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

Head’s Praise – 11 June 2024

11 June 2024

Today two pupils received praise:

  • Alex (Lower Sixth) saved the day for his crew at the National Schools’ Regatta. His rudder wires snapped while waiting for the start of the race. Without the ability to steer, the crew would have not been able to race and their competition would’ve been over. Alex, with a great sense of calm and ingenuity, took the string from a bit of equipment in the boat, opened up the stern, and used it to fashion a working rudder for the boat. The day was saved, and they qualified for the A final!
  • George (Third Year) for playing some background music at the O’Doherty’s House Parents’ Social and for dealing with an unexpected flying pigeon with calmness!

Head’s Praise – 23 May 2024

23 May 2024

Today eight pupils received praise:

  • James (Lower 6th) for designing a JBS charter for behaviour.
  • Clement (Lower 6th) for helping run the German lesson at Let’s Communicate.
  • Pranit (Lower 6th) for helping run the German lesson at Let’s Communicate.
  • Henry (3rd Year) for creating and delivering their own Italian lesson with no teacher assistance at Let’s Communicate and super participation in Language Leaders group.
  • Freddie (3rd Year) for creating and delivering their own Italian lesson with no teacher assistance at Let’s Communicate and super participation in Language Leaders group.
  • Vito (3rd Year) for creating and delivering their own Mandarin lesson with no teacher assistance at Let’s Communicate and super participation in Language Leaders group.
  • Aidan (3rd Year) for creating and delivering their own Mandarin lesson with no teacher assistance at Let’s Communicate and super participation in Language Leaders group.
  • Owen (2nd Year) for achieving 96% in the Year 7/8 BPhO Physics Challenge and placing joint first in the whole competition, which included UK and international entrants.

Head’s Praise – 8 May 2024

8 May 2024

Today two pupils received praise:

  • Leo (Lower 6th) for taking part in the OX14 Learning Partnership Academic Coaching program and for showing real thought, leadership, reliability and support for their coachee over the course of this half term. An excellent ambassador for the school.
  • William (5th Year) for excellent effort as part of the H&P Society Magazine.

Head’s Praise – 1 May 2024

1 May 2024

Today six pupils received praise:

  • Gordey (4th Year) for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term for relentless support of his Young Enterprise team. Gordey has been involved in product production, supporting sales events and organising the teams finance. He is a true pillar of the team.
  • Freddie (Lower 6th) for taking part in the OX14 Learning Partnership Academic Coaching program and for showing real thought, leadership, reliability and support for the coachee over the course of this half term. An excellent ambassador for the school.
  • Barney (Lower 6th) for taking part in the OX14 Learning Partnership Academic Coaching program and for showing real thought, leadership, reliability and support for the coachee over the course of this half term. An excellent ambassador for the school.
  • Jimmy (Lower 6th) for taking part in the OX14 Learning Partnership Academic Coaching program and for showing real thought, leadership, reliability and support for the coachee over the course of this half term. An excellent ambassador for the school.
  • George (5th Year) for excellent effort as part of the H&P Society Magazine.
  • Max (5th Year) for coping amazingly well with disappointment. Max has has been working on a very skilful and tremendously ambitious sculpture for his art coursework for a number of months. He finally assembled all the pieces on a large wooden board, stood it up and moved it outside to spray paint it. Then the wind blew it over and it smashed. Some of the sculpture is salvageable, though probably not as he originally conceived. Max dealt with this pretty disappointing turn of events wonderfully. He looked a bit upset very briefly, and then immediately started to think of ways he could adapt. His attitude was just amazing and I am so proud of his resilience and positivity.

Head’s Praise – 26 April 2024

26 April 2024

Today 11 pupils received praise:

