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Shiplake College - Weekly Bulletin

Dear Parents

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

Saturday Arrangements

Please click here for details regarding Saturday 19 November.

Message from the Headmaster

A number of parents have contacted me to say that they have been put under pressure by their sons to purchase “video” games which have an adult rating – such as, but not limited to, Grand Theft Auto, Gears of War and Call of Duty. These games contain unsuitable levels of violence and sexual content and are not appropriate for minors.

The argument that these boys are using is that their peers have been allowed these “popular” games and that parents are simply being unfair by not allowing them access. Some boys have also said to their parents that the age rating of games is for guidance only and is not in any way prescriptive. This is simply not true: it is illegal for children under the age of 18 to play games with an 18 rating.

My strong advice to parents is that they should not be coerced into allowing their sons access to such games and should be vigilant at home when boys do play video games, particularly if the games console is in a bedroom and headphones are used. 

Mr Gregg Davies

Year 13 Parents’ Conference

The online booking system is live at teachers are now fully booked for the evening, particularly those who teach a large number of Year 13 pupils. In this event, parents will have an opportunity to fill out a form on the evening requesting an email or a phone conversation at parents’ convenience. Please also note that where teachers share the same subject, they will share notes and comments in advance of your meeting. Full reports with written comments from every teacher will also be available at the end of term.

Mr Paul Jones
Assistant Head, Academic Studies

Winter Concert Rehearsals

For those of you not playing rugby, there are rehearsals in the Lecture Theatre this Saturday (19 November) at the following times:

Camerata: 9.00am – 9.45am
First Eight: 9.45am – 10.30am
Rare Groove: 10.30am – 11.15am
Opus (orchestra): 11.15am – 12.00noon
Big Band: 12.00noon – 12.45pm

Winter Concert

On behalf of the Music Department and all of the performers, I would like to extend a very warm Shiplake welcome to you and your friends and family to the Winter Concert next Thursday 24 November. Doors open at 7.15pm and the evening of Music begins promptly at 7.30pm. The programme is packed full of flavour covering a wide variety of styles: Bach to Bowie and Bay, Stealers Wheel to Tower of Power, Chris Rea and much more. It is the perfect appetiser for the festive season and all its trimmings. To add to the merriment there will be seasonal refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies in the Great Hall afterwards.

Winter Concert Information for Performers

All performers should arrive at the Sports Hall no later than 7.00pm in full school uniform. Well-polished black shoes (nothing resembling trainers), a crisp white shirt and neat tie are insisted upon. Rehearsals and sound checks will take place on the day of the Concert and information will be displayed clearly in Houses early next week. Please be sure to check when you are supposed to come to the Sports Hall for your rehearsal.

Mr Richard Curran
Director of Music

Festive Drinks and Canapes Evening

The Shiplake College Festive Drinks and Canapés Evening, in association with the Business BTEC Students Charity Auction will be held on Saturday 3 December at 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Tickets are £12.50. Payment by cash or cheque should be sent to Mrs Sue Arpino in the School Office.

Please click here to purchase your tickets online.

Friday Night Lights 

Friday Night Lights was a fantastic night, and thank you to all who came along to support the teams. Please see the below links (login details listed below) for photos from the evening.

Under 12 and Under 13:

Password: school

Under 18:

Password: school

There is also the highlights video available, or indeed the full match to watch.

Mr Sam Beckett
Head of Rugby

Shiplake College's Own Pure Apple Juice! 

The Apple Juice stall at the Christmas Fayre proved incredibly popular, and we're pleased to say it's not too late to purchase some! All proceeds are going towards Gap Africa. Please see attached poster for more information. Email Mr Andy Dix for further information.

Sports Dinner Announced

Our Sports Dinner takes place on Saturday 4 March 2017, from 7.00pm. Family and friends are invited to an evening of entertainment with famous sports stars such as Old Viking Will Satch. Enjoy a sumptuous three course meal and music by Old Viking and star of BBC One’s ‘The Voice’, Jamie Bruce, as well as an auction run by Old Viking and Cash In The Attic extraordinaire Jonty Hearnden.

Tickets are £75.00 each, and all proceeds will go towards the sports tour fund, helping to send Shiplake's budding athletes on the tour of a lifetime. Please click here to secure your place at the dinner.

We have been fortunate enough to secure an outstanding main auction prize; a pair of all-inclusive tickets for the upcoming 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand, including flights, accommodation, transfers, match tickets to all three Tests, access to exclusive supporters’ bars and tour merchandise. For something closer to home, why not celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend in Dublin with a pair of all- inclusive tickets to the RBS 6 Nations match between Ireland and England in Dublin, including return flights, two night’s accommodation and match tickets?

Bidding for the Lions Tour and the 6 Nations weekend in Dublin is open now, until 9.00am on Friday 9 December 2016. You can place your bids for these two outstanding lots via

We are consistently grateful for and overwhelmed by the tremendous support of this important event which provides our pupils with unique opportunities to benefit from new experiences. If you are willing or able to donate a prize for the auction or raffle, be it a stay in a holiday home, a piece of sporting or other memorabilia, luxury items, goods or services, to assist in our fundraising efforts we would be most grateful for your assistance and will of course acknowledge your contribution in event-associated promotion and on the night itself.

Mrs Kirsty Jelowitz
Alumni and Events Officer

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