It might seem a little odd to be thinking about all of this when we are normally preparing for Christmas, but the chaplain reminded us in chapel on Wednesday that Advent is in part a season for meditating on leadership and responsibility. I am happy to reassure you that this part of the ritual year is also progressing as normal. The Christmas trees are up, the advent wreath candles are being lit in assembly each morning, carols are being sung, cards written and disseminated. The boys’ shoulders are down as they realise they are just a week away from a well-earned Christmas break. More about which anon.
All best wishes,
Person of the Week: Lady Constance Lytton
Artwork of the Week: Mozart’s violin sonata in B flat (as played by Timon in Monday’s assembly)
Word of the Week: suffrage
Savile Road parking. Could I politely ask those dropping off or picking up their sons by car to turn off their engines while they wait? Many thanks.
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. The boys can also avail themselves of all the wonderful Christmas-themed books currently on display as well. We appreciate it is 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 2019 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!
This term some of Year 3 have spent their Monday lunchtime activity discovering what makes a museum. They have explored archaeology and artefacts, conservation and curatorship and created their own story based around two objects. Using their discoveries, they have created their own "Cabinet of Curiosities" of objects that they found interesting. This will be open for the Private View on Monday 9 December, from 15.30-16.00. Their "Virtual Museum" will be accessible online.
Snow (or other extreme weather). 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 on any such mornings.
My very best wishes to the choristers as they continue their Christmas schedule. In addition to their services in College, the boys will be singing at St John’s Smith Square on Monday 16 December at 19.30.
Tuesday 10 December – Chamber Choir sing at the Christmas Market, 5.30-6.00pm. Do come along to support the boys – joining in if you’d like.
There is no School Service next Wednesday, because we shall be practising for the carol service.
Huge thanks to everyone who is helping to organise the NCSPA Christmas Fair on Thursday 12 December 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.
Thursday 12 December – Pre-Prep Nativity Play: 14.00 School Hall. Written and directed by Mrs Cox and performed by members of Pre-Prep. Limited parking on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis will be available in the school grounds from 13.30 onwards. The play will finish at approximately 14.45. Parents should then be able to collect their children from form tutors and take them to the Christmas Fair. There will also be a very polished (!) earlier performance on Wednesday 11 December at 14.00; again, limited parking will be available from 13.30 on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets should be in the boys’ book bags today.
Friday 14 December – New College School Carol Service: 11.00 New College Chapel. Doors open at 10.15. Pupils will be reading and the music will be provided by the Pre-Prep, junior and chamber choirs and the choristers. There will be plenty of opportunities for 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 because we want boys to have their morning break unimpeded by cars. As advised by Mrs McCusker a few weeks ago, due to recently implemented College fire regulations we have been forced to limit numbers at the service and therefore entry is strictly by ticket only. We are already at the capacity allowed us by the fire regs and we do not want people to be disappointed on the day, so please do not come unless you have a ticket in your possession (and please let friends and relatives know this too). If you have received tickets and know you will be unable to use them, please return them to the school office so they can be redistributed.
School ends at 12.00 on Friday 14 December. 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. Years 3-4 can be picked up from their form rooms to avoid them crossing the playground while cars are in motion. Boys in Years 5-8 will be brought to the sports hall where they will meet up with parents. Please be sure to meet them there and not in the car park: the former is much safer!
The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School Christmas Course will be on Friday 20 December 2019, for children aged 7-13, at St Barnabus' Church, Jericho. The repertoire will centre on sumptuous festive music by Peter Warlock, Thomas Ravenscroft, John Joubert and John Rutter plus some traditional favourites. These courses are for children and young adults who love to sing and are devised to include choral singing, singing lessons in small groups to focus on developing vocal technique, music appreciation, music history, music theory in the form of games and exercises - all to improve their general musicianship, technical ability and confidence. The children will perform an informal concert at the end of the day, to which family are warmly invited to attend. For those who aren't familiar with the courses, please follow this link: https://vimeo.com/288600178/9108897ee8 Bursaries are available on the course courses and booking is via www.oxbridgesingingschool.com
Charities. https://www.schoolreaders.org are looking for volunteers to help listen to pupils in primary schools, thereby helping to improve their literacy. If you would like more information, do visit their website or contact Mrs Brown. On Thursday we heard in assembly from Mrs Showell-Rogers about the Community Emergency Foodbank and her family’s three-day challenge to eat very limited provisions. If you would like to learn more, or support the charity, please visit http://www.cefoxford.co.uk/
Please note that there will be no Saturday morning school tomorrow.
Saturday, 7 December 2019
University Term ends
Sunday, 8 December 2019
16.00 Christmas Carol Service, New College Chapel (TICKET ONLY)
Monday, 9 December 2019
No after school activities in the last week of term
14.15 U13A Rugby vs D'Overbroeck's, Home
16.00 Choristers’ Christmas Party, Red Room
Tuesday, 10 December 2019
14.15 U11A Rugby v Bruern Abbey, Home
14.15 U11B Rugby v Bruern Abbey, Away
17.30 Chamber Choir carol-singing (Oxford Christmas Market)
Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Form Period: reports discussed and issued
No School Service
9.00 Carol Service practice
14.00 Pre-Prep Nativity Play
14.30 U13 A-C Rugby vs CCCS, Home/Away
16.30 College Staff Family Carol Service
Thursday, 12 December 2019
9.00 Readers to Chapel
14.00 Pre-Prep Nativity Play
14.00 NCSPA Christmas Fair, Sports Hall
19.30 NC Choir: Sheldonian John Rutter Concert
Friday, 13 December 2019
9.00 End of Term Assembly
11.00 Carol Service in Chapel
End of Term 12.00 noon
Saturday, 14 December 2019
16.00 NC Choir: Old Members’ Carol Service
19.30 St Thomas’s Feast
Sunday, 15 December 2019
14.00 Rehearsal (Chamber Choir, Choral Society), New College Chapel
19.00 Concert: Wassail! (Chamber Choir, Choral Society), New College Chapel
Monday, 16 December 2019
19.30 NC Choir: Christmas Concert, St John's Smith Square
Monday, 6 January 2020
Tuesday, 7 January 2020
10.30 Pre-season hockey training (Years 7-8), St Edward's astro
14.00 Pre-season hockey training (Years 3-6), Iffley Road Sports Ground
Wednesday, 8 January 2020
Start of Term
After School Activities Start
10.00 School Service, New College Chapel
Speaker: The Headmaster. Coffee afterwards in the Undercroft for parents and visitors
Thursday, 9 January 2020
10.30 Year 6 Science talk
Saturday, 11 January 2020
Memorial service for Peter Dickens (choristers only)
9.30 U11 A WHS PS Hockey Festival, Away