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January 12, 2024

Headmaster’s Welcome

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Christmas now seems a like distant memory. Last week was a gentle return to School given that it re-opened mid-week. We were reminded that this was winter on Monday when a small amount of snow fell on the campus. The children were naturally excited and enjoyed it as best they could. Thankfully the snow stopped falling and Bethany was able to continue as normal.

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Somewhat ironically, I had informed the pupils in my assembly last week, that should Bethany ever get snow that I would do my level best to keep the School open!


The Year 13 pupils seemed to have coped well with their examinations, and I hope that they get the results that their hard work deserves.


There is a Winter Concert on Wednesday evening starting at 7pm in the Assembly Hall. This is organised by our Year 11 pupils as part of their music course and they have worked very hard in its organisation. No doubt it will be a most enjoyable evening and I am looking forward to attending it.


The first Pengelly Society meeting of this term takes place on Thursday. The speaker is Angelina Johnson, who is a former Bethany pupil and is currently studying at Durham University. The focus of the presentation will be on the subject of Black Lives Matter.  Angelina has taken part in a skydive to raise funds for this charity and is an eloquent speaker.


There is a Year 11 Parent Teacher Meeting next Friday in the Assembly Hall. I look forward to meeting as many Year 11 parents there as possible.


By now, a large number of New Year resolutions that were made will have been broken.  This reminded me of the following quote: “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in, a pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves”. Which one were you?


Yours sincerely,


Francie Healy


Latest Bethany Blog

Nelly’s winning artwork, ‘Freedom’.

The first Bethany Blog of the Spring Term has been written by Mrs Smart, Head of Art and Photography. She writes about encouraging our young artists to explore their talents and connect with wider artistic communities through artistic competitions.

Creating a Love for Art

Art is a universal language that transcends boundaries, speaks without words, and encourages creativity and individual expression. I have witnessed first-hand the transformative power that art holds for our pupils, from improving wellbeing and mood through to establishing careers. We are committed in the art department to nurturing a passion that can flourish and inspire greatness and a life long love of the creative arts and design.


Artistic competitions not only serve as platforms for showcasing individual creativity but also as gateways to incredible opportunities and experiences. Whilst we aim to inspire and support our pupils at school, the nurturing that they receive at home is key and we are grateful to the parents of our pupils for establishing a love of art in their children and their efforts to help their children to succeed.


I am delighted to share the outstanding achievements of some of our talented pupils. Nelly, whose breathtaking drawing ‘Metamorphis’, has been selected for the Maidstone Young Artist Award. Nelly’s work will be showcased at the Maidstone Museum from February 8th to June 1st. We urge you to visit the exhibition and cast your vote to support Nelly in this prestigious endeavour.


– ‘Metamorphis’ by Nelly, Year 8.


Gwyn in Year 12 has been shortlisted for the John Downton Award in the ‘14-16 years’ category for her exquisite photomontage. Her creation, embellished with hand-finished linoprint details, showcases iconic buildings in a stunning manner.


– Photomontage by Gwyn, Year 12.


In addition, the upcoming Global Finals of the Junk Couture competition in Monaco this February will see Livi in Year 10 representing our school, along with her sister Clementine who attended last year. Their design ‘Wishing on a Ribbon’ has been created independently with such meaning and skill, and we have high hopes for success. This prestigious event not only offers the chance for awards but also opens doors for personal development opportunities with industry giants like Microsoft and Deloitte.


– ‘Wishing on a Ribbon’, by Livi and Clem.


Participating in such competitions not only bolsters confidence but also nurtures resilience and innovation. They provide a platform to learn, grow, and showcase one’s artistic prowess to a wider audience. I strongly encourage our pupils to explore various competitions, such as the ongoing Turner Portfolio competition and the RA Young Artist Summer Show. Information about these competitions can be found on their respective websites or by consulting any member of our art team.


Remember, these competitions are not solely about winning but about the journey of self-discovery, honing skills, and connecting with new art communities and establishments. Let’s continue to nurture a love for art, celebrate creativity, and empower our pupils to paint their stories on the canvas of life.


Mrs Smart

Head of Art

Sports Scholars Enjoy Specialist Workshop

Sports Scholar Workshop

Bethany Sports Scholars attended a Sports Psychology workshop at the end of last term, focusing on the importance of mindset to support physical performance.

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The workshop was run by former Premier League Academy Player Simon Rogers, who now specialises in sports psychology and is a certified professional Mindset Coach. Simon has also worked in the Netherlands and worked with Premier League Academy Players at Fulham Football Club.


Simon Rogers


Pupils experienced a two-hour mindset workshop that introduced them to its importance in sports alongside the techniques that can be used and the benefits of such techniques. The workshop was both very educational and interactive.


The Sports Scholars gained a great deal from the session, and we look forward to them utilising some of the techniques Simon introduced to them to in their own sporting performances.


Mr Payne

Director of Sport