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Message from the OEA President

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016 -- Helen Wilson

The Old Elthamians’ Association welcomes this year's leavers and wishes them all the best of luck in the next chapter of their lives. I have been lucky enough to enjoy a long and enjoyable career in television and the education I experienced at Eltham, and the values the school championed, have been the bedrock of my career. I am sure that your years at Eltham will offer you a similar platform to build a successful career upon.

Some of the friendships forged at Eltham will last for the rest of your lives and the Association provides opportunities to keep in touch with your contemporaries, not just through this regular newsletter, Plane Talking, but also through reunions in winter and summer, special events such as the recent OE Golf Day, as well as specific year group reunions. I am delighted that our rental income from our former sports ground at Foxbury has enabled the Old Elthamians’ Charitable Trust to fund academic and sports bursaries at the school as well as fund some sports events. The key sports are all well settled in the lovely surroundings of College Meadow and have enjoyed encouraging seasons. The rugby team showed that they belonged in the giddy heights of the fourth tier of English rugby with a very solid season and cricket is also thriving from 3 years of age up though the age groups. Hockey goes from strength to strength with their second promotion in three years to the Southern Premier League and an appearance in the English Hockey Trophy Final at the Olympic Park. Hockey, like the other sports, has a thriving junior section with hundreds of children and current pupils involved. So, if you want to play high level sport in your own backyard or just keep fit by running around with one of the less competitive teams then OE Sports is there for you.

At our most recent reunion in June the school looked very handsome in the early summer evening light and over a delicious dinner that was a far cry from the ‘brown’ school food I remembered, it was good to hear from the Headmaster, Guy Sanderson, about the school's ambitious plans for the future. Our thanks to him, and to Simon McGrahan and the team in the School Development Office for their support. Please keep in touch.

To all of you who left in years ending in a 1 or a 6, your reunion is this October, further details in this publication and on the website. Much of this activity is coordinated through the School Development Office, please get in touch with them if you have ideas as to how we can make our reunion programme even more invaluable to OE's. In response to recent requests we will be holding a number of gatherings in different cities around the UK, beginning in Nottingham and Bristol in the autumn, I hope to see you there.

John Willis - President OEA