Boys are nominated to receive a Head’s Praise for exceptional achievements and contribution to school life.

Headmaster’s Praise – 1 July 2022

1 July 2022

Today 12 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Louis de Chazal for an outstanding performance in the International Maths Olympiad Challenge, achieving 19/20 and being in the top 5% globally. He has the title of being an IMOC Champion. This was an international competition which took place online on the first Saturday of half term in his own time.
  • James Longworth for an amazing performance in the IMOC (International Maths Olympiad) taken at the start of half term. His score of 81 placed him in the top 15.03% globally and gives him the title of IMOC Elitist.
  • Harish Sivakumar for taking part in the National Final of the German Spelling Bee at Cambridge University, learning hundreds of German words to spell in front of a large audience.
  • Joe Kerrigan for taking part in the National Final of the German Spelling Bee at Cambridge University, learning hundreds of German words to spell in front of a large audience.
  • Luke Prior for helping with the second year trip to Hampton Court Palace, presenting to and engaging with different groups as they moved around the palace.
  • Felix Kind for helping with the second year trip to Hampton Court Palace, presenting to and engaging with different groups as they moved around the palace.
  • Arlie Macpherson for helping with the second year trip to Hampton Court Palace, presenting to and engaging with different groups as they moved around the palace.
  • Syed Shah for litter picking at the jubilee outside picnic.
  • Bertie Smith for litter picking at the jubilee outside picnic.
  • Max Bond-Smith for litter picking at the jubilee outside picnic.
  • Sam Wilkins for litter picking at the jubilee outside picnic.
  • Edward Harris for litter picking at the jubilee outside picnic.

Headmaster’s Praise – 24 June 2022

24 June 2022

Today 10 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Max Siriwardene for taking part in the OX14 academic coaching program and being an excellent ambassador for the School.
  • Krishen Rao for being a pivotal part of a new School video.
  • Thom Denning for breaking the Achilles Relays 4x800m record.
  • Freddy Chelsom for being Highly Commended for his choice of quote and commentary in the Oxford German Network competition and for helping run the German workshop at the primary school Festival of Languages.
  • Archie Wood for making a video of Abingdon’s green spaces to help patients’ rehabilitation on Abingdon Stroke Ward.
  • Charlie Wallis for helping run the Spanish workshop at the primary school Festival of Languages.
  • Joshua Mensah for helping run the German workshop at the primary school Festival of Languages.
  • Rory Kind for helping run the Mandarin workshop at the primary school Festival of Languages.
  • Matty Rolfe for helping run the Mandarin workshop at the primary school Festival of Languages.
  • Theo Shorrocks for helping run the Mandarin workshop at the primary school Festival of Languages.

Headmaster’s Praise – 17 June 2022

17 June 2022

Today seven pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Josh Mensah for taking part in the OX14 academic coaching program and being an excellent ambassador for the school.
  • Will d’Arcy for being part of the winning road relay team (1st out of 179 teams) and for breaking the Achilles Relays 4x800m record.
  • Ollie Ellard for taking part in the OX14 academic coaching program and being an excellent ambassador for the school.
  • Johnny James for being a pivotal part of a new school video.
  • Chris Skelton for being a pivotal part of a new school video.
  • Harvey Vinton for being a pivotal part of a new school video.
  • Oliver Glover for gaining his ARSM Oboe Performing diploma with an astonishing 48/50, 96%. This is a truly incredible achievement!

Headmaster’s Praise – 10 June 2022

10 June 2022

Today 10 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Sean Hanlon for writing the winning entry in our Spanish micro story fiction writing competition. Great use of language and an imaginative, atmospheric story. Sean also receives Headmaster’s praise for gaining a place in the semifinals of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Competition in the 4th Year String Quartet.
  • Sam Siriwardene for captaining the U15A hockey team to an unbeaten season. The leadership qualities Sam demonstrated at training and at fixtures contributed significantly to this success (as well as a hatful of goals!)
  • Adrian Chung for the outstanding support given to his Young Enterprise team and commitment to sales. True spirit of the programme.
  • Lachlan Keene for gaining a place in the semifinals of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Competition in the 4th Year String Quartet.
  • Ewan Ellson for being a pivotal part of a new School video.
  • Rupert Mathieson for leadership during our Brownsea Island camping and sailing trip. Rupert took charge of anchoring and looking after the RIB as well as making sure everything on the trailer was secure. On top of that his sailing skills were excellent.
  • Kieran Willis for helping run the German workshop at the primary school Festival of Languages.
  • Dominic Schneider for helping run the German workshop at the primary school Festival of Languages.
  • Henry Roseff for helping run the French workshop at the primary school Festival of Languages.
  • Dominic Ng for helping run the French workshop at the primary school Festival of Languages.

