I write this as we reach the final stages of the Summer term; the end of the academic year is always a poignant one for everyone but particularly as we say goodbye to the Upper 6th students and to many of their parents (dependent on the sibling count). Any School’s success is based on the positive collaboration between students, staff and parents and we are very lucky at Wellington to enjoy and benefit from a truly stunning partnership and we would like to express our thanks to you and your children for all they have done to make Wellington what it is today.
As Head of the Wellington Community I want to underline that this is not goodbye and to remind both students (soon to be Old Wellingtonians) and parents that we want this relationship to continue long after your final term. Many parents tell me they can feel ‘bereft’ after their child has left and we want you to know that you will always be welcome at College and that membership of the Wellington Community is life-long and free!
Similarly, we hope that your sons and daughters will benefit immediately from the full and varied programme that their automatic (and also free) membership of the Old Wellingtonian Society provides. Under the guidance of Chris Potter and with significant support from Ellie Sleeman (the new Deputy of the Community) we are building on the already excellent annual programme of social events, career support (through our Career Opportunity Groups) and mentoring. We are also launching a new online networking site for students, OWs and parents (past and present) in the Autumn that will, if you like, be our own version of LinkedIn, that will provide a simple way for the Community to connect with one another and provide support across a range of topics and areas.
My message to all parents and OWs (young and not quite as young) is that we very much look forward to seeing you at some point in the coming academic year as we deliver our first full year of the Wellington Community programme that promises to be an exciting, dynamic, practical, fun and all-encompassing programme of events and activity for OWs and parents alike.
In the meantime, have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you during the new academic year.
Murray Lindo, Head of the Wellington Community