Headmaster’s Praise

23 June 2017

Today 4 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Oliver Moody for being a committed member of the Athletics club. He won his 800m heat and 4x100m and overall team victory at Marlborough this weekend.
  • Isaac Morrow for helping with Saturday Science Clubs throughout the Summer Term.
  • Alex Moss for his selection into the Vale Athletics team. He won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m and overall team victory at Marlborough this weekend.
  • Calum Steer for his selection into the Vale Athletics team. He won the 1500m, and 4x100m and overall team victory at Marlborough this weekend.

16 June 2017

Today 4 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Liam Hilditch for scoring an unbeaten century against Reading School.
  • Robert MacLennan for getting a 'commended' essay in the Peterhouse Vellacott History Prize 2017.
  • James McRae for helping run the Lower School Architecture club this term. He has been a true leader, extremely reliable and a good role model for the younger boys.
  • Freddie Smith for scoring an unbeaten century against Reading School, his 2nd for the school this season.

9 June 2017

Today 2 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Billy Backhouse his excellent contribution to Visiting the Elderly this term, and superb involvement in the prospectus film.
  • James Mage raising £512.48 for Sobell House Hospice, beating his target of £400. During the May half term, James spent a lunchtime playing piano in The Churchill Hospital foyer to fundraise for Sobell House. This is the fourth year James has done this, raising a total of £1,308.56 over the last four years. James has made this an annual event in memory of his Granny who was looked after brilliantly by the staff at Sobell House Hospice in 2013.

26 May 2017

Today 19 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Tom Anderson for his excellent contribution to Visiting the Elderly this half term, and his superb involvement in the prospectus film. 
  • Billy Backhouse for his excellent contribution to Visiting the Elderly this half term, and his superb involvement in the prospectus film.
  • Francesco Bartolini for his excellent contribution to Visiting the Elderly this half term, and his superb involvement in the prospectus film.
  • Theo Brown for acting as an excellent ambassador for Abingdon talking to parents at a recent feeder school event.
  • James Coode for being MD and presenter for his Young Enterprise company at the County Final recently. He also received an online media award.
  • Matthew Hung for engaging in the CERN@School project and explaining it to Nicola Blackwood on her recent visit.
  • Dermot Leggett for being a presenter for his Young Enterprise company at the County Final last week. He also received a style and design award and business plan award.
  • Ivan Leung for engaging in the CERN@School project and explaining it to Nicola Blackwood on her recent visit.
  • Bill Li for engaging in the CERN@School project and explaining it to Nicola Blackwood on her recent visit.
  • James Mage for acting as an excellent ambassador for Abingdon talking to parents at a recent feeder school event.
  • Tristan Mann Powter for his excellent contribution to Visiting the Elderly this half term, and his superb involvement in the prospectus film.
  • Zebedee Marsh for his excellent contribution to Visiting the Elderly this half term, and his superb involvement in the prospectus film.
  • Johan Nerlov for stepping up in a time of urgent need as Editor of Design for the Polyglot.
  • Jason Ng for his superb performance in the Intermediate Maths Olympiad, gaining a distinction.
  • Tom Phillip for getting 100% on a Greek exam and showing an exceptionally strong effort at some English to Greek sentences (harder than AS level) as an optional extra at the end.
  • Hayden Ramm for getting 100% on a Greek exam and showing an exceptionally strong effort at some English to Greek sentences (harder than AS level) as an optional extra at the end.
  • Dominic Swain for being a presenter for his Young Enterprise company at the County Final last week. He also received a style and design award and business plan award.
  • William Vanhinsbergh for being a presenter for his Young Enterprise company at the County Final last week. He also received a style and design award and business plan award.
  • Archie Worth for attending the Young Enterprise County Final recently; he was part of the team talking to the judges and was also responsible for operating the PowerPoint presentation.

