Head's Newsletter 22 April 2016

Dear Parents It's great to be back at the start of the summer term with so much look forward to. Grist’s is beginning to look great for the summer season of cricket, and it's fantastic to see the boys practising in the nets every lunchtime and after school. I do hope that we will have many excellent matches this term and the disruption from the weather will be minimal! It would also be good to see many parents down at Grist’s supporting the cricket teams: do come along and watch your sons play. As well as cricket, athletics is beginning to get into full swing, and tennis and other sports are up and running. On the music front we are looking forward to the concert next Thursday in the parish church, which promises to be an excellent occasion. The choir received fine reviews for the performances at the Barbican, and a number of boys are currently involved in the production of Tannhäuser at the Royal Opera House, another fantastic opportunity for our singers. Rehearsals for the Oratorio will start next week; this involves the whole Tiffin community, and any parents who wish to sing with the choir should read the notice further on in the newsletter. The boys who went away over Easter had a fantastic time. You can read about the great classics trip to Sardinia, and the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions; there will be a report on the basketball trip to Chicago next time.

Of course this is an extremely important time for many of the older boys in the school. Year 11 will be going on study leave in two weeks followed by Lower Sixth and finally Upper Sixth. The students are now working very hard in the final run-up to their exams and we wish them all the very best for their GCSEs, AS and A-levels. On the political front, the boys are engaged in their own referendum on whether to stay or leave the EU, and we look forward to robust and informed debate around the issue! As the Upper Sixth come to an end of their time at Tiffin we have recently appointed a new set of prefects. In particular, many congratulations go to Ali Fouladiasl who has been chosen as the new Head Boy. The prefect role is twofold: facilitating the smooth running of activities, and acting as role models and mentors to younger students. We thank Shane Jayakrishna for his leadership as Head Boy during this last year, and for the efforts and commitment of all the retiring prefects, as the new cohort takes over their duties. Finally, congratulations go to our fantastic Maths Department who have been shortlisted for Maths Department of the Year in the TES Awards! I wish all the boys an excellent term. Please do note the important dates below.

Yours, M D Gascoigne

IMPORTANT DATES

Thursday 28 April

Tiffin School Concert, Kingston Parish Church 7 pm

Monday 2 May

BANK HOLIDAY

Friday 6 May

Year 11 Study Leave commences 3.30 pm

Lower 6th Study Leave commences 3.30 pm

Wednesday 11 May

Upper 6th Study Leave commences 3.30 pm

Friday 13 May

Lower School exams

Friday 20—Thursday 26 May

Professional Development day; no boys in school

Friday 27 May

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