6 Oct 2017


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Abingdon Michaelmas Fair: Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 October and Abingdon Runaway Fair: Monday 16 October – Reminder

Parents should expect that traffic flow in Abingdon will be severely disrupted by the Abingdon Fairs. On Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 October vehicle entry to Park Road and Park Crescent will only be via the gate on Faringdon Road (along from the Coach Park). When leaving the park through the gate into Faringdon Road, please, when queuing, leave the gate clear for incoming traffic. Please see attached map.

Survey reminder

Parents should have received an email from the Headmaster on Wednesday 27 September requesting their participation in a confidential survey on fees.  A reminder of that email can be found here.  Please note the 4 digit code you need to access the survey is 9830 and the survey closes on Sunday 22 October.  Thank you in advance for your help in this important survey.

6th Form Careers Evening with the OA Club

The Old Abingdonian Club, Abingdon School’s alumni association, will host a 6th Form Careers Evening on Friday 17 November 2017, 6pm to 9.45pm, including a networking dinner in the Dining Hall. At this event, OAs at early or middle stages in their career will be at Abingdon to share with 6th Form pupils what they have learned since leaving Abingdon, including insights into their current job and choices they made during their career journey to date. The event helps to inform pupils of options to pursue after leaving Abingdon, as well as gives them insights that might influence longer-term career planning. Please encourage your L6 or U6 son to attend. He has recently received an email invitation with a request to RSVP and book career discussion sessions by Friday 3 November.

FASBC Quiz and Curry Night – Saturday 18 November, Abingdon School Dining Hall, 7pm

A fun evening to test your not-so-general knowledge and includes a delicious curry supper with drinks available to purchase. All age groups and guests are welcome. 

Signing in for SUS (Second Hand Uniform Shop)

Parents are reminded that they should, please, except on Saturdays, sign in at Park Lodge Reception to obtain their badge.

Andrew Jamison (poet and member of Abingdon's English department): book launch

Mr Jamison, a new member of the English department, has two book launches for his latest poetry collection happening in Oxfordshire over the next couple of months.  Students, parents and staff are invited: 

  • Tuesday 24 October 
  • Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon, OX14 3JP
  • Doors at 6.30pm for 7pm start
  • £4 ticket can be purchased in the shop at any time before the event, or on the night upon arrival 
  • Ticket price includes glass of wine/ soft drink, and £2 redeemable off the price of the book
  • The event will involve a reading, Q and A, and a book signing


  • Friday 17 November
  • Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 34 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA
  • Doors at 7pm with 7.30pm start
  • £2 ticket price, and there is a cafe serving refreshments
  • This will be a joint launch, with poet and editor Ahren Warner, involving a reading from both poets and a book signing

Inter School Fixtures

A reminder when planning Saturdays in the second half of this term, and on into the new year….

Boys are expected to be available for matches against other schools unless specific permission has been sought from, and granted, by the Headmaster. Please avoid asking for leave of absence, as it hinders the progress the boys make. Any request should be made well in advance, at least one week before the fixture. The Director of Sport and PE, Pete Bignell, should be copied in on any such leave of absence request.

RSC Live: Coriolanus – Wednesday 11 October at 7pm

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.  Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.  Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

Abingdon Sports & Leisure – Climbing and squash courses

Food Menu for the coming week: Week 3