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

Headmaster’s Praise – 21 January 2022

21 January 2022

Today nine pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Edward Bennett for playing superbly as a flute soloist in Rossini’s William Tell Overture at the Christmas Concert.
  • Jack Veal for producing an excellent Christmas activity booklet for Carswell Primary School.
  • Oscar Bennett for giving an outstanding vocal performance as a soloist in the Academicals at the Christmas Concert.
  • Oliver Veal for producing an excellent Christmas activity booklet for Carswell Primary School.
  • Adam Andrews for producing an excellent Christmas activity booklet for Carswell Primary School.
  • Adam Charity-Williams for producing an excellent Christmas activity booklet for Carswell Primary School.
  • Louis de Chazal for being awarded the most commendations (28) in the first year in the Michaelmas Term.
  • James Darbishire for being awarded the most commendations (31) in the second year in the Michaelmas Term.
  • Theo Payne for being awarded the most commendations (31) in the second year in the Michaelmas Term.

Headmaster’s Praise – 14 January 2022

14 January 2022

Today nine pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Julien Rohart for playing superbly as a flute soloist in Rossini’s William Tell Overture at the Christmas Concert.
  • Yubo Gao for giving an outstanding supporting performance as a cellist in First Orchestra at the Christmas Concert.
  • Cameron Gouldstone for giving excellent leadership of the trumpet section in Rossini’s William Tell Overture at the Christmas Concert..
  • Oliver Glover for playing the cor anglais solo superbly well at the Christmas Concert.
  • Roddy McVie for showing great leadership of Second Orchestra at the Christmas Concert.
  • Naoki Parker for leading Chamber Orchestra extremely well at the Christmas Concert.
  • Jamie Robson for leading the First Orchestra extremely well at the Christmas Concert.
  • Thomas Kent for compering the Christmas tea party for the elderly.
  • Callum Ryall for compering the Christmas tea party for the elderly.

Headmaster’s Praise – 7 January 2022

7 January 2022

Today nine pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • David Haar for giving an excellent lecture on the subversive ideas of Latin love poetry at the sixth form Classics Lecture Evening.
  • Jai Biswas Gladwin for showing excellent leadership during Primary Science Club this term. For taking responsibility for planning, ordering and running activities each week and for being an amazing ambassador for the school. His enthusiasm and commitment to the club has been incredible.
  • Rex Langley for showing excellent leadership during Primary Science Club this term. For taking responsibility for planning, ordering and running activities each week and for being an amazing ambassador for the school. His enthusiasm and commitment to the club has been incredible.
  • Murray Langley for showing excellent leadership during Primary Science Club this term. For taking responsibility for planning, ordering and running activities each week and for being an amazing ambassador for the school. His enthusiasm and commitment to the club has been incredible.
  • Greg Fung for showing excellent leadership during Primary Science Club this term. For taking responsibility for planning, ordering and running activities each week and for being an amazing ambassador for the school. His enthusiasm and commitment to the club has been incredible.
  • Caspar Mannix for showing excellent leadership during Primary Science Club this term. For taking responsibility for planning, ordering and running activities each week and for being an amazing ambassador for the school. His enthusiasm and commitment to the club has been incredible.
  • Oliver Mallinson for working hard to improve his standard of artwork at GCSE level. He attends clubs and works independently on tasks.
  • Tristan Clark Lam for working hard to improve his standard of artwork at GCSE level. He attends clubs and works independently on tasks.
  • Oliver Simpson for giving an outstanding performance of Haydn’s cello concerto in C (first movement) at the Christmas Concert with the school’s chamber orchestra.

Headmaster’s Praise – 9 December 2021

9 December 2021

Today 11 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Hugh Clarke for being in the winning team of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the intermediate team have qualified for the National final.
  • Sam Wood for being in the winning team of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the intermediate team have qualified for the National final.
  • Charlie Adams for being in the winning team of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the intermediate team have qualified for the National final.
  • Ralph Allen for being in the winning team of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the intermediate team have qualified for the National final.
  • Max O’Brien for his excellent leadership and mentoring at the Primary School Business Challenge. Helping a primary school team to design a product.
  • Thomas Kent for his excellent leadership and mentoring at the Primary School Business Challenge. Helping a primary school team to design a product.
  • Rowan Miell-Ingram for his excellent leadership and mentoring at the Primary School Business Challenge. Helping a primary school team to design a product. Rowan is also an individual and team winner of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the senior team have qualified for the National final.
  • Ethan Walker for giving an excellent lecture on the concept of an Augustan golden age at the 6th form Classics Lecture evening.
  • Luka Shanidze for giving an excellent lecture on the Etruscans at the 6th form Classics Lecture evening.
  • Charles Maddison for giving an excellent lecture on the complexity of the Persian administrative system at the 6th form Classics Lecture evening.
  • Robert Sagar for making significant improvements to the flight simulators and for using his own time to try and rectify issues with the shot gun simulator for CCF. He has brought expertise, enthusiasm and commitment and his contribution continues to be invaluable.

