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

Headmaster’s Praise – 8 June 2023

8 June 2023

Today nine pupils received praise:

  • Rory McLaren for winning Student Leader of the Half Term. Running a new Dungeons and Dragons activity for Lower School pupils. Rory responded very positively to the idea of setting this up. He has done all the planning for it himself and runs the weekly sessions very effectively to the obvious delight of those who have been attending. Rory has been an excellent DungeonMaster!
  • Tobias Chapman for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term for coxing J14 A Crew. Tobias has shown great leadership and management of the crew he has been coxing this term. He has been calm and sensible, is able to keep his crew in order and has shown discipline and maturity.
  • Joshua Costello for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term for Stroke Man of the J14 A crew. Josh has shown exceptional leadership, he has been able to calm a noisy and panicking crew and always has calm head. What is particularly impressive is how the other pupils respond to his leadership, he is able to bring the crew together in a way that show maturity and emotional intelligence.
  • Sam Wormald for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term for Young Enterprise, Team Ox Enterprises. As well as driving the team forward, they have been looking into a new product range (Tote bags) which has required meetings with School marketing department and the submission of a number of redesigns. Sam also represented the Young Enterprise team at the Area final. Delivering a very effective presentation and answering the judges questions on their visit to the trade stand. The team won the marketing prise (3rd place) and an innovation prize.
  • Angus Kwok for huge success in playing in the 3rd Year cello trio, gaining a place in the finals of the U14 category of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival for Schools.
  • Harrison Wong for huge success in playing in the 3rd Year cello trio, gaining a place in the finals of the U14 category of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival for Schools.
  • Kayden Wong for huge success in playing in the 3rd Year cello trio, gaining a place in the finals of the U14 category of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival for Schools.
  • Edgar Hughes Achieved a bronze medal for epee in the Mount Haes class in the Public Schools Fencing Championships 2023
  • Daniel Zhang for playing for the interviews of the new music assistant, as well as competing in the Abingdon Concert Competition on Sunday at Radley.

Headmaster’s Praise – 25 May 2023

25 May 2023

Today 21 pupils received praise:

  • Ollie Thompson for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Daniel Harrison for winning the U16 individual gold medal at the Independent School Climbing Championships; he also made the bouldering final and came second but most impressively was the only climber at the event to top out on the hardest lead climb of the day.
  • Jim Allen for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Sammy Jarvis for working with SHSK students on a series of RSE items responding to Andrew Tate including running assemblies at both schools and producing RSE materials.
  • Burhaan Haider for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Asher Zamler for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • David You for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Fin Rhodes for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Kajan Sivakumar for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Jay Cabell for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Samson Morris for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Josh Sharff for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Oliver Bury for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Rupert Matthews for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Pedro Vasconcelos for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Bertie Cassell for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Jack Summerley for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Toby Clarke for excellent participation in the OX14 academic coaching programme.
  • Barnaby Hindley for the Lent Term Politics Prize.
  • Hussain Khan for the Lent Term Politics Prize.
  • Tunmise Adebutu for the Lent Term Politics Prize.

Headmaster’s Praise – 16 May 2023

16 May 2023

Today seven pupils received praise:

  • Harry Litchfield for working with SHSK students on a series of RSE items responding to Andrew Tate including running assemblies at both schools and producing RSE materials.
  • Freddie Stanford for working with SHSK students on a series of RSE items responding to Andrew Tate including running assemblies at both schools and producing RSE materials.
  • Arran Bell for submitting a series of excellent book reviews for the Lower School Reading Challenge, ‘Desert Island Books’. The three reviews were in very different and creative styles: one written, one videoed and one audio. Each of them combined passion, precision and critical analysis, but the third review, in which Arran interviews himself about Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone in the style of Desert Island Discs, complete with theme music and interviewer voice, is truly outstanding. Arran’s efforts show independence of thought, a commitment to achieving excellence, and an element of fearlessness – being prepared to take on new challenges and push himself out of his comfort zone.
  • Zach Broad for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Ben Simons for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Daniel Whittenbury for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Sam Corbett for taking ownership of the robot software for RoboCon Oxfordshire. Sam rebuilt the software solving numerous complex bugs and making it work with the new hardware and liaised with an electronic engineer from Cambridge to deliver working network.

