A Warm Welcome to All Elthamians and Friends of Eltham College
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On Thursday 6 December we were delighted to host our inaugural ‘Applying for Law and Criminology’ Conference. Our most ambitious careers event to date, the afternoon was supported by the University of Leicester and the University of Greenwich, as well as OEs Michael Fiddler (1997), Maktuno Suit (2001), Chris Northway (2007) and Alex Woolcott (2009).
It is safe to say that the six of us, upon ending our tour of the BBC, left with a great respect for what the BBC represents - impartial, unbiased news. OE Jim Egan (87), Chief Executive Officer of BBC Global News, kindly arranged our visit. He provided us with an excellent understanding of how the BBC operates, and how it has responded to events such as Trump’s war against the media. We also gained greater knowledge of the range of career opportunities at the BBC, both in front of and behind the camera.
On Monday 12th November a TV crew from China came to Eltham College as part of their research into Eric Liddell, who was born there of missionary parents in 1902 and went back as a teacher and later a missionary himself. The Chinese team filmed the Eric Liddell Sports Centre, the Chapel, the many documents we have about him in the school archives, the photos of him in our sports teams and his name on several honours boards, as well as visiting College Meadow Pavilion which was opened by his daughter in 1912 and has a plaque about his life.
On Thursday 27 September, four Oxbridge OEs returned to the College to talk to current Oxbridge candidates about their experiences of applying to, and studying at, both Oxford and Cambridge. With two Medics (Aamir and Bayo), as well as a recent PPE graduate (Harsha) and Natural Sciences and Geology scholar (Nathan), the Upper Sixth Form benefitted from helpful advice and insights from our diverse panel. The OEs then fielded a range of questions, including what they enjoyed most, and least, about their time at Oxbridge, and how to prepare most effectively for admissions tests.
The Old Elthamians Association held its second networking event of the year on Thursday 7 June. The event was hosted by Andrew Packman (1982) and well attended by OEs rsanging from 5 only recently out of university starting out on their careeers to Keith Gilleran (1960) whose advice was well received by all!
The good weather was ordered, and duly obliged, it must have been school exam week we had to thank. After an early start, sustained by bacon rolls and coffee, those needing a practice playing 11 holes on the West Course were joined by the rest of the players for lunch on the very impressive new terrace at Sundridge Park. The handicap committee adjusted some of the more imaginative handicaps, then after some of the morning players bought more balls from the pro-shop, 24 OEs played the East Course in the afternoon for personal glory and the House Competition.
On a glorious late spring day, a select group of Old Elthamians and wives gathered at Wellington Scool for the annual OE lunch on Saturday 12th May. We moved from advertised date to accommodate both Harry and Meghan's wedding and almost as important the Exeter Chiefs semifinal fixture at Sandy Park. Thanks again to James Bradnock who arranged for us to be at Wellington.
On Thursday 3 May the latest in the series of Old Elthamian Association networking events was hosted by Tim Haden-Scott (83) at Haberdashers' Hall. This event was for all OEs involved in the Construction sector in whatever capacity (architects, real-estate agents, property, surveying, engineers, building and construction etc.).
Amazing, isn’t it. On 25th April 2018 Leonard Lovelock, who was at Eltham College in the 1930s, celebrated his 100th birthday and Simon, Penny and Mark from the Development team went to his house in Eltham to congratulate him and admire his card from the Queen.
He is fit and well, looks a lot younger and it was lucky we caught him as he was off to Canada the following week to visit his son David, who is a mere 73. Leonard is pictured with his card from the Queen and his form photo when he was in the Sixth Form.
It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that at the age of 91, Old Elthamian Gerald Moore died on the 24th March, peacefully at home in Devon.
A child actor in films such as Medal for the General (1944) alongside Petula Clark, he went on to study medicine, in London. After qualification he went to Dublin to take a further degree in Dentistry before ultimately having a surgery on Harley Street as an oral surgeon.
The first OEA reunion in Nottingham for many years was held at the Pitcher and Piano, a converted church, on Thursday 15 March. We had an area, fittingly under the stained glass window, reserved for our use. There was also a piano on which both Rodney Yates (69) and Tony Payne (64) provided entertainment over the course of the evening. We were pleased that local OEs Rodney Yates and Mark Bairstow (52) were joined by others who travelled some distance to join the merry throng.
Current student, Thomas Gallo will be running the London Landmarks Half Marathon on behalf of Bowel Cancer UK.
Wednesday 7 March saw our second annual celebration of International Women’s Day, with a careers and networking event hosted in King George’s Hall.
OE Ralph Weir (2013) is currently taking a break from his journey to become a Civil Servant to travel across Africa by bike on the Tour d’Afrique route.
Richard Skinner (1954-61) writes about his new children's book, The Diary of a Junior Detective.
Louise has recently joined Eltham College as of Head of Careers, and will also support the ElthamiansTeam in organising OE events which support our career learning programme for current students.
