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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 for 2019/20. This page highlights events such as parents' evenings, social evenings and evening presentations to parents.

End of Term Reports

These will be published to the parent portal over the weekend.  If you cannot see the report on the portal by Monday 17 December, please contact support@abingdon.org.uk which is also the contact if you do not currently have a log on to the portal but think that you should have one.

Residential Trips 2019

The trips list has now been updated to include trips planned for the Michaelmas Term 2019, too.

Christmas Concert DVD Film

Many parents who attended the Christmas Concerts last week were able to place an order for a professional DVD recording of the Thursday evening concert, in a programme that included several of our senior ensembles. The programme is available here.  If any other parent or guardian would like a copy, priced at £10, please click here to see the form and either send it to the Music Secretary by hand of boy, scan it and send to caren.hardiman@abingdon.org.uk or simply send her an email request. The cost will benefit the Japan Tour in 2019 and can be added to your school bill next term.

Holiday Reading

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

Saturday Bus Service

This service will start on Saturday 12 January 2019.  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, hockey, football 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. 

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.

School Dress

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

Middle School Scholars' Newsletter and Podcast

Please find attached the new Middle School Scholars' Newsletter, a termly, paperless newsletter, which showcases the best of independent thought and inquiry from some of our scholars.  This issue has been written by our fifth year academic scholars, so please do take a moment to read. Johan Nerlov and Will Taylor have also produced their own short podcast review of the term, including a discussion on the rapid progression of technology, for which I've also included a link, and hope you enjoy that too.

To all Hockey Parents and Hockey Players

Please save the date Saturday 23 March 2019 for the end of season hockey dinner. This is a black tie event and usually books out very quickly.  Tickets will be released in the new year.

New Year, New Courses 

Join us for our brand new Street Cardio and Ballet Fit courses taking place in the New Year, taught by ex-professional dancer and now Principal of the renowned Abingon based Marsh Tompsett School of Dance, Selina Marsh.  We are delighted to be able to offer you a buy one get one half price offer on these courses, so you can bring a friend or book onto the second course for half the price. Please click here to download the full details. 

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André Rieu: 2019 New Year's Concert From Sydney - 7pm, Saturday 5 January

Ruby Wax - How To Be Human: The Manual - 7.30pm, Tuesday 8 January

NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra - 7pm, Thursday 10 January

Next Term

Term begins on Tuesday 8 January 2019 at 8.35am with tutor time, followed by lessons from 9am.  It will be a week B timetable.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Parents of 6th Form Students: Gap Year Advice Evening, Thursday 17 January, 6.15-7.45pm, CMR, Abingdon School

Abingdon will host a Gap Year Advice Evening for Sixth Form pupils and parents on Thursday 17 January 2018, 6.15-7.45pm in the CMR at Abingdon School. The event will feature a presentation about the reasons to take a Gap Year; the pros and cons of a Gap Year; setting goals and finding relevant experiences during a Gap Year; the likely costs of a Gap Year; and the transition following return from a Gap Year. In addition, there will be a panel of Old Abingdonians on hand to share their own Gap Year story and insights. No booking is necessary; just show up on the night. Pupils can also download (from the University Admissions page of Firefly) the Abingdon School Gap Year Guide, which is intended to help pupils think carefully through all the considerations involved in electing, planning, and managing a Gap Year.

Summer 2019 GCSE and GCE Exam Timetables

Please be aware that these are correct timetables as is and any clashes shown are yet to be resolved. Also your son's personal timetable has now been released via parent portal: however, will be subject to change due to clashes (yet to be resolved) and access arrangements. All candidates will receive a personalised exam pack after the February half-term break. All candidates must be available on Wednesday 26 June as this is the JCQ Contingency day for GCSE and/or GCE examinations should sustained national or local disruption arise during the June 2019 examination series (GCSE, GCE, June 2019).

Music Notices

Key Musical dates for next term for your diaries:

  • Piano Masterclass with Yekaterina Lebedeva - Wednesday 16 January
  • New Year Japan Tour Benefit Concert - Thursday 24 January
  • Menine Brass Quartet - Workshop and Evening Concert - Wednesday 13 February
  • Gloucester Cathedral Evensong with Chapel Choir - Thursday 14 February
  • Annual Chamber Music Evening Wednesday 27 February
  • Singers' Platform - Wednesday 6 March
  • School Choirs Concert - Thursday 21 March

Tuesday 11 December - Christmas Jumper Day

Students and staff are invited to put on their festive knitwear for a good cause. A suggested £2 donation will be paid to the Magic Breakfast which delivers nutritional breakfasts to schools across England and Scotland and ensures that ‘No child is too hungry to learn’. Students are expected to be in normal school uniform with the addition of a jumper, it is not a full home-clothes day.

A prize will be awarded to the best jumper on the day!

Dropping off and collection of pupils by car: not on Faringdon Road

Please do not park on Faringdon Road close to the coachpark over the cycle lane, as this hampers cyclists and car drivers.  Also, the pavement is needed for pedestrians.  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.

Ultimate Activity Camps at Abingdon Prep and Sports Centre for ages 4-14 in Summer 2019 - From the Commercial Director, Kieran Henderson

We are delighted to let you know that we have chosen to partner with Ultimate Activity Camps to run their fun and engaging holiday programmes at Abingdon Prep and Abingdon School Sports Centre next Easter and Summer! They have already been successfully running their camps this year at Abingdon School Sports Centre and have a strong reputation for their quality holiday programmes.

Ultimate Activity Camps offer exciting holiday day camps with over 40 activities every week delivered by engaging and enthusiastic staff who will instruct and encourage children aged 4 to 14 years to try new activities and make new friends – and naturally have lots of fun!  They have a very special Christmas Offer starting on Tuesday 18 December (when bookings are live to book) until Friday 4 January  visit www.ultimateactivity.co.uk for details or you can call their friendly team on 0330 111 7077 (local rate).

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Everest Lab with Greg Foot - 7.30pm, Monday 10 December

Thames Vale Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert - 7.30pm, Wednesday 12 December

School Notices

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

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Lower 6th parents and boys: Presentation on UK University Applications, Tuesday 12 March, 7-7.30pm, Amey Theatre

All Lower Sixth boys and their parents/guardians are invited to a presentation on the UK university applications process at 7pm on the evening of Tuesday 12 March 2019. This presentation forms an integral part of the Lower Sixth Parents' evening.

