Head's Newsletter 19 January 2018

Dear Parents, Welcome to the first newsletter of 2018, and may I wish a Happy New Year to all pupils and parents. It seems a long time ago now but I must commend the incredible choir as they sang in our School and Guest Carol Services just before Christmas. It was particularly good to see so many current and former pupils, parents and staff attending, including two past heads, Hilda Clarke and Tony Dempsey. University offers have started to come in, and I'm very pleased that 18 sixth formers have received offers from Oxford or Cambridge; we look forward to all the University offers being made in what is a very exciting time for Year 13. Year 11 mock exams were completed before Christmas, when the boys received their results. I hope that Year 11 parents found the consultations with teachers last week useful. As the Year 11s meet senior staff to discuss their sixth form options, it is good to see them very focused, with only four months to go before the first GCSEs. There is of course much activity at School as usual. A number of trips have either gone, or are going out during this half term, including the current trip to Berlin and also the German exchange next week. The Rugby season has recommenced and

so far not been disrupted by weather. It was also good to be at the Boathouse on Saturday with Ian Keary, Head of Tiffin Girls’ School, to see our rowers training. A significant number of girls from TGS are members of our Rowing Club and it was good to see our new boat being named after last year’s Girls’ Captain of Boats. We look forward to the School play being put on in the Drama Studio, The Madness of George III , and also to the boys performing in the House Singing during this term. Following her talk given to year 11s before Christmas, it was good to see many parents at the inspirational talk on drugs on Monday given by Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, whose son tragically died as a result of drugs four years ago. At the start of this new term we welcome two new teachers to the school. Mr Haley joins the RP Department, and Mr Blundell joins Drama to cover the absence of Ms Hughes while she's on maternity leave. Miss O'Connell also becomes Acting Head of Drama, and Mr Brown becomes Acting Head of Year 12. We wish them great success. The new canteen/classroom building is coming on very well and we look forward to its completion, hopefully this term. We are a little short of our target of £200,000

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday 23 January

Y9 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 2 pm

Twilight PDD—school finishes at 2 pm

Tuesday 30 January

House Singing Final, Sports Hall at 7 pm

Wednesday 31 January

School Play: The Madness of George III at 7 pm

5 February to 8 February

Friday 9 February

Professional Development Day: no boys in school

10 –18 February

Half Term. Boys return Monday, 19 January at 8.30 am

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