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A Level Results Day

A level Results Day is Thursday 16 August from 8am to 11.30am in the Hospitality Suite and GCSE Results Day is Thursday 23 August 8am to 11.30am in the Yang Science Centre.

Music 

End of Year Summer Concert - Thursday 28 June at 7pm at the Amey Theatre.  Our orchestras and bands are joined by the Gospel Choir for a feast of music, including Mozart's famous horn concerto rondo finale, Tchaikovsky's mighty Marche Slave and popular classics such as the main themes from the hit film, La La Land. It will also be a most fitting way to bid farewell to our musical leavers. Tickets are available. Do join us!

Paris to London Cycle: from a member of the cycle team

In August, seven lower 6th pupils will be cycling from Abingdon to Paris over the course of three days.  The ride will be around 210 miles, split into roughly 70 mile chunks each day.  The charity we are supporting is called Blue Skye Thinking.  Blue Skye Thinking supports research into the treatment of childhood brain tumours, striving to give all children diagnosed, a better chance of survival and improved quality of life during and post treatment. Run by volunteers, money donated goes directly to the forefront of research and wellbeing projects.  Brain tumours present a life changing experience.  Current treatment involves Surgery, plus a combination of Chemotherapy, and Radio or Proton Therapy, but each of these has devastating consequences in terms of side effects, both in the short term and over the long term. Research is trying to establish new innovative ways to treat childhood brain tumours, but this requires funding.  This charity is particularly close to our hearts as a few years ago, the 5 year old son of one of our school sports teachers, called Skye, sadly died due to a brain tumour.  This charity was set up by Skye's family. If you would like to read more about the work of the charity, please click on the link to the website: http://www.blueskyethinking.org.

Finally, we’d be really grateful for any sponsorship to the charity for our ride.  Below is the link to the Just Giving donation page. Anything you are willing to donate would be hugely appreciated by us, and the growing community behind the charity - it doesn't have to be huge, every bit counts.  We appreciate you will have many requests for sponsorship each year. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charles-hall. Thank you very much.  ASPA has recognised this endeavour by making an award to the group, which will be presented at Prize Giving tomorrow.  

School Notices - A Digital Platform for Independent School Parents  

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that we are a Member School of School Notices, a digital noticeboard for independent school parents that raises funds for schools. Free to join and free to buy and sell goods, rent houses and find work for gap year students. Exciting offers given by advertisers and new notices posted daily from a wide range of independent school parents, whilst also benefiting some of our school causes through the sharing of advertising income.  The School Notices website is accessible to all parents at www.schoolnotices.co.uk and please follow this link to register. You can also browse their Summer magazine which is out now. 

...For all Croquet Players...

The chance to buy a croquet slip over £25 for orders over 25, £31 for small orders, the order won't go ahead for less than 5 jumpers.  Image attached, they do come out rather large. Please click on the google form for ordering.

Reminder - Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 6 July 2018

Parents, OAs and current and former staff and governors, are invited to the OA Club's strawberries and Pimm's event at the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club tent in Henley Cricket Club car park during the afternoon tea break (usually between 4pm and 5pm). No RSVP required.

Driving along Park Road and Park Crescent: 20mph

Parents are asked to adhere to the speed limit along these private roads.

MYCO: This is Me - 7.30pm, Friday 6 & Saturday 7 July, Amey Theatre

An evening of sensational songs from the West End, Broadway and the silver screen.  Brought to you by the award-winning Musical Youth Company of Oxford.  Tickets £12 (£8 concessions) via the MYCO website or by calling 01865 686481.

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Closure of Bath Street, Abingdon: Monday 25 June to Friday 20 July 2018

Owing to gas repairs, Oxfordshire County Council have given us notice that Bath Street will again be closed.  Diversions will be indicated.

Joint Bus Service sign-up for September now open

On behalf of the JBS service, please accept the School's apologies for the unforeseen delays that have been encountered in the sign-up sheets for the Joint Bus Service which had been due to go live at the end of last month.  The good news is that the sign-up forms are now available on the JBS website.  Please see below for further information from the JBS team:

Firstly,  please accept our apologies for the delays that have prevented the launch of the new JBS booking portal whilst development work took place.  Unfortunately the work was more complicated and technical than first anticipated and as a result has taken some time to resolve and correct.  The website is now live and places can now be booked for travel from September.

If you have previously placed a booking in the old system then these bookings have been transferred over to the new system,  but to ensure completeness please log into your account and check the details and accuracy.  If you have emailed the JBS staff directly,  then these bookings are also in place and you should again login and check.  If you have any queries or concerns please email Tom Peeke at admin@jointbus.co.uk

Calendar change – half-term Michaelmas term 2019

Our term dates for 2019–20 were published on the website earlier than usual, in order to aid families in their planning. However, it has now come to our attention that the University Pre-Interview Assessment Day has been scheduled to be on Wednesday 30 October 2019. (In 2020 these assessments will fall later.) Given how many Abingdon School students are now involved in these tests, we hope you will understand that we need to modify the dates for the half-term due in 18 months’ time. We are making this change in conjunction with both St Helen and St Katharine’s, Abingdon Preparatory School and The Manor.

The start date of the Michaelmas half-term break will now be Friday 11 October 2019, not Friday 18 October 2019. The finish date will be Sunday 27 October, not Sunday 3 November. Please visit the Term and Key Dates page on the school website for a full list of term dates 2018–20; a revised term date schedule for academic year 2019-20 is also attached – all previous copies should be destroyed.  Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.  

Reminder: Careers Event for 4th/5th Year Pupils/Parents, Wednesday 20 June, 6pm to 7.30pm, Greening Court, Abingdon School

Might a career in Engineering, Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, IT, Law, Marketing, Media & Entertainment, Property, or Scientific Research be somewhere in your son’s future?  If so, you and he are invited to attend an event entitled ‘The Truths and Myths Behind Ten Often Misunderstood Careers’ at which we will be exploring the truths and busting some myths behind these ten career areas. Working professionals willshare their insights and clarify common misunderstandings about their occupation.  At the event, pick up a new career guidance booklet (or view it online)  No booking is necessary, just turn up. Questions?  Contact Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance, michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk.

Music Notices

  • Wednesday 21 June at 6pm in the Amey Theatre - Lower School Gala Concert.
  • A reminder to LS parents that Wednesday sees our Lower School Gala Concert, which will involve all the boys in Lower School in a choir, as well as other items such as LS Band, Junior Strings and other small ensembles and solos. We start at 6pm prompt and should be finished soon after 7pm. Tickets are not required but there will be a retiring collection.
  • Thursday 28 June at 7pm, in the Amey Theatre - Summer Concert.
  • Please do join us for our final school concert of the year and a farewell to our Leavers. We should be finished soon after 9pm. There will be lots for everyone in this concert - Gospel singing, band and orchestra and from Vivaldi to Lal La Land. Tickets are required and can be ordered here.

Reminder Rugby presentation 

Please note all Rugby preseason dates will be on the website next week. Please reply to the invitation letter via the google doc link by Friday 29 June. 

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For parents of 4th year boys - Slides for the Parents' Evening

We hope most parents were able to make it to yesterday's parents' evening and that it was a productive event.  The slides from Mr May's talk during the break between appointments are available here.

Annual Data Check - Reminder

Thank you to everybody who has already completed and returned the Annual Data Check form. Please complete and submit by Friday 15 June. The Data Check process has been moved online this year and should be much easier to manage. If you have any queries regarding the process please email the Common Room Secretaries.

Careers Event for 4th/5th Year Pupils/Parents, Wednesday 20 June, 6pm to 7.30pm, Greening Court, Abingdon School

Might a career in Engineering, Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, IT, Law, Marketing, Media & Entertainment, Property, or Scientific Research be somewhere in your son’s future?  If so, you and he are invited to attend an event entitled ‘The Truths and Myths Behind Ten Often Misunderstood Careers’ at which we will be exploring the truths and busting some myths behind these ten career areas. Working professionals will share their insights and clarify common misunderstandings about their occupation.  At the event, pick up a new career guidance booklet or view it online.  No booking is necessary, just turn up. Questions? Contact Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance, michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk.

Music Notices

Wednesday 13 June at 6pm in the Amey Theatre - Junior Solo Instrumental Competition.  Parents are warmly invited to come and hear our Junior soloists battle it out in front of our visiting adjudicator, Tim Bennett OA, who is Director of Music at Cheam School near Newbury. It should be a great event, about 60 minutes long and you are sure to see some of our musical stars of the future! Admission is free.

Summer Musical Cruise Friday 22 June at 6pm – don’t forget to book your tickets!

The Abingdon School Music Society invite you and your family to join us on a musical cruise along the River Thames on Friday 22 June.  Please bring your own picnics and soft drinks to consume whilst enjoying a programme of music and singing from several of the school quartets and ensembles.  Not only an excellent way to mark the Summer Solstice, but the last music social event of the year and, for some, an opportunity for final farewells.

We will be travelling with Salters Steamers from Abingdon Marine by Abingdon bridge. Departure will be at 6pm prompt, so please aim to be on board 15-20 minutes beforehand, returning at 9pm.  There will be a licensed bar for beers, wines and spirits.  There is a ticket charge of £20 for adults, £12 for boys and siblings towards the cost of the boat hire and family tickets are also available.

The groups of boys performing include the 10 boys of the close harmony Academicals and the 4th Year String Quartet of Ashwin, Elvis, Nick and Hugo – along with a number of staff performers – JGP, LS, JAC, CFC!

Tickets are selling fast, so book yours now through the school box office website.

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Annual Data Check

The Annual Data Check forms will be sent on Tuesday 5 June via iSAMS email, please complete and submit by Friday 15 June. The Data Check process has been moved online this year and should be much easier to manage. If you have any queries regarding the process please email the Common Room Secretaries.

GDPR and Abingdon

As you may be aware (from the volume of emails in your inbox alone!), the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force today (Friday 25 May) alongside the new UK Data Protection Bill. Abingdon, taking external advice where necessary, has been working hard for well over a year to prepare for the new legislation and we are confident that we have the policies, procedures, consents and security measures in place to fully comply with our obligations as a Data Controller. A new data protection section is available on the school website and this explains, in more detail, the School's policies and procedures in this area. The website also includes links to privacy notices for each section of the School's community.  

Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 6 July 2018

Parents, OAs and current and former staff and governors, are invited to the OA Club's strawberries and Pimm's event at the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club tent in Henley Cricket Club car park during the afternoon tea break (usually between 4pm and 5pm). No RSVP required.