During the presentation Mrs Caroline Taylor (Assistant Upper Master, Universities) will give an overview of the process, highlighting what is expected of each applicant, detailing key dates and deadlines, outlining what is required for the personal statement and providing insight into how to choose subjects and universities. Mrs Taylor and the Universities Team will also be available throughout Parents' Evening to answer any questions you may have about the process.

All Parents: Career Reps Needed for Abingdon Careers Convention, Friday 15 March 2019, Abingdon School

From the Head of Career Guidance: I am still looking for parent volunteers in several key career areas for the upcoming Abingdon Independent Schools’ Careers Convention in March.  If you work in one of these career areas, and can volunteer as a career representative at the event (6:00pm-9:30pm), I would love to hear from you: 

Aviation (Commercial), Business (Operations), Charities and NGOs, Engineering (Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Nuclear), Environment/Conservation/Wildlife, Fire and Emergency Services, Foreign Affairs, Government (Civil/Public Services), Journalism and News Media, Music, Planning (Town/Urban/Landscape), Press and Public Relations, Product/Industrial Design, Project Management (General), Publishing and Writing, Radio/TV/Film/Video, Textiles/Clothing/Apparel

Please email michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk or register your interest online. Thank you!  Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance

Music Notices

Christmas Concerts on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 December, Amey Theatre, 7pm - Parents are warmly encouraged to apply for Christmas Concert tickets which are now selling fast. We perform on two evenings next week in order to accommodate everyone. The concert will include some marvellous works including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 3, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 and Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto, first movement. The following ensembles will be performing - 1st Year, Gospel and Joint Chamber Choirs, First Wind and Big Bands, Chamber, Second and First Orchestras. Please remember to book your tickets in advance and arrive in good time, as there can be a queue! 

Lent Term's Music Calendar - for advance planning

Ruby Wax - How to be Human: The Manual - Tuesday 8 January 2019 at 7.30pm

Join successful comedian, TV writer and performer, Ruby Wax, as she talks about her latest book How to be Human at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon on Tuesday 8 January.
This book is about how to be human. Why we haven't figured this out by now, I do not know.

Tickets are £22.50 and include a copy of How to be Human and a glass of wine or soft drink on the night. Copies of Ruby's previous book, Frazzled, will be available for sale at a discounted price. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.  

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Revision leave dates - Summer 2018

Fifth year: revision leave begins Friday 3 May, 5.20pm
Upper Sixth: revision leave begins Friday 17 May, 1pm

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Fifth Year: The 5th year will, as usual, be offered optional study leave help for the first three weeks of their revision leave in the form of subject clinics and supervised study rooms at school  More detail on this will be given before they go on leave.

Upper Sixth: Some Upper Sixth boys will be taking public exams in the week before their official revision leave begins (e.g. some maths units).  In such cases, for an afternoon exam, boys will be permitted to take the morning as revision leave.  No revision leave is granted the day before a morning exam.

Lower Sixth: Now that all subjects have been reformed, there are no public examinations at all for L6th boys.  The School will hold its own Lower Sixth internal exams in the week after half term in the summer and will then issue both exam grades and 'guidance grades' (projections towards A Level) to boys and parents to assist in the choosing of which subject (if any) to drop for Upper Sixth and to help with research into university options.

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Lord of the Flies - 29 & 30 November - SOLD OUT. Tickets will not be available on the door.

ROH Live: The Nutcracker - 7.15pm, Monday 3 December. Tickets available here.

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For all Upper and Lower Sixth Biologists…

The Biology department are running another trip to the highly popular Biology Science Live A Level Lectures on Wednesday 16 January 2019 in Birmingham Town Hall.  “The Lectures provide an exciting day specifically designed for A-level Biology students.  The chance to hear some of the best scientists who are working at the cutting edge of their specialisms.  The scientists are carefully chosen for their ability to communicate with students of this age in a direct and exciting way.  Help improve your Science A-level results with two sessions from a specialist Biology examiner.”  The trip will leave by coach from the Abingdon School Coach park at 8am, returning around 6pm, outside the timings for the normal School buses. The event and transport will cost £43 per place.  Boys should wear presentable home clothes, and a basic School packed lunch will be provided, but there are some local venues available to the boys for lunch if they want to bring some money for additional food… I also suggest bringing their own water.  Places are limited to 15 each from the Upper and Lower Sixth Biology year groups, and priority will be given to those who didn't attend the event last year..if you are unsure please contact Su McRae to clarify eligibility.  Please sign in and use the appropriate WisePay link to pay and confirm your place by 5pm Friday 30 November 2018:

To Fifth year parents: Sixth Form options evening, last Monday. 

We hope 5th form parents found our 'Towards the Sixth Form' evening on Monday helpful.  Please do remember that it represented really just the first step in an on-going conversation, to be continued next term after mock exams.  Mr May's presentation from Monday evening can be found in pdf form here.

Parents' Carol Service

All parents and boys are warmly invited to the carol service at St Michael's Church, Park Road on Thursday 13 December at 6.30pm.  The service will be a shortened form of the traditional lessons and carols from King's College, Cambridge.  The boarding community will be in attendance and the outstanding Chapel Choir will sing.  Do join us for this delightful and inspiring occasion.

Music 

  • Japan and Hong Kong Music Tour 30 June to 10 July 2019.  Parents of participants should note that a newsletter will be be sent shortly with details of the latest arrangements.
  • Music Society Violin Masterclass with Levon Chilingirian - Wednesday 21 November at 6pm, CMR.  Parents are warmly welcomed to attend our biennial visit from Levon Chilingirian for a Masterclass (open lesson) with a group of our top violinists. These occasions always give us a fascinating insight into the teaching and learning process and will be interesting for all our musicians and particularly our string players. We are encouraging all our string players to attend this event which, thanks to our Music Society, is provided free of charge,. For parents of these musicians, we are inviting the boys to sign up for an early supper so that they can attend without hunger pangs - please would you encourage them to come along. There's lots to learn and it should be hugely enjoyable.
  • Christmas Concerts 2018 - Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 December at 7pm.  It's not too early to get your Christmas Concert tickets. For new parents, please be aware that we do the same concert twice so that we can accommodate everyone and they should know that the following ensembles are taking part this year: First Year Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Gospel Choir, Second Orchestra, Big Band, Joint Chamber Choir, Symphonic Winds Band and First Orchestra.  Please see this link for further information and a link for booking Christmas Concert tickets.

