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Shiplake College - Weekly Bulletin

Dear Parents

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

Fee Affordability Survey

Thank you to all those who completed the Fee Affordability and Parental Time survey last term; the analysis report from education consultants Baines Cutler has now been received. There was a pleasing response rate of 37%, about average for a survey of this type, and this was representative of day and boarding type, year group and gender.

The results have provided us with a much deeper understanding of how fees are being met (for example through earnings, savings, relatives etc), and the potential risks to these sources. Information about employment circumstances, income profiles, other children’s school fees, work/time commitments and additional pressures faced by parents have provided an invaluable picture of our ‘affordability’, and whether we are good value for money.

The survey report, which also includes where parents would wish to see funds directed towards, will allow us and the governors to make informed decisions around setting fees, bursary budgeting and, consequently, our strategic and financial planning for the future.

Mr Gregg Davies

Mobile Phone Ban

Many of you may have read in the Henley Standard last week about the positive impact the mobile phone ban (introduced this academic year) has had. The story has since been picked up by national newspapers and international news sites! In addition, Mr Davies gave an interview on TalkRADIO this morning, which you can listen to again here.

In relation to this, parents (and students!) may also find this YouTube video of interest, which addresses the addictiveness of 'electricals' and how important forming 'real' relationships are for a healthy and happy life. It is worth a listen!

Mrs Katherine Green
Director of Marketing and External Relations

School Buses

Please note that all school buses will be leaving the College at 3.30pm tomorrow for the exeat weekend.

Mrs Sue Arpino
School Secretary

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

Thank you to those who attended the meeting regarding the upcoming T&P trip to Nepal in October half-term 2017. If you were unable to make the meeting and are interested in the trip please read the attached letter, noting the purpose, cost and detailed itinerary.

To confirm your son’s place on the trip, please complete the following Google form ( and ensure the first deposit is paid by 1 February 2017.

Miss Elizabeth Morgan
Head of Theology and Philosophy

Year 10 - Geography Field Trip

Brenscombe Outdoor Centre, Dorset
Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22 February 2017

As part of your son’s GCSE Geography studies, there is a requirement to undertake fieldwork which will be written up as a project during lessons in the Summer Term. Please see the attached letter for more information. The cost of this trip will be around £90.00 and this will be added to your bill. Permission for this trip must be granted with the return of this form by Friday 10 February. A copy has also been given to your son.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any further information.

Mr Ross Johnston
Head of Geography and BTEC Travel and Tourism

Battlefields Trip

A reminder that deposits for this Year 9 trip in April need to be with me by Monday 23 January. Full details can be found here.

Mr Nick Brown
History Department

Additional Jungle Book Performance Added!

Due to popular demand, we have added an additional performance date to The Jungle Book run for those of you who have been disappointed by not getting tickets. We will now also have a Saturday Matinee performance starting at 3.15pm in the Tithe Barn Theatre. Tickets can be purchased from the link below:

  • Wednesday 1 February 
  • Thursday 2 February 
  • Friday 3 February - SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday 4 February, 3.15pm
  • Saturday 4 February, 7.30pm - SOLD OUT!

Mrs Jenny Nunes
Head of Drama

Notes from the Music Department

  • Lunchtime Concert this Friday featuring Danny Seymour, Oliver Newton, Charlie Thomas and James Grundy. All welcome.
  • Mr Western’s Drumming Ensemble started this week. This is open to anyone with an interest in percussion/World Music/ military drumming. 

Mr Richard Curran
Director of Music

Save the Date - Boat Club Dinner

The Boat Club Supporters’ Association is delighted to announce that they will be holding a dinner for all Shiplake parents at the prestigious Leander Club on Saturday 24 June. Please put the date in your diaries and more information will be available soon.

Mr Dave Currie
Director of Rowing

Bras for Africa – Appeal

A recent documentary showed how the wearing of bras had impacted positively on the reduction of sexual assault and abuse against women in Africa. One of my local charity shops has started to collect them and were thrilled when I called in with a black bag full – they were not all mine! I plan to collect them on an ongoing basis and would be so grateful if you let me have any that you don’t need or want anymore. Huge thanks in anticipation of your support.

Ms Moya Flynn
HR Manager

Year 9 and Year 11 Pupils

The NHS nurses will be in school on 22 February to vaccinate Year 9 pupils for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Meningitis ACWY. Year 11 pupils will receive Meningitis ACWY only. Consent forms will be coming home with your son for you to sign and return. Alternatively you can print a copy of the form from this link, sign and return to College as soon as possible. Please may we have the forms returned by Wednesday 25 January at the latest. Any pupil without a consent form will not be vaccinated.

Mrs Debbie Mundy
Senior Sister

Forthcoming Events

  • Lunchtime Concert: Friday 20 January, 3.30pm
  • Year 11 Parents' Conference: Friday 20 January, 3.30pm
  • Junior Drama Production: Wednesday 1 - Saturday 4 February
  • Lower School Parents' Conference: Friday 10 February, 3.30pm
  • GCSE Subject Fair for Year 9: Thursday 23 February, 6.00pm
  • Sports Tour 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: Friday 17 - Sunday 19 March (compulsorary only for Friday 17 March)
  • Lunchtime Concert: Friday 24 March, 12.40pm
  • Music Scholars' Concert: Thursday 30 March
  • Year 12 Parents' Conference: Friday 28 April, 3.30pm

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