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

Headmaster’s Praise – 15 January 2021

15 January 2021

Today four boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Kit Matthews for completing an outstanding AFU film, inspired by TS Eliot’s “The Waste Land”, earning him the Michael Grigsby Young Filmmaker Award for 2020/21.
  • Max Hems for personally putting together an excellent assembly for middle schoolers advertising the Peer Support Lead Instagram page and for updating the page itself.
  • Ari Ioannou for taking part in a film about life in Lower School to be sent to ASEE candidates.
  • Henry Purcell for taking part in a film about life in Lower School to be sent to ASEE candidates.

Headmaster’s Praise – 4 December 2020

27 November 2020

Today six boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Josh Bromley for an absolutely stunning piece of photography homework that demonstrates a massive amount of creativity and flair.
  • Cameron Eilbeck for his dedication to Other Half and ASP activities this term, taking part in every session of GCSE Astronomy, Physics Factor Research Club, Science Communication Club and still contributing to Primary Science Club when he can.
  • Philip Kimber for an outstanding effort in his German work. Philip has submitted pieces of homework and voluntary work worthy of a 5th or even L6th pupil. Taking our topic “Mein Wohnort” to a different level by discussing issues around urbanisation and Coronavirus.
  • Alexandre Peuch for coming joint first in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry of cooking/communication competition. For this he produced a fantastic video and written resources, aimed at Year 7 pupils, describing the analysis of vitamin C in food.
  • Samuel Price for an excellent performance in art lessons, homework & Other Half over the whole term.
  • James Robinson for demonstrating how to discuss an article in German under exam conditions in front of the L6 German class. He impressed all around in what was a nerve wracking challenge.

Headmaster’s Praise – 27 November 2020

27 November 2020

Today 12 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Durotimi Adebutu for sharing an amazing and beautiful track, “Stranger”, that he has composed and produced in his Music Tech lessons with Alex Hehir.
  • John Bonchristiano for writing Python code to extract air quality data from the Luftdaten sensor network for the SCAMPA schools project sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Michael Cha for an outstanding performance of a movement from Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnol at the Levon Chilingirian Strings Masterclass last week.
  • Vincent Chen for outstanding effort in bringing together the latest edition of Griffenomics. Great leadership skills in holding together a team and getting them to meet deadlines.
  • Dashiell Hathaway for an outstanding performance of Bach’s A minor violin concerto at the Levon Chilingirian Strings Masterclass last week.
  • Ben Kiraikou for outstanding effort in bringing together the latest edition of Griffenomics. Great leadership skills in holding together a team and getting them to meet deadlines.
  • Andreas Lo for an outstanding performance of the last movement from Mendelssohn’s D minor violin concerto at the Levon Chilingirian Strings Masterclass last week.
  • Nicholas Raptakis for an outstanding performance of the Canzonetta from Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto at the Levon Chilingirian Strings Masterclass last week.
  • Ashwin Tennant for an outstanding performance of a Prokofiev violin sonata at the Levon Chilingirian Strings Masterclass last week.
  • Boco To for an outstanding performance of Veracini’s E minor violin sonata at the Levon Chilingirian Strings Masterclass last week.
  • Jake Wallis for programming Raspberry Pi air quality sensors for six primary schools in his own time at home for the SCAMPA schools project sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Harry Watkins for outstanding initiative in setting up his own company to write firmware for 3D printers.