Let's talk about Food - Wednesday 21 November

Parents are asked to encourage their son to attend if they so wish. Please see poster for further information.

EPQ Presentation Evening Friday 23 November, Yang Science Centre 5.45-7.15pm

On Friday 23 November 34 boys will be delivering their EPQ presentations in an evening event which is running from 5.45 until 7.15pm. The presentations will be delivered  across a number of classrooms in the Yang Science Centre, with three separate sessions at 5.45, 6.15 and 6.45.The presentations will be accompanied by refreshments and snacks in the lobby. 

The topics this year range from “Can the apparent absence of life on exoplanets be explained and what does it mean for humanity?” to “What impact did Blaxploitation films have on mainstream American perceptions of African-American Culture?”

Supervisors use the evening to grade their EPQ candidates. To achieve the highest grades the boys need to be asked challenging questions by an engaged audience so they would also be very pleased to see you there. Parents who would like to come to the presentations you would be most welcome.  

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Remembrance Parade 

Only the Lower and Upper Sixth pupils in CCF are involved in the Remembrance parade on Sunday at 9am.

2018 Anti-Bullying week

Next week is the annual Anti-Bullying week. This year's theme is to “Choose respect over bullying” and we will be raising this issue with boys throughout the week. Please, could you try to find the chance to talk about this with your son as well?  We will be exploring the idea that we can respectfully disagree with each other, and the importance of respecting others face to face as well as online.  Boys will be encouraged to think about the idea that bullying is a behaviour choice, and if they ever witness it, of the need to speak out to a trusted adult/ carer or by reporting it via our whistleblowing system. We will also be thinking about what respect is and what this might mean at school, at home and in the community.   Thank you in anticipation of your support with this.  Please also feel free to visit the Anti-Bullying Alliance website and/or the School’s Anti-Bullying policy.  If you haven’t already done so I also invite you to join our wellbeing twitter feed @Ab_Wellbeing.

Parents of 6th Form Boys: US University Advice Evening, Thursday 22 November 2018, 6 - 7.45pm, CMR

Is applying to US universities 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 US University Advice Evening at Abingdon School on Thursday 22 November 2018, 6pm to 7.45pm 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 US. There is much to consider! No booking is necessary—just turn up on the night. For more information, contact Michael Triff, Coordinator of Non-UK University Applications, 01235 849129.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for Middle and Upper School

Parents of the current 3rd Year and above are reminded of the school's BYOD scheme.  It is a expected that all Middle and Upper School students will bring in an appropriate laptop style device into lessons as part of their normal 'kit'.  Student access to the internet is now part of many lessons therefore, if a member of the class does not have access, they will not be able to fully take part in the activity. A Q&A document is available and if you have any questions please email Ben Whitworth, Director of eLearning.

Reminder - School Uniform

Parents and boys should, please, check that School Uniform fits, and purchase any larger items if necessary.  Boys have recently been reminded that 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.

Everest Lab with Greg Foot

On Monday 10 December at 7.30pm, Blue Peter Science Guy, Greg Foot, will be presenting his 'Everest Lab' stage show in the Amey Theatre, using demonstrations and photos from his expedition to the world's highest pop-up lab at Everest Base Camp and describing the effects of high altitude on human physiology. Tickets are available from the Amey Theatre box office or online.  All proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support Greg's free presentation for local, partner primary schools earlier in the day for which over 400 children from seven local schools have already booked!

Touchliners : Trip to England vs Japan rugby at Twickenham : Saturday 17 November : Tickets

The Abingdon Touchliners have arranged for tickets to the England vs Japan Autumn International rugby match at Twickenham on Saturday 17 November (kick-off 3pm).  Tickets are available for purchase in pairs of one adult and one child ticket for a total combined price of £57.  The cost of a return coach from the School to Twickenham is included and is being covered by the Touchliners.  The link for purchasing tickets is here (there are two links, one each for adult and child tickets, so please purchase one of each):

If you have any questions, please contact us at touchliners@abingdon.org.uk.

Perfect presents at the St Helen and St Katharine Christmas Fair

If you’re looking for special gifts that you won’t find on the high street, then look no further than the ever-popular Christmas Fair at St Helen and St Katharine School.  Held on Saturday 24 November from 10am to 3pm, the Fair will feature over 50 stalls located in attractive spaces across the school, creating a lively marketplace atmosphere.  Students’ and Young Enterprise teams’ stalls create even more of a buzz.  And an added bonus is the fabulous raffle of gifts donated by the stallholders. You can also relax over street food and other foodie treats in the school’s sit-down café, prepared by its award-winning catering team. The Fair is organised by St Helen and St Katharine Parents' Association and its proceeds are shared between the school and its 2018 charity, Mercy Ships.  Entry costs just £2.50 per adult (children free).  So put the Fair in your diary today! 

The Raymond Blank Cookery School, Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 December, St Helen & St Katharine.

Abingdon Box Office

Tickets for the Joint Senior Musical are now on sale - Loserville - 7pm, 6, 7 & 8 February

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Sponsored Walk

A very well done for all of the students and staff who took part in the Sponsored Walk on Thursday 27 September. The current total raised has reached £22,594.42 which is a phenomenal achievement. The online donations page will be shut on Friday 16 November and we hope to have a final total shortly after this date; therefore could any outstanding sponsorship be returned to school or donated online as soon as possible.

