Weekly Mailing

The School uses electronic communication where possible.

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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 2017 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.

Website update over the summer

During the summer holiday we will be updating the school website to improve the navigation and reduce the number of clicks needed to get to information. The main changes that affect parents will be:

  • The weekly mailing and parent log-in will move to a new "Information" tab under the​ sub-heading Parent Information. The parent log-in will also be in the footer.
  • The school calendar, term and key dates will all move to the new  "Information" tab under the sub-heading Calendar. 
  • Fixtures, results and match arrangements will move to "Other Half" under the sub-heading Sports.
  • ​Contact details will be under ​the Information tab​

We will repeat this message again in the first weekly mailing of next term.

Summer Reading Challenges - for all parents

The Library and the English Department has compiled a new list of summer reading recommendations for boys at all levels of the school. Many boys will have had a chance to discuss summer reading in their English lessons but we feel it's useful for you to see the lists too. The list attached includes thought-provoking and enjoyable books that we believe the boys will enjoy. To motivate them, we also include a selection of challenges and a template to use to complete them. Ideas for books for future lists and any feedback is always most welcome: please contact: Joanna Bridgeworth or Emma Williamson.

We have also set a separate, more specific, challenge for boys going into the second year (a genre challenge) so there is a further list for them here.  Parents often ask us about the importance of reading and for advice on how to encourage their sons to read. To this end, we have produced some guidance which can be found here.

Music
Bagpipes and bassoons, harps and horns

We are delighted to announce that we have vacancies for young players in a number of instruments. We are keen to recruit in the areas above, particularly in bagpipes and harp - yes, we have an excellent harp teacher starting at Abingdon in September.
Young pianists are always at a slight advantage in starting these noble instruments, as the reading of music is going to be straightforward - but no-one should be deterred from starting them. We will be delighted to advise on instruments and, by way of incentive, we offer free hire of bassoons, horns and harps for the first year. Please contact the director of music to express interest, michael.stinton@abingdon.org.uk.

Orchestra and Big Band Tour to Japan and Hong Kong

A reminder to parents, please, to state their initial interest to the Music Department's invitation to do so a short while ago. The current tally is just under 50, so we are already looking pretty quorate.

Tennis Coaching

Tennis coaching will take place on the school courts throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms at the following times. If your son would like to take lessons then he will need to sign up through the Other Half choices system in September with his tutor. An amount of £7.50 will be added to the school bill for every (paid) session they attend. The expectation is that every session is attended during the term. In extreme circumstances, contact Mr Ponniah to inform of any absences.

  • Mon 12.10 - 13.10 – Lower School, 2pm - 2:50 – 4th Year, 4 - 5pm – 3rd Year 
  • Tues 12.30 - 1.30 – 6th Form, 1.30 - 2.20 – 5th Year, 4 - 5pm – 4th Year 
  • Wed 2.45 – 4pm – All years (Tennis) - no cost
  • Thurs 12.15 - 1.15 – Lower School (Tennis) - no cost, 1.15 - 2pm – 5th Year – no cost, 3.50 - 5pm – 3rd Year 
  • Fri 1.20 - 2.15 – 4th Year, 4.05 - 5pm – All years (Tennis 1st VIII squad) - no cost (invitation only)
  • Sat 9 - 11am 
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.

Next Weekly Mailing

The next Weekly Mailing will be on Friday 1 September.  We look forward to school beginning for all boys on Tuesday 5 September. Best wishes for the holiday.

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Trips 2017-18

Attached is the latest trips cost matrix.

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 5 September with a follow up session on Thursday 7 September. You should be receiving a letter 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 2017.

Food menu for the coming week: Week 2
 

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Term Dates for 2018/19 & Key Dates 2017/18 

Term dates for 2018/19 key dates for 2017/18 have now been published. 

Music notices
Friday 30 June A Summer Evening of Light Music - 7pm, Amey Theatre

A final reminder about the final music event of the year next week.  We bring the boys back for one final performance of the school year, involving all the senior bands and orchestras. Please do join us for some toe-tapping melodies from theatre, film and from the dance floor!
For those parents of musicians, we are providing supper for all the boys (including 5ths and Upper Sixth). This will be charged to accounts (please contact the secretary if not required).  Dress will be white open-neck shirts, black/charcoal trousers and black shoes. The rehearsal schedule is as follows:

3.30pm    Abingdon Academicals
4.00pm    Second Orchestra
4.30pm    Symphonic Wind Band
5.00pm    First Orchestra
5.30pm    Big Band
5.50pm    Brass Band

Tickets are available online from the following link.

The Truths and Myths Behind Often Misunderstood Careers: 28 June 2017 - Meal Planning

As this event begins promptly at 6:00pm, pupils staying on the school site after hours (i.e. not going home for an evening meal first) are advised either (1) to bring a packed meal with them to school that morning, something which they can safely store during the day or (2) to bring some pocket money and go into town from 5pm (after P8) to buy something to eat.  Please ensure plans are made for pupils to eat before the start of the event.

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  • To all parents of Lower Sixth boys studying Physics - Trip to Geneva

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Music Notices
  • Lower School Gala concert - Wednesday 21 June at 6pm.  Everyone is most welcome to come to our concert featuring the entire Lower School in a massed choir, singing the famous Beatles Songs, Hey Jude and Let it Be. There will be lots of solos and ensembles, too, enabling us to celebrate the exciting talent that we have in the lower part of the school.  A reminder to parents that the boys will be given only light refreshment before the concert and so will need feeding when they get home! We start at 6pm and should be finished by 7.30pm. Admission free.
  • A Summer Evening of Light Music - Friday 30 June at 7pm.  Come and hear our bands, orchestras and choirs one final time this year. The repertoire is distinctly light in nature, definitely more Second Programme than Third, with the emphasis on song, show and film arrangements, more that symphonies and concertos.  We hope to recognise our Leavers and celebrate the coming of summer.  Please apply for tickets in good time, following this link. ​
Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 30 June 2017

Parents are invited to join the OA Club for strawberries and Pimm's at the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club tent in Henley Cricket Club car park during the afternoon tea break (usually between 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm). No RSVP required.

NT Live: Salomé - Thursday 22 June at 7pm in the Amey Theatre

The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.  Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. 'Epic. A near-perfect production.' Guardian (on Les Blancs )
Please note this performance contains nudity.  Click here to book tickets.

Academies in Sport

Abingdon School Enterprises Ltd is working in partnership with Academies in Sport to promote their high quality sports programme at Tilsley Park. For more information please see attached flyer.

Abingdon Sports and Leisure are delighted to announce a brand new event: Swimming Masterclass with Olympic World Champion Kerri-anne Payne 

Join our Swimming Masterclass with Olympic World Champion, Kerri-anne Payne.  She is coming to Abingdon to share her expertise and passion for swimming.  There will be a special swimming masterclass for all ticket holders to take part in. Full details of the day can be found here.  Further information and booking details can be found on the website.

