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Headmaster's Newsletter Friday 15th June 2018

Dear Parents,

I think we’ve all been enjoying the possibilities, post assessment week, to vary some of our usual routines and include opportunities for the boys to develop their talents across the wider curriculum. So, the sounds of The Pirates of Penzance and Pre-Prep pantomime rehearsals have been emanating from the School Hall, an imploding oil drum in Savile Road Garden surely caught the imagination and demonstrated some excellent scientific concepts; the Eco-Committee have been busily helping others to ‘up-cycle’ in a most imaginative way. Year 8 boys have been rehearsing for a midsummer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in between listening to careers and PSHCEE talks which we trust will help them for life in their senior schools. And then there was the Pre-Prep Instrumental Concert, featuring some very promising solo items and a most skilful pre-prep percussion orchestra. All this focus, in and beyond the classroom, and teamwork in a common cause, lays firm foundations for the future. This was a theme brought out by the Principal of Harris Manchester College, Dr Ralph Waller, in his address in Chapel this week. He spoke of how we should be generous in giving good measure to others and sharing our talents. These are strong values for life which, I trust, are very much what we start to build up in School in everything the boys do. It was particularly good to welcome Dr Waller just before he retires after 30 years as Principal. He has always been a very generous neighbour and supporter of the School. He tells me has greatly appreciated the happy sounds of children playing nearby!

Eco-committee project up-cycling leftover balloons into stress toys; Open Art Studio displays; Testing for acids in Year 6 Science; Learning about beekeeping in Reception

Sport. The recent fine weather has meant our cricket teams have all been in action over this last week with some very encouraging results. The U9 teams, comprising all Year 4, faced two strong Dragon School sides on Friday and the ‘A’ team were playing in their first ever hard ball game. We restricted the Dragon to 112 runs with some very good quality bowling, particularly from Timon Bergmann and Harry Davies. The run-chase proved just a little too much, however, and the boys fell 30 runs short. But here were many positives to take from this match and Jasper Nolan with the bat was one of those things! His run scoring at the end of the innings was a joy to watch as he crashed the U9 county bowler to the boundary for consecutive 4s! In the ‘B’ team game, Henry Jones and Albie Kilkenny were the stars with the bat with both boys hitting good quality shots for 4 on numerous occasions. Once again, though, the total was just beyond our reach but on this occasion only by 6 runs! Two very good games and a lot of promise on show from NCS.

The U11 boys were playing MCS this week with the ‘B’ team only losing by 5 runs in an epic battle on the NCS square. William Kelsey played some brilliant shots off his legs to set up a dramatic run-chase that just fell short! Leo Herz deserves a mention for his bowling and the wicket he took, as does Iskandar Mukhtar who had a great game both with the ball and in the field! The ‘A’ team delighted us all by restricting MCS to just 92 runs from their 20 overs, thanks to some great work in the field, including two diving stops from Felix Nolan! The NCS run-chase was carefully built with all the batsmen showing a great level of maturity and tactics to secure the innings before going for their shots. James Clarke and Alex Smith took the sting out of the opening bowler to ensure that when Fraser Mackenzie and Walter Moore came to the crease the runs would flow. And flow they did with Fraser and Walter both hitting the boundary; but it was Fraser who really attacked the bowling and hit a wonderful 6 through square leg that allowed Ben Harkness to come in and hit two beautiful shots for 4 to win the game with 4 balls to spare. A six-wicket win was just reward for such a great team effort. The 1st XI have been in action on three occasions in the recent week and have had more mixed results. In their game vs Bruern Abbey the boys bowled and fielded extremely well to set up a tense final innings. After a shaky start, the middle order rallied and managed to get home with the winning runs scored in the 19th over, thanks to Jamie Kilroy and Callan McMillan. Monday saw D’Overbroeck’s visit us again for the second time this season and, after the initial win in May, the boys were confident. This was justified after another great display in the field restricting our guests to just 67 runs from their 20 overs. However, the opening batsmen again faltered and we found ourselves 4 wickets down for just 7 runs! Jamie Kilroy again scored some very valuable runs. Together, he and Joseph Conway rescued the innings and we looked set for another win. However, a flurry of late wickets with the score tied meant the boys did not quite get over the line.

In the final games this week, both the 1st and 2nd XI teams were playing some strong Dragon School teams and both games proved very engaging. In the ’B team game, there were some great performances. Finding ourselves four wickets down in the 6th over for just 4 runs was a little disturbing: the openers really need to think about shot selection and looking after their wickets. But then, out strode Edward Bennett and Taha Khurram and these two played some of the best cricket we have seen all season. They remained unbeaten at the end and both carried their bats to ensure the score was 92 for 4 at the close. A brilliant display of what is possible if you dig in and concentrate. A few missed opportunities with the ball and slightly wayward bowling meant our guests only needed 5 runs from the final over and, unfortunately, they got home with only two balls to spare. Despite losing the game, this was a fine performance and we look forward to next week’s games against Christ Church : another local rival! And finally, well done to the Year 4 Mums who convincingly saw off their sons in this afternoon’s Mums vs Sons match. A great afternoon of cricket!

Pre-Prep Instrumental Concert

Atmospheric Pressure Experiments

Open Morning today was a great success. As ever, your sons’ good manners and friendly demeanour were much commented upon by our visitors. There was lots of good work on display in classrooms and corridors and I hope particularly hope that current parents have had a chance to look at the super artwork in the Open Art Studio. My thanks, too, to parents who welcomed visitors and served coffee and tea; your insights for prospective parents are much valued.

