Approximately 60,000 students apply
for a place on the Robertson Scholars
Leadership Programme but only 36 are
chosen. One of those chosen this year
was Henrik Cox. The scholarship offers
unprecedented benefits, which include
all college costs at Duke University,
North Carolina, and full funding for three
summers of global travel. The scholarship
programme invests in young leaders
with the aim of helping them become
thoughtful, creative, lifelong contributors
to society.
Midnight in the
The venue was familiar – the School
Library – even if the event was not – a
sleepover to mark World Book Day on
7 March. And this was not just any old
sleepover but a spooky sleepover with
ghost stories by torchlight before hot
chocolate and lights out.
It was a cold awakening for the eight
boys training for their Gold DofE
Award who camped out in sub-zero
temperatures in January. But it was
all good experience in navigation
and camp craft.
YE County Finalists
An innovative bird box made by Terra,
one of Abingdon’s Young Enterprise
companies, won two of the four top
prizes at the Oxfordshire-Cowley YE
Trade Fair on 25 January and then went
on to win the South Oxfordshire and
Vale area finals on 24 March. Next stop
the county finals at the Said Business
School in May.
Chess Championships
Having won the Zone Finals of the
National Schools Chess Championships,
beating Radley and MCS along the
way, Abingdon’s team put in a strong
performance against King Edward’s,
Birmingham at the National Finals on 19
March. King Edward’s with their strong
chess tradition emerged the winners but
the Abingdon team put in a very creditable
Hands-on Physics
The School’s scientists drew the Market
Square crowds on 22 March when they
took part in Abingdon’s ATOM Science
Festival with their demonstrations of
hands-on physics activities. The biggest
crowd pleaser was the wave machine
made from duct tape, kebab sticks and
Jelly Babies.
Freezing Dawn in the
Great Outdoors
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