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

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.

Headmaster’s Praise – 18 September 2020

18 September 2020

Today 11 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Toby Baker for helping the Abingdon C Rifle Club Team to win their division in the Spring 2020 British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association League.
  • Ben Broadbent for creating the JBS Coach Departures app.
  • Mike MacLennan for writing an excellent essay entry for the Sheffield History prize and he received a letter from the History Department highly commending his essay, one of only two to achieve this accolade. Mike can be immensely proud of his achievement.
  • Kipp Mainstone for the hockey first XI final game of the winter season, in which they won the league with a goal scored by Kipp.
  • Archie Malcolm for writing a very impressive essay entry for the Sheffield History prize and he was given a special mention for an essay ‘of extremely high quality’. Very well done.
  • Alfie Marshall for producing an outstanding life size tonal drawing of his dad over the summer holidays.
  • Freddy Martin for helping the Abingdon C Rifle Club Team to win their division in the Spring 2020 British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association League.
  • Johan Nerlov for winning the Cambridge Vellacott History Essay Prize. This is one of the most competitive pre-graduate essay competitions in the country and I have never had a pupil achieve better than second place in 13 years of teaching, so this is extremely impressive!
  • Freddie Nicholson for creating the JBS Coach Departures app and for assisting with running of an ASP workshop for Autism Family Support Oxfordshire during the summer holiday and subsequently spearheading a new, international initiative to update CERN’s ATLAScraft software and to assemble a team of students and researchers to film a virtual tour with a famous YouTube star.
  • Will Shorrocks for helping the Abingdon B Rifle Club Team to win their division in the Spring 2020 British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association League.
  • Jake Wallis for setting up and evaluating Raspberry Pi air quality sensors for ASP’s SCAMPA project funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Jake did this work voluntarily during the summer holiday and collaborated with local and international scientists to provide feedback on the sensor data collected.

Headmaster’s Praise – 26 June 2020

26 June 2020

Today 32 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Billy Backhouse for being an excellent joint editor in chief and leading The Polyglot through many sessions during lockdown.
  • Harry Batchelor for a fantastic video and worksheet for Primary Science Club remote activities.
  • John Cairns for taking up the slack on the 2M “Back to School” Challenge and travelling above and beyond the expected average distance, fostering excellent team spirit to achieve the goal and to get the job done!
  • Rory Cameron-Martin for excellent performance and participation in Economics lessons throughout this academic year.
  • Ethan Chen for making an outstanding start to his Pre A-level course.
  • Freddie Clark for taking up the slack on the 2M “Back to School” Challenge and travelling above and beyond the expected average distance, fostering excellent team spirit to achieve the goal and to get the job done!
  • Benjamin Crofts for excellent performance and participation in Economics lessons throughout this academic year.
  • Harrison Cruikshank for doing lots of extra drawing in a variety of styles and to a great standard.
  • Ben Cuthbert for taking up the slack on the 2M “Back to School” Challenge and travelling above and beyond the expected average distance, fostering excellent team spirit to achieve the goal and to get the job done!
  • Oliver Glover for being consistently excellent all year and setting a good example for all in his set for Biology.
  • Thomas Harding for narrating an excellent video tour of a nuclear power station for his 4th Year Physics homework.
  • Jakob Hobbs for being an excellent joint editor in chief and leading The Polyglot through many sessions during lockdown and for contributing and helping plan Timeline magazine.
  • Lachlan Keene for taking up the slack on the 2M “Back to School” Challenge and travelling above and beyond the expected average distance, fostering excellent team spirit to achieve the goal and to get the job done! Lachlan’s parents also matched his distance of 133.5 miles each over the two day challenge.
  • James Kilroy for recording himself as a clarinettist laying both the solo and accompaniment to a video of Wiegenlied. Outstanding!
  • Philip Kimber for being consistently excellent throughout the year. His report is packed with praise ‘the most able linguist I have ever taught’, ‘one of the brightest I have ever taught’, ‘top mark in the year’. Philip is never boastful, he is quietly amazing.
  • Venya Kiraikou for writing and helping plan Timeline.
  • Nicholas Ko for achieving a gold award in the Intermediate Biology Olympiad.
  • Gavin Lam for taking on leadership of the Abingdon Investment and Trading Club and doing a great job of keeping it going in lockdown.
  • Mike MacLennan for excellent performance and participation in Economics lessons throughout this academic year.
  • Freddie Merrett for excellent performance and participation in Economics lessons throughout this academic year.
  • Rory Mitchell for excellent performance and participation in Economics lessons throughout this academic year.
  • Johan Nerlov for editing and writing articles for Timeline.
  • Samuel Price for achieving a remarkable 100% in the Latin exam, after a brilliant year’s effort.
  • Jack Rickman for achieving a remarkable 100% in the French exam, after a brilliant year’s effort.
  • Frank She for starting the Abingdon and Linux Association and leading their Wednesday sessions each week.
  • Ollie Sherratt for taking up the slack on the 2M “Back to School” Challenge and travelling above and beyond the expected average distance, fostering excellent team spirit to achieve the goal and to get the job done!
  • Thomas Sherwood for being short listed (1 of 3) for a national writing competition run by Young Enterprise. Result to be announced.
  • Mark Taylor for incredibly in-depth research on the Mayan civilisations for an Archaeology Club Project – Mark has produced a very detailed and comprehensive family tree, a booklet and a timeline of events. Really impressive research.
  • Boco To for submitting a lovely recording of Tchaikovsky’s Canzonetta from the Violin Concerto, playing to a backing track provided by his teacher, Mrs Pringle.
  • Harry Vinall for taking up the slack on the 2M “Back to School” Challenge and travelling above and beyond the expected average distance, fostering excellent team spirit to achieve the goal and to get the job done!
  • Sam Wormald for his great effort on a research project about the Roman fortress of Vindolanda, for Archaeology Club. Sam has made an excellent presentation of his findings.
  • Jeroan Yip for achieving a Gold award in the Intermediate Biology Olympiad.