All Parents: Volunteer Career Representatives needed for Abingdon Careers Convention, Friday 15 March 2019, Abingdon School

The annual Abingdon Independent Schools’ Careers Convention, jointly run by Abingdon School, Our Lady’s Abingdon and St Helen and St Katharine, provides an excellent opportunity for students to gather information about and insights into careers of interest and educational routes into those careers. It features parents and alumni of all three schools, as well as local employers, representing a wide range of careers. Students can meet with ‘career representatives’ one to one, participate in small group career discussions, and watch panel presentations on current topics. The event is always well attended – and much appreciated – by 500 students and parents. This year’s Careers Convention will be held on Friday evening 15 March 2019 at Abingdon School. At present, I am recruiting Abingdon parents to volunteer as a ‘career representative’ (or to serve on a panel presentation, if preferred). To register your interest, please complete this online Expression of Interest form no later than 30 November 2018. Completing this form DOES NOT commit you to being a volunteer; it only tells us of your interest. I will follow up with you to provide further information and answer any questions you may have. Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance.

For Parents of 5th Year Pupils: Morrisby Aspirations Programme Interviews

If your son is participating in the Morrisby Aspirations Career Matching Programme, he will soon receive an email with the date, time, and location of his interview with an independent careers adviser from Morrisby. This interview will be next week on one of the following days: Tuesday - Friday, 6 - 9 November. Thank you for ensuring your son has put this appointment in his planner/diary and that he sets aside some time this weekend (if not already) to go over the results of his Morrisby questionnaire with you, to research occupations listed in his results, and to complete the pre-interview questions - all in his online Morrisby account. The Morrisby Aspirations Programme can help to inform A-Level subject choices from a career planning perspective, so thank you for ensuring your son makes the most of his participation. Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance.

Music 

Up-coming musical events for your diaries:

  • Harry the Piano - Wednesday 7 November in the Amey Theatre at 7pm.  Tickets are going fast for this event with this internationally known piano virtuoso improvisor/extemporiser. Harry is giving a masterclass with our pupils in the afternoon, but the evening event should be terrific. Please see the poster and book your tickets online - they are free of charge, but we do need to know who is coming.
  • Solo Concert Platform - Thursday 8 November in the CMR at 6pm.  An opportunity for you to hear some of our emerging solo talent.
  • JCS - Sunday 11 November - Mozart's Requiem as part of St Helen's School's Festival of Remembrance at St Helen's School at 7pm. The festival will also include WW1 songs and readings by pupils with the Requiem in the second half. Please see the poster and book your tickets online through the St Helen's School website.
  • New College Evensong with Chapel Choir – Wednesday 14 November at 6.15pm.  Our Chapel Choir has its Director, Mr Adam Treadaway, at one of Oxford's most distinguished choral venues. Please do join us at New College Chapel (approached through Holywell Street.)
  • Music Society Violin Masterclass with Levon Chilingirian – Wednesday 21 November in the CMR at 6pm.  We are so lucky to have such a connection with one of the world's most distinguished violinists. Every two years Levon Chilingirian comes to Abingdon to give an open lesson to a number of our more advanced violinists. Thanks to our Music Society admission is free and it should be seen as a must for all our string players and their families.

Pocket Guide to Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Next week, all students in years 1-5 will receive a Pocket Guide to Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling from their English teacher. We hope that your son will use this comprehensive reference guide not just for his English work but across all his subjects. Further information, including a downloadable version of the guide, is available here.

Fines for parking on Park Road and on Park Crescent

Parents are reminded that, to discourage parking on these private roads, a company is employed by Christ's Hospital to fine cars parked there.  Visitors should use the School's Lower Field Car Park on Park Road, and then report to Park Lodge Reception, please.

Reminder FASBC Quiz and Curry Night - Saturday 10 November, 7pm 

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Harry the Piano Concert - 7pm, Wednesday 7 November

1918: The Bloody Road to Victory - 7pm, Friday 9 November

Tickets for the Joint Senior Musical are now on sale - Loserville - 7pm, 6, 7 & 8 February

Abingdon and the Great War - Thursday 9 November at 7pm, Amey Theatre

How strange and unreal it seemed, as again we paced the streets of our quiet little country town! For in a brief few weeks, the world had changed.
The story of the Great War, as experienced by the Abingdon School community, is told in a selection of readings drawn from the school's archive, supported by photographs, images and music to evoke the experience of a school community as it attempts to make sense of events unfolding in France and beyond.  Presented by senior drama scholars, this is a free event that is expected to last around an hour. No booking is necessary.

Sport Karate Kumite Seminar - Sensei Alton Brown

Alton Brown is an exceptional athlete, and one of the most prolific and successful athletes of the past 20 years. He’s an ambassador and a great role-model for Sport Karate.  We hope that the boys attending Karate Club will be inspired to attend this seminar, on their own doorstep, as well as those who attend Karate Clubs outside Abingdon School. All are welcome.

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Reports: First cycle of the year

Reports will be posted to the Parent Portal over the course of Saturday 13 October.  For years 1-4 and L6th, this report is designed to give a quick snapshot about how things have been going over the first few weeks of term and will comprise grades from subject teachers along with overall communication from Tutor and Housemaster. Years 5 and U6th will have a fuller report this session, balanced by a shorter report at the end of term. Abingdon's grading system for subject reports remains unchanged  and an explanation of how grades are awarded is given on the report (we have updated the grade descriptors to acknowledge the arrival of number grades at GCSE).  All of the grades get turned into two average Effort and Achievement percentages which are also listed on the report; these offer an instant view of how a particular boy is getting on. As a rule of thumb, percentages in the 60-70% range indicate that things are going well, percentages reaching 80% and above mean that things are going extremely well indeed and percentages dropping into the 50s and below indicate that some things may be going awry. We do not report on Other Half or instrumental lessons in this session; those reports come at the end of term. Parents may like to note that, as well as the Tutor and Housemaster comment they can see on the reports, all the reports in a year group will have been read by a senior member of staff before they are sent out. This allows the senior team to keep in touch with trends and concerns across the school. Parental feedback on reports is welcomed - in the first place you should contact the relevant Housemaster.

For Parents of 5th Year Pupils: Work Experience Scheme – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please read about the 5th Year Work Experience Scheme here and how you can support your son as he seeks to secure a placement for summer 2019.

Parents of 6th Form Boys: US University Advice Evening, Thursday 22 November 2018, 6pm-7.45pm, CMR

Is applying to US universities 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 US University Advice Evening at Abingdon School on Thursday 22 November 2018, 6pm to 7.45pm 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 US. There is much to consider! 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.