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Safeguarding alert

We received the following message yesterday (in italics below).  We would encourage you to discuss this with your sons, and ensure that they are taking all the appropriate precautions.  

A Larkmead student was inappropriately propositioned by a lone male, in a car on the Drayton Road, at 1.30 today. The car involved was a red BMW – the matter has been reported to the police, together with a good description of the driver and details of the car registration. The student was not harmed in any way nor were any verbal or physical threats made. There is no general cause for alarm, as full details have been shared with the police, but students should be mindful not to walk home alone.  

We would restate the precautions that we have issued a number of times recently:

  • Where possible travel to school in groups and stick to the busier roads, avoiding alleyways and under passes.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings and avoid the use of head phones as this can be a distraction.
  • Please report anything suspicious via 101 or 999 if in immediate danger, or inform the Safeguarding Officer in your school as soon as possible.

At Abingdon the Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mark Hindley, Deputy Head (Pastoral).

Let's talk about Food 

Following on from the recent parent survey,  one of the areas that had been highlighted as an area for review is food at the School.  In order to gather information about the likes and dislikes of the student body and also to help them to understand why a balanced and varied diet is necessary,  we are launching 'Let's talk about Food' next week.  Each lunchtime, different year groups will be encouraged to come into the dining room and to eat with teachers and catering staff.  This will all be done very informally.  At these times it will be possible for some pupils to discuss the menus and to offer feedback on the food served at Abingdon.  This is also the opportunity for them to make suggestions to the catering team of food items they would like to see on the menu in the future. Specific times will be allocated to talk to boarders.  Although this is not a compulsory lunchtime activity,  I would like as many boys as possible to take this opportunity to give their opinions and so I would be grateful if you would speak to your sons and encourage their participation.  Once we have gathered all of the thoughts and feedback we will then review this with a view to presenting new menus back to the boys next term. 

Data check form - Reminder

Data check forms were sent 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.  If you need another copy of the form please contact common.room@abingdon.org.uk.

Bronze DofE

Current 3rd year boys going into the 4th year in September are invited to apply to complete the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award. They need to complete this application form regardless of how they wish to do the expedition section.  Bronze DofE Walking application deadline is Wednesday 28 June 2017 to allow selection of boys before the end of term. Applications should be sent to Mr Dempsey via the MCR by this date.

Bronze DofE with Canoeing Expeditions - Bronze DofE Canoeing application deadline is Wednesday 28 June 2017 to allow selection of boys before the end of term. The Bronze award is open to all boys in the current 3rd year.  Applications should be sent to Mr Johnson via the MCR by this date with a supporting letter of experience.

Bronze DofE with Sailing Expeditions  - Bronze DofE Sailing application deadline is Wednesday 28 June 2017 to allow selection of boys before the end of term. The Bronze award is open to all boys in the current 3rd year.  Applications should be sent to Mr Simmons via the google form in the letter. Please see attached the DofE sailing flowchart.

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, and drop-offs cause congestion for our neighbours. We therefore ask that parents drop and collect boys in Park Crescent, operating a one-way system travelling clockwise past the private housing on 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.  You are advised not to leave a car unattended on Park Road or Park Crescent as there is the risk of a parking ticket and current fine of £100. Please respect the speed limit of 20mph.

Careers Event: The Truths and Myths Behind Often Misunderstood Careers, Wednesday 28 June 2017, 6pm to 7.30pm, Abingdon School Greening Court

4th year, 5th year, L6, and U6 Pupils and Parents are invited to attend an event entitled ‘The Truths and Myths Behind Often Misunderstood Careers’ on the evening of Wednesday, 28 June 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Abingdon School (Geography Department, Greening Court).  Following a plenary session introducing the evening, Old Abingdonians and Parents working in Banking/Finance, Engineering, Government, Healthcare, Law, Marketing, and Scientific Research will meet with pupils in small groups to reveal some truths and bust some myths about what their careers are like. In these groups, we will distribute a new career guidance booklet by the same title, which lays bare the truths and myths about these careers as experienced by Old Abigndonians and Parents. No booking necessary. Questions? Email Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance at michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk.

Music Notices

Wednesday 14 June at 6pm, CMR - Junior Instrumental  Solo Competition - Parents are warmly invited to hear and see our young instrumentalists in a solo competition to win the prestigious Junior Soloist Cup. This is the second year of the competition and we have some fourteen young soloists performing a wide variety of solo instruments under the experienced eye and ear of Debbie Rose, Director of Music at Abingdon Prep School. We start at 6pm, admission is free and all are most welcome.

Checking your son's kit

As well as labelling all your son's kit with his name, parents are asked to check the names in the kit he brings back home.  Please ask your son to return the kit to Lost Property in Boarders' Hall.  If your son has ended up with Nick Bird's bag and running kit please return it to lost property.

British Lions breakfast

On Saturday 24 June the British & Irish Lions play their first test match against the mighty New Zealand All Blacks 08:35KO. You are invited to come and watch the big game here at Abingdon School in the Charles Maude Room.  Doors open from 07:45, entry is £5 per person with bacon rolls & hot drinks available upon arrival. All moneys raised go towards this summers senior rugby tour to Japan.  You are very welcome to bring along family and friends to the event for what promises to be an awesome match and superb atmosphere!  To confirm your attendance please click on this link and complete the Lions Breakfast booking form.

Abingdon Sports and Leisure Summer Newsletter is Available Online Now! 

We are delighted to share our Abingdon Sports and Leisure Summer Newsletter with you, which covers a wealth of news and exciting activities we've got planned over the coming months. From 'Film and Splash' sessions to our brand new Zorb Events, there's something for everyone. Click here to take a look at our Summer Newsletter online.  Hard copies are also available to pick up from the Sports Centre, Tilsley Park and the Amey Theatre.

Rowing Summer Camp 2017, 22-25 August 2017

During the summer holidays we run specialist coaching courses, which includes our Rowing Summer Camp. Boys moving up to the 3rd Year or joining Abingdon in September 2017 are invited to join us at the Boat Club. Learn to row, be part of a team, have fun and experience one of Abingdon’s most successful sports. Details can be found on this poster. Further information and booking details can be found on our website.

Abingdon School Instagram

In addition to following the School on Twitter and Facebook, we now have an Instagram account where we aim to post photos that capture the character of and activities at Abingdon. You can follow us on Instagram: @abingdon_school or follow this link and just a reminder of our Twitter and Facebook contacts:

NT Live: Peter Pan - Saturday 10 June at 2pm, Amey Theatre

'Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.' Radio Times. All children, except one, grow up. Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie's much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

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Parents of Lower Sixth boys: UCAS2 

A reminder that UCAS2 takes place on Thursday 29 June 2017 starting at 5.30pm. 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 5 June 2017.

Musical Events after half term

Parents are warmly invited to consider attending some of the music events that we are putting on in the second half of this term.

