John Rayson Award
John Rayson, OA 1942, gave a life-
time of service to Abingdon School
as pupil, parent and Governor. He
also served his country as a member
of the Army Airborne Division, which
successfully piloted troop-carrying
gliders across the River Rhine in
March 1945.
An award, carrying the value of £500,
has been instituted in his memory
and all current pupils of Abingdon
School are eligible to apply, although
preference will be given to sixth-
The aim of the award is to help fund
a personal project / experience
that will embody the defining
characteristics of John Rayson
himself – courage, resilience and
adventure, in combination with loyalty,
service and commitment.
Applications for the award should be
submitted to the Old Abingdonian
Club no later than 1 May every year.
To request an application form,
please apply to the Club:
Keith Hasnip
Memorial Service
There will be a memorial service for Keith
Hasnip, Common Room 1954 – 1994, who
died in December, on Saturday 21 June
2014 at 10.30 am in the School Chapel.
Tea and coffee will be served in the Amey
Theatre foyer after the service. If you would
like to attend please let Alison Lester know
so that we can get an idea of numbers.
01235 849098
Staff Profile:
Matt O’Neill
Matt has been the School’s art technician
for the past five years. During this time he
has seen a considerable change in his job.
Once he just helped teachers to achieve
their lessons by getting the materials ready,
now, with the increasing use of iPads, he
gives a lot of technical assistance. He also
has a lot more to do generally now that the
School has, among other things, expanded
the teaching of pottery. However, he likes
the variety and enjoys the fact that no two
days are the same.
Born and brought up in Abingdon, Matt
studied graphic design at university. He has
recently become an avid runner and cyclist,
enjoying in particular long cycling events.
Last half term he took part in the Reading
half marathon with a team from the School,
which raised over £8,000 for
, the
leading children’s cancer charity.
Robes for the Chapel Choir
The Chapel Choir were able to wear their new, specially commissioned
robes for the first time at an Ash Wednesday service in St Helen’s church on
5 March, when they sang William Byrd’s Mass in Four Parts and Victoria’s
penitential Miserere in front of a very appreciative congregation.
The team from the school who ran the
Reading half marathon raising £8,000 for CLIC
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