Public examination contingency date 2019 : Wednesday 26 June

The School is still awaiting confirmation of certain dates for the public examinations in the summer of 2019 but wanted to make you aware of one change that the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have brought in for future examinations. For the first time a national contingency examination day has been arranged for I/GCSE and GCE (A/AS-level) examinations ‘should sustained national or local disruption arise during the examination series’ and therefore any examinations need to be rearranged. The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 26 June 2019. This means that all examination candidates must be available to sit examinations on Wednesday 26 June as well as for their timetabled examination dates. This is not a school decision and applies to all candidates in all schools.

Plans for DofE walking have therefore needed to be changed to:

Silver walking assessed expedition (5th years): Sunday 30 June - Wednesday 3 July.  This now creates a clash for the musicians who are on tour to Japan, and these boys will be contacted separately by Mr Dempsey. 

Gold walking assessed expedition (L6th): Sunday 23 -Thursday 27 June.

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 10 November - Arrive at 7pm, Quiz starts at 7.30pm.  
This is a fun evening to test your general knowledge and includes a delicious curry supper with drinks available to purchase.  All age groups and guests are welcome.  There is plenty of friendly rivalry between the various parents’, boys’ and coaches’ teams!  Please encourage your sons to join you; it is always as enjoyable for the boys as it is for the adults.  Boys tend to make up one team per year group.  You do not need to make up a team; we will put you together in groups of 6 or 8 so it is the perfect opportunity to meet other parents in your son’s year group before the regatta season starts.  If, however, you already have a team, just email fasbc@abingdon.org.uk and let us know the team name and members.
 
  • Adults: £17.50, Students: £15

We very much look forward to welcoming you.

Music notices - a summary of events soon after half term

  • Senior Music Competition - Tuesday 1 November, CMR at 6pm
  • Harry the Piano Workshop and Evening Concert  - Wednesday 7 November, Amey Theatre at 7pm.  Please see the poster and this link to the website information. This is an event not to be missed by our pianists and their parents!
  • Solo Concert Platform No 2 - Thursday 8 November, CMR at 6pm
  • Mozart's Requiem - Joint Choral Society Concert on Sunday 11 November, Yolande Paterson Hall, School of St Helen and St Katharine, 7pm.

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.  

ROH Live: Mayerling - Monday 15 October, 7.15pm

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer.  

AOS Present: Top Hat - Tuesday 23 - Saturday 27 October, 7.30pm (2.30pm Saturday Matinee)

Top Hat is based on the 1935 RKO movie and brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.  

ROH Live: Die  Walküre  - Sunday 28 October, 5pm

Wagner’s Ring cycle is one of the greatest works of all opera.  Keith Warner’s production is conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, and this final revival is cast with an outstanding international array of Wagnerian specialist singers. 

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Abingdon Michaelmas Fair: Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 October and Abingdon Runaway Fair: Monday 15 October - Reminder

Parents should expect that traffic flow in Abingdon will be severely disrupted by the Abingdon Fairs. On Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 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.

Music Notices 

  • Senior Music Competition - Thursday 1 November, CMR at 6pm - Parents and friends are welcome to hear our instrumentalists of grade 8 plus battle it out for this year's prestigious cup. Our adjudicator is Neil Farrow, Director of Music at Our Lady's Abingdon Senior School.
  • Harry the Piano Workshop and Evening Concert  - Wednesday 7 November, Amey Theatre at 7pm - We are delighted to welcome the internationally known artist, Harry the Piano, and his dazzling improvisation and skills of virtuosity. Harry is also leading a workshop for pupils from local schools in the afternoon. Do join us for this unique event - tickets are free of charge. For further information please see the poster and the page on the website.  
  • Solo Concert Platform No 2 - Thursday 8 November, CMR at 6pm - Here is another opportunity to hear some of our solo musicians in performance. Admission is free and all are most welcome.
  • Mozart's Requiem - Joint Choral Society Concert on Sunday 11 November, Yolande Paterson Hall, School of St Helen and St Katharine, 7pm - Our joint School's Choral Society of Mozart's Requiem forms part of the SHSK Festival of Remembrance to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice at the end of the Great War 1914-18. There will also be readings and period popular songs to set the scene.
  • Evensong at New College, Oxford - Wednesday 14 November at 6.15pm - Don't miss Adam Treadaway's first official outing as the new Director of our Chapel Choir at the local medieval chapel - the scene of chorister training for many of our top singers, past and present!
  • Music Society Violin Masterclass with Levon Chilingirian - Wednesday 21 November at 6pm, CMR - We have another welcome return of the famous violinist, Levon Chilingirian, and an opportunity to celebrate the playing of some of our fine violinists. Financed by our Music Society, these are always fascinating events and should be seen as a must for our string players and their families. Please join us.

6th Form Careers Evening with the OA Club

The Old Abingdonian Club, Abingdon School’s alumni association, will host a 6th Form Careers Evening on Friday 16 November 2018, starting at 6pm in the Yang Science Centre and followed at 8.30pm by a networking supper in the Dining Hall. At this event, OAs at early or middle stages in their career will share with 6th Form pupils 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. Please encourage your L6 or U6 son to attend. He will soon receive an email invitation with a request to register for the event with the deadline of Friday 9 November.  Thank you for your support!  Questions? Email michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk.

Help needed: mock medicine interview

Each year Abingdon offers its Upper Sixth medicine applicants the chance to have a practice interview with someone from the medical profession. We rely on volunteers, parents and OAs to staff this event. This year it will be held on Tuesday 6 November from 6pm to 8.30pm in the Science Partnerships Laboratory.  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.

High Performance Rugby Camp - October Half Term (Thursday 18 - Friday 19 October 2018)

Due to the success of our July camp, we are running an additional two-day camp this year for boys aged 8-13 years of age. 

This is a high-quality, coaching course led by ex-professional players and current academy and county level coaches. Learn and develop existing and new skills, whilst experiencing the day to day life of a professional. Core skills, such as catch and pass, tackle, breakdown, support, back play and set piece play will be covered in a fun, safe and enjoyable environment. This is aimed at participants who are currently playing, or aspiring to play at first team level at their school and clubs.  

