6 Mar 2015


This week's maiing is:

Letter from the Head (PDF)



Upper Sixth Mocks

Results of the mocks have now been published to the parent portal. Please note that the mock grades listed apply only to the specific paper(s) set for this exam session and do not represent an overall prediction for the A Level. There will be other elements to be factored in (such as other exam papers, coursework, AS scores, AS resits) before a realistic A Level predictive conclusion can be reached. The end of term report in three weeks will offer teachers an opportunity to discuss the mock result within more of a context. As usual, if you have problems accessing the parent portal, please contact [email protected].

Politics results (from St Helen's) – will not be available until later on in term.

Parents of Fifth Year and Sixth Form: Careers Convention

A reminder that the Careers Convention is on Friday 13 March at St Helen's. This evening event is compulsory for fifth year and recommended for sixth formers. Parents are welcome to attend should they wish. 

Griffen Ball tickets – Saturday 27 June 2015

There are a very limited number of tickets left for this year's Griffen Ball which is being held on Saturday 27 June 2015. Tickets have been on sale for two weeks to upper sixth parents and pupils and if you have not purchased tickets yet and have been meaning to do so please you are urged to place your order as soon as possible. Tickets are now available to parents from all years groups who are warmly invited to attend. The evening promises to be a great celebration for pupils and parents. If you have any queries then please email [email protected].

The John Rayson (OA 1942) Award

The John Rayson Award is a memorial to the late John Rayson (1924-2012), an Old Abingdonian (1942) who gave a lifetime of service to Abingdon School. The award will be given to a current pupil to help fund a personal project/experience that embodies the defining characteristics of John Rayson himself – adventure, courage and resilience coupled with service, loyalty and commitment. The award carries a value of £500. All current pupils of Abingdon School are eligible to apply.   

ASPA / OA Club Travel Awards

ASPA and the OA Club have joined forces to offer travel awards to upper and lower sixth pupils undertaking some form of travel and activity either during the summer or in their gap year. The awards range from £50 to £500 depending on the activity and its benefits.  

AS Theatre Studies Performances

On Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 March, Abingdon and St. Helen's will be presenting several short plays as part of their AS courses. Starting at 5:00pm, The Misanthrope and The Importance of Being Earnest will be performed at St. Helen's Studio Theatre, followed by Let the Right One In at Abingdon's Drama Studio at 7:30pm. Tickets for all the productions are free, but please book one in advance to avoid disappointment.

Oxfordshire Science Festival

The Oxfordshire Science Festival runs from Thursday 4 to Monday 30 March with events in and around Oxford. The festival closes with ATOM, the Abingdon-on-Thames Festival of Science & Technology and all of the latter events are based in Abingdon. Booking is required for most events, some of which are free of charge. There are events to suit all ages and they cover a wide range of interests. To quote the organisers, “come along and explore, experiment and enjoy!”.

Music – upcoming concerts

Annual Singers’ Platform, Wednesday 11 March, 6pm – This concert sees our singers in mostly solo performances accompanied by their singing teacher, Andrew Yeats.

Choral Concert, Thursday 19 March, 6pm – Chapel Choir, Joint Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir and Abingdon Academicals – a feast for the ears.

High Performance Rugby Summer Camp – Abingdon School – Monday 20 to Friday 24 July 2015

To those boys who are keen to experience what an elite rugby player will need and flavour being led by an experienced National Schoolboy coach for a week in the summer holiday, book your place on this favourite summer camp, now into its third year. Abingdon School has superb facilities for Rugby, and the Director of Rugby, Peter Coke, invites you to book online for the chance to play alongside similar minded young men, who are looking to find out what it takes to be noticed and perform at Academy level and above. The camp, lasting 5 days, is aimed at 11 – 16 year olds, with the intention of placing everyone in three / four groups based on ability and confidence. Throughout the week, boys will have the opportunity to work on positional skills and team based work, as well as visiting off the field areas such as nutrition and conditioning for the young rugby player. At the end of the week each boy will have a mentor who will feedback the week's progress and set targets for their future successes. Last year's camp was again very successful, and indeed over subscribed. So please sign if keen to attend, and avoid any disappointment in booking late.

Food Menu for the coming week – Week 2