Headmaster’s Praise – 20 November 2020

20 November 2020

Today 16 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Bentley Cook for gaining a distinction (136/150) in his recent grade 8 piano examination, an excellent achievement.
  • Aryann Gupta for an excellent presentation as part of the L6th STEP and U6th summer research project afternoon in the Amey Theatre.
  • James Healey for an excellent presentation as part of the L6th STEP and U6th summer research project afternoon in the Amey Theatre.
  • Tom Hyder-Smith for assisting in a medical emergency, showing unbelievable maturity. He then continued to show support for his friend. He can be very proud of himself.
  • Mike MacLennan for an excellent presentation as part of the L6th STEP and U6th summer research project afternoon in the Amey Theatre.
  • Freddie Merrett for an excellent presentation as part of the L6th STEP and U6th summer research project afternoon in the Amey Theatre.
  • Johan Nerlov for an excellent presentation as part of the L6th STEP and U6th summer research project afternoon in the Amey Theatre.
  • William Nutbrown for following the house theme for this term (curiosity), Will has recorded a House Assembly on how a simple question at the start of lockdown led him to completing a Mooc and then finding a new interest in stocks and shares.
  • Alexandre Peuch for writing an extremely professional letter to a proposed speaker and securing her agreement to deliver a remote lecture from Chile. Dr Feming commented ‘That is a lovely letter. Tell them that I would be pleased to present on Monday 7th December.’ Alexandre also gave an excellent presentation as part of the L6th STEP and U6th summer research project afternoon in the Amey Theatre.
  • Samuel Price for outstanding contributions to homework, competitions and Other Half activities.
  • Nick Raptakis for recording the Schumann piano Concerto with First Orchestra for the Christmas Concert stream. He played superbly and we recorded in a single take. A fantastic achievement!
  • Karum Sangha for putting together a fantastic video for House Assembly on International Men’s Day.
  • Edward Saunders for an excellent presentation as part of the L6th STEP and U6th summer research project afternoon in the Amey Theatre.
  • Ross Tselos for an excellent presentation as part of the L6th STEP and U6th summer research project afternoon in the Amey Theatre.
  • Max Williams for achieving a perfect score of 125/125 in the Senior Maths Challenge. He has qualified for the first round of the British Mathematical Olympiad.
  • Johnnie Willis-Bund for completing a unique and original film, “The Bookshop at the End of the World”, despite the challenges of lockdown, which deprived him of access to his original footage and AFU equipment. The bulk of the finished film was shot and edited on his mobile phone.

Headmaster’s Praise – 13 November 2020

13 November 2020

Today 10 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Charlie Collins for an outstanding completed sketchbook, created over half-term completely independently and on his own initiative.
  • Yubo Gao for an outstanding cello performance of Fauré in the Senior Solo Competition.
  • Oliver Glover for winning 2nd prize and an outstanding oboe performance of Martinu in the Senior Solo Competition.
  • Oliver Harvey for his outstanding work in English this term: his notes and written work on Jekyll and Hyde are above and beyond my expectations.
  • Will Haynes for his piece on Global Deforestation featured in the FT Student Digest this week.
  • Josef O’Connor for an outstanding soprano sax performance of Bach in the Senior Solo Competition.
  • Oliver Simpson for winning 1st Prize and an outstanding cello performance of Chopin in the Senior Solo Competition.
  • Boco To for an outstanding performance of Brahms in the Senior Solo Competition.
  • Scott Yap for an outstanding piano performance of Liszt in the Senior Solo Competition.
  • Daniel Zhang for winning 3rd Prize and an outstanding performance on the piano in the Senior Solo Competition.

Headmaster’s Praise – 6 November 2020

6 November 2020

Today 17 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Ibrahim Atitebi for  a fantastic explanation of a complex maths puzzle about opening and closing doors.
  • Hamish Bloom for representing his house in the public speaking competition.
  • Freddy Chelsom for representing his house in the public speaking competition.
  • Robin Collins for representing his house in the public speaking competition.
  • Lucas Earnshaw for producing an independently researched presentation on the First World War.
  • Sam Hayes-Newington for showing exceptional maturity and strong leadership in discussion about opportunities for rowing squad training at school with Senior management and for instituting positive change.
  • Philip Kimber for his extraordinary essay written, entirely voluntarily and independently, on the role of the Octobrist party in the Dumas in early 20th century Russia. Entirely beyond the confines of the course, research and writing both of an extremely high standard.
  • Sam King for representing his house in the public speaking competition.
  • Freddie Knott for filming a house assembly for the entire house on his ecosphere project. Very impressive and well produced.
  • Shi Hong Kuang for representing his house in the public speaking competition.
  • Toby Lee for an outstanding circuit made over half term as part of a little project. Very impressive considering how early on in the GCSE Electronics course we are.
  • Harold Lethaby for representing his house in the public speaking competition (and won) with the moon shot speech by JFK.
  • Harry Litchfield for representing his house in the public speaking competition.
  • Dan McNamara for representing his house in the public speaking competition.
  • Ted Smethurst for representing his house in the public speaking competition.
  • Boco To for writing a fantastic 8-page article on Chinese history over the half-term break and it will be published in this term’s magazine. He has also produced an outstanding short video about the doppleganger that lives in his room. This was part of a boarder’s half term challenge – he really stepped up.
  • Tommy Winter for representing his house in the public speaking competition.

