21 Sep 2018


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Beech Court: parent visits

All parents are welcome to look round Beech Court on Wednesday 26 September from 6.30 to 8pm.  Lower Sixth parents who are attending “Meet the tutors evening” at 7pm on Tuesday 25 May wish to look round Beech Court from 6.30pm.  Later in the year, some staff will be based in Beech Court for year group parents' evenings, so you are welcome to see the new facilities, which are already being well used. 

Abingdon Prep School Open Morning – Saturday 6 October 10am-12pm. All welcome.

You are warmly invited to come along to Abingdon Prep's open morning on Saturday 6 October from 10am-12pm. For full details about the Open Morning please follow this link.

4.30pm buses from SHSK

Please can parents note that boys are not allowed to use the ‘early’ bus service. Period 8 is an important part of the Abingdon day, and the bus service logistics are predicated on the fact that Abingdon boys will be on 5.20pm buses, not 4.30pm buses. 

In exceptional circumstances a written permission slip can be issued by Mr Hindley, but the circumstances need to be exceptional rather than based around convenience. Mr Peeke will stop any boy from using the bus if he does not have a written, signed permission slip. The boys have been made aware of the above but please reiterate this to them. Thank you for your cooperation. 


Steinway Inauguration Concert – Wednesday 26 September, 6pm

Next Wednesday 26 September sees the unveiling and inauguration of the school's new Steinway Model D piano in the Amey Theatre. A 60 minute recital will see both boys and staff (including Headmaster, Mike Windsor) putting this wonderful instrument through its paces. Do come and experience this special moment. The concert is preceded at 5.45pm by the Music Society AGM, the concert starts at 6 and will end by 7pm.

Come and hear Harry the Piano – Wednesday 7 November

A date for your diaries…. Would famous virtuosic improvisor, Harry the Piano, will be visiting the school on Wednesday 7 November in a free afternoon workshop and evening concert. Please see full information on the school website.

Charity Fundraising Masked Fireworks Ball – Saturday 3rd November, 2018 – 7pm – 1am  

Dress Code – Masked Black Tie with an explosion of colour! 

The Parent Associations of both SHSK and Abingdon School are hosting a charity fundraising masked fireworks ball which will be taking place Saturday 3 November 2018 at St Helen & St Katharine. 

This spectacular event will kick off promptly at 7pm with a grand fireworks display, which you can enjoy with some warming gluwein and canapés.  A three course gourmet dinner will follow in the marquee inside the SHSK sports hall.  After dinner there will be dancing to live music from Freddie & the Freeloaders.

This event will be raising money for Mercy Ships as well as funds for our respective parent associations.  We will be holding table raffles as well as holding a mini auction for some wonderful auction items including a fabulous ski trip donated by the Oxford Ski Company.   Please see the attached menu and information flyer for more information on this event.

On Tuesday 25 September, all parents currently on the ASPA Contact List will receive an email with the link to take them to the Abingdon School Box Office when the booking link goes live.  For parents who are not yet on the ASPA Contact List, please click here to be added: https://goo.gl/forms/Z7ujM2JDEtj6ovwT2.

From Tuesday 25 September until Friday 5 October, we will ensure that there is an even allocation of tickets between both schools in order to give everyone from both schools the same opportunity to buy their tickets as we expect tickets to sell quickly.  This event is open to parents and staff from both schools as well as “old” parents, friends and family . 

If you have any questions, please contact us at maskedfireworksball@gmail.com.

Driving along roads close to School

Parents are asked to consider local residents when driving round the narrow roads close to School, and also to adhere to the speed limit of 20mph along Park Road and Park Crescent, which are private roads.

Art Competition

The art department are keen to set an exciting competition for years 1-3 only.  Please see attached poster for information.

National Theatre Live: King Lear – Thursday 27 September 7pm

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Food menu for the coming week – Week 1