Head's Newsletter 13 November 2020

could watch the laying of the wreaths on our war memorials and commemorate with 2 minutes silence the many pupils from Tiffin school who died, and in particular Herbert Alsford from World War One and William Foster from World War Two. It was a very well observed and moving occasion. In terms of wider opportunities, we continue to conduct as many clubs and competitions as we can. We were able to have a very impressive online piano competition and have also engaged very well with online debating and chess.

Dear Parents, It’s great to be back after half term and to see the students enjoying being in school again. Obviously the Covid situation has got more serious nationwide with the lockdown starting last week, but I am pleased the students are taking the measures we have put in place very seriously, and following the rules. Yesterday we had a random inspection by the HSE who are inspecting Covid arrangements in schools for the government, and I’m very pleased to report that the HSE were very happy indeed with the arrangements we have in

place. Of course, none of these can entirely eliminate the risk of the spread of Covid, but with everyone playing their part, they certainly minimise that risk, and allow some level of normality to continue in schools. Covid continues to impact on much of what we do, forcing us to do things differently. Last week with Year 11 parents, we had our first online parent consultations, and the feedback from staff and parents appeared to be very

On the sports side of things we did at least manage to get in a competitive netball match before the lockdown and have continued as many activities and as much training as we possibly can. Sport is of course being revolutionised by our use now of the new gym. The students who have so far been fortunate enough to use the gym are undoubtedly impressed by the new facility, and we look forward to an ever- increasing sports programme, especially once the lockdown

restrictions diminish. There are reports of all these matters in the newsletter and we continue with part two of the feature on A Level Art produced during lockdown. Finally, I must say a massive congratulations to Dr Frost who has been successfully shortlisted for the Global Teacher of the Year Award. This is an unbelievable achievement, and a huge credit to Dr Frost for the incredible work he does to facilitate Maths teaching not just in Tiffin, but across the country, and indeed internationally. Yours, M D Gascoigne, Headteacher

positive. We look forward to further parent consultations done in the same way with other groups later in the year, continuing with Year 13 parents in December, following on from the Year 13 exams in another week’s time. For Year 13 this has indeed been a very busy time with the students making UCAS applications, taking admission tests, any in many cases preparing for online interviews. We also had to conduct one of our annual events very differently this year by doing an online act of remembrance. This meant that all year groups

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday 23 November

Year 13 Exams start

Wednesday 25 November

Year 10 Study Skills Workshop

Tuesday 1 December

ABRSM Exams and Soloists Recital 7pm

Tuesday 8 December

Autumn Ensemble Concert 7pm Online

Tuesday 15 December

Year 13 Online Parent Consultations: School finishes 12.30 for KS3 and 13.20 for all others

Friday 18 December

Last day of term

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