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Shiplake College - Weekly Bulletin

Dear Parents

Please see below this week's notices from the College.

Year 10 Parents’ Conference

A reminder that the Year 10 Parents’ Conference is on Friday 10 March (Sports Hall, 3.30pm - 6.00pm). We kindly request that all Year 10 parents visit where 7-minute appointments with individual teachers can be booked and schedules created very easily. We respectfully ask that all parents make appointments in this way as it will no longer be possible to see teachers without an appointment. Please note that you can view and edit your appointments at any time before 12.00pm on Friday 10 March.

Mr Paul Jones
Assistant Head, Academic Studies

Year 9 Subject Choices

Thank you to those who have already submitted their son’s final GCSE subject choices. Please note that the deadline is Friday 10 March. Subject Choices must be submitted here and please refer to the GCSE Options Guide for further information.

Mr Paul Jones
Assistant Head, Academic Studies

School Buses - Friday 10 March - Exeat Weekend

Please be advised that all school buses will be leaving the College at 3.30pm tomorrow, Friday 10 March, for the exeat weekend. They will resume normal services on Monday 13 March.

Please also note that the school buses will be running one hour later than normal on Saturday 18 March, due to the Open Morning.

Mrs Sue Arpino
School Secretary

All-In Weekend

A reminder to parents of all boarders to let Housemasters know if your son or daughter will be staying on Saturday 18 and/or Sunday 19 March as part of the Boarders' All-In Weekend. All boarders are expected to stay on Friday 17 March, unless permission to be absent has been given from the Headmaster.

Please note in addition to all day girls being invited, it is optional for all Year 12 and 13 day boys to join in with the Sixth Form Curry and Race Night on Friday 17 March; please email your son's or daughter's Housemaster to confirm if they will be attending.

Please see the entry in last week's bulletin for more details of the whole weekend.

Mrs Katherine Green
Director of Marketing and External Relations


As part of our on-going drive to educate all our pupils in E-safety, this week every year group has been shown an interview which took place on ITV’s This Morning programme last month. The interview is with the mother of a girl whose suicide was linked to cyber-bullying.

All pupils have been reminded of the school’s stance on the misuse of technology and the impact that often casual remarks on social media can have on young people.

You can view the interview here.

Mr Nick Brown
Deputy Head Pastoral

New Year 12 Lecture Programme – Speaker Request

I am in the process of organising a new dynamic and exciting Year 12 Lecture Programme for the 2017-2018 Academic Year and am looking for key speakers. Do you have an area of expertise or interest that you would be happy to give a talk or presentation on within this programme? If you would be interested in participating in this or know someone who would, please email your/their name and the topic of the lecture to

I look forward to hearing from you.

Miss Lizzy Morgan
Head of Theology and Philosophy 

Mufti Day

On Friday 24 March there will be a ‘Mufti Day’ to raise funds for Comic Relief. A suggested donation of £1.00 - £2.00 is advised to all students taking part. Red noses are encouraged!

Mr Darius Bluck
Charities Co-ordinator

Girls’ Sports Tour to South Africa

The deadline for deposits to secure a place on the trip is this Friday, 10 March. If required, please email for further details.

Mr Tom Walter
Head of Girls’ Games

Netball Match - Staff vs Students

There is a staff vs student netball match on Tuesday 14 March, beginning at 4.45pm on the Astro.

All very welcome to come along and support.

Miss Chloe Mordue
Head of Netball

BTEC Gig Night

On Thursday 6 April, Shiplake College will be putting on a BTEC gig afternoon at the Henley Bandstand, Mill Meadows, Henley. The performance will start at 4.00pm and finish at 5.30pm, and will feature performances from both Year 12 and 13 BTEC classes, alongside supporting acts. The bands will perform a variety of Pop and Rock cover songs from a range of different decades, supported by Shiplake’s own Year 10 band Stranded, and the up-and-coming singer songwriter James Grundy. Friends, Family members, students, staff and pets are all invited to come along and enjoy an afternoon of music by the riverside. Snacks and drinks will be served and hopefully the sunshine will make an appearance too!

Mr Byron Ward

Confirmation Service 2017

The College’s Confirmation Service will take place on Sunday 14 May at 11.00am in the Great Hall. Once again, this will be led by Bishop Colin, our Area Bishop.

Please could you discuss with your son or daughter to see if they are interested in being Confirmed. Please see a previous weekly bulletin for further details. If you have any questions please do get in contact by email or call  on 0118 9405258.

Reverend Stephen Cousins

Forthcoming Events

  • Lunchtime Concert: Friday 10 March, 12.40pm
  • Year 10 Parents' Conference: Friday 10 March, 3.30pm
  • Open Morning: Saturday 18 March, 9.30am
  • Boarders' All-In Weekend: Friday 17 - Sunday 19 March (compulsory until 4.30pm on Saturday 18 March but we hope boarders will stay the whole weekend!)
  • Lunchtime Concert: Friday 24 March, 12.40pm
  • **NEW** BTEC Year 12 Solo Recital Evening: Tuesday 28 March, Lecture Theatre, 5.00pm
  • Music Soloists' Concert: Thursday 30 March
  • **CHANGE** Spring Music Concert: Tuesday 4 April, 7.30pm
  • **NEW** BTEC Gig Night: Thursday 6 April, 4.00pm
  • Year 12 Parents' Conference: Friday 28 April, 3.30pm

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