Headmaster’s Praise

6 September 2019

Today 12 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Jim Allen for making a tremendous contribution to an AFU film by giving up several days of the summer holiday to act in Joe Bradley's latest film.
  • Charlie Atkinson for his selection for the England U18 Rugby tour in South Africa this summer.
  • Matteo Bignone for making a tremendous contribution to an AFU film by giving up several days of the summer holiday to act in Joe Bradley's latest film.
  • Matthew Buhler for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during this summer's Moldova Project trip, organising summer camps for over 100 Moldovan children.
  • George Carver for his superb revision over the summer, including excellent notes and effort.
  • Bentley Cook for filming and editing a video to advertise 3rd year service to new 3rd year boys.
  • Freddie Cunningham for his excellent GCSE results that were significantly higher than the mock grades he achieved in January, and amongst the biggest improvements I have ever seen.
  • Philip Kimber for writing an article for the Polyglot in German.
  • Tommy Macphail for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during this summer's Moldova Project trip, organising summer camps for over 100 Moldovan children.
  • Rupert Mathieson for making an outstanding contribution to the success of the Edinburgh Fringe production of Contact Light, not only as a highly effective member of the cast but also working to publicise the show in Leith and on the Royal Mile.
  • Archie Turnbull for working hard and being extremely helpful getting new boys to their houserooms at the beginning of term.
  • Oliver Williams for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during this summer's Moldova Project trip, organising summer camps for over 100 Moldovan children.

28 June 2019

Today 15 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Nick Butterfield for being an excellent first time compere of the Community Service tea party.
  • Xavier Gardner for being an excellent first time compere of the Community Service tea party.
  • Samuel Ooi for being an excellent first time compere of the Community Service tea party.
  • Kush Patel for being an excellent first time compere of the Community Service tea party.
  • Callum Ryall for being an excellent first time compere of the Community Service tea party.
  • Matthew Johnson for coaching on the Swimming Partnership Programme, working with non and weak swimmers over a course of 5 weeks from Larkmead and Fitzharrys, to help develop their water confidence and swimming technique.
  • Theo Shorrocks for consistent good effort and excellent progress in Chinese throughout the year.
  • Aryann Gupta for creating an extraordinary piece of work: a comprehensive website covering the history trip to Berlin. 
  • Oliver Simpson for gaining a concert date for the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Reading Symphony Orchestra.
  • Andreas Lo for helping out in the boarding house after the exam season with a positive manner. He has also volunteered with the Registry to do a number of tours for prospective parents and their children - he is always an amazing ambassador on those occasions.
  • Jimmy Strainge for his excellent commitment to the L6 play (Real Inspector Hound). Very busy guy and could only make it to a few of the rehearsals during the week; nonetheless, he's been excellent
  • Louis Renouf for his excellent commitment to the L6 play (Real Inspector Hound). Also tons of lines to learn. What a great lad.
  • Archie Turnbull for his excellent commitment to the L6 play (Real Inspector Hound). Gets the character spot on and has been fully committed. Very likeable chap.
  • Tom Phillip for his excellent commitment to the L6 play (Real Inspector Hound). He's my left field casting - has never done anything 'dramatic' at Abingdon since joining in 3rd year and 'just wanted to give it a go'. Has foregone completing Gold DoE expedition in order to be part of the cast. 
  • Kit Mannix for his excellent commitment to the L6 play (Real Inspector Hound). Loads of lines to learn and he's done it brilliantly (I was very dubious that he'd get there in time but he appears to have nailed it).