Activities include:

  • Skills workshop
  • Becoming an elite player
  • Injury prevention
  • Sports nutrition
  • Rugby specific physical conditioning
  • Daily post-training hydrotherapy

For more information or to submit the online registration form, please click here. We will then contact you to take payment and to confirm your place on the course.

Chaplaincy Welcome Event  and Parents' Prayer Group Thursday 11 October, 7.45pm. The Atrium, St Helen and St Katharine School, Faringdon Road, Abingdon.

This will be a joint meeting with SHSK, Abingdon Prep and the Manor Prep School. 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 The Reverend Jane Chaffey, Chaplain at Wycombe Abbey School between 2008 and 2018. 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. 

This will be the first meeting of the Abingdon Foundation Parents' Prayer group that meets twice a term. The dates for the rest of the school year are as follows:

  • Thursday 15 November,  8pm at Abingdon Prep
  • Thursday 17 January, 8pm at 29 Park Road, Abingdon.
  • Thursday 7 March, 8pm at Abingdon Prep
  • Thursday 2 May, 8pm at Abingdon Prep
  • Tuesday 18 June, 8pm in the School Chapel.

If you would like further information, contact Rev Dr Simon Steer, school chaplain.

Inter School Fixtures

A reminder when planning Saturdays in the second half of this term, and on into the new year….

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, as it hinders the progress the boys make. 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.

Horizon Lectures: Richard Parks - 7.30pm, Thursday 11 October

Join us as Richard takes us on his personal journey, from his challenging lows to the summits of peaks around the world. To book tickets, please visit the Horizon Lectures website.

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Open Day: Saturday 29 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 12.30. 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 8.45 am 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. 

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.

Following Abingdon School on social media

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Touchliners Annual Dinner - Saturday 6 October - 7pm

Tickets for the annual Abingdon Touchliners black tie dinner on Saturday 6 October are now on sale.  Our guest this year is Mark ‘Ronnie' Regan MBE - Bristol, Bath, Leeds England and British and Irish Lion hooker. World cup winner in 2003 and a world cup finalist in 2007.  This year there will be the bonus of a few past international players amongst the guests who have played against Mark and promise to make the speech and Q&A a not-to-be-missed event.

The evening will kick off from 7pm with a drinks reception in the Charles Maude Room, welcome address from our first team Captain, Edward Hayes, followed by a splendid three course dinner and all the usual club dinner features, ‘heads and tails’, live and silent auctions and more fun.

Please reserve and pay for your tickets via the School's WisePay system here 

If you have any questions, please contact us at touchliners@abingdon.org.uk

Information for Parents - 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.

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Beech Court: parent visits

All parents are welcome to look round Beech Court on Wednesday 26 September from 6.30 to 8pm.  Lower Sixth parents who are attending “Meet the tutors evening” at 7pm on Tuesday 25 May wish to look round Beech Court from 6.30pm.  Later in the year, some staff will be based in Beech Court for year group parents' evenings, so you are welcome to see the new facilities, which are already being well used. 

Abingdon Prep School Open Morning - Saturday 6 October 10am-12pm. All welcome.

You are warmly invited to come along to Abingdon Prep's open morning on Saturday 6 October from 10am-12pm. For full details about the Open Morning please follow this link.

4.30pm buses from SHSK

Please can parents note that boys are not allowed to use the ‘early’ bus service. Period 8 is an important part of the Abingdon day, and the bus service logistics are predicated on the fact that Abingdon boys will be on 5.20pm buses, not 4.30pm buses. 

In exceptional circumstances a written permission slip can be issued by Mr Hindley, but the circumstances need to be exceptional rather than based around convenience. Mr Peeke will stop any boy from using the bus if he does not have a written, signed permission slip. The boys have been made aware of the above but please reiterate this to them. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Music

Steinway Inauguration Concert - Wednesday 26 September, 6pm

Next Wednesday 26 September sees the unveiling and inauguration of the school's new Steinway Model D piano in the Amey Theatre. A 60 minute recital will see both boys and staff (including Headmaster, Mike Windsor) putting this wonderful instrument through its paces. Do come and experience this special moment. The concert is preceded at 5.45pm by the Music Society AGM, the concert starts at 6 and will end by 7pm.

Come and hear Harry the Piano - Wednesday 7 November

A date for your diaries…. Would famous virtuosic improvisor, Harry the Piano, will be visiting the school on Wednesday 7 November in a free afternoon workshop and evening concert. Please see full information on the school website.

Charity Fundraising Masked Fireworks Ball - Saturday 3rd November, 2018 - 7pm - 1am  

Dress Code - Masked Black Tie with an explosion of colour! 

The Parent Associations of both SHSK and Abingdon School are hosting a charity fundraising masked fireworks ball which will be taking place Saturday 3 November 2018 at St Helen & St Katharine. 

This spectacular event will kick off promptly at 7pm with a grand fireworks display, which you can enjoy with some warming gluwein and canapés.  A three course gourmet dinner will follow in the marquee inside the SHSK sports hall.  After dinner there will be dancing to live music from Freddie & the Freeloaders.

This event will be raising money for Mercy Ships as well as funds for our respective parent associations.  We will be holding table raffles as well as holding a mini auction for some wonderful auction items including a fabulous ski trip donated by the Oxford Ski Company.   Please see the attached menu and information flyer for more information on this event.

On Tuesday 25 September, all parents currently on the ASPA Contact List will receive an email with the link to take them to the Abingdon School Box Office when the booking link goes live.  For parents who are not yet on the ASPA Contact List, please click here to be added: https://goo.gl/forms/Z7ujM2JDEtj6ovwT2.

From Tuesday 25 September until Friday 5 October, we will ensure that there is an even allocation of tickets between both schools in order to give everyone from both schools the same opportunity to buy their tickets as we expect tickets to sell quickly.  This event is open to parents and staff from both schools as well as “old” parents, friends and family . 

If you have any questions, please contact us at maskedfireworksball@gmail.com.

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.

Art Competition

The art department are keen to set an exciting competition for years 1-3 only.  Please see attached poster for information.

