Headmaster’s Praise

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.

5 October 2018

Today 30 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • John Allen for helping with visitors in the Ingham Room at Open Day, and being a fantastic ambassador for the school.
  • Joe Bradley for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • Matthew Buhler for competing for Abingdon School in the National Schools Croquet Championship, coming third and taking every opportunity to learn, develop and improve his personal game.
  • Sam Christie for being awarded 'runner up' in the Cambridge University Marshall Society economics essay competition. His essay was on the costs and benefits of common currencies; the sophistication with which he summarised the literature and his application of theory to a real world context made his submission a truly impressive piece. The modesty with which he greeted his success made his achievement all the more laudable.
  • Rufus Cox for competing for Abingdon School in the National Schools Croquet Championship, coming third and taking every opportunity to learn, develop and improve his personal game.
  • Alasdair Czaplewski for helping with visitors in the Ingham Room at Open Day, and being a fantastic ambassador for the school.
  • Alex D'arcy for competing for Abingdon School in the National Schools Croquet Championship, coming third and taking every opportunity to learn, develop and improve his personal game.
  • Liam Deegan for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • Will Franklin for competing for Abingdon School in the National Schools Croquet Championship, coming third and taking every opportunity to learn, develop and improve his personal game.
  • Jude Green for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • Patrick Heath for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • Jate Jaturanpinyo for helping with visitors in the YSC at Open Day, and being a fantastic ambassador for the school.
  • Max Kidd-May for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • Colm Lambert for helping with visitors in the Ingham Room at Open Day, and being a fantastic ambassador for the school.
  • Aron Lavis for playing a significant role in organising this year's European Day of Languages dinner and making it such a success.
  • Oliver Liddell for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • James Madeley for playing a significant role in organising this year's European Day of Languages dinner and making it such a success.
  • Tristan Mann Powter for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • Kit Mannix for competing for Abingdon School in the National Schools Croquet Championship, coming third and taking every opportunity to learn, develop and improve his personal game.
  • Freddie Marshall for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • James McRae for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • David Merritt for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • Tom Mills for competing for Abingdon School in the National Schools Croquet Championship, coming third and taking every opportunity to learn, develop and improve his personal game.
  • James Moore for competing for Abingdon School in the National Schools Croquet Championship, coming third and taking every opportunity to learn, develop and improve his personal game.
  • Freddie Nicholson for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • Samuel Penrose for making outstanding improvements to his GCSE Art portfolio. This term he has designed a department logo and also produced an exceptional drawing and photography book.
  • Thomas Pettit for for being the first to complete Gold DofE this year.
  • Fraser Scott for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.
  • Graham Suttie for competing for Abingdon School in the National Schools Croquet Championship, coming third and taking every opportunity to learn, develop and improve his personal game.
  • Flynn Walker for completing and presenting a highly creative film at the annual AFU screening.

21 September 2018

Today five boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Thomas Batchelor for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Daniel Chamberlin for receiving the Head's Award for English in his entrance test.
  • Max Hall for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Howard Hawkes for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Matthew Kunov for stepping in to take a tour around the School at the last moment - Matthew did an excellent job.

14 September 2018

Today 15 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Adewale Adebutu for stepping in to take a tour around School House when no member of staff was available to do it. He did an excellent job.
  • Joseph Allen for looking after a lost and worried dog walking on Park Crescent and bringing it to Mr Kendry. He then looked after it while the relieved owner was found in the park, and Joseph reunited them. Joseph showed considerable kindness and presence of mind in doing this good deed.
  • Charles Bromage for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • William Cope for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • John Dickson for taking it upon himself to come in every day over the summer holidays to build the new flight simulator donated by OA Tony Edwards, saving the school over £10000 in build cost so that it was ready for the start of term. John is an outstanding cadet and his selfless commitment to the CCF is highly commendable.
  • Freddie Fleck for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Suleman Irshad for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Benjamin Lovejoy for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • James Madeley for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Thomas Monger-Godfrey for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Henry Muller for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Jerome O'Mahony for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Andrew Russell for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Henry Steinsberg for acting as an excellent ambassador for the school during the Moldova Project trip, helping to organise activities for over 120 Moldova children, carrying out community work in the village of Ialoveni, and furthering our links with our partner charity Agape (including raising over £2,400 through a sponsored event).
  • Ross Tselos for winning the Southern U18 challengers chess tournament.

