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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.

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A Level Results Day

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

Music 

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

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

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

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

School Notices - A Digital Platform for Independent School Parents  

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

...For all Croquet Players…

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

Reminder - Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 6 July 2018

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

Driving along Park Road and Park Crescent: 20mph

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

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

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

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

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

Joint Bus Service sign-up for September now open

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

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

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

Calendar change – half-term Michaelmas term 2019

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

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

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

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

Music Notices

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

Reminder Rugby presentation 

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

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

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

Annual Data Check - Reminder

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

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

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

Music Notices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Annual Data Check

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

GDPR and Abingdon

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

Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 6 July 2018

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

Parents of Lower Sixth boys: UCAS2 

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

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for September 2018

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

Music

Some up-coming music events for your diaries.

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

Do join us!

Summer Courses and Academies Programme 2018 

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

Coach Park in the morning

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

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L6th study leave

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

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

Fourth Year Exam Results

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

Mental Health Awareness week, starting on Monday 21 May

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

Highly Recommended App: Ourpact

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

Pastoral Evening for Parents

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

Following Ab_wellbeing

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

Music

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

Michaelmas Term 2018 start

These arrangements can all be viewed on the website:

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

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Traffic Disruption in Park Road: Victoria Road gate

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

Third Year PSHCE lessons

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

Sixth Form Subject Choices

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

U6th Form Revision Leave

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

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

Career Myth Busters Needed!

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

Music

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

Parking on Saturdays

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

Book Collection

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

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Parent's Prayer Notice

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

5th year GCSE revision leave

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

Career Myth Busters Needed!

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

School Policies

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

Parent Contract (Terms and Conditions)

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

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

Data Protection

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

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

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

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Term dates

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

Exams

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

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

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

Parents of U6 boys: University offers

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

5th year revision clinics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abingdon News

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

Music 

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

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

Return of textbooks

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

An Introduction to Woodwork Skills

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

Reminder - Sport priority on a Saturday 

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

Final Reminder - The John Rayson (OA 1942) Award

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

Final Reminder - ASPA / OA Club Travel Awards

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

Driving along Park Road and Park Crescent: 20mph

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

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End of Term Reports

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

Term Calendar and Key Dates

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

Start of Next Term

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

Music

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

Athletics Pre-season Training

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

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

If you would like to attend please complete the following form

Abingdon School Physio Fees Changing 

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

  • Initial appointment £54
  • Follow up appointment £46

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

Abingdon Box Office 

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

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

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

For parents of current Third and Fourth Year day boys

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

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

The John Rayson (OA 1942) Award

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

ASPA / OA Club Travel Awards

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

Saturday Bus Service: Summer Term

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

Sport priority on a Saturday 

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

Tennis Coaching - Summer Term

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

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

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

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

Closure of Bath Street

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

Music

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

NPLQ Qualification at Abingdon School Sports Centre 

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

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

School Notices - A Digital Platform for Independent School Parents 

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

You can also browse their Spring magazine

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