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Individual Table Tennis success

2 March 2018 by

The U16 South London individual qualifiers took place on Tuesday 6 February. Darshan Kumaresan,  Krushan Krishnananthan, Luca Chan and Tom Ogle headed to Wallington. All players were impressive against some fierce opposition, with Darshan and Krushan progressing to the quarter-finals.


The U13 South London individual qualifiers took place on Friday 9 February. Ashrith Behara, Harshil Shah, Oliver Cheung, Aarya Karthik, Parin Shah and Qais Kamaraldin went to Whitgift. The standard was exceptionally high; Harshil, Qais and Oliver each won 2 matches but narrowly missed out on qualification from the group stages based on games won. In the round of 16 an unlucky draw pitted Tiffin against Tiffin, Aarya vs. Parin. It was a thrilling match that went right to the wire, Aarya winning in the final game. Further misfortune in the draw saw Tiffin against Tiffin in the quarter finals, Aarya vs. Ashrith. Incredibly shots from both players dazzled spectators but it would be Ashrith’s day, as he progressed to the semi-finals and booked his place in the London individual championships. In the semi-finals we were in awe of the quality of table tennis on show, Ashrith narrowly missing the final.


Well done to all competitors!



Team Maths Challenge success

2 March 2018 by

On Tuesday 27th February, the formidable team of Ojas Gulati, Nathaniel Johnson, Benedek Szilvásy and Jack Yu journeyed down to Churcher’s College in Petersfield to take part in a regional final of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge. The team breezed through the first two rounds working together to ensure a perfect score with plenty of time to spare. They continued their success in the afternoon –  not even dropping a single mark in the notorious shuttle round – to win the competition by a large margin and earn themselves a place in the national final in June.


Congratulations go to the boys for their dedication in preparing for the day, resulting in Tiffin’s best performance yet.



British Institute of Human Rights presentation evening

2 February 2018 by

On the evening of Monday 22 January 16 Year 9 boys travelled to Surbiton High School to conclude a project that they had been working on for 3 months with the British Institute of Human Rights.



During a trip to Queen Mary University on 1st November, the 16 Boys were introduced to the topic of Human Rights and were able to ask questions about specific Human Rights and what they protect. The boys both asked and answered questions excellently during the workshop and showed a real interest in the subject that impressed the University lecturers.


Following on from the workshop the boys conducted a research project in to an area of Human Rights that interested them. In groups of four, they decided upon a question and worked together to produce a 3-4,000 word report in answer to their inquiry. These were submitted in December, before the boys embarked upon producing a presentation for the evening in January.



The presentation evening itself was a celebration of all the boys’ hard work that went in to the projects, and a chance for the groups to explain what they found interesting in their research and to give parents and teachers in the audience an understanding of their projects. The boys were simply brilliant and were able to discuss very sensitive Human Rights matters with excellent maturity. Each group should be very proud of their achievements and dedication to completing the project in their own time. The groups and their topics are outlined here; well done to all involved.



Jack Yu, Roman Nicholas, Austin Taylor, Jotaro Takanohashi – Refugees in the UK, are we doing enough?

Alistair Brendon, Joe Murphy, Will Murphy, Shubhan Mannyamgari – Is it ever Right to Restrict Someone’s Right to Liberty? (Winner of Best Presentation on the Night)

Ibrahim Ejaz, Arrian Tabatabai, Aadit Dudhane, Joshua Cruice – Does prohibiting 16 Year Olds from Voting infringe upon their Human Rights? (Winner of Best Researched Project)

Bulcsu Diossi, Ameer Morshed, Zameer Shahpurwala, Will Tillotson – Should Workers in the United Kingdom have more rights?


Mr A Watkins

History Department


Visit by author Ross Welford

2 February 2018 by

On Thursday 18 January, Year 7 was paid a special visit by best-selling author Ross Welford, who has written, ‘Time Travelling with a Hamster‘, ‘What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible‘ and ‘The 1000-Year-Old Boy’. He spoke to Year 7 with much humour as he described his latest book (The 1000-Year-Old Boy). He even gave us an exclusive look inside what he is planning for his next exciting book! We were given a tutorial on how to write a story and we even made up our own as a year group. At the end, he signed books that students had bought.


Tiffin House Singing

2 February 2018 by

The House Singing on Wednesday 31 January was a triumph of teamwork and musical performance, demonstrating the breadth, depth and importance of singing in the school.


The evening began with the ATB Solo Song category, won by Vith Ketheeswaranathan (DW) with a subtle and beautifully characterised rendition of Butterworth’s Is my Team Ploughing? Euan O’Connor (DW) scooped second place, and made singing in French look easy, and Duncan Tarboton (R) came in third, holding the audience captive throughout his performance of Howells’ King David. Ben Gibson (TN) turned out a really lovely performance of Vaughan Williams’ Silent Noon, while Rory McKeon’s (KM) Widmung was both beautiful and appropriately giddy. Nnaemeka Anyamele (TN) closed the category with a wonderfully characterful movement from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, which demonstrated a real understanding of the music he was singing.


