The Senior Concerts last Wednesday once again demonstrated much enthusiasm talent and, above all, enjoyment of music-making. It’s always a privilege to see how our instrumentalists develop their confidence and skills over the years and have the chance to perform with such sympathetic support from their friends and from parents.
My good wishes to the choristers for the Advent Carol Service on Sunday and then a raft of Christmas Carol Services and concerts after that: like many musicians at this time of year, they will have a busy, but I hope uplifting, few weeks ahead of them.
The Pre-Prep will have their turn this week with their Winter Concert this Thursday, 29th November at 2.30pm. I have heard lots of evidence of burgeoning musical talent in the pre-prep and much look forward to it. Limited parking will be available in the school playground from 2.00pm on a first-come-first–served basis.
Hilary Term Activities Sign-Up. A reminder, following Mr Hardy-Lenik’s parentmail earlier last week, that sign-up for next term’s activities opens next Friday, 30th November at 8.00 pm and be closed the following, Friday, 7th December at 8.00pm. Links to the Hilary Term activities brochures are below.
Prep School Brochure: http://online.anyflip.com/duvb/jtec
Pre Prep Brochure: http://online.anyflip.com/duvb/phdj/
Book Launch. All NCS parents, colleagues and older pupils are warmly invited to the launch of Dr Jenkinson’s and my poetry anthology, How Poems Work, featuring meanings, techniques and effects in 100 poems from Beowulf to the Iraq War. The launch will take place in the Founder’s Library in College at 6.30pm on Friday, 30th November. Drinks and nibbles will be served. Please let the School Office know soonest if you think you are likely to join us so we have a sense of numbers for catering purposes.
Please find attached a poster for the Chamber Choir and Choral Society Christmas Concert on Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm in New College Chapel. Tickets (£15 full price; £10 concessions including NCS parents; £5 students; Free for u18s) are obtainable from the school office and from www.wegottickets.com/event/455265
If you’re in London before Christmas, why not join in A New College Christmas, a journey in music through Advent and Christmas in a concert given by the choristers and clerks at St John’s Smith Square on Monday 17th December at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 - £25 from www.sjss.org.uk/events/new-college-christmas
Saturday Morning Music School. Mr Neal, Mr Quinney and I have been considering the pattern of Saturday Morning Music School. We have long thought it would be useful to be able to give the boys the opportunity of a little more supervised instrumental practice in school and also review the timings of the Saturday chorister rehearsal. Accordingly, we have decided we would like to trial the following timings from the start of next term which we hope will be advantageous for all. Saturday Morning Music School to start at 10.00am and finish at 12.15pm, with an entirely voluntary opportunity for supervised instrumental practice from 9.30am. The Saturday chorister practice would then shift from lunchtime in College to 9.00am in School, with an opportunity for instrumental practice for choristers on a rotational basis between 9.00 and 9.30am.
These events at the end of term will be all-too-soon upon us so I hope the following details will be helpful for parents’ planning at this stage of the year. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to some great treats and celebrations. Please do join us if you can.
Please note that there are no after school activities except for Chamber Choir in the last week of term.
Tuesday 11th December – Chamber Choir sing at the Christmas Market, 5.30-6.00pm. All NCS families welcome to support! Limited parking on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis will be available in the school grounds from 5.00pm onwards.
Thursday 13th December – Pre-Prep Nativity Play: 2.00 pm School Hall Written and directed by Mrs Cox and performed by members of Pre-Prep. Tickets are limited to two per family and are available from Pre-Prep teachers. Limited parking on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis will be available in the school grounds from 1.30pm onwards. The play will finish at approximately 2.45 pm. Parents should then be able to collect their children from form tutors and take them to the Christmas Fair.
Thursday 13th December –NCSPA Christmas Fair for boys and parents 2.00-4.30 pm Sports Hall. As in previous years, there will be a number of vendors offering an interesting mix of items for sale as well as special stalls for the boys. Refreshments will be available in the dining room and there will be a selection of delicious homemade cakes and biscuits on sale. Year 3 upwards will be able to visit the Fair during school time, and should bring any shopping money in a named purse to be handed to form teachers during the day for safe-keeping as appropriate. Pre-prep boys can visit with their parents after the end of the Nativity play. Visitors to the Fair may park in the school grounds if space permits, but no earlier than 1.30pm
Friday 14th December – New College School Carol Service: 11.00 am New College Chapel. Parents and friends are warmly invited to join us for our traditional carol service in the College Chapel, attended by all the boys. Pupils will be reading and the music will be provided by our instrumentalists, the pre-prep, junior and chamber choirs and the Choristers. There will be plenty of opportunities for the congregational singing too! Limited parking is available again on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis in the school grounds but please do not arrive to park before 10.35 am because we want boys to have their morning break unimpeded by cars. The carol service finishes at approximately 11.50 am. School ends at 12 noon. Parents should collect boys from School not from the Chapel. On their return from the Chapel, boys will collect belongings from their classrooms. Boys in Pre-Prep should be collected from Pre-Prep classrooms. Boys in Years 3 – 8 will be brought to the Sports Hall where they will meet up with parents. Please be sure to meet them in the Sports Hall and not in the car park: the former is much safer!
Next term begins on Wednesday 9th January at 8.20am for the prep school and 8.45am for the pre-prep, by which time we shall have moved the Pre-Prep and Years 3 & 4 into the interim building, which is looking very smart indeed. Parents and friends are invited to join us for ribbon-cutting and cake and an opportunity to view the building at 10.00am instead of our usual beginning of term service. There will also be an opportunity to see round the building at pick-up time on the same day.
With good wishes to all NCS families,
Saturday, 24 November 2018
No choristers at Saturday Morning Music School
Sunday, 25 November 2018
17.30 NC Choir: Advent Carol Service New College Chapel (ticket only)
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
10.00 School Service, New College Chapel. Speaker: Professor Richard Whittington, Millman Tutorial Fellow in Business Studies, Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions, Professor of Strategic Management, New College. Coffee in the Undercroft afterwards for parents and visitors
14.00 U13 A Rugby vs Dragon, Home
14.00 U13 B Rugby vs Dragon, Away
Thursday, 29 November 2018
14.15 U11 A Rugby vs Kitebrook, Away
14.30 Pre Prep Winter Concert, School Hall
Friday, 30 November 2018
14.00 U9 A & U8 A Rugby vs Cokethorpe, Away
Saturday, 1 December 2018
End of University Term
Sunday, 2 December 2018
15.00 NC Choir: Christmas Carol Service New College Chapel (ticket only)
Monday, 3 December 2018
Associated Board Exam Week
14.00 U13A Rugby vs D’Overbroeck’s, Home
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
14.00 U11 A&B Rugby vs Cokethorpe, Home
14.00 U10 A&B Rugby vs Cokethorpe, Away
13.00 Years 3 and 4 to Robin Hood, Watermill Theatre
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
10.00 School Service, New College Chapel. Speaker: The Revd Dr Erica Longfellow, School and College Chaplain. Coffee in the Undercroft afterwards for parents and visitors.
7.00 U11 A Rugby IAPS Rugby Festival, Away
Thursday, 6 December 2018
9.00 Rec, Yrs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Flu Immunisations
9.15 Year 6 IMPS visit
14.00 U11 Rugby Housematches, Home
16.00 U9 & U11 Chess match vs Phil & Jim
Friday, 7 December 2018
14.30 U8 A Tag vs Sibford, Away
14.30 U9 A Rugby vs Sibford, Away
Saturday, 8 December 2018
16.30 NC Choir: Old Members’ Carol Service
19.30 NC Choir: St Thomas’s Feast