Head's Newsletter 21 October 2016

Dear Parents We now go off for the holiday after a very busy first half-term. I do hope that the new boys and parents in particular have had an excellent start to their time at Tiffin. It was great to last night see so many of the new Year 7 parents who had come to listen to their sons perform in the inter-form singing competition. This is always an excellent occasion and lived up to expectations with all the Year 7 pupils singing enthusiastically. There have also been a number of other important events occurring this week. The Sixth Form play has been performed in the Drama Studio every night, we had the Piano Recitals on Tuesday evening, and today sees the final of the inter-house Dance competition. It has been very good to be at Grist’s the last couple of Saturdays seeing the fixtures against Gunnersbury and Wimbledon College. There were some very good matches across the years, but I especially enjoyed watching the Year 11 (U16) Rugby and there is a report on this further in the newsletter. We have also had some fantastic trips taking place recently. A large number of Year 8s spent an excellent and very busy long weekend on the Classics trip to Pompeii. The Sixth Form German students had an excellent time in Berlin, and the A Level Geography students had an incredibly busy week doing fieldwork in Devon and Dorset. We thank all the staff who give up their time for such events. You can read about these trips in this newsletter.

There is much in the news at the moment about grammar schools following the release of the Education Green Paper. It was therefore a special privilege and pleasure for me to be able to meet and talk to the Prime Minister at the annual House of Commons gathering of grammar school heads with Parliamentary friends and supporters of grammar schools. It was also fantastic to catch up with Chris Heaton-Harris, an ex- Tiffin pupil who is the MP for Daventry and now a whip in the government. We look forward to seeing what opportunities and challenges are presented by any legislation that may come from the Green Paper.

After half term we will be starting our first parents’ consultation with Year 13 parents. It

has been a very busy time for Year 13 pupils as they prepare and

Phil Phillips, Chair of Governors, with Chris Heaton-Harris and me

submit their UCAS forms for university entry, and we look forward to seeing the positive responses to this as we progress through the year. I do wish all the boys and parents a relaxing half term holiday and look forward to seeing the boys again on Monday 31st October. Yours, M D Gascoigne, Headteacher

IMPORTANT DATES

All students return after half term; 8.30 am start

Monday 31 October

Y13 Parents’ Consultations; school finishes 2.40 pm

Monday 7 November

Y7 Settling In Evening Main Hall Oratorio Concert 7 pm Sports Hall

Thursday 17 November Sunday 20 November Monday 21 November

Year 11 Mock exams start

Twilight PD—school finishes 2 pm

Friday 2 December

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