Good luck to Choristers for their concert at St Martin-in-the- Fields tonight and as they depart on their tour to the US on Sunday. They are covering a lot of ground, from New York to Atlanta, via Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbia and Charleston. I look forward to hearing about what I’m sure will be some fantastic experiences.
All parents are warmly invited to our Words and Music which will be held in New College Chapel on the last day of term Wednesday, 29th March at 11.00am. Parking in the school playground will be available on a first-come-first-served basis from 10.35am. Music will be performed by boys of all ages throughout the school, and poetry read by winners of the poetry recitation competition in Years 3 to 8. Term ends at 12 noon: boys in Years 3-8 should be collected from the Sports Hall, Pre-Prep boys from the classroom.
Staff Appointments for September. Mrs Caroline Showell-Rogers will be returning to her role as Learning Enrichment Co-ordinator from September. We thank her for all that she has done this year for Year 2. In her place as Year 2 class teacher, I have appointed Miss Harriet Cannell. Miss Cannell took her degree from Clare College, Cambridge and is currently teaching at Keys Meadow Primary School in London on the Teach First programme. She is a keen linguist and traveller and has lived in New Zealand, China and Italy. We look forward to welcoming her to NCS. Congratulations to Miss Megan Sharp who has been appointed Head of Curriculum Music at the Dragon School from September. We thank her for all that she has contributed to the teaching and organisation of music throughout the School, for many enjoyable concerts and musical productions, and for her work with the Choristers. Miss Sarah Llewellyn-Jones, already known to some through Saturday Morning Music School, will become Assistant Director of Music and Chorister Tutor. Miss Llewellyn-Jones took her degree from Christ Church, Oxford and her postgraduate performance and teaching diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music. As well as teaching with us on Saturdays, she currently teaches at Wycombe Abbey School. We look forward to welcoming her to her new role at NCS.
As parents will know, the Oxford Literary Festival is on the horizon (25th March – 2nd April). There are many events specially for children and young adults, which look tempting. http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/literature-events/2017/children-young-adults
Frideswide Voices (Oxford’s liturgical choir for girls) are holding a "Be a Chorister for an Evening" taster session on Monday 24th April (at Christ Church). Year 2 girls who love singing and are interested in knowing more about being a chorister are encouraged to attend for the chance to sing part of the Evensong service and to try on robes! The sessions are relaxed and fun. Girls are strongly advised to attend a taster session ahead of the auditions which will be held on Saturday 6th May. For further information please see www.frideswidevoices.co.uk The choir will be "in residence" at Magdalen College for Trinity Term, and will sing Evensong there on most Mondays at 6.00pm.
Oxford Active will again be running their holiday club at Oxford High School in the Easter Holidays 3rd – 21st April (excluding Bank Holidays) and in Trinity half-term (30th May – 2nd June) with minibus pick-up from NCS at 8.30 – 9.00am and drop off at 5.00- 5.30pm. Childcare Vouchers may be used for Oxford Active. For bookings, please go to their website www.active-camps.com
The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School at Worcester College, Oxford on the 10th and 11th April. Established in 2013, the School is for boys and girls aged 7–13. Based at Worcester College, Oxford, pupils will learn some beautiful music and at the same time gain a background in vocal technique, music theory and history. Courses include whole-group singing, musical games and exercises to improve sight reading, small group vocal coaching. Each day concludes with a short concert to which families and friends are welcome to attend. www.oxbridgesingingschool.co.uk
Date for next term’s diary. Parents’ Evening with Visiting Music Teachers and (for Chorister parents) the Organist and Assistant Organist is in the first week back next term on Wednesday 26th April at 6.00pm in the Sports Hall.
With good wishes to all NCS families,
No Sat am Music School for Choristers
NC Choir departs for US Tour
No Activities in final week of term.
Orders in Years 3-8 issued, 8.20am – 8.50 am
Practice for Words and Music, New College Chapel, 9.00am
Words and Music, New College Chapel, 11.00am
End of term 12 noon
Start of University Term
Start of School Term: Prep School 8.20am; Pre-Prep 8.45am
Eton Academic Scholarship begins
Prefect selection evening, 5.00 – 7.00pm
School Service 10.00 am
Speaker: The Headmaster
Coffee afterwards for parents and visitors
Parents’ Evening with Visiting Music Teachers and Organist/Assistant Organist, Sports Hall, 6.00pm
School Council meeting 12.00-12.30pm
Junior Maths Challenge (Years 7 and 8)
Yr 7 PSHCEE: How to revise for exams, led by the Headmaster, 2.25pm
Chamber Choir & Choral Society Concert, University Church, 7.30pm