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On Thursday the 8th December an elite team of 4 of our finest Chemists from Year 9, 10 and 11 competed in a regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s – Top of the Bench competition at Reed’s School in Cobham and there was strong academic competition on the night. The competition itself consisted of a practical exam and written exam sat individually by all the boys. In the past we have always came second but for the first time this year we won this regional heat.
We are waiting to see if the boys will progress to the next round but what a fantastic result! Congratulations to Callum Houghton-Flory Y10, Ashwin Sajeev Y11 , Christian Cases and Priyansh Mahajan, both Y9.
Congratulations to the boys below who sat the British Physics Olympiad. This year over 1,680 students participated. Top 50 means in the entire country! So well done to Chris and also Navonil who is only in Year 11 and competing against boys 2 years senior to him.
Gold (Top 50)
Students who achieved a “Gold (Top 50)” award will be invited to participate in BPhO Round 2, the next round in the British Physics Olympiad competition, and BAAO Olympiad if they are interested in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad. These are set for Monday 30 January 2017 and Monday 23 January 2017 respectively.
This year’s exciting drama production, The Comedy of Errors, which is to take place in the Drama Studio (the Main Hall is out of action as it is serving as our temporary dining hall during the building of its replacement) will run from Monday, 6 February to Thursday 9 February at 7 pm with an additional matinée and evening performance on Saturday 4 February.
The play, one of William Shakespeare’s early plays, is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. It tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth, Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.
The younger members of the choir had a busy week recording for a commercial and for the Blankety Blank Christmas Special – to be aired on Christmas Eve on ITV at 6.30pm. The boys were well looked after at ITV Studios and certainly enjoyed the whole experience, particularly the revolving stage.
On Tuesday 29th November, Tiffin went to Ibstock Place School for the 2nd annual German Debating Competition. Tiffin put forward teams of 2 contestants in each of the 3 year groups: Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13.
The tournament consists of 3 rounds of debate on three different motions all done entirely in the German language. The contestants did not know which side they would represent until they were in the debating chamber.
The competition this year was stronger than ever but the level of fluency and spontaneous argument from both our Year 12 and Year 13 teams was excellent. Sebastian Tyrrall and Joe Dumpleton had to argue a range of topics: that social media has too many negative effects; that German bands should be forced to sing in German. Sanchith Nadanakumar and Andrew Siu had to argue that the Olympic Games were a waste of money, and in favour of the use of high pressure water to release shale gas from reserves deep underground. The Tiffin Year 11 team was actually selected from Year 10, but both Abiram Uthyakumar and Euan O’Connor proved more than able. They argued amongst other things that young people should have a part-time job, but that homework should be banned! Euan and Abiram (pictured below) won all three debates, and secured top spot by a single point over the hosts, and that is a very special achievement for two boys competing in a higher age group. They are all to be congratulated for their immense preparation and fluent logical arguments. IN GERMAN!!!!
With carols led by our Boys’ Choir, and an audience of Tiffin friends and supporters, this was a highlight of the Tiffin year and a very special occasion. The Service was recorded last night and will be broadcast on Classic FM at 8 pm on Wednesday 21 December.
Taking part in readings were Old Tiffinians, Gethin Anthony, the actor of Game of Thrones fame, Arun Harinath, top-order batsman with Surrey, together with Griff Rhys Jones, Anne Robinson and Jenny Seagrove.
On Monday 21st of November, Tiffin’s Jack Petchey Award winners were presented with their awards by the Mayor of Richmond and the Deputy Mayor of Kingston at the Richmond Theatre.
These boys were nominated by their peers for these awards for their contributions to the Tiffin community. They were then chosen by the Jack Petchey committee of the School Council. Mr Martin Williams was also given the prestigious Jack Petchey Leader Award for his phenomenal contribution to school badminton and cricket over the last 40 years.
The Cross Country Borough Championships took place on Thursday 10 November at Surbiton playing fields in Hinchley Wood. This was a challenging course, as there was a very muddy, steep hill, which hindered even the strongest runners. The sun was shining, but it was bitterly cold, but this did not put off our dedicated Tiffin cross country team.
The year 7s put in a tremendous effort, especially Joseph Dickinson, but Richard Challoner were strong opposition, with two of their students achieving 1st and 2nd place.
The Juniors ran impressively with Eyoel Abebaw-Mesfin gaining 1st place, Tom Armstrong 2nd and Will Murphy 3rd. Tiffin further secured 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th place in the Juniors race, leaving the other schools astonished.
Eric Williams came 3rd in the Inters race, with Luca Jackson, David Mason and Anish Hussain closely behind, running with determination and pace. Arthur Morris and Humphrey Allen put in a tremendous effort to secure overall 4th and 5th place.
There was tough competition, with ten schools competing in the championships. Tiffin triumphed and won overall, gaining the cup for yet another year. Overall Tiffin won the Juniors, Inters and Seniors team races, which is a remarkable achievement.
Our dancers are very much looking forward to performing at the half-time interval at the England v Australia Rugby League International this Sunday; what a fantastic opportunity for these talented individuals.