Weekly Mailing

This page is updated weekly during term time when a new mailing to parents is sent out.

If you would like to receive the email notification of the weekly update, which is usually on a Friday, then please contact us at mailing@abingdon.org.uk.

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

Parents of 6th Form Boys: North American Universities Advice Evening, Thurs 21 Nov 2019, 6.30-8.15pm, CMR

Is applying to an American or Canadian university right for your son, especially since there are so many excellent universities in the UK (and other European countries)? If this is a question you and your son are pondering, you are invited to attend the North American Universities Advice Evening at Abingdon School on Thursday 21 Nov 2019, 6:30 to 8:15pm in the CMR. This event will provide detailed insights into all the important considerations required to decide whether or not to apply to—or attend—a uni in the USA or Canada. There is much to consider! The event will focus primarily on American universities, with comparative information provided on Canadian universities. No booking is necessary—just turn up on the night. For more information, contact Michael Triff, Coordinator of Non-UK University Applications, michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk, 01235 849129.

Reports

Abingdon’s reporting system is an active process whereby we hope that communication between boys, staff and parents/guardians is fluid and dynamic. We continue to hope that our reports are ‘meaningful rather than mechanical’. Please click here to see the updated reporting policy.  We have spent time reappraising our reporting system and will be giving more focus to your son’s attitude to learning (ATL) both in the classroom and homework. We will no longer be giving grade only reports. Rather, instead of grades, there will be comments in reports to give additional context to the ATL comments. You can read the comments in the policy.  The pattern for the year has been updated. First we look at how your son is settling in, followed by a more formal report at the end of the first term. Following this, we will ask students for reflections on their own goals followed by a response from academic and pastoral teachers. The year will include a parents’ evening and a formal report after exams towards the end of the year.  You will receive the settling-in report at the end of this first half term. Tutors and Housemasters will have collated comments from all subject teachers and will feed back to you on your son’s first half term: academically, pastorally and his involvement in the Other Half. This report will include details on any praises received.  In the report at the end of the second half of the Michaelmas term, academic subject teachers will comment on your son’s ATL and progress, with reference to assessment results where appropriate.  Though we recognise that the report is essentially directed to a boy’s parents/guardians, we think it is important that boys are involved in the process. To this end, we will be introducing a self reflection report in the Lent term, where boys will reflect on goals (three in 1st and 2nd year and one goal per academic subject for all other years). The discussion time with academic staff and tutors is a valuable part of this new process and there will be time to evaluate the boy’s progress and, if needed, refocus before the end of the academic year. A response to these goals and ATL will be reported on at the end of the Lent term or beginning of the Summer term.  We are keen to ensure that our reporting system is robust and encourages the boys to enter into a dialogue about their learning with you at home as well as at school. We trust that the way forward will be positive and we thank you for your feedback in the initial gathering of information towards these changes.

Reminder for parents of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th: Geography Trip to Slovenia

The deadline for the Geography Trip to Slovenia has been extended until Sunday 27 October. Attached is the booking information and the link to the school consent form. 

School Uniform

Half term is a good opportunity for parents and boys to check that School Uniform fits, and purchase any larger items if necessary, as well as getting ready for colder weather.  School Uniform, Sports Kit lists and the Dress Code for all years are on one website page: School Uniform.  Boys are expected to have their shirt top buttons done up.  Dates of opening of the Second Hand Uniform Shop are on their usual page, together with details of how to sell your second hand uniform.  Many thanks to all involved in SUS, as the boys benefit from money raised which is donated to the School.

Sixth Form Dress and Appearance

As has long been our practice, boys should have clean-shaven faces, unless this has been agreed, for religious reasons, by the Headmaster.  Full details of the dress code are available on the School Uniform Page.  

Music notices

There are lots of musical events to look forward to after half term - and you are most welcome to join us.

  • Thursday 31 October at 6pm - Senior Solo Competition. This is designed for pupils of grade 8 standard or above and our adjudicator is Peter Foster, Director of Music at Oxford High School. The prize winner will receive a shiny cup, won last year by Ashwin Tennant.
  • Wednesday 6 November - Solo Concert Platform No 2. This is the second solo concert platform of the term and an opportunity for pupils to play their latest pieces - some will be in preparation for music exams at the end of the month.
  • Thursday 7 November at 6.15pm - Chapel Choir sings Evensong at Merton College, Oxford. Do come and hear our singers who will be joining the Choir of Merton College for an exciting joint venture.
  • Abingdon School Music Society wishes you a happy half term and invites you to join us when you get back for a fun family quiz night on Friday 8 November. It’s all happening at 7pm in the CMR with star Quiz Master Michael Windsor.  It'll be a relaxed and sociable way to end a busy week, and don’t worry, there’s no need to be a musical mastermind as there will be a variety of questions on offer.  A Spanish themed 3 course meal is included and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are available through the school box office, but don’t leave it too late to book as numbers are limited!  Any questions?  Please contact Gillian, Chair of ASMS.

Abingdon Sports and Leisure - Hockey Camp

Read the latest School Blog 

What is Athletic Development and its role within Abingdon School? 

News from the week:

Food menu for week beginning Monday 29 October - Week 1

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair: Monday 7 & Tuesday 8 October and Abingdon Runaway Fair: Monday 14 October - Reminder

Parents should expect that traffic flow in Abingdon will be severely disrupted by the Abingdon Fairs. On Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October vehicle entry to Park Road and Park Crescent will only be via the gate on Faringdon Road (along from the Coach Park). When leaving the park through the gate into Faringdon Road, please, when queuing, leave the gate clear for incoming traffic. Please see attached map.

6th Form Careers Evening with the Old Abingdonian Club

The Old Abingdonian Club, Abingdon School’s alumni association, will host its 6th annual 6th Form Careers Evening on Friday 15 November 2019, 5.45 to 9pm in the Yang Science Centre. At this event, OAs at various stages in their career will share with 6th Form students their insights into their current occupation and the choices they have made along their career journey to date. The event helps to inform pupils of options to pursue after leaving Abingdon, as well as gives them insights that might influence longer-term career planning. Next week, your son will learn about this event at Friday morning assembly and then receive an email inviting him to register for the event by Friday 8 November. Please find a moment over the upcoming half-term break to encourage him to attend. Thank you for your support!  Questions? Email michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk.

FASBC Quiz and Curry Night

The Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club invite you to join them for their annual Quiz and Curry Night in the Abingdon School Dining Hall on Saturday 9 November - Arrive at 7pm, Quiz starts at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £17.50 for adults and £15 for students, and include a delicious curry supper. Drinks will be available to purchase.

This is a fun evening to test your general knowledge, seeing if anyone can beat the coaches – the habitual winners! All age groups and guests are welcome. You do not need to make up a team; we will put you together with other parents in your son’s year group. Boys tend to make up one team per year group.  If you already have a team, just email fasbc@abingdon.org.uk and let us know the team name and members. We very much look forward to welcoming you.

News from the week:

Food menu for the coming week - Week 3

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

Geography trip to Slovenia August 2020: Parents of pupils in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and Lower Sixth

Abingdon School Geography Department, in conjunction with STC, are running a geography adventure trip to Slovenia this summer leaving on or around August 17 (+/- 1 day dependent on flights at the time of booking). It is an 8 day trip including a vast array of geography, integrated with activities such as rafting, hiking and cycling allowing the boys to see as much of the country as possible. The cost of the trip is £1880. 

Attached is the Pre-booking information from STC which includes details of the trip, an itinerary and information on how to sign your son up for the trip. In addition, you must complete the school electronic consent form. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Donnelly.

Abingdon School is a Nut Free School

We have several boys who have a serious nut allergy that can cause anaphylaxis.  Even small traces of nuts on the hand of someone else can be enough to cause a reaction.  For this reason we would like to remind everyone that nuts must not be brought into school.

Health Centre

If your son is feeling unwell please do not send him into school. It is the school policy that pupils need to remain off school for 48 hours from the last incident of vomiting or diarrhoea. Please see the link which gives advice from the NHS.

Titan Mouthguards

We have received a number of concerns over the recent week regarding the Titan mouthguards provided after the fittings carried out in the first week of term.  These range from the length of the mouthguard being too short, poor fitting of the mouthguard through to the colour of the mouth guard.  The Sports Department are disappointed that these issues have arisen and if you also feel this is the case they would encourage you to contact Titan Customer Services direct by e-mail info@titanmouthguards.co.uk.