21 June 2019

Today 15 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Tom Cammell for coming forward to speak to staff about mental health and wellbeing issues in the Middle School and being proactive about this important issue and working with us on developments for the future.
  • Cameron Eilbeck for his work as Science Ambassador for Horners' Company/Ogden Trust Science Opens Doors workshop for primary pupils and their parents.
  • Aryann Gupta for producing an entire website detailing every possible moment of our 4th year history trip to Berlin. It is incredible!
  • David Haar for his top score in the OA Croquet fixture with a total of 26 hoops run over 3 matches. Of note, all of the OAs have been coming back to the event for the past 4 years and their comments on how the standard of play from the boys is improving year on year is a great affirmation of the coaching and training taking place. They also mentioned how well David played despite this being his first season of croquet and this can be attributed to his match play already this term.
  • Johnny James for his selection to run at the English Schools Athletics Championships at Alexander Stadium.
  • Matthew Johnson for coaching on the Swimming Partnership Programme, working with non and weak swimmers from Larkmead and Fitzharrys Schools over a course of 5 weeks, to help develop their water confidence and swimming technique.
  • Lloyd Langley for his work as Science Ambassador for Horners' Company/Ogden Trust Science Opens Doors workshop for primary pupils and their parents.
  • Steve Lin for producing the most amazing sketchbook full of detailed architectural drawings. He has done this outside of lessons to support his upcoming UCAS application.
  • Alex Pennington for his work as Science Ambassador for Horners' Company/Ogden Trust Science Opens Doors workshop for primary pupils and their parents.
  • Thomas Shannon for getting through to the Elite stage of the Cyberstart challenge, a national competition looking for the next generation of cyber-security professionals.
  • Christoper Skelton for coaching on the Swimming Partnership Programme, working with non and weak swimmers from Larkmead and Fitzharrys Schools over a course of 5 weeks, to help develop their water confidence and swimming technique.
  • Can Tugcetin for coaching on the Swimming Partnership Programme, working with non and weak swimmers from Larkmead and Fitzharrys Schools over a course of 5 weeks, to help develop their water confidence and swimming technique.
  • Sam Turner for coming forward to speak to staff about mental health and wellbeing issues in the Middle School and being proactive about this important issue and working with us on developments for the future.
  • Joe Watkiss for coaching on the Swimming Partnership Programme, working with non and weak swimmers from Larkmead and Fitzharrys Schools over a course of 5 weeks, to help develop their water confidence and swimming technique.
  • Scott Yap for coaching on the Swimming Partnership Programme, working with non and weak swimmers from Larkmead and Fitzharrys Schools over a course of 5 weeks, to help develop their water confidence and swimming technique.

6 June 2019

Today 21 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Henry Beer for taking part in and completing the CCF Range weekend, being a credit to the school, and for gaining the GP Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
  • Alex Bryant for taking part in and completing the CCF Range weekend, being a credit to the school, and for gaining the GP Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
  • Jake de Jongh for being part of a newly formed band and releasing an original single recently.
  • Liam Deegan for being part of a newly formed band and releasing an original single recently.
  • Jamie Firth for taking part in and completing the CCF Range weekend, being a credit to the school, and for gaining the GP Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
  • Alastair Gray for being a positive mental health role model. Having a mature approach in seeking help when he spots times when he may be struggling to manage things, and speaking to the pastoral team and talking through problems. 
  • Leon Guan for being the first to complete his 2018/19 AFU documentary, based on the stories of his Chinese grandparents and their experieces of meeting during the Cultural Revolution.
  • Oliver Judge for taking part in and completing the CCF Range weekend, being a credit to the school, and for gaining the GP Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
  • Noah Keighley for taking part in and completing the CCF Range weekend, being a credit to the school, and for gaining the GP Rifle Marksmanship Badge, as well as getting the highest score out of all schools and achieving the Marksmanship Crown Badge.
  • Felix Kind for being a positive mental health role model. For his mature approach in seeking support from the pastoral team when he has bitten off more than he can chew, in order to avoid getting into trouble.
  • Milo Lennox for taking part in and completing the CCF Range weekend, being a credit to the school, and for gaining the GP Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
  • Arlie Macpherson for taking part in and completing the CCF Range weekend, being a credit to the school, and for gaining the GP Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
  • James Mage for being part of a newly formed band and releasing an original single recently.
  • Arthur Robertson for his excellent conducting debut with Second Orchestra in Beethoven Hymn of Joy at the Summer Concert.
  • Jamie Robson for an outstanding year of leading Second Orchestra, resulting in higher standards and morale in the orchestra, clearly evident at the Summer Concert.
  • Arthur Sheppard for taking a hat-trick against Shiplake and winning us the game (U14B).
  • Oliver Smith for taking part in and completing the CCF Range weekend, being a credit to the school, and for gaining the GP Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
  • Ollie Sutton for taking part in and completing the CCF Range weekend, being a credit to the school, and for gaining the GP Rifle Marksmanship Badge, as well as getting the second highest score out of all schools and achieving the Marksmanship Crown Badge.
  • Alvin Tam for being part of a newly formed band and releasing an original single recently.
  • Jack Tilley for helping a boy who was having a medical incident while on a trip away from home; he was willing to miss the trip to the Reichstag to support his friend and staff were incredibly impressed with his collegiate attitude. Well done.
  • Harrison Walton for taking part in and completing the CCF Range weekend, being a credit to the school, and gaining the GP Rifle Marksmanship Badge.

