Message from the Head
Last Saturday we welcomed a large number of visitors to Abingdon for our Open Day. We were blessed with fine weather and the School looked splendid in the sunshine. I’m grateful to the students who came in on Saturday to support the Open Day. They did a fantastic job and were a real credit to the School. It was heartening to hear them talking about their perspectives on school life with enthusiasm and maturity and many visitors commented on the excellent impression that they made. I’d like to thank you for ensuring that so many students were able to take part, either as tour guides or as leaders or participants in the many activities that ran on the day. I was very proud of them.
The Open Day was a great advertisement for the high standards that our students can reach. I’m sure you would agree that it is important that these high standards apply as soon as students step onto school coaches in the morning and I’d be grateful if you could pay particular attention to the message below about safety and behaviour on the Joint Bus Service and discuss it, if relevant, with your child.
I write today having just returned from the annual HMC Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon. Inevitably there was a strong Shakespeare focus (including an excellent production of The Merchant of Venice, now on in the Swan Theatre) but it was also a valuable opportunity to meet up with other Heads and share initial views on the Prime Minister’s announcement about his intended replacement for A Levels; the Advanced British Standard. Implementation of the new qualification is not intended until the 2030s and I understand current Year 1 primary school children will be the first to take the qualification. We still have time, therefore, to see how this will shape up.
Best wishes, Mike Windsor
- Parents of pupils studying German – Oxford German Network: German film evening – Filmabend
- Oxbridge Applications – A webinar for L6th students and parents
- On Thursday 12 October at 7pm Richard Taylor (Deputy Head of Sixth Form) will be hosting a webinar to provide guidance on preparing for a university application to Oxford, Cambridge and other top UK institutions. This is aimed at L6th students and their parents. Applying to these types of universities takes more than just great A level grades so, to make yourself a strong candidate, it is important to start doing the right things now. The webinar should last about 45 minutes and we will aim to record the event and make it available afterwards for anyone who can’t attend. The invitation link and password to the webinar will be sent to parents via an isams email.
- Parents of 6th Form Pupils: 6th Form Careers Evening with the Old Abingdonian Club, Friday 17 November 2023, 6-9pm, Yang Science Centre, Abingdon School
- The Old Abingdonian Club, Abingdon School’s alumni association, will host its 10th annual 6th Form Careers Evening on Friday 17 November 2023, 6.00 to 9.00pm in the Yang Science Centre at Abingdon School (supper will be offered to all attending day students). Old Abingdonians (mostly at early and middle stages in their career) will provide insights and advice about their education and career journey to date. The event can help students decide what options to pursue after leaving Abingdon, and can inform longer-term career thinking and planning. Tomorrow, all 6th form students will hear about this event at 6th Form Assembly, and they will receive an email next week inviting them to register for the event. The deadline to register is Friday 3 November 2023. Please find a moment over the upcoming October half-term break to encourage them to register and attend. Please note that the event is for students only. Thank you for your support! Questions? Email [email protected].
- From the Deputy Head Pastoral and DSL, Helen Keevil – Student conduct on the Joint Bus Service
- School Policies. Parents are reminded that all School Policies, including the Safeguarding Policy, are available under the “About” & then “Policies and Statements” menu of the website. They are reviewed and updated from time to time.
- New timings: Abingdon Michaelmas Fair: Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 October. Parents should expect that traffic flow in Abingdon will be severely disrupted by the Abingdon Fair. From 12 noon on Saturday 7 October the entrance to the School is via the gate to the north of Park Crescent, on Faringdon Road. Gates at Victoria Road and Conduit Road will be locked until early morning on Wednesday 11 October. This will affect parents coming into the School site on Saturday for things such as fixtures or other events. Please refer to this map showing alternative routes into Abingdon School during this period.
- FASBC Boatclub Quiz and Curry Night Saturday 18 November:
- The FASBC will be hosting the annual Quiz and Curry night on Saturday 18 November in the school dining room. We would like to invite students, siblings and parents to join us from 7.15pm to 10pm. Along with a fiendish quiz suitable for all ages, we will enjoy a fantastic curry provided by the school catering team. The quiz night is always fun and a great way to meet other parents in the boat club. We’d love to see the students forming teams to take on their coaches and parents. For the parents and coaches, it’s all about bragging rights and avoiding the wooden spoon. Tickets are £25 for parents and £20 for students and siblings. Tickets can be booked here: https://www.abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure/performance/fasbc-quiz-curry-night-2019-2/ Once you have booked tickets please remember to fill in the booking form you are sent in your booking confirmation email so teams can be planned, and dietary requirements collected.
- ASPA Events:
- Reminder – Middle School: 3rd Year Parents Cheese and Wine evening – 7pm Tuesday 10 October in the Sports Centre Hospitality Suite. Please take this opportunity to come along and meet other third year parents at this free event provided by ASPA. You can still book your place here: https://www.abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure/performance/aspa-3rd-year-parents-cheese-wine-evening/ Please note that the Abingdon Fair will be taking place and this may impact access to the school and parking – please see this plan regarding road closures etc.
- Reminder – Lower School: Lower School Parents Cheese and Wine evening – 7pm Thursday 12 October in the Sports Centre Hospitality Suite. Please take this opportunity to come along and meet other Lower School parents at this free event provided by ASPA. You can still book your place here: https://www.abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure/performance/aspa-lower-school-parents-social-cheese-wine-evening/
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- A reminder to book October half term sports camps:
- Competition Level Tennis Academy, Monday 23 – Friday 27 October – ages 11 to 15 years. Take part in what promises to be an enjoyable week full of skill development, gameplay and tactical aspects. This academy is aimed at competitive level players who have played for their school or are playing for a club and focuses on developing each player to their maximum potential. Led by Martin Butler, Abingdon School’s Head Coach.
- High Performance Rugby, Athletic Development and Wellness Camp, Monday 23 – Thursday 26 October – ages 8 to 15 years. This camp is designed to teach aspiring young athletes to move correctly, efficiently and safely, while building full body strength and balance. Participants will be shown how to fuel themselves with the correct nutrition, to breathe correctly and to help them to achieve a mindset for a happy, positive and successful sporting career. Led by Sy Wiggall, who is a Strength and Mental Performance Coach with Oxford Harlequins and founder of the Oxford Youth Strength and Conditioning Academy.