Wednesday 2 October at 6pm in the Amey Theatre - Music Society Piano Masterclass with Yekaterina Lebedeva

We are looking forward to welcoming Moscow trained piano pedagogue, Katya Lebedeva to join us again this year for a piano masterclass. The event is free of charge and will feature six of our piano scholars working with Katya in an “open lesson”. A fascinating event is in store - please do join us!

Reminder - Chaplaincy Welcome Event and Parents' Prayer Group Thursday 3 October, 7.45pm, Sports Centre Hospitality Suite.

This will be a joint meeting with SHSK, Abingdon Prep and the Manor Prep. All parents are very welcome to come and learn about the spiritual life of the schools and about various Christian activities. Our guest speaker will be Alix Stockwell, Development Director of the Independent Schools Christian Association. There will also be a presentation from Anthony Bewes, Director of Lymington Rushmore, an organisation that supports the work of chaplaincies in independent schools and runs outstanding holidays and revision camps.  If you would like any further information, contact the Chaplain, Rev Dr Simon Steer

Following Abingdon School on social media

If you would like to keep up to date with news from the School then you can follow us on social media:

Read the latest School Blog:

Rob Southwell-Sander, Director of Partnerships, discusses the benefits of close collaboration between schools. Is the time right for an Abingdon Town Learning Partnership

Rugby Skills Camp - Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 October 2019 (9am - 3pm)

We would like to remind parents and boys of our October half term Rugby Skills Camp, for boys aged 8-16 years. 

This is a high-quality coaching course led by Premiership Rugby Club Wasps. The sessions run by Wasps Community Coaches will be fun and engaging whilst challenging both the participants technical and tactical skills. Everyone will learn and develop core skills, such as catch and pass, tackle, breakdown, support, back play and set piece play. This is aimed at participants who are currently playing or aspiring to play at first team level at their school and clubs.

  • Skills workshops
  • Games for understanding
  • Injury prevention warm ups and workshops
  • Nutrition advice
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Positional skills
  • Recovery pool sessions

To book this course, please click here. To find out more information, please contact us: Tel: 01235 849 062 or Email: ase.info@abingdon.org.uk

News from the week:

Food menu for the coming week - Week 2

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

Reminder - Open Day: Saturday 28 September - 9.30am-12.30pm

Open Day is an occasion for all the family, with activities, displays and demonstrations about all aspects of the School. The Day runs from 9.30 until 12.30pm. All boys, EXCEPT first years who are not involved in an activity such as an orchestra or band, are expected to attend and should arrive at School no later than 8.45am to register before beginning their Open Day activities. Boys on school buses should go straight to registration when their bus arrives.  Request for absence on this day should, as usual, be made to the housemaster, as for a single weekday absence. For boys wishing to miss School sports fixtures, parents should write to the Headmaster, as usual, copying in the Director of Sport and PE, Pete Bignell.  For boys who use the joint bus service, all the morning routes will be operating the weekday schedule running 30 minutes later than usual. For the return journey, the weekday 5.20pm service will depart on all usual routes from the coach park at 1pm. 

For 3rd Year Parents: First World War Battlefields

Information letter about the Third Year First World War Battlefields trip in April 2020 is attached. Please read and sign up if you want your son to go on the trip. It is an excellent opportunity to see the First World War Battlefields of Northern France and is run by the school with Anglia Battlefields guides.

For 3rd Year Parents - ASPA Event  

ASPA Mexican event for Third Year parents, Saturday 5 October – for further information and to book your tickets please click here. Ticket sales will CLOSE on Sunday 29 September in order for us to get numbers to the Catering Team. ‘

Help needed: mock medicine and vet interview

Each year Abingdon offers its Upper Sixth medicine and vet applicants the chance to have a practice interview with someone from the profession. We rely on volunteers, parents and OAs to staff this event. This year it will be held on Thursday 7 November from 5.30pm to 8.30pm (although we can be flexible on timings). If you feel you can help out then please email Ben Whitworth.  We aim to run a mock Multiple Mini Interview session (MMI) and any experience of these would be welcome.

Music 

  • Alexander Lessons start next week - Thursday 26 September.  Following my recent message, I am happy to let parents know that the Alexander Technique lessons are starting next Thursday. If you would like your son to have a taster lesson please email the Director of Music, Michael Stinton.
  • Music Society AGM and Solo Concert Platform No 1 - Tuesday 24 September

Please consider joining us at the first musical event of the academic year - our solo concert platform at 6pm is preceded by a very brief ASMS AGM at 5.45pm in the CMR. All are welcome and admission is free.

The OA Club - Reminder

The OA Club warmly invites parents working in the following sectors to join OAs at a career networking reception on Wednesday 2 October 2019. 

  • Public Sector
  • Technology
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Law  

This event will be held at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE from 6pm to 8.30pm.  Please register your interest via this form. For further information, please email Alison Lester.

Driving along roads close to School

Parents are asked to consider local residents when driving round the narrow roads close to School, and also to adhere to the speed limit of 20mph along Park Road and Park Crescent, which are private roads.

Abingdon Box Office

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors (Encore) - 7pm, Thursday 26 September

Abingdon Film Unit Screening - 7pm, Saturday 28 September

News from the week:

Food menu for the coming week - Week 1

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

Trips Information - Residential Trips 2019/20

For the benefit of new parents, and those here last year, a spreadsheet of trips details is on the website.

Open Day: Saturday 28 September - 9.30am-12.30pm

Open Day is an occasion for all the family, with activities, displays and demonstrations about all aspects of the School. The Day runs from 9.30 until 12.30pm. All boys, EXCEPT first years who are not involved in an activity such as an orchestra or band, are expected to attend and should arrive at School no later than 8.45am to register before beginning their Open Day activities. Boys on school buses should go straight to registration when their bus arrives.  Request for absence on this day should, as usual, be made to the housemaster, as for a single weekday absence. For boys wishing to miss School sports fixtures, parents should write to the Headmaster, as usual, copying in the Director of Sport and PE, Pete Bignell.  For boys who use the joint bus service, all the morning routes will be operating the weekday schedule running 30 minutes later than usual. For the return journey, the weekday 5.20pm service will depart on all usual routes from the coach park at 1pm. 

Talk - To Our Brothers: Memorials to a Lost Generation in British Schools, by Sarah Wearne, archivist of Abingdon School, Tuesday 17 September, 7pm at the Unicorn Theatre,  Medieval Abbey Buildings, Checker Walk, Abingdon OX14 3JB

How did a nation famous for its stiff upper lip manage to convey its grief, its love and its pride for some of the thousands of young men who died in its service during the Great War? This talk will use beautiful photographs of the memorials, some designed by famous architects and members of the Arts and Crafts movement, to show how they used the language and iconography of Britain's past to articulate what words alone could not.

Chaplaincy Welcome Event and Parents' Prayer Group Thursday 3 October, 7.45pm, Sports Centre Hospitality Suite.

This will be a joint meeting with SHSK, Abingdon Prep and the Manor Prep. All parents are very welcome to come and learn about the spiritual life of the schools and about various Christian activities. Our guest speaker will be Alix Stockwell, Development Director of the Independent Schools Christian Association. There will also be a presentation from Anthony Bewes, Director of Lymington Rushmore, an organisation that supports the work of chaplaincies in independent schools and runs outstanding holidays and revision camps.  If you would like any further information, contact the Chaplain, Rev Dr Simon Steer (simon.steer@abingdon.org.uk)

Abingdon Music Society Quiz Night and Family Supper - Friday 8 November, 7pm, CMR

Gillian Powter, the Chairman of the Music Society writes as follows: The whole family is invited to a fun and sociable Quiz Night and Spanish inspired 3 course meal.  It's a great opportunity for parents, boys, siblings and grandparents to socialise, whilst enjoying a relaxed evening to end a busy week; a cash bar will be available.  The School Music Society is organising the evening, but don't worry, you need not be a music scholar to join in!  We have a star Quiz Master – Headmaster Michael Windsor and questions will be far-ranging from the downright silly to the more erudite. There may even be the odd musical one!  Tickets will be available soon via the School Box Office.

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.

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair: Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October and Abingdon Runaway Fair: Monday 14 October

Parents should expect that traffic flow in Abingdon will be severly disrupted by the Abingdon Fairs. On Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October vehicle entry to Park Road and Park Crescent will only be via the gate on Faringdon Road (along from the Coach Park).

