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March 28, 2024

Headmaster’s Welcome

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome to the end of the Spring term. A number of pupils had mental health talks on Tuesday given by Jenny Langley from The Charlie Waller Trust. The pupils I spoke to afterwards found them most informative and insightful.

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Our Gold Duke of Edinburgh candidates departed for the Lake District this morning, and I hope that the weather is kind to them over the next few days.


The Annual Staff versus Leavers football match was once again very competitive. The final result was 2-1 to the Staff, played in challenging conditions.


The Summer term starts for boarders on Monday evening 15th April and they should return after 6pm with teaching starting the following morning.


I hope you all manage to have a lovely Easter, and that our Year 11 and 13 pupils do some effective revision.


The good news for pupils in Years 7 and 8 is that their examinations start week beginning 22nd April, which is the second week of next term. This will, no doubt, please them no end!


I thought I should leave you with this snippet – An Irishman, Mick, was leaving church on Easter Sunday, when Father Solomon, who was standing at the door to shake hands with the parishioners, grabbed Mick by the hand and pulled him aside. Father Solomon said “You need to join the army of the Lord”. Mick replied “Thank you for the invitation but I am already in the Army of the Lord”. Father Solomon asks “Then why don’t I see you except at Christmas and Easter?”. Mick whispered back “I am in the Secret Service”.


I hope you all have a great Easter.


Yours sincerely,


Francie Healy


Latest Bethany Blog

MFL Blog

The final Bethany Blog of the Spring Term has been written by Mr Willis, Head of MFL at Bethany School. He celebrates how hard pupils have been working in and how Year 13 have been honing their exam skills.

Celebrating Achievements in Modern Foreign Languages

Pupils have been working really hard over the term and as you can see have produced some very fine work.


In Year 9, pupils have been looking at the imperfect tense and have produced some writing on how their life used to be like. Here is a brilliant example from Noah.  


Je m’appelle Noah,  

Quand j’étais petite. J’habitais à Croydon c’était dangereux et ennuyeux.  

Maintenant, j’habite à Tunbridge Wells c’est très joli.  

Mon école primaire était de taille moyenne le bâtiment était moderne mais laid. Il y avait deux cents élèves.  

Quelle était ta matière préférée?  


Year 9 have also been having a go at some GCSE exam papers and the following pupils did exceptionally well in gaining these ‘grades’ two years before they’d sit GCSEs: Verity – grade 8, Sebastian – grade 6, Penelope – grade 5, Eleni – grade 6, Lily – grade 7, Noah – grade 5, Luke – grade 5.


In Year 7, we marked their 100 days in school with their favourite words in French and Spanish and they created a cool display.  





Year 10 have been working hard on their speaking skills following their end of year examinations and have been practising the role plays and picture cards. And of course Year 11 and Year 13 they have been honing their exam skills in preparation for the examinations which will happen shortly after the Easter holidays.  


This year we have pupils in Year 11 sitting examinations in French, Spanish, Mandarin and for the 1st time, Persian. In Year 13, there are pupils sitting examinations in French and Mandarin. They will all be revising hard over the Easter holidays ready for their speaking examination shortly after Easter.


Good luck to them all!


Mr Willis

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Staff v Leavers Football Match

With no other sports fixtures during the last week of term, all eyes were on the eagerly anticipated annual Staff v Year 13 Leavers football match on Thursday afternoon. The Staff team were looking to bounce back with a victory this year after losing last year in a penalty shootout.

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In what was horrendous footballing conditions, the annual Staff v Leavers football match definitely wasn’t one for the football purist.


The first half saw the Leavers with the wind behind them and creating numerous chances. Mr Hampton, in goal for the Staff team, making several important saves to keep the game at 0-0 going into half time.


The Staff team fancied their chances as the second half began as they now had the wind behind them and looked to exploit the long ball tactic. However, it was the Leavers who took the lead shortly into the second half. A perfectly executed counter attack saw the Leavers in behind the Staff team’s backline. The ball was beautifully squared by Jolyon Bardoe-Pout to Femi Folarin who duly tucked the ball into the back of the net. 1-0 Leavers.


VIDEO: Femi gives the Leavers the lead 1-0


The Staff team weren’t behind for long, and equalised shortly after, a long throw by Mr DeSouza was then hooked on at the near post by Mr Henson, it dropped at the feet of Mr Evans who slotted the ball into the empty net to bring the score to 1-1.


VIDEO: Mr Evans brings the scores level at 1-1


Both teams looked leggy as the rain then began to pour, adding another challenging element into the mix and another penalty shootout loomed. Until, with a couple of minutes to go, Mr Harris found a pocket of space in the centre of midfield, his through ball saw Mr Vickerman dribble round the onrushing goalkeeper. He then looked up and produced a delicate shot right into the top corner to give the Staff team the lead 2-1.


VIDEO: Mr Vickerman gives the Staff team the lead


The final whistle blew shortly after and a confirmed win for the Staff team. Roll on next year….!


Final score: Staff 2-1 Leavers