National Theatre Live: King Lear - Thursday 27 September 7pm

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

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Trips information - Residential Trips 2018/19

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

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 October and Abingdon Runaway Fair: Monday 15 October

Parents should expect that traffic flow in Abingdon will be severly disrupted by the Abingdon Fairs. On Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 October vehicle entry to Park Road and Park Crescent will only be via the gate on Faringdon Road (along from the Coach Park).

Open Day: Saturday 29 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 12.30. 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 8.45 am 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 1.00pm. 

Saturday Bus Route

Please see below the correct & updated bus times for this term.  The list of stops and routes are still accurate.

  • Saturday 15 September** - run 1 hr earlier to arrive around 10.30
  • Saturday 6 October** - run 1 hr earlier to arrive around 10.30
  • Saturday 10 November - Run as usual to arrive for 11.30
  • Saturday 17 November - Run as usual to arrive for 11.30
  • Saturday 1 December- Run as usual to arrive for 11.30
  • Saturday 8 December** - run 1 hr earlier to arrive around 10.30

OA Club

The OA Club warmly invites parents working in the property, design and construction sectors to join like-minded OAs at a career networking reception on Wednesday 10 October 2018 between 6.00 pm and 8.30 pm at BoConcept,158 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7NH.  

OA Club networking events provide industry links between established career professionals and offer younger OAs invaluable insights and connections in their chosen field of work. 

From architecture, buildings conservation, engineering and interior design to landscaping, product design, property development, surveying, town and country planning and valuation, this informal evening will offer an opportunity to expand professional networks. 

Please register your interest for this event via this form.

Chaplaincy Welcome Event  and Parents' Prayer Group Thursday 11 October, 7.45pm. The Atrium, St Helen and St Katharine School, Faringdon Road, Abingdon.

This will be a joint meeting with SHSK, Abingdon Prep and the Manor Prep School. 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 The Reverend Jane Chaffey, Chaplain at Wycombe Abbey School between 2008 and 2018. 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. 

This will be the first meeting of the Abingdon Foundation Parents' Prayer group that meets twice a term. The dates for the rest of the school year are as follows:

  • Thursday 15 November,  8pm at Abingdon Prep
  • Thursday 17 January, 8pm at 29 Park Road, Abingdon.
  • Thursday 7 March, 8pm at Abingdon Prep
  • Thursday 2 May, 8pm at Abingdon Prep
  • Tuesday 18 June, 8pm in the School Chapel.

If you would like further information, contact Rev Dr Simon Steer, school chaplain (simon.steer@abingdon.org.uk).

CCF - Charity Event

On Thursday 27 September Sixth Form members of Abingdon School's CCF will be cycling, swimming, rowing and walking the 780 miles from Abingdon to our sister town of Schongau, Germany, including a row and swim across the English Channel. This will all take place using the facilities in the School Sports Centre. We will cover the distance over a period of 24 hours, starting with an actual 10 mile sponsored walk, in order to raise money for Parkinson's UK, a charity close to the hearts of our CCF and its members.  Please support us in this effort and donate to Parkinson’s UK by donating through this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abingdonccf24hours.

Rugby Parent Evening/Workshop

Following the “Rugby Parent Evening / Workshop” on Monday 3 September, please click on the links to see both presentations.

Spinning Classes - New at Tilsley Park 

We are delighted to let you know that we are holding an official launch day at Tilsley Park on Sunday 23 September (10am-3pm) to introduce our exciting range of spinning classes to the community, which will be a new addition to the Abingdon Sports and Leisure Club exercise class timetable this Autumn. We will be using M3i Keiser spin bikes to give you a high quality cycling experience. Classes will be held at Tilsley Park, seven days a week. Therefore, we warmly invite you to come along with family and friends and take advantage of a fantastic range of free taster sessions that are on offer, including adult and junior Zorb Football and Boot Camp sessions. 

Please call the Tilsley team on 01235 524524 to pre-book your launch day activities, as we have limited spaces available.  The full details of our launch day programme can be found here.  Alternatively, you can visit our website to find out more. 

Ultimate Activity Camps

With October half-term coming up, we wanted to let you know that Ultimate Activity Camps are making a welcome return to Abingdon School with their exciting programme of fun activities.

  • Monday 22 - Friday 26 October
  • For children aged 4 - 14 years
  • Early booking offer £40 per day or £174 per week when booked by Tuesday 2 October

As well as the full range of engaging activities, for October half-term they will also offer some extra seasonal activities.  Please book via www.ultimateactivity.co.uk or call 033001117077.

Ocean Film Festival World Tour - Tuesday 18 September

Brought to you by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. To book tickets, please visit the Ocean Film Festival website.

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

You will have previously received an email about the Morrisby Aspirations career guidance 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 £78 (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 14 September; otherwise, your son will be enrolled automatically in the Programme and the £78 charge will be made. We regret that refunds will not be possible after this date.

Music Notices

We are pleased to attach the current Michaelmas Music Calendar, which gives parents of musicians and others an idea of our musical events this term. These include:

  • Two Solo Concert Platforms
  • Senior Solo Instrumental Competition
  • A Harry the Piano Evening Concert
  • Joint Choral Society Concert of Mozart's Requiem
  • An Evensong at New College, Oxford (Chapel Choir)
  • A Violin Masterclass with Levon Chilingirian
  • A Scratch Youth Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall (Chapel Choir) 
  • Two Christmas Concerts and Carol Services. 

We do hope you will join us at any of these events.

The first of the Solo Concert Platforms, on Wednesday 26 September at 6pm, is given over to the Inauguration of our new Steinway grand piano. This lovely instrument has been recently purchased from the South Bank Centre, where it has given great service to some of the world's greatest pianists. Indeed it was chosen for The Queen Elizabeth Hall by the famous Japanese pianist, Mitsuko Uchida. 

This short concert will feature a mixed group of performers, boys, professional music staff and our own headmaster on bass in a Jazz combo. The 60 minute concert will be followed by an opportunity for guided tours around our new Sixth Form Centre/Art and Library building, Beech Court. The concert will be preceded at 5.45pm by a brief AGM of the Music Society, the parental body that supports music at the school.

