Friday 18 June 2021

Dear Parents

I, like many of you I am sure, was disappointed to hear earlier in the week that we are not yet in a position to fully open up the country and remove restrictions, and this will sadly have an impact on some of our planned events for the coming weeks.

Sports Day will still be able to go ahead but with restrictions on the number of parents able to attend, whilst our whole school summer concert at the Amey Theatre will sadly have to be cancelled. We will, however, be putting together a recording of the children performing their pieces and hopefully this will remind you of the fantastic music that continues to happen at APS.

As I am sure you will appreciate, we are still looking very carefully at other events and will be in touch with you once final decisions on how best to run them safely have been taken. Given the increasing case numbers in the local area and advice from Public Health Oxfordshire, we felt that we need to look very carefully at all our events in the coming weeks to continue to try to keep our school community as safe as possible. Move up morning will go ahead for our own boys but unfortunately we will not be able to invite our new joiners in on Tuesday next week, given the possibility of cross-contamination of bubbles between schools.

I was very lucky to experience some of Jungle Day in Pre-Prep this week. They were busily creating jungle binoculars, writing tiger haiku poems, acting them out, and discovering jungle fruits through drawing and tasting them. I enjoyed learning about the flag of Nepal (the only non rectangular flag in the world), and hearing about the Sharon fruit in particular. Their costumes were brilliant, with monkeys and tigers running all around our play areas for the day.

There were some amazing acrylic creations for pen pot holders in Year 7 CDT this week. The boys were finishing off a number of projects and it was great for me to see their work and have them explain in detail the concept of their designs and how they were able to cut and shape the acrylic. The Teddy Bear design was particularly impressive but the attention to detail that the boys all showed in their work was commendable.

Cricket matches against Abingdon School and Magdalen College School took place this week, with our U12s playing in some incredibly close matches, two of which ended up being lost on the final ball of the game. It was great to see the boys enjoying themselves so much out on the cricket pitch. Our Under 8s and two U9 teams took on Christ Church Cathedral School yesterday and they all enjoyed the opportunity of pitching their skills against other boys. There were some great performances all round and two games were won and two lost.

Early in the week, Michael Triff, who is in charge of careers at Abingdon School, came across to spend time with our Year 7 boys and they really enjoyed the chance to listen to him speak about future careers. This is a really important subject and something that our older boys are starting to think about. It is important that we are able to give them some food for thought as to what opportunities exist for them after the world of education.

Today, our Year 5s have journeyed to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to visit Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory. This will help to bring their learning about Nelson to a crescendo, spending time on board the same decks he used to patrol. Trips are such a fantastic way to bring learning to life and the dockyard is an amazing treasure trove of ships if you ever get the chance to visit.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Craig

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