12 May 2017

Today 16 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Kenneth Au Yeung for his outstanding violin concerto soloist in Vivaldi's "Winter" at the Spring Concert on 28 April.
  • Luca Frauenfeld for being part of an outstanding U14 squad this year, placing 11th in the country at the ESSA relays, winning the Warwick 100's, Abingdon Sprints as well as beating Harrow and Warwick School, whilst also setting a number of school records. Between them the 5 members of this team have broken 11 of the 12 U14 school records this year.
  • James Hogge for being a member of the winning team 'Interport 20' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Bryce Jersing for being a member of the third placed team 'Daedalus' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Kurt Lee for being a member of the winning team 'Interport 20' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Rob MacLennan for being a member of the winning team 'Interport 20' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Patrick McCubbin for being a member of the winning team 'Interport 20' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Alex Moss for being a member of the third placed team 'Daedalus' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Joe Nash for being a member of the winning team 'Interport 20' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Alexander Reynolds for being an outstanding concerto soloist in Grieg's Piano Concerto at the Spring Concert on 28 April.
  • Josh Roche for being part of an outstanding U14 squad this year, placing 11th in the country at the ESSA relays, winning the Warwick 100's, Abingdon Sprints as well as beating Harrow and Warwick School, whilst also setting a number of school records. Between them the 5 members of this team have broken 11 of the 12 U14 school records this year.
  • Thomas Shaw for being a member of the third placed team 'Daedalus' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Peter Wang for being a member of the winning team 'Interport 20' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Josh Washington for being a member of the third placed team 'Daedalus' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Noah Williams for being a member of the third placed team 'Daedalus' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.
  • Ben Wilson for being a member of the third placed team 'Daedalus' in the Airport to Airport Challenge.

5 May 2017

Today 23 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Arthur Bruce for his consistently outstanding approach to his A-level Art studies - he goes above and beyond to gather complete challening, personal and intellectually rigorous work that stronly reflects his interests outside of the subject, in terms of linking with his other subjects, but also politics and the wider world. A resounding example of what an independent, creative A-level student should be.
  • Toby Collins for his work as editor of the  latest edition of Griffenomics.
  • Zach Griggs for consistently producing excellent work in art.
  • Joe Hornblow for consistently producing excellent work in art.
  • Max Humphries for his fascinating article for Griffenomics on Cuba, exploring many different areas of economics and business. Well done!
  • Patrick Johnson for winning the U18 Bronze Medal (Epee) and also being part of the group who won the Hilary Hammond Trophy.
  • Blake Jones for his outstanding work on numerous school publications for the last four years but particularly for The Martlet and Words and That. Blake has given up a huge amount of personal time dealing with the detail of the design and has trained and supported other boys. He will be very much missed.
  • Dan Keeble for his part in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the Boys’ School with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • Rory Kind for gaining the highest number of commendations (23) in the First Year for Lent 2017.
  • Vil Kiraikou for his excellent article for Griffenomics on the IMF, which enters into the realm of undergraduate economics.
  • Colm Lambert for consistently producing excellent work in art.
  • James MacLennan for his part in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the Boys’ School with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • Rob MacLennan for his role as captain for another unbroken term of fixtures including Winchester, Harrow, St Benedict's, Dauntseys and Wellington. Rob's achievements include the Seniors Silver Medal (Epee) Public Schools Fencing, Bronze U16 (Epee) Southern Regional Fencing Championship, representing GB at international level and being part of the group to win the Hilary Hammond Trophy.
  • Daniel McNamara for being part of an outstanding U14 squad this year, placing 11th in the country at the ESSA relays, winning the Warwick 100's, Abingdon Sprints as well as beating Harrow and Warwick School, whilst also setting a number of school records. Between them the 5 members of this team have broken 11 of the 12 U14 school records this year.
  • Richard Oh for winning the U16s Chess Tournament at the Chess Mega-Final.
  • Nick Orr Burns for playing his bagpipes at the beginning of this year's Foundation Dinner to welcome the guests. It was the first time he has played in public and he stood outside for an hour, on what was a cold evening, playing very successfully.
  • Josh Roche for being part of an outstanding U14 squad this year, placing 11th in the country at the ESSA relays, winning the Warwick 100's, Abingdon Sprints as well as beating Harrow and Warwick School, whilst also setting a number of school records. Between them the 5 members of this team have broken 11 of the 12 U14 school records this year.
  • Pea Sermsuk for his outstanding work on The Martlet. Pea has given up a huge amount of personal time dealing with the detail of the design and has trained and supported other boys and picked up the challenge when Blake has been too busy with other design projects. He's an exceptionally prompt and courteous communicator and very professional in the way he operates.
  • Jai Sidpra for his quick thinking and courage which saved a team mate from what could have been a very serious situation while on Gold DofE in Dartmoor. The other boy had fallen in a bog and was sinking; he ended up with the bog up arround his armpits. Jai resolved the situation and pulled the boy out of the bog using two walking poles tied together. His courage and quick thinking should be congratulated. On the same trip Jai also carried the bag (as well as his own) of another boy who had twisted his ankle for 2km until they reached camp and medical help. This demonstrates his kind nature, willingness to work as a team and to think of others.
  • Nicholas Skelton for being been part of an outstanding U14 squad this year, placing 11th in the country at the ESSA relays, winning the Warwick 100's, Abingdon Sprints as well as beating Harrow and Warwick School, whilst also setting a number of school records. Between them the 5 members of this team have broken 11 of the 12 U14 school records this year.
  • Ashwin Tennant for getting a very high score in the Intermediate Maths Olympiad paper, putting him in the top 50 in the country.
  • Gabriel Tribe for his part in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the Boys’ School with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • Scott Yap for being part of an outstanding U14 squad this year, placing 11th in the country at the ESSA relays, winning the Warwick 100's, Abingdon Sprints as well as beating Harrow and Warwick School, whilst also setting a number of school records. Between them the 5 members of this team have broken 11 of the 12 U14 school records this year.

