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November 17, 2023

Headmaster’s Welcome


Dear Parents and Guardians,


The wet and windy days of November are truly with us. As an eternal optimist, I always believe the weather could always be a lot worse.

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I was pleased to see so many Year 11 pupils and their parents at the Sixth Form Open Evening last Friday, and I hope they went away more informed about our Sixth Form offering.


We were delighted to welcome Year 6 pupils to Bethany on Monday morning so that they could sit their entrance assessments for September 2024 entry. All of them seemed to cope really well with the rigors of the morning.  Many of them left smiling in the knowledge that they would not have to spend the afternoon in their respective schools!


I attended a most enjoyable Pengelly Society evening last night where the guest speaker was Simon Parker, a travel journalist and novelist. His ambition is to visit all 195 countries in the world. He has just returned from cycling 4,000 miles across the USA.  He gave an entertaining and insightful presentation. I would struggle to drive 4000 miles let alone cycle it!


Our Year 11 pupils are continuing with their trial GCSE examinations next week and they seem to be coping fairly well so far.


You may recall that we asked parents to complete a survey organised by the surveying company, Baines Cutler, regarding school fee affordability. 50% of our parents have already completed it. The closing date is Sunday 19th November, this coming Sunday, and I would be very grateful if as many of the other 50% of parents as possible completed the survey by the deadline. I am told that the survey should take around 20 minutes. The survey can be accessed via this link. The School identifier is 2391.


I am looking forward to the Year 12 parent teacher meeting on Friday.


Winston Churchill, who knew a thing or two about the ups and downs of life, said the following: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts”.


How very wise.


Have a good weekend.


Yours sincerely,


Francie Healy


Latest Bethany Blog


This week’s Bethany blog has been written by Matt Payne, Director of Sport at Bethany School. He writes about all things sport at Bethany, both inside and outside the classroom, including exciting updates about VEO and SOCS.

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It has been a busy and fantastic term in the world of Bethany Sport.


The weather has certainly turned in the last week or so, but it has not deterred us or dampened the Bethany sporting spirit. The various teams with sports scholars leading from the front have all performed superbly well and achieved some notable results. The swimming programme continues to go from strength to strength with increased numbers and an excellent gala performance against Sevenoaks School this half term.


In the classroom, the exam pupils have been working hard, with Year 13 preparing for their Anatomy exam in January, Year 12 having completed their first exam coursework task and the Year 11 pupils preparing for their mock exam alongside building their coursework performance videos.


As you may have noticed in the most recent of newsletters, we are now using a VEO camera on a regular basis to record sports matches, this is proving very popular with the pupils as it enables match reviews and of course highlights goals scored. Clips are also available in the Bethany sports section of the newsletter, and I encourage you all to take a look.


We will also be moving all sports communication to a platform called SOCS from January. This will display all fixtures to be played, locations, match day details and team sheets. A link to the platform will be on the website as we aim to provide a central area for all required information. The school will update you all in the near future with more information about SOCS and how it works.


As we head into the final weeks of term the calendar remains a busy one. The football teams have matches against Radnor House and Skippers Hill Prep. The Hockey teams have matches against Dover College, Kings Rochester, Battle Abbey School and Marlborough House. The junior swimming team has a gala against Claremont Prep and Dulwich Prep and the senior rugby team has matches against Ashford School and Lingfield College. We look forward to a strong end to the term and next term when the girls’ teams will play netball, the U13 and U15 boys’ teams will play hockey, the senior boys teams play football and the U13 and U15 swimming squads compete in further galas.


Exciting times ahead!


Mr Payne

Director of Sport

Latest Sports News

Hockey Cover

The latest news from the Bethany School sports department. No less than 8 fixtures survived the weather this week as our hockey and football teams were all in action.


Our VEO camera was also out again this week and recorded match highlights from the U15 hockey and U13B football.

Hockey | Bethany U13A v Claremont

Bethany headed to Marden to put out a team against Claremont on Wednesday on a wet and windy day. With a couple of players missing and therefore some adjustments to line up, the team had to make some adaptations from normal. Claremont started fast and slipped a goal past on a rebound off Matthew Clark’s pads. After this point, the ball was mostly at Bethany’s defensive end which allowed Immy Morgan to highlight some great defensive talent by clearing the ball wide, unfortunately, Claremont managed to slipped two more past in the first half.


In the second half, Darcey and Jess were up the attacking end making some great attempts on goal. Unfortunately, Claremont were very quick on the attack. Bethany conceded 3 more in the third quarter but Bethany did manage to hold Claremont in the final quarter with no goals conceded.


Special mention to Immy who was called up in to the A’s and played exceptionally.


Final score: Bethany 0-6 Claremont

Player of the Match: Matthew Clark

Coaches Player of the Match: Immy Morgan






Hockey | Bethany U13B v Claremont

With a slightly different team due to absence and pupils availability changing at the last minute, we did well to be competitive in the first 10 minutes. Unfortunately, as we were a new combination and playing against a team that have played together in a prep school we knew we were in for an uphill battle. We fought well in the first 2 quarters, only conceding 2 goals in the first and 2 in the second. Florrie Dearing worked tirelessly up front and coming back to help the defence.


