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Headmaster's Newsletter Friday 25th may 2018

Dear Parents,

Enterprise, altruism and generosity have been in abundant supply this week as the boys have set about Charity Week (in aid of the Alexandra House of Joy www.alexandrahouseofjoy.co.uk) with great commitment. Today we have had the fun of Home Clothes Day and, through the week, have enjoyed a bumper lot of cakes, several competitions (dodgeball, table tennis, the ping-pong chute challenge, a world cup team draw) and a 50% sale in the Eco Shop. Many of these activities have been initiated and organised by the boys with the thoughtful support and encouragement of my colleagues. My thanks to all, particularly our Charity Co-ordinator, Miss Cawood. I’m delighted to report that we have raised £451.09 to go towards building what will surely be a vital local centre for adults with learning disabilities.

As you know, I firmly believe that our charity weeks are not just about raising money, but also about raising the boys’ awareness of their responsibilities to others who may be less fortunate than themselves. In two assemblies this week about we were asked to consider what key features constitute a civilisation. (I wonder how many families have watched BBC Two’s Civilisations series; there may be some too who remember Kenneth Clark’s much earlier Civilisation series). Among the more tangible are, of course, planned urban development, sophisticated art and architecture and formal systems of government. But if we look around the world at the great civilisations of the past and present, equally important is an ordered set of philosophical or religious values. And surely, the sense of responsibility and decency towards our fellow humans has got to be at the top of any civilised community’s list. So well done to your sons on such an unaffected demonstration of their civilised values this week.

Testing paper plane designs in Reception; 'Shoesday' for Walk to School Week; Handwriting practice in Year 1

Well done to all who played in the Senior Concerts on Wednesday and to the Music Department for all their input. There were some beautiful and assured performances and certainly the depth and range of instrumental music at the upper end of the School is truly impressive. For those in Year 8, it was their last Senior Concert and we particularly thank them for all they have contributed to music at NCS.

Sport. This week has been a mixed week in terms of weather and with that we unfortunately lost our first match of the season to the rain! But before the damp set in, the U13 teams entertained us royally with the 1st XI playing D’Overbroeck’s on Monday and an ‘all-stars’ team playing the Dragon on Wednesday. In both games, we bowled first and, on both occasions, restricted our opponents to competitive, but achievable, totals of around the 80-90 runs mark. George Herbert, in particular, bowled very well on Monday for the 1st XI with a controlled display which was economical and produced wickets. With the bat, our top order continues to be slightly frustrating for the coaches: after several hours of training we should be seeing a little more patience and resilience at the crease in order to try and build an innings. Nonetheless, after finding ourselves in trouble at 14-4 from 5 overs, it was Jamie Kilroy, recently up from the 2nd team, and Joseph Conway who put on 60 runs for the 5th wicket and thus ensured a chance of winning the game. Joseph’s 29 and Jamie’s 23 not out certainly saved us on this occasion with both boys hitting the ball well on both sides of the wicket. Unfortunately, we had a similar start on Wednesday afternoon as the Dragon had NCS at 5 for 5 from only 4 overs! An early finish was surely on the cards. But this time Callan McMillan and Reuben McLusky had other ideas: they added 50 runs to keep us in the game. At the nail-biting finale, Rafe Simpson and Thomas Simpson ran every one of the next 10 balls to get us to within 1 run. Thomas was run out trying to secure the win but, with one ball remaining, Rafe Simpson and Narian Madar scraped through with a bye to win by 1 run! Both teams have the Year 7 batsmen to thank this week, but let’s hope the Year 8 boys can add to the total in the next outing after half term. This week has certainly been highly encouraging!

Senior Concert; Cricket vs the Dragon; Charity Week cake sales

A reminder there is no Saturday Morning Music School tomorrow or on the last Saturday of half-term.

My best wishes to Year 8 as they prepare for their final PSB exams after half-term. Louise and I look forward to welcoming the class of 2018 to the Leavers’ Dinner for Year 8/8S, which is always a most congenial occasion when I'm sure we can all be proud of some really first-rate young people. Would parents please note that the dinner will finish at 8.45pm.

I trust parents will have safely received Orders for Years 3-8. If your son has been absent, these will be posted. Please let Mrs McCusker know if you have not received them.

Chorister Open Day. Saturday 9th June, 4.00-6.00pm. Parents of boys in Years 1 and 2 will have received a letter about the Chorister Open Day, which is an excellent time to meet Mr Quinney and find out more about life in New College Choir. Please do speak to me or to Miss Llewellyn-Jones or to Mrs Cox if you would like to any further information about the day.

