2 Oct 2015


This week's mailing is:

Letter from the Head (PDF)



Open Day: Saturday 3 October

Open Day runs from 9.30 until 12.30. All boys, EXCEPT first years who are not involved in an activity such as an orchestra or band, are expected to attend and should arrive at School no later than 8.55 am to register before beginning their Open Day activities. Request for absence on this day should, as usual, be made to the housemaster, as for a single weekday absence. For boys who use the joint bus service, all the morning routes will be operating the weekday schedule running 30 minutes later than usual. For the return journey, the weekday 5.20pm service will depart on all usual routes from the coach park at 1.00pm. Please may we ask parents who will be driving their son to school on Saturday to use Park Crescent as the drop off point (and not Park Road).

Science Centre – Open Day

We will not be taking visitors inside the new science centre during tomorrow’s Open Day but there will be science demonstrations in our current facilities. All is on schedule for the opening of the Science Centre on Thursday 15 October.

Abingdon School is a Nut Free School

We have several boys who have a serious nut allergy that can cause anaphylaxis. Even small traces of nuts on the hands of someone else can be enough to cause a reaction. For this reason we would like to remind everyone that nuts must not be brought into school.

Music Notices
Music Scholars' Concert No 1 on Thursday 8 October, 5.45pm

On Thursday 8 October at 5.45pm we have the first concert of the year, the Music Scholars' and Senior Musicians' concert in which many of of our most accomplished musicians are playing solo pieces. The concert in the CMR is free of charge and is preceded at 5.45pm by the Music Society AGM which is a good opportunity for new parents to find out about the activities of this group of parents. Do join us.

Music Scholars' Concert No 2 on Friday 6 November, 6pm 

As above – another opportunity to hear and see some of our fine musicians in solo performance.

Music Society Trombone Recital and Brass Masterclass on Thursday 19 November, 5pm 

This term it is the turn of our brass players to be coached in front of an audience by our master musician – this time the distinguished trombonist, Dylan Brewer. This will be followed by a rare trombone recital, which should be a must for all our brass players and their parents. The event is free of charge thanks to the good offices of our Music Society. Do join us!

FASBC Curry and Quiz Night

The School and The Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club (FASBC) invite all parents and boys to a Curry and Quiz Night on Saturday 14 November 2015 from 7pm in the School Dining Hall. All are welcome, parents, boys and guests of all age groups, from the whole school community. FASBC will make up teams of parents in the same year group or you can put together your own team of six to eight people. For more information and a booking form follow.

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair: Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 October and Abingdon Runaway Fair: Monday 12 October – Reminder

Parents should expect that traffic flow in Abingdon will be severely disrupted by the Abingdon Fairs. On Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October vehicle entry to Park Road and Park Crescent will only be via the gate on Faringdon Road (along from the Coach Park). When leaving the park through the gate into Faringdon Road, please, when queuing, leave the gate clear for incoming traffic.

Food menu for the coming week Week 2