Headmaster’s Praise

23 March 2018

Today 17 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Henry Barlow for qualifying and representing Oxfordshire at the English Schools National Cross Country Championships in Leeds.
  • Louis Brosnan for representing China at the recent MCS MUN Conference which won best overall delgation.
  • David Bunn for qualifying and representing Oxfordshire at the English Schools National Cross Country Championships in Leeds.
  • Alasdair Czaplewski for organising a university style Security Council as part of the recent Abingdon MUN Mock Conference. Alasdair planned the entire event and drafted all briefing papers for all the delegates taking part. He was also part of the China delegation at MCS which won best overall delegation.
  • Alec de Jongh for representing China at the recent MCS MUN Conference which won best overall delgation.
  • Silas Gill for being part of the U18 Bath & Otter Cup squad that finished 9th in the country in both the 4 x 100m Freestyle Rleay and 4 x 50m Medley Relay.
  • Patrick Gwillim-Thomas for representing China at the recent MCS MUN Conference which won best overall delgation.
  • Raman Handa for representing Myanmar at the recent MCS MUN Conference and being awarded best delegate in the Historical committee.
  • Matthew Kunov for qualifying and representing Oxfordshire at the English Schools National Cross Country Championships in Leeds.
  • Alex Mannix for representing China at the recent MCS MUN Conference which won best overall delgation.
  • Rowan Miell-Ingram for qualifying and representing Oxfordshire at the English Schools National Cross Country Championships in Leeds.
  • Fergus Mitchell for qualifying and representing Oxfordshire at the English Schools National Cross Country Championships in Leeds.
  • Freddie Nicholson for building a Theremin from scratch to help explain how the mirrors are cleaned and aligned in the Keck Observatory (Deep Space Observatory).
  • Alex Pennington for qualifying and representing Oxfordshire at the English Schools National Cross Country Championships in Leeds.
  • Hayden Ramm for representing China at the recent MCS MUN Conference which won best overall delgation.
  • Dominic Wood for being part of the winning team in the UKMT Maths Challenge Regional Final - now onto the National Final in London in June. The team dropped very few marks, working excellently as a team.
  • Archie Worth for outstanding independent examination preparation in his sketchbook. Wrote to and interviewed the artist he is researching and really personal and thoughtful analysis of his own and others work.