28 April 2017

Today 11 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Harry Baston-Hall for winning the U16 Gold Medal (Epee) in the Southern Regional Fencing Championship, representing GB at international fencing tournament in Poland and for his involvement in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy.
  • Jake De Jongh for his involvement in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the boys’ school with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • Jacob Drew for his involvement in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the boys’ school with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • James Gibson for his involvement in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the boys’ school with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • Ben Kiraikou for his involvement in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the boys’ school with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • Noe Larousse for U16 Bronze Medal (Epee) and his involvement in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the boys’ school with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • Jonathan Law for winning the U18 Silver (Sabre) Southern Regional Championship his involvement in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the boys’ school with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • Mike MacLennan for his involvement in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the boys’ school with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • Adriano Matousek for single handedly organising the L6 mentees in the house without being asked and for giving several very good presentations on 3rd year topics such as internet safety. He has shown real initiative.
  • Tom Preston for his involvement in winning the Hilary Hammond Trophy: presented in 1994 by Mrs Hilary Hammond, to be awarded to the boys’ school with 24 or fewer weapon entries and gaining the highest number of points in the competition.
  • George Siriwardene for being an excellent volunteer at Old station House last term for Community Service and helping to run the tea party.

24 March 2017

Today 13 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Rory Bishop for producing a fantastic sustained tonal drawing of top GCSE quality.
  • Alex Dalgliesh for his excellent presentation and Q&A session at UCAS1.
  • Matthew Gill for undertaking the role of Deputy Stage Manager for London Road and doing so to a very high standard ensuring the show ran smoothly.
  • Brian Ho for competing successfully in the Year 10 Mathematics Feast competition on and wining 2 separate rounds, as well as being nominated for the teamwork award.
  • Ian Kwan for producing a fantastic sustained tonal drawing of top GCSE quality.
  • Eden Lam for competing successfully in the Year 10 Mathematics Feast competition on 13/03/17 and wining 2 separate rounds, as well as being nominated for the teamwork award.
  • Kipp Mainstone for being an excellent volunteer at Old Station House this term for Community Service and helping run the tea party.
  • Jason Ng for competing successfully in the Year 10 Mathematics Feast competition and wining 2 separate rounds, as well as being nominated for the teamwork award.
  • George Rich for being an excellent volunteer at Old Station House this term for Community Service and helping run the tea party.
  • Iwan Stone for being Highly Commended in the E-magazine Critical Essay competition.
  • Harry Watkins for producing an outstanding piece of research for his Second Year Tudor History project, going well beyond the extra mile.
  • Rory Worth for being an excellent volunteer at Old Station House this term for Community Service and helping run the tea party; and producing a fantastic sustained tonal drawing of top GCSE quality.
  • Garfield Zhang for competing successfully in the Year 10 Mathematics Feast competition and wining 2 separate rounds, as well as being nominated for the teamwork award.

