Head's Newsletter 10 May 2019

Dear Parents With the late Easter, this half term is very short indeed. It is though, an extremely important half term for many of our students. All year groups take internal exams, but for Years 11 and 13, the public exams are about to begin. We said goodbye to Year 11 as they went on study leave last Friday, and we have this week said goodbye to Year 13 as they go on study leave for their A-level exams. Many of the Year 13 have been with us for 7 years, whilst others joined new in the Sixth Form, but we hope they all leave with a sense of fondness and affection for their time at Tiffin, as well as an excellent set of grades! We do wish all those students taking public exams best wishes for this time, and hope both their revision programmes and their actual exams go very well. Year 12 will be leaving us for their study leave next week, and although for the most part they are not taking public exams, the exams are an important staging post and indicator as they prepare for university and other applications later this year. After they return from their internal exams in June, much exciting work will be done as they look at and consider their futures. There have been a number of trips out recently, and in particular you can read in this newsletter about another superb Classics trip over Easter, this time to

Provence. Another notable trip was the day trip the Year 7 cricketers took to the Oval, where they met with Alec Stewart, former England cricket captain and Old Tiffinian, as well as Arun Harinath, current Surrey cricketer and another ex-pupil. We thank them both for giving up time to meet with our future cricket stars. It is certainly good to see the boys training so hard in the cricket nets and we are pleased that the new cricket season is now well underway. We hope that the weather continues to look favourably upon us! Also on the sports front you can read about cross country and boys participation in the mini marathon. It is also fantastic to see rowing competitions beginning again, and there is a report on the National Junior Sculling Head from March as well as the Kingston Small Boats Head. On the Performing Arts side, you can also see about the choir’s recent recording work on backing sound tracks for film and TV. Finally, I’m delighted that we managed to raise over £2000, at the School Council’s suggestion, for Muscular Dystrophy UK in memory of former Tiffin student Jonathan Holden, reminding us that education is far more than just what is learnt in the classroom. Yours, M D Gascoigne Headteacher

IMPORTANT DATES

Professional Development Day—no boys in school

Friday 24 May

Half term

27 May—31 May

First day back for Years 7-10

Monday 3 June

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