16 March 2018

Today 18 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • John Allen for assisting with the ATOM Festival Science Market, especially making signage for exhibitors.
  • George Carver for consistently displaying excellent attitude and personal charactersitics in his rowing/coxing. George has been a sterling member of the Boat Club this term: he has been patient and always incredibly helpful and supportive to his squad and coaches. At times it has been diffciult for George to get out on the water but his patience and resilient and postive attitude has been rewarded by coxing an excellent 3rd place in the J16 B event at the Schools’ Head of the River. 
  • Win Cheevadhanarak for being part of the U18 Bath & Otter Cup squad that finished 9th in the country in both the 4 x 100m Freestyle Rleay and 4 x 50m Medley Relay.
  • Simon Chester for being part of the U18 Bath & Otter Cup squad that finished 9th in the country in both the 4 x 100m Freestyle Rleay and 4 x 50m Medley Relay.
  • Silas Gill for being part of the U18 Bath & Otter Cup squad that finished 9th in the country in both the 4 x 100m Freestyle Rleay and 4 x 50m Medley Relay.
  • Philip Grotjahn for being part of the winning team in the UKMT Maths Challenge Regional Final, now going on to the National Final in London in June. The team dropped very few marks, working excellently as a team.
  • James Hogge for helping set up stalls for the ATOM Science Market on Saturday morning.
  • Martin Man for spending several hours on Saturday setting up and taking down stalls for the ATOM Science Market.
  • Patrick McCubbin for reaching the final 16 for the Biology Olympiad (a team selection event for the final 16 candidates takes place in April) and also the last 31 in the Chemistry Olympiad, which is a fantastic achievement.
  • Kai Miles for being part of the U18 Bath & Otter Cup squad that finished 9th in the country in both the 4 x 100m Freestyle Rleay and 4 x 50m Medley Relay.
  • Sinclair Pearce for consistently displaying excellent attitude and personal characteristics in his rowing/coxing. Sinclair has become the glue that knits together the J16 B crew and keeps it progressing so that it can provide a superb learning tool for the boys in enjoying striving for and meeting some of their goals. He always has and remains phenomenally positive, an excellent communicator whose energy and positivity really motivates and energises those around him. He is also very modest. Sinclair's most positive trait is also his sense of personal responsibility and the question I most often hear him ask coaches is "what can I do to improve?". Sinclair was also part of the crew which finished 3rd in J16 B at the Schools’ Head of the River.
  • Toby Rowles for assisting with selling tickets and giving information to visitors at the ATOM Science Market.
  • Nicholas Skelton for being part of the U18 Bath & Otter Cup squad that finished 9th in the country in both the 4 x 100m Freestyle Rleay and 4 x 50m Medley Relay.
  • Jasper Trilk for stepping up from the U15 C's to the U15A's and having a great game in goal for the School hockey team. Jasper made three outstanding saves to keep a clean sheet. This keeps up the hopes of the A's winning the league.
  • Tom Walters for being part of the winning team in the UKMT Maths Challenge Regional Final, now going on to the National Final in London in June. The team dropped very few marks, working excellently as a team.
  • Edmond Wang for being part of the winning team in the UKMT Maths Challenge Regional Final, now going on to the National Final in London in June. The team dropped very few marks, working excellently as a team.
  • Adam Wentworth for helping when a boy had a seizure during a Business Studies lesson, putting his lifeguard training into practice and acting calmly and professionally.
  • Scott Yap for being part of the U18 Bath & Otter Cup squad that finished 9th in the country in both the 4 x 100m Freestyle Rleay and 4 x 50m Medley Relay.

9 March 2018

Today four boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Fergus Mitchell for umpiring the 1st XI hockey fixtures this term. Fergus has gone above and beyond, turning up to away fixtures and gaining many plaudits from the sideline. He umpires in a professional and calm manner.
  • Ben Shaw for helping to organise and run the English vs Germany football match on the German exchange, as the teacher was away. Ben also wrote an article about the German exchange for the Abingdonian.
  • Alvin Tam for gaining his second performing diploma, this time as a violinist. 
  • Isaac Tan for consistently excellent effort and quality of work in Art throughout the year so far.

23 February 2018

Today ten boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Benjamin Broadbent for effectively leading a group of 4th years to create a new edition of the house magazine Green Pages.
  • Howard Hawkes for winning the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Law prize: a hugely prestigious prize and the result of a great deal of dedicated work.
  • Sean Kao for competing in the national final of the Senior Team Maths Challenge, and coming an impressive 17th out of 86 final teams (1300 in the total competition)
  • Jonathan Lee for competing in the national final of the Senior Team Maths Challenge, and coming an impressive 17th out of 86 final teams (1300 in the total competition)
  • Harris Ma for competing in the national final of the Senior Team Maths Challenge, and coming an impressive 17th out of 86 final teams (1300 in the total competition)
  • Oliver Muller for performing a French play at Chandlings French festival.
  • Christopher Nikolaev for performing a French play at Chandlings French festival.
  • Louis Trotter for performing a French play at Chandlings French festival.
  • Harvey Vinton for performing a French play at Chandlings French festival.
  • Oliver Williams for helping out with the MFL Fun with Languages Primary event.

