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Weekly Newsletter

June 28, 2024

Headmaster’s Welcome

Dear Parents and Guardians,


It is hard to believe that this is the second last newsletter of this academic year.  As the end of term approaches, Bethany seems to get just busier and busier.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Speech Day last Saturday and I hope you did as well.  Apart from a shower of rain, the weather was kind to us.


This week has been dominated by the Junior School Production which this year is called “Curtain Call”. This has included excerpts from classical musicals such as Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang etc. The second and final performance is on tonight at 7pm in the Assembly Hall.


We had Grandparents’ Day on Wednesday, and we were pleasantly surprised when more grandparents than expected turned up.  There was a lovely atmosphere on campus and the feedback has been very positive indeed.


Today, we had a large number of Year 5 pupils, who have expressed an interest in becoming Bethany pupils in September 2025, spend a good portion of the day with us doing various workshops in Art, Performing Arts, Design Technology, Food & Nutrition, Science, High Ropes & Bushcraft and Football.  All of the pupils seemed fully engaged in all activities and had a great time.


Term finishes next week and the last three days of term Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are devoted to activities for the various year groups.  Separate details have already been sent on this.  School finishes at 5pm on Thursday 4th July, which of course also happens to be the date of the General Election.


I shall leave you with this quote from the famous comedian Groucho Marks on politics.  “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”


Hope you have a good weekend


Yours sincerely

Francie Healy


Bethany School’s Speech Day Celebrates Pupil Achievements


Bethany School’s annual Speech Day was a splendid celebration of achievements, a chance to welcome back Old Bethanians for Reunion Day, and a heartfelt farewell to the Year 13 Leavers.

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The lively morning event highlighted the school’s array of talents with live music, engaging performances, and remarkable displays of pupil work. Artwork, projects, and accomplishments from various subjects were showcased, visually representing the pupils’ hard work and dedication throughout the year. This celebration of creativity and academic excellence truly reflected the holistic educational experience offered at Bethany School.



The Speech Day program featured several insightful speeches from key members of the Bethany School community. Jonathan Fenn, Chair of Governors, opened with words of encouragement and gratitude for the pupils, parents, and staff, emphasizing the school’s dedication to providing a nurturing and supportive environment for every student.



Following Mr Fenn, the Headmaster reflected on the past year’s achievements and progress, highlighting Seven Steps to Happiness. He praised the pupils’ efforts and urged them to continue striving for excellence.



This year’s guest of honour was Ama Agbeze.  Ama is an England netball international. She represented England for many years – winning 100 caps – and she was captain when England won the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In 2019 she received an MBE for her services to netball.



She shared personal stories and motivational insights, encouraging pupils to pursue their dreams, and embrace future challenges.





The day culminated in the eagerly awaited prizegiving ceremony, where pupils were recognized and awarded for their outstanding achievements throughout the year. The ceremony showcased the diverse talents and accomplishments within the student body, reinforcing the school’s commitment to academic excellence, personal growth, and overall development.



After the prizegiving, attention shifted to the Year 13 Leavers, who enjoyed a special lunch in the school’s function suite. This event allowed the school community to bid farewell to the graduates, celebrate their time at Bethany School, and wish them well as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.





Speech Day was a resounding success, embodying the school’s commitment to nurturing talent, encouraging growth, and celebrating achievements. Through engaging performances, insightful speeches, and a joyful prizegiving ceremony, the event highlighted the rich and vibrant culture within the school. It not only recognized the pupils’ accomplishments but also served as a poignant reminder of the strong bonds forged within the Bethany School community.


Y12 university and boarders taster

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After some recent alumni feedback, we have been reminded about how some of our Leaver’s struggle with going from the ‘bubble that is Bethany’ to first year university halls and fending for themselves.  Prior to Covid, we used to have quite a few weekly/flexi boarders join us in Year 13 to help provide the transition between Sixth Form and university and the independence that halls of residence requires.

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To encourage pupils to consider weekly/flexi boarding as a bridging experience, even if for just a term, we offered a taster experience (Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June) for Year 12 day pupils.


Around a quarter of the day pupils in Year 12 took up the offer and had a great few days boarding in the Orchard!  Please find below a summary of their activities with pictures as testimony:


  • Trip to Aldi, where pupils were given £5 a head to buy ingredients for a ‘cooking on a budget’ meal experience (who knew that it would take some 25 minutes to find a clove of garlic in Aldi!  More like a needle in a haystack!)


  • Karina’s (Orchard housekeeper) ironing and washing machine masterclass – essential skills!



  • ‘Cooking on a budget’ experience with Mrs Iles (Food tech teacher) – a lovely scone based pizza, some tomatoe and pesto sauce pasta and eton mess as dessert!









  • Supervised prep


  • Watching the England vs Slovenia match (well…..watching the first half and giving up on the second!)


  • Using the gym and astro turf facilities


  • A boarders trip to Hastings – crazygolf (the recent Crazygolf world championships were held there!) followed by some coastal fish and chips







The participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves and Orchard staff thoroughly enjoyed hosting them!


If you are interested in flexi/weekly boarding please do feel free to contact the School Office ( to enquire further.