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abingdon.org.uk 15 ABINGDON NEWS U15 RUGBY INSPIRATIONAL TALK BY AL SYLVESTER In January, Lower School pupils enjoyed a truly inspiring talk by adventurer Al Sylvester. Al told the story of how, after a career in RAF mountain rescue, he led the RAF’s first unsupported attempt on the South Pole. He spoke about how he went about building his team; the ups, downs and realities of life in the Antarctic; and the resilience he had to show to recover from the frostbite he suffered. After the talk, the audience had lots of questions for Al and one lucky (and increasingly very warm!) individual got to dress up in Al’s kit. PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY DINNER ON NICOMACHEAN ETHICS Our 3rd solo concert platform, held on 26 January, featured performers from 3rd Year through to the Upper 6th. From bagpipes and piano, to double bass and violin; the performances were wonderfully accomplished and included music from a wide variety of composers including Walker, Mendelssohn, Fauré and Schumann. Our congratulations for this exceptional evening of music making go to all our performers - and to our accompanist, Lynette Stulting. SOLO CONCERT PLATFORM We are so proud of our U15s who qualified for the final of the National Schools Plate, held at StoneX Stadium (home of Saracens). The Abingdon team played a fantastic match against RGS Worcester but in the end, victory went to their opponents with a score of 36-12. Students from Abingdon and St Helen and St Katharine gathered together for a joint Philosophy and Theology dinner with guest speaker, Professor Luca Castagnoli from Oriel College, Oxford. Professor Castagnoli gave a thought-provoking talk about Aristotle’s seminal work ‘Nicomachean Ethics’. Students then enjoyed music from the jazz band (which featured players including Mr Windsor, Mr Barnes and 6th Formers), before tucking into a delicious supper, hosted by Abingdon’s catering team, Sodexo.