22 Mar 2019


This week's mailing is:


For parents of current third and fourth year day boys – Boarding Taster Night

Have you thought about boarding? 

Our boarding houses are full to capacity (over 100 full boarders and 30 weekly boarders) and we want to make sure that our current pupils are first in line to take up boarding places should they want to. We are therefore offering third and fourth year day boys an opportunity to experience a ‘taster night’ towards the end of the summer term. We hope that this will appeal to those who are considering boarding in future years (from 2020 and beyond) and so they can apply in good time to avoid disappointment.  Places are limited depending on beds available, but if you are interested please complete this form or contact Lucy Hamerton by email lucy.hamerton@abingdon.org.uk.

The John Rayson (OA 1942) Award

The John Rayson Award is a memorial to the late John Rayson (1924-2012), an Old Abingdonian (1942) who gave a lifetime of service to Abingdon School.  The award will be given to a current pupil to help fund a personal project/experience that embodies the defining characteristics of John Rayson – adventure, courage and resilience coupled with service, loyalty and commitment.  The award carries a value of £250.  All current pupils of Abingdon School are eligible to apply.  Further information is available here

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 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 on the School website.


Tickets now on sale for the ASPA Quiz (whole school) to be held on Saturday 27 April – start time 7.15pm for quiz to start at 7.30pm. Three course ‘Chip Shop style’ meal and quiz for £23 per head. Teams of 8. For further details and ticket booking please see here.

Saturday Bus Service: Summer Term

Thank you to those parents who have used the Saturday Bus Service in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. We will continue to run the service next term on the following term time Saturdays: 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 8 June, 22 June & 29 June. The pick up points and timings will remain the same as they have been throughout  this academic year. Any comments or queries in this regard can be forwarded to the Director of Sport and PE.

Sport priority on a Saturday 

In planning for this coming term, please observe this extract from the Parents' Handbook: boys are expected to be available for matches against other schools unless specific permission has been sought from and granted by the Headmaster. Any request should be made well in advance, at least one week before the fixture and copied to the Director of Sport and PE, Pete Bignell. Abingdon has a strong tradition of participating in interschool fixtures across the age ranges. In recent years we have strengthened our fixture list, and been more ambitious in the schools we have been playing, and we are putting out more teams. Please avoid asking for leave of absence. We are keen the boys practise and play together, that the boys develop an allegiance to the School, and that our opponents have the best opposition we can provide.

Abingdon Box Office

ROH Live: La  Forza  Del  Destino – 6.15pm, Tuesday 2 April

AOS Presents: My Fair Lady – 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat Matinee) Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 April

RSC Live: As You Like It – 7pm, Wednesday 17 April

Thought-provoking blogs from the Abingdon Community.

From the Headmaster’s “Confidence not Swagger” – in reply to The Times, to “Flinging wide the automatic gates – a time for partnerships?”, the School Blog takes a look at the latest views and opinions from the Abingdon community.  The wide-ranging contributions make for very interesting reading and are posted fortnightly during term time at abingdon.org.uk/school_blog.  Please do take a look.

News from the week:

Food menu for the coming week – Week 2