For the past few weeks, Bright World’s Partner school, Bethany School, has been a hive of activity.
With everyone excited for the holidays, the celebrations started with each boarding house hosting their own Christmas parties which were very much enjoyed by the children.
There was also a lovely occasion on Saturday 12th December when, as part of Bethany School’s incredible 150th celebration, the students played a rugby match against Claremont School which ended in an honourable draw. After the game, the school hosted an excellent meal in the presence of former England rugby player, Rory Jenkins, who entertained everyone with tales of his experiences as a sportsman. Congratulations to Bethany School on reaching such a momentous milestone and for 150 years of excellence!
“For me, the highlight of this week has been the Carol Service. Once again it was very well received and I am delighted that the retiring collection raised £1100, which was split evenly between the Paddock Wood Food Bank called The Community Storehouse and The Red Cross Crisis Appeal.
I was also pleased that on the final day of term I was able to source a pantomime company who performed ‘Cinderella’. All of the pupils enjoyed it and, in particular, the Year 7 and 8 pupils, who were totally engrossed in the production.” Francie Healy –Headmaster
Immediately after the pantomime, a large number of staff dressed in period costumes to sing some of the songs from the hit musical ‘Oliver’. This was a great surprise for the children and they seemed to enjoy the costumes if not the sound of their teachers’ singing!
On a slightly more serious note, this coming holiday is a very important one for Year 11 because they have their mock examinations immediately upon their return on Tuesday, 5th January. Both Bright World and Bethany School very much hope that they will revise in a structured way, which also allows them time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Finally, on behalf of Bethany School, we would like to wish you all glad tidings this holiday season and we hope that 2016 is everything you wish it to be.
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