24 May 2019

Today 10 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Harutyun Badalyan for creating a series of podcasts with a linked theme of Pierres de France's adventures throughout the year in 2nd Year Podcasting club. 
  • Oliver Clark for creating a series of podcasts with a linked theme of Pierres de France's adventures throughout the year in 2nd Year Podcasting club. 
  • Aryann Gupta for running the Timepix particle detector experiment and engaging with visitors at Abingdon Museum.
  • James Healey for performing exceptionally well in the History mock exam and completing a phenomenal amount of revision; James has also consistently scored the very highest marks this year and takes immense pride in his work. He is a pleasure to teach.
  • Harry Litchfield for creating a series of podcasts with a linked theme of Pierres de France's adventures throughout the year in 2nd Year Podcasting club. 
  • Oliver Millbourn for creating a series of podcasts with a linked theme of Pierres de France's adventures throughout the year in 2nd Year Podcasting club. 
  • Christopher Nikolaev for voluntarily giving his time in helping with the Lower School science club all year. He's been fantastic with the lower school boys, helping them with their experiments but also managing tricky behaviour at times and staying positive throughout. Christopher has displayed a mature attitude and lots of perseverence.
  • Luc Tucker for stepping up to the roll of Deputy Stage Manager for the Lower School production, at the last minute. He is now responsible for calling all of the technical cues for the performances, with only time for one full rehearsal beforehand. He has acted with maturity and responsibility and has greatly impressed the staff involved.
  • Peter Wan for planning and leading the Timepix particle detector experiment at Abingdon Town Museum.
  • Johnnie Willis-Bund for working steadfastly on his 2018/19 AFU film with the tutors over two consecutive weekends and creating a fascinating portrait of a pair of lifelong Combe vilage residents and their experiences of the changes that have taken place in village life during their lifetimes.

16 May 2019

Today 12 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Tom Batchelor for excellent marks for his A Level Geography investigation.
  • Henry Channon for an outstanding performance at the County Championships. He is now ranked 4th in the country for 800m (2.05) and 2nd in the country at 1500m (4.18).
  • Sam Collins for almost single handedly leading the 2nd XI to an unlikely but famous victory versus Warwick, hitting 68 off 36 balls and a 6 off the penultimate ball to bring it home - a very memorable match!
  • Will Franklin for excellent marks for his A Level Geography investigation.
  • Johnny James for an outstanding performance at the County Championships. He is now ranked 5th in the country for 1500m, running a time of 4minutes 20s.
  • Max Kidd-May for demonstrating outstanding leadership on the Bronze DofE expedition. He really pulled his group through with positivity and excellent navigation and campcraft skills.
  • Matthew Lau for producing a really well researched and excellent essay on the topic of 'Why was the Spanish Flu pandemic so deadly?' over the Easter holiday, which showed exceptional clarity and reasoning.
  • Aron Lavis for organising the U6 MFL leavers' awards and being an all round great MFL rep this year.
  • Steve Lin for outstanding quality of work (drawing) in seperate sketchbooks that he works on in his spare time. This is additional to his coursework.
  • Chris Monnery for outstanding results in his Geography coursework.
  • Noah Walker for excellent marks for his A Level Geography investigation.
  • Harry Winsey for qualifying for the English Silver Tumbling Championships in Telford at the weekend and coming fourth in the men’s 11-12 years level 2 NDP.

10 May 2019

Today nine boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Ollie Breach for excellent leadership in organising a team presentation for the Matter from Light for Prof Rose's group at Imperial College Physics department.
  • Freddy Chelsom for outstanding effort and result for holiday homework. Students were given the choice of doing a self directed piece and Freddie did a beautiful A1 still life of a chinese jug (painted) with some dried flowers in.
  • Sam Collins for his brilliant innings to win the game for the 2nd XI against Warwick - hitting the penultimate ball of the match for 6 to win the game.
  • Oscar I'Anson for outstanding effort and result for holiday homework. Students were given the choice of doing a self directed piece and Oscar made a 3D picture of sunflowers, including soil.
  • Ben MacLennan for outstanding effort and result for holiday homework. Students were given the choice of doing a self directed piece and Ben did a beautiful woodcarving.
  • Caspar Mannix for his magnificent 110 for the U15A against Warwick on Saturday.
  • James Robson for a stunning distinction pass in his ARSM diploma - 45/50
  • Freddie Smith for his magnificent 139 not out for the 1st XI aganst Warwick on Saturday.
  • Sebastian Watkins for a really outstanding effort with English revision/holiday work; Seb produced a large number of high quality essays and clearly spent a huge amount of time on his work.

