Week ending Friday 7 July 2017

It has been another extremely busy week!

We were delighted to welcome over 130 Year 5 students into Beths over three mornings this week.

This was a brand new initiative – hence the ‘invite only’ events - to see if this was something that the local community would find useful. The boys and their parents all enjoyed a personally-guided tour of the school by some of our Year 7 students.

Once the tours were finished, everyone returned to the Hall and enjoyed an excellent musical rendition from Yip Hoang in 9C. The boys were then set a quiz about the school asking questions like how many students did they think were currently at Beths, how many sports teams they thought we had, what languages were taught, how many houses we had, etc. Whilst the boys were being entertained, their parents joined the Headteacher, Deputy Head and Head Boy to hear about life at Beths and what the school could offer their son.

Our caterers, Independent Catering, also pulled out all the stops with home made cookies and drinks for all our visitors.

The three days were extremely successful and will remain a permanent feature of the school calendar. One delighted parent said: “I just wanted to say thank you for this morning. It really was a great opportunity to get a feel for the school before the onslaught in September and October, and we were very impressed by the school facilities, teachers and pupils that we met along the way.”

On Tuesday, we welcomed our new Year 7 boys to school for their induction day. They, once again, met their Form Tutors and Head of Year and were accompanied all day by 12 Year 7 Ambassadors. The Head Boy and Girl helped out in the morning and were joined by the House Captains in the afternoon who ran a series of sporting events for the students to help them get to know each other. Year 7 will be joining the school, along with Year 12 students, on Monday 4 September to ensure they all have a smooth transition and an opportunity to find their way around the school’s site without all the other students in. Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 will all start their Autumn term on Tuesday 5 September.

On Wednesday, it was our Higher Education and Careers day and evening event for all Year 12 students. During the day our Year 12 students were in presentation carousels for higher education and careers and the day was finished off with the Higher Educaton and Careers Fayre. The presentations were delivered by Leeds, Sussex, Kings College London, Birmingham, UEA, Northampton and Lincoln Universities and the careers presentations by our Prospects representatives with support from ‘Education & Employers’ an organisation linked to the charity Inspiring the Future.
During the evening we were delighted to welcome over 50 representatives from universities and the careers sector.

This event gives students the opportunity to discuss their possible career paths with universities and employers within a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

We were extremely lucky that the weather was absolutely glorious for the entire week ensuring that all our events took place as planned.

As we head towards the weekend the first half of Year 8 are looking forward to making their way to ‘Camp’ in the New Forest – something they have heard talked about since they first visited the school and now get the chance to experience for themselves.

Finally, as a reminder to parents and carers, our Art and Photography Exhibition takes place in the Hall from 17.30-20.00 on Wednesday 12 July and you are all very welcome to join us whilst we celebrate the spectacular work that our artists have achieved.