Head's Newsletter 15 December 2017

Dear Parents, Welcome to the final newsletter of the term. Year 11 have returned from their mock exam period, and we hope it will have been a productive learning experience for them as they enter the final months before the summer exams. We thank Kingston MP Ed Davey for meeting and hosting our Politics students in Parliament last week, and it was also a pleasure to be able to welcome Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith to the School last Friday to speak to the boys and take their questions; we are grateful to both for giving up their time. Many visits have taken place over the last few weeks including day trips to Oxford, Fishbourne, and ‘Science Live’, as well as economics lectures at the Royal Institution. You can also read about the Rome Art trip. There have been a large number of house activities taking place. Well done in particular to those boys who reached the public speaking finals, or who were involved in the drama finals this week. A lot of work from boys and staff goes into these events, and the many boys who participated should be congratulated. Within this newsletter you can also read about the chess competition that Tiffin was involved in, the debating club, and some of the charity work. The sports have continued throughout this term without too much effect from bad weather, until last weekend. The Rugby

sides have had varied success depending on year group, but the particularly good performances from the U12s are certainly a good sign for the future. You can also read about the Cross Country successes, and their season. At this time of year the Choir is particularly busy. Not only will they be singing in our guest carol service next Tuesday evening, as well as the school carol service on Wednesday afternoon, but they are also performing at the Rose Theatre, and most impressively sang in the BT Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in what was undoubtedly a fantastic opportunity. It is always sad when we have to say goodbye to members of staff. Mr Russell has been a terrific member of the RE department since 2013, as well as committed to the cross country, but we congratulate him on securing a promotion in another school in January. In addition, we have said goodbye to Mrs Harrison from the finance office, and Mrs Welham who has managed the school shop for many years, leaves for pastures new. We thank them all for their commitment to Tiffin and wish them all the best. As we enter the last week of term there are a number of changes to the normal school days. I wish all boys and their parents and families a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. M D Gascoigne, Headteacher

IMPORTANT DATES

School finishes at 3.10 pm

18 and 19 December

School Carol Service, 2.15 pm, boys dismissed from church

Wednesday 20 December

End of Term; boys dismissed approx. 12.30 pm

Thursday 21 December

Start of term. Normal 8.30 am start

Monday 8 January

Y11 Parents’ Consultations; school finishes at 2.40 pm

Thursday 11 January

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