Message from the Headmaster
Each term has its own sense of rhythm and routine and the start of the summer term always has its own particular feel. We look forward to the sound of leather on willow, the regatta season, croquet on the lawns… and public exams. It is of course the start of the final term for our Upper Sixth students and we will ensure that we give them a good send-off and celebrate their contribution to the School before they move on to fresh pastures.
I have been away from school for a couple of days this week to participate in an inspection of another school conducted by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. This is a valuable exercise as it’s always fascinating to meet pupils and staff from other schools and learn more about their approach. I’m looking forward though to getting back to Abingdon and catching up with the pupils.
I will look forward to seeing many of you over the coming weeks and wish you and all our pupils the very best for the term ahead.
Best wishes, Mike Windsor
- Parents of Fourth Year pupils – Parents’ Evening Letter
- French GCSE will take place on the afternoon of Friday 28 April, ie before revision leave begins. In this instance, French GCSE pupils are not not expected to be in school on that day until the time of their exam (1.30pm). However, should pupils wish to come into school for the morning (e.g. because they use the school bus service) they should report to the Library. All pupils are expected to fulfil their Other Half commitments until official revision leave begins at 5.20pm on Tuesday 9 May.
- Foundation Photograph. The Foundation photograph will take place on Monday 24 April. Pupils should be smartly dressed, please, in line with clothing regulations. Sixth formers should wear suits and white shirts, please. Middle school in blue or blue striped shirts. NOT summer dress.
- From Paul Gooding, Head of Wellbeing: RSE and PSHCE provision – Summer term update.
- Parent Webinar: Supporting your child’s mental health with consultant psychiatrist, Dr Mei Simmons, Wednesday 26 April 7:30pm. We are hosting a parent webinar for the OX14 Learning Partnership with Dr Mei Simmons, a consultant psychiatrist on Wednesday 26 April at 7:30pm. Mei will explain how we can support our children’s mental health and will give practical advice on managing anxiety, harmful behaviours and challenges with school attendance. Please complete this sign up form here, in order to receive the webinar link.
- Music events in the first half of term:
- An Evening of French Chanson – “Piaf to Pop” with Christine Bovill – Friday 5 May at 7pm, Amey Theatre. I hope that everyone feels they have had sufficient notice for what will be a fantastic evening of French Chanson – voice and piano, cabaret-style, with Christine Bovill. Fresh from sell-out shows in Edinburgh, Belfast and London, we can expect a marvellous evening’s entertainment. Strongly recommended, this will be an evening that you are unlikely to forget! Please see the poster here and apply for tickets at the Amey Theatre’s Box Office.
- Solo Concert Platform 5 – Tuesday 9 May at 6pm, CMR. Our last solo platform of the academic year sees pupils in solo performance from all levels of the school. Admission is free and all are welcome!
- Junior Instrumental Solo Competition – Wednesday 17 May at 6pm, CMR. The Junior Competition is the last of the three that we have over the year. This one is available to any pupils who have not yet taken their grade 6 music exam. Our adjudicator is Mr Sean Fitzpatrick, the Director of Music at Abingdon Prep School. Please join us to hear this young talent!
- From the OA Club Office:
- Reminder: Informal professional networking evening for parents and OAs. Abingdon School parents working in the finance, investment, law, technology and consultancy sectors are warmly invited to join Old Abingdonians at a networking reception. Join us on Tuesday 25 April 2023 from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm at the City University Club, 42 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AP (the nearest stations are Tower Hill and Tower Gateway). Booking is available here.
- Reminder: The John Rayson (OA 1942) Award. All current pupils of Abingdon School are eligible to apply for the John Rayson Award, a memorial to the late John Rayson (1924-2012), an Old Abingdonian who gave a lifetime of service to Abingdon School. The award, which carries a value of £250, will be given to a current pupil to help fund a personal project/experience that embodies the defining characteristics of John Rayson himself – adventure, courage and resilience coupled with service, loyalty and commitment. Further information is available here. Application forms must be submitted no later than Monday 1 May 2023.
- Reminder: ASPA / OA Club Travel Awards. ASPA and the OA Club have joined forces to offer travel awards to upper and lower sixth pupils undertaking some form of UK or overseas travel and activity either during the summer or in their gap year. The awards range from £50 to £500 depending on the activity and its benefits. Further details, and the conditions attached to the awards, can be found here. Application forms must be submitted no later than Monday 1 May 2023.
- OX14 Learning Partnership Upcoming Events
- News from the week
- Food menu for the following week – Week 2
- School calendar
- Weekly mailing archive
- Box Office:
- The Sons of Pitches – Saturday 22 April, 7.30pm. To celebrate 10 years of a cappella adventures, The Sons of Pitches are getting back on the road to bring you their ‘Best Bits’. They will be performing here at the Amey Theatre on Saturday 22 April. Downlander Events Ltd have announced a last-minute offer to anyone who hasn’t yet booked tickets and would like to come! Please enter the code ABSOP at checkout to claim your £15 tickets through our Box Office website.
- ROH Live: The Marriage of Figaro – Thursday 27 April, 6.45pm