The Elthamians Office had their busiest evening of the year in early October hosting the 2s and 7s reunion. The first to arrive turned out to be the father of the house, John Vicary who left in 1952. John joined many others on a guided tour of the school. Many enjoyed looking at the building work and seeing the frieze celebrating the school's 175th anniversary. Afterwards we all met up in Central Hall for a drinks reception in Central Hall. Once the bell was rung we all trooped down for the dinner in King George's Hall.
The class of 2007 turned out in numbers to celebrate their tenth anniversary of becoming Old Elthamians at Devonshire Terrace near Liverpool Street Station. Over a third of the year were present along with former teachers to catch up with each other over drinks and bar snacks on 14th September after work.
These evenings are always good fun and Devonshire Terrace reserve us a room for our use.
We look forward to seeing the Class of 2008 next year on Thursday 13th September.
During the last week in August and the first two in September we appealed to our extended community for their support in the building of our Medical and Well-being Pavilion as an alternative to their usual generous support of the Bursary and Annual Funds. The campaign was a tremendous success, raising over £130,000 for these two worthy causes.
Former student and teacher at Eltham College, Peter Cheshire tells us what he plans to do next.
We were once again blessed with a gorgeous sunny day at Eltham College for the annual cricket match and summer reunion.
On Sunday 2 July Elthamians were able to see the splendid new Eltham College Archive display area in the Old Library.
I read with interest Richard Ash’s article in lthe 2016 summer edition of Plane Talking. My name in print, what an honour! Anyway it prompted me to put pen to paper (metaphorically) to give some of my recollections.
The Old Quad certainly was a favourite place for quad soccer. I can remember going to the “san” to have grit picked out of the palms of my hands after being tripped up. Quad soccer was the only game I really mastered although I did wicket for the 2nd XI.
Following the extremely sad loss of their son Carl, aged just 27, in December 2016, Auriol and Nigel Hewson wrote the below obituary for Plane Talking.
John Cooper, Deputy Head, leaves Eltham College this summer after six years in post.
OEA Chairman Chris Brain, shares his thoughts on the year so far.
If you’d have told me three years ago that I would be getting married in my Old Elthamians tracksuit bottoms, that I’d be on the BBC and that Ex-Arsenal and Scotland Goalkeeper Bob Wilson would throw a party in my honour, then I probably wouldn’t have believed you.
26 OEs and staff signed up for the 2017 OE Gold Day at Sundridge Park on Friday 16 June.
DON'T tell her if you happen to bump into her, but that interview in which Diane Abbott demonstrated all the mathematical ability of kindergarten pupil at the bottom of the reception class, very nearly never happened.
Andrew Couldridge (1967) explains what life was like as a Boarder in the 1960s.
Eltham College Head of Sports talks through BOEs being crowed National Champions.
"A remarkable end to a remarkable season" was how Director of Rugby Gavin Lach described Old Elthamians’ record-breaking 2016/17 campaign.
The first regional reunion of 2017 took place in Bristol on 30 March, followed by a South West reunion lunch at Wellington School.
OE Mark Sims (1993) runs up towers for fun! Like the Eiffel Tower, or the Empire State Building. He’s very good at it too!
Elthamians returned to Simpson's for drinks in March.
Adrian Baulf (1963) hosted an OEA reunion in Sydney, with nine OEs gathering for dinner on Monday 27 March 2017.
Eltham College was delighted to welcome back Haroon Chugtai, who left in 2012 to study BioMedical Engineering and then BioInformatics before joining the NHS.
In honour of International Women’s Day in March, an evening was organised for the Sixth Form Girls and prospective students to meet with a panel of female Elthamians. The panel of six women with a range of careers, was facilitated by Mrs Sanderson. The forum was extremely interesting as each professional explained their journey into their specific careers, giving advice on how to stand out and strive in the workplace.
OE William Cutting (1952) speaks about his long career in paediatrics and life in retirement as an author.
Anna Mallett (1992) talks about her role as Chief Operating Officer for BBC Studios.
Former Head of German and current Eltham College Archivist Mark Stickings, is often in Paris and met up twice with OE Jeremy Thurbin (1989) recently to go to Rugby internationals at the Stade de France.
OE Tim Pearson (2016) is one of an elite set of engineering students who has been awarded a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Tony Earl, former teacher at Eltham College has passed away, aged 74.
Congratulations to OE Caroline Miller (1990) who has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list.
OE Sophia Coltart née Punwar (1994) returned to Eltham College in November 2016 to undertake research with the students.
There was a great turnout for the 2016 Winter Reunion at Eltham College on Sunday 18 December.
Congratulations to OEs Giles Brennand-Roper, Scott Baker, Sam Cryan and Emma Drake on achieving their Gold DofE Awards.
New to the careers forum carousel for 2016, was Public Service and we were delighted to welcome back three OEs, Matt Costello (2009), Rebecca Ross (2005) and Charlie Baker (1985) who joined the panel.
OEA Chairman, Chris Brain (1998) asks OEs what the Association means to them.
On Friday 11 November, it was lovely to be joined by three OEs at the Remembrance Day Service in the Chapel.