9 February 2018

Today nine boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Eoin Chippendale for his excellent volunteering at Old Station House, where he ran a quiz with a group of residents single-handedly on his table.
  • James Chung for helping expertly and confidently with the MFL Fun with Languages Primary event.
  • William Haynes for his excellent volunteering at Old Station House, where he ran a quiz with a group of residents single-handedly on his table.
  • Martin Man for helping expertly and confidently with the MFL Fun with Languages Primary event.
  • Joseph Nash for competing in the national final of the Senior Team Maths Challenge, and coming an impressive 17th out of 86 final teams (1300 in the total competition).
  • Yazan Odeh for helping expertly and confidently with the MFL Fun with Languages Primary event.
  • George Simmons for helping expertly and confidently with the MFL Fun with Languages Primary event.
  • Marc Tuazon for helping expertly and confidently with the MFL Fun with Languages Primary event.
  • Seb Watkins for his excellent effort on homework, making a poster on the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

2 February 2018

Today six boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Rory Bishop for his exceptional effort with the Young Enterprise Stall at the Cowley Trade Fair on Saturday. They won best stall despite a reduced number of people in the team on the day.
  • Rory Buchanan for planning, preparing and conducting a linguistics session for the whole group of Olympiad participants.
  • Colm Lambert for leading the new Primary Science Club for local primary school children.
  • Sam Miles for his exceptional effort with the Young Enterprise Stall at the Cowley Trade Fair on Saturday. They won best stall despite a reduced number of people in the team on the day.
  • Sam Penrose for his exceptional effort with the Young Enterprise Stall at the Cowley Trade Fair on Saturday. They won best stall despite a reduced number of people in the team on the day.
  • Nicholas Raptakis for his exceptional effort with the Young Enterprise Stall at the Cowley Trade Fair on Saturday. They won best stall despite a reduced number of people in the team on the day.

26 January 2018

Today 3 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Harry Donoghue for winning the 6th form French debating competition held at Cheltenham College in November.
  • Jakob Hobbs for scoring 99% in his Greek GCSE mock, while still in the 4th year.
  • Joe O'Shea for spending an evening as a Science Ambassador at Woodstock Primary School.

12 January 2018

Today 6 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Angus Alder for helping out with the maths mentoring of the Fitzharrys partnerships - helping teach year 8 key elements of the maths curriculum.
  • Harry Butler for helping out with the maths mentoring of the Fitzharrys partnerships - helping teach year 8 key elements of the maths curriculum.
  • Xavi Butler for his outstanding performance in Third Year drama production.
  • Robin Collins for his outstanding performance in the Third Year drama production.
  • Drew Farwell for achieving second place in the British Schools' Small-bore Rifle Association's Winter Open at Bisley.
  • Aravind Prabhakaran for helping out with the maths mentoring of the Fitzharrys partnerships - helping teach year 8 key elements of the maths curriculum.

8 December 2017

Today 19 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • John Allen for helping out with the maths mentoring of the Fitzharrys partnerships which included helping teach Year 8 key elements of the maths curriculum.
  • Mohsen Ansari for helping out with the maths mentoring of the Fitzharrys partnerships which included helping teach Year 8 key elements of the maths curriculum.
  • Freddie Boyd-Gorst for compèring the Community Service tea party really well.
  • David Bunn for helping out with the maths mentoring of the Fitzharrys partnerships which included helping teach Year 8 key elements of the maths curriculum.
  • Sam Collins for helping out with the maths mentoring of the Fitzharrys partnerships which included helping teach Year 8 key elements of the maths curriculum.
  • William Cope for helping out with the maths mentoring of the Fitzharrys partnerships which included helping teach Year 8 key elements of the maths curriculum.
  • Alasdair Czaplewski for his outstanding commitment as a Senior Science Ambassador this term, organising teams of SAs for events and leading activities at Saturday Science Clubs.
  • Saul French for his outstanding performance in Third Year drama production.
  • James Hogge for being a member of the Princeton University Mathematics team who came third of all overseas entries.
  • Tor Hormbrey for his outstanding performance in Third Year drama production.
  • Suleman Irshad for helping out with the maths mentoring of the Fitzharrys partnerships which included helping teach Year 8 key elements of the maths curriculum.
  • Philip Kimber for being best in school for the Junior Category of the UK Computational Thinking Challenge with 177/200.
  • Aron Lavis for compèring the Community Service tea party really well.
  • Timothy McConnachie-Kaye for his excellent piece of geography work on iphone supply chains by his geography teachers. 
  • Patrick McCubbin for winning the presigious Roentgenium award for the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and delivering a fine presentation on Calcium to the other prizewinners and challenge committee in London recently.
  • Edward Saunders for being best in school for the Intermediate Category (Years 8,9) for the UK Computational Thinking Challenge.
  • Ted Smethurst for his outstanding performance in Third Year drama production.
  • Jack Tilley for his outstanding performance in Third Year drama production.
  • Ben Wilson for his superb leadership of the Princeton University Mathematics team who came third of all overseas entries.

