2 Mar 2018


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Third year parents' evening: Tuesday 24 April, 5.30pm

Last night's postponed parents' evening has been moved to Tuesday 24 April, 5.30pm, which is the day the boys return to lessons after the Easter holiday.

3rd Year Parents' Evening postponed – 4th Year Subjects 2018

Due to the 3rd year parents' evening being postponed please see attached information regarding 4th year subjects.

Monday 14 May 7.30-845pm, 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: social 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 organized 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.  It would be good to see you there if you are free to attend to join in the shared conversation. 

Music Notices

  • Singers' Platform – Wednesday 7 March at 6pm in the Chapel – This our annual opportunity to see and hear some of the superb solo singing that is going on at all levels of the school under the careful support and teaching of our singing teacher, Andrew Yeats. Admission is free.
  • Solo Concert Platform No 4, followed by the Music Scholars' Dinner – Wednesday 14 March at 6pm in the CMR – This concert, the week after next will be the last solo concert of the term. This is a little nudge for parents of award holders to reply if they wish to attend the dinner that follows it at about 7.45pm. Please complete the online form that was sent out by Mrs Hardiman.

Lower School Lent Sport Awards Evening on Monday 26 March, 7pm, Sports Centre Hospitality Suite

As a finale to the Lent Term, we would like to invite all Lower School Football and Hockey players and their parents to attend the Lower School Lent Sport Awards Evening on Monday 26 March. The evening will consist of a buffet curry, followed by a number of short speeches and award presentations to celebrate the success of the boys this season. Please see further information and to book your tickets complete the following form.

Abingdon School Boat Club and the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club (FASBC) Dinner – LAST CHANCE TO BOOK

FASBC would like to invite all rowers and their parents to attend the 27th Annual Rowing Dinner on Saturday 17 March. 

  • Drinks Reception in the Charles Maude Room from 7.15pm followed by a three course dinner at 8pm. 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 Matthew Rossiter, OA 2007. Matt was Junior World Champion in 2007, and was selected for the Great Britain Senior Team in 2017 making the top boat – the Coxless Four – for the Senior World Championships, and won a bronze medal.  This is always a popular event so we encourage you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  Please book through the school box office.

ROH Live: Carmen – Tuesday 6 March at 6.45pm – Bizet's classic French opera stars Anna Goryachova in Barrie Kosky's intense production.  Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has.  This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

Horizon Lectures: John Blashford-Snell – Thursday 8 March 2018 at 7.30pm – “Colonel John Blashford-Snell is one of the world’s most renowned and influential explorers.  Often cited as an inspiration by the likes of Ranulph Fiennes and Bear Grylls, he has spent decades at the forefront of British expeditions. John’s achievements include the first descent of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, an arduous crossing of the Darien Gap and the first navigation along the full length of the Congo River. Heralded by the Telegraph as “the last of the great adventurers” John’s talk is a chance to hear his daring exploits first hand – from deserts and mountains, to wildlife and people.”

Doug Allan, An Eye Below Zero, Friday 2 March 7pm Amey Theatre – POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY 27 APRIL

Due to poor weather conditions forecast for Friday 2 March and concerns over potentially icy conditions and travel disruption on Friday night, we have taken the decision to postpone the lecture by Doug Allan.  The lecture will now take place at 7pm on Friday 27 April 2018.  Everyone who has purchased tickets for the event will be offered the opportunity to transfer their booking to the re-scheduled date or to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend on the new date. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused but our paramount concern is everyone’s safety and comfort, both at the evening event and at the free talk for primary schools that Doug was due to give in the afternoon.  Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Food menu for the coming week – Week 2