17 March 2017

Today 12 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • George English for an excellent presentation and Q&A session at UCAS1.
  • Sam Farrar for an excellent presentation and Q&A session at UCAS1.
  • Tom Foster for an excellent presentation and Q&A session at UCAS1.
  • Hamish Garland for an excellent presentation and Q&A session at UCAS1.
  • George Jeffreys for operating the live sound for London Road and learning to do so in an incredibly short space of time.
  • Charlie Landells for helping film the Lower School History Club making their film.
  • Byron Langley for an excellent presentation and Q&A session at UCAS1.
  • Sam Martin for an excellent presentation and Q&A session at UCAS1.
  • William Sheffield for going to Long Furlong Primary School to speak to the children there about the Roman invasion and occupation of Britain.
  • Ollie Singleton for helping film the Lower School History Club making their film.
  • Henry Waterson for two separate things: going to Long Furlong Primary School to speak to the children there about the Roman invasion and occupation of Britain; and his success in gaining an Army Officer Scholarship, for which he gains a certificate and badge, presented today.
  • Archie Williams for his continued outstanding commitment to Community Service.

9 March 2017

Today 11 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Oliver Breach for playing solo piano at Chandlings Manor School.
  • Xavi Butler for an amazing documentary on disease in Tudor times.
  • Harry Donoghue for winning the ISMLA West of England regional French debating competition at Marlborough College.
  • Ben Ffrench for Much Ado About Nothing
  • Ben Hutchison for winning the ISMLA West of England regional French debating competition at Marlborough College.
  • Bryce Jersing for running Pilates classes for the Rowers, volunteering for his DofE Service from September to March.
  • Patrick McCubbin for an excellent poster about a swan: included diverse areas of physics such as the Doppler effect, supersonic flight, bow wave formation optics and upthrust.
  • Daniel Rohll for playing the lead role in organising and running five Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses for 30 Y6 children from local primary schools.
  • Jeremy Salkeld for going to Long Furlong Primary School to speak to the children there about the Roman invasion and occupation of Britain.
  • Jai Sidpra for an excellent essay for the 6th Form Biology prize competition, for which he used a wide range of source material and which was presented in a very professional way.
  • Ben Wilson for his excellent research and clear explanations on his physics of splashes poster.

2 February 2017

Today 9 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Athur Bruce for his outstanding leadership and organisation of the O'Doherty's House Quiz which was held on 20 January.
  • Ryan Clune for directing the staff pantomime, showing great creativity, determination, directing talent, commitment and professionalism.
  • Oliver Glover for earning the most commendations in the first year in the Michaelmas Term - 38 in total! 
  • Matthew Kunov for achieving 99% in his German IGCSE mock exam - an outstanding achievement.
  • Charlie Landells for directing the staff pantomime, showing great creativity, determination, directing talent, commitment and professionalism.
  • Arthur Musson for an excellent performance in Much Ado About Nothing.
  • Joe Salter for an excellent performance in Much Ado About Nothing.
  • Archie Williams for writing the staff pantomime script and showing commitment, dedication and professionalism. 
  • Oliver Williams for his outstanding contribution to Saturday Science Clubs this year.

25 January 2017

Today 5 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Alasdair Czaplewski for his outstanding contribution to Saturday Science Clubs this year.
  • Gabriel Dobson for his outstanding leadership of the U16B's both on and off the pitch and for writing match reports after every game.
  • Freddie Marshall for his outstanding work during the holidays on a film project in support of Sobell House Hospice in Oxford.
  • George Penny for receiving, jointly with another boy, the most commendations in the second year in the Michaelmas Term - 27 in total.
  • Alexandre Peuch for receiving, jointly with another boy, the most commendations in the second year in the Michaelmas Term - 27 in total.

8 December 2016

Today 7 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Didier Delgorge for winning the School Senior Instrumental Competition.
  • Sean Kao for being part of the Senior Team Maths Challenge team from Abingdon. They came 3rd (out of 16 schools) in the Oxfordshire Heat, only dropping 12 marks (out of a possible 160). The team were unlucky not to rank even higher, as there were some very competitive schools in our heat, and should be proud of a very successful day.
  • David Mackney for being the first in his year to complete Gold DofE having completed Bronze and Silver already.
  • Sam Penrose for organising, producing and editing the first O'Doherty's House Newsletter.
  • Daniel Rohll for his energy, enthusiasm and commitment shown to the production of Evita at Oxford High School. This was all the more impressive given that the performances took place during the week of the November tests.
  • Matthew Viner for organising, producing and editing the first O'Doherty's House Newsletter.
  • Nikhil Vyas for his achievements as the school number one in squash, though still being in 4th Year. He inspires the school team with his skill and commitment.

