Think & Ask

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Think & Ask 2018-01-18T17:24:54+00:00

Your mind – mental challenge, interest and intrigue

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Amnesty

Amnesty International is a global organisation that works to combat human rights abuses around the world. It operates by bringing awareness to issues which are often neglected, and putting pressure on the perpetrator by organising petitions.

Amnesty at Wellington College is a society which collaborates with the branch of Amnesty for the UK based in London. All are welcome! We meet every other Monday at 4.30pm in the V & A. Most of what we accomplish at school is getting the student body, faculty, staff, and administration to sign our petitions which we then send along to the ‘home base’ in London. We also host a range of speakers who are presenting on human rights and often their own experiences.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? V&A (though check emails)
When does it happen? Alternate Mondays at 4.30pm
Who is in charge? Issy Algar and Anannya Talwar

Book Chat

Friendly, informal group which meets every Wednesday break in the Library from 10.45 – 11.15am to chat about books.

You can get first pick of the new books, talk about what you like to read or maybe choose to read the same book as the rest of the group. Open to all year groups and we always have great refreshments!

In the summer term you can become a “Carnegie Critic” and read and judge books on the “Carnegie Book Prize” shortlist.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? The Library
When does it happen? Wednesday break 10.45am – 11.15am
Who is in charge? Mrs Atherton

FAQs

Do I have to come every week? No, we know that sometimes other commitments mean that you can’t come every week. Please come along when you can, we’d love to see you!

What year group is it for? Everyone! If you like reading then this is the group for you – it doesn’t matter what year you’re in.

Do we all have to read the same book? No, but if you all decide at some point that you’d like to read the same book then we can get copies for you.

Will there be snacks? Yes! And fruit juice!

Can I bring a friend? Yes, of course, the more the merrier.

Classics Society

Classics Society aims to put on about 5 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.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? TBC
When does it happen? Thursdays, either 5.00pm – 6.00pm or 6.00pm-7.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Allcock

Classical Hebrew

Classical Hebrew is available on request from Dr Williams and open to all students and all staff. It runs in the library.

Sessions are available on request; if there is enough interest, we’ll set up scheduled classes. Former club members have gone on to read Theology at Oxford; learning Classical Hebrew is excellent preparation for reading Theology, languages or Classics at university.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? The Library
When does it happen? Please consult with Dr Williams
Who is in charge? Dr Williams

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.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? The Library
When does it happen? Tuesday, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Who is in charge? Dr Gardner

Economic Affairs Society (upper and lower school)

Two discussion groups, one for 6th formers and one for pupils in years 9 – 11, based around current affairs with a bit of Economics thrown in.

No experience necessary! Thursdays at 5pm in the Economics department.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Economics Department
When does it happen? Thursday at 5.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Clarke

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? TBC
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 Tuesday evening with two sessions: 5 – 6pm and 6 – 7pm during the Michaelmas term.

It is open to all pupils and strongly recommended to all Art Students. 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? TBC
When does it happen? Every Tuesday evening 5.00pm – 6.00pm and 6.00pm – 7.00pm during the Michaelmas Term
Who is in charge? Miss Flanagan

Literary Society (LitSoc)

The Literary Society is open to all pupils and meets every Tuesday Week A at 6.05pm.

It is a pupil and staff led exploration of literature – we often also welcome History, Modern Languages or external experts, and we host teacher panel discussions on set texts. Pupils can also lead seminars on topics of their own choosing either connected with areas of study or with current personal interest.

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? Dr Joanna Seldon Room (English Department)
When does it happen? Tuesday at 6.05pm
Who is in charge? Ms Gutulan

Creative Writing Group

This group is open to all ages and is led by Ms Sagers every Tuesday Week B, from 6.05 pm, Dr Joanna Seldon Reading Room (English Department).

See section 2 of this guide for further information.

Who is it open to? All ages
Where does it take place? Dr Joanna Seldon Reading Room (English Department)
When does it happen? Tuesday Week B, 6.05pm
Who is in charge? Ms Sagers

The Poetry Hour

A student-led group focusing on close reading skills.

