Your mind – mental challenge, interest and intrigue

The world is an exciting place, and your mind is an incredible tool to explore it with.

“The more I learn, the more I realise I don’t know.”

– Albert Einstein

“Knowledge is power.”

-Sir Francis Bacon

Your brain is growing and making new connections at an amazing rate.  The more we ask and discover, the more connections are made and the better equipped you are for life.  Ever wondered what would happen if…?  Or has something prompted a thought that wasn’t discussed in a lesson?  Or asked yourself a question that you didn’t know where to find an answer?   Take a look at some of these clubs and societies – and fuel your curiosity.

Classics Society

The Classics society aims to run several events a term, a mixture of trips to plays, debates, and talks by visiting experts, staff and pupils.

Events are advertised to classes within department and to the school as a whole – all are welcome to come to any event. Listen out for announcements and contact Mr Allcock.

Meetings take place in the Classics Atrium from 5.45 pm to 6.45pm.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Classics Department
When does it happen? Mondays, 5.45pm – 6.45pm.
Who is in charge? Mr Allcock

Debating

Debating is available to all pupils.

There are training sessions most weeks and lots of competitions, often at places like the Oxford and Cambridge Unions; contact Dr Gardner to be put on the mailing list and to find out more information.

Junior Debating takes place from 4.30 pm to 5.30pm in the Moral Room of the Library.

Senior Debating in from 5.45pm to 7.15pm and 7.30pm to 8.30pm, also in the Moral Room of the Library.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? The Library
When does it happen? Wednesday, Juniors 4.30pm to 5.30pm, Seniors between 5.45 and 8.30pm
Who is in charge? Dr Gardner

Economic Affairs Society (upper and lower school)

Discussion group for all students, based around current affairs with a bit of Economics thrown in. Every Thursday, 8pm to 8.55pm in the Moral Rooms of the Library.  For more information, contact Mr Whitworth.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Economics Department
When does it happen? Thursday at 8.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Whitworth

GeoVenture

GeoVenture is the College’s Geographical Society. It promises to take you places on Earth that you have never been before and allows you to discover the wonders of the planet that you did not even know existed.

The society meets on Wednesday evenings (as published in the weekly calendar) and at other times as advertised. The society hosts a variety of guest speakers ranging from intrepid explorers to ground breaking documentary makers and prominent academic figures.

Other opportunities available through the society include:

  • Being involved in Geographical expeditions to exotic places like Namibia, Belize, Morocco and “Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein”
  • Attending lectures at the Royal Geographical Society. (An evening in London with dinner included is lots of fun!)
  • Being offered positions of leadership and the chance for academic endeavour. (The energy for the society are the students! And you are renewable!
Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Check the venue for each talk
When does it happen? Wednesday 6.05pm – 7.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Foyle cnaf@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Get your Geog on!

Enrichment and extension opportunities offered by Wellington Geographical Society to enter highly regarded competitions from the Royal Geographical Society, Geographical Association and many more!

Meetings take place on Wednesdays from 4.30pm to 5.25pm in G3.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Check the venue for each talk
When does it happen? Wednesday 6.05pm – 7.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Foyle cnaf@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Life Drawing

Life drawing runs every Thursday evening from 5.30pm – 7pm during the Michaelmas term. Spaces are limited so early arrival is essential.

It is open to all pupils and strongly recommended to all Art Students, particularly those hoping to apply to Art School. Pupils will practice figure drawing from a live model and study the human form in various positions, experimenting with a range of different art media.  Drawing exercises will be taught to aid your techniques and build confidence. 

Who is it open to? Pupils of ages and ability
Where does it take place? Art School
When does it happen? Every Thursday evening 5.30pm – 7.00pm during the Michaelmas Term
Who is in charge? Miss Flanagan

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing group is open to all pupils and meets on Thursdays at 5.45pm to 6.45 pm in the Library.

The creative writing group is open to and to both new and experienced writers.  The atmosphere is informal and supportive – it’s a place where everyone finds the courage to express themselves and to explore their creativity.  The sessions comprise writing workshops (prose fiction, poetry, script writing and much more) led by teachers and published writers. Our main competition each year is The Gavin Ewart Poetry Competition in the Lent term.  

