One of the key words here is trust. We want the boys to trust one another, their family and friends – the topic of Year 7 and Mr Hanson’s assembly on Tuesday – but we need to safeguard that their good and naturally trusting natures are not taken advantage of. One of the characteristics of a happy life that we have identified in our wellbeing grid is the ability to ‘trust my family and friends’. By doing so, we can hand over some of our concerns and burdens, safe in the knowledge that our family and friends will help to carry them. As internet horror stories teach us, though, the boys should not be taught automatically to trust everyone, as a healthy degree of scepticism helps to keep them safe. But when that trust has been earned among family and friends, it can be exhausting and demoralising if it is not honoured – if they are sceptical of anyone and everyone, especially those to whom they may need to turn for support. There is an inversely proportional relationship, I suspect, between trust and loneliness. As ever, then, we need to keep working to strike the right balance.
Have a great weekend,
Person of the Week: Buzz Aldrin
Artwork of the Week: “Che si puo fare” (1664) by Barbara Strozzi (1619-77)
Word of the Week: surfeit
Sport. We have enjoyed another highly successful week on the hockey pitches with the boys from Years 5 to 8 in action this week. Firstly the U11 A and B teams played MCS on Tuesday evening and, despite being early in the season, both teams played some excellent hockey and most importantly worked extremely hard for one another showing superb team spirit. The B team, under the expert eye of Mr Rose, managed to win 1-0 thanks to a great strike late on from Finley. But special mention must go to the defence and in particular Max in goal; lots of MCS pressure was repelled and the win was hard fought but well deserved. I had the pleasure on this occasion of taking the U11 A team and this team coming off the back of a successful pre-season festival are playing very well. Carter was again on the score sheet thanks to his superb predatory instincts. Jasper deserves a special mention thanks to his efforts in midfield and defence. At the end of the match NCS were deserved 2-1 winners and were it not for the post and cross bar we could have scored even more.
Also this week the U13 teams played against Abingdon School. This is always a keenly awaited and tough fixture and this year did not disappoint. In the A team game we were facing four Oxon county players in the Abingdon side but this did not dampen the spirits of the NCS team. They played some great hockey and moved the ball around the pitch well. Fraser controlled the game well from the midfield and Jack scored an excellent goal. However our guests proved a little too strong on the day and we ended up losing the game. There are some things to work on in training but we wish the team well in the County Cup event on Friday evening.
In the B team game the boys got off to a shaky start after conceding an early goal. After this rude awakening the NCS team were fired into action and they then scored four unanswered goals and eventually won the game 5-2. William and Thomas were both superb in attack and Hugh marshalled the midfield with excellence and authority. Very well done all. CB
As the scholarship season begins, my very best wishes to all those boys heading out for auditions, exams, try-outs or interviews.
Well done to James and family for their success in the Christmas Quiz, and to Benji and Shivi and their families for being runners up. Chocolate Santa trophies have been safely delivered.
The Oxford Bach Ensemble annual concert will take place on 25 January at 19.30 at St Margaret’s Church. The concert will be in memory of former NCS pupil William Petter, by playing and singing the music that he loved. The proceeds from the concert will be divided between Sarcoma UK and Help Musicians, both causes close to William’s heart and that of his family.
Ms Amherst and Ms Paterson are playing in a concert on 8 February at 20.00 in the Holywell Music Room. The music is by Tom Vignieri, Richard Gwilt, Britten and Barber. The soloist is former NCS pupil Humphrey Thompson and poems will be read by Patch Harvey.
On 21 and 22 February, Miss Rose will be producing a new opera, The Gentlewoman, about the life and works of the 'concerto delle donne,' the three extraordinary virtuoso singers at the court of the d'Este at Ferrara in the late sixteenth century. Performances will take place at St. Mary Magdalen's Church at 20.00.
Parents’ evenings. Please find below a few dates for your diary. Unless otherwise stated, parents’ evenings begin at 18.00, though a few colleagues are usually available a little earlier if you would like to make a head start. Please arrive as early as practicable, and no later than 19.00, so we can finish the evenings by 20.00. If you have any issues that you think would require longer discussion than possible in a five-ish minute meeting, especially with form tutors, please do book a separate appointment.
29 January – Year 4
26 February – Year 8
4 March – Year 5
11 March (17.30) – Pre-Prep
29 April – Music Teachers
WEEK 4 (university week 2)
Monday, 27 January 2020
Harrow Music Scholarship (until 29 Jan)
MCS Music Scholarship
16.00 U12 A Hockey County Cup, Hawks Ground
Tuesday, 28 January 2020
14.00 U11 B&C Hockey vs Sibford, Iffley Road
MCS Pre-test interviews for current Year 6 (Year 9 entry)
Debate Workshop/with 6th Form Mentors
Wednesday, 29 January 2020
10.00 School Service, New College Chapel
Speaker: Mr Daniel Harkin, Salvesen Fellow, New College. Coffee afterwards in the Undercroft for parents and visitors
12.30 School Council-Charity Meeting
14.00 U13 C-E Hockey vs St Hugh's, Away
14.00 U13 A&B Hockey vs Lord Williams’s and St Hugh's, St Edward’s Astro
18.00 Year 4 Parents' Evening, Sports Hall
Thursday, 30 January 2020
Abingdon Sports Scholarship
16.00 U9 Chess vs The Dragon, (Home)
Friday, 31 January 2020
14.00 U9 A-C Hockey vs Manor Prep, Iffley
WEEK 5 (university week 3)
Monday, 3 February 2020
18.15 Old Boys’ Committee Meeting, HM Study
Tuesday, 4 February 2020
13.00 U11 A&B Hockey vs Sibford, Away
14.00 U8 ALL Hockey vs MCS, Away
Wednesday, 5 February 2020
10.00 School Service, New College Chapel
Speaker: The Very Revd Nicholas Edmonds-Smith, The Provost, The Oratory of St Philip Neri. Coffee afterwards in the Undercroft for parents and visitors
17.30 Governors’ Meeting, McGregor Matthews Room
19.15 Charity Concert, St. Michael's Church, Summertown
Thursday, 6 February 2020
Abingdon Music Scholarship
16.00 U9 Chess vs MCS B, (Home)
Friday, 7 February 2020
9.00 U13 A IAPS Hockey, Cheltenham, Away
16.00 U11 A County Cup Hockey, Hawks Hockey Ground