  • Wednesday 14 June at 6pm,  Charles Maude Room - Junior Instrumental Solo Competition. Parents are welcome to hear some of our younger players compete in solo performance. The stipulation for entry is that the boys should not yet have taken their grade 5, so this will be a good opportunity to see some of our fledgling musicians of the future. Our adjudicator will be Debbie Rose, Director of Music at Abingdon Prep School
  • Wednesday 21 June at 6pm, Amey Theatre -  Lower School Gala Concert. This concert involves all the boys in our Lower School, who will be performing in a massed choir. The evening will also involve several Lower School ensembles, Junior Strings, Lower School Band and others, together with some solo performances. There is free entry to this concert, which will end at about 7.15pm.
  • Friday 30 June at 7pm, Amey Theatre - A Summer Evening of Light Music. Our final fling of the year, this will feature all our leading ensembles - bands, orchestras and choirs - in an evening of toe-tapping light music (think ABBA, Burt Bacharach, Star Wars and much else). There is a small entry charge for this concert, so please order your tickets in advance. This link will take you to the relevant order page on the website.
Henley Royal Regatta - Friday 30 June 2017

Parents are invited to join the OA Club for strawberries and Pimm's at the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club tent in Henley Cricket Club car park during the afternoon tea break (usually between 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm). No RSVP required.

Coach Park in the morning

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

Rowing Summer Camp 2017, 22-25 August 2017

During the summer holidays we run specialist coaching courses, which includes our Rowing Summer Camp. Boys moving up to the 3rd Year or joining Abingdon in September 2017 are invited to join us at the Boat Club. Learn to row, be part of a team, have fun and experience one of Abingdon’s most successful sports. Details can be found on this poster. Further information and booking details can be found on our website.

NT Live: Peter Pan - Saturday 10 June at 2pm, Amey Theatre

'Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.' Radio Times. All children, except one, grow up. Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie's much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.


 

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Data Check Forms

The annual data check forms will be sent out in the next few days. Please complete and return to the Common Room Secretaries by Wednesday 31 May.  If you have any queries regarding the form please email the Common Room Secretaries.

L6th study leave

L6th boys taking internal exams will be granted revision leave from the beginning of Monday 5 June to 3.40pm on Thursday 8 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 8 June.  Lessons will resume on Friday 9 June - Boys doing Government and Politics have two AS external exams in the same week - on Monday morning and Thursday afternoon.  For the latter, boys may also take the complete Thursday morning off to prepare for the afternoon exam as additional revision leave.  If they were due to take an internal exam on Monday morning or on Thursday morning/afternoon they will either have had it arranged for another time across these four days or they will be allocated a catch up slot after Thursday.

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 forthcoming parents' evening after half term, on Thursday 8 June. Overall, these results are well in line with previous years.   However, there are clear indications that some boys need to see these results as a wake up call and reconsider their approach to their studies. The next formal set of exams for this year group is the GCSE mock exams in January 2018. It may seem like some time away, but in fact the distance is a matter of only 20 or so teaching weeks. As the pace towards GCSE hots up, boys should be expecting to spend more of their own time, in holidays and at weekends, consolidating and revising material.

As is always the case, some parents will be receiving letters from the Deputy Head (Academic) expressing a particular concern and offering further academic support for some boys who did not perform as well as we might have hoped. We will also be placing some boys into supervised study during lunchtimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Michaelmas 2017 and Lent 2018 to encourage them into the best working practices.  Parents are reminded that Abingdon's bar for entry to the Sixth Form has been 3As and 4Bs for some years.  Given this year group will be the first to experience number grades in some of their subjects (Maths, Art, Drama, Greek, Latin, Music, RS) the bar will be set for equivalencies.  This means 3 As/7s and 4Bs/6s will be expected. Results in these exams give a reasonable projection as to how safely an individual might feel he is going to pass the bar but there is often a lot more context to be placed around a result, such as other exam papers and practical elements. It is the case year on year that the majority of boys make significant improvements on their showing in these exams by the time they get to GCSE - not unconnected with the fact that they finally see the link between hard work and success!

5th year and 4th year boys: Nicaragua training weekend - Save the date & next meeting

The weekend of 27 – 29 October will be our training weekend. Much care has been taken that the weekend does not collide with any sports fixtures or trips. This is the last weekend of half term, so please take into account when you book holidays that attendance at the training weekend is compulsory. The group will meet on Monday 18 September in B5 at 4pm to plan their itinerary which is usually one of the most exciting parts of the preparation phrase. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Alexandra Widdern.

Careers Event: The Truths and Myths Behind Often Misunderstood Careers Wednesday 28 June 2017

Abingdon School will soon publish a new career resource called The Truths and Myths Behind Often Misunderstood Careers. On the evening of Wednesday 28 June 2017 from 6pm to 7.30pm at Abingdon School (Geography Department, Greening Court), pupils and parents (4th year, 5th year, L6, and U6) are invited to attend an event by the same title at which we will reveal some truths and bust some myths about careers in Banking/Finance, Engineering, Government, Healthcare, Law, Marketing, and Scientific Research. Please save the date. No booking is necessary.

Michaelmas Term 2017 start

These arrangements can all be viewed on the website:

  • Sunday 3 September - New boarders arrive
  • Monday 4 September - First year induction
  • Monday 4 September - Boarders return
  • Tuesday 5 September - Term begins 
Junior Orchestral Course

We are delighted to announce that we will be running a Junior Orchestral Course from Monday 24 to Friday 28 July 2017 at Abingdon School. Available for both girls and boys aged 9-15 years, this course is designed to give your child the chance to demonstrate their musical ability, potential and, most importantly, to give them the chance to enjoy making music in the company of other talented musicians of their own age. The perfect holiday course to keep budding musicians entertained during the summer. 

Teachers/Musicians running the course: 

  • Michael Stinton (Conductor, Course Director, Woodwind)
  • Valerie Findlay (Lower Strings)
  • Christopher Fletcher-Campbell (Percussion and Brass)
  • Mariette Richter (Upper Strings)

Please take a look at the electronic leaflet. Further information and booking details can be found on our Website. We look forward to welcoming your child onto the course. 

Box Office

RSC Live: Antony and Cleopatra - Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 7pm - Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare's tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.  Following Caesar's assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony's military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

NT Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Encore Screening)- 25 May 2017 at 7pm - Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.  Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
 

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Third Year PSHCE lessons

Wednesday 24 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.

6th Form Revision Leave

The Upper Sixth go on revision leave on Thursday 18 May.  There is no revision leave for L6th formers, who will be sitting internal exams after half term and, in few cases previously advertised, a small number of actual AS units. Study Leave arrangements for U6th boys before Half Term and for L6th boys taking AS units (at any time) 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.

Music Notices
  • Wednesday 17 May - Junior Soloists Concert, 6pm - CMR - Next week's concert gives an opportunity to our younger boys to show their mettle as soloists. We have some stunning musicians among our younger years, 1 to 4 - in fact, some already have their diplomas! Come and be inspired and hear the Abingdon musicians of the future! Admission is free.