3 May 2019

Today 23 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Archie Bermingham for being awarded first prize in the Blott Matthews competition.
  • David Bicarregui for a stunning distinction pass in his grade 8 Singing exam last term - 139/150.
  • Joseph Bradley for a stunning distinction pass in his grade 8 Cello exam last term - 139/150.
  • Oliver Breach for a stunning distinction pass in his grade 8 Violin exam last term - 139/150.
  • Ivan Chan for being awarded first prize in the Blott Matthews competition.
  • Tristan Clark Lam for gaining the highest number of commendations (29) in the first year last term
  • Alex Cooper Marcos for representing his house in the house water polo tournament when his team of five was reduced to two, and winning the match!
  • Alasdair Czaplewski for helping with the Schools Together conference at the end of the Lent Term.
  • Charles Engwell for being awarded first prize in the Blott Matthews competition.
  • Oliver Glover for a stunning distinction pass in his grade 8 Oboe exam last term - 142/150.
  • David Harding for being awarded first prize in the Blott Matthews competition.
  • Brian Ho for being awarded first prize in the Blott Matthews competition.
  • Lloyd Langley for helping with the Schools Together conference at the end of the Lent Term.
  • Ben Lovejoy for stepping in to fill a lifeguard shortage to allow the house water polo competition to continue.
  • Thomas Mennie for gaining the highest number of commendations (25) in the second year last term.
  • Freddie Nicholson for helping with the Schools Together conference at the end of the Lent Term.
  • Oliver Simpson for a stunning distinction pass in his ARSM diploma - 45/50.
  • Thomas Streatfield for representing his house in the house water polo tournament when his team of five was reduced to two, and winning the match!
  • Iman Taghol for helping with the Schools Together conference at the end of the Lent Term.
  • Perry Tsai for being awarded first prize in the Blott Matthews competition.
  • Manaswith Vipperla for showing true courage and determination to conquer his fear of heights, climbing all the way to the top of the climbing wall, albeit through tears, on the 1st year PGL trip.
  • Thomas Wilson for showing true courage and determination to conquer his fear of heights, climbing all the way to the top of the climbing wall, albeit through tears, on the 1st year PGL trip.
  • Scott Yap for representing his house in the house water polo tournament when his team of five was reduced to just him. Well done for persevering and not conceding!

22 March 2019

Today 18 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • David Bunn for competing for Oxfordshire at the English Schools Championship, finishing in 146th place.
  • Henry Channon for competing for Oxfordshire at the English Schools Championship, finishing in 240th place.
  • James Coode for completing the Reading Half Marathon in a time of 1hr 24 minutes 27 seconds (18th place in the U23 age category).
  • Will d'Arcy for competing for Oxfordshire at the English Schools Championship, finishing in 14th place. Will was only 6 places away from earning himself an England vest.
  • Alexander Darbishire for competing for Oxfordshire at the English Schools Championship, finishing in 273rd place. This is a fantastic acheivement, considering he is still a 2nd year and will have another year to compete as a junior.
  • Johnny James for competing for Oxfordshire at the English Schools Championship, finishing in 39th place, a remarkable achievement backed up by a 6th place finish at the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships the next day. Two great achievements in one weekend!
  • Matthew Kunov for competing for Oxfordshire at the English Schools Championship, finishing in 286th place.
  • Brian Lim for completing a highly-ambitious water-cooled PC build for CompSci during Lent Term Other Half. 
  • Benjamin MacLennan for finishing in 23rd place at the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships.
  • Rowan Miell-Ingram for coming 4th on the Oxfordshire U15 team and 119th/400 nationally at a national cross country event recently, and competing for Oxfordshire at the English Schools Championship finishing in 271st place.
  • Rory Mitchell for competing for Oxfordshire at the English Schools Championship, finishing in 111th place. He was the first Intermediate Oxfordshire runner across the finish line.
  • Freddie Nicholson for completing a highly-ambitious water-cooled PC build for CompSci during Lent Term Other Half. 
  • George Nott for completing a highly-ambitious water-cooled PC build for CompSci during Lent Term Other Half. 
  • Will Nutbrown for completing a highly-ambitious water-cooled PC build for CompSci during Lent Term Other Half. 
  • Alexander Pennington for competing for Oxfordshire at the English Schools Championship, finishing in 162th place.
  • Thomas Roskell for completing a highly-ambitious water-cooled PC build for CompSci during Lent Term Other Half. 
  • Jack Tilley for showing kindness and support to a Year 9 Young Enterprise team from another school at the Cowley trade fair.
  • Louis Trotter for competing for Oxfordshire at the English Schools Championship, finishing in 208th place.

21 March 2019

Today 17 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Henry Bury for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Dominic Cook for his highly commended Geography Prize essay entry: an essay on the costs of natural hazards.
  • James Daly for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Ollie Deans for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Gregor Hawkes for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Liam Hilditch for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Eliot Hyman for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Henry Lykke Dahn for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Oscar Mitchell for his highly commended Geography Prize essay entry: an essay on migration.
  • Liam O'Hickey for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Nick Pearson for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Pierre-Louis Peuch for consistent help in the houseroom and for taking time out each day to spend time with the younger boys in the house. He helped build our new table football and encouarged the 5th years to help out. He is such an amazing role model and he has been a superb Head of House to date.
  • William Putt for his highly commended Geography Prize essay entry: an essay on migration.
  • Jasper Rolls for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • George Siriwardene for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Fergus Sweeting for showing outstanding grit, determination, skill and effort in winning the Stowe U16 7's Plate Tournament. 
  • Jake Wallis for leading an excellent session of primary science club.

