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Headmaster's Newsletter Friday 4th May 2018

Dear Parents,

Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere are the words inscribed on the banner on the recently-erected statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square, quoting from a speech she gave on the death of fellow suffragist Emily Davison. In this year commemorating the centenary of the beginnings of women obtaining the right to vote, it was a particular privilege to welcome Ms Dinti Batstone, a trustee of the Fawcett Society to speak at our Chapel service this week and Ms Lyndsey Jenkins, author of a biography of Lady Constance Lytton, to speak to Year 8, both underlining the vision and purpose of those early campaigners for equality and their courage in challenging the status quo throughout their lives. It’s a challenge that still goes on today to achieve genuine equality of opportunity for women and men in all walks of life. And I feel it’s particularly important in a boys' school that our pupils should know they all have a vital part to play in this. As one of our speakers noted, they too can be inspired by Millicent Fawcett’s words and have the courage to take small but effective actions to confront inequality, stereotyping and prejudice; and do so with consistency and quiet determination throughout their lives. As we were reminded, the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918 commemorates only the beginning of a long journey. It wasn’t until 1928 that all women obtained the vote. And I’m sure we can all think of many more continuing milestones only achieved in the last few years, and many more still to be addressed. So, I earnestly want NCS pupils to grow up respecting the dignity and talents of all human beings, and knowing they should never be afraid of speaking up for what is right and just.

Investigating evolution of birds' beaks in Year 8 Science; Planning the summer fete stall in Year 6 PSHCEE; Model railway club

Year 4 enjoyed an informative outing to the Ashmolean Museum on Wednesday to further their work on Roman Britain. We are so fortunate in having such a resource on our doorstep. As ever, the boys’ courteous behaviour was much commented on by the museum staff.

Congraulations to Peter Kendall who represented the School at the Delancey Chess Megafinal in East Berkshire in the Under 7s category. He won 4 games, drew 1, and qualified for the Southern Gigafinal, eventually coming third overall in the county and gaining a bronze medal. Very well done!

My thanks to the NCSPA Committee which met on Monday. As ever, there were a wealth of good ideas, insights and practical support for all that goes on here. I’m most grateful for the time and energy parents give amid what I know are very busy lives.

Show and Tell in Year 1

Story-telling webs in Reception Library Time

A reminder that Monday (7th May) is a Bank and School Holiday. Saturday Morning Music School will operate as usual tomorrow at 9.45am prompt.

A reminder that the NCS Eco Stationery Shop is open each Wednesday at lunchtime. If your son is interested in purchasing any item, please send him along with a small amount of money. There are plenty of useful items, all recycled or sustainably produced.

Young Art Oxford, in which a number of NCS boys’ work is featured, starts next week in the Ashmolean Museum. The exhibition dates and times are as follows: Thursday 10th May 2.00 to 5.00pm followed by a private view from 5.30 to 7.30pm, including prize giving at 6.30pm. Friday 11th May 10am to 5pm. Saturday 12th May 10am to 5pm.

Ascension Day on Thursday 10th May will be marked with a Sung Eucharist in New College Chapel at 6.15pm and afterwards ascension of The Mound in the College Garden. All NCS families are very welcome. Year 5 will be ‘Beating the Bounds’ in the morning in an ancient ceremony marking out the boundaries of the University Church. This includes marking out a spot in the Codrington Library in All Souls where we consume cherry cake to recall the cherry orchard which once stood on the site. Other sorts of confectionery are handed out to the boys in dramatic ways in several of the Colleges en route. Parents of boys in Year 5 are welcome to join us for the occasion. We depart from NCS at 8.50am prompt!

Dates for your Diary. You will have received a Parentmail about our annual Summer Drinks Evening in New College Cloisters on Wednesday 20th June, 8.00pm. NCS parents past and present are warmly invited. Please reply to Jemma Kilkenny in the School Office so we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes.

Wykeham Day is on Saturday 23rd June. In what I hope will be an exciting innovation, we are combining our traditional Summer Fete with the Wykeham Day cricket match and hog roast lunch, all on Field, preceded by a concert in the School Hall. We are very much hoping that as many NCS families, past and present, will be able to join us.

With good wishes to all NCS families,

Robert Gullifer

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 5 May 2018

18.00 Three Choirs' Evensong in honour of Prof. Stephen Darlington, Christ Church Cathedral

Monday, 7 May 2018

Bank and School Holiday

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

PTM test week

14.00 U12/13 Athletics v Abingdon, away

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

10.00 School Service, New College Chapel

Speaker: The Revd Dr Erica Longfellow, School and College Chaplain. Coffee afterwards in the Undercroft parents and visitors.

12.00 Eco Committee meeting

14.15 U13 Cricket vs Summer Fields, Home

14.15 U12 A Cricket vs Summer Fields, Home

Year 8/8S trip to RSC, Romeo and Juliet@ Stratford, sign-up only

Thursday, 10 May 2018

9.00 Year 5 ‘Beating the Bounds’ , University Church

14.00 Young Art Oxford: Exhibition Open, Ashmolean Museum

14.15 U11 A Cricket vs Cokethorpe, Home

14.15 U11 B Cricket vs Cokethorpe, Away

17.30 Young Art Oxford: Opening Night – Prize Giving, Ashmolean Museum

18.15 Ascension Day Service, New College Chapel

Friday, 11 May 2018

10.00 Young Art Oxford: Exhibition Open, Ashmolean Museum

14.15 U9 A&B Cricket vs Cokethorpe, Away

Saturday, 12 May 2018

10.00 Young Art Oxford: Exhibition Open, Ashmolean Museum

17.30 Old Boys’ AGM, Undercroft

18.15 Old Boys’ Evensong, New College Chapel

19.30 Old Boys' Dinner, College Hall

Monday, 14 May 2018

9.00 Class Group Photos, Sports Hall

14.00 U13 Cricket House Matches, Home

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

10.00 U8-11 Triathlon vs Sibford, Away

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

10.00 School Service, New College Chapel

Speaker: Mrs Rachel Faulkner, Governor of NCS. Coffee afterwards in the Undercroft parents and visitors.

17.15 Junior Concert Pt 1 (Yrs 3, 4,5) School Hall

18.15 Junior Concert Pt 2 (Yrs 3, 4,5) School Hall

14.15 U13 A Cricket vs Summer Fields, Home

14.15 U13 B Cricket vs Summer Fields, Home

Friday, 18 May 2018

14.00 U9 A Cricket vs Sibford, Away

13.00 Yrs 1&2 Quad Kids Athletics, Home

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