  • Chapel Choir Visit - Cancelled  - Chapel Choir visit to sing at Bristol Cathedral originally scheduled for next Thursday 18 May has been cancelled.

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.

Box Office Events

NT Live: Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf - Thursday 18 May 2017, 7pm, Amey Theatre

Book Collection

As previously advertised, the final deadline for 5th and U6th book returns will be Saturday 1 July.  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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Message from the Headmaster:

Many thanks to the parents and friends of the School who came along to Dorchester Abbey last Saturday to support as I abseiled down the tower. You can see a video of this event on the school website by clicking this link, which effectively records the look of terror on my face as I started the descent. I am very grateful too to all the parents who have made donations to support the Sue Ryder home in Nettlebed and Dorchester Abbey; your generosity is much appreciated. 

5th year GCSE revision leave

Revision leave began at 5.20pm on Thursday 4 May.  As promised, the programme for supervised study and subject clinics has been published to the boys and parents can find a pdf static copy of it as it was on Thursday 4 May here.  Inevitably the programme will change a little and the boys have been given a link to the 'live' GoogleDocs version of the programme so they can check the most up to date information. 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.

Abingdon's Got Talent - 5.30pm, Wednesday 10 May 2017

Abingdon's Got Talent returns featuring a whole host of talented hopefuls from Abingdon School and St Helen's. With everything from an attempt at breaking the Ferrero Rocher consumption world record to a heartwarming rendition of Take That's Shine, it promises to be an entertaining night for all. Please note this performance is for Abingdon School boys, St Helen's girls and staff only. For tickets, please click here.

NT Live: Obsession - 7.00pm, Thursday 11 May 2017

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. 
Gino is a drifter, down-at- heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart. For tickets, please click here.

Music

A reminder that our Big Band plays at the Abingdon Jazz Festival next week on Friday 12 May, 6pm to 8pm at The Long Gallery, Abbey Buildings. The Long Gallery is one of the few remaining medieval buildings of Abingdon's Benedictine Abbey. This should be a great occasion and we would love to see as many parents there as possible. Please look at these links to the poster and the programme for the Abingdon Jazz Festival.

The performance will be just two hours, and will involve all the boys in the Big Band and some who are not - parents are kindly requested to complete and submit the consent form sent to them separately two days ago. For your convenience here is the link.

REMINDER - Japan Tour Dinner - Manu Tuilagi guest speaker!

Saturday 20 May is our Senior Rugby Japan Tour black tie dinner. All parents and friends of the school are invited to attend. Please use the link to book your place as places are limited. We are very excited to have British Lion and England player Manu Tuilagi speaking and Jonty Hearnden (Cash in the attic, Antiques Roadshow) to compere the night as well as some high quality auction prizes.

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

  • AS & A level - Thursday 17 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 24 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 17 August from 10am to 12 noon that day and Friday 18 August, Monday 21, Tuesday 22, and Wednesday 23 August from 9am to 12 noon. This service is for priority remarks, and priority photocopy of scripts. If you are a leaver and require this service you 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 Wednesday 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 2017 (and whose postal address is in the EU) are being reminded that the deadline for reply to UCAS is Thursday 4 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 and additional revision leave

Revision leave for the 5th Year officially begins at 5.20pm on Thursday 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. There are a couple of instances of public exams falling before the beginning of revision leave - French in the afternoon of Tuesday 2 May and German in the morning of Thursday 4 May .  Our revision leave policy on this is that boys may take the morning off as revision leave for an afternoon exam but no additional revision leave is granted for a morning exam.  Boys taking French on Tuesday 2 May are thus not expected to be in school on that day until the time of their exam.  Boys doing French who wish to come into school for the morning (e.g. because they use the school bus service) should report to supervised study in G102 (or G104 if G102 is full). There is no additional revision leave granted for boys taking German in the morning of Thursday 4 May. All boys are expected to fulfil their Other Half commitments until official revision leave begins at 5.20pm on Thursday 4 May.

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. (Please refer to my earlier mailing dated Friday 10 Marh 2017 with Pastoral Advice to Parents for articles and further research on this.) 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 15 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: the 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 organised 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 have not yet had the chance to do so. We would love to see you there if you are free to join in the shared conversation. Please book a space using this link.

ASE Courses and Academies  - booklet is now available

Abingdon Sports and Leisure Courses and Academies booklet covering all courses and qualifications from April-August 2017 is now available. The courses provide an opportunity for participants to develop new or existing skills in an environment designed and equipped to an exceptionally high standard. Available for both adults and juniors, the courses are run by qualified, experienced and DBS-checked coaches and staff. From gymnastics and music workshops, to climbing and Wattbike performance training, there is something to suit everyone. Take a look at the electronic booklet online. Further information, course dates and online booking can be found on the Abingdon Sports and Leisure Website

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

Big Band plays at the Abingdon Jazz Festival - Friday 12 May, 6pm to 8pm at The Long Gallery, Abbey Buildings. We are delighted to have been invited to perform in this year's Abingdon Jazz Festival. The Big Band and other smaller Jazz groups will perform two 45 minute sets in one of the few remaining medieval buildings of Abingdon's Benedictine Abbey. This should be a great occasion - please reserve the date in your diaries.

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 sons' 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 1 July).  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.

Sport priority on a Saturday - reminder

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.

Japan Tour Dinner - Manu Tuilagi guest speaker!

Saturday 20 May is our Senior Rugby Japan Tour black tie dinner. All parents and friends of the school are invited to attend. Please use the link to book your place as places are limited. We are very excited to have British Lion and England player Manu Tuilagi speaking and Jonty Hearnden (Cash in the attic, Antiques Roadshow) to compere the night as well as some high quality auction prizes.

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 will be  posted to the parent portal by the end of the weekend at the latest.  

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 wihch is kept regularly up to date.  Any amendments to Summer Term 2017 events made after today will be indicated clearly.  Parents may wish to consult the online calendar and ther 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 24 April.  Term begins for all Tuesday 25 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 28 April 2017.

Music
  • Early next term - Spring Concert on Friday 28 April at 7pm - I would like to let parents know that our music gets underway very early on the first Friday of next term with our Spring Concert. This features all our senior bands and orchestras, including of Grieg's piano concerto, performed by Alexander Reynolds in the Upper Sixth. Please do join us for that concert.
  • Music Technology Lessons at Abingdon School from April 2017 - Mr Alex Hehir, our Music Technology teacher has said that there are some gaps in his timetable for some new pupils to take up lessons in Music Technology using the department's latest state-of-the-art equipment. The lessons deal with how music/sound is composed, recorded and produced within the digital studio environment. This will involve the use of a variety of software packages and hardware equipment to unlock the vast potential of recording musical ideas and sound.