 

News from the week:

Food menu for the coming week - Week 3

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

Rewards and Sanctions

At the end of last term there was a review of Rewards and Sanctions. It was felt that Prep Detention in period 8 was not working effectively due to pupils' Other Half commitments, therefore we have abolished Prep Detention as it used to be.

To replace it we have introduced two new systems - 

1. Academic Concerns.
  • These are registered on the system by staff if a pupil has missed prep, or if a pupil's work shows a lack of effort. 
  • If an Academic Concern is issued, the tutor and housemaster will be notified, as will the relevant Head of the Academic Department.
  • Repeated academic concerns will trigger a Thursday night Academic Detention. This will run from 5.20 to 6.30pm, but is solely for academic issues. Friday Detention (from 5 to 7pm) remains as it has been, but is a sanction for poor behaviour, whether in class or outside the classroom, rather than for poor academic work.
  • The guidelines are: 3 Academic concerns in a week = Thursday Night Detention; 4 Academic Concerns in a rolling two week period = Thursday Night Detention.
2. Behavioural Concerns.
  • These are registered by staff, and are a tier below a Housemaster's Summons. 
  • Again, the tutor and housemaster, and the relevant Head of Department, will be notified if a Concern is issued.
  • Housemaster's Summons remain as they were. These are for behaviour that is sanctionable, but yet not of sufficient severity for a Friday Detention.
  • If Behavioural Concerns and/or Housemaster's Summons build up then it could lead to a Friday Detention. Housemasters, in consultation with tutors and teachers, will decide when and if a Friday Detention is appropriate.

Hopefully these changes will improve our systems, and are logical, clear and fair. The pupils have been notified and asked to feedback any issues or questions they have to Mr Hindley, housemaster, or tutor, or to their School Council Rep. Our full Behaviour, Rewards and Sanctions Policy is available at https://www.abingdon.org.uk/school_policies. If you have any queries, please do contact Mr Hindley on mark.hindley@abingdon.org.uk. Many thanks.

Change to distribution of Abingdon News - the School's termly magazine

The latest issue of Abingdon News, September 2019 edition No. 51 is now available to view online.  Hard copies of the magazine will be given to boys in the First to Third Years to take home. Boys in Fourth Year and above will no longer receive hard copies but boys and their families can use the link above to view the magazine.  If you would rather receive a hard copy then boys can collect one from outside Common Room.  Any feedback is always welcome to Jane.Warne@abingdon.org.uk

OA Career Networking Reception

The OA Club warmly invites parents working in the following sectors to join OAs at a career networking reception on Wednesday 2 October 2019. 

  • Public Sector
  • Technology
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Law  

This event will be held at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE from 6pm to 8.30pm.  Please register your interest via this form. For further information, please email Alison Lester alison.lester@abingdon.org.uk.

ASPA 3rd Year Parents

Tickets are now on sale for the ASPA Mexican parent event which we are planning for Saturday 5 October.  Please don’t worry about getting a full table together before booking your tickets. We will seat everyone (where possible) within their son’s House – this information will be gathered on the google form which will appear once the booking has been made and also includes information on special dietary requirements and access needs.” 

For Parents of 5th Year Pupils: Morrisby Aspirations Programme – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

You will have previously received an email about the Morrisby Aspirations career profiling programme designed and delivered by the Morrisby Organisation. This Programme is operated by Abingdon at a cost to parents and on an opt-out basis. The cost for a 5th Year pupil to participate is £80 (including VAT), which will be charged via your next school bill.  To read more about the Morrisby Aspirations Programme, go to: http://www.abingdon.org.uk/morrisby_aspirations_programme. If you do not wish for your son to participate in this Programme, you may opt-out. To opt-out, a parent or guardian must email Michael Triff at michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk no later than midnight on Friday 13 September 2019; otherwise, your son will be enrolled automatically in the Programme and the £80 charge will be made. We regret that refunds will not be possible after this date.

Music

  • Michaelmas Term Calendar - I am delighted to welcome parents and friends to this term's music calendar which can be found here. We have a rich range of events - concerts, masterclasses, competitions, quizzes - and everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Alexander Technique - Some eagle-eyed parents have already spotted that Alexander Technique classes return to the department after a pause of a few years with a new teacher, Cathie Kidger, who also teaches at the Dragon School and MCS. These individual weekly lessons will work on the same basis as instrumental ones and are designed to help musicians and anyone who wants a better awareness of good posture and how to avoid tension in day-to-day activities, including musical performance. Please click here to see more information and write to michael.stinton@abingdon.org.uk if you would like to enrol your son.
  • Joint Choral Society this term - for Adults and Pupils - for Sunday 17 November - An invitation is extended to parents and friends to join our JCS performance on Sunday 17 November. Pupils from both Abingdon and St Helen's come together to sing a wonderful modern choral work, Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass under the direction of Abingdon's Chapel Choir Director, Adam Treadaway. Rehearsals will be at Abingdon School's CMR from 6 to 7pm on Wednesdays, starting next Wednesday 11 September. Do please consider joining us - I know it will be a great experience for everyone!

Behaviour on the Buses

I am told that the Joint Bus Service is the biggest school bus service in the country, with over 1100 pupils from The Manor, SHSK and Abingdon using the bus service: Abingdon alone has over 650 boys using the Joint Bus Service. 

Most behave impeccably but there can be moments of poor behaviour, ranging from nagging irritations, such as the persistent leaving of litter on the floor and use of bad language, to the safety issue of boys not wearing seat belts. Inevitably the people who tend to bear the brunt of this bad behaviour are the drivers. The boys know our expectations of them, but please reiterate to your sons that they are representatives of Abingdon School and that they must behave accordingly. Equally it is a requirement, not an option, that they wear seat belts.

In the course of that conversation could you please also remind them that if they cannot adhere to the requisite standards of behaviour, then they will receive a Friday Detention. If they continue to misbehave, we reserve the right to ban them from the buses for a period of time, probably 3 to 5 days in the first instance. The level of the sanction will obviously be dependent on the severity of the offending behaviour.

Exam Remarks

Parents are asked to remind their sons that the deadline for exam remarks is fast approaching. Requests should be made by 3pm on Thursday 19 September, and any requests received after will not be processed. Rebecca Cottam and Heidi Clarke will be available in the Exams office in Park Lodge for pupils to make application. To contact Rebecca or Heidi please email exams@abingdon.org.uk or call 01235 849035.

Weekly Mailing

We aim to send an email each Friday at 4pm which provides a link to that day's Weekly Mailing. All editions of Weekly Mailing may be found on the website, under the Information tab. We would encourage those who missed the link to view last Friday's Weekly Mailing, which was the first mailing of the term.

Dropping off and collection of pupils by car

Parents are reminded not to drop off or collect boys from the Park Lodge area, or Lower Field car park, please. This is because the area is already busy with pedestrians, pupils and school traffic. We therefore ask that parents drop and collect boys in Park Crescent, operating a one-way system travelling clockwise past the private housing to the west of Albert Park, and ending up near the boarding houses. The Crescent ends at a cross roads, where halting is obligatory on these private roads. Wheel clamping operates on Park Road and Park Crescent, so you are advised not to leave a car unattended.

Abingdon Box Office

Robert Harris in Conversation - Monday 9 September at 7.30pm

Margaret Atwood: Live In Cinemas - Tuesday 10 September at 7.30pm

NT Live: Fleabag - Thursday 12 September at 7pm

News from the week:

Food menu for the coming week: Week 2

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

Start of Term

We look forward to welcoming new boys and those returning.  Extract from Key Dates:

  • Sunday 1 September - New boarders arrive
  • Monday 2 September - Other boarders return
  • Monday 2 September - First and Third year induction
  • Monday 2 September - Headmaster's reception for 1st Year parents, Lacies Court Garden
  • Tuesday 3 September -Term begins (first day back for lower sixth)

After beginning with a tutor period, there will be Headmaster's and House Assemblies.  The service at St Helen's Church will be on Wednesday at 11.30am.

Medical matters

Please can parents keep the Health Centre updated of any changes to your son's health so that we can update our records accordingly.  

  • Asthma: All boys who require an inhaler for their asthma must carry it with them at all times whilst at school. It must be clearly labelled with their name. The Health Centre will hold a spare inhaler in case of an emergency.
  • Epipens: All boys who have an Epipen or other adrenaline-auto injector (AAI) must keep it with them at all times and it must be clearly labelled with their name and expiry date. The Health Centre will hold their spare named AAI in case it is required in an emergency.