Headmaster’s Praise – 27 May 2022

27 May 2022

Today nine pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Nicholas Chan for representing the School at the Public Schools’ Fencing Competition. The team was awarded the Hillary Hammond Trophy for the best score overall for a team with fewer than 20 entries.
  • Milo Lennox for making a video of Abingdon’s green spaces to help patients’ rehabilitation on Abingdon Stroke Ward.
  • Henry Channon for being a part of the winning road relay team (1st out of 179 teams) and for breaking the Achilles Relays 4x800m record.
  • Tommy Harris for being a part of the winning road relay team (1st out of 179 teams).
  • Marc Sheriff for being a part of the winning road relay team (1st out of 179 teams).
  • Jamie Firth for taking part in the OX14 academic coaching program and being an excellent ambassador for the School.
  • Tom Wormell for taking part in the OX14 academic coaching program and being an excellent ambassador for the School.
  • Rohan Chandrasekaran for taking part in the OX14 academic coaching program and being an excellent ambassador for the School.
  • Tunmise Adebutu for taking part in the OX14 academic coaching program and being an excellent ambassador for the School.

Headmaster’s Praise – 20 May 2022

20 May 2022

Today 12 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Tristan Clark Lam for outstanding commitment and work towards his mock examination.
  • James Clarke for being DSM of the Middle School show “A Series of Public Apologies”, which turned into a very major role in the absence of first the Director and then the Assistant Theatre Manager – James stepped up in a committed and proactive fashion, we couldn’t have run the show without him!
  • Louis Chan for being awarded silver in the UK Linguistics Olympiad. Louis also receives Headmaster’s praise for taking part in the OX14 academic coaching program and being an excellent ambassador for the School.
  • Freddy Chelsom for being awarded silver in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Matthew Rolfe for being awarded silver in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Clement Tsoi for being awarded silver in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • James Guan for an outstanding logic circuit design challenge project in electronics.
  • Ben MacLennan for representing the School at the Public Schools’ Fencing Competition 2022. The team was awarded the Hillary Hammond Trophy for the best score overall for a team with fewer than 20 entries. He also won the National U18 Fencing Championships! Ben also receives Headmaster’s praise for being involved with a new School video.
  • Sacha Borg for representing the School at the Public Schools’ Fencing Competition 2022. The team was awarded the Hillary Hammond Trophy for the best score overall for a team with fewer than 20 entries.
  • Edward Richards for representing the School at the Public Schools’ Fencing Competition 2022. The team was awarded the Hillary Hammond Trophy for the best score overall for a team with fewer than 20 entries.
  • Fin Bennet for representing the School at the Public Schools’ Fencing Competition 2022. The team was awarded the Hillary Hammond Trophy for the best score overall for a team with fewer than 20 entries.
  • Arthur Sheppard for being awarded a Colours Tie for hockey.

Headmaster’s Praise – 13 May 2022

13 May 2022

Today 11 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Josh Jackson for delivering an incredibly brave house assembly on mental health.
  • Tom Sherwood for helping to produce some excellent videos relating to the subject of RSE.
  • Clem Davies for helping to produce some excellent videos relating to the subject of RSE.
  • Ollie Harvey for helping to produce some excellent videos relating to the subject of RSE.
  • Jonathan Pannett-Smith for helping to produce some excellent videos relating to the subject of RSE.
  • Felix Kind for helping to produce some excellent videos relating to the subject of RSE.
  • Walter Liu for placing 1st in the UK in the Maths International Competition, Naboj.
  • Theo Shorrocks for achieving a bronze award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Fran Trotter for achieving a bronze award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Louis Trotter for achieving a bronze award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Tom Walters for achieving a bronze award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.

