March 2019 | Abingdon Prep School

This term has seen our budding thespians come to the fore. In February the Middle Section wowed parents and pupils with an exciting and energetic musical, Dragon Days. Our Senior Section then takes to the stage at the end of term for their ambitious production of Animal Farm. This challenging piece has really stretched the cast who have thoroughly embraced it. At the younger end of the school Pre-Prep have enjoyed drama workshops and the spring concert. Most of those who are taking part in Animal Farm began their time with us in Pre-Prep and it’s an absolute pleasure to watch their progression.

This term also has a strong academic focus as our scholarship set take their exams for awards at senior schools. It has been an incredibly successful year with two music scholarships and six music exhibitions, five academic scholarships, three sport and one art scholarship.

Other highlights have included two very special visitors – Humboldt penguins – who captivated the younger boys, who relished all the facts about their habitats, diet and lifestyle. And, as I type, there is much excitement in our Pre-Prep as the fourth of our six ducklings is hatching – inquisitive and happy additions to the Year 1 classroom!

World Book Day was a great success with WG Grace, aka the Headmaster, welcoming to school an impressive selection of real and fictional characters, from Alfred the Great to Steve Jobs. Year 7 also thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as their favourite Victorian character and campaigning for the right to stay in a waxwork museum at the expense of rival famous victorians. The curators (teachers) were treated to persuasive speeches  from the boys – in character – and complete with props including Mrs Beeton’s delicious thick gingerbread!

We are very proud to report that one of our Year 8 pupils won the U13 National Prep Schools Cross-Country Championships and both the U13 and U11 teams did very well. It’s also been a good football season and boys have enjoyed their first hockey fixtures. There was much excitement for the 1st XV rugby team who watched England’s Six Nations Squad train and met Owen Farrell.

It’s been a short but very busy term. If you’d like to know more about what the boys have been up to please follow this link to the news section of the website.

Next term we’d like to welcome you to Abingdon Prep, on what we hope will be a gorgeous early summer’s day, for our open morning on Wednesday 1 May from 9.30am – 11.30am. Besides the Headmasters from Abingdon School and Abingdon Prep, and tours from the Year 7s, the main attraction will be our Year 8 pupils who will give visitors an insight into their own thoughts on Abingdon Prep – well worth hearing!

I look forward to seeing you there.

Ellie Harland
Admissions Manager