Head's Newsletter 13 November 2015

has proved highly beneficial to the sixth formers involved. We also held moving services on 11th November to remember the many Tiffin students who have died in service of their country, laying wreaths on the memorials in the School Hall, including the new memorial that has been put up by TAL. This contains the names of Tiffin students who it has since been discovered died in the wars, but were not put on the original memorials, as well as the name of a more recent student, Day Moran, who died in 2013.

Dear Parents, I do hope you and your sons had a refreshing half term, and that your sons have settled back into what will be a very busy half term. It was great to finish half term with the Year 7 Inter-Form Singing competition, and to see so many parents at a packed Kingston Parish Church, to witness their sons singing. There were some very good group performances demonstrating how far they had developed musically in just half a term! At the other end of the school, we also enjoyed the Sixth Form play before half term; it was great to have a full house to witness some most mature and impressive performances from the sixth formers. It has been a busy time on the sports side as well. Many of our rowers were successfully competing in the Kingston Head; the Badminton and Basketball teams have been competing against other local schools, and before half term we hosted, in Richmond Park, the Judge Cup for Cross Country. Rugby fixtures have started again and it was a great pleasure to watch a number of sides winning against St George’s College last Saturday. We would encourage parents to come and support their sons at Grist’s, as well as get involved with TIPRA. It was good to see so many parents at the Upper Sixth parents’ consultations, our first academic progress consultations of the year. It is a very important time of the year for the Upper Sixth, as they apply for university and begin to receive offers. Others have been involved in pre-interview tests for university entrance, and are preparing for interviews. As well as the many practice interviews we do, I am also pleased that we currently have a number of ex-Tiffin students conducting specific practice interviews for our Medical and Dental applicants, an annual event that

We will also see another dimension to the Tiffin community when we host the annual Reunion Dinner tonight for ex-Tiffin students; this year’s dinner is focused on the leavers of 2005, and we look forward to welcoming many of them back after 10 years. Finally I would like to remind parents of our Careers Fair for Years 10-13, next Thursday 19 November from 6.30-8.30. Please see the notice further in to the newsletter, and do please come with your sons. I would point out that for this event, you will not be able to park on site (except disabled parking); please use the town centre car parks.

Yours, M D Gascoigne, Headteacher

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