21 Jan 2022


This week’s mailing is:



From the Headmaster to all parents:

Dear Parents

On Wednesday, a team of nurses visited to administer the second dose of Covid vaccine to pupils in the Second through to the Fifth Year; thank you for your support with this. I hope that this will continue to keep the number of cases in school at a low level.

Our visiting nurses reminded us about the availability of booster vaccines for students aged 16 or 17 and asked us to share the following guidance:

If you’re eligible, you can get a booster dose at least 3 months after you had your 2nd dose.  If you’re aged 16 or over you can: book a vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy; go to a walk-in vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment; wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery and book an appointment with them.

There’s a busy weekend of sport ahead, with the Boat Club in action at Dorney Lake for the BASHER Head as well as fixtures in hockey, football and badminton. While I’m on the topic of sport, I must congratulate our senior cross-country runners on their fantastic performances in the prestigious Knole Run last Saturday, bringing home the gold and silver medals.

There are also three joint drama productions with SHSK taking place over the next three weeks; booking information is here.

Best wishes, Mike Windsor


Save the date – Supporting my child with social media and online safety webinar – Tuesday 8 February 7.00 – 8.15pm

We hope you will be able to join us for this webinar, so please save the date! Further details will be provided nearer the time.

The Abingdonian magazine

The 2021 edition of The Abingdonian magazine has been given to all pupils who were members of the school last year by their tutors. Parents should ask their child if they would like to read this overview of a year in the life of the School.


  • Thursday 27 January – Solo Concert Platform No 3 – 6pm CMR. Next week, the first musical event of 2022 sees a number of our musicians in solo performance. Pupils from a range of year groups, levels and instruments will be on show – everyone is most welcome and admission is free. Please use this link to check arrangements for in-person attendance at this and other concerts.
  • Wednesday 2 March – Annual Chamber Music Evening – 6pm Amey Theatre. Soon after half term, our Annual Chamber Music Evening is unique in allowing the students to direct themselves in a range of small instrumental groupings – brass, woodwind, piano and strings. Again, admission is free and all are welcome! Please use this link to check arrangements for in-person attendance at this and other concerts.

Healthy Futures Partnership – Powering Performance

In recognition of the importance of good nutrition and educating young people to enable them to make informed choices, Independents by Sodexo has formed the Healthy Futures Partnership and is working with the British Nutrition Foundation, a leading UK nutrition charity.

The partnership has refreshed the Powering Performance programme to focus on furnishing our chefs with healthier recipe guidelines and nutrition guardrails when creating dishes, providing bespoke nutrition training to our employees, and offering school-based engagement activities.  We have already included and highlighted some dishes on our current menu cycle such as Caribbean rice and bean pot, tuna and cauliflower mixed grain pot.

Click here to link to the newsletter about Powering Performance as a cornerstone to our social value programme, one which they can trust and will benefit their child’s performance, health, and wellbeing.

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. If you wish to book a ticket, please email [email protected].

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.

News from the week:

Food Menu for the coming week – Week 1

School Calendar

Please continue to consult the School Calendar for up to date information.

Here is the link to previous weekly mailings.