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Shiplake College - Weekly Bulletin

Dear Parents

Shiplake College wishes you all a very Happy New Year.

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

Saturday Arrangements

Please click here for details regarding Saturday 7 January.

Coursework Deadlines

A number of our A Level and GCSE subjects include submitted coursework as a component of the overall qualification mark. The submission deadline dates for the relevant subjects and levels are attached, which pupils are required to adhere to. Please do contact the respective Head of Department with any specific queries.

Dr Gareth Hughes
Deputy Head, Academic

Good Schools Guide

Parents may be interested to hear that we had a visit from one of the team at the Good Schools Guide last term. The Guide is an independent and impartial British directory written “by parents, for parents.” It is compiled by a team of editors who visit schools on a regular basis, interviewing parents, staff and pupils and collecting the valuable knowledge and insights that data and league tables alone cannot provide. The creators describe it as “the straight-talking, independent, unbiased and fun-guide to UK state and private schools”. Please click on the link below to read the new write-up for the College.

Mrs Katherine Green
Director of Marketing and External Relations

House Art Exhibition

Parents, pupils and all friends of Shiplake College are invited to view the House Art Exhibition on Saturday 14 January, from 9.30am to 11.00am in the Great Hall. Please do come along to view the paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography that pupils and staff have entered to this competition.

Mrs Hema Gillings
Head of Art

Year 9 and 10 T&P Trip to Nepal – October 2017

The Theology and Philosophy Department is excited to launch a 12 day educational and cultural trip to Nepal throughout October half term 2017. This will be open to all current Year 9 and Year 10 T&P students. To clarify, as GCSE options have not been made yet any Year 9 is able to go on the trip regardless of whether they take the subject next year.

The aim of the trip is to enrich and broaden students' learning and understanding of Buddhism and experience a way of life and culture very different to our own. The study of Buddhist beliefs, practices and ethics is examined in 75% of the Religious Studies GCSE and Year 9 pupils are also currently studying the religion. The trip will be of significant academic value. Additionally, we will visit the main sites and attractions within Nepal exposing pupils to the rich history and culture of this fascinating country.

Highlights include living like a monk and staying the night in a Buddhist Monastery, a trek in the Himalayas, vising a Tibetan Refugee camp and Gurkha Museum and exploring the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini. A provisional date of Monday 16 January at 5.45pm has been booked for a talk in the Lecture Theatre, where a more detailed itinerary and costs will be discussed.

To confirm your attendance, or declare an interest if you are unable to attend the meeting, please email Miss Morgan (

Miss Elizabeth Morgan
Head of Theology and Philosophy

Note from the Chaplain

Happy New Year. I would like to thank parents for their generosity at the Carol Service and £1,218.63 was raised from the retiring collection. Also a parent held a charity event and at his request the proceeds from this were given to the Reading Drop-in Centre.  Therefore a cheque for £1,593.63 was sent to them just before Christmas. The Centre were immensely grateful to receive this very generous donation.

Rev Stephen Cousins

Music Lessons

Please be advised that all music lessons will resume next week.

Mr Richard Curran
Director of Music

Jungle Book - Junior Production

Tickets are now on sale for the Junior Production of ‘The Jungle Book’. The show will start at 7.30pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 1 February 
  • Thursday 2 February 
  • Friday 3 February 
  • Saturday 4 February 

Please get your tickets booked quickly using the link below as they will sell out fast!

Mrs Jenny Nunes
Head of Drama


Please could you ensure that your son has a set of shin pads and a gum shield for hockey training and fixtures, as they will not be able to join in with the session/game without one. If you need to purchase any additional kit, the school is entitled to 25% off Reece Hockey items, which can be viewed here.

Saturday training will commence on 14 January once the squads have been decided. This will run between 9.00am and 10.30am, with all players in the U14, U15 and first team squads expected to attend unless they have been excused by the Headmaster. The sessions will be skill and fitness based. We also encourage students to pursue their hockey outside of school, so those who are playing for local clubs on Saturdays are excused once they have sought permission. There are a large number of clubs in the local area which are always looking for new, young joiners, such as Henley Hockey Club, Reading Hockey Club and Sonning Hockey Club.

Mr Tom Walter
Head of Hockey and Girls' Games

Rowing Kit

If your son or daughter is rowing this term and would like to purchase some Shiplake College Rowing Kit please follow the links below. This order window will close on 16 January and the kit will be produced for late February.

If your son or daughter hopes to race for the College this season the only must-have bit of kit is the rowing all-in-one suit. The other kit listed is nice to have but by no means essential. Any non-branded black base layers and leggings are acceptable.

Mr David Currie
Director of Rowing

Forthcoming Events

  • Year 8 Drama: Thursday 12 January, 12.45pm - 1.00pm
  • Art Exhibition: Saturday 14 January, 9.30am - 11.00am
  • Lunchtime Concert: Friday 20 January, 12.40pm
  • Year 11 Parents' Conference: Friday 20 January, 3.30pm
  • Year 8 Parents' Conference: Friday 27 January, 5.00pm
  • Junior Drama Production: Wednesday 1 - Saturday 4 February 
  • Year 12 Parents' Conference: Friday 10 February, 3.30pm
  • GCSE Subject Fair for Year 9: Thursday 23 February, 6.00pm
  • Sports Dinner: Saturday 4 March, 6.00pm
  • Year 10 Parents' Conference: Friday 10 March, 3.30pm
  • Music Concert: Thursday 16 March, 7.00pm
  • Open Morning: Saturday 18 March, 9.30am
  • Boarders' All-In Weekend: Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 March
  • Lunchtime Concert: Friday 24 March, 12.40pm
  • Music Scholars' Concert: Thursday 30 March, 7.00pm

News from the College

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