Handwriting Competition. Mrs Showell-Rogers sent out letters and templates with the boys last week about our annual Handwriting Competition. There are different age-specific categories for all the pupils right from Reception to Year 8. The deadline for entries is Monday 5th November, so this could be a fun half-term activity!
Orders. Parents of boys in Years 3-8 should have received ‘Orders’ sent home with the boys on Wednesday. Please let the School Office know if you have not received them!
Saturday Morning Music School. There will be no Saturday Morning Music School this Saturday nor the following Saturday (27th October) because of half-term.
Choral Society. In the same way, there will be no choral society this coming Monday because of half-term.
Holiday Diaries. I am sure boys and parents know by now how much I enjoy reading holiday diaries. In recent years these have taken a number of imaginative forms: beautifully detailed written accounts, photographic diaries, newspaper articles, scrap books with all sorts of memorabilia. If your son is keen to keep a diary over this holiday, then I’m sure you’ll encourage him. Equally, I know that the library has been busy with boys taking out books they are planning to read.
Thank you to boys and parents for your support for Charity Week, in aid of The Big Cat Sanctuary, www.thebigcatsanctuary.org Cakes have been much enjoyed by all: the baking seems to get more and more sophisticated each term. As ever, the boys have appreciated the excitement of ‘home clothes day’ today. And there was a popular initiative by the boys of a table football tournament today. Well done to all on the super total of £502.07!
I’m looking forward to the Pre-Prep Party on Saturday, 3rd November, 2.00 -4.00pm in the Sports Hall. Always a highlight for us all! Tickets (£3) are now available from the School Office.
Years 7 & 8’s production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in New College Chapel is on Monday 5th November at 8.00pm and Wednesday 7th November at 6.00pm. Please note different times each night. Tickets are now available (free-of-charge) from the School Office.
Our Remembrance Day Service will take place on Wednesday 7th November at 10.00am in New College Chapel. The service will be a little more elaborate than usual and include music sung by the Chamber Choir, as well as the Last Post and the Solemn Commemoration of the Fallen from NCS. The service is a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by others to enable us to live in peace and freedom: we only have to look across the world today to see how fragile that peace and freedom is. Do join us if you can. Poppies, in aid of the Royal British Legion, will be available in School after half-term.
I am delighted to announce the first event in our Educational Partnership Initiative, led by Mrs Brown. On Thursday 14th November, in conjunction with College, we shall be running an inter-schools debating competition. We shall join with Year 7 and 8 pupils from Oxford Spires Academy and Cheney School to take part in a series of debates in College run according to the parliamentary rules of debating. Undergraduates will act as moderators. It will be followed by dinner in College for all participants. The motion for the first debate is “This house believes that Europe is more our friend than our enemy.”
Finally, Louise and I wish all NCS families an enjoyable half-term with plenty of time for a change from the usual term-time activities. But don’t let your sons persuade you they can’t make their own constructive entertainment from time to time: a little bit of initiative on their part often produces creative results!
Saturday, 20 October 2018
Start of Half-Term
Sunday, 28 October 2018
13.00 Year 7 & 8 Play rehearsal, Sports Hall
17.45 College Commemoration Service, Chapel
Monday, 29 October 2018
Return from Half-Term
13.45 Years 7 & 8 Play rehearsal, New College Chapel
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
10.00 School Service, New College Chapel. Speaker: The Revd Julia Baldwin, Chaplain of Brasenose College. Coffee in the Undercroft afterwards for parents and visitors
15.45 Years 7 & 8 Play rehearsal, Chapel
17.30 Governors' Meeting, McGregor Matthews Room
Friday, 2 November 2018
14.00 U8 A&B Tag Rugby v MCS, Away
14.00 U9 A&B Rugby v MCS, Away
14.00 Set up for Pre-Prep Party
Saturday, 3 November 2018
9.45 Years 7 & 8 Play Rehearsal New College Chapel (No Sat am Music School)
14.00 Pre-Prep Fancy Dress Party – Sports Hall
18.15 All Souls’ Day - Solemn Requiem, New College Chapel
Monday, 5 November 2018
Abingdon 13+ pre-test interviews start
13.00 U10A Rugby Festival vs MCS, Away
20.00 Julius Caesar: Yrs 7 & 8 Play, New College Chapel
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
10.30 U9 Tag Rugby House Matches, Home
14.00 U11 A&B Rugby vs Cokethorpe, Away
14.00 U10 A&B Rugby vs Cokethorpe, Home
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
10.00 Remembrance Day Service, New College Chapel. Speaker: The Revd Paddy Cable, formerly Assistant Chaplain General RAChD. Coffee in the Undercroft afterwards for parents and visitors
12.30 Eco Committee Meeting, Yr 5 Classroom
13.00 Oxfordshire Book Awards
18.00 Julius Caesar: Yrs 7 & 8 Play New College Chapel
Thursday, 8 November 2018
13.30 U8-11 X-Country vs St Hugh's, Away
Friday, 9 November 2018
14.15 U9 A Rugby vs CCCS, Home
14.15 U9 B,C&D Tag Rugby vs CCCS, Home
Saturday, 10 November 2018
13.00 U9 A Rugby vs Winchester House, Away (TBC)