Headmaster's Weekly Update - 6th May 2022

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Headmaster's Welcome 6th May 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The weather this week has been quite something. There was a spectacular downpour on Wednesday evening, which has been followed by lovely sunshine since. The gardens, of course, will benefit hugely from the very heavy rain.

Our pupils have enjoyed playing cricket in the various teams this week. Year 8 had a good time yesterday in Canterbury, where they watched the play Animal Farm in the Marlowe Theatre.

Our Year 13 musicians are performing for their external exam assessments today, and I wish them the best of luck. They have worked hard, prepared well, and I hope they will do themselves justice.

I was delighted to host all of the boarders who came over to my garden last night for a summer barbecue. It had originally been scheduled for Wednesday and luckily, we postponed it for 24 hours, given the weather forecast. It was great to see the children relax, play ball games and simply chat to each other in a most convivial way.

The first written papers of the GCSE exams start on Monday 16th May and pupils in Years 11 and 13 are now in their final stages of examination revision.

Karl Hopwood will be in Bethany next Wednesday to deliver talks about online safety. He will speak to various year groups throughout the day and there will be a session for staff at 5pm. I have always found Karl’s presentations very informative and given that technology and social media are continually evolving it is always worthwhile to be as informed as possible about online safety.

I read a quote this morning about the internet which I thought was particularly appropriate given Karl’s visit next week. “The internet gives us access to everything. But it also gives everything access to us”. There is a lot in that.

Yours sincerely

Francie Healy