15 March 2019

Today 24 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Callum Aiken for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended. Callum was a great Captain.
  • Freddie Badcock for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Alasdair Czaplewski for his excellent speech on his partnership experience at the Foundation Dinner, and for editing the new edition of Timeline.
  • Barney Fox for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Oscar Frost for editing the new edition of Timeline.
  • Felix Kind for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Rory Kind for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Rory King for his outstanding achievement as part of the swimming team that finished 6th in the Otter Medley Cup and 7th in the Bath Freestyle Cup. Both of these are national finals with over 80 schools competing across the UK and these are the best finishing positions the school has achieved. The team also won the Otter Challenge Cup against schools such as Harrow, Royal Belfast and St Paul's.
  • Ilya Korzinkin for organising a fantastic Abingdon Investment and Trading Club event.
  • Ben Lovejoy for his outstanding achievement as part of the swimming team that finished 6th in the Otter Medley Cup and 7th in the Bath Freestyle Cup. Both of these are national finals with over 80 schools competing across the UK and these are the best finishing positions the school has achieved. The team also won the Otter Challenge Cup against schools such as Harrow, Royal Belfast and St Paul's.
  • Charles Maddison for writing an excellent article about the German exchange with much warmth and humour.
  • Joshua Mensah for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Kai Miles for his outstanding achievement as part of the swimming team that finished 6th in the Otter Medley Cup and 7th in the Bath Freestyle Cup. Both of these are national finals with over 80 schools competing across the UK and these are the best finishing positions the school has achieved. The team also won the Otter Challenge Cup against schools such as Harrow, Royal Belfast and St Paul's.
  • Robert Monnery for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Johan Nerlov for getting Timeline print-ready and helping publish it.
  • Ollie Northwood for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Tom Perrot for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Krishen Rao for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Tom Robson for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Iman Taghol for his excellent speech on his partnership experience at the Foundation Dinner.
  • Sam Turner for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Harvey Vinton for beating Wellington College, Reigate Grammar School, St Edward's School, St Joseph's School (Ipswich), and Trinity School Croydon to reach the finals of the Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet 2019 Sevens tournament. Abingdon has never had a team reach the final of this tournament. The team narrowly lost (19-14) to Whitgift School in the final, and therefore came 2nd out of the 32 schools who attended.
  • Johnnie Willis-Bund for writing an excellent article about the German exchange with much warmth and humour.
  • Lance Wilson for his excellent speech on his partnership experience at the Foundation Dinner.

8 March 2019

Today nine boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Oliver Elly for his superb commitment on work experience, hugely impressing his OA boss.
  • Aryann Gupta for his excellent optional video project on the flora of Gabon complete with English transcript.
  • Lloyd Langley for organsing and leading a fish dissection practical at Primary Science Club.
  • Freddie Nicholson for desiging the poster for the ATOM/Larkmead Careers Fair.
  • Nicholas Raptakis for his outstanding performance of Dvorak's Piano Quartet in Assembly.
  • Robert Smith for his role in the 2nd VIII crew this year, showing a superbly positive attitude. He has become a motivator and leader for the crew and they are making great progress.
  • James Sparkes for organising an alternative activity for queasy pupils during Primary Science Club fish dissection.
  • Alvin Tam for his outstanding performance of Dvorak's Piano Quartet in Assembly.
  • Ashwin Tennant for his outstanding performance of Dvorak's Piano Quartet in Assembly.

1 March 2019

Today four boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Alex Leech for producing a great report on stars with pictures and explanations of how he had taken them for his practical stargazing prep.
  • Alfred Morley for his excellent performance as drummer in the Loserville band. He showed real dedication and initiative in a context far out of his comfort zone.
  • Nicholas Ng for submitting an entry into the Upper School Chemistry Prize competition - a great effort.
  • Louis Renouf for his excellent performance in The Government Inspector.

