APS News 33

2 Abingdon Prep • April 2023 It has been another brilliant term with a huge number of events and activities taking place. Drama took centre stage for Years 3 and 4, and 7 and 8, with fantastic performances of The Piper and Oliver! Jr respectively. It is always a great privilege to see the children performing with such confidence and a fantastic opportunity for our older year groups to be able to do so at The Amey Theatre at Abingdon School, with pupil teams also assisting with lights and sound. Over the course of this term, many of our Year 8s undertook scholarship assessments and they are all to be congratulated for their efforts in what can be a gruelling process. I am delighted to say we have been awarded 4 academic scholarships and a sports scholarship as a result. In Music, 22 children undertook exams and our demonstration carousel of different instruments has attracted a large number of pupils keen to try out a new instrument, many of them for the first time. A real musical highlight of the term though was Cellissimo, our amazing cello ensemble group who gave a wonderful performance of a James Bond theme tune in assembly to the whole school. Many from Years 3-8 entered their work for the Young Art Oxford competition, with the theme this year being ‘Power’. We had a record number of artworks being selected for the exhibition this year to be held at the Newman Room, Oxford. As with all terms, the children have been involved in some brilliant trips. Amongst these, Year 8 went to The Globe Theatre in London to watch The Tempest, and Year 4 spent a day at Ufton Court experiencing life in Tudor times. Science week was also great fun in school with a forensic crime scene workshop, and the popular Forces show from Science Oxford, which we also invited children from Wootton Primary to take part. Our sporting teams have excelled themselves again with superb football results, an increase in hockey participation, some fantastic swimming results at the IAPS regional qualifiers and an excellent 3rd place team finish at the National Schools’ cross-country championships. We continue to benefit from our fantastic new facilities and the children never cease to impress me with the way they throw themselves into everything APS has to offer. Last but not least, Pre-Prep families excelled in making Easter bonnets which were proudly paraded to the school, followed by an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny! Best wishes Craig FROM THE HEADMASTER The Headmaster, Craig Williams, reflects on an incredibly busy term at Abingdon Prep. NEWS ‘AWE’ AND PANCAKES - A TALE OF TWO ASSEMBLIES The Head of Abingdon School, Mike Windsor, gave an inspirational assembly on the subject of ‘Awe’. He shared music, art and nature that instil the ‘wow’ factor for him personally and encouraged the children to think about what they too find awe-inspiring, including lessons! Later in the term, the APS annual Shrove Tuesday pancake flipping contest took place in which staff competed to see who could flip the most pancakes in a minute to loud cheers from the pupils! Inter House Cross Country consult World Book Day Being the subject of the Pastels Workshop