Head's Newsletter 18 March 2016

Dear Parents Welcome to the final newsletter of the Easter term. It has, as always, been a fantastically busy last two weeks, and this bumper newsletter gives a taste of some of the many events that have taken place. A great occasion was had by all at the Kingston Parish Church last night when the choir (consisting of over 60 boys) sang the St John Passion by Bach, accompanied by the Brandenburg Sinfonia, and two singers who were former members of the Tiffin choir! The quality of Tiffin music is outstanding by any measure, and congratulations must go to all students and staff involved. The choir’s list of engagements continues next week when they are performing at the Barbican! You can also read more about the choir in the newsletter and in particular the amazing success of Ben Knight performing at the Opera House. On the sports front, the U14 Basketball team have seen tremendous success becoming Surrey champions and hopefully winning the league as well. The rugby sevens competitions have continued apace and it was a great pleasure to present gold (25 win ties) and red (10 win ties) in the senior assembly, as well as the Jack Petchey awards. Last week we also hosted the Borough Literary Quiz final. Against opposition from many top schools I'm delighted to report that I was able to present the winning trophy to Tiffin.

Attending the Oxford and Cambridge reunion dinner on Saturday was an opportunity to meet up again with many Old Tiffinians who themselves were once the beneficiaries of the Tiffin education. These occasions remind us of the educational heritage and the wider family that all Tiffin students belong to. With privilege comes responsibility, and yesterday was an opportunity for the boys to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves. One of our aims at Tiffin is to foster empathy, generosity and a respect for others; following a series of excellent assemblies by Sixth Form students, we held a mufti day to raise money for Oxfam's appeal for the Syrian refugee crisis. The focus for many boys now, is of course upon the public exams, which are rapidly approaching. I do hope that those boys in years 11 to 13 will use the Easter break most productively as they look towards the first exams in May. We break up at lunchtime next Thursday. We hope the Classics students have a great time on their trip to Sardinia, and the Basketball squad are successful on their tour to Chicago. I wish everybody a very happy and restful Easter break and look forward to seeing all the boys on April 11 when we return for the summer term.

Yours, M D Gascoigne

IMPORTANT DATES

Boys break up for Easter by 12.30 pm

Thursday 24 March

Boys start back after Easter, normal 8.30 start

Monday 11 April

Wednesday 20 April

Y10 Parents’ Consultations; school finishes 2.40 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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