Term Dates and Key Dates

Boys will be given a hard copy of the calendar at the start of term, but, for information for new parents, there is an online calendar which is kept regularly up to date.  It is available from the front page of the website under 'Information'. In addition, there is a Term and Key dates page. This page highlights events such as parents' evenings, social evenings and evening presentations to parents for 2019/20, and also gives the term dates for 2020/21.

Requests for absence

Extract from 2018/19 Parents' Handbook: Requests involving the absence of any boy for more than a day of School time should be made in writing to the Headmaster.  His Housemaster may deal with requests involving absence of a day or less.  Parents are strongly requested not to take their sons out of School for any but the most pressing reasons.  It must be said that we object strongly to applications for leave that have the effect of extending the already generous School holidays.

Tutor Groups

Please see the attached document for details of the tutor groups in each house.

Coach Park and Faringdon Road

Parents are reminded that cars waiting by the coach park impede prompt departure of the buses as well as causing traffic problems.  The pick up point is Park Crescent.

Bus Safety

Parents are asked to remind their sons that they should wait to cross the road until well after the coach has departed from a stop, to ensure boys have full sight of other traffic.

Teenage Wellbeing presentation for parents - Tuesday 8 October 2019, 7pm Amey Theatre, Abingdon School (a presentation to parents by Natasha Devon MBE)

Natasha Devon MBE is a writer & activist. She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality. Natasha regularly speaks at Parliament and gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees, representing the interests of teenagers and teachers. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for her services to young people and in 2016 the Sunday Times and Debretts named her one of the 500 most influential people in Britain. This promises to be a truly excellent and informative talk.  Please sign up to secure a free ticket as we anticipate this to be a very popular event.

Sporting Fixtures

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.org.uk.

Rugby: concussion

Concussion is something that we are all very sensitive about and we want to ensure we follow the best possible practice. Please follow the link to RFU website so that you can familiarise yourself with the suggested protocol and perhaps take the online parent course in support of your son. We do need to highlight one very important point, especially for day boys.  In case of a head injury please ensure the following steps are undertaken:

If a boy sustains a head injury during a rugby match on a Saturday on either of our 3 sites - Cox's, Tilsley Park or Abingdon School we will have a doctor on the school site who can see them on the same day.  If a concussion has occurred the boy will be off games for a minimum 23 days. During this period they will follow a graduated return to play programme and this will include being reviewed by the school nurses at week 1 and week 2.  Before being allowed to return to full contact sport, they need to be reviewed by a doctor to confirm they are fit to play - this can either be with your own GP or the Sports Doctor in the school Health Centre on a Saturday. Please note, if the boy is to be reviewed by their own GP, please ensure the GP is happy to provide this service; occasionally the GP surgery may charge you for this service.

If they are playing away they should be seen by the medic covering the match; they may be advised to go to the Emergency department.  This information then needs to be shared with his rugby coach and Matt Gold (as Director of Rugby) and the Health Centre must also be copied in. The Health Centre can then get them reviewed with the nurses at week 1 and week 2 and by a doctor at week 3. Again, the advice is clear that no boy can play competitively until a medical professional signs him as fit. Any queries to Matt Gold please.

Mouthguard Fittings

This is a reminder that the Titan dentist fittings, are on Tuesday 3 September between 1.30 and 3.30pm and Thursday 5 September between 1 and 3pm in the Sports Centre changing rooms. Years 1, 2 & 4 will have their fittings during their sports lesson on Tuesday.  Years 3, 5, L6 & U6 should attend when available between 1.30 and 3pm either day.  If you have ordered a new mouthguard, please remind your son to attend. If you would still like to place an order, please click the link and follow the simple step by step instructions. 

Saturday Bus Service

This service will start on Saturday 7 September.  Please see the attached document which identifies the six different bus routes, including the individual stops and the designated times.  We are very keen for as many boys as possible to use this service. It has been set up to ease the burden on parents of getting their sons to School for the inter School fixtures. There is no charge for this service.

The buses are scheduled to arrive at School at 11.30am, allowing the boys time to have lunch in the Dining Hall, have a brief team meeting, and depart for their fixtures on time. Those boys who are involved in home fixtures will be catered for and supervised until the start of their matches. This service applies to all boys involved in sport on a Saturday afternoon, whether it be in cross country, badminton, rugby or any other sport. If you would like to make any comment, or have any queries in this regard, please contact the Director of Sport and PE, Pete Bignell. If you intend to utilise this service, please ensure that you son is at the appropriate stop 5 minutes before the scheduled departure.

Inter School Fixtures

Abingdon has a strong tradition of participating in inter school 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. Boys are expected to be available for matches against other schools unless specific permission has been sought from, and granted, by the Headmaster. Please avoid asking for leave of absence. Any request should be made well in advance, at least one week before the fixture. The Director of Sport and PE, Pete Bignell should be copied in on any such leave of absence request.

To assist parental planning, the Sport and Physical Education Department email teamsheets for each of the age groups to parents on a Thursday evening. This will be sent to the primary contact, which we have stored on iSams, our internal database. There are a number of primary contacts for whom we have not got email addresses attached, and these contacts will therefore not be receiving the email. Please do supply data to the School, so as to ease our paths of communication. 

It is vitally important that parents contact the appropriate member of staff in cases of illness on a Saturday morning so that replacements can be sought, and we do not end up in the embarrassing situation by being short of players to fulfil our fixtures. Sanctions will be applied to those boys who fail to comply with this request. Parents may also contact the Abingdon School Sports Centre Reception on 01235 849062 in case of any problems arising.

Off-Games Procedure

Boys who are unable to participate, because they are ‘off games’, must excuse themselves in advance. Boys must present an ‘off games’ note/letter from parents or the Health Centre to the member of staff i/c their activity, by lunchtime on the day of the activity. Alternatively, the pupil should report to the member of staff at the start of the activity to excuse themselves in person. Sending a message via other pupils is not acceptable. Team players, who are able to do so, should attend the training session in order to pick up coaching points and so that the coach has an opportunity to talk to the boys about likely availability for the next match.

If the pupil has a medical note or advice from a medical professional regarding the rehabilitation process, please send in a copy of this note so that the School can play an active role through use of the Fitness Suite or by maintaining fitness through participation in an alternative activity. If you have any queries in this regard please contact the Director of Sport & PE, Pete Bignell.

Food menu for the coming week: Week 1

This week's mailing is:

Notices:

Calendar

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 Michaelmas Term 2019 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 each half-term.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Please view the Michaelmas Term opening times for the Second Hand Uniform Shop.

Abingdon School Box Office

NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy - Thursday 25 July at 7pm

André Rieu 2019 Maastricht Concert: Shall We Dance? - Saturday 27 July at 7pm

RSC Live: Measure For Measure - Wednesday 31 July at 7pm

Stagecoach 'Show in a Week' - Monday 5 -  Friday 9 August

Stagecoach West End Vocal Workshop - Monday 12 - Wednesday 14 August 

Why do people give?

Please see the final school blog for the year with a focus on what makes people give including the thoughts of an OA who has chosen to fund a current pupil.  Many thanks to Alexa Broad, Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

Summer courses and holiday camps - Available to book online 

We would like to remind parents and pupils that our summer courses and holiday camps are available to book.  Listed below are just some of our popular summer camps that we hope many boys will enjoy taking part in: 

The full range of courses and holiday camps can be found on the Abingdon Sports and Leisure website. Alternatively, you can browse the online brochure.  All course payments can now be taken online, via the website. If you have any queries, please email ase.info@abingdon.org.uk

The Summer Term in pictures

If you have a few minutes to spare you may want to take a look at the summer term in pictures

News from the week:

Next Weekly Mailing

The next Weekly Mailing will be on Friday 30 August.  We look forward to school beginning for all boys on Tuesday 3 September.  Best wishes for the holiday.

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

Trips 2019-20

Attached is the latest trips cost matrix which is available on the website at > Information > Trips > Residential trips 2019/20.

Summer Reading 

Please find attached electronic copies of the reading lists for this year's Summer Reading Challenge, with accompanying material. The excellent and wide ranging reading lists have been created for each year group by Graham Gardner, the school's librarian, and the competition is overseen by the English Department. Please see the final page of the reading lists for details on how to enter, or speak to your English teacher. The idea is that you continue to read a wide range of books for pleasure over the summer.  We've also attached a notice about National Poetry Day which happens on Thursday 3 October this year; you might like to start writing your entry to the competition over the summer.  Best wishes, and happy reading over the summer!