Parents of Lower Sixth boys: UCAS2 

A reminder that UCAS2 takes place on Monday 25 June 2018 starting at 5pm. This is an occasion when boys and/or parents can meet with tutor, subject representatives and OAs to discuss university plans. Attendance is not compulsory: boys and parents are free to make use of this opportunity as they wish. Boys will receive further details about arrangements during the week beginning 4 June 2018.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for September 2018

Parents of the current 2nd Year and above are reminded of the school's BYOD scheme.  Over the 2018 Michaelmas Term we will be in a position that all Middle and Upper School students will be required to bring an appropriate device into lessons as part of their normal 'kit'.  In line with this year, students who will be in the 3rd Year will need a device after the Michaelmas Half Term (although they are welcome to bring one in before if they want). Students in the 4th Year and above should be bringing in suitable devices from the start of term i.e. September 2018.  There is an updated Q&A document available and if you have any questions please email Mr Ben Whitworth, Director of eLearning on ben.whitworth@abingdon.org.uk

Music

Some up-coming music events for your diaries.

  • Abingdon Fun in the Park - Saturday 2 June at 2pm.  The Abingdon Music Centre is organising a "come and play" moment in the Fun in the Park event in the Abbey Grounds at 2pm on the second Saturday of half term. If you would like your children to take part, please see the poster giving more information.
  • Junior Instrumental Solo Competition - Wednesday 13 June at 6pm.  This competition is open to any boys who have not yet taken their grade 6 music examination. Do come and support them. Our adjudicator is Tim Bennett OA who is Director of Music at Cheam School near Newbury.
  • Lower School Gala Concert - Wednesday 20 June at 6pm.  This will involve all the boys in the first year and many second years, too. Further information will come from from Mr Cotton nearer the time.
  • Summer Concert - Thursday 28 June at 7pm.  Our blockbuster summer concert will feature all the main school bands and a final coming together before we depart for the summer.  With music ranging from Vivaldi to Mozart, to Tchaikovsky to La La Land, there should be something for everyone. 

Do join us!

Summer Courses and Academies Programme 2018 

Available at both Abingdon School and Abingdon Prep School.  We would like to remind you that our superb Summer Courses and Academies programme is available for parents to browse and book, with a number of new and exciting courses recently added to the range. This includes a high performance rugby camp, design & technology camp, swimming, climbing, squash, rowing, a junior orchestral course and much more. These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop new or existing skills in an environment designed and equipped to an exceptionally high standard. All courses are led by qualified, experienced and DBS-checked coaches and staff.  We also have Ultimate Activity Camp and Academies of Sport running exceptional courses and inspiring sport coaching camps throughout Summer, which are running at both Prep School and Senior School.  The full range of Courses and Academies can be found listed in this brochure. To book, please complete the online registration form on the Abingdon School Enterprises website

Coach Park in the morning

Just a reminder: please can parents NOT use the Coach Park drop off in the mornings.  We have 25 coaches dropping off between 8.15 and 8.35 so it becomes very unsafe if there are also cars using the same space.  

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L6th study leave

L6th boys taking internal exams will be granted revision leave from the beginning of Monday 4 June to 3.40pm on Thursday 7 June.  This means that they will not be expected in school during lesson times unless they have an exam.  Boys who don’t have an exam but nonetheless wish to be in school (perhaps because they use the school bus system) are welcome to be in school for silent study purposes.  They can also take lunch in the Dining Hall as usual.

Many L6th boys will have Other Half commitments that they will still wish to fulfil (e.g. team practices for Saturday matches).  The exam programme means they will still be able to attend things like period 8 activities (e.g. orchestra rehearsals) and Wednesday afternoon activities.  We strongly encourage boys to continue with their Other Half activities where possible during this time.  Doing something other than revision can provide an excellent break for the mind and still allow plenty of time for final revision.  It can also be difficult for things like team practices to be effective for others if there are many absences.  We are not, however, insisting that L6th boys fulfil these commitments during revision leave if they feel they really need to spend the time revising for upcoming exams - in such cases, though, we would expect boys to contact the organiser of the relevant activity to excuse themselves well in advance of when that activity is due to happen. Other Half commitments resume at 3.40pm on Thursday 7 June.  Lessons will resume on Friday 8 June.

Fourth Year Exam Results

Results of the recent fourth year exams will be posted to the parent portal by Friday evening. You should expect the fourth year exams to form part of the discussion with teachers at the parents' evening after half term, on Thursday 7 June.  The Deputy Head (Academic) will also be sending all parents an email with notes on how to interpret these results along with information on the new national GCSE grading system (using numbers rather than grades) which will be used by all subjects for this cohort of boys except English and English Literature.

Mental Health Awareness week, starting on Monday 21 May

We will be taking some time to focus on this as a whole school, encouraging conversations in tutor time to help raise awareness and break stigmas surrounding mental health issues. We would encourage parents to have conversations at home about this too, promoting positive mental health being as important as physical health. This year there is a particular focus on stress management, and we will also be touching on this area in year group assemblies, and reminding boys of the support networks available to them in school.

Highly Recommended App: Ourpact

We are very aware that lots of boys are claiming they need their phones to access Firefly and then getting distracted by them when they should be working! Please don't let them pull the wool over your eyes using Firefly as an excuse, but an app that we would hugely recommend is ourpact. It enables you to form a pact with your child about what they can access when. Please see https://ourpact.com/

Pastoral Evening for Parents

We had a very encouraging evening this week, with presentations from Mr Phillips on our PSHCE programme, Mr Gooding on Wellbeing and handling stress, and from Mr Hindley on Parties, Alcohol, Sleepovers and the Digital.  Please see attached notes from those three talks for parents who were unable to attend.

Following Ab_wellbeing

Mr Gooding will be our first Head of Wellbeing and Mental Health from September. Please follow him, and us, on twitter - Ab_wellbeing

Music

  • Clarification - Wednesday 23 May Jazz Evening with 6 PLUS 1, Big Band and visiting Prep Schools - This event has been postponed to next academic year and so will not be taking place.
  • Summer Concert - Thursday 28 June at 7pm  - This is our major school concert this term and will involve all our musicians, including U6 Leavers and 5ths on Study Leave.  Please make a note in your diaries - there will be rehearsals in the afternoon preceding the concert.

Michaelmas Term 2018 start

These arrangements can all be viewed on the website:

Sunday 2 September - New boarders arrive
Monday 3 September - First and third year induction
Monday 3 September - Boarders return
Tuesday 4 September - Term begins 

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Traffic Disruption in Park Road: Victoria Road gate

The essential gas mains replacement by S.G.N. continues.  The Victoria Road gate (near the west end of Park Road) is now due to be closed for the next five weeks.  Access will be via the Conduit Road gate.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

Third Year PSHCE lessons

Wednesday 23 May sees the annual Sex and Relationship Education morning for boys in the Third Year. This year we have a visit from Loudmouth Theatre Company who will present their acclaimed project "Working for Marcus". Sexual exploitation and sexual grooming are serious and important issues for schools to address. "Working for Marcus" has been used in schools to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and to train professionals since 1998. Due to a recent rise in interest in this work and growing concerns about the issues from schools particularly in online safety, Loudmouth have updated this powerful programme to include new research into exploitation through social media, gangs and violence against women and girls and boys. The new version builds on the detailed research and consultation of the original to help young people to gain a deeper understanding of the grooming process and potential risks. In addition, the boys will attend workshops on STIs and contraception and men's health issues from registered healthcare practitioners. If you have any questions about the morning, please email Ben Phillips, Head of Personal Development Education at ben.phillips@abingdon.org.uk.

Sixth Form Subject Choices

Many sets for next year’s lower sixth are now at levels that we would consider to be ‘full’. Any boy who wishes to apply for a change in his subject choice should contact the Curriculum Director, Oliver Lomax, as soon as possible by email. Although we will always do our best to be accommodating, we do have to stress that changes may not be possible at this stage in particular subjects and it is certainly the case that the earlier we receive a request the greater likelihood there is of us being able to satisfy it.

U6th Form Revision Leave

The Upper Sixth go on revision leave on Friday 18 May.  Revision leave arrangements for U6th boys before Half Term are as follows:

Boys with a public examination in an afternoon may take the whole morning of that day as revision leave. They do not have to come into school until the time of their exam but if they choose to be on school premises during morning lesson times they should be in the Westridge Room/Library or, if a boarder, in their House.  Boys with a public examination in the morning of a particular day are expected to attend all of the previous day’s lessons & Other Half activities (i.e. no additional revision leave is granted for morning exams).  It is always our advice that boys should think very carefully about taking additional revision leave outside of the designated periods – you may be missing important revision in the lessons you do not attend.  Good manners should always prompt you to let the teacher(s) whose lesson(s) you are missing know of your planned absence. Any boy who wishes to withdraw from a unit he no longer wants to sit should let Rebecca Cottam, the Exams Officer, know immediately. Simply not turning up causes unnecessary alarm and ties up staff time trying to track you down.

Career Myth Busters Needed!

Abingdon's Career Guidance Office is hosting a 'Career Truths and Myths' event 6 -7.30pm on Wednesday 20 June at Abingdon. Parent volunteers are needed to affirm some truths and bust some myths for 4th Year students before they choose A Levels next year.  If you work in Engineering, Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, IT, Law, Marketing, Media & Entertainment, Property, or Scientific Research, and would like to volunteer, email Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance, at michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk.

Music

Solo Concert Platform No 5 - Wednesday 16 May at 6pm in the CMR. Please do come and hear our young soloists in the last concert platform of the academic year. Admission is free!

Parking on Saturdays

Parents are asked to avoid parking across the cycle lanes on Faringdon Road by the coach park. Please use the main School car park on Park Road and walk to the relevant pitch, if there is not space in the coach park.

Book Collection

As previously advertised, the final deadline for 5th and U6th book returns will be Saturday 30 June.  Books not returned by that date will be charged to bills.  Many departments will already have made clear to the boys the occasions on which they can return books and it would be sensible for boys to plan to bring in any remaining loan texts on the day of their final public exam to save having to make a special trip.  Much unnecessary chasing and unwanted charging of extras to bills can be avoided by boys being properly organised.  It is often not possible to waive charges for books returned after the deadline as Heads of Department will spend part of the week of term ordering the necessary texts for the new school year.

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Parent's Prayer Notice

The parents' prayer group will meet in the library at the Prep School on Thursday 10 May from 8-9pm. Come and pray for both the Prep and senior schools.  Refreshments will be served.

