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

Headmaster’s Praise – 18 June 2021

18 June 2021

Today nine pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Alparslan Abdurrazak who has gone from not being able to swim at the start of term, to completing a length without stopping! Everyone was super proud of him!
  • Oliver Kirk for taking ownership of the beginning of his UCAS application by completing his super-curricular document with a huge amount of detail. This will help his teachers to include the granular detail required in a modern reference.
  • Charles Maddison for putting together a great charity quiz in partnership with ASPA.
  • Joshua Massey-Thompson for putting together a great charity quiz in partnership with ASPA.
  • Rowan Miell-Ingram for reaching the English Schools qualifying standard for both the 3000m (8:28) and 1500m (3:56). This should secure him a place at the National Final in Manchester, placing him within the top 16 runners in the country.
  • Alexandre Peuch for taking ownership of the beginning of his UCAS application by completing his super-curricular document with a huge amount of detail. This will help his teachers to include the granular detail required in a modern reference.
  • Oliver Simpson for winning joint first prize in the Oxfordshire Concerto Competition Final held on Friday 11 June. He played the finale of Saint-Saens’ cello concerto.
  • Luke Skates for winning the 800m (2:16) and 300m (40.8) at the Oxfordshire graded meet at Horspath.
  • Ted Woodfin for putting together a great charity quiz in partnership with ASPA.

Headmaster’s Praise – 21 May 2021

21 May 2021

Today three pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Oliver Simpson for being the winner of the Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2021, out of 150 entrants, after a number of rounds. He will perform in September a concerto with orchestra in St Georges Chapel Windsor.
  • Boco To for his brilliant entry for the Radley German Poetry recital competition – a very engaging rendition of Valeri Scherstjanoi’s “Der Hund”.
  • Dominic Wood for producing this week’s SCAMPA News for local schools full of excellent ideas for air quality investigations.

Headmaster’s Praise – 14 May 2021

14 May 2021

Today 18 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Ben Broadbent for running a canoe polo session in the swimming pool for the 3rd years every week for over a year with very limited staff assistance.
  • Nick Case for running a canoe polo session in the swimming pool for the Lower School every week for over a year with very limited staff assistance.
  • Oliver Clark for some really inventive and dedicated independent work on a number of short films during the period of lockdown this year.
  • Jonathan Ferry for leading the Young MUN group since September last year and continuing to do so throughout the lockdown. He has been fantastic and a real role model to the 3rd Year students. He has passed on his enthusiasm and skill for MUN and has ensured the boys have enjoyed the activity.
  • Alex Heffernan for some bold and committed filming in all weathers for a documentary about Hinksey Rowing Club.
  • Lachlan Jones for promoting Chinese language learning to primary schools last year and to 2nd years during the taster lessons this term.
  • Philip Kimber for making this weeks house assembly which has been played to the whole house. It was absolutely brilliant and on map projections, their related politics and what we can learn about compromise from it.
  • Samuel King for taking part in filming a video for the website.
  • Charles Kum for excellent work, both during his period of remote learning in Hong Kong, and since his return to Abingdon, on his debut AFU film, which cleverly combines the two locations.
  • Alexander Lees for some excellent independent film work in his own time, and in the face of Covid restrictions, for his next AFU documentary about the work of the local search and rescue charity, OXSARS
  • Caleb Maijeh for producing an excellent report on ground level ozone pollution for the SCAMPA Project newsletter.
  • Alex Oldham for running a canoe polo session in the swimming pool for the 3rd years every week for over a year with very limited staff assistance.
  • Oliver Simpson for being the winner of the Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2021. Ollie won the age 13-15 category, and also the title of overall Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2021.
  • Ted Smethurst for participating in the New Views playwriting scheme run by the National Theatre. The play he wrote, “The Inheritance”, has been long-listed by the judges from the hundreds of entries written by students across the UK, and will now be considered by a team of National Theatre directors for one of nine rehearsed reading slots at the NT. These are given by professional actors in July. A fine achievement!
  • Ed Spackman for running a canoe polo session in the swimming pool for the 3rd years every week for over a year with very limited staff assistance.
  • Jake Wallis for running a canoe polo session in the swimming pool for the lower school every week for over a year with very limited staff assistance
  • Jonathan Watcham for taking part in the making of a film for the school website on what his hopes and aspirations are for life at Abingdon
  • Daniel Zhang for learning a very difficult piano piece in one week, and recording it for the online concert.

Headmaster’s Praise – 7 May 2021

7 May 2021

Today 11 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Durotimi Adebutu for taking part in filming a video for the website.
  • Joe Betts for writing a strong essay for the Sheffield University Essay prize entitled ‘How Roman was the Roman Empire?”
  • Ianto Brewer for writing a strong essay for the Sheffield University Essay prize on the French and Haitian Revolutions.
  • Thomas Gardener for taking part in filming a video for the website.
  • Toby Hindley for taking part in filming a video for the website.
  • Samuel King for taking part in filming a video for the website.
  • Joe Noctor for taking part in the making of a film for the school website on what his hopes and aspirations are for life at Abingdon.
  • Maxwell Robinson for taking part in the making of a film for the school website on what his hopes and aspirations are for life at Abingdon.
  • Ted Smethurst for writing a strong essay for the New College of Humanities Essay Prize: “Is democracy experiencing a setback worldwide?’
  • Jonathan Watcham for taking part in the making of a film for the school website on what his hopes and aspirations are for life at Abingdon.
  • Scott Yap for taking part in filming a video for the website.