1 December 2017

Today 8 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Didier Delgorge for his outstanding performance on Saturday of the entire Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor with the Wantage Orchestra.
  • Charlie Harden-Sweetnam for winning the 6th form French debating competition held at Cheltenham College.
  • Sean Kao for being a member of the Princeton University Mathematics team, who came third of all overseas entries.
  • William Lam for winning the Senior Solo Instrumental Competition 2017, playing Cécile Chaminade's Flute Concertino.
  • Daniel Ooi for creating a lovely invitation and programme for the Community Service tea party.

24 November 2017

Today 8 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Brooklyn Han for singing the bass solos in Mozart's Coronation Mass at the JCS Concert on 19 November.
  • Reuben Havelock for singing the tenor solos in Mozart's Coronation Mass at the JCS Concert on 19 November.
  • Rory King for being placed 8th in the Country at the ESSA Secondary Relays national finals.
  • Hugo Leedham for his stunning sketchbook, consistently working beyond what is required.
  • Sam Penrose for his stunning sketchbook work and dedication to Art, including a very professional series of digital photographs, taken in Morrocco over half term.
  • Josh Roche for being placed 8th in the Country at the ESSA Secondary Relays national finals.
  • Leo Sinclair for showing an excellent attitude to learning and taking feedback on board. Leo got top marks in a recent class exam. He is an enthusiastic learner, and always has a huge smile.
  • Nick Skelton for being placed 8th in the Country at the ESSA Secondary Relays national finals.

17 November 2017

Today 18 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Callum Aiken for helping his team finish 3rd at the Regional XC meet and qualifying to run at the National XC Cup final, held in Sevenoaks on 25 November.
  • Geordie Anderson for helping his team finish 3rd at the Regional XC meet and qualifying to run at the National XC Cup final, held in Sevenoaks on 25 November.
  • William Bywater for a remarkable contribution to the ATLAS in Minecraft project led by Oxford University Particle Physics Group.
  • Josh Franklin for volunteering to put together a very impressive session of mentoring resources for the L6 mentors to use with the 3rd year. It was detailed, well written and illustrated.
  • Marcus Green for acting as an excellent tour guide for three visitors from Shanghai recently; the visitors were very appreciative of his help.
  • Robin Hambidge for helping his team finish 3rd at the Regional XC meet and qualifying to run at the National XC Cup final, held in Sevenoaks on 25 November.
  • Brooklyn Han for representing Economics and Abingdon School in an impeccable manner at the Into the Sixth Form Evening.
  • Max Humphries for representing Economics and Abingdon School in an impeccable manner at the Into the Sixth Form Evening.
  • Harris Ma for his outstanding piano playing of Schubert's Impromptu at the Remembrance Assembly on Friday 10 November.
  • Freddy Martin for his excellent approach to his work and quality.
  • Thomas Mennie for helping his team finish 3rd at the Regional XC meet and qualifying to run at the National XC Cup final, held in Sevenoaks on 25 November.
  • Qasim Naqvi for volunteering to put together a very impressive session of mentoring resources for the L6 mentors to use with the 3rd year. It was detailed, well written and illustrated.
  • Jonathan Pannett-Smith for helping his team finish 3rd at the Regional XC meet and qualifying to run at the National XC Cup final, held in Sevenoaks on 25 November.
  • Rory Sheppard for a truly outstanding piece of work (prep assignment) that went so far beyond what was expected, particualrly for a third year pupil, it was amazing to read. Originally intended to last thirty minutes, Rory would've spend hours working on this.
  • Jai Sidpra for speaking so eloquently at the Into the Sixth Form Evening about his reasons for enjoying English. He was able to answer questions from parents and represented the school in a superb manner.
  • Frederick Stacey for fantastic progress in Maths doing above and beyond what is set for him.
  • Harry Walsh for being the joint first boy to complete Gold DofE in his year: a 12 month commitment including 12 months of volunteering for an hour a week.
  • Nick Webster for speaking so eloquently at the Into the Sixth Form Evening about his reasons for enjoying English. He was able to answer questions from parents and represented the school in a superb manner.