In the second half, Claremont found a formula to get around our defence and capitalised on this, scoring numerous goals. Without the hard work of Isabella Hindley and Martha Spruce, Claremont would have scored a higher number of goals.


Special mention should go to Millie Flanders who gained confidence throughout the match and playing her first game. Special mention should also go to Holly Sole who agreed to play at the last minute and gave 100% effort.


Final score: Bethany 0-12 Claremont

Player of the Match: Isabelle Hindley

Coaches Player of the Match: Florrie Dearing

Hockey | Bethany U15 v Battle Abbey

The Bethany U15 hockey team demonstrated maturity and composure in a highly physical match against Battle Abbey on Tuesday.


VIDEO: Safi opens the scoring after an excellent ball carry from Maisie. 1-0.


The midfield of Maisie Frankum and Cecily Chettiar played a crucial role in distributing the ball to the forward players. Their strategic play significantly contributed to the team’s offensive dominance creating multiple chances.


VIDEO: Safi gets her second goal of the game after a good passing move. 2-0.


Lily Dowling, an ever presence at the back, demonstrated excellent composure under pressure, ensuring a solid defence throughout the match.


VIDEO: Safi completes her hat trick from a penalty corner. 3-0.


Overall, Bethany’s teamwork and individual standout performances led to a well-deserved triumph.


VIDEO: Olivia scores her first and Bethany’s fourth of the game. 4-0.


The team’s exceptional performance resulted in a comprehensive victory. Safi Chettiar secured a hat trick, while Olivia James contributed with two goals.


VIDEO: Olivia completes the scoring after a strong run. 5-0.


Final score: Bethany 5-0 Battle Abbey

Player of the Match: Lily Dowling

Coaches Player of the Match: Safi Chettiar

Football | Bethany U13A v Gads Hill (away)

Bethany travelled to Gads Hill School on Wednesday afternoon. Playing a very good team with three academy players, one of which is currently contracted to Arsenal, it was going to be a test for the players.


Bethany worked hard but were overrun at times by a physically bigger team. The Gads Hill front three were able to create scoring opportunities and take their chances. The strong front three were supported by a very good midfield player and competent defenders which limited Bethany’s ball retention and opportunities to score. Bethany played with spirit throughout the whole match and raised their game to try and match the opposition.


There were times in the match when Bethany kept their shape well and with accurate passing and off the ball running, space was created and goal scoring chances were presented. Overall, Gads Hill played some fantastic attacking football controlling most areas of the pitch.


Final score: Bethany 0-8 Gads Hill

Player of the Match: Gus Tuson

Coaches Player of the Match: Maxwell Morgan

Football | Bethany U13B v Claremont

The U13B team faced Claremont at home on Wednesday afternoon in a rearranged fixture. Bethany started the match well, dominating the play with accurate passing, good running off the ball and strong defensive tackles. Some fantastic saves from the Claremont goalkeeper kept the scores level in the opening minutes.


Bethany kept playing good football and creating opportunities, and midway through the half the pressure paid off when a corner was not cleared by Claremont and from just inside the box, Seb Hickmott hit an excellent shot into the top corner to score the opening goal.


VIDEO: Seb opens the scoring with a fine effort. 1-0.


It was not long before further pressure led to Seb winning the ball on the edge on the box, and after a bit of a scramble, he slotted the ball into the bottom corner to double the lead.


VIDEO: Seb grabs his second goal of the game. 2-0.


A third goal followed shortly before half time when Claremont once again struggled to clear a corner and after two shots were well saved, Benji Stapleton smashed the ball into the top of the net.


VIDEO: Benji rifles in Bethany’s third goal of the game. 3-0.


Claremont created a few chances towards the end of the half but failed to break through with some strong defending from James Cheesbrough and Jack Le Vine.


As the second half got under way, Claremont played with improved confidence and intensity. With some lapses in concentration from the Bethany midfield players, the away side hit back with an early goal to make it 3-1. Shortly after, the ball was won in midfield by Claremont and after a great run down the right channel, the pass was collected and a powerful chip struck the Bethany net to bring the score to 3-2. After some positive words of encouragement from the coach, Bethany upped their intensity and played with renewed confidence. A good break was made by Eduardo Olivio Fernandez, his cross saw the ball bounce off the defender in the box and land at the feet of Seb Hickmott who shot first time to score and complete his well-deserved hat trick and take the score to 4-2.


VIDEO: Seb completes his hat trick and increases Bethany’s lead. 4-2.


Soon after, Bethany won a corner that Seb whipped into the near post, the ball somehow trickled over the line to increase the score line to 5-2 and restore Bethany’s three goal cushion.


VIDEO: Seb’s corner finds its way into the net. 5-2.


Bethany continued to dominate the ball in the final minutes of the match and an excellent sixth goal was scored when Alfie Munthali won the ball in midfield and played in Felix Hardie, he moved it out of his feet with one touch and curled the ball into the bottom corner past the diving keeper.


