15 Feb 2019


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U6th Revision Leave: Monday 25 February to Friday 1 March

During their revision leave Upper Sixth formers are not expected in School unless they have an exam. Sixth form games options will run as normal but we appreciate some boys may not be in attendance. Team players are encouraged to get to practices when they can.  Boys are encouraged to keep exercising for their own wellbeing.

Haircuts and School Dress

Half term provides a good opportunity for boys to have a haircut.  From the dress code: Hair must be cut so that it does not lie on the collar nor is excessively close-shaven. Hair must look smart, and must not appear to be attention seeking. Bleaches or dyes that are in blatant contrast to a boy’s natural colour are not permitted.

Parents are asked to provide their growing sons with shirts sufficiently large for them to have their top buttons done up throughout the day.  Boys may wear jumpers under their jackets, but they need to be dark blue, V-necked and without a zip.  The exception, for the sixth form, is that their V-necked jumper may be monochrome and of sober colour. The full uniform list and dress code is on the website.

Lower School and APS Year 7&8 Digital technology awareness evening

Please see the attached handouts for parents who were unable to attend the Lower School and APS Year 7&8 Digital technology awareness evening.

To parents of Third Year boys

Preferences for fourth year subjects will be collected in the week after parents’ evening on Thursday 28 February. Further details will follow after half term. The parents’ evening will be a chance to discuss GCSE subjects with your son’s teachers.

Music Notices

Music events in the second half of term, free of charge and to which all are welcome:

  • Wednesday 27 February – Annual Chamber Music Concert – 6pm Amey Theatre
  • Wednesday 6 March – Solo Singers Platform – 6pm CMR
  • Wednesday 13 March – Solo Concert Platform – 6pm CMR
  • Thursday 14 March – Intermediate Solo Competition – 6pm CMR
  • Thursday 21 March – Choral Concert – 6pm Chapel (Chapel Choir, Joint Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir, Abingdon Academicals)

Hockey Club members

We would like to invite all hockey players and parents (from Third Year to Upper Sixth) to the annual Hockey Griffins Dinner & Awards on Saturday 23 March.  After playing our final ISHL 2019 matches against Bradfield College in the afternoon, the evening will start with a drinks reception in the Charles Maude Room at 7.30pm.  A three-course meal, speeches and end of season awards will follow from 8pm. There will be a cash bar and raffle on the night.

  • Dress code: black tie.
  • Tickets for the dinner are £40 per parent and £25 per player, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

This event always sells out quickly, so we encourage you to apply early through the school box office.  Any profits made on the evening go towards the Griffins Hockey Club fund. This fund has most recently purchased masterclasses from international players, 30 x young ones sticks for all to use, team dugouts and scoreboards up at Tilsley Park. The Club is currently fundraising to contribute to the purchase of top class Goalkeeper coaching.  Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Blue Skye Thinking.  We hope you can join us for a fitting celebration of the end of hockey season.

Abingdon School Box Office

ROH Live: Don  Quixote – 7.15pm, Tuesday 19 February

Post-Truth On Trial: Deborah Lipstadt vs. David Irving – 7pm, Tuesday 26 February

Chairman's Charity Concert – 7.30pm, Saturday 2 March