15 February 2019

Today 31 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Ben Adams for his excellent performance in Loserville.
  • Morgan Atkins for his excellent performance in Government Inspector.
  • David Bicarregui for his excellent performance as keyboard player in the Loserville band and also in Government Inspector.
  • David Bunn for his excellent performance at the XC County Championships. He has qualified to represent the Oxfordshire team at the National Schools Championships in Leeds.
  • George Carver for completing a voluntary 1500 word essay for the New College of Humanities essay competition. The question was 'Can history teach us lessons?'. George researched this independently and with very little guidance. Considering George only had 10 days to research the essay, this was a truly exceptional level of effort. Well done!
  • Henry Channon for his excellent performance at the XC County Championships. He has qualified to represent the Oxfordshire team at the National Schools Championships in Leeds.
  • Will d'Arcy for his excellent performance at the XC County Championships. He has qualified to represent the Oxfordshire team at the National Schools Championships in Leeds.
  • Alexander Darbishire for his excellent performance at the XC County Championships. He has qualified to represent the Oxfordshire team at the National Schools Championships in Leeds.
  • Jake de Jongh for his excellent performance as lead guitarist in the Loserville band. He showed real dedication, ability, initiative and leadership and showed outstanding musicianship and technical ability.
  • Jacob Henney for his excellent performance in Loserville.
  • Johnny James for his excellent performance at the XC County Championships. He has qualified to represent the Oxfordshire team at the National Schools Championships in Leeds.
  • James Magé for his excellent performance as bass player in the Loserville band. He showed real dedication, ability, initiative and leadership.
  • Kit Mannix for his excellent performance in Loserville.
  • Kit Matthews for his excellent performance in Government Inspector.
  • Rowan Miell-Ingram for his excellent performance at the XC County Championships. He has qualified to represent the Oxfordshire team at the National Schools Championships in Leeds.
  • Tom Mills for his excellent performance in Loserville.
  • Rory Mitchell for his excellent performance at the XC County Championships. He has qualified to represent the Oxfordshire team at the National Schools Championships in Leeds.
  • Alfred Morley for his excellent performance as drummer in the Loserville band. He showed real dedication and initiative in a context far out of his comfort zone.
  • Henry Muller for his excellent performance in Loserville.
  • Nicholas Ng for submitting an entry into the Upper School Chemistry Prize competition - a great effort.
  • Kush Patel for giving first aid to a fellow 4th year boarder who had fallen and hit his head.
  • Alexander Pennington for his excellent performance at the XC County Championships. He has qualified to represent the Oxfordshire team at the National Schools Championships in Leeds.
  • Callum Ravden for his excellent performance in Loserville.
  • Louis Renouf for his excellent performance in Government Inspector.
  • Oliver Simpson for winning the Open String Class of the Oxford Music Festival recently. He was winner of the class with a result classified as Outstanding, and he was also awarded the Rohan de Saram Cup for the highest mark in the string solo classes.
  • Henry Steinsberg for his excellent performance in Loserville.
  • Alvin Tam for his excellent performance as lead Keyboard player in the Loserville band. He showed real dedication, ability, initiative and leadership.
  • Ashwin Tennant for gaining a distinction in his LRSM Performing diploma in piano with the ABRSM.
  • Louis Trotter for his excellent performance at the XC County Championships. He has qualified to represent the Oxfordshire team at the National Schools Championships in Leeds.
  • Luc Tucker for doing a fantastic job at running the sound for Loserville, having started learning sound from scratch at the beginning of the show.
  • Archie Turnbull for his excellent performance in Government Inspector.

25 January 2019

Today four boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Thomas Chorley for creating a fantastic video for his German homework.
  • Drew Farwell for being selected to represent the England A team in shooting.
  • James Healey for stepping up to design the latest issue of The Polyglot and teaching himself the necessary tools.
  • Pranit Narain for getting the highest number of commendations (41) in the First Year in the Michealmas Term.

18 January 2019

Today 26 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Ben Adams for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Oliver Chester for representing Abingdon Science Partnership at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference at the University of Birmingham.
  • Ethan Chui for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Liam Deegan for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Jude Green for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Aryann Gupta for creating a website for the iGCSE physics topic on the electromagnetic spectrum; and also for the huge number of additional practice questions (over 20) he completed over the Christmas break. All questions were optional extras.
  • Jakob Hobbs for gaining a distinction in grade 5 drums last term.
  • Henry Insley for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Philip Kimber for getting the highest number of commendations (31) in the Second Year in the Michaelmas Term.
  • Oliver Lee for representing Abingdon Science Partnership at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference at the University of Birmingham.
  • Dermot Leggett for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Andreas Lo for gaining a distinction in grade 7 violin last term.
  • Felix Loeffen for gaining a distinction in grade 2 piano last term.
  • James Magé for gaining a distinction in grade 7 piano last term.
  • Jason Ng for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Freddie Nicholson for being one of six UK winners of an international coding competition (which had thoushands of applicants). The prize is an all-expenses trip to Google HQ in San Fransisco.
  • Greg Northwood for gaining a distinction in grade 8 saxophone last term with an outside sax teacher.
  • Nicholas Raptakis for gaining a distinction in grade 7 viola last term.
  • Owen Ravden for gaining a distinction in grade 7 singing last term.
  • Nat Reading for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Toby Smallcombe for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Iman Taghol for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership)  6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Alvin Tam for representing Abingdon Science Partnership at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference at the University of Birmingham.
  • Dennis Wei for representing Abingdon Science Partnership at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference at the University of Birmingham.
  • Lance Wilson for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.
  • Kevin Yuan for getting involved in the ASiP (Abingdon School in Partnership) 6th form academic mentoring scheme.