Headmaster’s Praise – 19 June 2020

19 June 2020

Today 20 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Philip Ashton for trying extremely hard in art, he also comes to clubs and does extra work outside lessons.
  • Ben Broadbent for producing a canoe polo coaching handbook in other half sessions.
  • Josh Bromley for making a brilliant booklet about his local church in South Leigh for Archaeology Club – it’s a really impressive piece of research, almost professional standard. He’s put a huge amount of time and effort in. Josh has also excelled himself all year in his approach to Biology. Every piece of work submitted reflects excellent care, understanding and attention to detail.
  • Alexander Bryant for excellent and consistent effort in Chinese throughout the whole year. Alex has made significant progress.
  • Nick Case for producing a canoe polo coaching handbook in other half sessions.
  • Ethan Chen for making an outstanding start to his Pre A-level course.
  • Tristan Clark Lam for being motivated and skillful, he has come to extra clubs and attended weekend activities. Consistently high achieving over the year.
  • Mark Hanlon for submitting a fantastic video clip of himself playing the harp, which demonstrated the outstanding progress that he has made since starting harp lessons less that six months ago.
  • Matthew Jones for producing a canoe polo coaching handbook in other half sessions.
  • Lachlan Keene for being very motivated and skillful, he has come to extra clubs and attended weekend activities. Consistently high achieving over the year.
  • Ben Lisemore for creating his own boardgame under lockdown – covid-opoly.
  • Gus Nelmes for consistently outstanding art work produced during remote learning
  • Alex Oldham for producing a canoe polo coaching handbook in other half sessions.
  • Luke Ramsden for being very motivated and skillful, he has come to extra clubs and attended weekend activities. Consistently high achieving over the year.
  • Finnbar Scott for consistently producing excellent work and doing extra art out of lessons.
  • Ed Spackman for producing a canoe polo coaching handbook in other half sessions.
  • Matthew Stone for consistently producing excellent work and doing extra art out of lessons
  • Luc Tucker for making an outstanding start to his Pre A-level course.
  • Jake Wallis for producing a canoe polo coaching handbook in other half sessions.
  • Sam Wormald for doing such a lot of work at Collage Club this term. He has been highly motivated and has taken lots of brilliant photos of him working and the quality of his outcomes are amazing.

