My name is Ruth Ostrovskis-Wilkes and I am the Chair of the Old Abbotsholmians’ Club.
Each year The Club offers an award – the A L Price Science Award - in memory of one of the most remarkable teachers to have taught at Abbotsholme. It is given to a member of the Upper Sixth who is bound for a science-based course at university and who will, it is hoped, further the reputation of Science at Abbotsholme School in the wider world. The award helps the recipient to purchase materials relevant to his or her course in the first term of university.
Anthony Lloyd Price - Tony Price -, better known to pupils as “Charlie”was an inspirational man who taught at Abbotsholme for thirty-six years, and who was, formost of that time, the Head of Chemistry. For the academic year 1983-84, he held and excelled at a number of otherkey roles– he was not only the Chemistry teacher, but also Head of Science, Housemaster of Clownholmeboarding house, and Headmaster, too, which shows the true caliber of the man.
Charlie was firm but fair with a great sense of humor, and always gave his timeselflessly to help pupils in any way they needed. I remember him willingly giving up his lunchtimes every Tuesday, to patiently re-explain our chemistry assignments, to my friend Tanya and I as our grasp of the science was a tad lacking! He did this with humor and without judgement, resulting in maintaining our enthusiasm and building our confidence,which, remarkably, led to us both achieving good grades in our final exams, a surprise to both Charlie and us I think! He was the embodiment of the true spirit of Abbotsholme.
Like any great Abbotsholmianteacher, Tony Price’s contributions went far beyond the classroom. He coached the Rugby 1st XV for twenty-one years, and he led many fossil-hunting hikes to the North Yorkshire coast,fosills were a subject he was both passionate and hugely knowledgeable about, which is why, following his death in 2011, a plaque and mounted ammonite fossil were unveiled by his widow Joan, and can be admired, on the wall in the Roseyard. The ALP Award celebrates his ability to encourage pupils into a life dedicated to areas of science.
The Awardthis year goes to HeadBoy,JackyLo. Unfortunately, he has been unable to return to school this year – due to the pandemic. The last year has clearly been anincredibly challenging time for the allstudents.
Jacky started at Abbotshlome in Year 10 and after completing the year, it was then clear that it would be more appropriate for him to move straight into Year 12, instead of progressing into Year 11. Jacky has had to spend a large amount of this time learning online, difficult enough when you are in the same country as your school, but even more challenging when coupled with different time zones!However, at no time has he allowed this to adversely affect him. His attitude and work ethic have been excellent throughout his time at school, whether in the classroom or online. He has completed all that has been asked of him and has often gone beyond what has been required in his desire to further his understanding. His grasp and application of Physics has been exemplary.
It is with great pleasure, therefore, that we celebrate the efforts, the determination, and the achievements of Jacky by presenting him with this award.As a Senior Nurse, I was particularly delighted to hear that Jacky plans tostudy Medicine at university, his work ethic, attitude and ability to adapt to the unexpected, will benefit him in his chosen career. I am sure he will be a huge asset to the profession andwe wish him every success. We hope that he will accomplish great things, and the Old Abbotsholmians’ Club looks forward to hearing about his progress and his achievements in the future.
Our congratulations- and a well-deserved cheque for £500 - go toJacky Lo