Bethany offers warm welcome to new pupils and staff

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With pupils joining Bethany School in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12, there are plenty of new faces to welcome this term, as well as new staff members Nicola Rendall-Jones (Head of English as an Additional Language), Alex Garcia (Teacher of Spanish), Adrian Staiano (Teacher of Geography), Richard Clough (Teacher of History) and Tom Henson (Teaching Assistant and Trainee Teacher).

At Bethany we recognise that moving to a new school is a stressful experience for pupils of all ages, and we run a comprehensive induction programme to help them get to know the School and each other. On Thursday 30th August, we welcomed new Year 7 pupils to join us on for a morning with their new tutors and tutor groups. There were smiles all round as they arrived and found out which of their new friends they would be sharing tutor time with!

Our new boarders have been welcomed the previous day and joined a comprehensive induction programme that allows them to get to know each other, and the staff in each of their boarding houses, before the other pupils arrive for the start of term. Co-ordinated by Pastoral Deputy, Alan Sturrock, the new boarders were welcomed with a BBQ hosted by the Headmaster outside The Orchard, where all new boarding pupils stay for their induction weekend.

The following day, pupils received a tour of the School and were taken to Barsleys, the School’s uniform supplier, to ensure that they were properly attired for the new term starting on Monday. Their uniforms and sports kits acquired, pupils receiving English as an Additional Language (EAL) support were assessed by the new Head of EAL, Nicola Rendall-Jones, and all had the opportunity to take part in sporting activities including swimming and basketball later in the day. In the evening, everyone was treated to a meal at a boarders’ favourite: Honeymoon Garden Chinese restaurant in Paddock Wood.

At the weekend, pupils enjoyed a hearty brunch on the Saturday and were then free to enjoy the delights of Battle and Hastings before cooking dinner together as groups. On the Sunday, they visited Royal Tunbridge Wells and then moved to their individual houses with their new Housemasters/Housemistress to meet the returning boarders and form what will, for many, be lifetime friendships.

Welcome to Bethany!