5th year GCSE revision leave

Revision leave began at 5.20pm on Friday 4 May.  As promised, the programme for supervised study and subject clinics has been published to the boys and parents can find it here.  Inevitably the programme will change a little but this link accesses the 'live' version of the programme so it is worth checking regularly to get the most up to date version - the version number and date in the top left corner will change if we need to update it.  Boys have been told that the programme is entirely voluntary but if they do want to partake of it, they must attend school in uniform and make sure they are either in a clinic or in one of the supervised study rooms for each teaching period of the day - we do not want them coming in and out of the site except at the usual break times (morning and lunchtime).  They are welcome to have lunch in school and can take lunch from period 4 onwards (12.10pm) and are not bound by the lunch timings that have existed for 5th year up until now.

Career Myth Busters Needed!

Abingdon's Career Guidance Office is hosting a 'Career Truths and Myths' event 6 -7.30pm on Wednesday 20 June at Abingdon. Parent volunteers are needed to affirm some truths and bust some myths for 4th Year students before they choose A Levels next year.  If you work in Engineering, Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, IT, Law, Marketing, Media & Entertainment, Property, or Scientific Research, and would like to volunteer, email Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance, at michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk.

School Policies

Parents are reminded that School Policies are available under the "About" & then "Governance" menu of the website.  They are reviewed and updated from time to time.

Parent Contract (Terms and Conditions)

The Parent Contract Terms and Conditions are also available via this link. Your attention is drawn to recent changes to this document:

  • An update the data protection clauses in light of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018 (Clause 10).
  • The addition of a requirement that children holding Tier 4 visas are required to remain full boarders for the duration of their course (Clause 8(h)).

Data Protection

The School has also recently revised the data protection section of the website. This includes links to the School's data protection policy and privacy notices for parents and pupils.

NT Live: Macbeth - 7pm, Thursday 10 May, Amey Theatre

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.  Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.  For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.

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Term dates

Term dates for 2019/20 are now available along with the 2018/19 dates previously published: Term Dates - Information > School Calendar > Term and Key dates.

Exams

Exams are fast approaching. The dates and times for results days are as follows:

  • AS & A level - Thursday 16 August, results can be collected from the CMR from 8.30am to 11am; any results not collected will be sent first class post that afternoon.
  • IGCSE & GCSE - Thursday 23 August, results can be collected from the CMR from 8.30am to 11am; any results not collected will be sent first class post that afternoon.

Some boys may not be able to make it in to school to collect results due to living abroad or being on holiday at the time, therefore they can arrange for them to be emailed directly. Please ask your son to send an email to exams@abingdon.org.uk, stating their name, candidate number and the email address(s), they would like the results sent to. Post results services for A level candidates opens on Thursday 16 August from 10am to 12 noon that day and Friday 17 August, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, and Wednesday 22 August from 9am to 12 noon. This service is for priority remarks, and priority photocopy of scripts. If your son is a leaver and requires this service he will need to pay in advance by cheque or cash. Post results services for IGCSE and GCSE candidates and all non priority A level candidates opens at the beginning of the Michaelmas term in September. The deadline for requesting a standard remark is Thursday 20 September 2017. The breakdown of fees will be included in your results pack. Please note that remark requests cannot come from parents or teachers. The candidates must make this request themselves and are required to sign a document that states they are aware that the mark can go down as well as up.

Parents of U6 boys: University offers

U6 boys who have yet to reply to university offers made before 31 March 2018 (and whose postal address is in the EU) are being reminded that the deadline for reply to UCAS is Thursday 3 May at the latest. If a reply is not made by that date, all offers are deemed by UCAS to have been declined.

5th year revision clinics

Revision leave for the 5th Year begins at 5.20pm on Friday 4 May.  Thereafter they will not be expected in school unless they have a public exam.  As previously advertised, the School runs a revision clinic programme for the first three weeks of revision leave (i.e. up to half term) and the details of this will be published to boys (and placed on the website) next week.  The scheme is entirely voluntary for the boys, but it does provide a structure for revision and offer guaranteed opportunities to access subject teachers to clear up any remaining concerns.

Sleeping and exercise during the exam term - advice from the Deputy Head (Pastoral)

As exams loom, the importance of rest and good sleep becomes paramount. Can I take this opportunity to reiterate our advice on sleeping and using screens before bed? All the research shows very clearly that being on screens before going to sleep means that the sleep you get is not as deep and therefore doesn't have the full recuperative effect.  I am sure your son will tell you that he sleeps fine, but this is unlikely to be true, and would be evident were he able to measure his REM.  We would recommend a "screentime" ban 50 minutes before trying to go to sleep.  To reiterate, we would advise no screens in your son's bedroom after an agreed time (I would suggest 9.30pm or 10pm.) However beware, he might challenge you to do the same...

Equally, it is very important that your son keeps up his endorphin levels and resists the temptation to be permanently chained to his revision. For this reason we would recommend that he keeps exercising. Hopefully this will happen through his Other Half commitments, so if there is doubt, do encourage him to continue with these. Do also encourage him to go out and exercise, whether that be a brisk walk, a run, a game of football or touch rugby, or even an ergo to show support for the Boat Club!

Monday 14 May, 7.30-8.45pm, Amey Theatre: Pastoral Evening for 3rd & 4th year parents: “Navigating the teenage years”

Navigating the teenage years can be a bumpy road for many boys (and parents) journeying through adolescence. It is rarely plain sailing all of the time! Twenty-first-century boys face many and varied pressures that come from all angles: social media, their peers, even themselves. This is set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing and ever-quickening digital world. Drawing upon our collective experience we are offering an evening with three pastoral leaders in the school to provide you with some guidance and support in helping steer your son through to flourish into wonderful young men.  We are not claiming to know all the answers but offer our collective wisdom as well as anecdotal advice, drawing upon several decades of pastoral encounters with teenage boys. We will be covering topics such as: maintaining positive mental health and well-being, how to be well organized for school and exams, tackling the gauntlet of social media, dealing with the world of alcohol, parties and sleepovers (amongst others). Please sign up on the google form below if you would like to book a place. We would love to see you there if you are free to attend to join in the shared conversation. Please book a space using this link 

For parents of current 3rd & 4th year day boys - Boarding Taster Night 

There are a few spaces available for our third and fourth year day boys to experience a 'night of boarding' toward the end of this term. We hope that this will appeal to those who are considering boarding in the future years (from 2019 an beyond) so they can apply in good time to avoid disappointment. Places are limited depending on beds available, but if you are interested please complete this form or email katherine.cook@abingdon.org.uk.

Abingdon News

The latest edition of the School's newsletter, Abingdon News, has been given to your son to bring home this week. Boys who are full boarders will have a copy posted home. The newsletter can also be viewed online.  Any feedback regarding school publications is very welcome, please to reply email communications@abingdon.org.uk.

Music 

Parents may like to note the highlights from this term's music calendar:

  • Thames Vale Youth Orchestra at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford - Wednesday 2 May at 7.30pm - Over twenty young Abingdon musicians play in our local youth orchestra which will be performing their regular spring concert at Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre. We've a wonderful programme of music by Nicolai (Overture, Merry Wives of Windsor), Sibelius (Finlandia) and Dvorak's marvellously tuneful Symphony No 8 in G major. Please do join us - tickets are available at the door.
  • Solo Concert Platform 5 - Wednesday 16 May at 6pm (CMR) - Our school music making opens with a solo platform at a number of musical soloists present their current work. These are some of our most enjoyable concerts at which we see young talent emerging and developing - and the concert is free of charge. Do join us. 
  • Junior Solo Instrumental Competition - Wednesday 13 June at 6pm (Amey Theatre) - As our adjudicator we welcome OA, Tim Bennett, who is Director of Music at Cheam School in Newbury.  He will have the pleasure of listening to our younger talent and the unenviable task of choosing a winner! It should be an exciting contest and one not to be missed. Admission is free.
  • Lower School Gala Concert - Wednesday 20 June at 6pm (Admission free - retiring charity collection) - This is the annual concert dedicated to the exciting music making that is going on in Lower School. The larger ensembles include a complete Lower School Choir (120 boys) singing Beatles, The Lower School Band, Junior Strings and many smaller ensembles and solos. It is always so rewarding to see the youngsters at the beginning of their musical journeys at the school. Do join us.
  • A Summer Concert - Thursday 28 June at 7pm (Tickets £6, £4 concessions, £16 family) - A final event of their school careers for our Upper Sixth musicians, this concert will again feature our senior ensembles in a wide variety music. With music ranging from Tchaikovsky to La La Land, there will be something for everyone and parents can enjoy some refreshments in the summer sunshine, English weather permitting. We look forward to seeing you there!

Return of textbooks

Abingdon is keen to ensure that parents are not charged erroneously for textbooks that have in fact been returned. Please assist your son in following the standard procedure we have been operating for many years. Heads of department need to ensure that there are sufficient books for September, so they need to have your son's books back before the end of this term. Many departments number each book, and record the book number. Boys are encouraged to put their name in the book, too. When the issued copy is returned by your son the head of department then knows not to charge parents for the book. If the pupil returns a copy belonging to someone else then his parents are billed for the 'missing' copy and the original 'owner' is credited with having returned his book. For boys not on revision leave, textbooks are collected by their class teacher during lesson time, but pupils who are absent for any reason need to ensure that their books are returned to their teacher before the term ends. Boys on revision leave (fifth and upper sixth) should return their books directly to the department which issued them at the latest by the Saturday before the term ends (i.e. Saturday 30 June).  Some departments have labelled boxes close to the department office in which books may be left. If there is no area, boys should return the book directly to a member of staff who teaches that subject, and not just leave the book where they hope it will be found. In these circumstances it might be advisable to get a note from the member of staff confirming the receipt of the book(s). Parents should note that returning books after the end of term, including on results day, will not necessarily be sufficient to prevent a charge being placed on the bill - many heads of department will already have incurred a cost by having to reorder books in advance of the new school year.

An Introduction to Woodwork Skills

Tuesday 1 May - Tuesday 3 July 2018, 7pm-9pm.  Come and learn new skills and enjoy the practical experience of making your own products from the tactile, natural material of wood. Learn how to use marking out tools and understand the properties of timbers and how to cut and make joints.  The aim is to progress to designing and making beautiful wooden products take home and cherish.  This course is for beginners and anyone that wants to enjoy learning new skills with the lovely, natural material of wood.  Cost: £120 for 10 weeks. Minimum age: 16 years old.  To find out more information please email Mike Webb.  To book, please visit the website.

