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April 19, 2024

Headmaster’s Welcome


Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Welcome to the first week of the summer term. You would be forgiven for thinking it was winter given the coldness of the mornings. Perhaps that is another ironic example of global warming!

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The pupils have returned in good form and have settled back into School routines quickly. This term, of course, is examination term for so many pupils, and they will benefit from copious amounts of encouragement, guidance and support from the teaching staff. I wish the Year 7 and 8 pupils the best of luck in their internal assessments next week.

 

I am looking forward to the parent teacher meeting for Year 10 in the Assembly Hall next Friday.

 

As an Irishman, I remain somewhat bemused that the English do not make a fuss and celebrate St George’s Day. In Ireland, for example, St Patrick’s Day is a bank holiday and there are celebrations throughout the country.

 

I spoke about St George to the pupils in Wednesday’s assembly and reminded them that next Tuesday, 23rd April, is St George’s Day.

 

This reminds me of the following joke. An Irish person and an English person each tendered for a local government construction contract. The Irish person quoted £300,000 for the job and the English native gave a much larger quote of £900,000. When asked to justify the tenders, the Irish person said their quote could be divided into three parts namely; “£100,000 for labour, £100,000 for materials and £100,000 profit”. The English person was asked to explain their bid to the local Government official and they replied “£300,000 for you, £300,000 for me and we give the job to the Irishman”.

 

Happy St George’s Day to everyone.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Francie Healy

Headmaster

Bethany Battle in Southern Final of National Cup


After beating Milton Abbey School back in March, the Bethany U16 football team reached the Southern Final of the National Cup.

 

On Wednesday 17th April, Bethany hosted Cokethorpe School in the Southern Final in what proved to be an exciting clash between the two teams. The winner would go on to play the Northern Final winners in the National Final.

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A very close first half saw both teams battling away to gain the advantage, possession was pretty much dominated by Cokethorpe, who settled the quickest, successfully stringing together some well worked passing patterns, often looking to play a long diagonal ball to try and expose the Bethany full backs.

 

Bethany defended stoically, with the defence finding themselves under increasing pressure. Bethany goalkeeper, Hux Maunder-Allan, was superb with his positioning, sweeping up any long ball that came through the middle. Bethany fullbacks defended both flanks very well, and on occasions when they were defeated, the centre back’s and midfielders dealt with any issues very well. As the first half was drawing to the close, Cokethorpe found a way through and broke the deadlock. Bethany finished the first half 0-1 down, but were very much still in the game.

 

Bethany started the second half as the better side, coming close on a number of occasions. A fine save from the Cokethorpe goalkeeper prevented George Vincent from equalising, and at this stage it seemed as though the visitors started to lose their confidence. However, Bethany failed to capitalise on their dominance, whilst Cokethorpe started to settle and gain more possession and a new found confidence. With 30 minutes to go, fitness levels and fresh legs made a positive difference for Cokethorpe as the visitors then scored three quick goals in the dying embers of the game to rubber stamp their victory.

 

After the game, Mr DeSouza, Bethany U16 football coach, said, “Firstly, I’d like to thank to the ground staff, who provided a fantastic surface for both teams. On the day, Cokethorpe were the better side and we wish them the very best against the Northern champions. We are very proud of all of our players who contributed to us reaching the southern final, they ran themselves into the ground. Our players gave everything, some carrying injuries for a considerable amount of time before reluctantly being substituted. This was Bethany’s first final, an achievement the players should be very proud of and hopefully a success we can build on in the future.”

 

Final score: Bethany 0-4 Cokethorpe School

 

 

 

 

 

Bethany 1st XI Kick Off Cricket Season


The first school cricket match of the year signifies the start of the Summer, and it was the 1st XI who got things underway with a T20 game away at King’s Rochester School.

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King’s got off to a slow start, on a slow early season but surprisingly dry looking pitch, as their opening batters struggled to score off excellent opening spells from both Ollie Hughes and Charlie Thorne. It was the former who struck first by uprooting the off stump of the King’s best batter. Ollie’s pace was just too quick for him.

 

The next few overs were more successful for King’s as they managed to capitalise on some early season bowling from Bethany to score a flurry of boundaries and push their score along very quickly. However, Bethany continued to take regular wickets and kept the opposition in check, mainly through the wonderful spin bowling of Josh Hughes. Josh bowled with a lot of guile and variation to which King’s found it hard to score highly from. Josh took the crucial wicket of their other opening batter (who scored a deserved 50) and then claimed another 2 wickets with deliveries that left the batters looking bemused!

 

There were other deserved wickets for Monty Farmer and Charlie Thorne along with a tight spell of middle overs bowling from captain Rob Vizard. A few fielding highlights included a one-handed catch by Archie Cashman whilst running backwards, and a very sharp catch from Josh Hughes at short mid-wicket. King’s ended their 20 overs on 120 for 7.

 

Bethany began their reply, only needing an average of 6 runs an over to win, in a steady and measured approach. In fact, our opening batters didn’t look troubled at all. King’s bowled steadily but it was their good fielding that kept Bethany from really getting to grips with the run chase.

 

Despite the final result, Bethany had an excellent first match of the season and if only one batter could have stayed around along with a little more focus in the field, Bethany could well have gone onto win the match. All bodes well for the season though.

 

Final result: King’s Rochester School won by 26 runs

Scores: King’s School Rochester – 120/7 and Bethany – 94/8

Player of the Match: Josh Hughes for his excellent spell of spin bowling