Headmaster’s Praise – 12 June 2020

12 June 2020

Today 13 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Philip Ashton for having his poem chosen for publication in the Oxfordshire Libraries ebook Poem Competition.
  • Oliver Clark for excellent work on writing a short play.
  • Mark Hanlon for submitting a fantastic video clip of himself playing the harp, which demonstrated the outstanding progress that he has made since starting harp lessons less that six months ago.
  • David Hrushovski for the joint best entry in Physics Tracker video challenge, tracking and calculating the momentum of his dog.
  • Alexandre Peuch for preparing an excellent Primary Science Club activity worksheet.
  • Samuel Price for an excellent start to adapting His Dark Materials into a comic book with speech bubbles in English and German. He has also designed the new “Be More Griffen” logo for use in Lower School from September.
  • Sam Siriwardene for outstanding work on a performance of a diary entry.
  • Ted Smethurst for submitting an excellent final draft of an original play to the National Theatre’s New Views playwriting scheme, prompting highly complimentary feedback from the NT’s professional writing tutor.
  • Luc Tucker for receiving superb feedback from his pre-A Level subject teachers and taking remote learning, and the uncertainty of the last few months, in his stride.
  • Jake Wallis for preparing an excellent Primary Science Club activity worksheet.
  • Harrison Walton for the joint best entry in Physics Tracker video challenge, tracking and calculating the velocity of his RC car.
  • Harry Watkins for the best sporting highlights video submission in the first half of term, showing Harry swimming, running, rowing, cycling and weight training.
  • Jayden Zamler for running 200km in May for NHS charities.

Headmaster’s Praise – 5 June 2020

5 June 2020

Today 19 boys received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Oscar Bennett for throwing himself into work on the family farm during lockdown. Including planting crops, manning the family market stall at East Oxford, working on fulfilling the massively increased orders for veg boxes and helping his mother to improve her online workflow to cope with the increased demand. He has done this along with doing his best on his academic work and rising to the challenge of house/tutor challenges. He has also been working on the farm blog.
  • Nelson Chan for writing a letter to his MP on the problems and solutions for fast fashion, as part of a unit of work on the impacts of the fashion industry.
  • William Darbishire for having his poem chosen for publication in the Oxfordshire Libraries ebook Poem Competition.
  • Sean Hanlon for having his poem chosen for publication in the Oxfordshire Libraries ebook Poem Competition.
  • James Kilroy for writing a letter to his MP on the problems and solutions for fast fashion, as part of a unit of work on the impacts of the fashion industry.
  • Oskar Muller for running a full marathon during lockdown.
  • Daniel Phillips for doing very creative things without direction and to a very good standard.
  • Samuel Price for consistently excellent & creative work in art lessons, art other half & independently in producing a graphic novel inspired by ‘Northern Lights’.
  • Arthur Robertson for having his poem chosen for publication in the Oxfordshire Libraries ebook Poem Competition.
  • Nathan Shestopal for creating a podcast (in English and German) about lockdown life, to teach other young people about a language.
  • Leo Shipley for having his poem chosen for publication in the Oxfordshire Libraries ebook Poem Competition.
  • Sam Siriwardene for having his poem chosen for publication in the Oxfordshire Libraries ebook Poem Competition.
  • Henry Tattersall for having his poem chosen for publication in the Oxfordshire Libraries ebook Poem Competition.
  • Fran Trotter for setting himself the very highest standards all the time and consistently outstanding work in Greek, which is becoming ever more accurate and impressive. No one (apart from his brother) can match him on his knowledge of vocabulary and accidence in particular.
  • Louis Trotter for setting himself the very highest standards all the time and consistently outstanding work in Greek, which is becoming ever more accurate and impressive. No one (apart from his brother) can match him on his knowledge of vocabulary and accidence in particular.
  • Harry Vinall for having his poem chosen for publication in the Oxfordshire Libraries ebook Poem Competition.
  • Ben Wallis-Smith for completing 21 of the “35 Things To Do Away From Your Screen” …. an amazing effort in just 9 days and all ratified by his father’s e-mail with descriptions on how he achieved each one.
  • Harry Wildgoose for having his poem chosen for publication in the Oxfordshire Libraries ebook Poem Competition.
  • Sam Wormald for creating a presentation about his family in German as a voluntary project.