9 Nov 2018


This weeks mailing is:


Remembrance Parade 

Only the Lower and Upper Sixth pupils in CCF are involved in the Remembrance parade on Sunday at 9am.

2018 Anti-Bullying week

Next week is the annual Anti-Bullying week. This year's theme is to “Choose respect over bullying” and we will be raising this issue with boys throughout the week. Please, could you try to find the chance to talk about this with your son as well?  We will be exploring the idea that we can respectfully disagree with each other, and the importance of respecting others face to face as well as online.  Boys will be encouraged to think about the idea that bullying is a behaviour choice, and if they ever witness it, of the need to speak out to a trusted adult/ carer or by reporting it via our whistleblowing system. We will also be thinking about what respect is and what this might mean at school, at home and in the community.   Thank you in anticipation of your support with this.  Please also feel free to visit the Anti-Bullying Alliance website and/or the School’s Anti-Bullying policy.  If you haven’t already done so I also invite you to join our wellbeing twitter feed @Ab_Wellbeing.

Parents of 6th Form Boys: US University Advice Evening, Thursday 22 November 2018, 6 – 7.45pm, CMR

Is applying to US universities right for your son, especially since there are so many excellent universities in the UK (and other European countries)? If this is a question you and your son are pondering, you are invited to attend the US University Advice Evening at Abingdon School on Thursday 22 November 2018, 6pm to 7.45pm in the CMR. This event will provide detailed insights into all the important considerations required to decide whether or not to apply to—or attend—a uni in the US. There is much to consider! No booking is necessary—just turn up on the night. For more information, contact Michael Triff, Coordinator of Non-UK University Applications, 01235 849129.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for Middle and Upper School

Parents of the current 3rd Year and above are reminded of the school's BYOD scheme.  It is a expected that all Middle and Upper School students will bring in an appropriate laptop style device into lessons as part of their normal 'kit'.  Student access to the internet is now part of many lessons therefore, if a member of the class does not have access, they will not be able to fully take part in the activity. A Q&A document is available and if you have any questions please email Ben Whitworth, Director of eLearning.

Reminder – School Uniform

Parents and boys should, please, check that School Uniform fits, and purchase any larger items if necessary.  Boys have recently been reminded that School Uniform, Sports Kit lists and the Dress Code for all years are on one website page: School Uniform.  Boys are expected to have their shirt top buttons done up.  

Dates of opening of the Second Hand Uniform Shop are on their usual page, together with details of how to sell your second hand uniform.  Many thanks to all involved in SUS, as the boys benefit from money raised which is donated to the School.

Everest Lab with Greg Foot

On Monday 10 December at 7.30pm, Blue Peter Science Guy, Greg Foot, will be presenting his 'Everest Lab' stage show in the Amey Theatre, using demonstrations and photos from his expedition to the world's highest pop-up lab at Everest Base Camp and describing the effects of high altitude on human physiology. Tickets are available from the Amey Theatre box office or online.  All proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support Greg's free presentation for local, partner primary schools earlier in the day for which over 400 children from seven local schools have already booked!

Touchliners : Trip to England vs Japan rugby at Twickenham : Saturday 17 November : Tickets

The Abingdon Touchliners have arranged for tickets to the England vs Japan Autumn International rugby match at Twickenham on Saturday 17 November (kick-off 3pm).  Tickets are available for purchase in pairs of one adult and one child ticket for a total combined price of £57.  The cost of a return coach from the School to Twickenham is included and is being covered by the Touchliners.  The link for purchasing tickets is here (there are two links, one each for adult and child tickets, so please purchase one of each):

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Perfect presents at the St Helen and St Katharine Christmas Fair

If you’re looking for special gifts that you won’t find on the high street, then look no further than the ever-popular Christmas Fair at St Helen and St Katharine School.  Held on Saturday 24 November from 10am to 3pm, the Fair will feature over 50 stalls located in attractive spaces across the school, creating a lively marketplace atmosphere.  Students’ and Young Enterprise teams’ stalls create even more of a buzz.  And an added bonus is the fabulous raffle of gifts donated by the stallholders. You can also relax over street food and other foodie treats in the school’s sit-down café, prepared by its award-winning catering team. The Fair is organised by St Helen and St Katharine Parents' Association and its proceeds are shared between the school and its 2018 charity, Mercy Ships.  Entry costs just £2.50 per adult (children free).  So put the Fair in your diary today! 

The Raymond Blank Cookery School, Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 December, St Helen & St Katharine.

Abingdon Box Office

Tickets for the Joint Senior Musical are now on sale – Loserville – 7pm, 6, 7 & 8 February

Food Menu for the coming week – Week 3