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November 3, 2023

Headmaster’s Welcome


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Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

I hope you had an enjoyable 2 week half term break. I arrived back from my trip to the Far East on Tuesday morning and the warm humid weather over there now seems a distant memory! Frances and I had a most enjoyable and informative time in Thailand and Hong Kong and then I travelled alone to Southern China to attend two pupil recruitment fairs.

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Storm Ciaran has kept us all on our toes and thankfully Bethany was able to continue as normal yesterday.

 

We updated the website recently and I hope you like the new look.

 

Our Year 8 pupils have enjoyed their project work this week and I have had several groups come to see me to ask my advice about their ideas for remodeling the old swimming pool space.

 

The Disco for Years 7 to 9 pupils last night was a great success and the pupils danced energetically. I even recognised some of the dance songs played!

 

Our intrepid pupils who are travelling to Tanzania in the summer have a training weekend starting at 9am tomorrow and it ends at 12 noon on Sunday with a parents’ information meeting in the Assembly Hall.

 

Our sports fixtures resume next week and I hope that the various pitches will be playable.

 

Our Sixth Form open evening takes place next Friday starting with supper at 5pm for pupils with information for parents at 6pm in the Assembly Hall. This is a compulsory event for Year 11.

 

I will leave you with this Chinese proverb which seems appropriate given that I have just returned from there. “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow”. What wise words.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Francie Healy

Headmaster

Headmaster’s Trip to Asia


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Over the October half term, the Headmaster, Mr Healy, visited Thailand, Hong Kong and China on an international boarding recruitment drive, meeting various educational agents and prospective pupils as well as catching up with some of our current pupils’ families. He even found time to locate an Irish pub and watch the Rugby World Cup!

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Frances and I travelled to the Far East at the start of half term. We arrived in Bangkok just after 6pm on Saturday 14th October. Our first task was to go to an Irish pub where we could watch the rugby world cup quarter final between Ireland and New Zealand.

 

 

We went to a pub called O’Shea’s Irish Sports Bar and watched the match which started at 2am Bangkok time. All but three of the people in the pub were Irish. Sadly Ireland lost and so global rugby success was not to be for Ireland, at least not this year – hope springs eternal! We visited various educational agencies in Bangkok over the following few days and were well received.

 

 

 

We then made our way to Hong Kong. Whilst there, we took the opportunity to go to Macau to talk to some agents there, and visited some giant pandas simply because we had never seen any. Macau has many qualities but getting a taxi easily is not one of them. This is because most people travel around Macau on free buses provided by the very large number of profitable gambling casinos that operate there. More money is gambled in Macau than in Las Vegas. Local Macau residents are only allowed to gamble in the casinos on three days a year which coincides with Chinese New Year.

 

 

 

In addition to meeting agents in Hong Kong, we also met some Bethany parents in the evenings and it was great to be able to give them firsthand accounts of how well their children were doing at Bethany. At the end of the Hong Kong trip Frances returned to the UK and I went to Southern China and visited the cities of Guangzhou (population 14 million) and Zhuhai (population 2.5 million). I attended an education fair there run by a company called Academic Asia.

 

 

On Sunday 29th October, at the end of the fair which was attended by a number of schools, a few of us ventured out in Zhuhai to find a pub and a local restaurant. We were fortunate in that one of the representatives from one of the other schools, was a native speaker. The pub we located sold a variety of beers and to my pleasant surprise it was also selling Guinness! When I saw how they were pouring the black stuff I volunteered through my translator to show them how Guinness should be poured properly. Believe it or not, in my distant youth I used to be a barman. The employees looked on intently as I demonstrated my skills and for the remainder of the evening they poured Guinness the Irish way. I may even have left a legacy there!

 

 

A tour of Zhuhai followed on Monday morning and after that it was a return to Bethany when I arrived in Heathrow on Tuesday morning. Frances and I were kept busy on our Far Eastern travels, we met some lovely people, had a great time and it is nice to get back to the cold inclement weather instead of living out of suitcases in lovely hotels and warm humid weather.

 

 

 

Mr Healy

Headmaster

Football Tour to Malaga


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The Bethany football squad visited Malaga in Spain over the October half term in what proved to be an unforgettable experience, filled with training, matches, and exciting off-field activities.

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During the tour, the team had the opportunity to partake in two self-led training sessions, which allowed them to focus on their specific goals and work on their skills. Additionally, they had one training session led by the Malaga coaches. This was a fantastic experience for the boys, as they got to train at a higher level on a top-quality pitch. The coaching session from the Malaga professionals undoubtedly left a lasting impression.

 

The team played two matches during their tour, first up was Benalmadena, followed by a closely fought match against Churriana.

 

In the first game, the team faced Benalmadena and secured an impressive 6-1 victory. Rasan Bamoki was the standout player, scoring an incredible 4 goals, earning him the title of Player of the Match. Max Childs also received recognition, being named the Coaches Player, he was outstanding in the match, displaying excellent levels of commitment.

 

The second match was an intense and closely contested encounter against Churriana. Unfortunately, the team lost 1-0 in the last 15 minutes of the match. Despite the defeat, the boys displayed great sportsmanship and determination throughout. Player of the Match was Ollie Hughes who was outstanding playing at centre back, controlling the whole game. Coaches Player of the Match was Josh Hughes, who at right back was always an attacking presence and solid in defence.

 

In between matches and training sessions, the team enjoyed some well-deserved free time at the hotel, making use of the pool facilities to relax and unwind. The tour also included trips to notable locations, such as the Malaga stadium, Gibraltar, and Marbella old town. These experiences added a cultural and educational dimension to the tour, leaving the boys with lasting memories.

 

The football tour to Spain was an amazing and enriching experience that all the pupils thoroughly enjoyed. The players’ behaviour, effort, and enthusiasm were exemplary both on and off the field. This tour provided a unique opportunity for the boys to enhance their football skills, experience different cultures, and create lasting memories, making it an invaluable experience for everyone involved.