Head's Newsletter 2 March 2018

Dear Parents It has certainly been eventful with the ‘beast from the east’ disrupting travel and bringing very poor conditions to school this week. Obviously we look forward to everything being fully back to normal on Monday when we will be returning to the usual spring weather. It was good to see parents at the Year 7 Parents’ Consultations last week and we look forward to seeing Year 8 Parents at the rescheduled Consultations on Thursday, 8 March. The term is progressing very quickly with only four weeks left until we break up for Easter, and the pace of work for year 11 and year 13 is obviously accelerating. It's been good to hear about the successful offers that Year 13 have been receiving and we hope their efforts will bear fruit in the summer. The building is coming along very nicely and we are hoping to be able to occupy it straight after the Easter holidays. It has been very exciting to see the progress and to see the landscaping and new entrance being done around the building, which will undoubtedly improve the playground area. We have raised around £180,000 so far towards our £200,000 target for the building, and we are hopeful that we will reach that target very soon. This is the last chance for parents to get their name on the commemorative plaque for donors of £500 or above, or the commemorative

webpage for £50 donations. Thank you to all those who have donated so far. To donate to the New Building Fund, simply log in to ParentPay , choose a ‘Voluntary Donation - New Building Appeal’ option and put in the amount you wish to donate. Alternatively, you can donate by bank transfer or cheque; please see the form to do so. Please also remember to tick the Gift Aid consent if you are eligible to do so as we are able to then claim back from the Government 25p in every £1 donated. There are many interesting reports in this newsletter, demonstrating again the breadth of opportunities available at Tiffin. There is a final write-up of the 1stXV rugby performances now that the block fixtures have finished and we are into the rugby sevens season. Other sporting successes in cross country and table tennis are also in the newsletter. We've had some excellent trips go out recently including of course the biggest ski trip that we have done as a School; my thanks especially to Mr Marley and the 15 other staff who made this trip possible. We have also had day trips within the Classics Department and a new trip to Chinatown for the boys learning Mandarin. You can also read in the newsletter about the chess and debating successes as well as the participation of our student mental health ambassadors in a local conference. Yours, M D Gascoigne, Headteacher

IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday 8 March

Y8 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 1 pm

Tuesday 20 March

Spring Ensembles Concert 7 pm

Thursday 29 March

Break up for Easter holiday

Monday 16 April

Start of Summer term

Y10 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 1 pm

Wednesday 25 April

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