Mouthguard Fittings 

Once again, we have organised for mouth guard fittings to take place at the start of next term. These will take place on Tuesday 3 September with a follow up session on Thursday 5 September. You should be receiving an email during the holiday with full details of how to order a mouthguard for your son online. Payment will be organised through the school bill. Please ensure you reply to this in good time as late applications have created difficulties in the past. 

OA Rugby - Saturday 31 August

OAs, staff, parents, pupils and their families are invited to join us for the OA Rugby match (KO 11am) which is part of the School's Festival of Rugby. A buffet will be provided from 12 noon in the Sports Centre Hospitality Suite. Whether you'd like to play or spectate, please sign up here

Music

  • The Music Calendar for the Michaelmas Term 2019 is attached here and parents and friends might like to make a note of the key dates. I am sure that Gillian Powter, the Chair of ASMS, would like me to flag up the Quiz Night Social Event on Friday 8 November for which she tells me she has secured the services of the Headmaster as our Quizmaster. Other highlights include the Joint Choral Society Concert on Sunday 17 November and the Christmas Concerts on 4 and 6 December.
  • Alexander Technique Lessons return to Abingdon from September. This is a wonderful way for musicians - and anyone - to learn about physical awareness and balance, which is of great benefit in the avoidance of stress, especially in the playing of musical instruments. We will be offering these 30 minute lessons with a new teacher, Cathie Kidger, who will be joining us in September. If you would like more information, please see the Information Sheet about Alexander Technique which Cathie has kindly supplied.

MYCO Summer Concert: Make Believe - 7.30pm, Friday 5 & Saturday 6 July

The Musical Youth Company of Oxford present Make Believe - an exciting collection of musical theatre songs both performed as solos and ensembles. Come along to hear this talented and inspiring group perform.  To book tickets, please visit MYCO's website.

News from the week:

Food menu for the coming week: Week 3

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

A Level & GCSE Results Day

A level Results Day is Thursday 15 August from 8am to 11.30am and GCSE Results Day is Thursday 22 August 8am to 11.30am. Both are in Beech Court Sixth Form Centre.

Music

Far East Tour concert on Friday 28 June at 7pm - Amey Theatre.  If you don't yet have your tickets for our pre-tour concert next Friday, it is not too late to get them! Come and hear our Touring Orchestra and Big Band just 36 hours before we set off for Japan and Hong Kong. We will be playing almost all of the music that we are taking on our epic tour to the Far East, including Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto with a different boy soloist in each movement, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March, Vaughan Williams' English Folksong Suite and several others not so highbrow, including a medley by Burt Bacharach and the March from Thunderbirds. The Big Band, too, will be much in evidence in its slimmed down form.  Click here for Box Office tickets and here to see a digital copy of our tour brochure. 

Teenage Wellbeing presentation for parents - Tuesday 8 October 2019, 7pm Amey Theatre, Abingdon School (a presentation to parents by Natasha Devon MBE)

Natasha Devon MBE is a writer & activist. She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality. Natasha regularly speaks at Parliament and gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees, representing the interests of teenagers and teachers. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for her services to young people and in 2016 the Sunday Times and Debretts named her one of the 500 most influential people in Britain. This promises to be a truly excellent and informative talk.  Please sign up to secure a free ticket as we anticipate this to be a very popular event.

Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 5 July 2019

Parents, OAs, 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 interval (usually between 4pm and 5pm) on Friday 5 July 2019. No RSVP required.

Keeping Everything in Perspective

Take a look at our latest school blog on Astronomy with Abingdon School Physics Teacher, Alice Perry.

Driving along Park Road and Park Crescent: 20mph

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

Abingdon Box Office

Abingdon & SHSK present: The Real Inspector Hound - 7pm, 27 & 28 June (Studio 2)

NT Live: Small Island - 7pm, 27 June (Amey Theatre)

News from the week:

Food menu for week beginning Monday 24 June - Week 1

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

Parents of 3rd Year Pupils: DofE Bronze Applicaton

Boys in the 3rd year are invited to apply to start the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  Please see the attached letter and apply online using the link in the letter.

Change of Early May Bank Holiday 2020

Following the government's announcement that the early May bank holiday is moving to Friday 8 May 2020, our term dates now reflect this change.  SHSK, APS and the Manor are modifying their dates, too.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Leavers' Service

All leavers and their families are invited to the Leavers' service at St Michael's Church, Park Road at 9.30am on Saturday 22 June.  Rousing hymns, leavers' performance, the chapel choir and profound thoughts!

Parents' Prayer Group.

The final meeting of the academic year will take place on Tuesday 18 June at 8pm in the Chapel. There will be a short service of evening prayer and we will be thinking about both the Prep and Senior schools. Refreshments will be served.

Music

Parents are warmly invited to attend these upcoming events:

  • Lower School Gala Concert - Thursday 20 June at 6pm in the Amey Theatre.  This concert will involve all the boys in our Lower School (1st and 2nd years) who will be participating in a Lower School choir and it will also include solos, ensembles and performances from both the Lower School Band and Junior Strings. Admission is free and the concert should be finished by 7.30pm.
  • Japan and Hong Kong Pre-tour Concert on Friday 28 June at 7pm in the Amey Theatre.  We are expecting a big turn-out for our pre-tour concert where parents can view and hear the hard work that has gone into preparing for our ambitious tour to the Far East - we leave just 36 hours after this concert. We hope to perform the whole programme of music, including both Big Band and First Orchestra in a range of repertoire, including Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninov and Beethoven - not forgetting Burt Bacharach and Thunderbirds! Please order tickets in advance to avoid the queue!

Middle School Scholars' Newsletter: Summer Edition

The latest edition of the Middle School Scholars' Newsletter, this time written by the 4th Year academic scholars, can be found here

Celebration of the Arts 

A reminder of our upcoming event entitled 'Celebration of the Arts' at Abingdon School.  The event takes place on Wednesday night (19 June) from 5pm-8pm.  Our students will be playing live music outside Beech Court and we will be holding several exhibitions of artwork.  There will also be poetry readings, film work, drama excerpts and a design technology show.  Mostly Books are exhibiting creative books for you to purchase.   Some Year 3 student work will also be on show.  Refreshments will be provided on this exciting night celebration of our schools creativity.  We hope you can join us?

Join us for our Hockey Camp - Based at Tilsley Park 

Girls and boys: Aged 9-16 years

Key areas of the course:

  • 1 v 1 skill development, game play and movement, short corner skills, passing techniques, game play.
  • This is a high-quality coaching course led by professional players and current premier league and regional coaches.
  • Learn and develop core skills such as hitting and slapping, tackling, movement, short corner skills and overall game play. These will be covered in a fun, safe and enjoyable environment.

Available dates:

  • Monday 22 – Tuesday 23 July 2019 (9am-3pm).  The cost of this two-day course is £96.  To book this course, please click here.
  • Monday 21 – Tuesday 22 October 2019 (9am-3pm).  The cost of this two-day course is £96.  To book this course, please click here.

To find out more information, please visit the website. You can also click here to download the information poster. 

Abingdon Sports and Leisure Club Memberships 

Get summer off to an active start by joining the Abingdon Sports and Leisure Club and take advantage of our promotional discounts - allowing you to become a Premium Member for only £29.99, which gives you access to:

  • Strength & Conditioning Gym
  • 8-lane swimming pool
  • Extensive range of exercise and spinning classes, 7 days a week
  • Badminton courts
  • Squash courts
  • Tilsley Park Boot Camp

We’re also giving Pay As You Go customers 50% off all spinning classes throughout June, relocated in our brand new spin studio at Tilsley Park.  For more information or to sign up, please call 01235 849 062 or email ase.info@abingdon.org.uk. You can also click here to download the full information poster.   *Offers expire Sunday 30 June 2019. T&C’s apply. 

Recent news:

Food menu for week beginning Monday 17 June - Week 3

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

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 and Mr Crisp's talk during the break between appointments are now available.