Recent pupils have gone onto courses and careers in commercial music and sound recording and an understanding of the use of this essential technology will give future candidates an important edge. The lessons are offered on the same basis as individual music lessons, which currently cost £18.75 for a 30 minute weekly lesson. Places are limited so are offered on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please contact the music department at michael.stinton@abingdon.org.uk

High Performance Rugby Camp for boys aged 11-16 years, 17 – 21 July 2017, 9.00 am – 3.00pm

This is a high-quality, four-day coaching course led by ex-professional coaches 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, Further information is available here

Activities include:

·        Skills workshop

·        Becoming an elite player

·        Injury prevention

·        Sports nutrition

·        Rugby specific physical conditioning

·        Daily post-training hydrotherapy 

NT Live: Twelfth Night - Thursday 6 April 7pm

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux' Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

Rugby - Japanese Tour Dinner

On Saturday 20 May in the dining hall at school there is senior rugby tour dinner. Tickets £75 per person. This is the major fundraising event for our senior tour to Japan this coming summer. If you would like to attend and support the evening you should contact Matthew Gold via email.  There will be a big auction and a guest (prizes and speaker will be annouched very soon).

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Dorchester Tower Abseil

Motivated by the desire to support the Dorchester Festival which in turn gives funds to Dorchester Abbey and the Sue Ryder charity, the Headmaster has joined a team that will be abseiling down the tower of Dorchester Abbey (approx 100ft in height) at midday on Saturday 29 April. The Headmaster last tried abseiling in approximately 1981 and is not keen on heights. Pupils and parents who wish to see him conquer his fears are very welcome to come along to Dorchester Abbey on 29 April. Donations, all of which will support these excellent causes, will be much appreciated and can be made via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michael-Windsor2. The Dorchester Festival runs this year from 28 April till 7 May and features a host of interesting and exciting events. You can find more information at dorchesterfestival.com

Parents of U6 and L6 boys - Tuesday 2 May 2017, 5pm-6pm, Amey Theatre: London University Visit

We host visiting speakers from LSE, Imperial, King's and UCL to hear about undergraduate opportunities at these universities; sixth-formers who are considering a UCAS application to (or who might be holding offers from) any of these four are advised to make use of this visit. Parents are warmly invited; this is an informal occasion giving boys and parents the opportunity to ask their own questions.

Music Notices
  • Parents are warmly invited to consult the Summer Term Music Calendar which lists some exciting events next term. We get underway very early with the following highlights.
  • Spring Concert - Friday 28 April. This is our early concert before the 5th Year are away on Study Leave. The concert will involve all our senior bands and orchestras. A special highlight will be the Grieg piano concerto with Alex Reynolds our soloist, an occasion not to be missed!
  • The event billed as a Summer's Evening of Light Music with senior bands and orchestras on Friday 30 June, also involves all the senior ensembles, again, with the emphasis on Jazz and Light Music. The should be a most enjoyable occasion - for our leavers, the last event of their school careers. Do join us!
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, Ben Ponniah.

  • 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
School Uniform Resale

The Second-hand Uniform Shop (SUS) urgently require good quality Blazers, Track Suits, Reversible Rugby shirts, Football and Hockey shirts and new style Black Shorts. If your son has grown out of any of these items or does not require them anymore, we will probably be able to sell them for you on the 2 Induction days next term, with 60% of the purchase price returning to you. Please either bring them to SUS when we are open or leave them in the Park Road Reception.

Saturday Bus Service: Summer Term

Thank you to those parents who have used the Saturday Bus Service for theist two terms. We will continue to run the service next term on the following term time Saturdays; 6 May, 13 May, 20 May and 17 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 - reminder

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.

The John Rayson (OA 1942) Award - reminder

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 himself - 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 - reminder

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.

Box Office Events

Workshop on Singing for Performance with Lin Marsh, Amey Theatre, Saturday 13 May, 10am - 4pm, 6pm - 9.30pm and Resonate, Saturday 13 May 2017, 7.30pm. 

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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 himself - 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.

St Helen and St Katharine Parents' Association and the Wycombe Astronomical Society present: An Evening of Star Gazing, 7-10pm, Friday 24 March, £5 per family.

Abingdon Swim School - Small classes, better results. Only £99 for 12 weeks! 

Abingdon Sports and Leisure are delighted to announce the launch of  the NEW Abingdon Swim School. The Swim School is situated at Abingdon School Sports Centre, and aims to provide quality teaching in a fun and safe environment, delivered by enthusiastic and passionate swim teachers. Swimming lessons are available for ages 4-11 years, from Saturday 29 April - Saturday 22 July 2017.  Lessons for older children and adults are available on request. For more information or to book, please visit our Website. All enquiries should be sent to swimschool@abingdon.org.uk.

Reminder for the ATOM Festival, Amey Theatre, Saturday 25 March 

Tickets are still available for the fascinating range of lectures by top scientists at this year's ATOM Festival. Topics covered in the Amey Theatre on Saturday 25 March include Black Holes and Gravitational Waves; Stem cells and regenerative medicine; Autonomous car systems and Antarctica's climate. Other events are taking place earlier in the week at various venues. Full details and online bookings are available here

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Internal exams
  • 4th year exams week will take place from Friday 28 April - Friday 5 May.
  • Lower Sixth exams will take place from Monday 5 June - Thursday 8 June.
  • Lower School exams will take place from Thursday 8 June - Monday 12 June.
  • 3rd year exams will take place from Wednesday 21 June - Friday 23 June.
Bedtimes.... (from Mark Hindley, Deputy Head Pastoral)

We have recently surveyed the 3rd Year about prep and sleep, and were a bit perturbed that a significant proportion of 3rd Years said that they were going to bed at 10.30pm or later most nights. For growing teenage boys, ensuring quality sleep is imperative, both for their academic progress and for their well being. We would advise the following bedtimes...

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

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

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

As promised during the UCAS1 evening, here is a link to a section of the UCAS website specifically directed to parents and guardians of UCAS applicants.  The Parent Guide 2017 is due to be updated to 2018 at the end of March.

Music Notices
  • Scholars and Senior Musicians' Concert - Wednesday 15 March, 6pm in the CMR. Come and hear sixteen of our senior musicians in solo performance. Next term we have a Junior Scholars Concert, but this free concert should yield some wonderful performances, followed by, for some, the Inaugural Music Scholars' Dinner.
  • Intermediate Solo Competition - Thursday 16 March, 6pm in the CMR.  This concert is for intermediate standard musicians (up to grade 8), with Robert Secret as our external adjudicator. Robert was Head of Strings at Stowe for many years and conductor of the Oxford Symphony Orchestra and Oxford Harmonics Choral Society. This event should be a most enjoyable occasion - please join us and watch the boys battle it out!
Level 2: Emergency First Aid at Work – 1 Day Course  - Tuesday 18 April 2017

Abingdon School Enterprises Limited will be hosting a Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work Course at Tilsley Park on Tuesday 18 April 2017.  Where an organisation’s risk assessment of First Aid needs identifies that there is a requirement for Emergency First Aid at Work practitioners, then this national Award in Emergency First Aid at Work satisfies the requirements of the regulatory body for First Aid – The Health and Safety Executive (HSE).  All learners will have the skills and knowledge to provide the organisation with Emergency First Aiders that can provide treatment to their casualties in a prompt, safe and effective manner.  A three year Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment (both practical and written assessment). For more information or to book your place, please contact Matt Walsh. Please visit our website for further details.

