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Shiplake College - Weekly Bulletin

Dear Parents

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

Open Mornings

All pupils in Years 9 to 13 are expected at the whole school Open Morning on Saturday 8 October. Buses will run one hour later than the published timetable and will by arriving at 9.00am. Day pupils are asked to register in House by 9.15am. Those not involved in the afternoon rugby fixtures can be collected at 12.15pm.

All Sixth Form pupils are also expected to be available to assist with the Sixth Form Open Morning on Saturday 1 October, taking place from 10.00am to 12.00noon.

Mr Gregg Davies

Improving Lesson Efficiency

Pupils have been reminded this week of the need to bring the correct books and materials to class, to ensure that lessons run as efficiently as possible. Pupils will no longer be allowed to return to Houses to collect their things. Enforcement by teachers and Housemasters will cut down on lost time at the start of lessons and encourage better pupil organisation. Parental support on this would be greatly appreciated.

Dr Gareth Hughes
Deputy Head, Academic

School Buses - Reminder

Please be advised that the school buses will be leaving the College for the exeat weekend tomorrow at 3.30pm. We have been informed by DJ Travel that the Dorchester bus will leaving around 3.45pm.

Mrs Sue Arpino
School Secretary

Sixth Form Subject Fair for Year 11

There will a Sixth Form Subject Fair on Wednesday 5 October from 6.00pm to 8.00pm for parents and boys currently in Year 11.

Our new Sixth Form Guide will be distributed and Heads of Department will be displaying all the relevant information regarding the study of their subject in the Sixth Form. This Subject Fair will take place in our Sports Hall, starting at 6.00pm.

There will be expert guidance on hand for those unfamiliar to the different courses available (A Levels, BTECs and Technical Levels) as well as a chance to discuss the best combination of subjects for future university/career aspirations.

Importantly, there will be a short presentation in the Lecture Theatre on the details of our new Sixth Form Curriculum that evening. For parents of boys with surnames starting A-M this presentation will take place at 6.00pm. For parents of boys with surnames ending N-Z this presentation will take place at 6.30pm. Please do take time away from the Subject Fair to attend this presentation, as many pertinent questions will be answered. For the boys, there will also be the opportunity to have a tour of College House. I look forward to meeting you all on the evening.

Dr Gareth Hughes
Deputy Head, Academic

Hockey Kit and Equipment

If any parents are looking to purchase some hockey equipment for their son or daughter, the College has an arrangement with Reece Australia Hockey, who are offering 25% off their goods to any student. 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 contact me at

Mr Tom Walter
Head of Hockey and Girls' Games

Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra Tickets

On Friday 30 September the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing at the Anvil Arts Centre at 7.45pm. They are offering discounted tickets for £5.00 to the Shiplake College community, so if you would like to start your weekend with the sounds of Respighi, Beethoven and Connesson then quote ‘Brussels16’ when you book. More information on the concert is available here:

Mr Richard Curran
Director of Music

College Harvest Festival

This year, our College Harvest Festival services will be organised and led by the community of Burr House and these will take place in the Chapel services on Monday 3 October and Thursday 6 October. We will once again be supporting the work of the Reading Drop In Centre (CIRDIC). Last year, we asked students to donate £2.00, instead of collecting food items, to pay the Centre’s gas bill for the year to enable them to continue providing hot meals and shower; we raised around £800 and this was sufficient to pay their bill. I would like to do the same again this year but also add something else.

Homeless people and rough sleepers are prone to infections of the feet which cause many problems. It is the protocol of the Drop in Centre, that when a client has a shower they always give them a new pair of socks to cut down on cross infection. This is an extra expense and quite an unglamorous part of their work. As a College community, I would like also to help in this area. Therefore I would like all students to donate a new pair of socks and also the £2.00 mentioned. I know this is not a traditional way of celebrating harvest but this would be a very practical way of helping the Drop in Centre, with so many homeless people to cater for. Could I suggest sizes 8-11 and in a darkish colour. Housemasters and Matrons will collect the socks and money.

I thank you very much in advance for helping with this project.

Rev Stephen Cousins

LAMDA Classes

We are looking at offering LAMDA classes, on Saturday mornings, for students across all the year groups who are interested in pushing themselves in performance. LAMDA is a well-established grades-based qualification (similar to musical instrument grades) for students of all abilities. You can start at any grade (based on an internal ability assessment) and then work your way up. Once at Grade 6 and above you can earn UCAS points for university. If you are interested in your son or daughter taking LAMDA classes then please register interest (email by the end of September.

Mr Alex Hunt
Assistant Head Co-Curricular

Year 9 and Year 10 Football Tour to Barcelona - Update

If your son is booked on the Barcelona Football Tour, please be aware information will be circulated shortly regarding kit lists, rooming and the pre-tour briefing that will be given by the tour company approximately two weeks prior to departure. Could I also take this opportunity to remind you that the third and final payment (of £250) is due before 2 December. Any students who have not yet booked but may still be interested in attending please contact me as soon as possible (email as there may be limited places available.

Mr Richard Ebbage
Master i/c Football

Shiplake College Christmas Fayre

The date has been set for this year's Shiplake College Christmas Fayre: Saturday 12 November 2016, 10.00am to 2.30pm in the Sports Hall. Sample delicious mince pies and mulled wine while you get your Christmas shopping underway. A visit from Santa is expected for our smaller guests, who can busy themselves at the pottery stall while you shop. We still have space available for more stalls - if you are interested in taking a stall, or know someone that might be, please contact Mrs Anne Caldeira at

Mrs Kirsty Jelowitz
Alumni and Events Officer

Medical Information

Please click here for a refresher of information relating to the Medical Wing, and a reminder to keep the College updated with your son or daughter's medical history.

Mrs Debbie Mundy
Senior Sister

Sponsored Walk

Congratulations to all those who took part in the sponsored walk on Monday. The dedication and hard work of the pupils and staff was astounding, and they all deserve a massive pat on the back. Logistically, it’s a big task to organise 450 pupils to walk 20 miles, and the staff involvement was invaluable. The pupils behaved admirably on the trip and completed the trying task without complaint – although a few aching muscles the next day!

So far, the Shiplake cohort have managed to raise over £8,000, which is a fantastic sum and will be truly life-changing. The link for donating will be closing soon, but in the meantime donations are still flooding in. Please click here to visit the JustGiving page.

Mr Alex Hunt
Assistant Head Co-Curricular

News from the College

Please see below this week's news from the College:

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