Headmaster’s Praise – 30 April 2021

30 April 2021

Today six pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Tim Fowler for an excellent video demonstrating 4-bit counter and the problems of switch bounce.
  • Liam Hilditch for scoring an unbeaten 133 to win the 1st XI game vs Berkamsted at the weekend.
  • Nick Raptakis for his superb 10 minute orchestral piece, ‘The Mountain’ that has been chosen to be performed by both First Orchestra and TVYO at the end of this term.
  • Ted Smethurst for being ‘Very Highly Commended’ for his story ‘The Menu’ in the National Youth Flash Fiction Competition.
  • Todd Stanmore for hitting six 6s in an over for the U15Cs vs Berkamsted. A very rare feat!
  • Ethan Walker for being top 12 in the country in the next round of the UK Linguistics Olympiad (just missing out on top 8 which would have given him a place in the UK squad).

Headmaster’s Praise – 23 April 2021

23 April 2021

Today 11 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Jake Ginks for achieving a Gold award in the Biology Olympiad.
  • Rory King for leading his team of economists in putting together the second edition this year of Griffenomics. Outstanding work.
  • Jenson Mckay has had his music technology peer reviewed by a well known US producer – incredibly complimentary. This is a huge deal and Jenson is to be warmly congratulated!
  • Rowan Miell-Ingram for finishing 3rd in the ESAA Virtual National XC Championships, finishing the 5km course in a time of 15 minutes 44 seconds.
  • Rory Mitchell for designing from scratch the second edition of Griffenomics. Rory self-taught himself the software and made a great contribution to the team as well.
  • Nicholas Raptakis for achieving a Gold award in the Biology Olympiad.
  • Nathan Shestopal for being the leading commendation winner in the second year in the Lent Term (43 in total).
  • Boco To for writing an impressively creative and poetic letter to Caspar David Friedrich in German as an entry to the ISMLA competition.
  • Jonathan Watcham for being the leading commendation winner in the first year in the Lent Term (40 in total).
  • Jeroan Yip for achieving a Gold award in the Biology Olympiad.
  • Ethan Walker for being top 12 in the country in the next round of the UK Linguistics Olympiad (just missing out on top 8 which would have given him a place in the UK squad).

Headmaster’s Praise – 19 March 2021

19 March 2021

Today three pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Alex Day for his kitchen science investigation and comprehensive written report on how the rate of respiration of yeast is affected by different types of sugars.
  • Felix Nerdrum for coming into art many times outside lessons and really improving his work.
  • Jamie Wright for coming into art many times outside lessons and really improving his work.

Headmaster’s Praise – 12 March 2021

12 March 2021

Today 12 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Nikhil Harie for joining in with Wednesday afternoon Zwift Club (virtual cycling) every week during remote learning. This consists almost entirely of staff and sixth form and so he has done a great job of keeping up. To celebrate the last week we took on Alpe d’Huez. Due to an unfortunate sequence of technical problems he ended up being dropped from the group early on and having to ride completely in isolation. Rather than giving up, he persevered and eventually reached the summit after nearly 2 hours of riding largely on his own. This is an incredibly impressive accomplishment for such a young rider.
  • Lachlan Keene for achieving second place in the Geography Association WorldWise Quiz.
  • Louie Leung for achieving second place in the Geography Association WorldWise Quiz.
  • Pranit Narain for achieving second place in the Geography Association WorldWise Quiz.
  • Freddie Nicholson for co-presenting a CPD session for 58 teachers and STEM Ambassadors from UK and overseas on ‘Running a student led STEM club’ for the National STEM Clubs network.
  • George Owen for coming a very close second in the Sixth Form Essay Prize competition, with his essay on Coronavirus.
  • Sam Penrose for designing and producing a project brief for the next three weeks of Architecture Club. He has recorded a presentation and has clearly done a great deal of research. He will judge the submissions at the end of this term.
  • Owen Ravden for submitting an outstanding cover performance of the Hip-hop song “No Diggity” in which he sang against the backing instruments and vocals all of which he recorded and and mixed. Owen shared this performance with the school community, showing his outstanding versatility and technical virtuosity as a musician.
  • James Robinson for winning a Main Board Pass after attending the Army Officer Selection Board.
  • Ashwin Tennant for preparing and delivering a session for the Sixth Form Maths Enrichment group and pupils in partnership schools concerning preparation for Maths Oxbridge interviews. Max and Ashwin ran the session themselves live over Zoom, with just a little technical support from their teacher: no mean feat! They posed the students excellent questions, had prepared very thoroughly for the session, engaged the pupils using electronic whiteboards and explained the solutions with clarity.
  • Max Williams for preparing and delivering a session for the Sixth Form Maths Enrichment group and pupils in partnership schools concerning preparation for Maths Oxbridge interviews. Max and Ashwin ran the session themselves live over Zoom, with just a little technical support from their teacher: no mean feat! They posed the students excellent questions, had prepared very thoroughly for the session, engaged the pupils using electronic whiteboards and explained the solutions with clarity.
  • Jayden Zamler for winning an Army Officer Scholarship after attending the Army Officer Selection Board.