Reminder - Sport priority on a Saturday 

In planning for this coming term, please observe this extract from the Parents' Handbook: Boys are expected to be available for matches against other schools unless specific permission has been sought from and granted by the Headmaster. Any request should be made well in advance, at least one week before the fixture and copied to the Director of Sport and PE, Pete Bignell. Abingdon has a strong tradition of participating in interschool fixtures across the age ranges. In recent years we have strengthened our fixture list, and been more ambitious in the schools we have been playing, and we are putting out more teams. Please avoid asking for leave of absence. We are keen the boys practise and play together, that the boys develop an allegiance to the School, and that our opponents have the best opposition we can provide.

Final Reminder - The John Rayson (OA 1942) Award

The John Rayson Award is a memorial to the late John Rayson (1924-2012), an Old Abingdonian (1942) who gave a lifetime of service to Abingdon School. The award will be given to a current pupil to help fund a personal project/experience that embodies the defining characteristics of John Rayson - adventure, courage and resilience coupled with service, loyalty and commitment.  The award carries a value of £250.  All current pupils of Abingdon School are eligible to apply.  Further information is available here

Final Reminder - ASPA / OA Club Travel Awards

ASPA and the OA Club have joined forces to offer travel awards to upper and lower sixth pupils undertaking some form of travel and activity either during the summer or in their gap year.  The awards range from £50 to £500 depending on the activity and its benefits.  Further details, and the conditions attached to the awards, can be found on the School website.

Driving along Park Road and Park Crescent: 20mph

Parents are asked to adhere to the speed limit along these private roads.

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End of Term Reports

These should be posted to the parent portal by the end of Thursday 29 March.

Term Calendar and Key Dates

As you will be aware the School is not printing a hard-copy calendar so parents should refer to the online calendar which is kept regularly up to date.  Any amendments to Summer Term 2018 events made after today will be indicated clearly.  Parents may wish to consult the online calendar and the term dates page now to remind themselves of the beginnings and ends of terms and half-terms.

Start of Next Term

Boarders return on the evening of Monday 23 April. Term begins for all Tuesday 24 April, with registration and tutor time at 8.35am, and the normal Tuesday Week A timetable starting period 1.  Boys should bring their kit for the sport they expect to do. The next Weekly Mailing will be sent out on Friday 27 April 2018.

Music

A Non-Residential Orchestral Course - Monday 23 to Friday 27 July 2018.  Parents of musicians in the Middle School are warmly invited to consider a week's music course for their sons here at Abingdon in the third week of the Summer Holiday. The target age range is up to 15/16 and grades 3 to 6.  The course will be directed by Michael Stinton, Director of Music, and his team. Please see further information by opening the brochure and book by clicking on this link

Athletics Pre-season Training

Venue: Tilsley Park 
Date: Saturday 21 April 2018
Time: 10am – 4.30pm 

Lower School (1st and 2nd year) 
10am – 1pm 
Senior School (3rd year - U6)
1.30pm – 4.30pm

If you would like to attend please complete the following form

Abingdon School Physio Fees Changing 

As of Thursday 1 March 2018 the in-house physiotherapy service, provided by Tom Jacobs (Chartered Physiotherapist), will be updating its fees, which haven't changed since 2016. The service is normally billed for separately to school fees as Tom is an external consultant who visits the school on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. The new rates are below:

  • Initial appointment £54
  • Follow up appointment £46

If you have any queries regarding physiotherapy at the school, the secretary's email is info@flexphysiopractice.com. Queries of clinical nature can be directed to Tom himself at physio@abingdon.org.uk.'

Abingdon Box Office 

ROH Live: Macbeth - 7.15pm, Wednesday 4 April
RSC Live: Macbeth - 7pm, Wednesday 11 April
AOS Present: Singin' in the Rain - 7.30pm (Sat Matinee 2.30pm) 17 - 21 April
 

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Traffic Disruption in Abingdon town centre, March 2018 continues for a month

Please note that due to essential gas mains replacement there are currently roadworks which may cause considerable disruption to vehicles visiting the School. Bath Street is closed, between Stratton Way and Faringdon Road, to traffic from Tuesday 20 March with works anticipated to last a month. Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed by Oxfordshire County Council. The alternative route is Ock Street - Spring Road - Faringdon Road - Wootton Road - and vice-versa. 

For parents of current Third and Fourth Year day boys

Have you thought about boarding? - Boarding Taster Nights for Third and Fourth Years

Our boarding houses are full to capacity (over 100 full boarders and 30 weekly boarders) and we want to make sure that our current pupils are first in line to take up boarding places should they want to. We are therefore offering third and fourth year day boys an opportunity to experience a ‘taster night’ towards the end of the summer term. We hope that this will appeal to those who are considering boarding in future years (from 2019 and beyond) and so they can apply in good time to avoid disappointment.  Places are limited depending on beds available, but if you are interested please complete this form or contact Katherine Cook.

The John Rayson (OA 1942) Award

The John Rayson Award is a memorial to the late John Rayson (1924-2012), an Old Abingdonian (1942) who gave a lifetime of service to Abingdon School. 
The award will be given to a current pupil to help fund a personal project/experience that embodies the defining characteristics of John Rayson - adventure, courage and resilience coupled with service, loyalty and commitment.  The award carries a value of £250.  All current pupils of Abingdon School are eligible to apply.  Further information is available here

ASPA / OA Club Travel Awards

ASPA and the OA Club have joined forces to offer travel awards to upper and lower sixth pupils undertaking some form of travel and activity either during the summer or in their gap year.  The awards range from £50 to £500 depending on the activity and its benefits.  Further details, and the conditions attached to the awards, can be found on the School website.

Saturday Bus Service: Summer Term

Thank you to those parents who have used the Saturday Bus Service in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. We will continue to run the service next term on the following term time Saturdays: 5 May, 12 May, 19 May and 16 June. The pick up points and timings will remain the same as they have been throughout  this academic year. Any comments or queries in this regard can be forwarded to the Director of Sport and PE.

Sport priority on a Saturday 

In planning for this coming term, please observe this extract from the Parents' Handbook: boys are expected to be available for matches against other schools unless specific permission has been sought from and granted by the Headmaster. Any request should be made well in advance, at least one week before the fixture and copied to the Director of Sport and PE, Pete Bignell. Abingdon has a strong tradition of participating in interschool fixtures across the age ranges. In recent years we have strengthened our fixture list, and been more ambitious in the schools we have been playing, and we are putting out more teams. Please avoid asking for leave of absence. We are keen the boys practise and play together, that the boys develop an allegiance to the School, and that our opponents have the best opposition we can provide.

Tennis Coaching - Summer Term

Martin Butler is available for charged tennis group coaching sessions at the following times during the summer term on the school's hard courts at £7.50 per hour. For further information please contact Master in charge of Tennis,  Martin Butler.

Monday 4pm to 5pm 
Monday after 5pm
Wednesday after 5pm
Thursday 1.20pm to 2.40pm
Thursday 4pm to 5pm
Thursday after 5pm
Friday after 5pm
Saturday 9am to 11.30am

'ROH Live: Yugen / Corybantic Games / The Age of Anxiety' - 7.15pm, Tuesday 27 March

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Career Insight Talk: Information Technology and Computer Science - Thursday 22 March 2018 - for Middle School and Upper School Pupils.

Closure of Bath Street

We have been informed by Oxfordshire County Council that, because of gas replacement work, Bath Street will be closed to traffic from Monday 19 March, between Stratton Way and Faringdon Road.  Works are anticipated to take until Thursday 22 March to complete.  Exemptions include those premises only accessible from Bath Street (Austin House car park).  Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed by OCC.  The alternative route is  Ock Street - Spring Road - Faringdon Road - Wootton Road - and vice-versa.  At times this will slow traffic down on various roads in Abingdon.

Music

  • School Choral Concert - Thursday 22 March at 6pm in the Chapel - Parents and friends are warmly invited to our school choirs concert in the Chapel at 6pm next Thursday, including Chapel, Gospel and Joint Chamber Choirs and our close harmony Abingdon Academicals. We run for just over an hour and there will be no interval.
  • Summer Term Music Calendar - With your diaries at the ready, please see our music dates for the Summer Term 2018.

NPLQ Qualification at Abingdon School Sports Centre 

Register your child now for our Integrated National Pool Lifeguard with Emergency First Aid at Work qualification. We have available dates in April and October -  Upon the successful completion of the exam there is the opportunity of working in the sports centre on certain shifts, alongside full time studies. 

The NPLQ is an internationally recognised qualification and will cover vital lifesaving skills, CPR, first aid and pool rescue techniques. Please click here for further information and to book online, please visit the Abingdon School Enterprises website: www.sportsandleisure.abingdon.org.uk/courses/

School Notices - A Digital Platform for Independent School Parents 

We are pleased to be a Member School at School Notices, a digital noticeboard for independent school parents that raises funds for schools. Free to join and free to buy and sell goods, rent houses and find work for gap year students. Exciting offers given by advertisers and new notices posted daily from a wide range of independent school parents, whilst also benefiting some of our school causes through the sharing of advertising income. The School Notices website is accessible to all parents at www.schoolnotices.co.uk and please follow this link to register.  

You can also browse their Spring magazine

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Internal exams

  • 4th year exams week will take place from Friday 27 April - Friday 4 May (not on Monday afternoon due to Foundation photograph or Thursday morning 3 May as non CCF will be in revision).
  • Lower Sixth exams will take place from Monday 4 June - Thursday 7 June.
  • Lower School exams will take place from Thursday 7 June - Monday 11 June.
  • 3rd year exams will take place from Wednesday 19 June - Friday 22 June.

Presentation from the 2nd year Parents’ evening

Bedtimes.... (from Mark Hindley, Deputy Head Pastoral)

We have recently been asked by a number of parents about prep and sleep, and were a bit perturbed that a significant proportion of Third Year parents said that their sons were going to bed at 10.30pm or later most nights. For growing teenage boys, ensuring quality sleep is imperative, both for their academic progress and for their well being. We would advise the following bedtimes...

  • 3rd Year - up to bed at 9.30ish, 15-20 minutes of reading (so no screens or TV!) and then lights out at 10pm.
  • 4th Year - up to bed at 9.45ish, 15-20 minutes of reading (so no screens or TV!) and then lights out at 10.15pm.
  • 5th Year - up to bed at 10ish, 15-20 minutes of reading (so no screens or TV!) and then lights out at 10.30pm.
  • Sixth Form - more flexible, but again aiming for a period before sleep without screens or TV and aiming to be going to sleep by 11pm.