Headmaster’s Praise – 16 October 2020

16 October 2020

Today two boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Jai Biswas Gladwin for leading the Primary Science Club L6th Bubble Team throughout this half term.
  • Aidan Chan for writing an impressive letter in Spanish to Señor Windsor making a great suggestion for school meals.

Headmaster’s Praise – 9 October 2020

9 October 2020

Today 19 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Morgan Atkins for producing an excellent video on the role of Peer Support Leads in his spare time over the weekend.
  • Oliver Clark for completing an excellent first film – Troubled Waters – as a member of the Abingdon Film Unit.
  • Oliver Glover for stepping up superbly to direct 1st Orchestra woodwind when a sore throat prevented him from playing.
  • Alexander Heffernan for completing an excellent first film – Upriver – as a member of the Abingdon Film Unit.
  • Jakob Hobbs for being runner up in the Gladstone Memorial Prize for his essay on the purpose of the gods in epic poetry. This is the second year in a row that an Abingdon Classicist has gained second prize. Jakob also composed verse in ancient Greek.
  • Matthew Hoult for playing principal clarinet in 1st Orchestra – he is playing the opening solo in Marquez’ Danzon No 2 with real artistry, and so inspirational for the other woodwind players.
  • Oscar I’Anson for helping the Abingdon C Rifle Club Team to win their division in the Spring 2020 British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association League.
  • Alexander Lees for completing an excellent first film – Love Letter to the Watermill – as a member of the Abingdon Film Unit.
  • Harold Lethaby for taking part in the video made for online Open Morning.
  • Harry Litchfield for completing an excellent first film – Mama Uganda – as a member of the Abingdon Film Unit.
  • Andreas Lo for taking part in the video made for online Open Morning.
  • Ben MacLennan for helping the Abingdon B Rifle Club Team to win their division in the Spring 2020 British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association League.
  • Freddie Merrett for taking part in the video made for online Open Morning.
  • Oliver Millbourn for completing an excellent first film – Numpie – as a member of the Abingdon Film Unit
  • Freddie Nicholson for programming a system to assist a teacher with distributing certificates electronically. He also produced a 20 minute video guide using Loom.
  • Josh Sharff for taking part in the video made for online Open Morning.
  • Seb Watkins for composing verse in ancient Greek.
  • Marius Williamson for helping the Abingdon B Rifle Club Team to win their division in the Spring 2020 British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association League.
  • Jayden Zamler for taking part in the video made for online Open Morning.

Headmaster’s Praise – 2 October 2020

2 October 2020

Today 10 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Oscar Bennett for helping the Abingdon B Rifle Club Team win their division in the Spring 2020 British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association League.
  • Ianto Brewer for taking part in the video made for online Open Morning.
  • Josh Broadbent for his Sixth Form Art Scholarship.
  • Ethan Chen for his Sixth Form Art Scholarship.
  • Andrey Gerasimov for taking part in the video made for online Open Morning.
  • Will Haynes for producing an interactive map of schools in the ASP SCAMPA project.
  • Cameron Khoo for taking part in the video made for online Open Morning.
  • Charles Maddison for helping the Abingdon C Rifle Club Team win their division in the Spring 2020 British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association League.
  • Caleb Maijeh for working over the weekend to produce a chemistry briefing sheet on air pollutants for schools taking part in the ASP SCAMPA project.
  • Noah Macer for producing an interactive map of schools in the ASP SCAMPA project.

Headmaster’s Praise – 25 September 2020

25 September 2020

Today two boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Samuel Price for producing an amazing mosaic for his summer project; the best I have ever seen.
  • Fred Mellor for designing an excellent piece of art based on the Abingdon griffen.