VIDEO: Felix completes the scoring for Bethany with a great goal. 6-2.


A great team performance with good football and character on display.


Final score: Bethany 6-2 Claremont

Player of the Match: Seb Hickmott

Coaches Player of the Match: Jack Le Vine

Football | Bethany U15 v Lingfield College (away)

Bethany travelled to Lingfield College on Monday afternoon. It was a very competitive first half, where both side’s battled for superiority in the middle third. The pitch was rather boggy in places but both sides attempted and succeeded in playing some very good passing football and created scoring opportunities. However, hardworking defences on both teams ensured neither side were able to break the deadlock and at half time a score line of 0-0 was a fair reflection of the game.


Lingfield started the second half strongly and with Bethany continuing to defend well, they struggled to find a breakthrough. Midway through the half, Bethany started to dominate with some good play from the back line into the middle third. A ball over the top turned the Lingfield back four and with the goalkeeper coming out to clear, excellent pressure form Charlie Eddy resulted in him charging down the ball and then slotting home for the opening goal. Shortly after, captain Oscar Scott, who was superb in midfield all match, made a fantastic pass to Ben Krovina on the edge of the box, who powered a shot into the top corner from 25 yards. This was quickly followed by the same combination and the same result when Ben grabbed his second goal of the game. In the final minutes, a Bethany corner resulted in a scramble in the Lingfield box, eventually Jacob Chesterton calmly slotted the ball home for a fourth goal to complete a good win for Bethany.


Final score: Bethany 4-0 Lingfield College

Player of the Match: Charlie Eddy

Coaches Player of the Match: Oscar Scott





Football | Bethany U15A v Farringtons

Bethany hosted Farringtons School on Thursday afternoon.


Having played Farringtons away and wining comfortably in September, Thursday was an opportunity for the team to achieve their first double of the season. Having started the game positively and scoring early, all was going to plan. However, Farringtons showed great character and quickly grew into the game and applied pressure to the Bethany team and won two corners in quick succession. Bethany sadly switched off, and with several Farringtons players unmarked in our penalty area the opposition scored to equalise. Bethany then lost their shape and struggled to achieve the passing and control standards they are capable of, mainly due to the sticky pitch. Making mistake after mistake, Farringtons took advantage and converted chances to end the first half with a 4-1 advantage.


After a half time discussion to reset both individually and collectively, Bethany started the second half with greater intensity and retention of the ball. With fantastic character and determination from the team, Bethany battled with determination for every ball, winning tackles all over the pitch, and defensively narrowed off, making it hard for the opposition to break the team down. Offensively, Bethany made the pitch as big as possible, often making the right passing decision to players in space. Players were breaking lines with both runs off the ball, and long and short passes. Bethany soon scored their second goal of the match, and a third goal quickly followed. At 3-4, Bethany started to believe in themselves, and a draw could be achieved. The team pushed and harried Farringtons in every position on the pitch, finally scoring their fourth goal and tied the game up at 4-4.


Not content with a draw, Bethany continued to push, playing on the front foot and creating attacks and shots on goal. The pressure finally took its toll and Bethany scored the winner in the final minute of the match.


A great game for the players, with every player displaying great character and resolve to come back from 1-4 down to win the match 5-4.


Final score: Bethany 5-4 Farringtons

Player of the Match: Daniel Vila Garcia

Coaches Player of the Match: Oscar Scott

Football | Bethany U15B v Farringtons

The U15B football team hosted Farringtons School on Thursday. On a damp afternoon, the Bethany team faced a stronger Farringtons team than the one that they faced in early September. The game started well for the home team with an early deflected goal for Felipe Ayala Calero within the first few minutes. Farrington’s hit back five minutes later when Bethany’s goalkeeper struggled with the wet conditions and accidently diverted a catch into the goal.


Bethany dominated the play for the next 15 minutes and some lovely passing from Henry Shaw, he set up Jacob Chesterton who finished in style. With just seconds left in the first half, Bethany’s goalkeeper unfortunately let the ball trickle through his legs to make the score 2-2.


The second half began and the home side started well, forcing the Farringtons goalkeeper into making some great saves. Farringtons then made some substitutions which gave them some fresh legs, and against a tiring Bethany bare eleven this advantage for the away team started to show. As Bethany started to get tired that allowed the away team to break through the Bethany defence twice in quick concession to score two goals and take the overall score to 2-4.


As the conditions worsened in the rain, Farringtons scored 3 more goals to seal the win. Bethany never gave up and after some positive words from the coach, they hit back with a well deserved third goal from Javier Pena Llanes.


In the final minutes, Bethany created three more good chances that all somehow managed to hit the woodwork. In the final minute of the game, Jackson Skillicorn spotted the keeper out of position and powered a shot towards goal that was destined for the back of the net, but an excellent recovery and full stretch save from the goalkeeper thwarted him.


Final score: Bethany 3-7 Farringtons

Player of the Match: Lucien Franklin

Coaches Player of the Match: Filipe Ayala Calero