Headmaster's Weekly Update - 11th March 2022

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Headmaster's Welcome 11th March 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In an increasingly eventful world it has been great that Bethany, and indeed British society, is returning to greater levels of normality.

There was a cake sale during morning break this morning which was organised by some Year 12 pupils and buns/cakes were donated by Year 7 and 8 girls’ parents. It was very popular and the £256 raised will go to help the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

Can I please remind parents that if you visit Bethany for whatever reason, that you first must sign in at reception to comply with our safeguarding and fire evacuation protocols.

I spent a most enjoyable evening at the Festival of Scholars last Friday night. It was great to chat to such talented and humble pupils. Their exceptionally high levels of skill were only matched by their modesty.

I enjoyed a lovely evening with parents at the FOBS sponsored evening of comedy on Saturday night. It has been a long time since I laughed so much, and it was a wonderful way to spend a few hours. I hope that FOBS will organize a similar event next year.

I spent Monday and Tuesday in Chester attending an Annual Conference of Headmasters and it is the first time we were able to have a physical meeting in three years. It was great to catch up with colleagues and we all look a little older and heavier!

Next week,  Year 11 will be having another week of internal assessments. This will stand them in good stead as they prepare for the summer examinations.

Our second Open Morning this term will take place on the morning of Wednesday 16th March.   It starts at 9am and finishes at 11am. No doubt, once again, our amazing pupils will do the School proud.

I hope that the parents of Year 7 pupils will have positive and fruitful discussions with the relevant teachers on Thursday and Friday next week.

Thanks to the kindness of a Bethany parent, I have managed to lay my hands on four rugby tickets for tomorrow’s England versus Ireland Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham. My wife Frances, son Thomas and daughter Lydia hope to see an enjoyable and competitive match. You will not need much of an imagination to identify the team I will be supporting!

I thought I should leave you with a quote from the former Irish and Lions captain, Paul O’Connell. He described the difference between winning and losing as follows: when you’re winning, you’re able to tell people what you’re doing right. When you’re losing, everyone is able to tell you what you’re doing wrong!”.

Yours sincerely

Francie Healy

Headmaster