28 Jan 2022


This week’s mailing is:


Fifth year Parents’ Evening webinar recording

A recording of the Fifth year parents’ evening webinar held on Monday 24 January, together with the presentations given by Mr May, Mr Crisp and Mr Lomax was sent separately via email to fifth year parents earlier this week.

5th Year, L6, U6 Parents: Abingdon Careers Convention: Thursday 10 March 2022, 7:00-9:30pm, Our Lady’s Abingdon

Save the Date: The annual Abingdon Independent Schools’ Careers Convention, jointly run by Abingdon School, Our Lady’s Abingdon, and St Helen and St Katharine will be on Thursday evening 10 March 2022, 7:00-9:30pm at Our Lady’s Abingdon. 5th Year, L6 and U6 students will not want to miss this event!  Parents and alumni of the three schools (representing more than 40 different career areas) have volunteered to serve as ‘career representatives’. This is a rare opportunity to gather information about a wide range of occupations of interest and educational routes into those occupations…from people who know.  The event kicks off at 7:00pm with a careers fair during which students and parents can join small discussion groups, each led by one or more career representatives.  Concurrent with the career fair will be a selection of short presentations, and students can have a walk-in one-to-one meeting with an independent careers adviser. The event is compulsory for all 5th year students and optional for 6th form students. Parents are welcome to attend.  No booking is necessary. Please put this date in your family diary!  Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance.

All Parents: Volunteer Career Representatives needed for Abingdon Independent Schools’ Careers Convention, Thursday 10 March 2022

Thank you to all parents who have already volunteered to represent their occupation at the Abingdon Careers Convention on Thursday 10 March at OLA. However, there are several occupations for which we still need volunteers. If you work in one of the following occupations, and can get to OLA no later than 6:30pm on Thursday 10 March, please register your interest online as soon as possible.

Aviation, Engineering (Chemical and Electrical), Product/Industrial Design, Film TV & Radio, Financial Services, Economics, Government (Civil Service), Allied Healthcare Professions (Physiotherapy and others), Nursing, Psychology, Journalism & Publishing, Legal Services (Private Practice Firms and Chambers), Scientific Research (Physical and Chemical), Sport & Fitness, Theatre Music & Dance, Veterinary Services.

Many thanks in advance for volunteering!  Michael Triff, Head of Career Guidance.

Reminder for all parents about coats

Please ensure your child has a winter coat for trips and away sporting fixtures, particularly in these winter months.  If travelling to a sports fixture, please ensure your child has a tracksuit too.

FASBC Boatclub Dinner Saturday 19 March

Please save the date of Saturday 19 March for the Boatclub dinner. This is an event organised by FASBC for both rowers and parents in the club and comes just after the main National race of this term, the Schools’ Head. The speaker this year is Tom Digby,  Old Abingdonian and former Head of School who will be talking about his journey and experience of rowing at Abingdon; at Yale US, where he was recruited to row; and his current training and rowing as part of the GB National team World and Olympic group.  Bookings will open in February, more to follow.

Charities Committee

Abingdon School raises a significant amount of money for charities every year. The Charities Committee welcomes nominations from throughout the school community to select the charities for us to support in 2022. Please complete the Charity Nomination Form. Many thanks.

Abingdon Box Office:

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Senior School Production – Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 February at 7pm. An eighteen year-old girl, Mary Shelley, dreams up a monster whose tragic story will capture the imaginations of generations to come. A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. Banished into an indifferent world, Frankenstein’s creature desperately seeks out his true identity, but the agony of rejection and a broken promise push him into darkness.

ROH Live: Romeo & Juliet – Monday 14 February at 7:15pm. The doomed lovers attempt to find their way through the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and the Capulets.

NT Live: The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage – Thursday 17 February at 7pm. Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.

News from the Week:

Food Menu for the coming week – Week 2

School Calendar

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

Here is the link to previous weekly mailings.