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Shiplake College - Weekly Bulletin

Dear Parents

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

School Buses - Friday 25 November - Exeat Weekend

All school buses will be leaving the College at 3.30pm tomorrow for the exeat weekend.

Mrs Sue Arpino
School Secretary

Year 13 Parents Conference

Thank you to all Year 13 parents for engaging with the new Parents’ Conference booking system. It is essential that appointments run to time and we respectfully ask that parents keep to timings and listen to the audible cue signalling the end of one appointment and the start of the next. Some teachers of very large groups are now fully booked. If you would like some feedback from any teachers you are unable to meet with, please be assured that there will be an opportunity for you to request an email or phonecall at the teachers’ earliest convenience. Full Reports will also follow at the end of term. We look forward to welcoming you from 3.30pm - 6.00pm this Friday afternoon.

Mr Paul Jones
Assistant Head, Academic Studies

Festive Drinks and Business BTEC Charity Auction

Parents are warmly invited to the Festive Drinks event, which is set to take place on Saturday 3 December. This fun and festive seasonal evening is the ideal opportunity to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst catching up with friends and fellow parents. There will be a Champagne Reception at 7.00pm, and Made In Chelsea's Olivia Bentley will be making a special guest appearance. Book your tickets here

This celebratory evening is run in association with the Business BTEC Charity Auction, raising money for Sue Ryder and the Reading Drop-In Centre. There are some incredible lots to be won, such as Saracens vs Harlequins tickets, tickets to the Goodwood races and a VIP picnic enclosure for 20 people at the Henley Royal Regatta. The auction is now live online here and will end at the event. The Business BTEC pupils have worked incredibly hard to arrange such fantastic prizes and it would be brilliant to see this event supported.

Please book your tickets for this fabulous event by midday on Friday 25 November.


The Drama Department have been working tirelessly on their original play, Lightless, which is based on the autobiographical book The Lightless Sky, by Afghan refufee and political activist Gulwali Passarlay. They will be performing the emotive play from Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 November. Tickets are available to purchase here.

Gulwali himself will be visiting the College on Monday 28 November, to give a talk about his incredible joruney from a war-torn Afghanistan to safety in Britain. The talk will take place from 6.15pm in the Lecture Theatre. Parents are invited and encouraged to stay to watch Lightless once the talk has finished. If you are interested in attending please email Mrs Jenny Nunes.

Shiplake Christmas Cards and Merchandise

Parents, pupils and staff are invited to purchase Shiplake College Christmas cards (click here to view). They are available in packs of 10 (with envelopes) for just £6.50 each. Please click here to place your order. How about a Shiplake umbrella, cufflinks or lapel pin for a Christmas gift? Click here for further details and to complete the online booking form.

Mrs Katherine Green
Director of Marketing and External Relations

Fee Affordability and Parental Time Survey

Thank you to those who have already submitted the fee affordability and parental time survey (for full details please refer to the email sent on Monday 7 November from the Chairman of Governors, The Right Hon Tim Eggar). A reminder that the closing date is Monday 28 November. Can I please urge you to find the time to complete the survey – it should take about 20 minutes. Please submit only one survey per family/fee payer. I hope you will see that it is in everyone’s best interests to achieve the most comprehensive picture as possible. Please click the link below and use the school identifier 4122 to enter the survey itself.

Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Mrs Katherine Green
Director of Marketing and External Relations

Term Dates 2017-2018

Please click here to view the recently published term dates for 2017-2018. Please note all term dates are provisional and subject to change in the future.

Mrs Katherine Green
Director of Marketing and External Relations

Individual Pupil Portraits

At the start of term all new pupils and all Year 12 had individual portraits taken by photographers Gillman and Soame. If you would like the photographs for Christmas, could you please order as soon as possible. If you have lost your child’s details, please contact the company directly at or on 01869 328200 quoting the security password shiplake752et. 

Mr Nick Brown
Deputy Head, Pastoral

Gap Africa Christmas Cards for Sale

This year, Gap Africa have launched their new range of Christmas donation cards to raise money for particular funds, including purchasing sandals, school books, uniforms and, on a larger scale, building a new secondary school.

If you are stuck with ideas for Christmas presents, why not donate to a particular project on someone’s behalf? The cards range from £3.00 (will buy a child a pair of sandals this year), £5.00 (will supply school books to a child in need) and £10.00 (to help build a new classroom).

More information about the designs of each card and the specific projects can be found here or you can email me.

Mr Darius Bluck
Gap Africa

Lunchtime Concert and Music Clinic

On Friday 2 December the Music Department will host a visit from Gabor Dornyei. He is a professional drummer with years of experience running clinics and master classes in various Music Colleges in the US and Europe. He will perform as part of a lunchtime concert on Friday and then run a clinic for all of our Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE Music pupils in the Lecture Theatre.

Mr Richard Curran
Director of Music

Employer Recognised First Aid Qualification 

As part of the co-curricular programme we are, once again, offering pupils the opportunity to gain a First Aid qualification. It will be run by South West Specialist Medics. They offer the First Aid at Work certificate which would give students a certificated and employer recognised qualification at an extremely competitive price. The course is only available to pupils aged 16+. The course, run over 10 x 2 hour sessions (Friday activity afternoons 3.15pm – 5.15pm, Spring Term), would cost £185.00 per student (St John Ambulance charge £348.00 for this as a 3-day course). This price would be subject to us signing up to 12 students. If you would like to register your son/daughter's interest or would like further information, please let me know.

Mr Alex Hunt
Assistant Head, Co-Curricular

Christmas Jumper Day – Thursday 15 December

To coincide with the Christmas Dinner at College, we will once again be wearing Christmas jumpers for the day on Thursday 15 December 2016. Students must be in school uniform with the exception of a Christmas jumper instead of their normal jumper and blazer. This is not a fundraising event and so no money is required to take part.

Miss Chelsi Challis
Marketing and Communications Officer

Hockey Kit and Equipment

With both Christmas and the boys’ hockey term fast approaching, you may well be looking to purchase some hockey equipment as a gift for your child. The College has an arrangement with Reece Australia Hockey who are offering 25% off their goods to any student at Shiplake College. They supply a range of high quality hockey sticks, clothing and equipment and their online catalogue can be viewed here. The College will place orders directly with Reece and then the amount can be added to your termly bill. If you would like any further information, please do contact me.

Mr Tom Walter
Head of Hockey and Girls' Games

Sports Dinner – Crista Cullen joins Speaker’s Panel

GB Hockey player and Olympic Gold medallist Crista Cullen will join Will Satch and others on the panel of speakers at the Sports Dinner which takes place on Saturday 4 March 2017, from 7.00pm. 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.

For those of you who are hoping to join the Lions Tour to New Zealand don’t forget to bid on our 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 Six Nations match between Ireland and England in Dublin, including return flights, two night’s accommodation and match tickets? Closing Date for bids is 9.00am on Friday 9 December 2016. You can place your bids for these two outstanding lots here.

Sports Photographs

Please note that sports photographs can be accessed via the link below:

Mr Sam Beckett
Head of Rugby

Schoolblazer January Sale

The Schoolblazer January sale this year will start on 28 December and finish at midnight on the 31 January. Please see attached for further details.

Mr Neil Walne

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