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October 13, 2023

Headmaster’s Welcome


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Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Welcome to the last newsletter of this half term.

 

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Last weekend was a most enjoyable one for me. I went to Paris to watch Ireland beat Scotland in the Rugby World Cup and on my way into the rugby ground I met a Bethany parent. It just goes to show that there is practically nowhere you can go nowadays without bumping into someone who has a Bethany connection!

 

We had a very successful mid-week Open Morning on Wednesday with visiting parents very impressed with the warmth of their welcome and the genuine and natural charm of their tour guides as well as the friendly disposition of all the staff and pupils they met on their various tours. Thank you for continuing to spread the good word about Bethany.

 

Our Gold Duke Of Edinburgh expedition pupils left for Dartmoor yesterday and return on Monday. In addition, our footballers leave for Spain on Monday on their football tour and return on Friday. I hope both groups have a great time and I remain very grateful to all the staff involved for giving up their time to make sure these events can happen.

 

Upon our return after the two week half term, Year 8 have a curriculum project week. There is also FOBs sponsored disco for pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9. On Saturday 4th November, there is a training weekend for the Bethany pupils going on the Tanzania trip in the summer.

 

I travel to Thailand, Hong Kong and China during the two week half term leaving this afternoon and returning on Tuesday 31st October. The twin purposes of this trip is to meet the parents of existing pupils to update them on their child’s progress as well as recruit new pupils for next academic year.

 

There was a renowned American physicist called Richard Feynman, who once said “Never regret a day in your life; good days give happiness, bad days give experiences, worst days give lessons and the best days give memories.”

 

I hope we all acquire plenty of memories during the two week half term break.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Francie Healy

Headmaster


 

Latest Sports News


The latest news from the Bethany School sports department. A busy last week of half term saw a variety of fixtures in football, hockey and rugby.

Hockey | Bethany U15 v Claremont
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One hockey report from last weeks fixtures.

 

On Tuesday 3rd October Bethany U15 girls Hockey played Claremont. Claremont started the better of the two sides having a lot of possession in our half. However, the excellent defending of Rose Pettit, Sophie Finnamore, Lily Dowling and Taylor Botha meant Claremont were unable to create any chances. Bethany then grew into the game dominating across the pitch and scoring an impressive 7 goals in total. Safi Chettiar with 3 goals, whilst Maisie Frankum and Cecily Chettiar both scored 2 goals each. Claremont did manage to find a goal themselves, however it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

 

Final score: Bethany 7-1 Claremont

 

 

 

Football | Bethany U13A v Kings School Rochester
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A very competitive game, with two teams evenly matched throughout. Over the last two weeks Bethany have worked hard on possession play, but lacked a little in their defensive shape and pressing responsibilities. It’s truly delightful to see the team put on a brilliant defensive display for the entire game.

 

Bethany conceded the games only goal midway through the first half, a shot forcing the goalkeeper to dive fully stretched out, but to no avail, after parrying the ball to the side, it had just enough pace to cross the line.

 

Toward the end of the first half Bethany created a fantastic opportunity to draw level, after a good move we created a 1v1 with the Kings goalkeeper who managed to save the shot with his midriff.

 

Bethany certainly gained the upper hand in the second half, playing some intricate possession football, which they combined with some impressive tactical pressing and tackling. Midway through the second half Bethany created some good chances, one of which forced King’s goalkeeper into action to make a fantastic save.

 

Final score: Bethany 0-1 Kings School Rochester

Player of the Match: Gus Tuson

Coaches Player of the Match: Harry Jermyn

Football | Bethany U13B v Kings School Rochester
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The U13B team played a strong Kings Rochester side on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Kings dominated possession from the start and with Bethany struggling to get hold of the ball, several chances were created. Kings eventually scored when a quick free kick caught the home team off guard and the ball nestled in the bottom corner.

 

Kings continued their strong start for the first 20 minutes and a quickly taken throw in caught Bethany sleeping and increased their lead to 0-2.

 

A swift word from the coach relayed through  captain Toby Chapman saw Bethany improve and grow into the game, finding space off the ball with improved passing and possession. This resulted in Jack Levine finding space and having time on the ball to find a skillful pass through the Kings players and set Eduardo in on goal. Eduardo showed great composure and slotted home from close range 1-2. Just before half time, Bethany were caught out with a shot from distance, that beat the goal keeper which meant a score line of 1-3 at half time.

 

Bethany started the second half brightly, with improved possession and second ball wins. Bethany pushed for a second goal, but this meant a high line and Kings used this to their advantage, with a quick breakaway, slipping the ball through the defence for their pacey striker to score his hattrick  and make it 1-4.

 

A substitution brought on Alfie Munthali whose tall presence and freshness helped the home team improve with secure defending and keeping Kings on the back foot. This paid off with another chance for Eduardo Fernandez who slotted home for his second goal and the change the score line to 2-4. Bethany were on the front foot, passing the ball well and pressing the visiting teams back line. They were making mistakes and hurrying clearances. Eduardo Fernandez was quick to react to a short back pass and secure his hattrick with a cool finish to make it 3-4. With 5 minutes left on the clock an amazing run and solo effort from Seb Hickmott took him past 4 players and a driven shot saw the ball fly into the net for 4-4. Bethany had chances to win the game with Rochester struggling to keep hold of the ball, but the away team goalkeeper made several superb saves to keep the result a draw.