Turing-Nightingale took the trophy for the Part Song category, with a cheeky and light-hearted performance of Perry Como’s Magic Moments, closely followed by Kingsley-Montgomery, for whom Rory McKeon had arranged Amy Winehouse’s Our Day Will Come. Raleigh took third place with a resonant rendition of Fields of Gold.


The Treble Solo Song category was won by Daniel Blaze (KM), with an extremely moving performance of Howells’ King David. Henry Studholme (L) came second, having confidently sung a lilting tune by John Jeffrys, and Milo Morrod (CG) delivered a sensitive performance of Henry Purcell’s Here the Deities, coming in third place.


Unison Song was the most fiercely contested category, with the tone set by Churchill-Gordon who strode onto the stage in their shirtsleeves and performed a spirited version (with actions) of Forget You by Cee Lo Green. Darwin Wilberforce took the opposite visual approach, standing in neat rows in pristine uniform, but their singing of Noel Gallagher’s Don’t Look Back In Anger was no less spirited, and gained them second place. The winners were Drake, confidently led by Nathan Langford through a precise and beautifully sung classic, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, in which every word was audible (no mean feat in the sports hall!) Kingsley Montgomery came third, singing Rather Be by Clean Bandit, with great dynamic variation and excellent resonance. The evening ended with Turing-Nightingale performing a hugely entertaining version of I’ll Make a Man Out of You from Disney’s Mulan.


Congratulations to all participants for a fantastic evening of performances, and special thanks to the leaders of the Unison and Part Song groups, and everyone who accompanied their house on the piano or drums. Rory McKeon deserves special mention for his conducting, which was judged not only the most spirited (despite being entirely the wrong way round), but also the most mimicable, and won him the coveted Baton award.


Success in UKMT Senior Maths Challenges

19 January 2018 by

On Tuesday 7 November 118 Tiffinians sat the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. We have become accustomed to excellent results and this year was no exception with 41 boys qualifying for the two prestigious follow on rounds. In addition Vincent Trieu achieved full marks on this paper – a very rare feat. This week we have received the results back from the UKMT Kangaroo competition (one of the follow-on rounds). A remarkable 13 boys have achieved a certificate of merit – the highest possible achievement in the Kangaroo paper and roughly equivalent to being in the top 2000 Sixth Form mathematicians nationally. The results from the 9 boys who qualified for the other follow-on round, The British Maths Olympiad, are still awaited.


Jack Petchey Awards to Tiffin staff and students

19 January 2018 by

On Wednesday, 22 November Tiffin’s Jack Petchey award winners were presented with their awards by the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Julie Pickering, at the Richmond Theatre. These boys were nominated by their peers and chosen by the school council for these awards based on their significant contributions to the Tiffin community.



Dr Frost was also given the prestigious Jack Petchey Leader Award for his phenomenal contribution to Tiffin through his excellent teaching and the provision of his website www.drfrostmaths.com, which receives about 50,000 hits a day and is having a major impact on maths teaching around the globe.  Dr Frost is pictured below.



Top of the Bench Competition

19 January 2018 by

For the second year in a row the finest Chemists from Years 9, 10 and 11, facing stiff  competition, went on to win the regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench competition. The event on the 16 January at Reed’s School in Cobham consisted of a practical test and written quiz sat individually by all the boys. The winning team not only beat the next nearest team by 12 marks but also Linn Lu was the first boy this year to get full marks on one round!


We are waiting to see if the boys will progress to the next round (it’s looking likely!) but what a fantastic result! Congratulations to Jack Yu 9CCC, Alistair Brendon 9RC, Jacob Maynard 10KB and Linn Lu 11AN.



Visit by Zac Goldsmith MP

15 December 2017 by

We are very grateful to Zac Goldsmith for giving up his time and coming in to speak with sixth formers and other boys last Friday, 8 December.  He was invited in by Nathan Langford, Head Boy (below left), and Adam Fereday, Deputy Head Boy (below right). Mr Goldsmith spoke for about 10 minutes and then took questions from the boys for the rest of the lunch break.




U13 Table Tennis success

15 December 2017 by

Further success for the U13 Tiffin Table Tennis team who, on the back of their first tournament win at Coombe Boys’ School, headed to Wilson’s school for the South London Table Tennis Team Championship.



The team, consisting of Ashrith Behara, Harshil Shah, Oliver Cheung and Aarya Karthik, faced tough opposition in the first round against Hampton School. In his debut match for the team Aarya was outstanding, not dropping a single game against his opponents. Impressive victories from all players resulted in a 6-2 win for Tiffin. Tiffin were superb in their semi-final against St Olave’s, dropping just one game enroute to a commanding 8-0 win.


The team faced their toughest challenge yet in the final against an experienced Wallington side. Brilliant wins from Ashrith and Harshil got Tiffin off to a flying start and after 5 sets, Tiffin were leading 4-1. Wallington dug deep and fought back to win the next 2 sets, leaving the match at 4-3. The final set between Harshil and Jacob proved to be the most tense of the competition and went right to the wire, with Jacob clinching it in the 5th game and tying the match at 4-4. Tiffin were victorious on games, winning 16-15, proving just how vital was each individual contribution.



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