3 July 2018

Today 16 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Lachlan Borthwick for walking over 61km in 12 hours for the 2M charity walk.
  • Ollie Breach for leading the Science Factor Photonics team presentation at Imperial College Physics Department.
  • Xavi Butler for his outstanding committment in rehearsal throughout the process of staging “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” in class, with a brilliant final performance.
  • Rex Langley for stepping up at the last minute and volunteering to wheel residents back to Old Station House after the tea party.
  • Nathan May for making fantastic contributions to the U15 cricket team in recent weeks, with both bat and in the field, whilst helping to manage messages from the captain when he lost his voice in the last game!
  • Rory Mitchell for being one of the leading members of the Young Enterprise team, Woodworx. Rory is hard working and supportive of the team in meetings and at trade fairs.
  • Robert Monnery for walking over a marathon (42.1km) in 12 Hours.
  • Qasim Naqvi for helping run the Community Service tea party.
  • George Nott for making black perspex Griffen table numbers to be used at the Griffen Ball, as well as larger menu holders for the bar. These were made through Xylo, the YE team, and George helped to manufacture the items.
  • Sam Penrose for making black perspex Griffen table numbers to be used at the Griffen Ball, as well as larger menu holders for the bar. These were made through Xylo, the YE team, and Sam was the driving force behind this project.
  • Pierre-Louis Peuch for being a superb help throughout the 3rd Year Induction Day. Pierre-Louis was proactive, friendly and a brilliant ambassador for the house.
  • Louis Summons for being an outstanding captain for the 15B's cricket team. Louis has led with calm assurance. He has managed a talented set of cricketers with respect and authority. It has been a pleasure to be part of the team this term.
  • Mark Taylor for walking over a marathon (42.1km) in 12 Hours.
  • Louis Trotter for walking 31.2km in 5 hours for the 2M Charity Walk.
  • Sam Turner for walking over a marathon (42.1km) in 12 Hours.
  • Jayden Zamler for being a superb help throughout the 3rd Year Induction Day. Jayden was proactive, friendly and a  brilliant ambassador for the house.

26 June 2018

Today 11 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Nick Case for being one of the leading members of the Young Enterprise team, Woodworx. Nick is very hard working and supportive of the team in meetings and at trade fairs.
  • Robin Collins for producing an excellent presentation in French on a musician, and for working at a consistently high standard in French.
  • James Connelly for his selection to compete at the Oxfordshire County Championships.
  • Evan Hambly for being one of the leading members of the Young Enterprise team, Woodworx. Evan is hard working and supportive of the team in meetings and at trade fairs.
  • Krishan Handa for being one of the leading members of the Young Enterprise team, “Global Chef”. Krishan is hard working and supportive of the team in meetings and at trade fairs.
  • Freddie Nicholson for being one of the leading members of the Young Enterprise team, “Global Chef”. Freddie is hard working and supportive of the team in meetings and at trade fairs. He is also nominated for the Cyber Discovery program: out of 23,000 students taking part Freddie is through to the CyberStart Elite Camps. He will go to London in the summer holidays.
  • Sam Penrose for redesigning the O'Doherty's House logo.
  • Nick Raptakis for his part in the success of the Young Enterprise team, “XYLO”. They have won awards at the Area and County finals, performing consistently well throughout the year. Nick has also learnt from memory, in just a very short while, the first movement of a Haydn Piano Concerto.
  • Will Tibbs for his outstanding committment in rehearsal throughout the process of staging “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” in class, with a brilliant final performance.
  • Max Williams for being one of the leading members of the Young Enterprise team, Woodworx. Max is very hard working and supportive of the team in meeting and at trade fairs. He has also taken on and run his own trade stand in a Buckinghamshire garden centre.
  • Ted Woodfin for his outstanding committment in rehearsal throughout the process of staging “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” in class, with a brilliant final performance.

15 June 2018

Today 12 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • James Gibson for being instrumental in the success of the Young Enterprise team, “XYLO”. The team has won awards at the Area and County finals, performing consistently well throughout the year.
  • Giles Green for providing consistent and continuous support of his Young Enterprise team in his role as Finance Director. Without his efforts it would have been very difficult for the team to have made a profit this year.
  • Freddie Martin for consistently working at a very high level and doing above and beyond what is expected of him.
  • Kit Matthews for being an excellent Science Ambassador for two very busy Science outreach sessions.
  • Joshua Mensah for his selection to compete at the Oxfordshire County Championships.
  • Alex Moss for his selection to compete at the Oxfordshire County Championships.
  • George Nott for being instrumental in the success of the Young Enterprise team, “XYLO”. The team has won awards at the Area and County finals, performing consistently well throughout the year.
  • Luke Prior for working with the School Archivist to find out more about the history of Lower Library to create a display for the new Lower School Houseroom.
  • Ashwin Tennant for giving an outstanding performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor with the Oxford Studio Orchestra.
  • Matthew Viner for being instrumental in the success of the Young Enterprise team, “XYLO”. The team has won awards at the Area and County finals, performing consistently well throughout the year.
  • Jake Wallis for being instrumental in the success of the Young Enterprise team, “XYLO”. The team has won awards at the Area and County finals, performing consistently well throughout the year.
  • Eric Zhong for being an excellent Science Ambassador for two very busy Science outreach sessions.

