Head's Newsletter 2 February 2018

Dear Parents, With Easter falling early this year, this half term has been very short but nevertheless very action packed. The exam classes are working hard as the GCSEs and A-levels rapidly approach, and we hope those students approaching their final exams will use their time productively between now and then to really achieve their potential. There are two articles to read related to our focus on literacy; Year 7 were fortunate enough to have a visiting author Ross Welford come and speak to them, and the Creative Writing Club were able to learn from journalist Nick Duerden about the craft of writing. In addition, the boys' persuasive writing and speaking were ably demonstrated through the Human Rights Competition that a number of Year 9s have been involved in. One of the big House events was held this week when the Sports Hall hosted a very strongly contested house singing competition. Congratulations to the winners and all who took part. The final is the culmination of many weeks of practices and heats in which hundreds of boys have participated and sung, invariably led by the senior boys in the school. The participation, engagement, teamwork, and leadership of the older role models, are all fine examples of the benefits of the Tiffin house system, and the attributes that it develops in the boys.

It's also been good to see the start of the indoor cricket which always acts as a prelude to the nets and outdoor cricket of the summer season. The boys got off to a flying start winning the first local competition. I'm also delighted to report very good success in the first round of the badminton competition. We are very much looking forward to the school play, Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III , which takes place next week. A number of our boys have also been participating this week in the production of Romeo and Juliet at Tiffin Girls’ School. The Tiffin Boat Club shares the boathouse with Kingston Rowing Club; please see the KRC advert for parents who wish to get involved in rowing. The newsletter also has news of some individual triumphs in acting and skiing. We do hope the weather and snow will be excellent in Austria for the 100+ boys going on the largest ever Tiffin school ski trip over half term! Construction work has moved on another step this week as we start to do some of the landscaping around the new building; it certainly is exciting seeing the project come to fruition. I wish everyone a very restful half term holiday. Yours, Mr M D Gascoigne

IMPORTANT DATES

5 February to 8 February

School Play: The Madness of George III at 7 pm

Friday 9 February

Prof. Development Day: no boys in School

Boys start back after Half Term, normal 8.30 start Y7 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 1 pm Y8 Parents’ Consultations: School finishes at 1 pm

Monday 19 February

Wednesday 21 February

Thursday 1 March Thursday 29 March

Break up for Easter holidays

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