24 Jun 2022


Message from the Headmaster

Dear Parents

At times, it is hard to keep pace with events at Abingdon and this has certainly been a packed week. Our cricketers have enjoyed fixtures against Eton and the MCC before their block against MCS on Saturday, while Lower School pupils enjoyed a joint tournament with SHSK. Thirteen Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award groups navigated around the Marlborough Downs while their canoeing counterparts made their way down the River Medway. Our 360 event last night gave the Lower Sixth valuable insights into university applications and opportunities, while there were outings for students studying History, English and Biology.

A more arcane feature of the week was the fact that it was Insect Week, coordinated by the Biology department. As a treat, Mr Whitworth, Head of Biology, brought some edible insects into the Staff Common Room to supplement the usual snacks. Grasshoppers, dried mealworms and roasted crickets aren’t the most usual accompaniment to a cup of coffee but the crickets were surprisingly tasty.

Looking ahead, I’m looking forward to welcoming Leavers and Prizewinners to Prize Giving in the Amey Theatre at 11am tomorrow, preceded by the Leavers’ service in St Michael’s Church on Park Road at 9.30am. There will be drinks and refreshments in the garden of Lacies Court after the ceremony, though I think we’ll stick to more conventional snacks…

Best wishes, Mike Windsor




  • Joint Bus Service. Further to the update last week about changes to the management of the Joint Bus Service next year, JBS users are asked to read this letter and look out for emails from Vectare next week on next steps.
  • Celebration of the Arts –  Wednesday 29 June.  All family and relatives are welcome from 5.30pm-8.00pm.  Please remember to book your free place at the following link here.
  • Pass on the Magic! The Charities Committee would like to invite pupils and parents to take part in a book drive being run by Mostly Books in Abingdon. This wonderful independent bookshop is teaming up with the award-winning charity, The Children’s Book Project to take in donations of good quality used children’s books. This is a nationwide book drive which runs from Saturday 18 June to Friday 8 July. We would like people to hand in unused books in good condition to either Faringdon Lodge or Park Lodge Receptions or Mostly Books in Abingdon to help support this great local initiative!
  • Reminder – Henley Royal Regatta – Friday 1 July 2022. Current and former parents, staff, and governors, are invited to join OAs for the OA Club’s strawberries and Pimm’s event at the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club marquee in Henley Cricket Club car park during the afternoon tea interval (usually between 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm) on Friday 1 July 2022. No RSVP required.
  • Music events: No new additions. See other upcoming Music events.
  • OX14 Learning Partnership Upcoming Events – no new additions
  • News from the week
  • Food menu for the following week – Week 3
  • School calendar
  • Weekly mailing archive
  • Box Office:
    • Art – Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July at 7pm. Serge has bought a modern painting for a huge sum of money. Marc hates it and cannot believe that a friend of his could possibly want such a work. Yvan attempts, unsuccessfully, to placate both sides. If your friendship is based on tacit mutual agreement what happens when one person does something completely different and unexpected? Dylan, Hugo and Will are putting on a performance of Art this June as the performance aspect for their artefact EPQ. We hope you enjoy it.
    • NT Live: Prima Facie – Thursday 21 July at 7pm. Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play. Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.
    • See other upcoming Box Office events.