9 November 2017

Today 10 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Mohsen Ansari for founding a new Other Half student-led activity, the FTV club which looks at the music for Film and TV. This shows great enterprise and leadership.
  • Henry Barlow for achieving qualification for the British Modern Biathlon Championships.
  • Freddie Cunningham for achieving qualification for the British Modern Biathlon Championships.
  • Brooklyn Han for the huge effort and skill he put into a sophisticated arrangement of music for Austin House in the House Singing competition, which he rehearsed in collaboration, showing great leadership and grit as well as musical skill.
  • Ben MacLennan for achieving qualification for the British Modern Biathlon Championships.
  • Robert MacLennan for showing true leadership skills, including patience and encouragment in his role as conductor for the House Singing compeition.
  • Tristan Mann Powter for his remarkable contribution to the ATLAS in Minecraft project led by Oxford University Particle Physics Group.
  • Michael Sutton for being the joint first boy to complete Gold DofE in his year: a 12 month commitment including 12 months of volunteering for an hour a week.
  • Ashwin Tennant for taking a leading role in a solution to a problem that was then published on the NRich website.
  • Max Williams for taking a leading role in a solution to a problem that was then published on the NRich website.

3 November 2017

Today 9 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Matteo Bignone for giving up time to help produce a video to reassure boys taking the Abingdon School entrance exam in January.
  • Connor Brown for an excellent start to rowing training. Currently undefeated in a Pair with Matthew Wiblin, and having posted the fastest times of any pairs, Senior or Junior at the races they have competed at.
  • Edward Gill for creating an outstanding cryptic crossword - as a first big go, really impressive and showing a true inventiveness and thoughtfulness about language.
  • Reuben Havelock for outstanding commitment and hard work during the house singing competition, including having to transcribe the music as it does not exisit in notation form.
  • Reggie Lambert for giving up time to help produce a video to reassure boys taking the Abingdon School entrance exam in January.
  • Robert MacLennan for showing true leadership skills, including patience and encouragment in his role as conductor for the house singing compeition.
  • Edward Scott Payne for his selection to fence for Great Britain, and a successful tournament in Austria over half term.
  • Arthur Strong for giving up time to help produce a video to reassure boys taking the Abingdon School entrance exam in January.
  • Matthew Wiblin for an excellent start to rowing training. Currently undefeated in a Pair with Connor Brown, and having posted the fastest times of any pairs, Senior or Junior at the races they have competed at.

13 October 2017

Today 7 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • James Hall for finishing the Oxford Half Marathon in a time of 1:37:02.
  • Nicholas Ko for an excellent example of a StoryMap - a GIS technique we have been introducing into the 4th year curriculum this year.
  • Tristan Mann Powter for making an excellent documentary film during 2016/17 as a member of the AFU.
  • Fergus Mitchell for finishing the Oxford Half Marathon in a time of 1:27:58.
  • Alfie Monger- Godfrey for finishing the Henley Half Marathon in a time of 1:27.
  • Calum Steer for finishing 40th overall (out of 8,357 competitors) in the Oxford Half Marathon in a time of 1:18.06. He was also the second-placed athlete in the U20 age group. This is an amazing achievement.
  • Iwan Stone for winning First Prize in the Upper School category of the National Poetry Day Competition.

