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May 17, 2024

Headmaster’s Welcome

Dear Parents and Guardians


The lovely sunny weather of last week gave way to more changeable weather this week.  That said, temperatures remain warm and it is great to see so many more pupils outside taking advantage of our campus.

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This week has been a busy week for GCSE and A level examinations with nineteen of them taking place. It seems to be a case of “so far so good”, the pupils I have spoken with have been pleased with how they have performed in the various examinations to date.


The Year 9 Learn to Earn day went well yesterday and our Year 9 pupils gained a lot from the various workshops in which they participated.


The Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition takes place next weekend. The pupils leave on Thursday afternoon for the South Downs and finish on Saturday afternoon. I hope the weather will be kind to them.


Half term starts next Friday at 5pm.


No doubt those pupils sitting GCSE and A level examinations, as well as our Year 9 pupils, may wish to spend some of the half term break revising for their forthcoming examinations.


I spoke to the pupils this week in my weekly assembly about the merits of persistence and hard work. So it seems appropriate that I end with a quote from Thomas Edison (light bulb inventor). “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up, the most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”.  That is very good advice even if it is easier said than done.


Have a good weekend.


Francie Healy


Latest Bethany Blog

This week’s blog has been written by Mr Norman, Head of Design & Technology at Bethany School. He writes about how many of the skills learnt in Design & Technology are transferable to other subjects and are also so useful within our everyday lives.

Why is Design & Technology Important?

Design & Technology has always been an exciting and important subject that will help develop the future for our pupils and for their eventual careers. Employers are crying out for creative thinkers who can move their businesses forward with mental agility, logical thinking and using problem-solving as well as collaboration skills and approaches to up and coming challenges and world problems. Many skills learnt in Design & Technology are transferable to other subjects and are also so useful within our everyday lives.


At Bethany School, Design & Technology, right from the word go, gets pupils learning and experimenting with tools, machinery and equipment through many different projects which enables them to explore design and making all the way through to A Level. We have a exceptionally well equipped workshop that can be accessed not only in lessons but during most breaks and lunchtimes for all pupils in Years 7 through to 13.


CAD/CAM continues to develop within the department and many more pupils now include the use of the 3D Printer, Laser Cutter and CNC Router within their model making and prototyping.


Many pupils ask me what taking Design & Technology can lead onto as a career. The creative industries in the UK are booming and I came across a teaching resource called ‘WonderWhat?’ This is a free accessible tool for creative professionals, career advisors, teachers, looking to inspire and guide individuals with a creative career.


Pupils can find out what opportunities exist by tapping on images that they like and this then leads onto possible career avenues based on their preferences. Once matched to a potential chosen sector, pupils can access real-time information on salary ranges, job titles and invaluable insights and the latest news within the selected field. It is well worth looking at if you have a creative side.


I visited a design company many years ago in London called seymourpowell. The visit for me was fascinating and showed me how many different roles exist in the design industry. We were given a tour by Dick Powell (one of the owners) and he was passionate about seeing Design & Technology at the forefront of education, which of course, I agree with! He helped produce a small video which I often share with pupils here at Bethany, but I thought you might like to see it as well. It highlights why Design & Technology is such an import subject to study. I hope you agree?



Mr Norman

Head of Design & Technology

Latest Sports News

The latest sports news from Bethany School. Just the two cricket fixtures this week as our U13 teams took on Sutton Valence. The Bethany Junior swimming squad were also back in the pool as they competed in an invitational gala.

Swimming | Bethany Junior | Invitational Gala

The Bethany Junior swimming squad travelled to Dulwich, Cranbrook on Tuesday afternoon to compete in the invitational gala against Dulwich, Claremont and Marlborough House.


With a squad of twenty swimmers, the team were in good shape for the outdoor pool and 40m races. All of the team competed very well with several swimmers achieving excellent first place positions.


Lauren Baxter stormed to victory in the Year 8 fly and backstroke races, along with Harry Sweeting in the Year 7 fly and Hamish Henderson in the Year 8 breaststroke. Max Morgan claimed a debut victory with an excellent swim in the Year 8 breaststroke while Beatrice Kay also won the Year 8 breaststroke. Ciara Carniege and Isabelle Hindley also performed well, achieving placed positions, even though they were swimming up a year group.


The relay teams also performed well as Bethany finished the meet strongly with the Year 7 boys’ securing a first place finish in the medley and front crawl events and the Year 8 girls’ swimming to victory in the front crawl relay.

Cricket | Bethany U13A v Sutton Valence (away)

The Bethany U13A cricket team travelled away to Sutton Valence this week, where they won the toss and elected to bowl first.


Bethany’s bowling and fielding performance was exemplary, with the team displaying sharp fielding skills and capitalising on every opportunity that came their way. Michael St Clair Bishop starred with the ball, claiming two wickets, while Oliver Scott’s safe hands in the field resulted in two crucial catches. Bethany’s disciplined bowling and tight fielding restricted Sutton Valance to a total of 104 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.


In response, Bethany’s batting unit put on a commendable display, showing resilience and skill throughout their innings. Andrew Stubblefield provided a brilliant start, scoring 33 runs before being unfortunately run out. Max Morgan’s quickfire 29 runs injected momentum into Bethany’s innings, setting the stage for an exciting finish. Despite Sutton Valance’s strong bowling performance towards the end, Bethany remained in contention until the final over. In a valiant effort, Max Morgan and Oliver Scott fought hard, but fell short of the target by just 2 runs, ending the innings on 103 for 3.


Overall, it was an exciting and closely contested game of cricket, setting a promising tone for Bethany U13A’s season ahead.


Final score: Sutton Valence (104/7) beat Bethany (103/3) by one run

Player of the Match: Andrew Stubblefield

Coaches Player of the Match: Max Morgan

Cricket | Bethany U13B v Sutton Valence

The Bethany U13B cricket team hosted Sutton Valence this week. The visitors won the toss and chose to open the batting.


The visitors lost their their opening batsmen (LBW)  fairly early on in proceedings after a great ball from Harry Jermyn. Sutton Valence’s 2nd and 3rd batsmen settled very quickly, both hitting various boundaries whilst amassing a respectable partnership. The visitors then decided to retire their 2nd batsmen, shortly followed by their 3rd. Bethany continued to ask some questions, managing to gain three more wickets before the 20 over innings was completed with Sutton Valence finishing on 123 for 4 wickets.


Bethany’s innings started slowly and the team failed to gather any real momentum and struggled to put a substantial score together. The majority of scores came from wides and singles, but the team weren’t able to penetrate the resolute Sutton Valance fielding to score any boundaries. With a slow run rate and wickets gradually falling Bethany finished with 68 runs all out.


Final score: Sutton Valence beat Bethany by 6 wickets