Music 

  • Coventry Cathedral Evensong on Tuesday 11 June at 5.15pm - Do come and hear the Chapel Choir sing an uplifting Evensong at the iconic Coventry Cathedral. 
  • Junior Solo Instrumental Competition Wednesday 12 June at 6pm in the CMR - This year's competition sees half a dozen of our promising young musicians of about grade 5 standard perform in front of our adjudicator, Mr William Morris, Director of Music at the Dragon School, Oxford. All will be most welcome.

“There is no Planet B - students lead the way on environmental issues.”

Please see the latest school blog from Alastair Blackmore, OA(2005) and Deputy Estates Manager.

Abingdon Box Office

ROH Live: Romeo and Juliet - 7.15pm, Tuesday 11 June

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - 7pm, Thursday 13 June

Larry Sanders - Still Fighting - 2.30pm, Saturday 15 June

Food menu for week beginning Monday 10 June - Week 2

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

For information for parents, there is a Term and Key dates page 2019/2021 which is kept regularly up to date.  

Revision advice for 3rd Year pupils

Here is a link to the general revision advice emailed this week to the 3rd Year pupils.

Music - A Summary of Music in the 2nd Half of Term

  • Wednesday 12 June at 6pm, CMR - Junior Solo Instrumental - adjudicator, William Morris (Director of Music, Dragon School)
  • Thursday 20 June at 6pm, Amey Theatre - Lower School Gala Concert
  • Sunday 23 June 2-5pm, Amey Theatre - Far East Rehearsal Afternoon
  • Friday 28 June at 7pm, Amey Theatre - Pre Tour Concert 
  • Sunday 30 June to Wednesday 10 July - Far East Tour to Japan and Hong Kong.

School website - unavailable on Wednesday 5 June, 6am-8am

On Wednesday 5 June the school website will be unavailable for approximately two hours around 6am-8am. This is to allow for routine maintenance.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Reminder - Parents' pastoral evening 3rd year parents and above “Navigating the teenage years” Monday 3 June, 7.30-8.45pm, Sports Centre Hospitality Suite 

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, gaming, body image, 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 sons 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

Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 5 July 2019

Parents, OAs, 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 interval (usually between 4pm and 5pm) on Friday 5 July 2019. No RSVP required.

Summer courses and holiday camps - Now available to book online 

We would like to remind parents and pupils that our summer courses and holiday camps are available to book.  Listed below are just some of our popular summer camps that we hope many boys will enjoy taking part in: 

The full range of courses and holiday camps can be found on the Abingdon Sports and Leisure website. Alternatively, you can browse the online brochure.  All course payments can now be taken online, via the website. If you have any queries, please email ase.info@abingdon.org.uk

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 8.15am and 8.35am so it becomes very unsafe if there are also cars using the same space.  

NT Live: All My Sons (Delayed Live) - 7pm, Tuesday 28 May

News from the week:

Food menu for week beginning Monday 3 June - Week 1

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

L6th study leave

L6th boys taking internal exams will be granted revision leave from the beginning of Monday 3 June to 3.40pm on Thursday 6 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 6 June. Boys will be doing UCAS work on the Friday morning followed by sports in the afternoon.

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 6 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.

Third Year RSE Morning 22 May

Wednesday 22 May sees the annual Relationship and Sex 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 many 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 drama production and workshops help young people to gain a deeper understanding of the grooming process and potential risks. In addition, the boys will attend a roundabout of workshops on STIs, contraception and men's health issues delivered by registered healthcare practitioners as well as the School Doctor. If you have any questions about the morning, please email Paul Gooding, Head of Wellbeing.

L6 parents: 360 Degrees: discuss, discover, decide - Friday 21 June, starting at 7pm, Yang Science Centre

We are delighted to invite you to join your son to meet staff and OAs at a forum of shared experiences and discussion all about university applications.  The event brings together tutors, heads of department and OAs as well as all members of the sixth form team, and presents a fantastic opportunity for you and your son to discuss plans for university applications.  360 Degrees* should be seen as an occasion to consider possible degree subjects, universities and potential future pathways in the round, in order to put together a successful application. The event has been timed to provide a useful indication of the suitability of degree course and university choices, ahead of the summer holidays when university visits and personal statement drafts should be on the agenda.  In due course, your son will be invited to make appointments for the evening to meet with staff to discuss his post Abingdon plans, his higher education aspirations and his suitability for his chosen course. For subjects akin to those studied at school (e.g. history, classics, physics) your son should book a meeting with the relevant head of department. Where the head of department is unavailable for the evening, there will be a department representative, so that all school subjects are covered. In the case of those subjects not taught at school (e.g. law, engineering, computer science), we hope to have staff available who can provide some insight into the study of those subjects at degree level.  In addition, a number of OAs who will be on hand to share their recent experiences of degree level study and of undergraduate life, particularly at their university. The range of degree courses they have studied/are studying at university reflects most subject areas. You and your son should also meet with his tutor to discuss post school plans, university ambitions, etc. and how realistic and appropriate those plans are. The boys will be asked to make appointments for these meetings.

All members of the sixth form team will be at 360 Degrees. Your son can make an appointment prior to the event or please come and chat to us on the evening if you would like to discuss the following:

  • Applications for Oxbridge – Richard Taylor
  • Applications for Medicine & Veterinary Science – Ben Whitworth
  • Applications to overseas universities, gap years and alternatives to university – Michael Triff
  • Anything UCAS related – Caroline Taylor & Sarah Gibbard
  • Nick O’Doherty, Head of Sixth Form

*360 Degrees was formerly called UCAS 2

Music 

Thursday 23 May at 7pm in the Amey Theatre - Summer Concert

A reminder that our summer concert is next Thursday, just before half term and all parents are most welcome to join us. All the main school ensembles will be playing - all three orchestras (First, Second and Chamber Orchestras) and three bands (Wind, Brass and Big Bands). There will also be some jazz ensembles, junior and senior. 

5th Year boys on Revision Leave will need to be in school by 4pm for rehearsals. There are two GCSE papers the following day (Greek and DT), so those boys are excused this concert. Supper will be provided for all the boys.  As usual, tickets are available on the school website by clicking here.

Michaelmas Term 2019 start

These arrangements can all be viewed on the website:

Sunday 1 September - New boarders arrive
Monday 2 September - First and third year induction
Monday 2 September - Boarders return
Tuesday 3 September - Term begins 

The Ultimate Activity Company will be back this Summer using our fantastic facilities for their fun, safe and active camps, Summer dates are Monday 22 July –  Friday 16 August.  Children will be inspired to try new activities, make new friends and ultimately have lots of fun in a safe environment.  Their Summer Saver Offer ends on Tuesday 11 June so please visit www.ultimateactivity.co.uk to book online or call 0330 111 7077 to speak to the very helpful customer service team.

Take a look at our latest school blog

Top tips on how to learn a language - read the latest school blog from the MFL department.

News from the week:

Food menu for the coming week - Week 2

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

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.

Music

  • Wednesday 15 May at 6pm in the CMR - Solo Concert Platform No 5 - Parents and friends are welcome to join us for the first concert of the new term when we will see some of our pupils in solo performance. Admission is free.
  • Thursday 23 May at 7pm in the Amey Theatre - Summer Concert - Looking a little further ahead, our summer concert is just before half term this year, since the end of term is dominated by final preparations for our Japan/Hong Tour with a Pre-Tour Concert on Friday 28 June. All the main school ensembles will be playing - all three orchestras (First, Second and Chamber Orchestras) and three bands (Wind, Brass and Big Bands). There will also be some jazz ensembles, junior and senior. As usual, tickets are available on the school website by clicking here.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for September 2019

Parents of the current 2nd Year and above are reminded of the school's BYOD scheme: all Middle and Upper School students are required to bring an appropriate device into lessons as part of their normal 'kit' from September 2019.  Their current school-owned Chromebook will be returned at the end of this term, and we recommend these devices as very suitable for a student owned device if they do not have one already.  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

Touchliners : Trip to HSBC International Rugby 7s London Finals Day : Sunday 26 May

The Touchliners are organising a trip to Twickenham to watch the finals of the HSBC International 7s on Sunday 26 May, and there are a few places still available.  We will also be arranging return coach transport from the school, with a drop-on and drop-off point at Reading.  The cost will be £30 for adults and £10 for children (aged 3-15).  If you are interested in joining us for this event, please email us on touchliners@abingdon.org.uk before the end of the weekend.

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 29 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.

ASPA, 3rd Year Parents Mexican Evening, Saturday 18 May

Book your space before the deadline on Monday 13 May at midday.  Tickets include welcome drink & a three course, fine dining Mexican style in the Dining Hall. £25 per person.