25 November 2016

Today 14 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Kenneth Au Yeung for beautiful playing of Massanet's Meditation at Assembly on 11 November.
  • George Aylard for singlehandedly planning the first Abingdon MUN workshop. The time and effort that he put into it was amazing, and the feedback from all those who attended was very positive.
  • Edmund Breen who sang a confident and effective tenor solo in Burgon's Nunc Dimittis at Tewkesbury.
  • Ryan Clune for making and editing an excellent film about the geography trip to India, and presented it in Head's assembly to the whole school.
  • Jamie Farrow for his excellent tenor solo with the Chapel Choir at Tewkesbury, singing Mendelssohn's hear my Prayer.
  • Charlie Landells for his energetic conducting skills in the House Singing Competition and for all the help he gave in organising and leading rehearsals.
  • Harry Lei for taking part in the Senior Maths Challenge team from Abingdon. The team came 3rd (out of 16 schools) in the Oxfordshire Heat, only dropping 12 marks (out of a possible 160) and were unlucky not to rank even higher, as there were some very competitive schools in our heat. They should be very proud of a very successful day.
  • Ivan Leung for working hard to produce the school's entry into the Princeton University Maths Challenge, a series of problems of undergraduate standard this year on data encryption. We came 6th out of all postal entries, with schools from Bucharest, Australia, Texas, Croatia, Hong Kong, China, New York and Indonesia amonst the top 10.
  • Yuan Han Li for working hard to produce the school's entry into the Princeton University Maths Challenge, a series of problems of undergraduate standard this year on data encryption. We came 6th out of all postal entries, with schools from Bucharest, Australia, Texas, Croatia, Hong Kong, China, New York and Indonesia amonst the top 10.
  • Carl Olavesen for being an outstanding Science Ambassador, helping with Saturday and evening events as well as running an after school Science Club at St Edmund's RC Primary School.
  • Alex Reynolds for planning and rehearsing the CCF Remembrance Service excellently. For the first time we managed to fit the whole CCF Contingent on parade, well turned out and well disciplined.
  • Cameron Thomson for making a splendid job of precenting at the recent Tewkesbury Abbey Evenson with Chapel Choir, as well as a solo in Burgon's Nunc Dimittis.
  • Archie Williams for writing and reading a poem on the theme of nurses for the St Frideswide Civic Service at Christ Church Cathedral over half term. The boys were praised highly and the audience included the Lord Mayor of Oxford and the Lord Lieutenant.
  • Jerry Yang for taking part in the Senior Maths Challenge team from Abingdon. The team came 3rd (out of 16 schools) in the Oxfordshire Heat, only dropping 12 marks (out of a possible 160) and were unlucky not to rank even higher, as there were some very competitive schools in our heat. They should be very proud of a very successful day.

24 November 2016

Today 6 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • David Bunn for his outstanding devising work in Drama - coming up with a very engaging, thoughtful opening to the upcoming assessed devised work in a short period of time.
  • Jonny Dawson for playing an excellent trumpet last post at the Manor School Remembrance as well as at Abingdon for the last Post and Reveille.
  • Joe Nash for taking part in the Senior Team Maths Challenge team from Abingdon. They came 3rd (out of 16 schools) in the Oxfordshire Heat, only dropping 12 marks (out of a possible 160) and were unlucky not to rank even higher, as there were some very competitive schools in our heat. They should be very proud of a very successful day.
  • Daniel Petrov for his outstanding devising work in Drama - coming up with a very engaging, thoughtful opening to the upcoming assessed devised work in a short period of time.
  • Toby Rowles for playing an excellent trumpet last post at the Abingdon Town Remembrance Day parade which was admired and reported by a member of the public.
  • Ben Wilson for his hard work to produce the schools' entry into the Princeton University Maths Challenge, a series of problems of undergraduate standard this year on data encryption. We came 6th out of all postal entries, with schools from Bucharest, Australia, Texas, Croatia, Hong Kong, China, New York and Indonesia amongst the top 10.

