Head's Newsletter 14 December 2018

Dear Parents Welcome to the final newsletter of the term. It is good to have Year 11 back, and I hope that their mock exams, and the return of their papers, will have provided a useful learning experience for them. A number of them have been away this week on the French trip to Lille, and also the Spanish trip to Valencia. You can see a write-up of the Lille trip in this newsletter, as well as other trips to Fishbourne, and the Imperial War Museum. The Music department have been very busy indeed with the choir singing at the Royal Opera House and the Coliseum over the past few weeks in La Bohème and Carmen . Once again, they have not only proved their outstanding quality, but have made the most of what are incredible opportunities. We are very much looking forward to them singing at our carol services. This year the School Carol Service is being changed: we are holding two carol services organised by Houses. As usual, the boys will be dismissed from the church afterwards, but obviously one cohort will finish before the next. The annual Carol Service is not only a fantastic tradition for the School, but a wonderful chance for all boys to experience the fantastic choir. In addition, the choir will also be singing to guests at our Evening Carol Service. On the sports front, there are reports here on Rugby, Rowing and Cross Country.

Special mention must go to two of our 1stXV rugby players have been selected for Surrey, and also for Wales: terrific achievements, and also to our boys selected for the Harlequins Development Player Programme. This newsletter has a special report from Mr Ingall on the operation of Chromebooks which have been successfully rolled out in the Autumn Term. We would like to thank parents for their support of this development. I hope parents also found the online safeguarding evening useful, following the talks to all boys in Years 7 to 11. At the end of term we sadly say goodbye to Mr Haley in the RP Department and wish him all the best in his new job. As we approach Christmas, we are more conscious of our aim to encourage empathy, generosity and a respect for others, so I am pleased to report that the School raised over £2000 last mufti day for the School Council’s chosen charity, Nerve Tumours UK, which works to improve the lives of those affected by Neurofibromatosis. This money will pay for one part time specialist advisor for six months. I wish all Tiffin students and their parents and families a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Yours, M D Gascoigne, Headteacher

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday 18 December

Y12 Parents’ Consultations; school finishes at 2.40 pm

Wednesday 19 December

Evening Carol Service, All Saints Kingston, 7.00 pm

Thursday 20 December

School Carol Services, 1.15 and 2.15 pm, boys dismissed from church in 2 cohorts, depending on House

Friday 21 December

End of Term—boys dismissed approx. midday

Start of term. Normal 8.30 am start

Monday 7 January

Y11 Parents’ Consultations; school finishes at 1 pm

Thursday 10 January

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