Amendment to Tennis Fixtures in the School Calendar

Unfortunately we have had to amend several of our tennis fixtures.  This is due to a number of schools informing us that they can no longer attend the proposed dates (although in the case of MCS it is to allow for a more efficient fixture).  For all schools, instead of playing several small fixtures we have arranged a series of tournaments which will allow us to play all fixtures on the same day.  Details of these tournaments are outlined below, as are the cancelled fixtures.  These new dates will be put on the school calendar ASAP.  I understand that having two fixtures on consecutive days isn't ideal.  We will look to do fast 4s (i.e first to 4 games rather than a full set) where appropriate.  *Please see below for new tournament dates and cancellations*

ROH Live: Within The Golden Hour / Medusa / Flight Pattern - 7.15pm, Thursday 16 May

News from the week:

Tennis New Tournament dates: 

  • Abingdon vs Matthew Arnold School Tournament
  • Date: Monday 3 June 
  • Location: Tilsley Park
  • Start time: 4pm
  • Approximate finish time: 6pm
  • Teams: LTA U15s & U13s - player selection to be made nearer the time.

 

  • Abingdon vs St Birinus School Tournament
  • Date: Tuesday 4 June 
  • Location: Tilsley Park
  • Start time: 4pm
  • Approximate finish time: 6pm
  • Teams: LTA U15s & U13s - player selection to be made nearer the time.

 

  • Abingdon vs Wood Green School Tournament
  • Date: Monday 20 May 
  • Location: Tilsley Park
  • Start time: 4pm
  • Approximate finish time: 6pm
  • Teams: LTA U15s & U13s - player selection to be made nearer the time.

 

  • Abingdon vs MCS Tournament
  • Date: Wednesday 22 May
  • Location: MCS
  • Start time: 3.45pm
  • Approximate finish time: 6.30pm
  • Teams: LTA U15s & U13s - player selection to be made nearer the time.

 

Tennis Cancelled fixtures:

 

  • Matthew Arnold School
  • Thursday 2 May U13s - Cancelled
  • Thursday 23 May U15s - Cancelled
  • Thursday 6 June U13s & U15s - Cancelled
  • Thursday 13 June U13s and U15s - Cancelled

 

  • St Birinus School
  • Thursday 9 May U13s & U15s - Cancelled
  • Thursday 16 U15s - Cancelled

 

  • Wood Green School
  • Thursday 9 May U13s - Cancelled
  • Thursday 16 May U13 & U15 - Cancelled
  • Thursday 23 May U15 - Cancelled
  • Thursday 6 June U13 - Cancelled

 

  • MCS
  • Thursday 2 May U15s - Cancelled
  • Thursday 9 May U13s & U15s - Cancelled
  • Thursday 16 May U13s - Cancelled 
  • Thursday 13 June U13s - Cancelled
  • Thursday 20 June U13s - Cancelled

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Tom Allen, Master i/c Tennis

Food menu for the coming week - Week 1

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

5th year GCSE revision leave

Revision leave began at 5.20pm on Friday 3 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.

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.

Middle School Scholars Newsletter

Please find attached the termly Middle School Scholars' Newsletter written by some of the third year academic scholars. We hope you enjoy it.

Roysse Society Lecture

The next Roysse Society Lecture will be held in the Amey Theatre on Wednesday 8 May from 5.30-6.30pm. This term's speaker will be OA Philip Johnson, a Senior Principal at Populous, an internationally renowned architecture firm based in London. Philip led the design of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, and has also worked on projects at Lord’s Cricket Ground, Ascot Racecourse and The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. His talk will focus on these projects, his career path, but also touch upon his particular interest in sports and entertainment buildings, how venues evolve, and how they can be integrated successfully into their environment. It promises to be a great opportunity to hear from an architect working at the highest level. Attendance by scholars is compulsory, but all Abingdon students and parents are also most welcome.

Music

Thursday 9 May at 7pm in the CMR - Japan/Hong Kong Tour Parents' Information Meeting with staff and Musica Europa.  Parents are welcome to attend with or without their sons. We look forward to seeing you there.

ASPA

Don't forget to book your tickets for the ASPA 3rd Year Parents' Evening on Saturday 18 May. It should be great fun - a Mexican-themed Fiesta!  The party starts at 7.30pm in the Dining Hall, with a welcome Margarita (or non-alcoholic alternative), followed by a delicious selection of Mexican dishes. Tickets for £25 can be booked on the Amey Theatre website.  We really hope you can join us for the festivities! 

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.

Design & Technology Workshop - Summer 2019

This summer the School’s DT Department is offering Design and Technology workshop sessions to our current lower school boys, and to boys who will be joining the Third Year in September 2019.  The workshops provide an opportunity to learn D&T skills and meet other like-minded boys.  The sessions will run over three mornings. The projects have been designed so the boys will use a range of tools and machines and complete a project from start to finish in each morning session.  The projects will be repeated on the corresponding day of each week so that boys can mix days from either week. In line with the School’s pricing of Summer Holiday activities there will be a charge of £20 per session (this will include all material costs).  If you have any questions you would like to ask, please email Mike Webb.  To book a place on the course please click here. A detailed poster is also attached.

Abingdon Box Office

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs with Dr Ben Garrod - Saturday 11 May, 3pm, Amey Theatre.

Take a look at our latest school blog

Why we should teach our children to cook by Ben Phillips, Director of Drama  

News from the week:

Food menu for the coming week - Week 3

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

Annual Data Check

The Annual Data Check forms will be sent on Wednesday 1 May via iSAMS email, please complete and submit by Friday 17 May. The Data Check is an online process that takes a few minutes to complete. If you have any queries regarding the process please email the Common Room Secretaries.

Exams

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

AS & A level - Thursday 15 August, results can be collected from Beech Court Sixth Form Centre from 8.30am to 11am; any results not collected will be sent first class post that afternoon.

IGCSE & GCSE - Thursday 22 August, results can be collected from Beech Court Sixth Form Centre from 8.30am to 11am; any results not collected will be sent first class post that afternoon.

As mentioned in a previous mailing all candidates will be able to access their results via 'My Abingdon' portal by 9am on results days. Post results services for A level candidates opens on Thursday 15 August from 10am to 12 noon that day and Friday 16 August, Monday 19, Tuesday 20, and Wednesday 21 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 19 September 2019. 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.

4th year exams

These take place next week (Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May).  The timetable for these exams is available on our website under www.abingdon.org.uk/examination_timetables.  We expect to be able to publish results to the Parent Portal in the final week of this half term at the latest (w/c 20 May) and the exams will no doubt form the starting point for many of your conversations during the Parents' Evening on Thursday 6 June.

5th year revision clinics

Revision leave for the 5th Year begins at 5.20pm on Friday 3 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.

Parents of U6 boys - UK university offers: URGENT DEADLINE 

U6 boys who received replies from all of their universities by Sunday 31 March must reply making their firm and insurance choices by Wednesday 1 May at the very latest. If a reply is not made by that date, all offers are deemed by UCAS to have been declined and the offers will be removed. All boys who are still waiting to hear from a university have later deadlines: those who hear by Thursday 2 May need to make their choices by Thursday 6 June; those who hear by Thursday 6 June have until Thursday 20 June to reply with their choices.  To avoid any confusion over the date by which he should make his choices, each boy should refer to UCAS Track, where he will have been given his personal reply-by date.  Please contact caroline.taylor@abingdon.org.uk should you have any questions.

For L6 parents - Futures Fair, Monday 29 April

This coming Monday, 29 April, we are holding our inaugural Futures Fair at Abingdon School. This event, for L6 boys and their parents, provides the opportunity to talk to student ambassadors and representatives from over 36 exhibitors, including 30 of the UK's top universities, UCAS and several apprenticeship programmes. The Futures Fair is the perfect time for students to consider the broad range of UK degree courses and alternatives on offer before shortlisting places to visit or research further. All L6 boys are expected to attend this event, which takes place between 5pm and 7pm in the Sixth Form Centre, Beech Court. Parents are most welcome to join us.

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!

For parents of current third and fourth year day boys - Boarding Taster Night 

Have you thought about boarding? 

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 2020 and 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 contact Lucy Hamerton by email.

Game addiction 

Parents may be interested in this free webinar given by Cam Adair who spoke to some of our students last term about game addiction

Parents' prayer group

The parents' prayer group will meet on Thursday 2 May at 8pm in the library of Abingdon Prep School. We will be praying for both the Prep and Senior schools. Refreshments will be provided. All welcome.

