9 Oct 2015


This weeks mailing is:




Our first reporting cycle has begun and parents of boys in all year groups should be receiving written reports on their son via email and the parent portal as half term begins. For years 1-4 and L6th, this report is designed to give a quick snapshot about how things have been going over the first few weeks of term and will comprise grades from subject teachers along with overall communication from Tutor and Housemaster. Years 5 and U6th will have a fuller report this session,balanced by a shorter report at the end of term. Abingdon's grading system for subject reports remains unchanged and a full explanation of how grades are awarded is given on the report.  All of the grades get turned into two average Effort and Achievement percentages which are also listed on the report; these offer an instant view of how a particular boy is getting on. As a rule of thumb, percentages in the 60-70% range indicate that things are going well, percentages reaching 80% and above mean that things are going extremely well indeed and percentages dropping into the 50s and below indicate that some things may be going awry. We do not report on Other Half or instrumental lessons in this session; those reports come at the end of term. Parents may like to note that, as well as the Tutor and Housemaster comment they can see on the reports, all the reports in a year group will have been read by a senior member of staff before they are sent out. This allows the senior team to keep in touch with trends and concerns across the school. Parental feedback on reports is welcomed – in the first place you should contact your son's Housemaster.

Music – Brass Masterclass and Trombone Recital – Thursday 19 November, Charles Maude Room, 7.30pm a date for your diary

Parents of Brass players should make a note of a fantastic event which will be of particular interest to our brass players – and particularly our trombonists.

Dylan Brewer, a professional trombonist, will be visiting us to work with half a dozen of our most advanced brass players in solo repertoire, making comments in an open lesson, which will be of great practical benefit to all our musicians. He will follow that with a trombone recital, a fairly rare event, which will be fascinating. Please make a note of this date – admission is free thanks to the good offices of our Music Society.

A Rugby World Cup Celebration Evening – Saturday 10 October, Sports Centre Hospitality Suite, 5pm

The event is aimed at simply screening the following two 'back to back' World Cup games on the big screens this Saturday, following the 16 school fixtures against Radley College that afternoon.

5pm – Wales v Australia
8pm – England v Uruguay

The event is open to all supporters of the rugby club and there is no charge for attending. A cash bar will be open. Any enquiries please do not hesitate to email [email protected].

Joint Bus Service  – Coach Lockers

To improve the safety of the coach journeys to and from schools the following procedure will be followed.  Please ensure that your child understands his/her role in this procedure. Coach lockers may only be opened or closed by the driver who is the keyholder. Passengers must wait for the driver to disembark before boarding or disembarking so that the driver can attend to the locker promptly. On homeward bound trips passengers are asked to tell the driver if they have baggage they need to retrieve before disembarking.

Food Menu for the coming week – Week 3