  • Charlie (Lower 6th) for an outstanding contribution to our partnership program. For planning and delivering a weekly primary sports club with students from out partner primaries. Showing excellent leadership and teamwork each week.
  • Tom (Lower 6th) for an outstanding contribution to our partnership program. For planning and delivering a weekly primary sports club with students from out partner primaries. Showing excellent leadership and teamwork each week.
  • Eric (Lower 6th) for demonstrating passion, commitment, cooperation, and leadership skills while leading and assisting in the dumpling workshop. Not only did he help set up the event, but he also patiently taught younger students and staff how to make dumplings. He even went out of his way to help tidy up and wash up afterwards. We appreciate his devotion, given the busy schedule of a 6th former.
  • Shaun (Lower 6th) for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term by leading Architecture Lego Club. He has planned and led this club for the past two terms and is doing brilliantly. He has a great rapport with LS but can take a lead if needed. He is punctual and reliable.
  • Alfie (Lower 6th) for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term as a Partnership Primary Sport Club lead. Alfie has been a real leader this term is helping to organise and run our new ASiP primary school sport club which has run every Thursday at Tilsley Park. He has planned and led sessions with peers creating varied and well organised activities and the atmosphere has been brilliant. The students have clearly gained a lot from the process as has Alfie.
  • Jim (Upper 6th) for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term as a Peer Support Lead. Jim managed the relationships workshops for the Middle School, where he took his initial idea to HEK and masterminded a presentation and tutor period activity which he had all the PSLs deliver. They spoke with the 3rd and 4th Years about how to manage relationships of all sorts from a grassroots level.
  • Zaki (3rd Year) for leadership shown within the U14A football team. Zaki has shown highly impressive, yet quiet, leadership skills within the U14A football team from the very first training session. He was selected as Captain for the first game for the way that he contributes constructively on the pitch and in team talks. The Captaincy has been rotated as planned, but he has continued to lead by example in the way that he plays and the way that he encourages others on and off the pitch. He regularly collects equipment without being asked and is highly respected by his peers. He would play any position if asked. Most of all he has gone out of his way to look after and extend friendship to a pupil who joined Abingdon in January and who is part of the team.
  • Pranit (Lower 6th) for taking part in the OX14 Learning Partnership Academic Coaching program and for showing real thought, leadership, reliability and support for their coachee over the course of this half term. An excellent ambassador for the school.
  • Alex (Lower 6th) for taking part in the OX14 Learning Partnership Academic Coaching program and for showing real thought, leadership, reliability and support for their coachee over the course of this half term. An excellent ambassador for the school.
  • Deniz (Lower 6th) for taking part in the OX14 Learning Partnership Academic Coaching program and for showing real thought, leadership, reliability and support for their coachee over the course of this half term. An excellent ambassador for the school.
  • James (Lower 6th) for taking part in the OX14 Learning Partnership Academic Coaching program and for showing real thought, leadership, reliability and support for their coachee over the course of this half term. An excellent ambassador for the school.

Head’s Praise – 19 April 2024

19 April 2024

Today 5 pupils received praise:

  • Jack (Lower 6th) for hosting the Easter tea party for the first time.
  • Tino (5th Year) for running a chess club at Carswell school for 2 years. Tino plays chess each week with a Year 5 pupil who has autism and finds it tricky to play chess with other pupils. He has shown great sensitivity and been very supportive so this pupil has a really good time.
  • Ethan (Lower 6th) for an outstanding contribution to our partnership program. For planning and delivering a weekly primary sports club with students from our partner primaries. Showing excellent leadership and teamwork each week.
  • Jack (Lower 6th) for an outstanding contribution to our partnership program. For planning and delivering a weekly primary sports club with students from our partner primaries. Showing excellent leadership and teamwork each week.
  • Thomas (3rd Year) for helping to search for a missing person in his village.

Head’s Praise – 21 March 2024

21 March 2024

Today 13 pupils received praise:

  • Lucas (Lower 6th) for being part of a team that won a distinction in the Cambridge Biology Challenge Round 1. The judges said “Wow – an incredibly original and innovative response; we were impressed with your mathematical analysis of the problem.”
  • Tom (1st Year) for being involved in wellbeing dog walking over the last two terms, boosting other people’s mood as he stops around site to chat to individuals with Luna by his side.
  • Leo (Lower 6th) for being awarded a Gold in the Biology Olympiad. This puts them in the top 5% of applicants and is very hard to achieve. Leo did this a year early s well, which makes it even more impressive.
  • James (Upper 6th) for being awarded a Gold in the Biology Olympiad. This puts them in the top 5% of applicants and is very hard to achieve.
  • Rayn (Upper 6th) for being awarded a Gold in the Biology Olympiad. This puts them in the top 5% of applicants and is very hard to achieve.
  • Charlie (3rd Year) for taking part in his first gala for the school and earning a swim team hat. Charlie swam really well in two individual races and relays. Really impressive as it was against much older opposition at Radley.
  • Jaden (3rd Year) for taking part in his first proper gala for the school and earning a swim team hat. Jaden swam really well in two individual races and relays, against much older swimmers.
  • Michael (4th Year) for taking part in his first proper gala for the school and earning a swim team hat. Michael swam really well in two individual races, nearly won one of them! And great effort in both relays. Great performance.
  • Xavi (4th Year) for taking part in his first proper gala for the school and earning a swim team hat. Xavi swam really well in two individual races without much rest and put in a great time in the U15 FS relay against strong opposition.
  • Enoch (5th Year) for taking part in his first proper gala for the school and earning a swim team hat. Swam 100 Backstroke and 100 FS, really great effort and the FS was a really good time. Swam both relays too. Against much older and stronger opposition at Radley, Enoch did really well. He should be proud of himself.
  • Justin (4th Year) for awesome swimming in his first gala for the school, 100 FS was brilliant and also swam 50 BK and 50 FS races. Huge effort to also swim both relays for U18. Even fought through some painful cramp as he was so tired. Hugely impressed by him! Amazing effort!
  • Alex (Lower 6th) for supporting a friend in need.
  • James (Lower 6th) for hosting the Easter tea party for the first time.

