4 Mar 2016


This week's mailing is:

Letter from the Head (PDF)



Griffen Ball tickets – Saturday 25 June 2016

A limited number of tickets are still available for the 2016 Griffen Ball. All parents from all year groups are warmly invited. Tickets can be booked via the school website. The Ball will be held on Saturday 25 June and as is tradition, it's held in the Ball Marquee on Upper Field, a fabulous setting. This very special occasion is first and foremost a celebration for all U6 leavers, their parents, family and friends but parents from other year groups are also encouraged to join in the fun. The evening starts with a glass of bubbly on the lawns in the evening sunshine. After a delicious four course meal during which guests are entertained by roving magicians, you can dance the night away to some great music, intermingled with fun at the casino and of course the famous dodgems, plus more entertainments yet to be finalised.

An Evening with Astronaut Mike Foale – In conversation with University of Oxford physicist, Frank Close, OBE – Friday 22 April 2016, 7:00pm, Amey Theatre, Abingdon School.

This is a public event and all are welcome. Abingdon School are pleased to announce this exciting opportunity to hear about British-American astronaut Mike Foale’s journey to becoming an astronaut and his experience of six missions into space, as well as the chance to meet him for photos and autographs at the end of the evening. Abingdon School and Abingdon Prep pupils can claim free tickets to this event until Thursday 24 March. This event is hosted jointly with ISSET (International Space School Educational Trust). For further information. Please book tickets online.

Parents of Fifth Year and Sixth Form: Careers Convention

A reminder that the Careers Convention is on Friday 18 March at Our Lady's Abingdon, Radley Rd, Abingdon OX14 3PS. This evening event is compulsory for fifth year and recommended for sixth formers. Parents are welcome to attend should they wish. 

To all parents – Health Centre

I would just like to bring to your attention there have been a lot of boys absent from school this week, with a variety of different symptoms.Please can we ask that the boys only return when their symptoms and temperatures have returned to normal. Also, should you receive a message from your son during the school day saying he is unwell,could you please ask him to attend the Health Centre and we will make the appropriate arrangements. This will ensure all relevant staff will be informed.

Music – Forthcoming Concerts

The Annual Singers' Platform takes place next Wednesday 9 March at 6pm in the CMR. Admission is free and this concert gives an opportunity for many of our solo singers to perform the repertoire that they have been studying with their singing teacher, Andrew Yeats. The programme is varied, from music by Bach and Handel, through Mozart and Schumann to modern repertoire such as Ravel and Vaughan Williams, and even some popular repertoire.

The Intermediate Instrumental Solo Competition takes place on Friday 11 March at 6pm in the CMR, with adjudicator, Ben Giddens, the recently appointed Director of Music from Queen Anne's School, Caversham. We have 15 young competitors playing a range of music up to grade 8 in standard – do join us if you can!

Music Technology Lessons at Abingdon School 

There are a few spaces still left for an exciting opportunity to a limited number of Lower School pupils to use the latest state-of-the-art music technology equipment. A short nine week course in the summer term will be an introduction to how music/sound is composed, recorded and produced within the digital studio environment. This will involve the use of a variety of software packages and hardware equipment to unlock the vast potential of recording musical ideas and sound.
There will be a limited amount of places with a view to longer term study in the Autumn 2016. Recent pupils have gone onto courses and careers in commercial music and sound recording and an understanding of the use of this essential technology will certainly give future candidates an important edge. The lessons are offered on the same basis as individual music lessons, which currently cost £18.50 for a 30 minute lesson. Places are limited so are offered on a first come first served basis. If you are interested, please contact the Director of Music by email at [email protected].

AS Drama Presents The Shape of Things, Birthday & Jane Eyre

Come along to see AS Drama perform three short plays on Monday 14 March in the Amey Theatre & Drama Studio. These promise to be fantastic pieces of work featuring some incredible acting talent. Tickets can be booked from Monday 7 March and there are only limited tickets available so don't miss out! 

Food Menu for the coming week – Week 3