Who is it open to? Everyone
Where does it take place? E6
When does it happen? Thursdays, 5.45 pm – 6.45pm
Who is in charge? Ms Brown

Lit Soc

Lit Soc is open to all pupils and especially 6th form.  Meetings take place in E8 on Mondays from 4.30pm to 5.25pm.

Bring the written word to life with discussions of different literature to take you beyond what you read in the classroom!

Who is it open to? Everyone
Where does it take place? E8
When does it happen? Mondays, 4.30pm
Who is in charge?

Maths Set Zero

If you love mind-blowing Maths, then Set Zero is perfect for you. Everyone is welcome, whether you are applying for Oxbridge, keen to get involved in competitive Maths, or simply enjoy the subject and want to explore beyond the syllabus. Anyone with an interest in puzzles and solving problems is welcome. 

We meet every Wednesday in M10 between 5.45pm and 6.45pm. Questions will be provided but feel free to bring along your own puzzles and problems to share with the group.

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? Maths 10
When does it happen? Wednesday, 5.45 – 6.45pm
Who is in charge? Mr Carpenter & Mr Sayed

Tricky Physics

Stretch your understanding of the science of the physical world!

Meet in the physics department from 5.45 pm to 6.45pm.  Everyone is welcome!

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? Physics Department
When does it happen? Tuesdays, 5.45 – 6.45pm
Who is in charge? Mr. Hicks

Tricky Chemistry

Lots of practical investigations and exciting experiments!

Meet in the chemistry department from 6 pm to 7pm on Tuesdays.  Everyone is welcome!

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? Chemistry Department
When does it happen? Tuesdays, 6pm – 7pm
Who is in charge? Dr Evans

MedSoc

MedSoc is the Wellington College medical society and is run by students and is open to 5th form upwards. Most or all potential medicine applicants should look to be a part of the society.

The group meets in the Library on a Friday 4.45pm  – 5.25pm where there are weekly discussions and occasional outside speakers based around medical issues. This is a real chance to explore the world of medicine with like-minded students.

Who is it open to? 5th form upwards
Where does it take place? The library
When does it happen? Friday 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Who is in charge? Contact any of Livi McCausland, Nick Chan, Rulan Zhang or Harry Petrie

Model United Nations

Model United Nations is a student-lead society, and is a direct simulation of the debates that occur in the real United Nations, with students representing countries from across the world.

Delegates draft resolutions aimed at solving the world’s most pressing issues, from tackling violent extremist groups like ISIL to human rights in the Middle East.

Meetings take place every Friday from 4.30pm to 5.25pm in Politics 1. For more information contact Mr Ewart.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Politics 1
When does it happen? Friday, 4.45 to 5.45
Who is in charge? Mr Ewart and Allegra Nayar

Pheng

Philosophy and English society – otherwise known as Pheng – is a student-led weekly meeting where we discuss all things philosophical. It’s a chance to present to likeminded students interested in potentially studying Philosophy and/or English.

The talk can be about any topic of your choice whether that be Aristotle or Winnie the Pooh. We also often have people present their coursework or IOPs (IB English presentation that is 20% of your final grade) which are always fascinating. However, the society isn’t just about the speaker – the discussion after the presentation is always fascinating and encapsulates the diversity not just in culture but in perspective that Wellington has.

Pheng meets on Thursdays in the Moral Room (Library) from 5.45pm – 6.45pm. The slot is shared with Phil-Thy, but there will be a philosophical discussion at this time and place every week!

All are welcome (and cake will be provided).

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Moral Room, Library
When does it happen? Thursdays,  5.45pm – 6.45pm
Who is in charge? Mr Kirby

Phil-Thy Society

Phil-Thy Society is an academic society open to all students, organising debates, discussions and visiting speakers in all areas of Philosophy and Religion.

