27 April 2017

Dear Parents, Colleagues, Governors and Boys of Abingdon,

I hope all Abingdon families were able to have a restful and refreshing Easter. As you will see from the links below, a large number of our pupils were out on various trips that took place over the holiday, ranging from a language exchange in France to cricket in Sri Lanka. It is great to see so many pupils taking advantage of these opportunities for personal development and I am grateful to my colleagues who put so much time and effort into organising these trips.

The summer term is always rather overshadowed by the public examination season, as well as our internal exams. I hope our pupils will heed the advice that they have been given about revision as they undertake exam preparation. Although exams are undoubtedly important, our pupils need to develop a balanced approach to revision that gives them time for fresh air and exercise alongside their work; research confirms the value of exercise in improving memory and recall and it will help keep our boys happy and relaxed through the exam season. Please do get in touch with your son’s tutor or Housemaster if you have any concern about exam preparation or if you feel that your son is struggling; we all want to help and see your sons do their very best.

Of course there are many other events to enjoy over the course of this term. It’s been great to see our cricketers and tennis-players out already enjoying the sunshine, even though the temperature appears to be plummeting as I write…  It’s a busy term for our rowers, of course, with the National Schools’ Regatta and Henley to look forward to, while on the arts front our musicians will be in action in the Spring Concert and again later in the term. I’m sure not least that the boys will be looking forward to Abingdon’s Got Talent in the Amey Theatre on 10 May, when they will be performing alongside girls from St Helen and St Katharine’s.

Our contractors have made good progress on the Beech Court project over Easter. The demolition of the former Geography department is now complete and preparations are being made for the laying of the foundations of the new building. Over on War Memorial field our cricketers will soon be able to hone their skills on the new cricket nets and artificial surface, as this facility is due to open in the next ten days.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those parents who have given sponsorship for my abseil down the tower of Dorchester Abbey to raise funds for the Dorchester Festival and the Sue Ryder Home in Nettlebed. I will be going over the top at 12.15pm on Saturday 29 April. Spectators are welcome… I hope not to let the School down and if you would like to provide some sponsorship, you can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michael-Windsor2.

I wish you and your family well for the coming term and look forward to meeting many of you in school soon.

Best wishes

Michael Windsor

Abingdon School News: 29 March – 26 April 2017

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