Music

This term marks the music department's exciting tour to Japan and Hong Kong and we would like to thank everyone for their support in making the tour possible.  Meanwhile, the Summer Term Music Calendar can be found here and highlights include the following:

  • Pre-tour Japan/HK planning meeting with parents - Thursday 9 May at 7pm, CMR                       
  • Solo Concert Platform No 5 - Wednesday 15 May at 6pm, CMR                 
  • Summer Concert with main school orchestras and bands - Thursday 23 May at 7pm, Amey Theatre       
  • Junior Instrumental Solo Competition - Wednesday 12 June at 6pm, CMR                      
  • Lower School Gala Concert - Thursday 20 June at 6pm, Amey Theatre      
  • Pre-tour playing day - Sunday 23 June at 1pm, Amey Theatre   
  • Orchestra and Big Band Pre-Tour Concert - Friday 28 June at 7pm, Amey Theatre                               
  • Japan/Hong Kong Orchestra and Big Band Tour Party departs - Sunday 30 June                                            

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 29 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.

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.

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

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.

News from Easter

Food menu for the coming week - Week 2

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

End of Term Reports

These should be posted to the parent portal by the end of Friday 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 2019 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 Tuesday 23 April. Term begins for all Wednesday 24 April, with registration and tutor time at 8.35am, and the normal on Wednesday 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 26 April 2019.

L6 Futures Fair Monday 29 April 5-7pm

On the first Monday of next term, we are hosting our inaugural Futures Fair. All L6 boys should attend and parents are very welcome to join them. The Fair is being held in the Sixth Form Centre in Beech Court and runs from 5pm to 7pm.  We have 36 exhibitors, including many of the top universities (excluding Oxford and Cambridge), UCAS and a number of apprenticeship schemes. There will be presentations from UCAS and two universities during the course of the evening.  The Futures Fair offers boys and parents a fantastic opportunity to chat to the universities about degree course options and applications as well as student life and topics such as accommodation and finance. Many exhibitors represent universities from far afield (St Andrews, Durham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Dundee, Manchester, Newcastle) which can be difficult to visit. The apprenticeship schemes also offer interesting opportunities which are worth exploring.  Rather than home in or one or two exhibitors, we encourage all boys to talk to as many of the universities/apprenticeships as possible. It is useful to come armed with specific questions. This will enable boys to broaden their thinking before making an informed decision about their plans for next year.  We expect the evening to be busy, so if you live locally, you may wish to avoid the 5pm rush by arriving slightly later.

Looking for tips on how to revise? 

Take a look at the latest school blog.  Please follow this link.

Music Notices

Parents and supporters are warmly invited to have a look at the Summer Term Music Calendar.

Abingdon School Box Office

Come And Sing With Bob Chilcott - 10.30am, Saturday 27 April, 10.30am

All My Life's Buried Here: The Story Of George Butterworth - Sunday 28 April, 2.30pm

SUS - Second-hand Uniform Shop bargains

  • 5 white or blue shirts for £10
  • 2 blue and white striped shirts for £10
  • 3 grey trousers for £10

As well as all items of school uniform we also have a stock of:

  • Cricket shirts, trousers, body warmers and jumpers.
  • Cricket shoes, bats, pads, gloves and helmets.
  • Wet suits.
  • Tennis racquets and covers
  • Hockey sticks
  • Boots and trainers

All opening dates and times are on the website.

ASPA Quiz - Reminder

Tickets now on sale for the ASPA Quiz (whole school) to be held on Saturday 27 April – start time 7.15pm for quiz to start at 7.30pm. Three course ‘Chip Shop style’ meal and quiz for £23 per head. Teams of 8. For further details and ticket booking please see here.  Ticket sales will be closing on Monday 15 April.

Courses and Holiday Camps 2019 - 10% Early Bird Discounts Available

We would like to remind parents that our courses and holiday camps for 2019 are now available to browse and book. *Early bird discounts are available on a range of courses listed here, if booked before Tuesday 30 April 2019.  We also have Ultimate Activity Camp and Academies of Sport running exceptional courses and inspiring sport coaching camps throughout Easter and Summer, which are running at both Prep School and Senior School, as well as at Tilsley Park.  For the full range of Courses and Academies or to book, please visit the Abingdon School Enterprises website

News from the week:

This week's mailing is:

Notices:

For parents of current third and fourth year day boys - Boarding Taster Night

Have you thought about boarding? 

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 2020 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 Lucy Hamerton by email lucy.hamerton@abingdon.org.uk.

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.

ASPA Quiz

Tickets now on sale for the ASPA Quiz (whole school) to be held on Saturday 27 April – start time 7.15pm for quiz to start at 7.30pm. Three course ‘Chip Shop style’ meal and quiz for £23 per head. Teams of 8. For further details and ticket booking please see here.

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: 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 8 June, 22 June & 29 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.

Abingdon Box Office

ROH Live: La  Forza  Del  Destino - 6.15pm, Tuesday 2 April

AOS Presents: My Fair Lady - 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat Matinee) Tuesday 9 - Saturday 13 April

RSC Live: As You Like It - 7pm, Wednesday 17 April

Thought-provoking blogs from the Abingdon Community.

From the Headmaster’s “Confidence not Swagger” - in reply to The Times, to “Flinging wide the automatic gates - a time for partnerships?”, the School Blog takes a look at the latest views and opinions from the Abingdon community.  The wide-ranging contributions make for very interesting reading and are posted fortnightly during term time at abingdon.org.uk/school_blog.  Please do take a look.

News from the week:

Food menu for the coming week - Week 2

This week's mailing is:

Letters:

Notices:

ASiP Newsletter from Director of Partnerships

It is with great pleasure that I present inaugural Abingdon School in Partnership newsletter which gives parents a taste of the activities being undertaken by staff and students at Abingdon and across our partner schools and the town as a whole. As a community we fully embrace the idea that educational collaboration is mutually beneficial to all involved and as a result partnerships are a core element of our school development plan. If you would like to find out more about the Abingdon School partnership program please see our website https://www.abingdon.org.uk/partnerships and https://www.abingdon.org.uk/abingdon_science_partnership, follow us on twitter @ASPartnerships and instagram @aspartnerships. You can also contact me directly at robin.southwellsander@abingdon.org.uk.

Music 

  • School Choirs Evening Concert - Thursday 21 March, 6-7pm in the Chapel.  Our last musical event of the term - and a chance to hear the school's four weekly meeting choirs - involves Chapel Choir, Gospel Choir, Joint Chamber Choir and our close harmony ensemble, Abingdon Academicals, directed by Adam Treadaway. The concert is in the school's chapel - it will last about 50 minutes, admission is free and all are most welcome.
  • Music Technology Lessons at Abingdon School from the Summer Term. The Music Department is offering an exciting opportunity to a limited number of pupils to learn about its latest state-of-the-art music technology equipment. The lessons deal with how music/sound is composed, recorded and produced within the digital studio environment. This will involve the use of a variety of software packages and hardware equipment to unlock the vast potential of recording musical ideas and sound. Recent pupils have gone onto courses and careers in commercial music and sound recording and an understanding of the use of this essential technology will give future candidates an important edge. The lessons are offered on the same basis as individual music lessons, which currently cost £22.95 for a 30 minute weekly lesson. Places are limited so are offered on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested, please contact the Director of Music by email.

Wellbeing - Student Lecture given by Cam Adair

“Following a student lecture this week given by Cam Adair on: “How gaming and social media are designed to keep you hooked” he is offering a free webinar for parents on Tuesday 30 April from 7pm-8pm.  Here is the web address to register if you are interested.

ATOM Festival of Science and Technology - Friday 22 - Sunday 24 March

We are hosting lectures and events in the Amey Theatre and Yang Science Centre as part of the festival. 

Reminder - Reporting Feedback Form 

We are very keen to listen to parents' views on how we manage reporting at Abingdon. We would therefore appreciate your feedback on how and what we communicate, so that we can improve what we do. Please could you take a few minutes to give us your views. Most of the form just requires 'tick box' responses but there is a section at the end of each of the two sections for you to offer more expansive comments if you wish. Please could all replies be in by Monday 18 March.

Food menu for the coming weekWeek 1

Page 1 of 9 pages  1 2 3 >  Last ›