Weekends are an integral and busy part of the boarding experience at Wellington. All pupils are offered a huge range of academic, cultural, sporting and leisure based activities, including outdoor pursuits, art and drama and recreational sports and all are expected to participate in something!
On Saturday afternoons, many pupils are involved in competitive sports fixtures and events. Saturday evening is a relatively quiet time, but every week a bus is taken to the local cinema complex at Taunton for those who want to go. For others, it is a time to relax, talk with friends and perhaps watch some television. Every Sunday, boarding staff take optional trips to a variety of locations in the South West, and sometimes further afield. These include theme parks, beaches, rugby matches, laser questing, moorland adventures and Christmas shopping in London.
There are also many cultural trips, such as museums, galleries, the theatre and the SS Great Britain.
At the end of every Sunday the boarding community comes together for a short chapel service of Evensong or Communion, and then spends a little time preparing for the following week.
Day to day life is structured and organised, with supervised prep sessions, student duties, evening activities and free time. Matrons will oversee laundry, bedtimes, kitchen activities and room tidying, and are always on hand to offer help and support.
When I first joined Wellington five years ago I was completely out of my depth. However, I soon made friends and joined clubs thanks to the warm welcome I got from everyone. Boarding is such a huge part of my life, the house staff are all so supportive you almost forget you're at school. With trips on Sundays, sports matches on Saturdays and numerous activities during the week I can safely say there is no dull moment whilst boarding at Wellington. Boarding has helped me do things I would never have dreamt of doing and has helped me to grow as a person in so many ways.