“Even if some men had their faults, it is right that the courage to fight and die for their country should outweigh them”
From Pericles’ Funeral oration
This is Remembrance week in the UK and in many other parts of the world. It is the chance for those left behind to join together in the shared reflection – in two minutes of silence – on the sacrifice made by all those who have fallen in conflict since 1914. Wellington College holds this tradition particularly dear; over 1000 former pupils were killed in the wars of the 20th Century, and on Friday 11th November, the entire school community will stand in respectful silence to its fallen sons.
Much is spoken of courage on occasions such as these. The men who fought and died are universally credited with the courage to go to their deaths, driven by a recognition that their country’s future was more important than their own. This has most memorably found expression in the now-famous epitaph that in turn had its roots in a classical Greek epigram: “For our tomorrows, they gave their todays”. These men, in other words, died nobly and showed courage to the very end.
Courage is of course one of the five Wellington values. Happily, we no longer expect our pupils to display courage in the same ways their forefathers did on the battlefields of the last century. Instead, we seek to foster courage as a part of the armoury of values that each Wellingtonian can develop as we look to educate the whole child. Courage in this context means speaking out when you see something unfair or unjust. Courage is about doing your duty; to recognise your own shortcomings and to work to overcome them; to protect those weaker than yourself and to ask for help when you in turn need it. As the school looks to mark Remembrance Day on Friday, I hope that it is this measure of the Wellington values that our present-day pupils can share with the revered Old Wellingtonians who have gone before them.
7th – 11th November
Our school is taking part in Anti-Bullying Week this term between Monday 7th–Friday 11th November 2016. Anti-Bullying Week helps schools to shine a spotlight on incidents of bullying and encourage all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying behaviours throughout the year. The theme this year is ‘Power for Good’.
Our aims are:
To support children and young people to use their Power for Good – by understanding the ways in which they are powerful and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.
To help parents and carers to use their Power for Good – through supporting children with issues relating to bullying and working together with school to stop bullying.
To encourage all teachers and school support staff to use their Power for Good – by valuing the difference they can make in a child’s life, and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying and create safe environments where children can thrive.
Come and talk to us! We want to hear from you what is working well, and what we could do differently to help stop bullying in our community.
Tuesday 8th November
There is a Parents’ Evening from 1700-1830hrs on Tuesday 8th November for all parents of children in Years 11 (IGCSE and A Level preparation groups). There will be an opportunity to discuss progress in these crucial stages of the IGCSE and A Level preparation programmes as well as discuss goals for each pupil.
Friday 11th November
The Art trip to Japan will depart from school on Friday 11th November. Parents are reminded that their son or daughter should come to school as normal on the Friday, dressed in their own clothes for travel and with their luggage (one small suitcase and one piece of hand luggage). All students on the trip should meet in the school reception at 0945hrs with their belongings, ready for departure.
Could parents please also ensure that their son or daughter’s passport, complete with visa, is handed in on Monday 7th November?
Thank you – watch this space for photos when we get back!
Wellington College Association (WCA) Charity Christmas Market
Wednesday 7th December
We are looking for Parents and vendors who are interested in supporting this year’s charity Christmas Market. Parents are encouraged to participate in several ways; organise and run a stall, help with setup and planning or those who would just love to take part during the event itself. Outside vendors are welcome can register their interest via the email address below.