28 Jun 2019


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Trips 2019-20

Attached is the latest trips cost matrix which is available on the website at > Information > Trips > Residential trips 2019/20.

Summer Reading 

Please find attached electronic copies of the reading lists for this year's Summer Reading Challenge, with accompanying material. The excellent and wide ranging reading lists have been created for each year group by Graham Gardner, the school's librarian, and the competition is overseen by the English Department. Please see the final page of the reading lists for details on how to enter, or speak to your English teacher. The idea is that you continue to read a wide range of books for pleasure over the summer.  We've also attached a notice about National Poetry Day which happens on Thursday 3 October this year; you might like to start writing your entry to the competition over the summer.  Best wishes, and happy reading over the summer!

Mouthguard Fittings 

Once again, we have organised for mouth guard fittings to take place at the start of next term. These will take place on Tuesday 3 September with a follow up session on Thursday 5 September. You should be receiving an email during the holiday with full details of how to order a mouthguard for your son online. Payment will be organised through the school bill. Please ensure you reply to this in good time as late applications have created difficulties in the past. 

OA Rugby – Saturday 31 August

OAs, staff, parents, pupils and their families are invited to join us for the OA Rugby match (KO 11am) which is part of the School's Festival of Rugby. A buffet will be provided from 12 noon in the Sports Centre Hospitality Suite. Whether you'd like to play or spectate, please sign up here


  • The Music Calendar for the Michaelmas Term 2019 is attached here and parents and friends might like to make a note of the key dates. I am sure that Gillian Powter, the Chair of ASMS, would like me to flag up the Quiz Night Social Event on Friday 8 November for which she tells me she has secured the services of the Headmaster as our Quizmaster. Other highlights include the Joint Choral Society Concert on Sunday 17 November and the Christmas Concerts on 4 and 6 December.
  • Alexander Technique Lessons return to Abingdon from September. This is a wonderful way for musicians – and anyone – to learn about physical awareness and balance, which is of great benefit in the avoidance of stress, especially in the playing of musical instruments. We will be offering these 30 minute lessons with a new teacher, Cathie Kidger, who will be joining us in September. If you would like more information, please see the Information Sheet about Alexander Technique which Cathie has kindly supplied.

MYCO Summer Concert: Make Believe – 7.30pm, Friday 5 & Saturday 6 July

The Musical Youth Company of Oxford present Make Believe – an exciting collection of musical theatre songs both performed as solos and ensembles. Come along to hear this talented and inspiring group perform.  To book tickets, please visit MYCO's website.

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Food menu for the coming week: Week 3