7 December 2018

Today 24 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Connor Brown for his invitation to the GB training camp in December in Ceria/Spain following the GB trials and strong finish position.
  • Timmy Chiu for using his personal free time to pair up with a current 5th year pupil to help his Chinese Language oral practice earlier in the term. His generous support has been greatly appreciated.
  • Alasdair Czaplewski for organising the first AbingMUN18. Alasdair has been working on this since June 18 and it was a tremendous success. Alasdair acted as the Sec Gen on the day.
  • Alec de Jongh for acting as Head Chair at AbingMUN18.
  • Jonathan Ferry for making a significant contribution to AbingMUN18. He helped organise so many aspects of the conference since we decided to have a conference last June. His efforts were really appreciated.
  • Eddie Good for his excellent performance in Lord Of the Flies, taking on a lead role and really committing to every stage of the rehearsal process.
  • Philip Grotjahn for gaining the top score in the school in the UK Computational Thinking Challenge and consequently being invited to the second round at the University of Oxford.
  • Owen Henney for making a significant contribution to AbingMUN18. He helped organise so many aspects of the conference since we decided to have a conference last June. His efforts were really appreciated.
  • Dylan Kaeuper for his excellent performance in Lord Of the Flies, taking on a lead role and really committing to every stage of the rehearsal process.
  • Ian Kwan for using his personal free time to pair up with a current 5th year pupil to help his Chinese Language oral practice earlier in the term. His generous support has been greatly appreciated.
  • Joshua Li for his excellent performance in Cheltenham College MFL Debating Competition - Finalist Sp.
  • James Mage for joining the Headmaster on a visit to Chandlings Year 6 and being a great ambassador and advocate of the School.
  • Oscar Mascuñán Margetts for his excellent performance in Cheltenham College MFL Debating Competition - Finalist Sp.
  • Freddie Marshall for representing The Martlet and the school so well at the Beech Court opening and impressing Will Gompertz and the Anderson family with his interview skills.
  • Johan Nerlov for representing The Martlet and the school so well at the Beech Court opening and impressing Will Gompertz and the Anderson family with his interview skills, and acting as Head Chair at AbingMUN18 and a lot to help organise the day.
  • Sam Penrose for his dedication to school publications this term, particular with regard to the production of the Abingdonian and The Martlet (he has overseen the production of a bumper 40 page edition). Sam always goes above and beyond and puts many hours in outside school.
  • Henry Pickess for his excellent performance in Cheltenham College MFL Debating Competition - really holding his own against strong opponents at the beginning of their Pre-U career.
  • Max Siriwardene for representing the school in the Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench Challenge at Oxford University, finishing as runner up out of seven schools for the Thames Valley region. The team had to produce an A1 sized poster on 'The Problems of Plastics' and present this to a panel of judges. They also had to complete a test of their laboratory practical skills. The boys completed their own research, designed the poster and wrote their presentation speeches as a team and with minimal help.
  • Benjamin Smith for his excellent performance in Lord Of the Flies, taking on a lead role and really committing to every stage of the rehearsal process.
  • Jimmy Strainge for his excellent performance in Cheltenham College MFL Debating Competition - really holding his own against strong opponents at the beginning of their Pre-U career.
  • Leo Tan for demonstrating excellent dissection skills and personal interaction with parents and children at Saturday Science Club.
  • Peter Wan for using his personal free time to pair up with a current 5th year pupil to help his Chinese Language oral practice earlier in the term. His generous support has been greatly appreciated.
  • Daniel Wilmot for his invitation to the GB training camp in December in Ceria/Spain following the GB trials and strong finish position.
  • Lancelot Wilson for his excellent work representing the school in the first round of the schools mace in difficult circumstances, and being part of the team organising AbingMUN18. Lance acted as the Deputy Sec Gen on the day and produced committee papers. .

