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14 Abingdon School • April 2023 ABINGDON NEWS It is with great interest that we have been watching the development of the new dining pavilion and the extension and renovation of Austin and Crescent Houses at Abingdon Senior School. Seeing how these projects have taken TAKING SHAPE THAMESIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL PERFORMING & CREATIVE ARTS CLUBS ENTERPRISING YOUNG PEOPLE In January, team Ox Enterprises took part in a Young Enterprise online Dragons Den style event. Three team members gave a detailed outline of their products, the marketing strategy and accounts to date. The judging panel was particularly impressed with the sustainability of the products, the partnerships the students have developed and the considerable sales successes they have had. Later in the term, they learned they had won the award for Innovation, with the fact that the products were manufactured from upcycled materials contributing to the award. Every Wednesday, Jason Preece, Regina Engel-Hart and OA, Mac Adams, take 10 Abingdon students to run clubs at Thameside Primary School. In the music club, 15 enthusiastic Year 5-6 pupils learn the music and lyrics of songs by popular artists and shows; the creative arts club sees Abingdon students work alongside Thameside pupils to create artwork such as nativity calendars and Easter cards. Rob Southwell-Sander, Director of Partnerships, comments: “These valuable initiatives provide our students with the opportunity to learn to be role models and develop skills associated with listening and leadership.” entire Abingdon community. Due to open later this year, the extension and renovation of Austin and Crescent Houses, and the future renovation of School House, will offer Abingdon’s day and boarding communities vibrant, modern accommodation with purpose-built House rooms, extended study facilities and single bedrooms for 6th Form boarders. In addition, the new dining pavilion will be a hub for school life, seamlessly changing function according to the needs of the school - whether that’s as a dining hall, cafe or theatre spill out area. It is a very exciting time for the Abingdon community. The investment in these developments is a testament to the Foundation’s commitment to provide exemplary and sustainable facilities, and by so doing, an optimal educational experience for Abingdon students. shape over the course of the Lent term now means we now have a clearer idea of exactly how these new facilities will sit within the existing landscape and really appreciate how they are going to enhance the school experience for the