9 Jan 2015


This week's mailing is:



The Abingdonian

The 2014 edition of The Abingdonian magazine has been distributed this week to all boys who were members of the school last academic year. In the case of brothers, a copy has been given to the older sibling.

Abingdon News

The latest edition of the School's newsletter, Abingdon News, has been given to your son to bring home this week. Boys who are full boarders will have a copy posted home. The newsletter can also be viewed online. Any feedback regarding school publications is very welcome, please email [email protected]

Sport priority on a Saturday – reminder

In planning for this term, please observe this extract from the Parents' Handbook:

Boys are expected to be available for matches against other schools unless specific permission has been sought from and granted by the Head. Any request should be made well in advance, at least one week before the fixture and copied to the Director of Sport and PE, Andrew Hall. Abingdon has a strong tradition of participating in interschool fixtures across the age ranges. In recent years we have strengthened our fixture list, and been more ambitious in the schools we have been playing, and we are putting out more teams. Please avoid asking for leave of absence. We are keen the boys practise and play together, that the boys develop an allegiance to the School, and that our opponents have the best opposition we can provide.

Music Notices

1. New Year Charity Concert – Thursday 15 January

Please consider coming to our concert next week. There will be performances from 1st, 2nd Orchestras, Lower School, Brass and Big Bands and the debut of Gospel Choir.

2. Ben Schoeman Masterclass and Recital – Wednesday 21 January

Parents are warmly invited to join us for this occasion when six of our top pianists will perform in a masterclass (4.30pm) followed by a recital (7pm) from this award winning South African pianist. Admission to both events is free.

3. Concert Trip – Spanish Night with CBSO at Birmingham – Thursday 22 January

We have booked 50 seats for a spectacular concert of Spanish music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra featuring music by de Falla and Ravel. Please see CBSO Spanish Evening letter attached and reply promptly if you would like your son to be considered.

Tennis Coaching

Apart from the Wednesday afternoon sessions, which are free of charge, other coaching sessions will cost £7.50 per session. This reflects the local market rates.

To all parents of 3rd Year Rowers

The FASBC committee would like to invite all parents, guardians and families of the 3rd Year boys starting rowing this term to a “Tea Party” on Saturday 17 January at 2.30pm at the school boathouse, Wilsham Road, Abingdon, OX14 5LE. Come and see what your sons are up to at the boathouse and on the water, weather permitting, have a cup of tea and some cake and find out what the FASBC does to support the boys rowing. Further information will be sent out by the coach, Mr Price.

Parking is very limited at the boathouse. Please try and park in Wilsham Road, alongside the river, and walk round to the boathouse. Please take care not to block any driveways – we try to be considerate of our neighbours. We look forward to seeing you there.

Parents of L6 or U6: Friday 23 January Sixth Form OA Careers Evening 6.30 – 9.30pm

As there is still room to accommodate more boys at this event, we are extending the deadline for boys to book until the end of this coming Sunday 11 January. There is limited availability for some sessions, details of which have been shared with the boys via email. Boys will need to book themselves onto the event using the Google form that has been shared with them. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Additional Les Miserables Tickets

Please note that there may be limited additional tickets for the joint Abingdon/SHSK senior drama production of Les Miserables made available online only, after 5pm on Monday 12 January.