Headmaster’s Praise – 11 May 2023

11 May 2023

Today 18 pupils received praise:

  • Tunmise Adebutu for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Freddie Badcock for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Alex Cooper Marcos for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Rory Middlemiss for winning the prestigious Institute of Economic Affairs national prize.
  • Tom Perrott for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Chester Shen for giving an ‘Open Book’ assembly to 3rd & 4th Year – an audience of almost 400 pupils and staff!
  • Shawn Xu for being the Technical Director for RoboCon Oxfordshire. Shawn organised the roles for the pink shirts, safety checks for all robots, chief judge and technical problem solver for teams. Essential to the success of the event.
  • Josef O’Connor for receiving third prize at the Abingdon Concerto Competition at Radley College, for his Von Webern Bassoon Concerto.
  • William Riddell for being responsible for network building, management and running on the RoboCon Oxfordshire weekend. William built a network linking all the robots competing to give live video updates.
  • Joseph Watkiss for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term as the Swimming Captain. Finishing 4th and 2nd in a national competition with the team, Joseph swam his heart out and was instrumental in the day being a success. He motivated the team and it meant a lot to him, he was visibly emotional after they came 2nd in the final, an achievement the school has never had.
  • Fran Trotter for receiving Full Colours.
  • Louis Trotter for receiving Full Colours.
  • Max Struthers for receiving Full Colours.
  • Alexander Smit for receiving Full Colours.
  • Henry Beer for receiving Full Colours.
  • Barney Fox for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Rohan Chandrasekaran for creating and delivering a recorded revision skills presentation for tutor groups across 3rd Year to Upper 6th with excellent tips and advice on self-care during the Easter revision period. Rohan was also nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term. Stepping up time and again to make presentations for PSLs.
  • Arthur Monaghan for receiving Full Colours.

Headmaster’s Praise – 10 May 2023

10 May 2023

Today five pupils received praise:

  • Nick Chan for achieving a bronze medal for epee in the Seniors Class in the Public Schools Fencing Championships 2023.
  • Mark Taylor for working with SHSK students on a series of RSE items responding to Andrew Tate including running assemblies at both schools and producing RSE materials.
  • Rufus Cox for winning the Individual gold medal at the Independent Schools Climbing Championships. Rufus also won the individual bouldering final; he has been an inspiration to many young climbers at Abingdon and has certainly helped to place Abingdon on the national map within schools.
  • Josh Mensah for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.
  • Thomas Wilson for outstanding effort at Rosslyn Park U18 7s Tournament. The entire squad did themselves proud and reached Day 2, meaning they are in the top 21 teams of over 270 that entered.

Headmaster’s Praise – 4 May 2023

4 May 2023

Today 11 pupils received praise:

  • Archie Leishman for achieving a Bronze medal in UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Ollie Sutton for consistent, committed and sensitive 1-1 peer mentoring of students in the Middle School. Ollie has also been working with SHSK students on a series of RSE items responding to Andrew Tate, including running assemblies at both schools and producing RSE materials.
  • Clement Tsoi for achieving a Bronze medal in UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Fran Trotter for achieving a Silver medal in UK Linguistics Olympiad. Fran has also represented the school at the Independent Schools Climbing Championships and managed to rank 1 in the bouldering competition through the qualifiers and was placed 5th overall.
  • Louis Trotter for achieving a Silver medal in UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Oliver Glover for an outstanding Oboe Concerto performance of the Kughardt Concertino at the Lent Term Concert.
  • Barnaby Hindley for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term for Touch American Football. Barnaby has taken the initiative to set up this new OH activity, sorting a location and equipment, found staff to ‘run’ it and leads the session each week. He has taught complete novices to now play touch football effectively with minimal input from staff.
  • Oliver Harvey for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term. Stepping up time and again to make presentations for PSLs. Oliver has also been creating and delivering a recorded revision skills presentation for tutor groups across 3rd Year to Upper Sixth with excellent tips and advice on self-care during the Easter revision period.
  • Fin Bennet for achieved a bronze medal for epee in the Juniors Class of the Public Schools Fencing Championships 2023.
  • Ben MacLennan for reaching the final 8 in the Epee Seniors Class of the Public Schools Fencing Championship 2023.
  • Finn Gregory for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term as U16A Football Captain. Finn leads the team not only by example on the pitch but in every warm up and training session; he has lead with passion, compassion and a very mature approach.

Headmaster’s Praise – 25 April 2023

25 April 2023

Today eight pupils received praise:

  • Will Grice for consistent, committed and sensitive 1-1 peer mentoring of students in the Middle School.
  • Louis Chan for achieving a Gold medal in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Nelson Chan for achieving a Gold medal in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Freddy Chelsom for achieving a Silver medal in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Alex Mapplebeck for achieving a Silver medal in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Torsten Ayerst for achieving a Bronze medal in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Ewan Ellson for achieving a Bronze medal in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.
  • Theo Shorrocks for achieving a Bronze medal in the UK Linguistics Olympiad.

Headmaster’s Praise – 22 March 2023

22 March 2023

Today 11 pupils received praise:

  • Marius Williamson for being selected to represent England in the British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association match this year.
  • Felix Nolan for being selected to represent Wales in the British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association match this year.
  • Billy Brooks for being selected to represent Wales in the British Schools’ Smallbore Rifle Association match this year.
  • Ben Knight for working extremely hard with Mandarin vocabulary and improving significantly in a short time span.
  • Bertie Dinsey Bertie for being the guest on the O’Doherty’s Podcast. He talked intelligently and eloquently about the positives and negatives of AI.
  • Hao Zhen for writing an excellent play called “Cosmos of Ducks” that has been selected as one of five finalists for the inaugural OX14 partnerships playwriting competition. Hao’s play will receive a public reading at the final.
  • Arran Bell for writing an excellent play called “Cursed Blood” that has been selected as one of five finalists for the inaugural OX14 partnerships playwriting competition. Arran’s play will receive a public reading at the final.
  • Jack Taylor for creating an excellent presentation of a German-speaking town.
  • Rory Kind for consistent, committed and sensitive 1-1 peer mentoring of students in the Middle School.
  • Max Siriwardene for consistent, committed and sensitive 1-1 peer mentoring of students in the Middle School.
  • Felix Kind for committing to 1-1 mentoring in recent weeks, helping students in the Middle School with challenging situations.