Integrated National Pool Lifeguard with Emergency First Aid at Work (with AED), Monday 10 – Friday 14 April 2017

A National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) course is being held at Abingdon School Sports Centre. The NPLQ is a internationally recognised qualification and will cover vital life saving skills, CPR, first aid and pool rescue techniques. The course will finish no later than 6pm every day, and the day is split into two sessions: theoretical/classroom based activities session and a 2-hour pool session. Each participant will be required to wear shorts and t-shirt whilst in the pool. You must be 16 years old or older and in good health and fitness to attend this course. Upon the successful completion of the exam there is the opportunity of working in the sports centre on certain shifts. For more information or to book your place, please contact the Sports Centre on  01235 849 062. Please visit the website for further details.

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Mumps - from the Health Centre

There have been a very small number of confirmed cases of mumps amongst the boys. This is a viral illness which can be contagious with a 2 week incubation period during which time there may be no presenting symptoms. It is not a serious illness, however, a diagnosis needs to be confirmed by a doctor and if confirmed they should not return to school for a minimum of 5 days. Please could you stress the importance of good hand hygiene to try and prevent any spread of infection.  Boys will be reminded in sectional assemblies.

Music Scholars' Dinner Wednesday 15 March at 7.45pm. 

Parents of Middle and Upper School Music Award Holders are courteously reminded of last week's invitation to the Music Scholars' Dinner, the deadline for which is this Monday 6 March at Midday.

Reminder to 5th Year and Sixth Form Parents: Abingdon Careers Convention:

The annual Abingdon Independent Schools’ Careers Convention, jointly run by Abingdon School, Our Lady’s Abingdon and St Helen and St Katharine, will be on Friday 17 March 2017, 7pm - 9pm at Abingdon School. The event is compulsory for 5th Year students and optional for L6 and U6 students. Parents are welcome; no booking is necessary. This is an exceptional opportunity for students to gather information about careers of interest and educational routes into those careers. The format of the event is that of a careers fair, with students joining small discussion groups led by career representatives. Concurrent with the career fair will be two panel presentations by experts, one called 'What employers seek: Preparing yourself for the future job market' (focusing on what employers look for when recruiting for entry level roles) and one called 'Emerging careers: New careers you may never have heard of before' (focusing on five emergent industries including Cyber Security, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Renewable Energy, BioTechnology, and Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems).  Please arrive and be seated in the Amey Theatre by 6.45pm for a prompt 7pm start.

School Uniform - Stevensons reopens in Summertown

The School's uniform supplier, Stevensons, has now reopened their shop in Summertown, Oxford following a refurbishment. School uniform and sports kit can be purchased from Stevensons either online or from the Summertown shop or from the Second-hand Uniform Shop (SUS). 
​Further details​.

Lost property

Property found around the School campus is returned by the cleaners to Lost Property in Boarders' Hall.  From there the housekeeping staff transfer named items to the appropriate boys' houserooms.  Unnamed items are, eventually, given to SUS for sale.  
Items found in the Sports Centre are taken to the front desk where the Sports Centre staff keep it.  Items can be collected whenever the desk is manned. Sometimes boys' missing bags are found in other houserooms as boys have picked up another's bag by mistake, so, in this situation, boys are advised to visit the other houserooms.  

NT Live Screening: Hedda Gabler: Thursday 9 March, 7pm, Amey Theatre

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen's masterpiece.  On Thursday 9 March at 7pm, Hedda Gabler will be screening at the Amey Theatre in the next addition to the NT Live season. For tickets and more information about Hedda Gabler and other upcoming screenings, please click here.

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You can receive all the School's latest news and follow the Headmaster as well as keep up to date with the activities of various departments via Twitter and Facebook. For the full list of how to keep in touch please follow this link.

3rd Year Vaccinations

The 3rd Year boys will be bringing home consent forms today for their vaccination updates on Tuesday 14 March. This is for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio boosters, Meningitis ACWY and a second MMR if not already received. Parents of boarders are being emailed regarding consent and these boys will not receive a form.  The completed forms need to be returned to their Tutors by Friday 3 March at the very latest. They are then collected by the NHS School Nurses prior to the vaccinations. If a consent form has not been received, they will not vaccinate the boys. 

To parents of students on the 3rd Year History trip to the Battlefields (21-23 April 2017)

This is a reminder for those interested that there will be a briefing on the trip itself with more information on sites boys will be visiting on Wednesday 8 March at 7pm in the Charles Maude Room. This meeting is entirely voluntary and parents have all the information they need for the trip already. Please can you email David McGill if you intend to come so he can get an idea of numbers. 

Monday 15 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: the 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 organised for school and exams, tackling the gauntlet of social media, dealing with the world of alcohol, parties and sleepovers (amongst others). Please sign up on the google form if you would like to book a place. We would love to see you there if you are free to join in the shared conversation. 

Music Notices Friday 24 February
  • Tuesday 28 February Chapel Choir sings Evensong at Coventry Cathedral, 5.15pm - Parents of Chapel Choir members have been sent information and a consent (reply needed) for the visit.  We leave school at 1.45pm and should be back at the Coach Park by 7.15pm. 
  • Wednesday  1 March - A Music Society Piano Masterclass with Ben Schoeman, Amey Theatre 6pm - This event will be of great interest to all pianists and their parents. About eight of our senior pianists will be tutored live by this eminent South African, but London based, teacher and performer. The event takes place in the Amey Theatre - thanks to our Music Society, the admission is free.
  • Wednesday 1 March - Theory of Music Examinations take place at 5pm in Room  A214 (John Allen under special arrangements).
  • Third Year String Quartet in the Pro Corda semifinals - Congratulations to Ashwin Tennant, Elvis Hung, Nick Raptakis and Hugo Payton, who have gained a place in the semifinal of this prestigious national chamber music competition.
Abingdon School Football Club End Of Season Dinners 

As a finale to this year’s football season all Lower School Footballers and parents are invited to attend the Lower School Football Awards Evening at 6.45pm on Thursday 23 March with special guests from Oxford United. Please find more information in the invitation and tickets can be booked here.
Further to this I would like to invite all Middle and Upper School players and parents to attend the Abingdon School Football Club End Of Season Dinner on Friday 24 March. The evening will start with at 7pm with a drinks reception followed by dinner, presentations and speeches with Old Abingonian and current professional footballer at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Alex Fisher the guest speaker for the evening. Please see further information in the invitation and to book your tickets please click here or visit the School Box Office. 