These are the routines that we aim for in our boarding houses and that would be advised by most schools.  If your son is struggling to make these times due to pressure of work, then I would ask you to contact his tutor, and to encourage your son to chat to his tutor about managing his workload and commitments. As ever, please do feel free to discuss any concerns with his housemaster as well. If your son feels these timings are harsh or overly restrictive, do feel free to blame me - I am happy to discuss with him in person the rationale behind these routines!

Lost Property

Thank you for all your support with the Lost Property, and for encouraging your sons to pick up their possessions.  We started the week with around 150 items of named, unclaimed kit - ranging from complete bags of games' kit down to odd socks. We reduced this to around 30 items of named kit and 15 items of unnamed kit.  The named kit went to housemasters for one final chance to be reconnected with their owners, and we have sanctioned those pupils who failed to collect items, despite being emailed and chased. For your info, those boys have had to do time helping sort out Lost Property.  To clarify, if your son loses kit, he should go to Lost Property to collect it, but he will be emailed, and you will be copied in, to let him know if Lost Property have a named item.
Please can you ensure that ALL items are named, even non-standard items such as coats, and that this is on the fabric itself, not simply on a label that could potentially be cut off. Name labels are invaluable, but I would advise you to use a permanent marker as well.

Music 

  • Solo Concert Platform No 4, followed by the Music Scholars' Dinner - Wednesday 14 March at 6pm in the CMR. This concert, the week after next will be the last solo concert of the term. Please do join us!
  • Intermediate Solo Competition with adjudicator,  Dr Tom Edwards, who is Director of Music at Rendcomb College, Gloucestershire - Thursday 15 March at 6pm in the CMR. Do consider coming to hear our intermediate musicians (grades 6 to 8) battle it out for this year's prize!

Musical Riverboat Cruise - An important  date for your diary

Parents are asked to carefully reserve Friday 22 June, 6-9pm for a musical riverboat cruise from Abingdon. Please see a special message from the chair of ASMS.

Reminder: Abingdon School Football Club End Of Season Dinner 

A few tickets are still available for this year's Abingdon School Football Club End Of Season Dinner to which all Middle and Upper School players and parents are invited to attend on Friday 23 March. The evening will start at 7pm with a drinks reception followed by dinner, presentations and speeches.  It is hoped that ex England Assistant Manager and current Oxford United Caretaker Manager Derek Fazackerley will be able to join us as the special guest for the evening, and more information can be found here. Tickets can be purchased here at the school Box Office.

Abingdon ATOM Festival of Science and Technology 2018

Tomorrow sees the start of the Abingdon ATOM Festival of Science and Technology 2018. As well as an extensive programme of talks by eminent scientists, there will be the Science Market on the town square on Saturday 10 March, a seminar on Immunology for sixth formers on Wednesday 14 March, the Primary Science Fair on Friday 16 March and the Family Science Fair in the Yang Science Centre on Sunday 18 March. Popular talks in the Amey Theatre  this year include Marcus du Sautoy on Thursday 15 March and a double bill of Professors Frank Close and Chris Lintott, Presenter of BBC Sky at Night, on Friday 16 March. All details and ticket sales can be found online.

Parents of Lower Sixth boys: link to UCAS Advice for Parents and Guardians

As promised during the UCAS1 evening, here is a link to a section of the UCAS website specifically directed to parents and guardians of UCAS applicants.

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Third year parents' evening: Tuesday 24 April, 5.30pm

Last night's postponed parents' evening has been moved to Tuesday 24 April, 5.30pm, which is the day the boys return to lessons after the Easter holiday.

3rd Year Parents' Evening postponed - 4th Year Subjects 2018

Due to the 3rd year parents' evening being postponed please see attached information regarding 4th year subjects.

Monday 14 May 7.30-845pm, Amey Theatre: Pastoral Evening for 3rd & 4th year parents; "Navigating the teenage years".

Navigating the teenage years can be a bumpy road for many boys (and parents) journeying through adolescence. It is rarely plain sailing all of the time! Twenty-first-century boys face many and varied pressures that come from all angles: social media, their peers, even themselves. This is set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing and ever-quickening digital world. Drawing upon our collective experience we are offering an evening with three pastoral leaders in the school to provide you with some guidance and support in helping steer your son through to flourish into wonderful young men.

We are not claiming to know all the answers but offer our collective wisdom as well as anecdotal advice, drawing upon several decades of pastoral encounters with teenage boys. We will be covering topics such as: maintaining positive mental health and well-being, how to be well organized for school and exams, tackling the gauntlet of social media, dealing with the world of alcohol, parties and sleepovers (amongst others). Please sign up on the google form if you would like to book a place.  It would be good to see you there if you are free to attend to join in the shared conversation. 

Music Notices

  • Singers' Platform - Wednesday 7 March at 6pm in the Chapel - This our annual opportunity to see and hear some of the superb solo singing that is going on at all levels of the school under the careful support and teaching of our singing teacher, Andrew Yeats. Admission is free.
  • Solo Concert Platform No 4, followed by the Music Scholars' Dinner - Wednesday 14 March at 6pm in the CMR - This concert, the week after next will be the last solo concert of the term. This is a little nudge for parents of award holders to reply if they wish to attend the dinner that follows it at about 7.45pm. Please complete the online form that was sent out by Mrs Hardiman.

Lower School Lent Sport Awards Evening on Monday 26 March, 7pm, Sports Centre Hospitality Suite

As a finale to the Lent Term, we would like to invite all Lower School Football and Hockey players and their parents to attend the Lower School Lent Sport Awards Evening on Monday 26 March. The evening will consist of a buffet curry, followed by a number of short speeches and award presentations to celebrate the success of the boys this season. Please see further information and to book your tickets complete the following form.

Abingdon School Boat Club and the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club (FASBC) Dinner - LAST CHANCE TO BOOK

FASBC would like to invite all rowers and their parents to attend the 27th Annual Rowing Dinner on Saturday 17 March. 

  • Drinks Reception in the Charles Maude Room from 7.15pm followed by a three course dinner at 8pm. There will be a cash bar and a raffle to name a boat. 
  • Dress: Black Tie or Regatta Dress. 

Our guest speaker this year is Matthew Rossiter, OA 2007. Matt was Junior World Champion in 2007, and was selected for the Great Britain Senior Team in 2017 making the top boat - the Coxless Four - for the Senior World Championships, and won a bronze medal.  This is always a popular event so we encourage you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  Please book through the school box office.

ROH Live: Carmen - Tuesday 6 March at 6.45pm - Bizet's classic French opera stars Anna Goryachova in Barrie Kosky's intense production.  Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has.  This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

Horizon Lectures: John Blashford-Snell - Thursday 8 March 2018 at 7.30pm - "Colonel John Blashford-Snell is one of the world’s most renowned and influential explorers.  Often cited as an inspiration by the likes of Ranulph Fiennes and Bear Grylls, he has spent decades at the forefront of British expeditions. John’s achievements include the first descent of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, an arduous crossing of the Darien Gap and the first navigation along the full length of the Congo River. Heralded by the Telegraph as “the last of the great adventurers” John’s talk is a chance to hear his daring exploits first hand – from deserts and mountains, to wildlife and people."

Doug Allan, An Eye Below Zero, Friday 2 March 7pm Amey Theatre – POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY 27 APRIL

Due to poor weather conditions forecast for Friday 2 March and concerns over potentially icy conditions and travel disruption on Friday night, we have taken the decision to postpone the lecture by Doug Allan.  The lecture will now take place at 7pm on Friday 27 April 2018.  Everyone who has purchased tickets for the event will be offered the opportunity to transfer their booking to the re-scheduled date or to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend on the new date. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused but our paramount concern is everyone’s safety and comfort, both at the evening event and at the free talk for primary schools that Doug was due to give in the afternoon.  Please contact boxoffice@abingdon.org.uk if you have any questions.

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Bus times and traffic

A plea from the Joint Bus Service: to ensure maximum efficiency, please could you ensure that your sons are at their bus stops 5 minutes before the stated departure time. This allows the buses to run on time, and ensures that the pupils arrive in school in a timely fashion. We are loath to move the bus times earlier if being more efficient can solve the issue. Thank you.

Lost Property

There has been an increasing build up of unclaimed lost property over the past weeks.  Given this, next week we are going to have a Lost Property amnesty. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, all Lost Property, named and unnamed will be available for collection from Boarders Hall during breaks and lunch times. If you or your son think that there is an item belonging to you in Lost Property, named or unnamed, then please encourage him to come to Boarders Hall to collect it. All property left in the Sports Centre or changing rooms will be included in this Lost Property. The boys will, in addition, be emailed to inform them that this is happening.  Please note that at 2pm on Friday, at the end of lunchtime, ALL items still left in Lost Property will automatically go to SUS for resale.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - 4th and 5th Year

Parents of the Fourth and Fifth Year are reminded of the introduction of the school's BYOD scheme.  The aim is to roll the BYOD approach out to all of Middle and Upper School by September 2018. With this in mind we will be asking all the Fourth Year to bring in appropriate devices after their exams at the start of May 2018. Fifth Year pupils will not be required to bring in a device this academic year, although they are welcome to do so if they would like. They will be required to have device if they then carry on into the Sixth Form.  There is an updated Q&A document available and if you have any questions please email Mr Ben Whitworth, Director of eLearning on ben.whitworth@abingdon.org.uk

For parents of fifth year pupils:  Work Experience Scheme - checklist of things to consider

February and March are critical months for the 5th Year Work Experience Scheme. If your son has not yet applied for a summer work experience placement, time is running out, and he should make applications as soon as possible. There is a special 5th Year Work Experience Scheme page on Firefly with links to employers who offer work experience placements, and your son can also approach employers of interest who don’t offer formal work experience schemes but may be happy to host a placement if asked. If your son has made applications, but has not heard back yet, some polite but persistent ‘chasing’ may be needed. And, if your son has already received an offer of a placement, congratulations! If he has received more than one offer, he can undertake more than one or request to defer one perhaps to the October half-term next school year. Parents are strongly advised to download from this web page a checklist of things to consider when preparing for their son’s work experience placement; there is no need to register the placement with Abingdon School. If I can be of assistance, just let me know. Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance.

