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,
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
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
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