Sport. As we begin to move towards the end of term, the busy fixture schedule is still in full swing and the boys are enjoying great success on the rugby pitches. Last Friday was an extremely pleasing afternoon of sport with the U8 and U9 teams in action in a triangular fixture with Windmill Primary and MCS. We had over 70 children from three schools all playing rugby and really enjoying their games. The rugby was fiercely contested and a great many tries were scored with our U8 ‘A’ team being the stars of the show on this occasion in their good win vs Windmill. George Walker was in very good form and was deservedly voted ‘man of the match’. On Wednesday afternoon it was the turn of the U13 ‘A’ & ‘B’ teams to play: this fixture against the Dragon School has always been a highly competitive match. Mr Bishop had the pleasure of taking the ‘B’ team away for this fixture. The first half saw our hosts race into a 4-0 lead thanks to strong running and some lacklustre tackling from the NCS players. At half-time we had clawed one back so the score was 4-1. Our only request from them during the team talk was more aggression and they did not disappoint! The second half performance was the best we’ve seen them play with every boy stepping up and trying their best. Edward Bennett, Julien Rohart and particularly Narian Madar deserve special mention for their efforts. The final score was 5-3 to the Dragon, but we left with our heads held high after such a great game! In the ‘A’ team game, Mr Rose tells me the NCS boys were in devastating form with tries coming from all over the park. Joseph Conway bagged a hat trick and was wonderful all afternoon especially in the tackle. Callan McMillan had another brilliant game as captain and he himself crossed the line six times for an unprecedented double hat trick! The final score was 13-0 to NCS which was a first for the NCS U13 boys in this fixture: we’ve not got to double figures before!
Finally this week, the U11 team has been in action against Kitebrook School. After a very competitive opening seven minutes the score remained 0-0 and both sides were tackling extremely well and trying hard to retain possession. We were really impressed at how the NCS boys did not panic when they did not have the ball and just worked hard on maintaining their lines and defending. When the mistake came, we struck with ruthless speed and excellent passing to score a great try in the corner. This pattern of play continued throughout the first half and at the whistle NCS were 4-1 up. In the second half we managed to bring on a few more players for their U11 ‘A’ debut including Paddy Armstrong, Henry Jones and Luca Prag. All three boys were excellent and not worried at all by the step-up. A final score of 9-2 represents a fine afternoon for this ever-improving team and I warmly congratulate the boys on their excellent team work.
Headship Appointment. Following the Warden’s letter to parents earlier this week, I’m sure you will join me in congratulating Dr Matthew Jenkinson, currently Deputy Head Academic, on his being selected by the Governing Committee to be the next Head of NCS from September 2019, when I shall step back to take up my new role within the Foundation. The post attracted a wide field of well-qualified applicants. All short-listed candidates were interviewed by the Committee during an intensive two-day process, as the Warden mentioned in his letter, and Dr Jenkinson was the Committee’s unanimous choice. Dr Jenkinson has a first-class history degree from Durham, took his D.Phil in cultural history from Merton College, Oxford, and gained a distinction in his M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Buckingham. He was appointed to NCS in 2008, joined the Senior Leadership Team in 2011, and is a popular, highly-respected teacher of English and History, chorister tutor and form tutor. He has been a governor of a local maintained school and is a prolific writer for educational journals and websites, as well as continuing to write and review on literary and historical topics. He is the author of Charles I’s Killers in America, Culture and Politics at the Court of Charles II, How Poems Work, and the editor of the Hour-Long Shakespeare series. He counts among his wider interests: music, theatre, Italian film and baseball.
Hilary Term Activities Sign-Up. A reminder that sign-up for next term’s activities opens tonight 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/
Links to the sign-up forms are below.
Pre Prep: https://goo.gl/forms/OPrWu7bCIobWvjWf1
Prep School: https://goo.gl/forms/EcUgZ3e8IH5mufVh2
Do encourage your sons in the Prep School to take part in the competition run by Mrs Showell-Rogers to learn the phonetic alphabet (the international language of alphabetic communication, pioneered by NATO in the 1950s). A list of the phonetic alphabet can be obtained from her and the competition will take place in the School Hall on Monday – Wednesday breaktimes next week.
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
The 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 and Judo 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!
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,
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
12.00 Varsity Match 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
Monday, 10 December 2018
No after school activities in the last week of term
14.00 U13 Rugby Housematches, Home
16.00 Choristers’ Christmas Party, Red Room
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
14.15 U11A Rugby v Bruern Abbey, Away
14.15 U11B Rugby v Bruern Abbey, Home
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Form Period: reports discussed and issued
No School Service
9.00 Carol Service practice
Pre-Prep Dress Rehearsal
13.15 Choristers depart for Concert at St George's Hanover Square
Thursday, 13 December 2018
9.00 Readers to Chapel
14.00 Pre-Prep Nativity Play
14.00 NCSPA Christmas Fair, Sports Hall
Friday, 14 December 2018
9.00 End of Term Assembly
11.00 Carol Service in Chapel
End of Term 12.00 noon
Saturday, 15 December 2018
19.30 NCS Christmas Choral Society Concert, New College Chapel