25 May 2018

Today seven boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Krishan Handa for a fantastic innings of 49 & 2 wickets in the recent match vs Bradfield, and also his role as Captain of U15C cricket. The C Team are out-performing all opposition and could easily be playing for the B team in all other years.
  • Edward Hayes for acting as an ambassador for the school at the Chandlings Next Steps Evening.
  • Dan Keeble for volunteering to give a tour to a visiting family. Feedback from the family was that he did an excellent job and was a great ambassador for the school.
  • Henry Lykke Dahn for his fantastic innings of 66 not out, 3 wickets and a direct hit run out in the match vs Bradfield recently. The C Team are out-performing all opposition and could easily be playing for the B team in all other years.
  • Henry Muller for acting as an ambassador for the school at the Chandlings Next Steps Evening.
  • Yazan Odeh for his outstanding work on the Headmaster's taster morning helping a child who was very anxious.
  • Oliver Paton for his fantastic innings of 57 not out in the match vs Bradfield recently. The C Team are out-performing all opposition and could easily be playing for the B team in all other years.

16 May 2018

Today six boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • James Gibson for making it through to the YE area final as Finance Director and part of the presentation team. The team has performed consistently well throughout the year and won best online campaign.
  • Aryann Gupta for consistently demonstrating high levels of diligence and commitment to his French studies. Aryann is always keen to push himself and regularly ask for extra work to be done outside of lessons. The quality of his work is very good.
  • James Hall for being a supeb Head of House this past year. He has been proactive, helpful and a great role model to the boys in the house. He has been instrumental in helping Mrs O'Doherty organise events and been reliable throughout.
  • Hugo Leedham for his amazing art work, demonstrating a fantastic use of pen and mark making. He has worked tirelessly on a very detailed fantastical art piece.
  • Sam Penrose for his exceptional annotation and presentation of his GCSE Art sketchbook, showing thoughtful and anaylitical understanding of his own art practice.
  • Noah Williams for being a superb Head of House this past year. He has been proactive, helpful and a great role model to the boys in the house. He has managed this role whilst also maintaining a balanced OH and academic life at school. He has shown good humour with the boys and watched out for the younger boys in the house.

11 May 2018

Today 16 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Cameron Aitken for his diligent and mature attitude to his A-level Art exam, working and preparing independently.
  • Geordie Anderson for gaining the joint highest number of commendations (16) in the second year in the Lent Term.
  • Rory Bishop for making it through to the area YE final as MD of team XYLO. The team won best online campaign and has performed consistently well throughout the year.
  • Ben Crofts for making it through to the YE area final with Team Zero Degrees, where they had to present and set up their stall. Ben has been in charge of the finance and has consistently supported the team.
  • James Gibson for making it through to the YE area final as Finance Director and part of the presentation team. The team won best online campaign and has performed consistently well throughout the year.
  • Toby Hindley for making it through to the YE area final with Team Zero Degrees, where they had to present and set up their stall. Toby has been in charge of the strategy and has consistently supported the team, particularly in selling products.
  • James Hogge for coming 1st overall in the National Cipher Challenge, and winning the GCHQ Prize of £1000. James has come second in the last two years but finally achieved the top prize this year in his final year.
  • Philip Kimber for gaining the highest number of commendations (27) in the First Year in the Lent Term.
  • Nicholas Ko for an excellent electronics project.
  • Max McNally for making it through to the YE area final with Team Zero Degrees, where they had to present and set up their stall. Max has been supporting the team in purchasing products and dealing with suppliers.
  • Dan McNamara for making it through to the YE area final with Team Zero Degrees, where they had to present and set up their stall. Dan is the MD and has helped drive the team to make a very healthy return for the shareholders.
  • Seb Muller for being selected to represent Oxfordshire in the LTA County Championships, winning both his singles matches against Berkshire and Hampshire.
  • Sam Penrose for making it through to the YE area final in charge of manufacturing and designing products. The team won best online campaign and has performed consistently well throughout the year.
  • Mark Taylor for gaining the joint highest number of commendations (16) in the second year in the Lent Term.
  • Ashwin Tennant for achieving a Distinction in the Hamilton Olympiad, placing him in the top 50 pupils across the country who qualified for this Olympiad. 
  • Ethan Webb for winning the Cambridge Corpus Christi College Languages and Linguistics Essay Prize 2018. He wrote an essay on “Is literature fundamentally untranslatable?”

