Headmaster's Newsletter Friday 29TH JUNE 2018

Dear Parents,

I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that NCS Activities Weeks will be among the most abiding memories of school for many. Not that what we do in the classroom every day isn’t intrinsically memorable, but I’m sure we can all recall from our own schooldays some out-of-the-ordinary events which brought new experiences and insights. As I waved Pre-Prep and Year 3 off this morning on their excursion to Warwick Castle, simply riding on a double-decker coach was an obvious hit for many and that was before watching birds of prey and trebuchets in action. Something for everyone! I know they have been looking forward to it all week, amid pre-prep rehearsals for the very-NCS version of Little Red Riding Hood. Meanwhile, as they prepare to move up into the Prep School next year, Year 2 have been joining with Year 3 and have enjoyed a wonderful range of medieval-inspired activities (the archery more medieval than the pizza party perhaps). I caught a fearsome-looking Sheriff of Nottingham (aka Mr Rose) meting out justice to authentically-dressed characters from Robin Hood and Mrs Hess’s transformation of the Library into Sherwood Forest and a neighbouring castle has been inspirational. Year 3 have also enjoyed being the senior boys in the School and have been taking the opportunity to hone their football skills in the playground in the best of World Cup style. And I’m sure that those on residential trips have been keeping up with results – I’ll be interested to hear the boys’ analysis of the strategies of the England v Belgium match, particularly those who’ve been abroad and are picking up local commentaries.

Year 7 on the Isle of Wight; Year 4 at Malvern Hills; Year 8 in Sicily; Years 5 & 6 in France

Whether at home or abroad, the sun has shone for our trips. I have heard excellent reports from Year 4 in the Malvern Hills (superb, cloudless views from the top a just reward for the climb) and from France where Years 5 and 6 have enjoyed a happy mixture of outdoor activity, language, culture and food. Year 7 have taken on some demanding team-building challenges in the Isle of Wight in glorious seaside surroundings, while Year 8 in Sicily have been fully immersed in classical and contemporary culture (the latter unhelpfully in the form of a delayed flight but no doubt some gelati and pizze to compensate). I am deeply grateful to my colleagues all of whom have planned this week so meticulously and, by their practical support and dedication, have ensured the boys’ wellbeing and enjoyment. I’m sure parents will join me in expressing appreciation for their unstinting commitment.

Year 2 archery; Pre-Prep picnic; Year 3 Medieval dancing; The Pre-Prep banquet

And let me thank parents for your commitment in supporting Wykeham Day last weekend. I think the general consensus is that moving the Fête to Field and the inclusion of the Old Boys’ concert and cricket match was a great success. I would particularly like to thank Daisy East and the NCSPA Committee, but I'm very conscious of just how many parents and colleagues pitched in to provide practical help in setting up, running stalls, and clearing up and, of course, by bringing friends and family to support it all.

Congratulations to Ben Tate who is performing in a production of Beauty and the Beast with his Stagecoach drama group on Sunday. This performance will attempt to be a Guinness World Record, as the largest-ever performance of Beauty and the Beast. It will be performed simultaneously in all the Stagecoach sites in England, Germany and Canada.

A reminder that there is no Saturday Morning Music School tomorrow and that there are no after school activities in the last week of term except that Judo will be held at the usual time on Monday 2nd July. Please could boys be sure to have their judo kit school.

And a reminder of the details of our remaining end-of-year events. Do continue to join us when you can. And, if you have not already done so, please let the Office (or form tutors in the case of Pre-Prep) have returns about your intentions for Sports Day.

Sports Day is on Tuesday 3rd July at the University Sports Ground in Iffley Road. Parents are warmly invited to join us; please bring a picnic lunch. Pre-prep sports last from 10.00 – 11.00am and pupils may either stay on with their parents for the prep school sports at 11.00am and lunch the return home or return with form teachers to school. Prep school sports last from 11.00am until about 3.00pm, after which pupils may go home with their parents or return to school to be collected at the usual time. Limited parking will be available at Iffley Road and at School.

Wednesday 4th July is the Leavers’ Service at 10.00am in New College Chapel. Parents of leavers are particularly invited to join us. Coffee afterwards in the Undercroft.

The Pre-Prep Summer Show and award of annual certificates is also on Wednesday 4th July at 2.00pm. All pre-prep parents are invited but, for reasons of space, we need to limit tickets to two per family. Parking available in the playground from 1.30pm.

The Fathers vs Leavers Cricket Match is also on Wednesday 4th July at 6.00pm on Field. Parking available in the playground and some limited parking on Field.

The Leavers’ Concert is in the University Church at 7.00pm on Thursday 5th July, followed by a reception at School. Parking available in School.

Term ends at 12 noon on Friday 6th July, following prizegiving at 10.45am (to which parents of prizewinners in Years 3-8 have been invited). Parking available in school from 10.20am.

With good wishes to all NCS families,

Robert Gullifer

Forthcoming Events

Monday, 2 July 2018

No after school activities in the last week of term

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Sports Day Pre-Prep 10.00am ; Prep School 11.00 a.m. Iffley Road

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

10.00 Leavers’ Service, New College Chapel. Speaker: The Headmaster. Coffee for parents and visitors in the Undercroft afterwards

13.00 Form Period and Distribution of Reports

14.15 1st XI Cricket vs Bruern Abbey, away

14.00 Pre-Prep Summer Show and annual certificates, School Hall

18.00 Leavers vs Fathers Cricket, home

Thursday, 5 July 2018

19.00 Leavers' Concert, University Church

Friday, 6 July 2018

9.00 Final Assembly for Whole School, School Hall

10.45 Prize-Giving for Years 3- 8, Sports Hall

12.00 End of Term

Sunday, 8 July 2018

12.30 NC Choir Cricket, Field


Monday, 3 September 2018

INSET for Staff 9.00am to 4.00pm

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

INSET for Staff 9.00 am to 4.00 p.m.

14.00 Pre-season Football training, Field

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Start of Term. 8.20 Prep School, 8.45 Pre-Prep

After School Activities start

NCSPA Coffee Morning at the University Club after drop-off

10.00 School Service, New College Chapel. Speaker: The Headmaster. Coffee for parents and visitors in the Undercroft afterwards

Thursday, 6 September 2018

18.30 Drinks for Visiting Music Teachers, HM Lodgings

Friday, 7 September 2018

19.30 Chorister parents start of year drinks, HM Lodgings

Saturday, 8 September 2018

18.00 NC Choir: Gaude Evensong

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