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Weekly Newsletter

June 21, 2024

Headmaster’s Welcome

Dear Parents and Guardians,


The GCSE examinations finished yesterday and the last A level examination is on Monday.  I hope that when the results come out in August that our diligent pupils get the grades their hard work deserves.

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This week was Diversity Week, and a range of activities took place.  There was a “Sponge the Teacher” event yesterday, and the children seemed to enjoy using wet sponges as projectiles!  From the teachers’ perspectives, some of the pupils had rather good throws, but it was a good natured event with a respectable amount of money raised for Charity.


Tomorrow is a particularly busy day for the School with Speech Day/Leavers’ Day/ OBS Reunion Day taking place tomorrow.  It is a compulsory day of School and pupils in Years 7-12 can arrive from 10am with their parents and leave after the prizegiving ceremony which is due to finish at 12.30pm.  In the centre of campus there will be various subjects on display as well as performances from the Performing Arts Department.  Light refreshments will also be available.


Next week is also a busy week for Bethany.  We have Grandparents Day on Wednesday 26th June, and Grandparents are expected to arrive from 12.15pm onwards.


There are rehearsals for the Junior School Production on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and performances on Thursday and Friday at 7pm in the Assembly Hall.


There is a Creative Education Day on Friday for pupils who are currently in Year 5 and who have expressed an interest in becoming Bethany pupils in September 2025.


Life is best when life is busiest and Bethany is certainly busy at the moment.


Mister Rogers who was an American television host and author once said, “There are three ways to ultimate success; the first is to be kind, the second is to be kind, the third is to be kind.”  There are a lot of successful people at Bethany.


Yours sincerely


Francie Healy


Latest Bethany Blog

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This week’s blog has been written by Mr Payne, Head of Sport. He writes about recharging over the coming break and enjoying all the sporting events this summer.

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We continue to be very impressed by the commitment and energy of our pupils to Bethany Sports. A mighty thirty five Junior and Inter team swimmers competed against Battle Abbey School last week and an impressive five Junior cricket teams played this week, with two girls teams facing Dover College and three Boys teams facing Dulwich, Cranbrook.





Fitness for performance is key and we continue to encourage all pupils into the gym and swimming pool at lunchtimes and during activities clubs for training sessions to improve this key performance area.




As we move towards the end of term, we will look forward to the summer break and a recharge, but also the mind turns towards next term and the return of football and hockey with lots of potential for pupil and team succession all year groups.

Before that though, we encourage all a healthy and active summer, lots of outdoor exercise and of course a summer of outstanding sports events to sit back and enjoy. The Euros are in full swing, and just maybe this time around, Football might be coming home!! Nothing highlights British summer time better than Wimbledon, which is just around the corner and then the pinnacle of sporting festivals will be upon us, the Olympic Games.



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Embrace the good weather, good times and sporting feast!

For all those aspiring to be involved in health and sporting activity, whether it be general health and fitness at the gym, a social game of tennis or golf, or competitive sports at club or representational level:


Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen!

“Michael Jordan”

Go for it!!


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Latest Sports News

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The latest sports news from Bethany School.

Cricket | Bethany U13A v Dulwich Cranbrook


Bethany U13 A traveled away to face Dulwich Cranbrook in an exciting cricket match. Bethany lost the toss and were put into the field.

Bethany started exceptionally well, with Michael St. Claire-Bishop taking a wicket in the very first over. The bowlers maintained consistent pressure throughout, leading to a steady fall of wickets. Gus Tuson played a crucial role in the field, taking an impressive four catches. Ultimately, Bethany bowled out Dulwich for just 73 runs.

In response, Oliver Scott and Andrew Stubberfield provided a solid foundation for Bethany’s innings. After Scott’s departure, Henry Greig joined Stubberfield at the crease. Together, Henry and Andrew formed a crucial 57-run partnership, guiding Bethany to victory with 8 wickets in hand.

Player of the Match: Andrew Stubberfield, who remained unbeaten on 32 runs.

Coach’s Player: Gus Tuson, for his outstanding performance with five catches

Cricket | Bethany U13A v Dover College


The U13 Girls A” cricket team hosted Dover College on Wednesday afternoon.

Bethany won the toss and elected to field first. Dover scored well and several pairs prevented any wickets being taken as their innings progressed. Bethany fielding was sharp to limit Dover scoring runs, particularly from Matty Clark, Betsy Spruce Fifi Seymour. Immy Morgen took an excellent catch, while pick of the bowlers for the innings was Isobel Andrews and Ciara Carnegie. Dover reached a very respectable total score of 251 runs for their innings. Bethany approached the total with attacking intent, individuals playing some good shots and effective running for quick singles. Fifi Seymour came in at second pair and with two superb fours, pushed the run rate along and put Dover on the back foot. A four from Immy Morgan in pair three along with good quick running for singles from pair four of Darcey Stone and Ciara Carnegie brought Bethany to 238 and within range of the Dover total. Isobel Andrews and Isabelle Hindley arrived as pair five with the focus on no wickets and scoring runs. After a steady first over was faced and a score of 243 on the scoreboard, in the final over, Isobel Andrews struck with two excellent fours and after a quick single, Isabelle Hindley hit a four with the last ball to secure an excellent victory and a total batting score of 256.


Final Result – Bethany WIN by 5 runs.

Player of the match – Isobel Andrews

Coaches Player of the match – Fifi Seymour


Cricket | Bethany U13B v Dover College


The U13b team played a depleted Dover College B team. However to make up the numbers the Bethany girls were more than happy to help their opposition and make a full game of the afternoon. The game was very even, competitive, and in the end came down to 3 runs the difference. Holly Sole, Florrie Dearing and Mia Chikoto all bowled consistently well, with Juniper , Lauren Baxter, Nelly Adams and Florrie batting well scoring 4’s and tallying safe, single runs. All the girls should be praised for the spirit in which the game was played and special mention to those pupils who helped fill in for Dover College were required.





Final score: Bethany 242 – Dover College 239

Batter of the match: Lauren Baxter

Bowler of the match: Florrie Dearing

Coaches player: Millie Liddiard

Cricket | Bethany U15 v Kings School Rochester


The U15 boys travelled to Kings Rochester on Tuesday afternoon.

Kings Rochester went into bat first and against some good opening bowling from Dominic Holmes, Jago Veale, and Oscar Scott made their way to 60 runs off 10 overs. An unfortunate injury to wicket keeper, Hux Maunder Allen in the tenth over brought about a change with Eddie Watson and Oscar Scott both playing a stint as keeper for the remainder of the innings. Kings upped the run rate and went after any lose balls, scoring an increasing number of boundaries. Bethany took two wickets late in the innings, including a very good catch on the boundary rope from Dominic Holmes, and Kings took their total score to 170 off twenty overs. Bethany went into bat knowing a balance was needed between attacking play to reach the run rate and keeping wickets in hand. After a very early wicket, Eddie Watson played a very good opening innings, seeing out 10 overs and supported by Jackson Skillicorn who was pick of the batsman, playing several excellent shots to score one six and five fours amongst his quick running singles. Unfortunately, other batsman struggled to build a stay at the crease and add significantly to the run rate, and all were eventually out for 75 runs off 14 overs.


Final Result – Bethany lost by 8 wickets

Player of the match – Jackson Skillicorn

Coaches Player of the match – Dominic Holmes & Eddie Watson