Head's Newsletter 23 November 2017

Dear Parents It's been an incredibly busy two weeks and there are many things packed into this newsletter. This year we celebrate the 60 th anniversary of the Tiffin Choir. At Tiffin it is great to be able to build upon the fantastic heritage of the School, and this is certainly true of our Music. Our superb choir has been built up over many years; now conducted by James Day, it was very good to be at the Old Tiffinians’ Dinner last week celebrating the Choir with guests Simon Toyne and David Nield, previous Directors of the Choir. Many old boys who had previously sung in the choir also attended, maintaining their links with the School, and they were treated to a performance from the current choir. As I often remind the boys, they are fortunate to be not only part of a wonderful School community, but it is a community which also stretches back into its heritage, as well as forward to the future. The Tiffin community was also celebrated at the wonderful Oratorio concert, with a huge choir of approximately 200 singers, consisting not only of current students but also younger children from the Tiffin Children's Chorus, and other members of the Tiffin community, whether they be

parents, ex-parents, staff, ex-staff, or just friends of Tiffin. Alongside Music it's great to report more sporting success within this newsletter. Particular mention needs to go to the Cross Country teams for their success at Charterhouse. Our Rugby teams are also improving their results, which is very pleasing to see, and there is an individual success in gymnastics that you can read about. There have been many trips taking place recently. Year 7 they did their first whole year trip, to London Zoo, and Year 9 visited the Natural History Museum. You can also read about the Classics trip, and Cambridge visit. The School has also been engaged in a number of other competitions including Maths, Chess and Debating (even debating in German!). We now have two Inset days spread over this weekend, which break up this half term. On Tuesday, Year 11 will start their mock exams and I hope that they are currently revising hard for what is the last major exam practice prior to the real thing.

Yours,

M D Gascoigne, Headteacher

IMPORTANT DATES

Professional Development days; no boys in school

24 and 27 November Thursday 30 November Tuesday 12 December Tuesday 19 December Wednesday 20 December

House Public Speaking Final, JLT, at 7 pm

Y12 Parents’ Consultations; school finishes at 2.40 pm

Evening Carol Service, All Saints Kingston, 7.00 pm

School Carol Service, 2.30 pm

End of Term

Thursday 21 December

Start of term

Monday 8 January

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