Music Notices

  • Dorchester Abbey - Choral Evensong with the Chapel Choir at 5.30pm at the Abbey - All are most welcome to come and hear our Chapel Choir next week.
  • Piano Masterclass with Ben Schoeman - Wednesday 28 February at 6pm in the CMR - This is a must for all our budding pianists. Come and hear Ben Schoeman working with six of our senior pianists. Admission is free thanks to our wonderful Music Society.


To all current 4th & 5th Year rugby players - Sign up to the Senior Rugby Tour - South America 2019

Please check your email to find all information regarding sign up to the next senior rugby tour. The tour is not selective and open to all players of all abilities. The deadline to sign up by is Friday 9 March 2018.  Please contact Matt Gold (Director of Rugby) directly if you have any questions.  

Charities

Many thanks for your support with donations for the Abingdon Emergency Foodbank as we were able to give over 750 items before half term.

Home Clothes Day

Friday 2 March is home clothes day. A contribution of £2 is expected from those in home clothes and will be collected by tutors. The charity we are supporting is Mary's Meals which aims to provide a daily meal, in a place of education, for children in the world’s poorest communities.

Abingdon School Football Club End Of Season Dinner 

As a finale to this year’s football season, Middle and Upper School players and parents are invited to attend the Abingdon School Football Club End Of Season Dinner on Friday 23 March. The evening will start at 7pm with a drinks reception followed by dinner, presentations and speeches.  It is hoped that ex England Assistant Manager and current Oxford United Caretaker Manager Derek Fazackerley will be able to join us as the special guest for the evening, and more information can be found here. Tickets can be purchased here at the school Box Office.

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Punctuality

As in the Parents' Handbook, the school day begins at 8.35am.  Boys are registered then, and then either go to Chapel or an Assembly or spend time with their tutors.  After half term we will be instigating a new system to discourage lateness: where a boy has two late registrations in a week, or three in a fortnight, this will trigger a detention.  If your son is not on the Joint Bus Service, please can we ask your support in addressing this. Pupils should aim to be in school for 8.30am so that they can be in situ and registered between 8.35 and 8.40am. We know that traffic can be variable, but unless there is a major, demonstrable traffic incident - eg the A34 closing - poor traffic will not be a valid excuse.  If your son is on the JBS, then please be aware that bus timings have been discussed with Tom Peeke of the JBS, and we are monitoring bus arrival times to ensure that the boys are arriving in good time for us to have a prompt start.  All this has been made clear in an email to all pupils, so please could you reiterate the message at home as well?  Many thanks.

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Dates for your diary - its a busy second half of term for our musicians.  Do join us - admission to all these events are free.

Abingdon School Boat Club and the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club (FASBC) 

FASBC would like to invite all rowers and their parents to attend the 27th Annual Rowing Dinner on Saturday 17 March. 

  • Drinks Reception in The Charles Maude Room from 7pm followed by a three course dinner at 7.45pm. There will be a cash bar and a raffle to name a boat. 
  • Dress: Black Tie or Regatta Dress. 

Our guest speaker this year is Matthew Rossiter, OA 2007. Matt was Junior World Champion in 2007, and was selected for the Great Britain Senior Team in 2017 making the top boat - the Coxless Four - for the Senior World Championships, and won a bronze medal.  This is always a popular event so we encourage you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  Please book through the school box office.

Abingdon School Football Club End Of Season Dinner - Save The Date

As a finale to this year’s football season all Middle and Upper School players and parents are invited to attend the Abingdon School Football Club End Of Season Dinner on Friday 23 March. The evening will start at 7pm with a drinks reception followed by dinner, presentations and speeches.  It is hoped that ex England Assistant Manager and current Oxford United Caretaker Manager Derek Fazackerley will be able to join us as the special guest for the evening, and more information and invitations will be distributed after half term. 

Reminder - For Lower Sixth boys and their parents: UCAS

UCAS1: Introduction to the university application process: Friday 23 February 2018, 7pm, Amey Theatre. This is an important opportunity for boys and their parents to be introduced by experts to some of the key features of university application and admission processes.

Programme:

  • 7pm: Introduction, followed by Katherine Pagett, Student Recruitment Manager at Birmingham University, who will give an overview of the application process from a university admissions perspective (Amey Theatre);
  • 7.45-8pm: Refreshments (Amey foyer and Cafe);
  • 8pm-8.45pm: Boys and parents choose to attend: EITHER Oxford University and Cambridge University applications talk, OR Question and Answer: a panel of current Upper Sixth boys will talk about their own experiences of university applications (CMR).

'Fiddler on the Roof' Photobooks

To capture the brilliance of the Joint Senior production 'Fiddler on the Roof', St Helen and St Katharine will be producing a high-quality, hard-backed photobook using professional photographs taken at the dress rehearsal. The books will cost approximately £35 each (this is based on a minimum order number). If you would like to purchase a book, please complete this electronic response form by Friday 9 February. There are samples of books from previous productions for you to look at in St Helen's Reception.

RSC Live: Twelfth Night - Wednesday 14 February at 7pm

'I am all the daughters of my father's house, And all the brothers too. 'Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on Olivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister... Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lostand Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

DIY Theatre Present: Calamity Jane - Friday 16 to Sunday 18 February

Deadwood City's two most famous peace officers, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock, get involved in saving the neck of Henry Miller, the local saloon operator. It seems that "Millie" has been promoting a beautiful actress named Frances Fryer, but Frances turns out to be a boy, Francis. Millie's attempt to cover up is soon unmasked by the angry miners, and to keep the peace, Calamity sets out for Chicago to bring back the miner's real heart-throb, Adelaide Adams. In Chicago Calamity mistakes Adelaide's maid, Katie Brown, for the actress and hauls her back to Deadwood. Onstage Katie is greeted warmingly, but breaks down and confesses that she is not the famous star. Calamity once more has to restore order and persuades the audience to give Katie a chance. They do, and she wins the heart of every male in town including Calamity's dashing love hope, Lt. Danny Gilmartin. Calamity reluctantly overcomes her jealousy over losing Danny and discovers her true love for Wild Bill.  
A fun packed musical with a young cast aged between 7 and 15 years.

NT Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Thursday 22 February at 7pm

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?  Please note, this is a recording of the Young Vic’s production captured in front of a live audience.  Please note this production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been classified as a 15.

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5th year mocks & parents' evening

The presentations Mr May and Mr Lomax gave during Monday evening's Parents' Evening (on mocks overview/Easter revision and Sixth Form options) are available in PDF form here and here. Plus a video of the 5th form parents' evening.

Revision leave dates - Summer 2018

Fifth year: revision leave will now begin on Friday 4 May, 5.20pm.
Upper Sixth: revision leave begins Friday 18 May, 1pm.

Reporting pupil absences

With the large number of absences at the current time it is an opportune time to remind you of the procedure to report your boy’s absence from school.  If you wish to telephone and leave a message please call the Attendance Office on 01235 849031 or email attendance@abingdon.org.uk.  If you prefer to notify your boy’s Housemaster and/or Tutor please also copy the email to attendance@abingdon.org.uk. We do request that absences are reported each day to avoid any confusion.  If you know of any forthcoming appointments, University visits or the like, please also notify the Attendance Office in the same way, having sought permission, for day absences, from your son's housemaster.

Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 6 February 2018 - from the Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Tuesday 6 February is Safer Internet Day with the theme of "Create, Connect and Share Respect." Various conversations around this theme will be happening in school, and we would encourage the same at home. Safer Internet Day also gives the chance for a wider conversation. When his snapchat pings, what does the message contain? What comments has he made in reply to someone's Instagram post? If you look at his own Instagram post are the pictures compromising? Who are the disembodied voices that he talks to when he is gaming?  It might be that the conversation is a good chance for you to ask him about his perspective, as the ways in which a teenager views the online world are very different from those who are 35+ .... Please follow the link for some factoids on the internet to trigger a conversation with your son - http://www.unboxingdeals.com/one-second-of-internet/ and the Safer Internet Site is https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018.

The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet – internationally acclaimed wildlife cameraman Doug Allan comes to the Amey Theatre, Friday 2 March 2018

"For me, wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug. There’s just no one else who knows these frozen worlds as he does" - David Attenborough

DOUG ALLAN - AN EYE BELOW ZERO - In collaboration with the Abingdon Science Partnership and Science Oxford. Did you ever wonder how to approach belugas underwater? Get up close and personal with polar bears without being eaten? Stop your fingers falling off from frostbite? And not lose that important dive hole when you’re diving under the ice?  Doug Allan is one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, and he’ll be giving his own personal insights into marine biology, diving, and filming at the poles. Illustrated with his own photographs and clips from his best-known series, and with a wealth of behind the scenes stories – Doug’s aim is to amaze, inspire and challenge. In the 40 years since Doug first went to Antarctica, he’s witnessed first-hand how the warming of the poles and the changing ice is affecting the animals north and south. What should we be doing to turn the tide? He’ll also be signing copies of his book Freeze Frame – A Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice.

Doug is one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen. He's worked for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg, Wild Cameramen at Work, and Brian Cox’s Forces of Nature.  Further information and to book tickets.

Helen Pearson to speak at Abingdon School about Careers in Law: Thursday 8 March 2018

Drawing upon nearly 30 years of experience as a lawyer, Helen Pearson will talk to 5th Year and 6th Form pupils about what being a lawyer is like; key personal qualities for success; rewards and sacrifices of the profession; different types of legal careers; and educational routes into these different careers. Thursday 8 March 2018. 

6th Form: 1pm to 1.40pm, Big School, Classroom B11. 
5th Years: 1.45pm to 2.30pm, Big School, Classroom B7. 

If he is considering a career in law, please encourage your 5th Year or 6th Form son to save the date!

Abingdon Careers Convention: Friday 16 March 2018, 7pm - 9.30pm, SHSK

Save the Date: The annual Abingdon Independent Schools’ Careers Convention, jointly run by Abingdon School, Our Lady’s Abingdon and St Helen and St Katharine, will be on Friday 16 March 2018, 7pm-9.30pm at SHSK.  5th Year, L6 and U6 students will not want to miss this event! Already, nearly 90 parents and alumni of the three schools (representing some 70 different careers – more than many commercial career fairs!) have volunteered to serve as ‘career representatives’. This is a rare opportunity for students to gather information about careers of interest and educational routes into those careers from people who know. The format of the event is that of a careers fair, with students choosing and joining small discussion groups led by career representatives. Concurrent with the career fair will be two panel presentations and the opportunity to have a walk-in meeting with an independent career adviser. The event is compulsory for 5th year students; all 6th form students are invited to attend voluntarily.  And parents are welcome, too; no booking is necessary.

