Today, we welcome back our students to the second half of Hilary Term.

Our students in Years 11, 12 and 13 begin their mock examinations tomorrow: this is a very important stage of the academic year for them indeed. Good luck to all involved!

Please do read this week’s notices, especially those that may require a response…or your participation in events organised by, or in conjunction with, the PTA.

With thanks and best wishes,

Anthony Wilkinson


The PTA met this morning to discuss the planning of a few upcoming events of which parents shall be informed in greater detail in due course. The PTA warmly welcomes any parent to come along and attend its meetings, which generally take place in the school Library at 8.15am on the first Monday each calendar month.

PTA Events for Your Diary

Please pencil in (TO BE CONFIRMED)…

Saturday 25th March – Poker Night
Saturday 10th June – Fun Day and BBQ at the beach


There is a large amount of lost property using up valuable space (and air freshener!) in Ms Bain’s office. As such, and given the poor response to previous invitations for students to come and reclaim their belongings, final notice is hereby given to students (or parents) to rummage through what could prove to be a treasure trove of cherished stationery, PE kit, footwear, uniform, water flasks or lunch boxes. All unclaimed items remaining at the end of this week will be donated to charity.


We have asked students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to complete a survey about IGCSE courses, taking into account the possibility of adding Music and/or Physical Education to the range of IGCSEs we offer. These are both academic courses with a practical component; more information is available at


Whether we are able to offer either or both of these courses all depends on viable uptake.

The survey must be returned by Tuesday 7th March.

Survey of Student Eating Habits

We shall be surveying all students this week to enquire about their eating habits, conscious of the fact that not all of them enjoy a proper breakfast or lunch. We invite all responses to be given anonymously. Together with the PTA, we are looking at the possibility of setting up a breakfast club, which could run from 0715 to 0745, if the need is proven. This is not intended to give most students an extra ten minutes in bed in the morning! It is a serious attempt to ensure that all our students have access to the proper nutrition to ensure that they are ‘thinking fit’ when they arrive for class.

Dan Alon Presentation

The postponed talks which were to be given by former Israeli Olympic athlete, Dan Alon, earlier this year have now been re-scheduled. Mr Alon will address school students in Brayton Hall on Wednesday 15th March. Parents are invited to hear him speak at the public event the following evening, Thursday 16th March.

Dan Alon, born 28 March 1945) is a former Israeli fencer. He competed in the individual foil event at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He was placed fourth in round one with three wins and two losses and advanced to round two, where he placed fifth with two wins and three losses, and was eliminated.

He was among six Israeli team members that avoided being captured by terrorists in the Munich massacre. He and four teammates were in apartment 2 of the building at Connollystrasse 31, and while the terrorists captured the Israeli residents in nearby apartments 1 and 3, they passed by this apartment, presumably led to believe by one of the kidnapped Israelis that this apartment was not occupied by Israelis. All five residents of apartment 2 managed to leave the building through the garden and flee to safety.

In 2012, Alon released a book entitled Munich Memoir, co-authored by Carla Stockton, recounting his experiences at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and the impact on his life.

On July 26, 2013, Alon wrote a public letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging Israel’s cooperation in a lawsuit brought against the Bank of China by the parents of an American teenager killed in a 2006 terrorist attack.