to attract such fantastic speakers and I thank Dr Cable for giving up his time, as well as Upper Sixth Former Gabriel Barton- Singer for taking the initiative inviting him. Our next speaker is Dr Nick Lane who will no doubt offer interesting thoughts on the origins of life.

Dear Parents Once again it has been a busy time at Tiffin. It was great to see so many ex-Tiffin students at the annual Tiffinian Association Ltd dinner in the Main Hall. The links that the school has to the Alumni are very important, and this was also shown in the superb Careers Fair that we held at School last Thursday. I would like to thank those parents, as well as old boys of the School, who gave up their evening in order to talk about their professions with our students. This was a fantastic opportunity for Year 10 to Upper Sixth, and I hope the boys made the most of the chance to speak to so many people from different careers. Thanks go in particular to our Careers Advisor, Mrs Gall, for arranging such a brilliant event. I have also enjoyed meeting parents at the Annual General Meeting of the TPA and I would encourage parents to get involved in the parental associations, whether that be the TPA or other groups such as TIPRA and FOTM; they all need parental engagement to continue to so successfully support what the School provides for the boys. On the same evening as the Association dinner the rowers held their annual dinner where they were fortunate enough to have an Olympian, Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, as their main speaker. In addition another Olympian, Mark Hunter, came to train with the rowers last Wednesday, creating a great opportunity for the boys to see role models in the sport. Our latest visiting speaker Dr Sir Vince Cable also gave the opportunity for Sixth Form students to speak to someone at the heart of the Coalition Government, in particular about his views on economic policy. We are fortunate indeed to be able

Patrick Rennie, Asst Head, and Gabriel Barton-Singer with me and Vince Cable

It has of course been a very busy time for trips. In addition in music, we have held both the instrumental concert and gig night. Outside of these we continue our busy schedule of sports fixtures, and you can read about some of these events in this newsletter. For many older boys this is a very important time of year: Upper Sixth are engaged in interviews for university, and Year 11 are currently doing their mock exams; we wish all these students well in these endeavours. Finally I would remind you about some forthcoming dates, in particular those days when we will be finishing earlier than normal: Friday 4th December: Afternoon Staff INSET: School finishes at 2.00 (or maybe earlier for sixth formers depending upon their timetable) Tuesday 15th December: L6 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 2.40 Friday 18th December: Break up for Christmas holiday: school finishes by midday   

Yours, M D Gascoigne, Headteacher

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