FASBC - Annual Dinner on Saturday 17 March

The Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club invite you to save the date for their annual dinner on Saturday 17 March with speaker GB rower Matt Rossiter, OA 2008. Booking details to follow soon.

Abingdon Sports and Leisure - Courses and Academies 2018, based at Abingdon School 

Abingdon Sports and Leisure are delighted to announce that our Courses and Academies 2018 are now available to book. This includes the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, a high performance rugby camp, swimming, climbing, squash, a junior orchestral course and much more. These courses provide an opportunity for participants to develop new or existing skills in an environment designed and equipped to an exceptionally high standard, led by qualified, experienced and DBS-checked coaches and staff.  The full range of Courses and Academies for both adults and juniors can be found listed on the ASE website here, along with an online registration form and brochure. All bookings are on a first come, first serve basis so we advise that you book early to avoid disappointment.

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The following events are taking place in the Amey Theatre next week:

Reminder - An Evening with James Ketchell - Monday 5 February, 7pm, Amey Theatre

All parents and pupils are warmly invited to attend this event at 7pm in the Amey Theatre to hear from James Ketchell, serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. On 1 February 2014, James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world. There is no charge for the event but tickets do need to be booked at this link. James will be signing copies of his book “The Ultimate Triathlon” at the end of the evening (cost: £10).

Hockey Academy

Hockey academy at February half term at Tilsley Park.

Current 4th & 5th Year: Senior Rugby Tour in Summer 2019

Please look out for the senior rugby tour launch letter in your inbox. The proposed tour is heading to South America (Argentina & Chile) in August 2019. The letter includes a date for the launch evening which invites all current 4th & 5th Year rugby players and their parents to an introductory meeting on Thursday 22 February. The meeting does not sign you up to the tour, but is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the detail of the tour before making a final decision about signing up for the trip.

Reminder for all parents about coats

Please ensure your son has a winter coat for trips and away sporting fixtures, particularly in these winter months.  If travelling to a sports fixture in team kit, please ensure your son has a tracksuit too.

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Traffic Disruption in Park Road

Due to essential gas mains replacement by S.G.N., there will be some considerable disruption to vehicles visiting the School, travelling along Park Road from Monday 29 January.  Although the works will predominately be carried out to the footpaths and grass verges, it is expected that some temporary road closures will occur.  Parents and pupils will be contacted if significant changes to routes are needed.  

Mock Exam Results

5th year mock exam results were posted to the parent portal today and an email regarding them was sent to all 5th year parents at the same time.  If you are having trouble accessing the portal please contact support@abingdon.org.uk.

JCQ and CIE Exam Notices

Please find attached all the JCQ notices and one CIE notice for the External Exam Candidates.  These have been sent to the boys on Monday 15 January.

Music

  • Wednesday 31 January at 7pm - Please do join us for one of the musical highlights of the year. More information and tickets applications can be found by following this link.
  • Thursday 1 February at 7pm New Year Charity Concert - A final reminder about this concert which features many of our senior ensembles: First and Second Orchestras, Big Band, Brass Band, Symphonic Wind Band, Lower School Band, Jazz Septet and the full Second Year Choir. 

Please see the programme by following this link and order your tickets here. The benefitting charity will be Home-Start, Oxford, a local charity that supports local families who are experiencing challenges.

Driving along Park Road and Park Crescent: 20mph

Parents are asked to adhere to the speed limit along these private roads.

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OA Damian Sutcliffe to Speak at Abingdon School on the Technological Revolution in Financial Services

Damian Sutcliffe (OA 1987), the now retired former EMEA Head of Technology and Global Chief of Operations Technology at Goldman Sachs, is coming to Abingdon on Friday 2 February (4-5pm, Sports Centre Hospitality Suite) to speak about the technological revolution occurring in the financial services sector and career opportunities that this revolution is already bringing. The event is open to any students who are interested in the topic, but is most relevant to 5th year, L6 and U6.

Gap Year Advice Evening for Sixth Form Pupils and Parents

Abingdon will host a Gap Year Advice Evening for Sixth Form pupils and parents on Thursday 25 January 2018, 6pm-7.30pm in the CMR. The event will feature a presentation about the reasons to take a Gap Year; the pros and cons of a Gap Year; setting goals and finding relevant experiences during a Gap Year; the likely costs of a Gap Year; and the transition following return from a Gap Year. In addition, there will be a panel of five Old Abingdonians on hand to share their own Gap Year story and insights. No booking is necessary; just show up on the night. Pupils can also download (from the University Admissions page of Firefly) the Abingdon School Gap Year Guide, which is intended to help pupils think carefully through all the considerations involved in electing, planning, and managing a Gap Year.

FASBC - Tea party for parents of 3rd year rowers

The Friends of the Abingdon School Boat Club invite the Parents of the new 3rd year rowers (J14) to a tea party at the boat house on Saturday 3 February from 2pm. This is a great opportunity to watch and cheer for your sons (weather permitting); to meet the Coaches, other parents of rowers and the FASBC Committee; and to see around the boat house. The Abingdon School Boat House can be found at the bottom of Wilsham Road, OX14 5LE and can be accessed through large black gates just after Kingfisher Close. There is limited parking within the grounds of the boat house, so please park on Wilsham Road next to the river and walk down, showing respect and consideration to our neighbours. There is no need to RSVP, but we very much hope that many of the new parents will be able to join us at this first event of the season. Please contact fasbc@abingdon.org.uk if you have any questions.

The Abingdon Science Partnership

The Abingdon Science Partnership has been asked to find young volunteers to help the Department of Psychology at the University of Oxford with their Brain For Maths study. This study aims to find out how the brain processes numbers throughout life. They are looking for children and  young people to take part in the research to help understand the development of the brain and numeracy skills. Currently, they are recruiting children aged 6, 10 and 14 years, and first year A-Level students NOT taking Maths at A-level. Participants must be right-handed, fluent English speakers, and without any known (or suspected) learning or developmental difficulty. The study involves a safe brain scan using a Magnetic Resonance Scanner (1 ½ hours) and several Maths puzzles and games (3 hours). Repeat sessions will take place in 18 or 24 months’ time (depending on the stage of education). Sessions will be in the volunteer's own time and must not interfere with normal schooling. All participants receive a voucher to say thank you for taking part. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. The team hope to make the experience of being involved in research interesting and fun. You can find out more about this research on the study website.  Or please contact the team on brain4maths@gmail.com or 07464 755010 for further information.

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Friday 2 February - Whole First Year trip to Birmingham to hear CBSO - Parents are respectfully reminded to complete the permission for their sons to attend the CBSO Schools Concert Matinée performance on Friday 2 February. The link was sent in last week's mailing but should be accessible by following this link to the Google response form.

There is a flurry of concert opportunities coming up....

  • Wednesday 24 January Solo Platform 6pm CMR - Admission is free to hear some of our leading players in solo performance.
  • Wednesday 31 January Fitzroy String Quartet 7pm, Amey Theatre - We would request that all string players and their families support this important occasion to hear one of the rising star ensembles of the international chamber music world. Please apply for tickets using this link.
  • Thursday 1 February New Year Charity Concert 7pm Amey Theatre - Come and hear many of our leading ensembles and support the school's selected charities at the same time. It's win, win! Please use this link to order your tickets.

For Lower Sixth boys and their parents: UCAS

UCAS1: Introduction to the university application process: Friday 23 February 2018, 7pm, Amey Theatre. This is an important opportunity for boys and their parents to be introduced by experts to some of the key features of university application and admission processes.

Programme:

  • 7pm: Introduction, followed by Katherine Pagett, Student Recruitment Manager at Birmingham University, who will give an overview of the application process from a university admissions perspective (Amey Theatre);
  • 7.45-8pm: Refreshments (Amey foyer and Cafe);
  • 8pm-8.45pm: Boys and parents choose to attend: EITHER Oxford University and Cambridge University applications talk, OR Question and Answer: a panel of current Upper Sixth boys will talk about their own experiences of university applications (CMR).

An Evening with James Ketchell - Monday 5 February, 7pm, Amey Theatre

All parents and pupils are warmly invited to attend this event at 7pm in the Amey Theatre to hear from James Ketchell, serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. On 1 February 2014, James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world. There is no charge for the event but tickets do need to be booked at this link. James will be signing copies of his book “The Ultimate Triathlon” at the end of the evening (cost: £10).

Reminder - A Matter of Life and Death - Amey Theatre, Wednesday 24 - Friday 26 January, 7pm 

On the night of 2nd May, 1945, an English airman tells a woman he's never met he loves her before jumping from his burning aircraft to almost certain death. However, in the thick fog above the channel, the angel sent to collect pilot Peter Carter misses him, and Carter finds himself washed up on the shore, alive. But having issued an invoice, the other world must balance its books, so Peter has to take the heavenly authorities to the Universal Court of Appeal to argue for his life.  Inspired by Powell and Pressburger’s ground-breaking 1946 film, this wildly romantic tale was first performed at the National Theatre in 2007 in a breathtaking adaptation by the Kneehigh Theatre Company.  Please note, staff are able to book one complimentary ticket. If you wish to do so, please get in touch. Tickets still on sale.

Traffic Disruption in Park Road

Due to essential gas mains replacement by S.G.N., there will be some considerable disruption to vehicles visiting the School, travelling along Park Road from Monday 29 January.  Although the works will predominately be carried out to the footpaths and grass verges, it is expected that some temporary road closures will occur.  Parents and pupils will be contacted if significant changes to routes are needed.  

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Parking notice for parents attending fixtures at Abingdon School on Saturday 13 January

There are a number of fixtures taking place this Saturday afternoon at Abingdon School. We also have a large number of candidates attending our First Year entrance examination. Due to recent wet weather there may be some parking restrictions and we would greatly appreciate if any parents can park elsewhere in the town that afternoon and/or share lifts into school.

Abingdonian News

The 2018 edition of the Abingdonian magazine will be distributed next week to all boys who were members of the school last academic year.  In the case of brothers, a copy has been given to the older sibling.

Abingdon News

The latest edition of the School's newsletter, Abingdon News, has been given to your son to bring home this week.  Boys who are full boarders will have a copy posted home.  The newsletter can also be viewed online.  Any feedback regarding school publications is very welcome, please email communications@abingdon.org.uk.

Public Examination Timetables

Public examination timetables for Summer 2018 are now available on the School Website.  Boys personal timetables will be issued after half-term.