Joint Choral Society - Mozart's Requiem - Invitation to Parent Singers - Wednesday rehearsals and a concert on Sunday 11 November.  This term, Helena Rakowski at St Helen's School, will be directing the JCS concert which is to take place on Sunday 11 November at St Helen's School. As it is the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, they will be including the concert as part of a wider ‘Festival of Remembrance’ which is to take place over several days. The concert itself will focus around a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor but the idea is for the first half of the concert to feature some WW1 related songs and readings.

Rehearsals will take place in the St Helen's  School Chapel on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-7pm, starting next Wednesday 12 September. Miss Rakowski hopes to see lots of parents taking part once again. If you would like to sing, please would you let her know - likewise, if you know of anyone who you think might like to take part, please do put them in touch with her at hrakowski@shsk.org.uk

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 20 September, and any requests received after will not be processed. Rebecca Cottam will be available in her office in Park Lodge for pupils to make application. To contact Rebecca Cottam please email or call 01235 849035.

Weekly Mailing

We aim to send an email each Friday at 4.00pm 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.

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

  • Sunday 2 September - New boarders arrive
  • Monday 3 September - Other boarders return
  • Monday 3 September - First and Third year induction
  • Monday 3 September - Headmaster's reception for 1st Year parents, Lacies Court Garden
  • Tuesday 4 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 for 2018/19. This page highlights events such as parents' evenings, social evenings and evening presentations to parents.

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.

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 confirmthey 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 and 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 O-pro dentist fittings, are on Tuesday 4 September between 1.30 and 4pm and Thursday 6 September between 1pm and 3.30 in the Sports Centre changing rooms. Years 1, 2 & 4 will have their fittings during their sports lesson.  Years 3, 5, 6 & 7 should attend when available between 1.30 and 4pm.  If you have ordered a new mouthguard, please remind your son to attend.

Saturday Bus Service

This service will start on Saturday 8 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.

Tutor Groups

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

Beech Court: parent visits

The new building was handed over last Friday, and staff have begun moving in.  The building contains a sixth form centre, a Library, four art studios and a sixth form art studio.  During September many parents will be coming into School for various events, so Beech Court will be open as follows for parental visits.  Later in the year, some staff will be based in Beech Court for year group parents' evenings.  Pictures will also be shown on the website and in other publications.

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.

NT Live: Julie - 7pm, Thursday 6 September

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.  Concession tickets £12, standard tickets £14.

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​Beech Court: parent visits

The new building was handed over last Friday, and staff have begun moving in.  The building contains a sixth form centre, a Library, four art studios and a sixth form art studio.  During September many parents will be coming into School for various events, so Beech Court will be open as follows for parental visits.  Later in the year, some staff will be based in Beech Court for yeargroup parents' evenings.  Pictures will also be shown on the website and in other publications.

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 2018 events made after today will be indicated clearly. Parents may wish to consult the online calendar and the term dates page now to remind themselves of the beginnings and ends of each half-term.

Summer Reading Challenges

The English department's 'Summer Reading Challenge 2018' is here! We encourage you to read either a book a week or a book a fortnight over the summer holidays. Don't forget to hand in your completed forms in the first week back in September to claim your prize.

An Introduction to Woodwork Skills

Come and learn new skills and enjoy the practical experience of making your own products from the tactile, natural material of wood. Learn how to use marking out tools and understand the properties of timbers and how to cut and make joints.  The aim is to progress to designing and making beautiful wooden products take home and cherish.

  • This course is for beginners and anyone that wants to enjoy learning new skills with the lovely, natural material of wood.
  • Cost: £120 for 10-weeks. Minimum age: 16 years old.
  • Next available course date:  Tuesday 11 September - Tuesday 27 November 2018, 7pm-9pm. *Break for half term. 

Click here to download the full information. To register, please follow this link to the online booking form

Reminder - Foundation photo

The photographs can be viewed / ordered via the photographer's website www.gillmanandsoame.co.uk.  Details of the login were sent to you on Thursday 17 May under the title: Foundation and Team Photo.  If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Gillman & Soame directly at enquiries@gillmanandsoame.co.uk or on 01869 328200.

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

Second Hand Uniform Shop

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

Box Office

We have a variety of events taking place in the Amey Theatre during the Summer break, including: RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet (Encore) - 7pm, Wednesday 8 August.  For more information on all our events and to book tickets, please visit our Box Office website

Next Weekly Mailing

The next Weekly Mailing will be on Friday 31 August.  We look forward to school beginning for all boys on Tuesday 4 September.  Best wishes for the holiday.

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Data Check Form - Reminder

Data check forms were emailed out to all year groups apart from the Upper Sixth.  Can we please remind all parents who have not yet returned their son's form to do as soon as possible.  

Trips 2018-19

Attached is the latest trips cost matrix which is available on the website at > Information > Trips > Residential trips 2018/19.

Mouthguard Fittings 

Once again, we have organised for the Opro dentists to come in at the start of next term to do the mouthguard fittings. These will take place on Tuesday 4 September with a follow up session on Thursday 6 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. 

Music

Parents are warmly invited to read the current Music Calendar Michaelmas 2018.

Sun Protection

The sun is very powerful at this time of year so please provide your son with a sunscreen with SPF of at least 15, or, for the younger boys, perhaps apply a once-only cream before they attend school.  For outdoor sports, such as cricket, pupils are advised to wear a hat, to carry a sports bottle and drink plenty of water.

Academies of Sport - Abingdon School Summer 

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A Level Results Day

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

Music 

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

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

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

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

School Notices - A Digital Platform for Independent School Parents  

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

...For all Croquet Players…

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

Reminder - Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 6 July 2018

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

Driving along Park Road and Park Crescent: 20mph

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

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

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

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

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

Joint Bus Service sign-up for September now open

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

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

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

Calendar change – half-term Michaelmas term 2019

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

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

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

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

Music Notices

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

Reminder Rugby presentation 

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

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

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

Annual Data Check - Reminder

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

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

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

Music Notices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Annual Data Check

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

GDPR and Abingdon

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

Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 6 July 2018

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

Parents of Lower Sixth boys: UCAS2 

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

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for September 2018

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

Music

Some up-coming music events for your diaries.

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

Do join us!

Summer Courses and Academies Programme 2018 

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

Coach Park in the morning

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

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