Phil-Thy takes place on a number of scheduled Thursdays at 5.45pm in the Library, though some weeks are for Pheng and its members to run independently. In the past we have had speakers on topics such as the Philosophy of Time, Religion without God, Humanism, Islamic Fundamentalism. We also have debates and discussions – often involving both teachers and pupils – and (new this year) films with philosophical themes.

Many former members have studied philosophy/theology/both at Oxbridge and other institutions.

http://pandr.wellingtoncollege.org.uk/phil-thy-society/

If you’re interested in joining up but missed us at College Carnival, please do send Mr Kirby an email.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? The library
When does it happen? Scheduled Thursdays at 5.45pm
Who is in charge? Mr Kirby

Politics Society

Will Trump’s tweets bring us to the brink of nuclear conflict? Is ISIS a real threat to our way of life? What on earth will Brexit mean for the UK? How might we combat climate change? What is the future of human rights?

If these questions interest you, then the Politics Society is for you, which this year will host an array of speakers including MPs, prominent journalists, and human rights practitioners. Our sessions are open to everyone and we will host talks and events every few weeks, which usually include debates, dissecting big issues via the big screen, and usually pizza.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Check the venue for each event
When does it happen? No set time – Sign up to the mailing list for details (several times a term, depending on global events)
Who is in charge? Dr Coates

Law Society

Learn about the role of the law in society, and what it means to work as a professional in the field of law.

Law society is a student-lead activity, open to all pupils interested in learning more about and discussing the field. It will be of particular interest to 6th formers considering the subject at university.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Look out for emailed information
When does it happen? Look out for emailed information
Who is in charge? Melanie Dickin

Science Society

The Science society looks to expand the understanding of the Sciences beyond the syllabus.

The Science society is an essential part of the week for those wishing to study any Science, Technology or Engineering subject beyond school and for those wishing to explore the application of their subjects beyond the syllabus. We will hear from a range of speakers throughout the year from all areas of STE. All students are always welcome to join in and encourage to research and speak on their own topics of interest. The society meets in CH8 each Thursday from 5.45 to 6.45pm. All potential biologists, chemists and physicists, Design Engineers and Computer Scientists and those interested in related university related courses should be looking to be involved.

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? Biology or Chemistry Department
When does it happen? Thursdays 5.45pm to 6.45pm
Who is in charge? Mr Light, Dr Wright and Dr Evans

Biology Book Club

The Biology Book Club is a thought-provoking discussion group based on biology-related reading.

Sessions are open to 5th and 6th form and take place on Thursdays from 4.30pm to 5.25pm in the Biology Harkness room.  

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? Biology Department
When does it happen? Thursdays, 4.30pm – 5.25pm
Who is in charge? Mr Light

Bee & Bowl History Quiz.

Bee & Bowl History Quiz. 

This is a history quiz society that will enter national competitions, looking at history general knowledge.  Meetings are on Fridays at 4.30pm to 5.25pm in the History Department.  All are welcome.

Global History Society

 

 

Open to anyone interested in History in any year group. The aim is to learn something entirely new so no prior knowledge or level of ability is required. Includes talks, quizzes, debates and more. Pupils also deliver lectures on a wide range of events – from the Byzantine Empire to Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Meetings take place on Fridays 5:45pm-6:45pm, and are advertised in the weekly extension bulletin and via our mailing list. Please contact Mr. Joy for more details.

What is History?

Open to all Lower Sixth. Participants read a chapter of History: A Very Short Introduction by J. Arnold and meet on Mondays 4.30pm to 5.25pm  to discuss over biscuits.  It is suitable for anyone who is intellectually curious, and/or aiming for a top grade in either AL or IB, and/or intending to study History of one kind or another at university. For IB students, it will also prove useful for the TOK essay. Meetings are advertised in the weekly extension bulletin and via our mailing list. Please contact Mr. Macleod for more details.

Get Started!

If you have any questions about the information below please contact the named staff in charge or contact Mr Kirkham on sjk@wellingtoncollege.org.uk. Similarly, if you wish to adapt or create a club yourself email or chat to Mr Kirkham. We warmly welcome pupil led activities and will support you in any way we can.

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