Headmaster’s Praise – 14 March 2023

14 March 2023

Today 16 pupils received praise:

  • Charlie Wallis for going to Abingdon Prep to speak with Year 8 pupils in small groups as part of the Year 8 Transition Workshop.
  • Tommy Harris for writing and presenting the Safer Internet Assembly presentation on internet and social media addiction.
  • Barney Fox for helping a first year pupil who was unwell and required an ambulance to take him to hospital.
  • Rohan Chandrasekaran for writing and presenting the Safer Internet Assembly presentation on the positives of the internet.
  • James Henderson for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half term. Leading his Young Enterprise team meetings, with a relentless focus on the need to plan and stick to an agenda.
  • Louis de Chazal for gaining his ARSM performance diploma on the bassoon with a merit, just a few marks away from a distinction. This is an extraordinary achievement for such a young pupil. In addition, Louis is to be congratulated on being the principal bassoonist of the U13 National Children’s Orchestra, something he has modestly kept rather quiet about. He is therefore among the top players nationally in his year group.
  • Daniel Zhang for gaining his ARSM performance diploma on piano with distinction. An outstanding achievement!
  • Matteo Bignone for being an excellent ambassador for the school as part of the student panel that took part in the DHP interviews.
  • Sammy Jarvis for being an excellent ambassador for the school as part of the student panel that took part in the DHP interviews.
  • Jim Allen for being an excellent ambassador for the school as part of the student panel that took part in the DHP interviews.
  • Jonny Evans for being an excellent ambassador for the school as part of the student panel that took part in the DHP interviews.
  • Jasper Furniss for being an excellent ambassador for the school as part of the student panel that took part in the DHP interviews.
  • Pedro Vasconcelos for being an excellent ambassador for the school as part of the student panel that took part in the DHP interviews.
  • Kajan Sivakumar for being an excellent ambassador for the school as part of the student panel that took part in the DHP interviews.
  • Josh Sharff for being an excellent ambassador for the school as part of the student panel that took part in the DHP interviews.
  • Samson Morris for being an excellent ambassador for the school as part of the student panel that took part in the DHP interviews.

Headmaster’s Praise – 7 March 2023

7 March 2023

Today nine pupils received Headmaster’s praise:

  • Oliver Sutton for going to Abingdon Prep to speak with year 8 pupils in small groups as part of the Year 8 Transition Workshop.
  • Ge Wei Wang for an outstanding essay on the causes of the Anthropocene, bordering on A Level quality.
  • Marc Sheriff for scoring 34 points in basketball vs MCS and scoring the clubs first dunk in club history in match situation!
  • Fin Rhodes for being very helpful and helping a first year pupil who was unwell and required an ambulance to take him to hospital. Fin was able to help and was very willing to stick around whilst the Health Centre was making the calls etc.
  • Henry Skelson for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term. Henry has played a leading role in the Eco Committee for the last few years and recently worked with Abingdon students, neighbouring school students, Abingdon School staff and members of our local community in helping shape and review Abingdon School’s One Planet Action Plan.
  • Freddy Chelsom for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term. Freddy has worked tirelessly at editing our competition entry edition of The Martlet this term. He is meticulous and proactive in his communication and organisation and he chairs editorial meetings and whole team meetings really effectively. He is a good negotiator and works hard to include the ideas of other members of the team. He does all this despite a busy work schedule and participating in Grease. Freddy also compered the Literary Society dinner, expertly introducing and interviewing our guest speaker, the poet Ben Wilkinson.
  • Joshua Braich for being awarded the prize of Student Leader of the Half Term. Josh took on the role of Deputy Stage Manager for Grease which involved him co-ordinating all the technical cues for the show (there were over 200 lighting cues and 20 follow spot cues). He was responsible for leading the student crew, making sure they were ready for the start of the show, pre-setting backstage and then leading the crew through the show. He managed to do this with very little assistance from the Theatre team.
  • Philip Kimber for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term. Philip took the initiative in setting up this ‘rag’ to satirise aspects of school life, private-eye style. He has done it entirely off his own bat, he produces the magazine almost entirely unaided once every half term, commissioning other students and the ‘secret teacher’ to produce articles for each edition.
  • Oscar Newton for being nominated for Student Leader of the Half Term. Oscar is a qualified paddlesports instructor and has led the beginners group at Monday P8 canoe polo in every session since September.