Headmaster’s Praise – 11 May 2022

11 May 2022

Today 13 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Joseph Betts for achieving a bronze award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Jack Tilley for being the driving force behind the reimagining and transformation of Other Half Library Service this term. His ideas, enthusiasm and managerial prowess – not only within the scheduled slot for this activity but also outside it – have been key to raising the quality of work, standards of behaviour and collective enthusiasm.
  • Ethan Chen for representing the School at the Public Schools’ Fencing Competition. The team was awarded the Hillary Hammond Trophy for the best score overall for a team with fewer than 20 entries.
  • Jacob Drew for representing the School at the Public Schools’ Fencing Competition. The team was awarded the Hillary Hammond Trophy for the best score overall for a team with fewer than 20 entries.
  • Dom Wood for being maths mentor to 5th year students throughout the course of this term – Dom has given up his time weekly to support the learning of others, a superb effort.
  • Archie White for masterminding an OX14 Student Voice/PSL Video Series project, recording conversations between students for use within the school and town-wide partnership communities.
  • Thomas Kent for masterminding an OX14 Student Voice/PSL Video Series project, recording conversations between students for use within the school and town-wide partnership communities.
  • Harvey Bell for masterminding an OX14 Student Voice/PSL Video Series project, recording conversations between students for use within the school and town-wide partnership communities. Harvey also receives Headmaster’s Praise for exemplary tour organisation and tour guiding, and for being a pivotal part of a new school video.
  • Oscar Bunting for masterminding an OX14 Student Voice/PSL Video Series project, recording conversations between students for use within the school and town-wide partnership communities.
  • Oscar Sievewright for masterminding an OX14 Student Voice/PSL Video Series project, recording conversations between students for use within the school and town-wide partnership communities.
  • Matthew Jarvis for masterminding an OX14 Student Voice/PSL Video Series project, recording conversations between students for use within the school and town-wide partnership communities.
  • Cameron Wood for masterminding an OX14 Student Voice/PSL Video Series project, recording conversations between students for use within the school and town-wide partnership communities.
  • Chester Shen for taking part in the OX14 academic coaching program and being an excellent ambassador for the school and for being a pivotal part of a new school video.

Headmaster’s Praise – 6 May 2022

6 May 2022

Today 10 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Tom Mennie for an outstanding contribution to tag rugby coaching with the partnership programme.
  • Jim Allen for an outstanding contribution to tag rugby coaching with the partnership programme.
  • Ted Carter for an outstanding contribution to tag rugby coaching with the partnership programme.
  • Alex Mapplebeck for winning a Gold Award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad, putting him in the top 50 students in the country.
  • Harrison Blumfield for representing the School at the Public Schools’ Fencing Competition 2022. The team was awarded the Hillary Hammond Trophy for the best score overall for a team with fewer than 20 entries.
  • Luke Ball for representing the School at the Public Schools’ Fencing Competition 2022. The team was awarded the Hillary Hammond Trophy for the best score overall for a team with fewer than 20 entries.
  • Ross Tselos for achieving a Silver Award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Alex Peuch for achieving a Bronze Award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Luka Shanidze for achieving a Silver Award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Ethan Walker for achieving a Silver Award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Torsten Ayerst for achieving a Silver Award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Jack Rickman for achieving a Bronze Award in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.

Headmaster’s Praise – 29 April 2022

29 April 2022

Today 14 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Luc Tucker for doing a fantastic job acting as Deputy Stage Manager, co-ordinating and cueing all the lighting, sound and pyro cues in what was an incredibly tech heavy show. Luc also receives Headmaster’s praise for his brilliant artwork, including his painting in Headmaster’s office.
  • Will Haynes for giving an excellent lecture on his visit to the archaeological site of Amphipolis at the sixth form Classics Lecture evening. He also receives Full Service and Half Colours Ties.
  • Arthur Larousse to receive a Half Colours Tie.
  • Jack Thornton to receive a Full Sport Colours Tie.
  • Ryan Ng for gaining a place in the semifinals of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Competition in a Senior Piano Trio. Ryan also receives a Half Colours Tie.
  • Nelson Chan for having the most improved exam results in School House in the 5th Year.
  • Harry Stephens for having the most improved exam results in Crescent House in the 5th Year.
  • Jonathan Huang for the Sixth Form Economics Lent Term prize.
  • Cameron Eilbeck for the Sixth Form Music Lent Term Prize.
  • Freddie Bower for having the most improved exam results in O’Doherty’s in the 4th Year.
  • Oliver Smith for the Senior Physics Challenge award.
  • Harry Boumphrey for being the co-champion of the Inter House Debating Competition.
  • Robyn Wivell to receive a Half Colours Tie.
  • Nikita Rodin for placing 1st in the UK in the Maths International Competition, Naboj.