This week’s mailing is:
- To parents of Middle School and Sixth Form Scholars – Lent Term 2022 Events
From the Headmaster to all parents:
It has felt this week that there has been more news around than we know what to do with, as the various travails of the Prime Minister, Prince Andrew and Novak Djokovic dominate the front pages.
I’m delighted that there are so many different outlets for our students to respond to current affairs, through publications such as The Martlet and Words & That, or through our podcasting group. These opportunities have broadened into an initiative that forms part of the OX14 Learning Partnership, which brings us together with local state and independent schools. The Oxford Academy of Broadcast Journalism is spearheaded by an Old Abingdonian who works in broadcasting, with the help and support of Mr Taylor. It is aimed at young people from local schools who are interested in a career in this field or simply want to develop their presentation skills. The group had some valuable sessions this week; there is definitely no shortage of issues for them to discuss…
Best wishes, Mike Windsor
Summer 2022 GCSE and GCE Exam Timetables
The Summer 2022 Exam Timetables have now been published on the website along with JCQ & CIE Exam Notices. Please be aware that these are correct timetables as is and any clashes shown are yet to be resolved. All candidates will receive a personalised exam pack after the February half-term break. All candidates must be available on Wednesday 29 June as this is the JCQ Contingency day for GCSE/GCE examinations, should a sustained national or local disruption arise during the June 2022 examination series.
Revision leave for fifth years begins at 5.20pm on Tuesday 10 May; for Upper Sixth it begins at 1pm on Friday 20 May.
Lower School reading
The cold, dark days of January are an ideal time for curling up (or lying down) with a good book. To support and encourage reading for pleasure amongst Lower School students during the Lent term, the School Librarian has selected ten ‘new books of note’, ranging from humour to science fiction to fantasy, all of them either published within the last few months or about to be published. The list is attached.
For a wider selection of reading recommendations, Lower School students are encouraged to look at the longer lists of recommended reads for First Years and Second Years, and the Stretch & Challenge list, aimed at students wanting to expand their reading ability and range of reading interests. In addition, the School Librarian is always happy to give advice on request, drawing on his own extensive reading and what other students have recommended.
This Friday sees the launch of the latest Lower School Reading Challenge, in which students are challenged to read and review up to eight books before the end of the Lent term. The tutor group with the most reviews wins chocolate. It’s intended to be fun, but the ultimate goal is serious: to encourage and help Lower School students maintain / develop a habit of regular reading that will support their learning and wider self-development in the years to come.
Audiobooks and ebooks
All students continue to have access to a wide range of audiobooks and ebooks through the school’s e-library. Logging in is simple; as long as students are logged into their school Google account, they just need to click ‘Sign in’ – no need to remember a password.
For Lower Sixth students and their parents: After Abingdon and university applications
On Tuesday 15 February from 6.30pm we will be holding a virtual event to introduce the Lower Sixth to the options available to them after they leave Abingdon. This is an important opportunity for students and parents to learn about the UK university application process and alternatives to university.
The evening will include three sessions:
- After Abingdon – a keynote presentation introducing the UK university (UCAS) application process, key considerations for choosing degree courses and how Abingdon supports its students in their future pursuits (Mrs Jen Hoddinott, Assistant Upper Master, Universities)
- Applying to Oxbridge – a presentation aimed at those considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge (Mr Richard Taylor, Assistant Upper Master, Extension)
- Alternatives to university – an overview of some of the alternatives to university including work-based learning, apprenticeships and school leaver programmes
(Mr Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance)
Full details of how to access the webinars and recordings will be published nearer the time.
Friday 18 March 2022 – In Conversation with Kim Darroch , National Security Adviser 2012-2015, British Ambassador to the United States 2016-2019
The Old Abingdonian Club is delighted to announce that Kim Darroch (OA 1972) will be in conversation with LBC presenter Tom Swarbrick (OA 2005) on Friday 18 March 2022 at 7pm in the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School.
Kim is a retired UK civil servant and life peer in the House of Lords. His diplomatic career spanned over 40 years, primarily focusing on national security issues and European policy, and included roles as the UK’s National Security Adviser and Permanent Representative to the European Union. Kim served as British Ambassador to the United States as the age of Trump dawned and Brexit unfolded.
All members, including pupils, of the Abingdon community and the OX14 Learning Partnership are warmly invited to attend. There is no charge for this OA Club event, however online booking is required via the Box Office here.
Abingdon Box Office:
- NT Live: Leopoldstadt – Thursday 27 January at 7:00pm – Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. We follow Hermann Merz’s story across half a century, passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
- Chaos – 5th Year Production – Thursday 27 and Friday 28 January at 7:00pm – Abingdon and St Helen’s 5th Years perform Laura Lomas’ play Chaos, a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes. A series of characters search for meaning in a complicated and unstable world. Bouncing through physics, the cosmos, love and violence, they find order in the disorder of each other. Please note, there are a limited number of tickets available.
- Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – Senior School Production – Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 February at 7:00pm – Rona Munro’s brilliant adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece places the writer herself amongst the action as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.
- As You Like – YPH at St Helen and St Katharine – Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 February at 7:00pm – An anarchic adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic and timeless piece is set to burst on to the stage in the YPH at St Helen and St Katharine. Transported from 1603 to c.1963, this musical adaptation is Shakespeare’s As You Like It, but not as you know it!
News from the Week:
- Gold DofE Training
- Football vs Haileybury
- MFL Society Dinner
- Inter-Tutor Cross Country
- Colourful Chemistry
- Design Technology Club
- Partnership Rugby
Food Menu for the coming week – Week 3
Please continue to consult the School Calendar for up to date information.
Here is the link to previous weekly mailings.