5th Year Work Experience: A Request for Parents

If your 5th year son has already applied for, and even secured, a summer work experience placement, please praise him for his initiative! The ‘early bird catches the worm’ when it comes to work experience, especially at employers with popular work experience schemes. If your son has not yet applied for a summer work experience placement, please encourage him to do so...and soon. There is a special 5th Year Work Experience Scheme page on Firefly with a list of employers who offer placements and links to application information. Most summer work experience schemes have application deadlines in January or February, so time is of the essence. Of course, your son can also approach employers of interest who don’t offer a formal work experience scheme but may be happy to host a placement from time to time.  Parents are strongly advised to download from this web page a checklist of things to consider when preparing for their son’s work experience placement. Your support and encouragement is very much appreciated. Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance.

Space Walking with an Astronaut, Michael Foale, Former NASA astronaut, Tuesday 30 January 2018, 7.30pm at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School

Dr Michael Foale CBE is a British/American astronaut, veteran of six space missions, and the only NASA astronaut to have flown extended missions aboard both the Russian Mir and International Space Stations. He was the first Briton to perform a spacewalk, and until 2008, he held the record for most time spent in space by a US citizen: 374 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes. He still holds the cumulative-time-in-space record for a UK citizen. In 1997 Mike was on board Mir with two other cosmonauts when it was hit by a supply craft - the worst collision in the history of spaceflight. It sent the space station tumbling out of control and left the team without power and contact with Earth.  Come and hear the story of how events unfolded at this unique event and how Mike used his skills to save Mir from disaster.  Tickets: £12.50 adults, £8 children/students, £33 Family (2 adults, 2 children).  To book: www.abingdon.org.uk/future_events.

Music Notices

  • New Year Charity Concert - Thursday 1 February at 7pm - Do consider attending the concert. The following groups will be performing; 2nd Year Choir, Lower School, Brass and Big Bands, Abingdon Academicals, Chamber and First Orchestras. The repertoire includes Arnold's Little Suite for Orchestra and an arrangement of Thunderbirds. We think that the concert should finish by 8.30pm or soon afterwards.

  • First Year Concert Trip to Birmingham - Friday 2 February - The music department has arranged for the whole First Year to attend an 10.30am matinee performance with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. This trip to Birmingham will support the listening work done in First Year Music lessons and will last from 10.30am to the end of the day.  We will leave school by coach at 10.45am prompt, halfway through period 2. The boys will be supervised throughout by staff and we expect to be back at school by 5pm,  in good time for the buses. The boys will be provided with a packed lunch and a drink.  The cost of the trip has been subsidised by the music department, but a contribution of £10, to include travel and entry, will be charged to school accounts. I would be grateful if parents would kindly express their consent by completing the google form, which can be accessed here

  • Internationally Acclaimed Fitzroy Quartet Concert - Wednesday 31 January, 7pm at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School - Abingdon School has great pleasure in inviting parents, students, family and friends to a concert with the international award winning Fitzroy Quartet on Wednesday 31 January at 7pm. The quartet has won many awards and competitions including First Prize in the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in the Wolf Wolffinsohn Quartet Competition, the St Peter’s Eaton Square Prize and the Sir John Barbirolli Prize. The quartet had a busy 2017 performing throughout the world in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and South Africa. Further information and book ticket

  • Lent Term Calendar - Parents are warmly invited to any of our music events this term -  New Year Charity Concert, two Solo Concert Platforms, Intermediate Solo Competition, Annual Chamber Evening, Piano Masterclass, Singers' Platform and Choral Concert. Please consult the up to date Lent Music Calendar.

​Saturday Bus Times

Timings of Saturday School buses are the same as last term.

Sport priority on a Saturday - reminder

In planning for this term, please observe this extract from the Parents' Handbook:

Boys are expected to be available for matches against other schools unless specific permission has been sought from and granted by the Headmaster. Any request should be made well in advance, at least one week before the fixture and copied to the Director of Sport and PE, Pete Bignell. Abingdon has a strong tradition of participating in interschool fixtures across the age ranges. In recent years we have strengthened our fixture list, and been more ambitious in the schools we have been playing, and we are putting out more teams. Please avoid asking for leave of absence. We are keen the boys practise and play together, that the boys develop an allegiance to the School, and that our opponents have the best opposition we can provide.

Health Centre 

Please can parents ensure that the Health Centre is kept up to date with any changes to your son's health. This is especially important following a holiday period so that we can update our records accordingly.  Boys with medication: all boys who carry any form of medication on them e.g. inhalers for asthma, Epipens must ensure that it is clearly labelled with their name and is still in date.

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ROH Live: Rigoletto - Tuesday 16 January, 7.15pm

David McVicar's acclaimed production of Verdi's potent and tragic opera is conducted by Alexander Joel, with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Corwe and Michael Fabiano.  The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect...   

David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.  Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

A Matter of Life and Death - Amey Theatre, Wednesday 24 - Friday 26 January, 7pm

On the night of 2nd May, 1945, an English airman tells a woman he's never met he loves her before jumping from his burning aircraft to almost certain death. However, in the thick fog above the channel, the angel sent to collect pilot Peter Carter misses him, and Carter finds himself washed up on the shore, alive. But having issued an invoice, the other world must balance its books, so Peter has to take the heavenly authorities to the Universal Court of Appeal to argue for his life.  Inspired by Powell and Pressburger’s ground-breaking 1946 film, this wildly romantic tale was first performed at the National Theatre in 2007 in a breathtaking adaptation by the Kneehigh Theatre Company.  Please note, staff are able to book one complimentary ticket. If you wish to do so, please get in touch.

Fiddler on the Roof - YPH (SHSK), Tuesday 30 January - Thursday 1 February, 7pm

SHSK and Abingdon School present a Joint Senior Production of the beloved musical, 'Fiddler on the Roof'.  Tevye, the hard-working, affable Dairymain, has five spirited daughters. When it comes to marriage, how can he reconcile his traditional views with their progressive dreams? Set in 1905 on the eve of the Russian revolutionary period, the tensions in Anatevka, a small Russian village, bubble over in the face of change. The musical's themes remain as relevant today, in a world questioning cultural identity, displacement and family values, as they were a hundred years ago.  Well-known songs include Tradition, Matchmaker and Sunrise, Sunset vividly capture what is at stake in this charming, honest and heart-breaking piece of musical theatre.

Food menu for the coming week - Week 2

This week's mailing:

Letters:

Term Calendar for Lent Term 2018, Key Dates and Term Dates

As you will be aware the School is not printing a hard-copy calendar so parents should refer to the online calendar which is kept regularly up to date. The School Calendar is accessed from the tab called 'Information' at the top of the front page of the website. This is searchable using your web browser. Any amendments to Lent Term 2018 events made after today will be indicated clearly. The Key Dates for 2017/18 are also available on the website 'Information' page. This page highlights events such as parents' evenings, social evenings and evening presentations to parents. Term dates for 2017/18 and 2018/19 are also available on the same page.

School Dress

Parents are asked to provide their growing sons with shirts sufficiently large for them to have their top buttons done up throughout the day.  Boys may wear jumpers under their jackets, but they need to be dark blue, V-necked and without a zip.  The exception, for the sixth form, is that their V-necked jumper may be monochrome and of sober colour. The full uniform list and dress code is at http://www.abingdon.org.uk/school_uniform.

End of Term Reports

These will be published to the parent portal over the weekend.  If you cannot see the report on the portal by Monday 18 December, please contact support@abingdon.org.uk which is also the contact if you do not currently have a log on to the portal but think that you should have one.

Residential Trips 2018

The trips list has now been updated to include trips planned for the Michaelmas Term 2018, too.

SHSK - Tech Camp

With the Christmas being a time that people often start to think about Summer holidays, Tech Camp would like to launch their camps for 2018.  Abingdon pupils can also use the St Helen’s discount code.

Abingdon School’s Annual Fund 2018 is now live!

Thanks to the generosity of parents, alumni, staff and governors, our Annual Fund is now in its 11th year and has raised over £900,000 for specific projects which benefit current boys across the School. With projects supporting anything from virtual reality design to spin bowling, we are excited to announce that the 2018 Annual Fund is now open and encourage you to visit the Annual Fund page on the school website. Here you can find all the projects and donate to any of them.

Shooting in Lent Term - Message from the Master i/c Shooting:

The time is upon us to start planning shooting sessions for the Lent term. So that we can start shooting in the very first week back, I would like boys to sign up to sessions now. All the sessions, and rifle type, are in the attached Google Form. Boys can commit to as many sessions as they like but do bear in mind that we are capping air rifle sessions at 12 boys and .22 rifle sessions at 8 boys this term.  Sessions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, although some tweaking may take place by the Master in Charge and Shooting Coach.

There is also a £75 charge per term to cover the Shooting Coach's time, ammunition, targets and other ancillaries. Therefore, after boys have signed up using this form I will be asking parents to also sign a consent form. If a boy's name is not down for a session or parents haven't given consent, boys will not be allowed to fire.  Please sign up to sessions here - https://goo.gl/forms/L3zQsDsFPN3m6SuJ2 

Holiday Reading

The English Department and the Library would like to encourage the boys to read for pleasure over the Christmas period. The following Christmas Cards suggest books the boys could try according to their age and interests. 

Abingdon Box Office

NT Live: Young Marx - Thursday 11 January at 7pm - Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.  1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two- year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.  Please note that this is an Encore Screening of the Live Performance on Thursday 7 December 2017.

Dr. Michael Foale CBE, ex-NASA Astronaut, Tuesday 30 January, 7.30pm, Amey Theatre - We are extremely pleased to be welcoming back to the Amey Theatre Dr.Michael Foale CBE, ex-NASA Astronaut, who still holds the record for longest time in space by a British born person. His visit is particularly exciting for the 37 pupils of Abingdon and St.Helen's schools who spent a week with Mike at Russia's Cosmonaut training centre, Star City near Moscow, last February: Abingdon Head of School, Patrick McCubbin, says of Mike and the trip "To visit a place like Star City, and meet people like Dr Michael Foale CBE, is inspirational. Everybody there is determined to always be improving, to aim high, be proactive, to work for each other as well as themselves." You can find out first hand about Mike's amazing story, including six space missions and life aboard both the Mir and International Space Stations, at his public lecture on Tuesday 30 January at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Amey Theatre and via this link bit.ly/ASPastronaut.

Joint Senior Production 'A Matter of Life and Death' - Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 & Friday 26, 7pm, Amey Theatre. Tickets are now on sale.

Next Term

Term begins on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 8.35am with tutor time, followed by lessons from 9am.  It will be a week B timetable.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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