AEG promotion

Ultimate Activity Camps for ages 4 to 14 at Abingdon School - Easter and Summer 2017

Food menu for the coming week - Week 1

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Notice from the Headmaster

I would like to thank all those parents who have already responded to the questionnaire emailed to parents on Monday.  If you have not already done so, I would very much appreciate your response to this questionnaire. It will give me valuable feedback and help to make informed decisions about the direction of the Foundation. It will take about 20 minutes to complete online. If you need to be sent the link to the questionnaire again please contact the Headmaster's PA: victoria.adams@abingdon.org.uk

Upper Sixth Mocks Monday 20 - Friday 24 February 2017 - The timetable for these mocks has been published here.  Boys have been granted study leave for their mock exams week, which means they do not have to come into school if they do not have an exam or other school commitments (such as Other Half activities). Boys are still welcome to come into school even if they don't have an exam and they should use the Westridge Room, Library and House Rooms for that purpose.  Sixth Form sports sessions on Monday and Friday will continue to run but they will be non-compulsory for the U6th.  Boys will not need to go to morning or afternoon registration and Chapel on Thursday 23 February it is cancelled.  

Music Notices 

Thursday 23 February - Annual Chamber Music Evening at 6pm - Please consider coming to our annual showcase of chamber music. Several of the groups will have just competed in the Pro Corda National Festival and there will be plenty of variety - strings, piano, woodwind and brass ensembles. You are most welcome and admission is free!
Oxford Music Festival Success - Congratulations to Raffy Armon Jones (flute) and Ashwin Tennant (violin and piano), who have recently won their classes at the Oxford Music Festival in U15 Woodwind and Accompanying and Musicianship (Open) respectively. The latter was a particularly fine achievement for a Year 9 pupil, who was competing against candidates of up to 18 years of age.

Abingdon Sports and Leisure

Abingdon Sports and Leisure (Abingdon School Enterprises Limited) has a wealth of courses and activities taking place at the Sports Centre this month, with spaces still available to book. Squash courses starting Monday 20 February - Adult and Junior lessons, led by a fully qualified and experienced instructor. Great if you are just starting to play, or getting back into the game. There are also climbing courses starting Thursday 23 February - fully instructed lessons led by a qualified instructor. Courses available for both beginners and improvers - whether you want to be introduced to the world of climbing, or learn new techniques, these courses cater for all. Our February Half Term programme is also available  - from inflatables to gymnastics lessons, there is something to keep every child entertained this half term. For more information or to book, please call the Sports Centre on 01235 849 062 or email ase.info@abingdon.org.uk

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

As a finale to this year’s football season all Lower School footballers and parents are invited to attend the Lower School Football Awards Evening at 6.45pm on Thursday 23 March with special guests from Oxford United. In addition to this I would like to invite all Middle and Upper School players and parents to attend the Abingdon School Football Club End Of Season Dinner on Friday 24 March. The evening will start at 7pm with a drinks reception followed by dinner, presentations and speeches with Old Abingonian and current professional footballer at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Alex Fisher the guest speaker for the evening. More information and invites will be distributed after half term. 

Abingdon School Boat Club and The Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club (FASBC) would like to invite all rowers and their parents to attend the 26th Annual Rowing Dinner on Saturday 18 March, 7.15pm. Drinks Reception in The Charles Maude Room followed at 8pm by a three course dinner. There will be a cash bar and a raffle to name a boat. Dress: Black Tie or Regatta Dress. Our guest speaker this year is Ollie Cook, OA 2008. Ollie is a reigning World Championship gold medallist. Ollie is a talented young GB rower making his mark in arguably the most competitive men’s open-weight squad in world rowing. Ollie is currently studying for a postgraduate diploma in International Development at Oxford and will be participating in the 2017 Boat Race. This is always a popular event so we encourage you to book your tickets to avoid disappointment.  Please book tickets through the school box office.

NT Live Screening: Saint Joan

Saint Joan, the first NT Live Screening at the Amey Theatre, takes place on Thursday 16 February. From the torment of the Hundred Years' War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. Bernard Shaw's classic play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying masterpiece. For more information and tickets click here.

 

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Notice from the Headmaster 

I would very much appreciate your response to a questionnaire we are going to send out by email on Monday to all parents and staff at Abingdon School and Abingdon Prep School. It will give me valuable feedback and help to make informed decisions about the direction of the Foundation. It will take about 20 minutes to complete online. Please do look out for the email on Monday and thank you in advance for your co-operation

Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 7 February 2016 - from the Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Tuesday is Safer Internet Day. Clearly we are all aware of concerns that the internet can prompt, but this year the theme is "Be the change: unite for a better internet," trying to focus on using the internet positively.  As I hope you know, all our boys (and all the SHSK girls) had a talk from Karl Hopwood this week about internet safety. His message chimed with our school message that the most important thing is that parents and children should talk openly and honestly about online issues: the challenge for us as parents is to learn from our children, to avoid being judgemental, while gently reminding them about positive behaviours. I would encourage you to use these talks and Safer Internet Day as a prompt for a conversation with your son about the internet, and how he uses it.  Ask him whether he likes the Sidemen or KSI, ThatcherJoe or his sister Zoella (fyi Zoella makes £50k a month and KSI over £1m a year, both from youtube); ask him whether he has ever used houseparty or oovo; get him to show you how to share an e-calendar, and whether you should have a joint e-calendar; or even ask him to show you his favourite gaming app - and have a go at it with him!  Whatever you chose as a conversation starter, I would encourage you to engage with him about his virtual world, as too often the internet can be something that divides generations rather than bringing them together.  One very useful website that Karl recommended was Internet Matters. Further useful information for parents on Safer Internet Day is available to download online. Parents may also wish to have a look at this 3 minute video, which goes into detail on the digital universe of your children. Please also find here materials from Karl Hopwood's talk to parents. 

Reporting Pupil Absences

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

Music
  • Golden Jubilee Orchestral Tour to Bielefeld, Thursday 9 - Tuesday 14 February, 04.00hrs departure - Some forty-five boys and four staff will be travelling to Bielefeld on Thursday 9 February to join in the celebrations to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the exchange partnership with the Ratsgymnasium there. Parents are cordially reminded of the early departure time of 04.00hrs!
  • Annual Chamber Music Evening - Thursday 23 February at 6pm Venue Change to Amey Theatre - If your son plays in a small ensemble, whether, strings, woodwind, brass or piano, there is a good chance he will be participating in this concert, soon after half term. Originally billed for CMR it has changed venue to the Amey Theatre.  Please make a note of it in your diary.
Revision leave dates - Summer 2016 - revised

Fifth year: revision leave will now begin on Thu 4 May, 5.20pm rather than Friday 5 May, 5.20pm.  The whole yeargroup now has an English exam on the Friday afternoon.  
Upper Sixth:  revision leave begins Friday 19 May, 1pm as previously announced

5th Year parents' evening

If you were not able to attend the recent parents' meeting, or if you would like to go over some of the advice that was offered, we have prepared the resources for you here. You will find attached the slides from Mr May's presentation which cover A-Level choices as well as some guidance as to how to plan for revision over the Easter period. 

