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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 10 December.

School Buses

Wednesday 14 December
Gerrards Cross/Beaconsfield Bus Only

The Beaconsfield Festival of Lights event will be taking place on Wednesday 14 December. The buses are leaving at the normal time of 6.15pm but the Gerrards Cross bus will not be able to service the Maxwell Road stop due to the closure to Station Road. Horseman Coaches will be using the bus shelter on the A40, London End in Beaconsfield in its place. Please see attached map.

Thursday 15 December
Please be aware that all school buses will be leaving the College at 3.30pm on Thursday 15 December after the whole school Christmas lunch.

Friday 16 December - End of term
The buses will be arriving at the College at the normal time on the morning of Friday 16 December, but there will be no buses leaving the College in the afternoon after the Carol Service.

Mrs Sue Arpino
School Secretary

Carol Service - 16 December 2016
Please find here important information and car parking map for the Christmas Carol Service on Friday 16 December.

Mr Neil Walne

Carol Service - Choir Rehearsals

Those performing in the Chamber Choir, Male Voice Group and the Lower School Choir will be involved in Carol Service rehearsals at St Mary’s Church in Henley on Tuesday (between 8.40am - 4.30pm) and Thursday (after lunch - 5.30pm) next week. They will be travelling by school minibuses and will be accompanied by the Music Department staff.

Mr Richard Curran
Director of Music

Year 11 Revision Guide

All Year 11 pupils attended a special talk on revision on Thursday morning. We explored the importance of revision and looked at some successful strategies that pupils might wish to employ as they prepare for the January Mocks. All pupils were given a copy of a special Year 11 Revision Guide which contains the information covered as well as a template for a revision timetable and the mock exam timetable. This guide can also be found online here.

Mr Paul Jones
Assistant Head, Academic Studies

Sports Tour Auction - Bidding Ends Today

Last chance to bid on these amazing prizes! Bidding closes at 2.00pm today!

  • Two all-inclusive tickets for 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand. For more information please click here
  • Two all-inclusive tickets for Six Nations Ireland v England at the Aviva stadium, Dublin, St. Patrick’s weekend. For more information please click here

Mrs Kirsty Jelowitz
Alumni and Events Officer

Adult Supervision Required

We seek to provide a wide-range of education, both inside and outside of the classroom. As such, our pupils attend a number of external educational visits each year which require adult supervision. If any parents are willing to act as adult supervisors on trips, which will always include Shiplake staff, please email me at This will enable us to continue to offer external development opportunities for our pupils whilst maintaining sufficient numbers of teaching staff in school to lead classroom lessons

Mr Gregg Davies

Co-Curricular Options - January 2017

Before the end of term pupils, with the help of their tutors, will be choosing their activities for the Spring Term. Thank you to the many parents who have already been in touch to sign their sons/daughters up for those activities that require an extra cost i.e. clay pigeon shooting, skiing, first aid etc. Please do take a moment to look through the choices on offer and encourage pupils to try something different and challenging. We still have vacancies for Year 12 and Year 13 pupils in the First Aid course – a very worthwhile qualification to add to a pupil’s CV!

A reminder we also will be offering LAMDA lessons on Saturday mornings from January. If you would like your son/daughter to join the pupils already signed up please let me know.

Mr Alex Hunt
Assistant Head, Co-curricular

Year 9 - First World War Battlefields Trip, 7-10 April

The History Department proposes to run a Battlefields Trip for Year 9 pupils at the start of the Easter holiday. We have run a very successful trip in October for a number of years to coincide with Year 9 studying The First World War. We are lucky enough to be able to call on the services of ex-Shiplake staff member, Jon Cooksey, an author and much respected battlefields guide. The trip takes in many aspects of the war and is centred on events in the Ypres and Somme areas. The cost of the trip (depending on numbers) will be in the region of £350.00.

A letter will be sent at the start of next term, although initial indications of interest can be sent to me at I realise that there is also a football tour planned for Easter and it is not our intention to detract from this.

Mr Nick Brown
History Department

House Art Competition

The House Art Competition is taking place on Saturday 14 January in the Great Hall. All pupils and staff are very welcome to enter paintings, drawings, sculputures and photography. Please send all entries to the Art Department by 6 January. Thank you.

Mrs Hema Gillings
Head of Art

Shiplake College's External Email Server

Please be aware that the College's email server was down between 1.00pm on Monday 5 December until 12.30pm on Tuesday 6 December and therefore staff may not have received emails. If you are still waiting to receive a reply from your email sent between these times, please can you resend. There was also some network disruption on Thursday 8 December from 2.30pm to 6.00pm. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

ICT Support

BTEC Business Students

A reminder that all Year 12 and Year 13 students are going on a Business Studies trip to Cadbury World in Bourneville, Birmingham on Tuesday 13 December. The trip will involve a presentation by the educational team at Cadbury World on marketing, a tour of the Cadbury World attraction and a chance to visit the shop.

The price of the trip, which will be approximately £26.00, will be added to the school bill. Should you wish your child to opt out, please contact me by Friday afternoon.

The trip will depart at 8.15am and will be back in College by approximately 5.15pm. Students do not need to wear school uniform but must dress sensibly.

Mr David Rose (
Head of Business Studies

Christmas Holiday Reading

Please see attached for some holiday reading ideas. A limited number of copies of each book are available in Thinking Space. All books are otherwise available through online retailers, local bookshops and your local library.

Miss Claire Knight
Digital Librarian and Learning Leader

Christmas Jumper Day

All pupils are invited to wear Christmas jumpers for the day on Thursday 15 December. These are to be worn with normal school uniform, in place of a normal jumper/blazer. These is no charge to wear a Christmas jumper for the day.

Miss Chelsi Challis
Marketing and Communications Officer

Year 12 Music BTEC Performance

The Year 12 BTEC Music group will be performing at lunchtime today in the Lecture Theatre (12.40pm), for their Cover’s Band assignment. They will be supported by James Grundy and “Stranded”. If parents are free please do come along.

Mr Byron Ward

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

Private Cricket Tuition

Continuing on from the winter programme this term, students are able to access winter cricket coaching through Chris Ellison in the Spring Term, beginning after the mock exams on Thursday 26 January.

These small group sessions are planned to give our cricketers a real boost before next season. There will be nine one-hour sessions on a Thursday evening (Lower School 5.00pm - 6.00pm, Juniors 6.00pm - 7.00pm and Seniors 7.00pm - 8.00pm). The cost is £72.00 and with your permission I will add this to the College bill.

If you wish for your son/daughter to have private cricket tuition please email your consent by Monday 23 January. 

Mr Jonnie Howorth
Master i/c Cricket

Forthcoming Events

  • Music BTEC Performance: Friday 9 December, 12.40pm
  • Christmas Jumper Day: Thursday 15 December
  • College Carol Service: Friday 16 December
  • Sports Dinner: Saturday 4 March 2017

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