You will also have received earlier this week a poster and leaflet about our Open Morning on Friday 15th June. I would greatly appreciate it if you could display them in a prominent place in your locality or place of work. Many thanks for your help. It is worth mentioning to friends who may be interested that our registration lists for entry in September 2020 are getting very full and registration for September 2021 and beyond is certainly now advised.

You will have seen my Parentmail today about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and reference to our updated cookie policy and privacy policy, both of which can be found at the foot of the Home page on our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch via office@newcollegeschool.org.

Dates for your Diaries. The end of the Trinity Term always brings with it some very happy celebratory events at which we hope to see a good number of parents. Here is advanced notice for your diaries. I trust you will all have received your particular invitations to the Summer Drinks (20th June) and to Wykeham Day (23rd June).

The Chair of the NCSPA, Daisy East, tells me that there has been a good response to her request for help for our summer events. But there are still opportunities available to pitch in. Please email her if you can help on ncspa@newcollegeschool.org. In the longer term, she would also be pleased to hear from anyone who might consider eventually taking over from her as Chair: she is always happy to discuss with interested parents what it might involve.

Thursday 14th June Pre-Prep Instrumental Concert, Sports Hall, 2.00pm

Friday 15th June Open Morning and Open Art Studio, 10.00am

Sunday 17th June Last Evensong, Chapel, 5.45pm

Monday 18th June Choristers’ Concert, Chapel, 5.30pm

Wednesday 20th June Year 8 Playreading A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cloisters, 6.00pm; Summer Drinks Evening, Cloisters, 8.00- 9.30pm

Thursday 21st June Years 3 & 4’s The Pirates of Penzance, School Hall, 6.00pm

Friday 22nd June Years 3 & 4’s The Pirates of Penzance, School Hall, 2.00pm

Saturday 23rd June Wykeham Day (Concert, Cricket Match, BBQ, School Fete), Field, 11.30am onwards

Tuesday 3rd July Sports Day. Pre-Prep 10.00am; Prep School, 11.00am, Iffley Road

Wednesday 4th July Leavers’ Service, Chapel, 10.00am; Pre-Prep Summer Show, School Hall 2.00pm; Leavers vs. Fathers Cricket, Field 6.00pm

Thursday 5th July Leavers’ Concert and Reception, University Church, 7.00pm

Friday 6th July Prizegiving for Years 3-8 to which parents of prizewinners will be invited nearer the time.

With good wishes to all NCS families,

Robert Gullifer

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Start of Half Term

Monday, 4 June 2018

Return from Half-Term

Years 5 – 8 Assessment Week

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

10.00 School Service, New College Chapel (Pre-Prep only)

14.00 U12 A Cricket vs Bruern Abbey, Home

Thursday, 7 June 2018

14.00 U11 Cricket House Matches, Home

Friday, 8 June 2018

14.15 U9 A&B Cricket vs Dragon, Away

10.30 Yrs 1&2 Cricket House Matches, Home

19.30 Leavers' Dinner, HM’s Lodgings & Dining Hall

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Chorister Open Day

Monday, 11 June 2018

14.00 U13 A Cricket vs d’Overbroeck’s, Away

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

10.30 U9 House Cricket Matches, home

15.45 U11 A Cricket vs MCS, away

15.45 U11 B Cricket vs MCS, home

19.30 HM Reception for new parents, Sports Hall

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

10.00 School Service, New College Chapel

Speaker: The Revd Dr Ralph Waller, Principal of Harris Manchester College.

12.00 Eco Committee meeting

14.15 U13 C Cricket vs St Hugh’s, Away

14.15 U13 A cricket vs Dragon, Away

14.15 U13 B cricket vs Dragon, Home

Thursday, 14 June 2018

14.15 U11 A Cricket vs Cokethorpe, away

14.15 U11 B Cricket vs Cokethorpe, Home

14.00 Pre-Prep Instrumental Concert, Sports Hall

Friday, 15 June 2018

Open Morning 10.00-12 noon

Open Art Studio, 10.00 – 5.00 pm, Art Room

13.00 U9 Cricket vs Mums, Home

Saturday, 16 June 2018

End of University Term

10.00 Grade V Theory Exam

Sunday, 17 June 2018

17.45 Last Evensong, New College Chapel

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