22 November 2016

Today 6 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Dan McNamara for smashing two records at the ESSA relay finals. The team, having qualified in 30th for the Freestlye Relay finals, finished an outstanding 15th, whilst also finishing 11th in the country in the Medley Relay (0.4 seconds outside the top 10 schools in the country).
  • Jonathan Pannett-Smith for getting 2nd place in the district in 1500m freestyle swim.
  • Hayden Ramm for winning an Outstanding Delegate award at his very first MUN conference at Malvern St James, fending off competition from sixth formers in his committee, and earning himself the MUN tie.
  • Thomas Rolfe for singing a superb treble solo at Tewkesbury Abbey with the Chapel Choir on 9 November: Mendelssohn's Hear my Prayer - Oh for the Wings of a Dove.
  • Nick Skelton for smashing two records at the ESSA relay finals. The team, having qualified in 30th for the Freestlye Relay finals, finished an outstanding 15th, whilst also finishing 11th in the country in the Medley Relay (0.4 seconds outside the top 10 schools in the country).
  • Scott Yap for smashing two records at the ESSA relay finals. The team, having qualified in 30th for the Freestlye Relay finals, finished an outstanding 15th, whilst also finishing 11th in the country in the Medley Relay (0.4 seconds outside the top 10 schools in the country).

4 November 2016

Today 17 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Charlie Ball for outstanding devising work in Drama - coming up with a very engaging, thoughtful opening to their upcoming assessed devised work in a short period of time.
  • David Bicarregui for scripting, shooting, casting and directing a professional actor in "Fade Away", a poetic and moving evocation of dementia presented at the AFU's recent screening of new work and securing The Michael Grisgby Young Filmmaker of the Year Award.
  • Joe Bradley for completing "The Brass Violin", his first documentary film as a member of the Abingdon Film Unit. An excellent debut that secured him a share of The Spirit of Grigsby Award.
  • Marco Cerundolo for acting as a seminar room manager and conference assistant at the Young Scientists Journal annual conference, St Anne's College, Oxford on 18 October.
  • Alex Chapman for writing and reading a poem on the theme of nurses for the St Frideswide Civic Service at Christ Church Cathedral over half term. The boys were praised highly and the audience included the Lord Mayor of Oxford and the Lord Leiutenant.
  • Liam Deegan for directing and editing an excellent film about The Abingdon Bridge to enhance pupils' knowledge and understanding of one of the charities the school was supporting in its sponsored walk.
  • Louis Edward for scripting, shooting, casting and directing professional actors in "Limbo", a witty and touching fiction film screened at the AFU's annual screening on October 1st, which earned him a share of The Spirit of Grigsby Award.
  • Ben Ffrench for showing a real intellectual engagement at the Ovid conference he attended at St Edward's by asking thoughtful questions of many of the speakers at the end of their papers.
  • Blake Jones for publishing the latest edition of Timeline, the History magazine.
  • Nick Lockett for the second year in a row playing the piano for house singing, doing a great job, with a superb attitude and helping us achieve 3rd position. Showed real desire to help the house.
  • Ethan Moody as he went as part of the GB windsurfing team to the Techno293 Worlds. He was 9th in the world as part of best GB performance for many years!
  • Darius Oraee for writing and reading a poem on the theme of nurses for the St Frideswide Civic Service at Christ Church Cathedral over half term. The boys were praised highly and the audience included the Lord Mayor of Oxford and the Lord Leiutenant.
  • Fraser Scott for contributing to the making of an excellent film about The Abingdon Bridge to enhance pupils' knowledge and understanding of one of the charities the school was supporting in its sponsored walk.
  • Jai Sidpra for writing and reading a poem on the theme of nurses for the St Frideswide Civic Service at Christ Church Cathedral over half term. The boys were praised highly and the audience included the Lord Mayor of Oxford and the Lord Leiutenant.
  • Saxon Supple for impressive achievements in coding during the half term break. Saxon wrote 3 computer games from scratch during the break.
  • Jonah Walker for writing and reading a poem on the theme of nurses for the St Frideswide Civic Service at Christ Church Cathedral over half term. The boys were praised highly and the audience included the Lord Mayor of Oxford and the Lord Leiutenant.
  • Archie Williams for writing and reading a poem on the theme of nurses for the St Frideswide Civic Service at Christ Church Cathedral over half term. The boys were praised highly and the audience included the Lord Mayor of Oxford and the Lord Leiutenant.