4 May 2018

Today eight boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Oscar Bennett for gaining an outstanding distinction in Grade 8 Singing last term - a stunning mark for a Third Year pupil. He also got a place in the National Youth Choir recently and took part in the Easter course.
  • Oliver Breach for gaining a distinction pass in his ARSM Piano diploma - a very impressive achievement.
  • Aryann Gupta for designing and writting his own website based on the experiences and research surrounding the Syrian migrant crisis - part of population and migration work in Geography.
  • Brooklyn Han for winning a national ABRSM Silver Medal for his outstanding grade 8 Singing result last year of 146/150.
  • Patrick McCubbin for being selected for the team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad 2018 in Tehran, Iran.
  • Nat Reading for showing empathy and maturity in supporting a classmate who has been having a tough year.
  • Jamie Robson for gaining an outstanding disticnction in Grade 8 Singing last term - a stunning mark for a Third Year pupil.
  • Edmond Wang for achieving the maximum 135 points in the Intermediate Grey Kangaroo Maths Challenge.

28 March 2018

Today 23 boys came for Headmaster's praise:

  • Tom Batchelor for volunteering and participating in the Fitzharrys sixth form science mentoring programme. He planned, organised and delivered three well-taught and well-pitched lessons to 10-12 Year 8 pupils from Abingdon and Fitzharrys - a great effort.
  • Timmy Chiu for being a fantastic help at the ATOM Family Science Fair on Sunday.
  • Henry Churchman-Davies for volunteering and participating in the Fitzharrys sixth form science mentoring programme. He planned, organised and delivered three well-taught and well-pitched lessons to 10-12 Year 8 pupils from Abingdon and Fitzharrys - a great effort.
  • Charlie Craig for volunteering and participating in the Fitzharrys sixth form science mentoring programme. He planned, organised and delivered three well-taught and well-pitched lessons to 10-12 Year 8 pupils from Abingdon and Fitzharrys - a great effort.
  • Alasdair Czaplewski for being a fantastic help at the ATOM Family Science Fair on Sunday.
  • Alec de Jongh for representing China at the recent MCS MUN Conference which won best overall delgation
  • Didier Delgorge for volunteering and participating in the Fitzharrys sixth form science mentoring programme. He planned, organised and delivered three well-taught and well-pitched lessons to 10-12 Year 8 pupils from Abingdon and Fitzharrys - a great effort.
  • Edward Gill for his outstanding sketchbook work towards his GCSE art exam.
  • Michael Lam for being a fantastic help at the ATOM Family Science Fair on Sunday.
  • Jonathan Lee for being a fantastic help at the ATOM Family Science Fair on Sunday.
  • Alex Lee for volunteering and participating in the Fitzharrys sixth form science mentoring programme. He planned, organised and delivered three well-taught and well-pitched lessons to 10-12 Year 8 pupils from Abingdon and Fitzharrys - a great effort.
  • Martin Man for volunteering and participating in the Fitzharrys sixth form science mentoring programme. He planned, organised and delivered three well-taught and well-pitched lessons to 10-12 Year 8 pupils from Abingdon and Fitzharrys - a great effort.
  • James Moore for volunteering and participating in the Fitzharrys sixth form science mentoring programme. He planned, organised and delivered three well-taught and well-pitched lessons to 10-12 Year 8 pupils from Abingdon and Fitzharrys - a great effort.
  • Isaac Morrow for being a fantastic help at the ATOM Family Science Fair on Sunday.
  • James Ng for volunteering and participating in the Fitzharrys sixth form science mentoring programme. He planned, organised and delivered three well-taught and well-pitched lessons to 10-12 Year 8 pupils from Abingdon and Fitzharrys - a great effort.
  • Freddie Nicholson for being a fantastic help at the ATOM Family Science Fair on Sunday.
  • Toby Rock for winning the Taekwondo British Open Nationals.
  • Calum Steer for qualifying and representing Abingdon and Oxfordshire at the English School's National Cross Country Championships, in which he finished 68th best in the country. 
  • Calvin Tan for being a fantastic help at the ATOM Family Science Fair on Sunday and for volunteering and participating in the Fitzharrys sixth form science mentoring programme. He planned, organised and delivered three well-taught and well-pitched lessons to 10-12 Year 8 pupils from Abingdon and Fitzharrys - a great effort.
  • Oliver Williams for being a fantastic help at the ATOM Family Science Fair on Sunday.
  • Kevin Yuan for being a fantastic help at the ATOM Family Science Fair on Sunday.
  • Louis Yue for being a fantastic help at the ATOM Family Science Fair on Sunday.
  • Andy Zhang for volunteering and participating in the Fitzharrys sixth form science mentoring programme. He planned, organised and delivered three well-taught and well-pitched lessons to 10-12 Year 8 pupils from Abingdon and Fitzharrys - a great effort.

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.

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