6 October 2017

Today 17 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • David Bicarregui for making an excellent documentary film during 2016/17 as a member of the AFU.
  • Joe Bradley for making an excellent documentary film during 2016/17 as a member of the AFU.
  • Harry Buchan for making an excellent documentary film during 2016/17 as a member of the AFU.
  • Robin Collins for speaking about his experience as a new boy at Abingdon Open Day.
  • Liam Deegan for: 1. His excellent Electronics summer project. 2. Making an excellent documentary film during 2016/17 as a member of the AFU.
  • Jack Ellard for being extremely helpful to Mr Johnson when shooting during CCF - moving kit and reporting a problem.
  • Reggie Lambert for courageously choosing to be the first of many (we hope) to take up harp lessons at Abingdon School.
  • Alfie Marshall for making an excellent documentary film during 2016/17 as a member of the AFU.
  • Freddie Marshall for making an excellent documentary film during 2016/17 as a member of the AFU.
  • James McRae for making an excellent documentary film during 2016/17 as a member of the AFU.
  • Ethan Moody for continued excellence in windsurfing: 1. The GB team for the Techno Worlds in Salou over the autumn half term. 2. The GB squad for the Youth Olympics which involves being part of the Techno+ training group and attending the Techno+ Europeans over the Easter holidays. 3. Most impressive in some ways as he's a year young, the RS:X UK National Youth Squad, training on the Olympic class board, having come fourth at the Nationals with only one eligible youth ahead of him.
  • Freddie Nicholson for making an excellent documentary film during 2016/17 as a member of the AFU.
  • Joe O'Shea for organising the fund raising event for the Jon Egging Trust, from the advertising to the taking part and everything in between.
  • Jeremy Salkeld for helping to run OH Linguistics Club expertly, preparing and delivering linguistics problems.
  • Fraser Scott for making an excellent documentary film during 2016/17 as a member of the AFU.
  • Kajan Sivakumar for winning First Prize in the Lower School category of the National Poetry Day Competition.
  • Ashwin Tennant for outstanding leadership of the 2nd Violins in First Orchestra on Open Day.

28 September 2017

Today 13 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Rory Buchanan for running Linguistics Club for the 2nd year in a row.
  • Simon Chester for breaking the county record for senior boys 4x50 Medley relay and 4x50 FS relay in the ESSA qualifying event.
  • Alasdair Czaplewski for receiving personalised feedback from Will Francis who is Head of the London publishing office at Janklow & Nesbit regarding his 'Birth of a Book' submission. He described it as 'genuinely cinematic and good'.
  • Silas Gill for breaking the county record for senior boys 4x50 FS relay in the ESSA qualifying event and going under 26 seconds on the anchor leg.
  • Brian Ho for an excellent Electronics summer project.
  • Kai Li for winning a Gold medal at the South East Region cadet shooting competition.
  • Ben Lovejoy for breaking the county record for senior boys 4x50 Medley relay in the ESSA qualifying event.
  • James Mage for producing an extended Physics project last term.
  • Kai Miles for breaking the county record for senior boys 4x50 Medley relay and 4x50 FS relay in the ESSA qualifying event.
  • James Munday for an excellent Electronics summer project.
  • Arthur Musson for giving up time in his busy schedule to help out at the L6 meet the parents evening and being a superb ambassador for the house and school as a whole.
  • Perry Tsai for an excellent Electronics summer project.
  • Oliver Williams for winning a Gold medal at the South East Region cadet shooting competition.

15 September 2017

Today 5 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Harry Butler for volunteering 3 days to run groups in the start of term sailing courses for younger boys - Dinghy Instructor.
  • James Munday for producing an extended Physics project last term.
  • Ben Pickford for volunteering 3 days to run groups in the start of term sailing courses for younger boys - Dinghy Instructor.
  • Tom Savidge for volunteering 3 days to run groups in the start of term sailing courses for younger boys - Dinghy Instructor.
  • Harry Venables for volunteering 3 days to run groups in the start of term sailing courses for younger boys - Dinghy instructor.