Head's Newsletter 13 January 2017

There are a number of staff changes this January. We welcome to the school Mr Blackburn who is the new Head of Games and Rugby, and Ms Forrester who is teaching English. With Mr Whittaker's absence this term due to surgery, we welcome Mr O'Brien back to the School Chemistry Department. Mr Marley has taken over the running of 21st-Century Life, and Miss Bond is acting Head of Year Eight. As usual the term started busily with our first rugby fixtures last Saturday. Rehearsals are stepping up for the school play in February and are underway for the house singing. It is of course a particularly important time for the GCSE and A-level students. With only four weeks to February half term and then a further seven school weeks to Easter, there is a renewed focus for the exam classes. We are now in midwinter, but we hope that the weather will not bring too much disruption to games, sports fixtures, or the School; we will endeavour to inform you as soon as possible if there are any changes to arrangements. I wish all pupils a very successful term. Yours, M D Gascoigne Headteacher

Dear Parents, Welcome to the first newsletter of 2017, and may I wish a happy New Year to all pupils and parents. It is certainly tremendously exciting to finally see work commencing on the new building! Over the Christmas holidays the old dining hall was emptied and the new temporary arrangements were established in the Main Hall. We are now serving snacks, sandwiches, pasta, jacket potatoes and other food in the main hall at breakfast, break and lunchtime, and as we progress through the term, the menu will undoubtedly expand. The site itself has been cordoned off for the construction, and the old building is now being demolished. Once cleared, the contractors will soon be starting on the piling and foundations. It really will be very exciting to see the building going up. It now seems a long time ago since the end of term, and especially the fantastic Carol Service. It really was marvellous to hear the choir singing on Classic FM, and they rightly received many accolades for the quality of their performance, reinforcing the national reputation of the choir and School. We thank the special guests who participated in the service, and congratulate all the boys, as well as was Mr Day and Mr O'Malley.


Thursday 19 January

Year 9 Options Evening at 7 pm

Tuesday 24 January

Y9 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 2 pm

Twilight PDD—school finishes at 2 pm

Tuesday 31 January

House Singing Final, Sports Hall at 7 pm

Wednesday 1 February

School Play: The Comedy of Errors (matinée and evening)

Saturday 4 February

School Play: The Comedy of Errors at 7 pm

6 February to 9 February

Friday 10 February

Professional Development Day: no boys in school

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