Head’s Praise – 15 March 2024

15 March 2024

Today 10 pupils received praise:

  • Can (Upper 6th) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Thomas (Upper 6th) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Yubo (Lower 6th) a sustained and outstanding contribution to running the Primary Science Club.
  • Charlie (5th Year) a sustained and outstanding contribution to running the Primary Science Club.
  • James (Upper 6th) for an excellent optional physics prep on modelling “radioactive decay” using popping popcorn.
  • Christian (Upper 6th) for an excellent optional physics prep on modelling “radioactive decay” using popping popcorn.
  • Henry (4th Year) for making an extremely positive, hands on contribution to building the second Greenpower F25 car in collaboration with Fitzharrys and John Mason Schools and engineers from GKN Automotive Ltd.
  • Alex (5th Year) for making an extremely positive, hands on contribution to building the second Greenpower F25 car in collaboration with Fitzharrys and John Mason Schools and engineers from GKN Automotive Ltd.
  • Lucas (Lower 6th) for being part of a team that won a distinction in the Cambridge Biology Challenge Round 1. The judges said “Wow – an incredibly original and innovative response; we were impressed with your mathematical analysis of the problem” for their analysis and explanation as to why organisms do not have wheels.
  • Sasha (Lower 6th) for being part of a team that won a distinction in the Cambridge Biology Challenge Round 1. The judges said “Wow – an incredibly original and innovative response; we were impressed with your mathematical analysis of the problem” for their analysis and explanation as to why organisms do not have wheels.

Head’s Praise – 29 February 2024

29 February 2024

Today 13 pupils received praise:

  • Toby (Upper 6th) for being a J14C, J15C, J1 B and 2nd VIII rower. He has been a quiet role model of resilience, commitment and dedication, and has made consistent progress throughout his school rowing career. This weekend he has been selected to race for in the 1st VIII as stroke man.
  • Harry (5th Year) for stepping up into a senior CCF position a year early.
  • Charlie (5th Year) for stepping up into a senior CCF position a year early.
  • Zaki (3rd Year) for showing leadership within the U14A football team.
  • Sam (Upper 6th) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Scott (Upper 6th) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Ollie (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Luke (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Xien (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Kit (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Paddy (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Dan (5th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.
  • Alex (4th Year) for winning the national U18 waterpolo semi final.

Head’s Praise – 22 February 2024

22 February 2024

Today eight pupils received praise:

  • Conor (Lower 6th) for taking part in Soundbite recordings for the ND Week film with the AFU. Bravely speaking openly and honestly in front of others about his neurodiversity and how he finds school.
  • George (3rd Year) for winning joint 1st Prize in the 3rd Year History Competition about family in WW1 or WW2.
  • Arran (3rd Year) for winning joint 1st Prize in the 3rd Year History Competition about family in WW1 or WW2.
  • James (Lower 6th) for being Deputy Stage Manager for A Monster Calls, a technically heavy show (over 1000 lighting, sound and AV cues) and was responsible for calling them all and coordinating the student crew to ensure they all happened at the right time.
  • Ayo (Lower 6th) for his outstanding 6th form assembly “Audiences don’t hate diversity, they hate bad writing”.
  • Sam (Upper 6th) for helping a sixth former at SHSK with their coding and electronics A Level project.
  • Ronnie (Lower 6th) for excellent improvement in art.
  • Evan (3rd Year) for a fantastic contribution to the running and organisation of the Creativity in the Community Group (3rd Year Service) by managing and maintaining the programme of poets and musicians.