Head's Newsletter 15 January 2016

Dear Parents, May I start by wishing you a very happy New Year, and hope that your sons will have a very productive new term. This term promises to go past very quickly as Easter is early this year; in fact there are only four weeks left until half term, and after half term there are just under five weeks until the Easter holiday. For those students doing exams it is particularly important that they start to knuckle down and understand how quickly those exams will be upon them. It is also the time of year when choices are being made: Year 9 are choosing their GCSE subjects, and Year 11 are finalising their A level choices; both important moments on the boys’ journey through School. There are many exciting events coming up this term. Most importantly our big school production of Les Misérables , which will be fantastic, judging from the rehearsals that I am fortunate enough to be able to hear from my office each night! Please do make sure you buy your tickets as they are already selling fast! I'm delighted that the TPA have also been able to contribute to upgrading our facilities in the hall in time for this new production; the events and activities they organise, such as Burns Night, help to raise funds to improve the school, as well as being great social occasions in their own right.

This term has also seen a tremendous opportunity for the choir as they perform at the Royal Opera House in the production of Tosca. Congratulations to all the boys involved in a performance they will remember for years to come, and special congratulations to those boys who were selected as soloists. It is also a time when the House competition is beginning to hot up. We have recently seen the culmination of the Chess competition, and we are currently engaged in some of the winter contests in Cross Country, Rugby and Football. House Singing will also take place this term. I do hope your sons are engaging with what is on offer. Unfortunately the weather has disrupted the recent rugby fixtures and games afternoons. Please remain alerted to the fact that boys may not be going to Grists whilst the weather is making the pictures unplayable. One match that did go ahead was the annual fixture of the 1stXV versus the Old Tiffinians Under 21 XV, which I am pleased to say the 1stXV won. I wish you and your sons all the best for this term. Please note the important dates below:

Yours, Mr M D Gascoigne

IMPORTANT DATES

Year 9 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 2.00 Afternoon staff INSET: School finishes at 2.00 (or earlier for sixth formers depending on their timeta- bles)

Tuesday 26 January

Tuesday 2 February

Friday 12 February

Break up for half term; normal 3.30 finish

Monday 15 – Friday 19 February Monday 22 February Tuesday 23 February

Half Term holiday

Staff Inset Day; no boys in School

Boys start back after Half Term, at normal 8.30 start

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