 

Final score: Bethany 4-4 Kings School Rochester

Player of the Match: James Cheesbrough

Coaches Player of the Match: Seb Hickmott

Football | Bethany U13C v Kings School Rochester
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The U13C team played Kings School Rochester on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Bethany were in confident mood after a good result last week and attacked the opposition from the first whistle, driving forward with the ball and crating chances. Kings also passed the ball well and tested the Bethany defence in an open encounter. In a very competitive first half, Hamilton Cridge was excellent in midfield, breaking up play while Jake Krovina, Gregory Ejiofor and Rollo Jenson all had shots saved after strong runs. As the half drew to a close Kings worked the ball down the right and a long-range effort found the corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead at the break.

 

Bethany continued to press in the second half and with greater possession and territory. Bethany scored a well-deserved equaliser when Jake Krovina stuck the ball across the six-yard box for Arthur Twynmen to slot home. Shortly afterwards a ball played forward from the Bethany defence bounced towards the Kings goalkeeper who hesitated, and Stephen Kakouris headed the ball over the keeper into an empty net for a 2-1 lead to Bethany. Kings pushed for an equalizer and were rewarded when a cross-shot beat Will Smith. Bethany kept their composure and opened up the Kings defence with a ball down the left side, setting Arthur Twyman through who powered the ball into the corner. As the match entered the final minutes few miss kicks on the edge of the box led to an opening for the Kings centre forward who scored in the corner.

 

A final score of 3-3 was a fair reflection of an excellent match and great efforts with some good football by all involved.

 

Final score: Bethany 3-3 Kings School Rochester

Player of the Match: Hamilton Cridge

Coaches Player of the Match: Arthur Twyman & Rollo Jenson

Football | Bethany U15A v Beechwood Sacred Heart
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A very competitive start, where both Beechwood and Bethany battled to win control of the game. Beechwood chose to play with the wind in the first half, which proved to be a great advantage. Bethany lost Javier Fransico after just 5 minutes of play after a tough challenge left him needing to be substituted.

 

Beechwood’s first goal came from a goal kick which split the Bethany centre backs, neither were able to judge the header or the bounce in the wind, their striker broke our defensive line with a strong sprint towards our goal, allowing him to score Beechwoods first goal.

 

Beachwood’s second goal came from a long ball from their back line, which once again beat the Bethany defence allowing the striker to score his second goal.

 

The third came from some good Beechwood pressure close to the Bethany 18 yard box. Upon regaining possession Beechwood scored their third from a fine shot that went in off the bottom left hand post.

 

Bethany battled and played very well in the second half, pressing the opposition at the right time and with the appropriate intensity, more often than not allowing Bethany to win possession to play some sustained possession based football. Some passing patterns worked extremely well, allowing Bethany several chances to score their first goal.

 

However, Bethany lacked the clinical finishing of Beechwood. The team probably deserved more in the second half with some good shots from Leo that sadly failed to hit the back of Beechwood goal.

 

Final score: Bethany 0-3 Beechwood

Player of the Match: Ollie Hughes

Coaches Player of the Match: Chris Hanslip-Ward

 

 

 

Rugby | Bethany 1st XV v Kings School Rochester (away)
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The 1st XV rugby team travelled to Kings School Rochester on Thursday to play their 2nd XV.

 

The first quarter saw both teams play attacking rugby, with individual players making good breaks into the opponent’s half. However, defences were coming out on top with turn over ball and penalties against the attacking side stalling any continuity and pressure play. The home team pressed for the opening score midway through the first half, but resolute defence on the try line kept a wave of attacks at bay. As the half drew to a close, Bethany forwards gained possession of the ball just inside their own half, and a quick feed to Charlie Thorne resulted in a clean break through the Rochester line and with the full back to beat, a chip over the top led to a foot race for the line, and Charlie dotting down the ball for the opening score. He converted his own try to give Bethany a 7-0 half time lead.

 

The second half followed the same pattern as the first for both teams, some good phase play followed by some unstructured play, followed by individual players breaks and defences holding out well. The move of the match came in the final ten minutes when Bethany went through multiple phases, using strike runners in pods to break the gain line and produce good ball presentation. The final phase of the move saw Harrison Smith cut a good angle onto to a flat pass at pace from ten meters out, which put him clean through the gap and under the posts for an excellent try. Charlie Thorne converted for a 14-0 lead. Bethany played composed rugby in the final few minutes seeing out the match and a good victory.

 

A committed performance in a very competitive match.

 

Final score: Bethany 14-0 Kings School Rochester

Player of the Match: Charlie Thorne

Coaches Player of the Match: George Gardner


 

Latest Bethany Blog


MFL Blog

This week’s Bethany blog has been written by Michael Willis, Head of MFL, who talks of upcoming trips and a busy open morning.

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As we move into the Autumn, pupils and staff are well and truly in full swing with lots of exciting things going on in lessons as well as outside the classroom.

 

We welcomed a large number of parents and children for Open Morning. Lots of budding linguists out there and it was great to see them trying out their language skills on Linguascope. Thanks especially to Lily and Jimena for their enthusiasm.

 

 

This year we are hosting two very exciting trips/enrichment opportunities:

 

Enrichment trip to Spanish tapas and French restaurants

 

These will take place after October half term holiday and will involve all Year 10 and 11 language learners, giving them the opportunity to practise their speaking skills in a Tapas or French restaurant.

 

In our final week before the 2 week holiday, here are some suggestions of what you can do to keep up your language skills during the break.

 

  • Netflix – set either the subtitles or language into French/Spanish/Mandarin (or any other language). Enjoy some of the amazing tv which is out there.
  • Keep on with Memrise/duolingo. Remember there is a level 1, 2, or 3 merit awarded each month to the top pupil in each year group in each language. In September, special mention goes to Noah and Cayden for scoring over 200,000 points in Memrise.
  • Spend 5 minutes every day on your language learning over the holidays.
  • Login to linguascope.com – please ask your language teacher for more information and login details.

 

– Mr Willis

Head of Modern Foreign Languages