Every Tuesday from 5 – 6 pm, The Joanna Seldon Reading Room, the English Department.  Led by Anna Power and Emma Harrington (U6).

Who is it open to? TBC
Where does it take place? The Joanna Seldon Reading Room (English Department)
When does it happen? Every Tuesday 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Who is in charge? Anna Power and Emma Harrington

Oxbridge/ELAT Extension

Michaelmas Wednesdays. 6 pm in E2, with Ms Sagers.

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Who is it open to? TBC
Where does it take place? E2
When does it happen? Michaelmas Wednesdays 6.00pm
Who is in charge? Ms Sagers

Knitting

Are you looking for something that will challenge your critical thinking skills, improve your hand-eye co-ordination, help you relax and benefit a local charity, all at the same time? You are? Then Mathematical Knitting is for you.

We will be using Fibonacci numbers to create a blanket that will then to be given to charity. We can teach you to knit if you’ve never knitted before or help you to get started again if you know how to knit but haven’t done it for a while. All welcome!

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? The Library
When does it happen? Tuesday break (10.45am – 11.15am)
Who is in charge? Ms Park and Ms Dahlke

Maths

Where to meet: Maths department but the exact location to be confirmed.  When to meet: 5-6pm on either one of the weekdays—exactly which date tbc.  Our target audience: students who are interested in maths, who would like to study maths in university, or anyone who just want to go beyond the syllabus!

What we are trying to achieve: we will be inviting external speakers to talk about certain aspect of maths; workshops hosted by students (who can volunteer to share an aspect of maths that they are interested in, conduct their independent research and present their work); potential field visits to universities if possible; cooperation with other societies e.g. Investment Club, Physics Club, or Computer Science Club, even Phil-Thy!

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? Maths Department (exact location TBC)
When does it happen? 5.00pm – 6.00pm on either one of the weekdays (exact date TBC)
Who is in charge? Jack Chong or Orr Bezaleley

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 Monday 6.00 – 7.00pm 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 likeminded students.

Who is it open to? 5th form upwards
Where does it take place? The library
When does it happen? Monday 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Who is in charge? Dr Wright

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.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? TBC
When does it happen? TBC
Who is in charge? Omar Haris, Boris Khalimovsky, Angus Neale

The Observatory

The Observatory is open to all who are interested. It takes place in the Observatory, when it is dark, clear and there’s something to see.

It involves looking at wonderful things in the sky; the gas giant planets are particularly good. The moon is also spectacular through the telescope. Email Mr Mitchell with interest and a list shall be compiled that will be emailed when the group can get out to see stuff, however, events will most likely run after 2nd prep. Mr Mitchell will email when all the above conditions align with a target for the evening and open the doors.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? The observatory
When does it happen? TBC via email from Mr Mitchell
Who is in charge? Mr Mitchell and Dr Heathcote

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 every Friday in the Moral Room (Library) from 5pm – 6pm. 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? Fridays 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Who is in charge? Maeve Hutchinson

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.

It takes place on a number of scheduled Thursdays at 5.00pm in the Library. 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. Tea and cake are provided. Website: http://intranet.wellingtoncollege.org.uk/philosophy-and-religion/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 5.00pm
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? TBC
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? Sam Brinkley or Rustan Smart

Science Society

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

It is mainly aimed at fifth form and above however, all students are always welcome to join in. The society meet in the Biology or Chemistry department on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 pm. Students discuss science in the news, carry out extra-curricular practical work and give presentations based their interests. External speakers are also invited in several times each term. All potential biologists, chemists and physicists 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? Tuesday and Thursday 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Light, Dr Wright and Dr Evans

World 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.

Regular meetings take place on Wednesday from 4.45pm – 5.45pm in the History department, but there are plenty of other events throughout term time – lectures, trips, cultural events and more that you will be informed about as and when they occur. Pupils also deliver lectures on a wide range of events – from the Byzantine Empire to Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? History Department
When does it happen? Wednesdays 4.45pm – 5.45pm
Who is in charge? Mr Macleod

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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