14 October 2016

Today 8 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Joe Bradley for completing "The Brass Violin", his first documentary film as a member of the Abingdon Film Unit. An excellent debut that secured him a share of The Spirit of Grigsby Award.
  • Jake Drew for completing "Re-cycling of Love" - a highly challenging and effective computer-based animation - after two years of hard work!
  • Reuben Havelock for working with great tenacity and creativity over three years to translate the story of Otto Schnepps into a very effective and affecting animated film that formed part of the AFU screening on October 1st and was screened again at 6th form assembly.
  • Ivan Leung for for acheiving the top marks in the country this year for the Edexcel IGCSE Geography examination. A great acheivement indeed. Ivan's name has been passed onto the RGS for an "Excellence in Geographical Learning" award.
  • Marius Putnam for his essay entry to the RGS's Young Geographer of the Year 2016 competition. This is a national competition and Marius researched and wrote his essay over the summer holidays. This is a purely voluntary excercise - Mr Fishpool simply circulated the details at the start of the summer holidays. The question for this year was: How is Britain changing?
  • Ben Saunders for working with great tenacity and creativity over three years to translate the story of Otto Schnepps into a very effective and affecting animated film that formed part of the AFU screening on October 1st and was screened again at 6th form assembly.
  • Scott Thomson for contributing to the making of an excellent film about The Abingdon Bridge to enhance pupils' knowledge and understanding of one of the charities the school was supporting in its sponsored walk.
  • Archie Williams for editing the latest edition of Timeline, the History magazine.

7 October 2016

Today 10 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Harry Baston-Hall for his selection to represent GB in fencing for the under 17 Cadet team. His first international competition is Klagenfurt, Austria on the 29th of October.
  • Conor Chippendale for being very helpful on Open Day, spending most of the morning in Physics explaining various pieces of equipment to visitors.
  • John Dickson for fully restoring the CCF flight simulator to working order in time for the Open Day on Saturday and then coaching over 50 potential students on the simulator during a very busy Saturday.
  • Patrick Gwillim-Thomas for delivering a Middle School assembly about the Vietnam trip.
  • Bryce Jersing for producing an excellent poster on the chemistry behind the aerospace industry and winning the Lower Sixth poster competition as a result.
  • Jack Johnson for his superb manner when hosting parents and potential students on behalf of CCF at Open Day, with excellent turn out and impecable behaviour.
  • Ethan Lo for ​being instrumental in the organisation of the Charathon: working til 6pm the day before helping prepare registers and posters, and being a dependable rock on the day.
  • Alex Mannix for delivering a Middle School assembly about the Vietnam trip.
  • Jamie Sudlow for being the top ranked Junior Sculler at Wallingford Long Distance Sculls (rowing) race, and the 3rd ranked sculler overall at the race last weekend.
  • Peter Wang for helping out for a long period in Physics on Open Day, explaining the "pearls in air" demonstration very eloquently and patiently to parents and children.

23 September 2016

Today 16 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Jonny Allison for being a superb role model supporting the house and chatting to parents on the 3rd Year induction evening. 
  • George Aylard for being a superb role model supporting the house and chatting to parents on the 3rd Year induction evening.
  • Oliver Breach for passing Grade 8 Piano with distinction - very impressive for a boy of his age.
  • Kelvin Chan passing Grade 8 Singing with distinction - a very impressive achievement.
  • Rory Finch for being a superb role model supporting the house and chatting to parents on the 3rd Year induction evening.
  • Robert Harris for being a superb role model supporting the house and chatting to parents on the 3rd Year induction evening. 
  • Tom Harvey-Jamieson for independently researching and volunteering to present a section to the whole school on one of the charities we are supporting this term.
  • Reuben Havelock for passing Grade 8 Singing with distinction (136 marks) - very impressive for a boy of his age.
  • Patrick Johnson for being a superb role model supporting the house and chatting to parents on the 3rd Year induction evening. 
  • Alexander Jorgensen for being a superb role model supporting the house and chatting to parents on the 3rd Year induction evening. 
  • Vil Kiraikou for being a fantastic help and role model in the boarding house at the start of this year. He has assisted and warmly welcomed all newcomers to the house, both students and staff.
  • Daniel Neild for his role as representative of Vietnam Team 3. The whole team were exemplary in the way they conducted themselves throughout the trip. They shared the daily leadership role with maturity and generosity and all made an extremely positive contribution to the team.
  • Alexander Reynolds for passing Grade 8 Cello with distinction - a very impressive achievement.
  • Sam Stirling for learning to hand roll a kayak over the course of the past two years and winning the "rolling relay" at boarders kayaking this week by performing 76 hand rolls in a row without stopping.
  • Alvin Tam for working hard to achieve a distinction in his LTCL Piano performance diploma in the summer term.
  • Archie Williams for reading an amazingly impressive 22 books over the summer. This included Dostoevsky among other very academic choices.

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