Headmaster’s Praise – 8 December 2021

8 December 2021

Today 11 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Alex Smith for outstanding play in National Schools Squash Competition.
  • Felix Loeffen for outstanding play in National Schools Squash Competition.
  • Eoin Chippendale for planning and delivering the house assembly last week on the importance of resilience. He also receives Headmaster’s Praise for excellent leadership and mentoring at the Primary School Business Challenge. Helping a primary school team to design a product.
  • Tom Morgan for planning and delivering the house assembly last week on the importance of kindness.
  • Quinn Miell-Ingram for being in the winning team of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the senior team have qualified for the National final.
  • Thom Denning for being in the winning team of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the senior team have qualified for the National final.
  • Will d’Arcy for being the second individual and team winner of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the senior team have qualified for the National final.
  • Johnny James for being in the winning team of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the senior team have qualified for the National final.
  • Henry Channon for being in the winning team of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the senior team have qualified for the National final.
  • Oliver Sherratt for being in the winning team of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the intermediate team have qualified for the National final.
  • Oliver Veal for being in the winning team of the Regional round of the English Schools XC Cup competition. As a result of this performance the intermediate team have qualified for the National final.

Headmaster’s Praise – 3 December 2021

3 December 2021

Today 15 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Rory King for his 50 FS in the medley and the FS relay were consistently in the 26s, invaluable, helped team to two bronze medals. Good company and good role model on pool side.
  • Chester Shen for helping and supporting a friend after his recent bereavement. While there were many of his friends and peers in the House who could be mentioned, Chester in particular stood out for his kindness and care in what was an extremely difficult time.
  • James Deng for helping and supporting a friend after his recent bereavement. While there were many of his friends and peers in the House who could be mentioned, James in particular stood out for his kindness and care in what was an extremely difficult time.
  • Tunmise Adebutu for helping and supporting a friend after his recent bereavement. While there were many of his friends and peers in the House who could be mentioned, Tunmise in particular stood out for his kindness and care in what was an extremely difficult time.
  • Harry Gale for continuing to set the highest standards with his golf both in terms of application and attitude.
  • Ed Saunders for a being superb ambassador for the school at the launch of the OX14 Learning Partnership.
  • Andrey Gerasimov for being a superb ambassador for the school at the launch of the OX14 Learning Partnership.
  • Harvey Bell for being superb a ambassador for the school at the launch of the OX14 Learning Partnership.
  • Oscar Bennett for being an outstanding vocal soloist in the JCS Concert performance of Pirates of Penzance, playing the Major-General.
  • Jamie Robson for being an outstanding vocal soloist in the JCS Concert performance of Pirates of Penzance, playing The Pirate King.
  • Aidan Chan for being an outstanding vocal soloist in the JCS Concert performance of Pirates of Penzance, playing the part of Samuel.
  • Edward Bennett for being an outstanding vocal soloist in the JCS Concert performance of Pirates of Penzance, playing the part of Frederic.
  • Tony Luo for his outstanding GCES drawing. Tony completes amazing drawings and project work during his time while boarding.
  • Arthur Strong for his tag rugby coaching as part of the Partnership initiative with local Primary Schools. He has excellent enthusiasm and control, and pupils love his approach and input.
  • Tom Mennie for his tag rugby coaching as part of the Partnership initiative with local Primary Schools. He has excellent enthusiasm and control, and pupils love his approach and input.

Headmaster’s Praise – 1 December 2021

1 December 2021

Today 10 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Torsten Ayerst for solving all the daily puzzles set so far for the Ritangle competition aimed at sixth form students and preparing for the final stage at the end of term. All completed with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Nelson Chan for solving all the daily puzzles set so far for the Ritangle competition aimed at sixth form students and preparing for the final stage at the end of term. All completed with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Joseph Conway for solving all the daily puzzles set so far for the Ritangle competition aimed at sixth form students and preparing for the final stage at the end of term. All completed with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Jack Gao for solving all the daily puzzles set so far for the Ritangle competition aimed at sixth form students and preparing for the final stage at the end of term. All completed with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Renyu Li for solving all the daily puzzles set so far for the Ritangle competition aimed at sixth form students and preparing for the final stage at the end of term. All completed with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Rupert Matthews for solving all the daily puzzles set so far for the Ritangle competition aimed at sixth form students and preparing for the final stage at the end of term. All completed with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Takumi Parker for solving all the daily puzzles set so far for the Ritangle competition aimed at sixth form students and preparing for the final stage at the end of term. All completed with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Jack Rickman for solving all the daily puzzles set so far for the Ritangle competition aimed at sixth form students and preparing for the final stage at the end of term. All completed with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Luke Turnyanskiy for solving all the daily puzzles set so far for the Ritangle competition aimed at sixth form students and preparing for the final stage at the end of term. All completed with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Daniel Whittenbury for solving all the daily puzzles set so far for the Ritangle competition aimed at sixth form students and preparing for the final stage at the end of term. All completed with energy and enthusiasm.