Plans are, of course, very well advanced for our Activities Week and I know the boys are looking forward to some special times at home and abroad. I’m most grateful to my colleagues for all the care they take with often quite complex arrangements to ensure the boys have a safe, enjoyable and instructive time. Please can I urge parents to make sure that any required travel documents/ medical forms reach trip organisers as soon as possible.

I am sure parents will be pleased to know that planning permission has now been granted for the new College/School building. The interim buildings will be delivered and sited over the summer holidays and the current car park re-organised as a playground. As now, the playground will be available for parking for school events. During Michaelmas, the internal fit-out of the interim buildings and a brand-new pre-prep playground will be completed, ready for occupation in January. In the following Easter holiday, the 1959 building will be demolished and the building of our new pre-prep, theatre, kitchens and dining hall will begin. It’s all a very exciting prospect. We are hugely grateful to the College for their generous investment in this substantial development.

Governor Appointment. I am delighted to announce that Mrs Caroline Jordan, Headmistress of Headington School, will join the School Governing Committee in succession to Mrs Rachel Faulkner, who retires after nine years’ outstanding service. Mrs Jordan read Geology at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and was previously Headmistress of St George’s School, Ascot. She is a distinguished educationalist at regional and national level and is currently Vice-Chair of the Independent Schools’ Council. She knows New College School well: her brother and her nephew were pupils here.

Library. Please do encourage your sons to visit the library and discover the variety of fact and fiction books on football in the special display arranged by Mrs Hess. There's also a World Cup Quiz and Acrostic/Shape Poetry Competition, for which there will be prizes!

The library is having a total recall of library books from all pupils & staff. All books should be returned by Friday 22nd June and then those boys who are returning to NCS after the summer can borrow books from Monday 2nd July. Mrs Hess will be really grateful if boys, parents & staff could seek out books that have been inadvertently removed from the library and are in bedrooms, desks, classrooms, lying forgotten! It is frustrating when a boy is looking for a specific book that should be on the shelf but cannot be located. And a drain on library finances if it has to be replaced. If a boy is desperately keen to take a book out for activities week, and they have returned all their books, then it will be possible to do so with Mrs Hess’s special permission.

Please do join us for the celebratory events leading up to the end of term. I know how much the boys and my colleagues appreciate your support.

The Choristers’ Concert is on Monday 18th June at 5.30pm in the Antechapel. Parking will be available from 5.00pm in the playground.

Year 8’s play reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on Wednesday 20th June at 6.00pm in New College Cloisters, followed at 8.00pm by the Summer Drinks Evening. Parking available in the playground.

Years 3 & 4’s production of The Pirates of Penzance is on Thursday 21st June at 6.00pm and Friday 22nd June at 2.00pm in the School Hall. Tickets from the School Office. Parking available in the playground.

Wykeham Day (including the Summer Fête) is on Saturday 23rd June. 11.30am: Concert in the School Hall; 12.30pm Cricket vs OBs on Field; 1.00pm: BBQ (many thanks to the Bennett family) on Field; 2.00 – 4.00pm: Summer Fête. Parking available in the school playground.

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 will be invited nearer the time). Parking available in school from 10.20am.

With good wishes to all NCS families,

Robert Gullifer

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 16 June 2018

End of University Term

10.00 Grade V Theory Exam

Sunday, 17 June 2018

18.15 Last Evensong, New College Chapel

Monday, 18 June 2018

Associated Board Exam Week

14.00 U13 Cricket House Matches

17.30 Choristers' Concert, New College Chapel

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

LAMDA exams, Sports Hall

14.00 U11A & B Cricket vs Sibford, Home

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

10.00 School Service, New College Chapel

Speaker: Professor Christiane Timmel, Fellow and Tutor in Chemistry, New College. Coffee available in the Undercroft afterwards for parents and visitors.

12.30 School Council meeting

14.15 U13 A Cricket vs CCCS, Away

14.15 U13 B Cricket vs CCCS, Home

18.00 Year 8 Play Reading: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, New College Cloisters

20.00 Summer Drinks Evening, New College Cloisters

Thursday, 21 June 2018

9.00 U11-13 Athletics (Mercia Games) Tilsley, Away

14.15 U11 A Cricket vs Bruern Abbey, Away

18.00 Years 3 and 4 Musical: The Pirates of Penzance, School Hall

Friday, 22 June 2018

9.00 Induction Morning

10.30 Yrs 1&2 Cricket House Matches

13.00 Chorister Lunchtime Concert, New College Chapel

14.00 Year 3 and 4 Musical: The Pirates of Penzance, School Hall

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Wykeham Day

11.30 OBs and Pupils' Concert, School Hall

12.30 Cricket vs OBs, Field

13.00 BBQ Lunch, Field

14.00 School Fête, Field (ends 16.00)

18.00 CHASSOC Evensong

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Sicily trip (Yr 8) departs

Monday, 25 June 2018

Activities Week

No pre-prep after school activities run by external providers

Art Activities Week (Yrs 2 & 3)

France trip (Yrs 5-6) departs

Isle of Wight trip (Yr 7) departs

12.00 U9 BBQ & Cricket Games

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

13.30 U9 A Cricket vs Cokethorpe, Away

13.30 U9 B Cricket vs Cokethorpe, home

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

No School Service

Summer Banquet for Pre-Prep and Year 3

Malvern Hills trip departs (Yr 4)

Friday, 29 June 2018

Pre-prep activities week outing to Warwick Castle

17.00 Year 4 return from Malvern Hills

Years 5-8 return

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