30 November 2018

Today 22 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Adewale Adebutu for stepping up as U18 basketball captain at the last minute and leading his team with great confidence and enthusiasm to secure a noteable win over Radley away.
  • David Bicarregui for his excellent reading and tenor solos in Mozart Requiem on Saturday 11 November, and for winning the Upper School category of the school's National Poetry Day Competition with a highly accomplished and well crafted poem entitled 'Everything Changes'.
  • Billy Blomfield for being very brave by speaking in house assembly in front of everybody about the challenges he has faced with long term medical problems, the impact it has had, and how he has overcome them.
  • Ollie Breach for leading the Physics Factor 'Matter from Light Team' collaboration with Imperial College, Oxford University and IRIS.
  • Henry Channon for finishing 78th at the National XC Finals and helping his team finish 7th fastest school in the country.
  • Ethan Chen for representing the school in the Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench Challenge at Oxford University, finishing as runners up out of seven schools for the Thames Valley region. The team had to produce an A1 sized poster on 'The Problems of Plastics' and present this to a panel of judges. They also had to complete a test of their laboratory practical skills. The boys completed their own research, designed the poster and wrote their presentation speeches as a team and with minimal help.
  • Will d'Arcy for finishing 13th at the National XC Finals and helping his team finish 7th fastest school in the country.
  • Ed Gill for an outstanding essay on the lives of Athenian women as depicted in Lysias 1. It had huge ambition, and was consistently well written and carefully argued. A very serious piece of work indeed; and for his well honed, irreverent sonnet, 'My Only', which was joint second in the school's National Poetry Day competition. 
  • Barnaby Hindley for representing the school in the Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench Challenge at Oxford University, finishing as runners up out of seven schools for the Thames Valley region. The team had to produce an A1 sized poster on 'The Problems of Plastics' and present this to a panel of judges. They also had to complete a test of their laboratory practical skills. The boys completed their own research, designed the poster and wrote their presentation speeches as a team and with minimal help.
  • Johnny James for finishing 41st at the National XC Finals and helping his team finish 7th fastest school in the country. 
  • Taha Khurram for being very brave by speaking in house assembly in front of everybody about the challenges he has faced with long term medical problems, the impact it has had, and how he has overcome them.
  • Benjamin MacLennan for competing at the Modern Biathlon British Championships held in Leeds.
  • Sebastian McAllan for competing at the National XC Finals and helping his team finish 7th fastest school in the country. Unfortunatley he had to pull out of the race 3/4 of the way through due to injury.
  • Rowan Miell-Ingram for finishing 28th at the National XC Finals and helping his team finish 7th fastest school in the country.
  • Rory Mitchell for assisting as a Science Ambassador at Harwell Primary School's science morning.
  • Johan Nerlov for representing the school in the Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench Challenge at Oxford University, finishing as runners up out of seven schools for the Thames Valley region. The team had to produce an A1 sized poster on 'The Problems of Plastics' and present this to a panel of judges. They also had to complete a test of their laboratory practical skills. The boys completed their own research, designed the poster and wrote their presentation speeches as a team and with minimal help.
  • Tom Phillip for his humourous yet finely tuned poem, 'Shouting at Ducks' which was joint second in the school's National Poetry Day Competition.
  • Nathaniel Reading for coaching the 2nd XV for the match against Radley - leading the warm up, organising subs, and laying out tactics and strategies.
  • Sam Stirling for his excellent production of a booklet on farming advice following guidance from the exam specification. This was very good work on this topic. 
  • Luis Vasconcelos for finishing 116th at the National XC Finals and helping his team finish 7th fastest school in the country.
  • Jake Wallis for assisting as a Science Ambassador at Harwell Primary School's science morning.
  • Andy Zhang for his excellent production of a booklet on farming advice following guidance from the exam specification. This was very good work on this topic. 

2 November 2018

Today one boy came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Sam Christie for coming 2nd equal in the Royal Economics Society's 'Young Economist of the Year' essay competition (there were 1300 entries). Students completed one essay from four potential essay titles, and Sam's essay on GDP measurement was deemed to be the best one on this topic. Only a few weeks ago, Sam also learnt that he had come second in Cambridge University's 'Marshall Society' economics essay competition. These are outstanding achievements, which he greets with characteristic modesty.

12 October 2018

Today four boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Didier Delgorge for his outstanding performance in Open Day rehearsal with First Orchestra - showing a willingness to work on Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2, despite relatively early stage of the rehearsal process.
  • Ed Hayes for being a tremendous leader for the rugby club over this term. He has been superb and led the team in adversity against strong teams. Well done.
  • Jack Johnson for writing a fascinating article on “How the Spanish transition to democracy has affected modern Spain” which was published in the Bulletin of Advanced Spanish, a non-school online publication.
  • Nathaniel Reading for helping with visitors in the Ingham Room at Open Day, and being a fantastic ambassador for the school.

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