Head's Newsletter 19 May 2017

It is great to see the summer sports thriving. The Cricket fixtures have gone very well and the weather has so far been kind. We had an especially successful day last weekend against Reigate. Once again the U12s deserve particular mention; they are certainly turning into an exciting side with great potential (photos below). On the Rowing front it is excellent to report our successes at the Thames Ditton Regatta. It has also been good to see our athletes training and we look forward to them competing later in the term. Outside of sport you can read in the newsletter about some of the other competitions and events that we enter. In particular you can see the boys who participated in different science and engineering competitions, including STEM, EES, and Go4SET. You will have seen in the news coverage regarding the funding shortages that schools are suffering from. These shortages affect Tiffin, and we are doing all that we can to ensure that we run the School efficiently, whilst raising as much as we can to enable us to sustain the outstanding education we offer, including the many things you read about in this newsletter. One of the key ways we generate income is through the voluntary contributions of parents into the Tiffin Education Fund . These donations are needed more than ever, and if as yet you do not donate to the fund, I would urge you to do so. Please do read the special email about school funding sent to parents last week, also detailing how you can donate. Yours, M D Gascoigne

Dear Parents With half term approaching, the exams are well underway. We wish Years 11 and 12 all the best for their revision and hope that their GCSE and AS exams have started well. Year 13 depart today to go on study leave for their A Levels. It is always a poignant time for both the boys and staff as we say goodbye; many of the boys we have known for seven years, and we have watched them grow into young men. For others who joined us new in the sixth form, we have enjoyed their company for less time, but have also seen them progress and take hold of the opportunities available here. Their successful integration is marked by the fact that it is always difficult to remember who has been here seven years and who has been here two! They all leave today with many memories, and indeed a deep-seated fondness for Tiffin, equipped not just for the forthcoming exams but also for their future lives. We pass on our very best wishes to our Leavers of 2017 and hope they achieve the results they want for the next stage in their lives. Internal exams for Years 7 to 10 take place next week, as does the very enjoyable House cricket competition which we deliberately run alongside. The last couple of weeks have seen a number of interesting activities taking place. I particularly enjoyed watching the Year 7 take part in the Bhangra dance workshop. We have run this for some years now, and is it is always entered into with gusto by the participating boys.

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday 26 May

Professional Development Day—no boys in school

29 May—2 June

Half term

Monday 5 June

Boys return to school after half term Twilight PDD—school finishes at 2 pm

Wednesday 14 June

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