Hilary Term Activities Sign-Up. A reminder that sign-up for next term’s activities closes tonight at 8.00 pm. A link to the Hilary Term activities brochures are below.
Prep School Brochure: http://online.anyflip.com/duvb/jtec
Pre Prep Brochure: http://online.anyflip.com/duvb/phdj/
Please find attached a poster for the Chamber Choir and Choral Society Christmas Concert on Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm in New College Chapel. Tickets (£15 full price; £10 concessions including NCS parents; £5 students; Free for u18s) are obtainable from the school office and from www.wegottickets.com/event/455265
If you’re in London before Christmas, why not join in A New College Christmas, a journey in music through Advent and Christmas in a concert given by the choristers and clerks at St John’s Smith Square on Monday 17th December at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 - £25 from www.sjss.org.uk/events/new-college-christmas
I’m delighted to announce that, following interviews this week, Mrs Victoria Hayter will join us as Year 3 form tutor in April to cover Mrs Jo Atkinson’s maternity leave. Mrs Hayter took her degree and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Oxford Brookes and has recently been teaching at Headington Prep School. She is also well-known to us as an NCS parent. I’m sure parents will join me in welcoming her in her new NCS role.
Library Books. Please could all books be returned to the Library by Monday for return or renewal and then from Tuesday onwards borrowing for the Christmas holidays can take place. I know it’s a busy time of the year, but please encourage the boys to search out any library books lurking in hidden corners of their bedrooms or at the bottom of school bags and bring them in on Monday. And please remind them to sign books out properly! Many thanks.
Please find attached Mrs Hess’s 2018 Christmas Quiz. Completed quiz sheets to her in the Library by the end of the first week of next term. There will be the usual festive chocolate prizes!
Snow (or other extreme weather). Although the weather has been unusually mild over the last few days, it’s the time of year when I should remind parents that in the event of an overnight snowfall or other extreme winter weather, we usually remain open because we have a number of staff who live very locally. But please do not feel that simply because we are open you have to make dangerous efforts to get here if road conditions are problematic. An update on weather conditions here will be sent by Parentmail and will appear on the Home page of our website just before 7.00am on any such mornings.
The events at the end of term and associated arrangements are listed again below for your convenience. Please do join us if you can. Please note that there are no after school activities except for Chamber Choir in the last week of term.
And there is no School Service on Wednesday, because we shall be practising for the Carol Service.
My thanks to everyone who is beavering away to organize the NCSPA Christmas Fair and to everyone who has brought in gifts for the stalls. It should be a very enjoyable occasion. Do remember to let your sons have a small amount of pocket money if they wish to buy gifts for family and friends.
Tuesday 11th December – Chamber Choir sing at the Christmas Market, 5.30-6.00pm. All NCS families welcome to support!
Thursday 13th December – Pre-Prep Nativity Play: 2.00 pm School Hall. Written and directed by Mrs Cox and performed by members of Pre-Prep. Tickets are limited to two per family and are available from Pre-Prep teachers. Limited parking on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis will be available in the school grounds from 1.30pm onwards. The play will finish at approximately 2.45 pm. Parents should then be able to collect their children from form tutors and take them to the Christmas Fair.
Thursday 13th December –NCSPA Christmas Fair for boys and parents 2.00-4.30 pm Sports Hall. As in previous years, there will be a number of vendors offering an interesting mix of items for sale as well as special stalls for the boys. Refreshments will be available in the dining room and there will be a selection of delicious homemade cakes and biscuits on sale. Year 3 upwards will be able to visit the Fair during school time, and should bring any shopping money in a named purse to be handed to form teachers during the day for safe-keeping as appropriate. Pre-prep boys can visit with their parents after the end of the Nativity play. Visitors to the Fair may park in the school grounds if space permits, but no earlier than 1.30pm
Friday 14th December – New College School Carol Service: 11.00 am New College Chapel. Parents and friends are warmly invited to join us for our traditional carol service in the College Chapel, attended by all the boys. Pupils will be reading and the music will be provided by our instrumentalists, the pre-prep, junior and chamber choirs and the Choristers. There will be plenty of opportunities for the congregational singing too! Limited parking is available again on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis in the school grounds but please do not arrive to park before 10.35 am because we want boys to have their morning break unimpeded by cars.
The carol service finishes at approximately 11.50 am. School ends at 12 noon. Parents should collect boys from School not from the Chapel. On their return from the Chapel, boys will collect belongings from their classrooms. Boys in Pre-Prep should be collected from Pre-Prep classrooms. Boys in Years 3 – 8 will be brought to the Sports Hall where they will meet up with parents. Please be sure to meet them in the Sports Hall and not in the car park: the former is much safer!
Next term begins on Wednesday 9th January at 8.20am for the prep school and 8.45am for the pre-prep, by which time we shall have moved the Pre-Prep and Years 3 & 4 into the interim building, which is looking very smart indeed. Parents and friends are invited to join us for ribbon-cutting and cake and an opportunity to view the building at 10.00am instead of our usual beginning of term service. There will also be an opportunity to see round the building at pick-up time on the same day.
A reminder of the dates for Parents’ Evenings next term.
16th January, 6pm Year 6 parents’ evening
23rd January, 6pm Year 3 & Year 8S parents’ evening
30th January, 6pm Year 4 parents’ evening
13th February, 6pm Year 5 parents’ evening (not 6th March, as previously advertised)
27th February, 6pm Year 8 parents’ evening
12th March, 5.30pm Pre-Prep parents’ evening
With good wishes to all NCS families,
Saturday, 8 December 2018
16.30 NC Choir: Old Members’ Carol Service
19.30 NC Choir: St Thomas’s Feast
Monday, 10 December 2018
No after school activities in the last week of term
14.00 U13 Rugby Housematches, Home
16.00 Choristers’ Christmas Party, Red Room
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
14.15 U11A Rugby v Bruern Abbey, Away
14.15 U11B Rugby v Bruern Abbey, Home
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Form Period: reports discussed and issued
No School Service
9.00 Carol Service practice
Pre-Prep Dress Rehearsal
12.30 Choristers depart for Concert at St George's Hanover Square
Thursday, 13 December 2018
9.00 Readers to Chapel
14.00 Pre-Prep Nativity Play, School Hall
14.00 NCSPA Christmas Fair, Sports Hall
Friday, 14 December 2018
9.00 End of Term Assembly
11.00 Carol Service in Chapel
End of Term 12.00 noon
Saturday, 15 December 2018
19.30 NCS Choral Society ChristmasConcert, New College Chapel
Monday, 17 December 2018
NC Choir: Christmas Concert, St John's Smith Square
Monday, 7 January 2019
Tuesday, 8 January 2019
14.00 Pre-season hockey training, Iffley Road Sports Ground
Wednesday, 9 January 2019
Start of Term. 8.20 Prep School, 8.45 Pre-Prep
10.00 Opening of the Interim Building (No Chapel Service)
All parents and friends welcome. Refreshments will be served.
After School Activities Start
Friday, 11 January 2019
Sunday, 13 January 2019
Start of University Term
17.45 Epiphany Carol Service, New College Chapel