Headmaster’s Praise – 5 March 2021

5 March 2021

Today 15 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Joe Betts for achieving the gold award in round 1 of the UKLO, no small feat as these are allocated to the top 5% of entrants nationally.
  • Jai Biswas Gladwin for producing several high quality resources for Primary Science Club and leading the team producing a video workshop on chemical reactions.
  • Ashwin Chandrasekaran for n excellent optional recording of his persuasive speech.
  • James Darbishire for an excellent optional recording of his persuasive speech.
  • Charlie Franklin for achieving the gold award in round 1 of the UKLO, no small feat as these are allocated to the top 5% of entrants nationally.
  • Daniel Harrison for an excellent optional recording of his persuasive speech.
  • Riad Kapetanovic for an excellent optional recording of his persuasive speech.
  • Tommy Lane for an excellent optional recording of his persuasive speech.
  • Theo Payne for an excellent optional recording of his persuasive speech.
  • Max Sheriff for an excellent optional recording of his persuasive speech.
  • Oliver Simpson for his outstanding success of first prize in the Grand Jury International Solo Competition involving entrants aged 13-15 from Europe, US and Asia. Oliver played Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brillante, arranged for cello and piano. The prize gives him a medal and a concert in the Elgar Rooms at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Toby Stone for an excellent optional recording of his persuasive speech.
  • Ethan Walker for achieving the gold award in round 1 of the UKLO, no small feat as these are allocated to the top 5% of entrants nationally.
  • Casper Whitfield for an excellent optional recording of his persuasive speech.
  • Harrison Wong for an excellent optional recording of his persuasive speech.

Headmaster’s Praise – 26 February 2021

26 February 2021

Today 24 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Alex Hankinson for an absolutely outstanding essay in Spanish on whether or not poverty can be eradicated and for consistently high levels of engagement and commitment during the course.
  • Archie Wood for a fantastic portrait painting and overall amazing level of effort and enthusiasm over the lockdown period.
  • Charlie Franklin for achieving the gold award in round 1 of the UKLO, no small feat as these are allocated to 10% of entrants nationally.
  • Ed Atkinson for an excellent Physics rap on part of the A-level specification.
  • Ed Saunders for running an excellent Joint Literary Society session on the politics and morals of Dr Seuss for students of Abingdon and St Helen’s.
  • Ethan Walker for achieving the gold award in round 1 of the UKLO, no small feat as these are allocated to 10% of entrants nationally.
  • Freddie Knott for an excellent Physics rap on part of the A-level specification.
  • Freddie Nicholson for co-presenting a CPD session for 58 teachers and STEM Ambassadors from UK and overseas on ‘Running a student led STEM club’ for the National STEM Clubs network.
  • Freddy Martin for an excellent video explaining exponential decay using beer.
  • George Brinson for an excellent Physics rap on part of the A-level specification.
  • Hamish Carle for an absolutely outstanding essay in Spanish on whether or not poverty can be eradicated and for consistently high levels of engagement and commitment during the course.
  • Harry Watkins for his outstanding efforts with the CCF recruits every week over zoom, creating well planned out lessons and resources, and always offering his personal time to ensure his section are fully supported.
  • Hugo Leedham for an excellent video explaining how a cassette works.
  • Jake Wallis for co-presenting a CPD session for 58 teachers and STEM Ambassadors from UK and overseas on ‘Running a student led STEM club’ for the National STEM Clubs network.
  • Jasper Trilk for going out of his way to create a fascinating Chemistry Mocktail, showing ingenuity and initiative. And also for consistent high levels of engagement over the last 2 years of A Level Chemistry – Jasper brings interesting comments and questions every lesson.
  • Joe Betts for achieving the gold award in round 1 of the UKLO, no small feat as these are allocated to 10% of entrants nationally.
  • Josh Sharff for an excellent explanation of logic gates on minecraft.
  • Kajan Sivakumar for outstanding levels of effort and engagement since the start of the year in Chemistry. Kajan works his socks off every single lesson, whether it be in person or online.
  • Matthew Hamilton for a brilliant minecraft video demonstrating logic components.
  • Matthew Jones for an excellent video showing the three gas laws.
  • Oliver Simpson for an outstanding success of first prize in the Grand Jury International Solo Competition involving entrants aged 13-15 from Europe, US and Asia. Oliver played Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brillante, arranged for cello and piano. The prize gives him a medal and a concert in the Elgar Rooms at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • Roy Schumacher for an excellent Physics rap on part of the A-level specification.
  • Tim Fowler for an entertaining minecraft explanation of logic gates, featuring a panda disco controlled by chickens.
  • Will Taylor for an excellent Physics rap on part of the A-level specification.
  • William Wakelam for an absolutely outstanding essay in Spanish on whether or not poverty can be eradicated and for consistently high levels of engagement and commitment during the course.