Head's Newsletter 17 June 2016

Dear Parents We seem to be moving very rapidly through the summer term and much has happened in recent weeks, with much still to look forward to before the term ends. Having done their exams, boys in Years 7 to 10 have been receiving their results and papers back since half term. This is an important time to reflect upon not just the exam performance but progress and performance across the year as a whole. There has of course been much tremendous work and we will be celebrating this at our end of term individual awards ceremonies. Year 11 and Year 13 are still doing GCSE and A level exams which we hope have gone very well; they are, I'm sure, looking forward to their completion! Year 11 will then be embarking upon their work experience before we see them again in the final week of term. It was great to have year 12 back on Monday, and they will be spending much time over the next few weeks looking at universities and life beyond school. The Higher Education Festival next week, with our many guest speakers, is a fantastic opportunity for Year 12 to really focus on their futures, and take on-board valuable advice. They will also each be given the opportunity of an interview with one of our guest interviewers; many thanks if you are one of the parents involved in this. The wider work of the school has continued a pace as usual. The cricket season is going well although it has been significantly disrupted by poor weather. Tennis and rowing also continue to flourish and the rowers are looking forward to the Henley qualifiers in two weeks’ time.

I am also delighted to announce that we have been successful in our joint bid with Kingston Rowing Club for £75,000 of funding from Sport England to renovate parts of the boathouse. We look forward to seeing the environment of the boathouse improved over the next few months, encouraging even more students and young people to take up the wonderful opportunity of rowing on the Thames. The Performing Arts continue to flourish. The Music Department are currently preparing for a number of significant events including singing at St Paul's Cathedral on July 11, and touring Italy after we break up. We are also looking forward to the fantastic and customary performance of the Oratorio, sung by a choir composed of many different parts of the Tiffin community; do get your tickets and support this great event. Also, the dance has been very active with all Year 7 engaging in the Bhangra workshop, as well as boys in Year 8 rehearsing for a performance at the Rose Theatre, and in Year 9 holding a dance workshop at a local primary school. In Drama we are very much looking forward to the Key Stage 3 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ; again, please get your tickets and support the boys. Finally I am delighted that we have been able to announce the names of the two new Houses: Turing Nightingale and Darwin Wilberforce, as we expand the House system from 6 to 8 Houses. You can read about this process in this newsletter. Yours, M D Gascoigne, Headteacher

IMPORTANT DATES

Open Evening; school finishes at 12.40 pm

Tuesday 5 July

Stop the Clock Day: Yrs 7-9 out on trips

Thursday 7 July Friday 8 July Sunday 10 July

Tiffin-in-the-Garden 5.30 pm Oratorio, Sports Hall at 7 pm

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