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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 this Saturday's arrangements.

May Bank Holiday

Parents are reminded that whilst the College will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 1 May, it is not an exeat weekend and there will be cricket and tennis fixtures and rowing training on Saturday 29 April and a rowing regatta on Sunday 30 April. Pupils are expected to be available and take part if selected for these sessions.

Please note that due to the Year 12 Parents' Conference on Friday 28 April, the buses will be leaving at the earlier time of 3.30pm that day. There will be no formal games or activity programme. Pupils are welcome to be collected at this time but will be supervised until 6.15pm if preferred, with the normal programme for boarders staying overnight.

Also on Friday 28 April, the College House boys will be taking part in a ‘Walk for Water’ fundraising initiative. Starting at 3.00pm, they will be walking lengths of the College’s swimming pool for six hours – the time some people take to collect water in rural parts of Africa every other day – raising funds to cover the education of a pupil in aid of the Kikunduku Schools Project, part of the charity Gap Africa.

If your son or daughter will be staying at the College overnight on Sunday 30 April and during Monday 1 May, please can you let his or her Housemaster know as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made accordingly.

Mrs Katherine Green
Director of Marketing and External Relations

Shiplake College's External Email Server

Please be aware that the College's email server was down between 9.30pm on Saturday 25 March and approximately10.00am on Monday 27 March and therefore staff may not have received emails. If you are still waiting to receive a reply from an email sent between these times, please can you resend. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

ICT Support

Year 12 Parents’ Conference

A reminder that the Year 12 Parents’ Conference is on Friday 28 April (Sports Hall, 3.30pm-6.00pm), which is in the first week after the Easter holiday. We are now using an online booking system and a link to the booking system will be included in next week’s bulletin.

Mr Paul Jones
Assistant Head, Academic Studies

Year 11 - PSHEE Talk

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”*

- George Bernard Shaw

*(And woman. Obviously.)

On Wednesday 5 April The Unreasonables will be visiting Shiplake College to talk to the Year 11s as part of the PSHEE curriculum.

The company prides itself on being unlike any other leadership organisation by delivering, with a small group of the country’s most ambitious schools, a series of programmes that are developed by inspirational and entrepreneurial young men and women who believe that entrepreneurship and leadership are intricately linked. Through its summer courses the company can help pupils develop this ability and prepare them for both the Sixth Form and beyond.

For more information, please visit http://www.theunreasonables.org/

Mrs Sarah Krause
Head of PSHEE

Easter Holiday Reading

Please see attached for a list of recommended reads that you might like to try over the Easter holiday. All the books are available (limited number of copies) in The Thinking Space. Alternatively, they are available from your local library service, online retailers or from local bookshops. Happy Reading!

Miss Claire Knight
Digital Librarian

News from the Music Department

We are looking forward to this evening's Soloists’ Concert (7.30pm in the Great Hall). It will be the turn of the Ensembles to shine next week. On Tuesday 4 April the Spring Concert will feature a mainly popular repertoire by a selection of our choirs and instrumental ensembles. The concert will be in the Sports Hall from 7.30pm and should last about an hour, with refreshments served in the OVR afterwards. A few days later, on Thursday 6 April, the BTEC Music class will be joined by guests Stranded, James Grundy, Quin and Marcus for an evening of Pop and Rock in the Tithe Barn, from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. According to the boys who have organised the event, there will be a tuck for the students.

Mr Richard Curran
Director of Music

Co-Curricular Activities

At Shiplake, we all share a passionate belief in a holistic, rounded approach to education.

Teaching and learning occurs not only in the classroom, but across an extensive range of co-curricular pursuits in sport, music, drama and many other domains. These activities help our pupils to discover new skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and develop the determination, resilience and confidence required to flourish in life at school and beyond.

Our co-curricular programme is continually reviewed and updated according to the needs of the individuals in our care. There really is something for everyone, with the majority only struggling with deciding what not to do, rather than searching for something which captures their interest. Across the programme there is a focus on inclusivity and participation, allowing all pupils to experience a sense of achievement and progress.

A balanced timetable combines academic lessons with daily co-curricular sessions dedicated to activities contributing towards each pupil’s overall personal development. This promotes the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle and helps pupils to maintain an optimal balance between life inside and outside the classroom. We firmly believe this enhances pupils’ academic development, as they attend lessons refreshed, positive and ready to learn.

Before the end of term pupils will be choosing their activities for the Summer Term. Please do take a moment to look through the choices on offer and encourage your son/daughter to try something different and challenging. We have vacancies for Year 12/13 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. If you would like your son/daughter to join the pupils involved, please let me know.

Mr Alex Hunt (ahunt@shiplake.org.uk)
Assistant Head Co-Curricular 

Now Available: Shiplake Supporters’ Jackets

Please see attached a poster for details on supporters’ jackets, which are now available for parents and other members of the Shiplake community. Show off school pride in style, whether it is on the banks of the Thames or the side of the rugby pitch, netball court or football fields.

Miss Chelsi Challis
Marketing and Communications Officer

Family Photography at Shiplake

On Sunday 11 June, photographer Amanda Karen is offering a 'lifestyle mini shoot' for Shiplake families, based at the College. For £115 this would include:

  • 45-minute shoot with Amanda Karen Photography in the grounds of the school
  • 1 fine art mounted 8"x10" print of your choice from the shoot
  • A private online gallery of the images with the ability to purchase more prints or the digital files (gallery will be open for 4 weeks)

Shoots are available between 9.00am and 4.30pm. Please contact Amanda directly on hello@amandakarenphotography.co.uk with any queries or to book a session.

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