Head's Newsletter 5 February 2016

Dear Parents, As we approach the end of this Half Term, we reflect upon what has been a very exciting last couple of weeks. In particular we congratulate the many members of the Upper Sixth who have been receiving university offers; special congratulations also go to the 21 students who received offers from Oxford or Cambridge this year; a really fantastic achievement. We wish all the Upper Sixth every success as they strive to achieve the offers they have been set. Outside of the lessons the amazing range of co-curricular activities continues to offer opportunities. It was fantastic to be able to watch the House singing competition, which brings out the best in the boys. Many congratulations to all who took part and special thanks to the Music Department for putting on such a good show, which was appreciated by the many parents present. We are also now coming to the end of the performances of Tosca at the Royal Opera House; what a wonderful opportunity it has been for the boys to perform at such a prestigious venue. We are of course very excited about the performances of Les Misérables which will take place next week. Over 1000 tickets have been sold and there are now very few left so if you haven't purchased one yet, you must hurry! The staging is set and the rehearsals have sounded splendid.

On the sports front, this weekend sees the final block fixtures of the rugby season as we take on St George’s School, Harpenden. After half term we look forward to the Sevens and other competitions. Special mention must also go to the basketball players as we wish them luck in their forthcoming matches. It was good to see so many parents at the Year 9 Parents’ Consultations and we look forward to seeing Year 7 parents just after half term. It was also brilliant to be present for the Burns Night celebration, superbly put on by the TPA. With 150 parents present, a great night was had by all, whilst raising money for the School. Thank you to all those parents whose hard work made the evening possible; please do support the TPA and other groups in their efforts for the School. We break up for Half Term at the end of next week and after we return there are only just over 4 weeks until the Easter holidays; the GCSE, and A Level exams start in May, so if these affect your son, I hope you will encourage him to use the break productively as he looks towards the future. I hope those participating in the ski trip over Half Term have a fantastic time in America, and I wish everybody a restful break. Please note the key dates below. Yours,

Mr M D Gascoigne

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday 12 February

Break up for half term; normal 3.30 finish

Monday 15 – Friday 19 Feb Half Term holiday Monday 22 February

Staff Inset Day; no boys in School

Boys start back after Half Term, at normal 8.30 start Y7 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 2 pm Y8 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 2 pm

Tuesday 23 February Wednesday 24 February

Thursday 3 March Thursday 24 March

Break up for Easter holidays

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