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The Tiffin Boys Choir perform at the Royal Albert Hall

15 December 2017 by

The Tiffin Boys Choir was superb at the Royal Albert Hall last night (Thursday 14 December), where they were singing in the BT Christmas Concert. The Concert was presented by Clare Balding and Chris Hollins, and involved a number of soloists including Laura Wright, as well as the London Concert Chorus and Orchestra, the London Community Gospel Choir and the Royal Marines Corps of Drums.




It was clearly an amazing privilege and fantastic opportunity for the boys to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in front of a packed audience numbering 5272. It was particularly special for Daniel McCarthy, in Year 8, who performed an incredible solo for Once in Royal David’s City. The boys were on stage for the whole concert.  Chris Hollins remarked to the audience that the Tiffin Boys Choir were stealing the show!



4th Annual German Debating Competition

23 November 2017 by

The Tiffin German Debating Team won 6, drew 1 and lost 2 of their 9 debates, which is the school’s best performance of all time.



The Debating Competition for boys in Years 11, 12 and 13 is a voluntary supplement to their studies in German. Only two pupils per year are selected from Tiffin. On Wednesday 15th November, the Tiffin German Debating team headed for the event hosted by Ibstock Place School. The competitors engage in very formal debates against students of the same age from other schools on a number of contentious issues. All the debates are held entirely in the German language, and are scored by independent umpires.  The competition highlights the wonderful adaptability, fluency and dedication that our students of German show. Well done to all involved!

60th Anniversary of the Tiffin Boys’ Choir

23 November 2017 by

120 guests, 30 Tiffin choirboys and 8 ‘Tiffinians’ gathered for the Dinner at the Antoinette Hotel, Kingston to celebrate the formation of the Tiffin Boys’ Choir in 1957 by former Tiffin School teacher, John Walker. We were delighted that a number of former Tiffin Choir Directors , including Simon Toyne and David Neild, were able to join us, along with many other former Tiffin staff and even some alumni who had been members of John Walker’s original Tiffin Choir.

The School Choir (below) began the evening by singing Britten’s ”Rejoice in the Lamb’, the Spanish song ‘Riu Riu Chiu’ and the Tiffin School Song ‘In Days of Old’, written in 1929. The School’s a-cappella group ‘The Tiffinians’ closed the evening by singing a selection of songs, including Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’.



Tiffinian represents Great Britain

23 November 2017 by

Tiffin Sixth Former, Bertie Cardillo-Zallo, represented Great Britain in the European Junior Acrobatic Gymnastics Championship, held over four days in October in Rzeszow, Poland, and which attracted teams from twelve countries.


Participating in the Men’s 4 Bertie had to demonstrate three acrobatic gymnastic skills: dynamic, balance and combined. Each individual’s skills help the team perform its acrobatic feats such as building human pyramids, somersaulting and aerial displays. Bertie and his fellow team members gave a series of outstanding performances and were well rewarded, gaining silver medals in three routines and coming second overall.



Well done on such an outstanding achievement!


Grand Slam at Cross-Country Borough Championships

10 November 2017 by

The Borough Championships took place on Thursday 2nd November in the grounds of Surbiton High School. The run, although not particularly long, was challenging due to undulating terrain and a particularly steep hill. It was therefore interesting to pace oneself on this course to ensure performance was maximised on the flatter ground. The races were split into four year groups. In Year 7 Connor Foley took first place and Oscar Luck came second. In Years 8 and 9 Tom Armstrong came first, Will Murphy came second and Euan Sinclair came third. In Years 10 and 11 Eric Williams came first and Eyoel Abebaw-Mesfin came second. In Years 12 and 13 Aaron Bruce won second. As well as these great results, it was particularly pleasing to see such a high turn-out from all year groups. The fantastic performance of all our runners culminated in Tiffin winning a grand slam of all 4 titles, for the first time this decade.


Young Historian Awards

10 November 2017 by

In July, Rasnaam Grover (left), Joseph Parkinson (centre) and Arth Kochhar (right) entered their end of year history projects in the Historical Association’s Young Historian Awards.  Their work focused on the historical significance of either WW1 or WW2.  All three were commended for their efforts and are pictured with their certificates. Well done to all three.



First success for newly founded Tiffin Table Tennis team

13 October 2017 by

On Tuesday 10 October a newly founded Tiffin Table Tennis team entered their first tournament at Coombe Boys’ School.



The U13s, consisting of Harshil Shah, Ashrith Behara, Oliver Cheung and Elvis Anim, impressed from the start and progressed easily to the semi-finals where they defeated Richard Challoner A. In the final against a seasoned Coombe A side, Harshil and Ashrith dominated their opponents, neither dropping a game. Further contributions from Oliver and Elvis in hard-fought contests saw the final tied at two matches each; Tiffin claimed the final winning 5-4 in games. A stunning victory!


Travel Plan Gold Accreditation

13 October 2017 by

Tiffin School has achieved Gold accreditation status for its Travel Plan thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Tiffin’s Year 10 TfL Youth Travel Ambassadors. This ranks Tiffin School in the top 10% of London Borough Schools to achieve this level of success.



Schools are required to develop a travel plan which promotes safe and sustainable travel to pupils, parents and staff. The plan must meet criteria set by the Department of Education (DfE) and the Department for Transport (DfT) and must also have their travel plans approved by Transport for London.


Travel plans usually:

  • improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists (showers, lockers and cycle parking)
  • promote cycling and provide cycle training
  • promote road safety
  • encourage car shares


Travel plans also benefit the local community, parents, students and staff:

  • the area often has less traffic – it becomes safer and less congested
  • people are encouraged to cycle or walk and be healthier
  • awareness of environmental issues increases
  • children develop road awareness and safety skills
  • travel options that are free or cheaper than using a private car are promoted
  • the need for parking spaces is decreased


The Damnation of Faust at the Barbican

29 September 2017 by

Simon Rattle’s second outing with the LSO, was given a 5 star review in The Times—”As the harps cast their golden glow and a duo of violins soared in sweet song, choirs of children slipped into the hall’s aisles to add their celestial spirit voices to the heavenly music.  When Rattle turned round to conduct the Tiffin Children’s Chorus and Tiffin Boys’ and Girls’ choirs, it felt like a gesture of welcome to everyone in the hall.”





You can listen to the whole performance or scroll to 2:32:31.  Additionally, Simon Rattle, James Day and boys from Tiffin Choir were interviewed here (scroll to 7:56 to see the boys).


Tiffin Boys sing at the Royal Opera House

29 September 2017 by

We were incredibly proud to have the Tiffin Boys’ choir sing in La bohème at the Royal Opera House, alongside the Childrens’ Chorus (a group of primary school children who rehearse weekly at school under our direction).  The children worked incredibly hard and the Royal Opera House were very pleased with them all.  The photo below ‘Parpignol Singing’ (which is the iconic section for the children in the opera) has been posted in numerous reviews, including in Spain!



La bohème is in rep at the Royal Opera House, London, until 10 October, and screened live in cinemas (and repeats around the world at a later date) on Tuesday 3 October.


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