Reminder for all parents about coats

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

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Abingdon Careers Convention: Friday, 17 March 2017, 7:00-9:00pm, Abingdon School

The annual Abingdon Independent Schools’ Careers Convention, jointly run by Abingdon School, Our Lady’s Abingdon and St Helen and St Katharine, will be on Friday 17 March 2017, 7:00-9:00pm at Abingdon School. 5th Year, L6 and U6 students will not want to miss this event! Already, nearly 90 parents and alumni of the three schools (representing some 75 different careers – more than many commercial career fairs!) have volunteered to serve as ‘career representatives’. This is a rare opportunity for students to gather information about careers of interest and educational routes into those careers from people who know. The format of the event is that of a careers fair, with students choosing and joining small discussion groups led by career representatives. Concurrent with the career fair will be two panel presentations by experts, one called 'What employers seek: Preparing yourself for the future job market' (focusing on what employers look for when recruiting for entry level roles) and one called 'Emerging careers: New careers you may never have heard of before' (focusing on five emergent industries including Cyber Security, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Renewable Energy, BioMaterials, and Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems). The event is compulsory for 5th year students; all 6th form students are invited to attend voluntarily.  And parents are welcome, too; no booking is necessary.

eSafety Talk - from Mark Hindley, Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Just a reminder that we have a joint talk on eSafety with SHSK parents on Tuesday 31 January. Karl Hopwood will be at SHSK in the morning talking to the girls, and then here at Abingdon with the boys in the afternoon.  He is one of the country's leading experts on eSafety and online trends among students, and I would encourage as many parents as possible to attend his talk.  As ever, I think alignment between parents and school on these issues is critical. SHSK have kindly offered to host the parents' session which will start at 7pm. 

Mock exam results

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

JCQ and CIE Exam Notices

Please find attached all the JCQ notices and one CIE notice for External Exam Candidates. These have been sent to the boys on Tuesday 24 January. 

Border's House Social

All boys, parents and siblings are warmly invited to attend a curry and quiz from 7pm-9pm on Thursday 23 February in the Sports Centre Hospitality Suite. Please do use the link below to submit names of those who will be attending. 

Attention all hockey players and hockey parents - Please save the date for the "Annual Hockey Dinner" on Saturday 25 March. It will be a black tie event, starting at 7pm.

Driving along Park Road and Park Crescent: 20mph

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

Food menu for the coming week - Week 1

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Letter from the Headmaster (PDF)

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Mobile phones

The following link makes for very salutary reading. I would urge all parents to look at it and to think about the conversations that you might have with your son. He might tell you that he is not affected by his device, but for 75% of us (speaking as a parent as well as a teacher!) our sons will be fooling themselves or us or both! The research states 68% of pupils' work is affected by their phone use - and that is predominantly through use at home.
Does he need his phone when he goes to bed? Why? I would urge you to challenge him, to break this habit, and to buy some cheap alarm clocks(!) This won't be easy but I would encourage you to be clear and not be afraid to make a stand on this, and the corollary issue of gaming. However, perhaps the biggest challenge for us all is to model the behaviour that we want in our children by leaving the phone at the bottom of the stairs 90 minutes before we ourselves intend to sleep.... 

Mumps - from the Health Centre

There have been a very small number of confirmed cases of mumps amongst the boys. This is a viral illness which can be contagious with a 2 week incubation period during which time there may be no presenting symptoms. It is not a serious illness, however, a diagnosis needs to be confirmed by a doctor and if confirmed they should not return to school for a minimum of 5 days. Please could you stress the importance of good hand hygiene to try and prevent any spread of infection.  Boys will be reminded in sectional assemblies.

FASBC - Tea party for parents of 3rd year rowers

The FASBC invite the Parents of the new 3rd year rowers (J14) to a tea party at the boat house on Saturday 4 February at 2:15pm. This affords the opportunity to have a first glance at your sons' rowing (weather permitting), to meet the Coaches and the FASBC Committee and to see around the boat house. The Abingdon School Boat House can be found at the bottom of Wilsham Road, OX14 5LE and can be accessed through large black gates just after Kingfisher Close. There is limited parking within the grounds of the boat house, so please park on Wilsham Road, showing respect to our neighbours. There is no need to RSVP, but we very much hope that many of the new parents will be able to join us at this first event of the season. Please contact fasbc@abingdon.org.uk if you have any questions.

4th Year CV and Cover Letter Writing Lesson: A Request for Parents from the Head of Career Guidance

On a Monday in Lent Term, each 4th Year Pupil will participate in a lesson called ‘Applying for Work Experience’ during which they will learn how to write a CV and Cover Letter. This lesson is offered in 4th year because the search for a summer 2018 work experience placement (as part of the 5th Year Work Experience Scheme) begins in Michaelmas term next year. Following their lesson, pupils will need to spend time working on their CV and Cover Letter. To assist them, they may attend an optional walk-in mentoring clinic to get bespoke help from me on their own CV and Cover Lettet These walk-in clinics are from 3:45 to 5pm on Thursday 2 and 23 Feb and 9 and 23 March. Pupils have these dates and can attend a clinic after they have had their lesson. Please encourage your son to take advantage of this opportunity to write their first CV and Cover Letter so they arrive back at School next year ready to start their search for a summer 2018 work experience placement. If you have any questions, contact Michael Triff on michael.triff@abingdon.org.uk.

For Lower Sixth boys and their parents: UCAS

UCAS1: Introduction to the university application process: Friday 24 February 2017, 7pm, Amey Theatre. This is an important opportunity for boys and their parents to be introduced by experts to some of the key features of university application and admission processes.

Programme:

7pm: Katherine Pagett, Student Recruitment Manager at Birmingham University, will give an overview of the application process from a university admissions perspective (Amey Theatre);

7.45-8.00pm: Refreshments (Amey foyer and Cafe);

8pm-8.45pm: Boys and parents choose to attend: EITHER Caitriona Woolhouse, Head of Student Recruitment at Oxford University, and Kathy Purdy, Admissions Co-ordinator at Peterhouse, Cambridge, will identify the particular issues involved in an application to Oxford or Cambridge University (Amey Theatre) OR Question and Answer: a panel of current Upper Sixth boys will talk about their own experiences of university applications (Ingham Room).

Music
  • Whole First Year Concert Trip to Birmingham, Monday 30 January - A reminder to Parents of all 1st Year boys to complete the consent form sent in last week's mailing.
  • Scholars' and Soloists' Concert, Wednesday 1 February at 6pm - Do consider attending our first such concert of 2017. The concert is at 6pm and features our senior musicians. in solo performance. Admission is free.
  • Joint Chamber Concert at SHSK on Tuesday 28 March, 7pm - Parents of boys in the joint Chamber choir are informed of the above concert, details of which have just come to us from St Helen's School.

Food menu for the coming week Week 3

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