Headmaster’s Praise – 30 November 2021

30 November 2021

Today 11 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Samuel Turner for his excellent leadership during the Taster Morning event.
  • Archie Kind for pursuing his dream of starting a new Other Half Model Rocket Club which starts on Thursday.
  • Sean Hanlon for writing the winning entry in our Spanish microstory fiction writing competition. Great use of language and an imaginative, atmospheric story.
  • Can Tugcetin for outstanding BRS on the medley relay, and a good effort to go under 28 on the FS – great attitude! Helped the team win FS relay and second in the medley.
  • Chung Nam Tam who turned around a bit of a relaxed performance in the heats to get the win for the U16 swimming team in the FS relay. He swam very well in the medley relay helping us get a second place.
  • Ralph Allen for his great effort against older and bigger competitors. Solid backstroke in the relay helped us get 2nd, but swam a brilliant 28 on the FS to help us win the FS relay!
  • Ethan Richards-Knight for an insanely fast 50 FS time, and amazing fly, and helped the U16 team win 2nd and 1st in relay competition.
  • Alex Cooper Marcos for his epic 50 fly swims and brilliant sub 26 times on the 50 FS. He helped the team get two bronzes against older and more experienced opposition.
  • Chris Skelton for a solid effort on the 50 BK on the medley relay, 50 FS on the final leg of the FS relay. His efforts helped the U18 team to win two bronzes. Great leadership and attitude throughout.
  • Joe Watkiss for his 50 BRS which was essential to helping us get a third in the medley relay. A great showing in the 50 FS relay, going under 26 seconds! Two bronzes, invaluable swims and good humour on pool side.
  • Walter Liu who has been awarded a Scholars Tie.

Headmaster’s Praise – 26 November 2021

26 November 2021

Today 10 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Andrew Emefiele for his quick thinking and excellent judgement when stepping in to help an Abingdon School parent who was choking outside the Dining Hall on Saturday evening. Using the skills he had learned from first aid at CCF, he performed the Heimlich manoeuvre, and was able to resolve the situation. He should be extremely proud of himself.
  • Laurence Peverall for winning the Senior Solo Instrumental Competition and for his outstanding playing of the Last Post at the School’s Armistice Day.
  • Yubo Gao for volunteering to be the pianist at the Donors’ Drinks event – playing Schubert.
  • James Deng for volunteering to be the pianist at the Donors’ Drinks event – playing Rachmaninov
  • Thomas Zhang for volunteering to be the pianist at the Donors’ Drinks event – playing Burgmuller.
  • Freddy Chelsom for giving an excellent research presentation on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray to the English at University group.
  • Thomas Long for successfully recovering several laptops destined for an Other Half activity, making them usable and valuable resources.
  • Cameron Gouldstone for his outstanding playing of the Last Post and the Reveille at the School’s Armistice Day.
  • Oliver Hobbs for his outstanding playing of the Last Post at the School’s Armistice Day.
  • Lachlan Keene for his outstanding playing of the Last Post at the School’s Armistice Day.

Headmaster’s Praise – 19 November 2021

19 November 2021

Today 11 pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Oliver Kirk for being the first in his year to complete Gold DofE.
  • Eoin Chippendale for producing an excellent video advertising the role of the Peer Support Leads.
  • Joe Hannigan for producing an excellent video advertising the role of the Peer Support Leads.
  • Joe Betts for the editing of and production of Timeline magazine.
  • Jamie Robson for stepping up to direct the Chapel Choir at Mercers Hall Evensong at short notice following news that the Choir Director would be absent. He did well and it was an impressive example of leadership.
  • Thomas Chorley for creating an excellent debut documentary and presenting it with aplomb at the AFU’s recent annual screening.
  • Arth Gupta for creating a highly accomplished debut film despite the challenges of lockdown & remote learning (with a mobile phone in Dubai!) and presenting it with aplomb at the AFU’s recent annual screening. An excellent effort.
  • Alexander Lees for creating an excellent, thought-provoking documentary about the Oxfordshire Search and Rescue organisation (in the face of considerable difficulties – not least lockdown – and presenting it with aplomb at the recent AFU screening.
  • Alex Heffernan for creating an exceptional film portrait of Hinksey Rowing Club and presenting it with aplomb at the AFU’s recent screening, at the end of which Alex was awarded the Michael Grigsby Young Filmmaker of the Year Award.
  • Charles Kum for creating a charming and whimsically comic debut fiction film – shot partly in Hong Kong with his dad’s mobile phone, and partly in Abingdon once lockdown ended – and presenting it with aplomb at the AFU’s recent screening. This film was one of the popular favourites of the evening, at the end of which Charles was jointly awarded the Spirit of Grigsby Trophy.
  • Theo Shorrocks for creating a superb fiction film, shot largely at home and featuring his father and sister, and presenting it with aplomb at the AFU’s recent screening. This was a highly sophisticated piece of work, and Theo was jointly awarded the Spirit of Grigsby Trophy.