Head's Newsletter 9 December 2016

Dear Parents, As we come to the end of the term we look forward to the final week of traditional activities, with the Christmas lunches and of course the carol services. This year our guest evening service will be recorded for broadcast on Classic FM. This is a tremendous achievement and recognition of the quality of our choir, and our music as a whole. The broadcast will be going out at 8.00 pm on Wednesday, 21 December, so do tune in to the radio and listen to the Tiffin choir! It is also a busy sporting weekend with our final rugby fixtures of this term against St Benedict's and also on Saturday morning the annual 'Row Ho Ho' event at the boathouse. Many other events have been taking place recently including the house drama and the house public speaking. Also included in this newsletter are reports of various competitions that boys have been involved in, and trips to Fishbourne and Leicester. It is with sadness that we say goodbye to 2 members of staff this Christmas. Ms Neal is relocating to the Midlands in January, where she has been promoted to a new position in English. We thank her for the work she has done at Tiffin and wish her all the best in her new job and new location. Mr Wilson is also leaving us this Christmas. He has been with us for over six years and has had a tremendous impact in the rugby as well as wider sport. In the last two seasons in particular he has run the 1stXV and we are very grateful for the commitment and time he has shown over the years to developing boys sporting potential.

Throughout this time he has had an extremely long commute, and he has now accepted a prominent position far closer to home. We wish him all the best in his new job and you can read his final contribution to the newsletter in this edition. As we look forward to the New Year we are also anticipating the tremendous changes that will be taking place as a result of the new building. The contractors will be at school the day after we break up for Christmas, when we will be moving the dining facilities into the Main Hall for the duration of the construction period. They will be setting up site, and the project will be progressing at speed in January. It will be very exciting to see the old canteen come down and the new building arise. A letter was sent out yesterday regarding lunch arrangements from January. The fundraising campaign has made a very good start and is going well, and I will report in more detail on this in January. Many thanks to all those who have contributed so far, but I would urge you, if you have not already done so, to please donate to this campaign. We need to raise £200,000 in order to fit, furnish and finish the building as we would like, so I would encourage you to please give what you can, to allow us to provide a first class facility for the benefit of your sons, and of Tiffinians for years to come. I do hope that you and your families have an excellent Christmas break, and we look forward to seeing the boys again at the start

of the spring term on January 3 rd . Yours, M D Gascoigne, Headteacher


Y12 Parents’ Consultations; school finishes at 2.40 pm

Tuesday 13 December

Evening Carol Service, All Saints Kingston, 7.30 pm

Wednesday 14 December

School Carol Service, 2.30 pm, boys dismissed from church

Thursday 15 December

End of Term; boys dismissed approx. noon

Friday 16 December

Start of term. Normal 8.30 am start.

Tuesday 3 January

Y11 Parents’ Consultations; school finishes at 2.40 pm

Thursday 5 January

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