A Warm Welcome to All Elthamians and Friends of Eltham College
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The picture of the Old Quad in an earlier issue of the OE magazine has prompted me to reminisce over the Eltham College that I attended.
With the sun still shining after a fantastic day of cricket, it was time to say goodbye to some of the stalwarts of the Eltham College teaching staff.
We spoke to 2003 leaver Emma Joy-Staines about the charity she has set up with her husband, and the challenges that they have faced after her husband’s disability.
The Old Elthamians’ Association welcomes this year's leavers and wishes them all the best of luck in the next chapter of their lives.
Tim Hotham is retiring from Eltham College after 35 years of teaching.
We spoke to Surgeon Lieutenant Josh Bakker-Dyos (2004) about the adventurous places he has worked, and learned about the commitment and education he needed to get started.
We were delighted that OEs were the guests of honour at both the Senior School Speech Day and Junior School Prize Giving evenings.
The theme for this year’s ECCO concert was predominantly Russian in flavour, ranging from classic Russian folk songs to thrilling orchestral masterworks by the greatest Russian symphonic composers.
So, 5km swim and Half Ironman completed. How was it?
On Friday 17 June, as the rest of South East England was submerging under flash floods, 28 OEs and some of their former teachers gathered at Sundridge Park Golf Club for the seventh annual OE Golf Day.
How do you celebrate your birthday when you get to 60? A group of 1974 leavers showed us how!
As many of you know, there are a number of gaps in our set of sports photos on display in the corridor between Central Hall and King George’s Hall.
From cuddling pufflings to fieldwork up a mountain in gale-force winds, Natalie Cozzolino (2004) recalled her varied year, on a graduate placement with Scottish National Heritage (SNH).
The South East reunion dinner was held at Eltham College on Friday 6th May.
Blackheath and Old Elthamians Hockey Club took on Guernsey in the England Hockey National Trophy Final at Olympic Park on Sunday 1 May 2016
On a recent family visit to London from his home in Cleveland, Ohio, Stephen Brown (1958) took time out to invite three of his contemporaries to lunch.
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, whose cast includes OE Ruth Bratt (1994), has won one of the most prestigious awards in the West End.
Always a very popular careers forum, the focus in March was on careers in Finance.
A new careers forum was held at Eltham College on Tuesday 1st March, with the focus on roles in the Construction industry.
A memorial service was held at Eltham College on Saturday 5th March for former teacher Christine Tadman.
This year’s Old Elthamians’ Oxbridge Dinner was once again graciously hosted at Magdalen College, Oxford by OE Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
On Friday 26 February, the Coding Club and A level Computer Science students were visited by OE Julius Sweetland (2001) to hear about his software - Optikey.
Congratulations to OE Ajay Kapur (2015) who gained his Half Blue in water polo playing for Oxford against Cambridge on 27 Feb in the 125th anniversary Varsity match.
The 2015 Annual Fund Telephone Campaign raised £90,062 with two thirds of the money going towards Bursaries at Eltham College. A huge thank you to everyone who supports the annual fund.
It is with great sadness that we record the death, unexpectedly, of Ian Beith on 5 December 2015.
John Willis (1965) takes over from Adrian Baulf as OEA President.
The 2015 winter reunion was held at Eltham College on Sunday 13 December, commencing with the OEA AGM held in the Old Library. After which the touch rugby (run as a house competition) and netball tournaments commenced, along with the traditional Eltham College First XV v the recent OE leavers’ game.
These are the draft accounts of the OEAL
All OEs from the 1950s onwards will have seen some of David Siderfin’s photos of Eltham College teachers, although you may not all be aware that it was David who took them.
On Saturday 14 November, Eltham College welcomed 96 OEs and their guests for the 2015 Annual Reunion Dinner, which this year was for leavers from 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2000.
Christine Tadman was born on 28th May 1937. She attended Mexborough Grammar School in the Doncaster area and studied at Goldsmiths College, London, completing her BSc in 1959 and her PGCE in 1960.
On Monday 7 December, a group of five Sixth Form students visited Broadcasting House to meet with OE Jim Egan, CEO - BBC Global News.
What would I say to someone hoping to work in the arts? Don’t expect to be rich, but don’t listen to the naysayers who say you’ll never earn a living – it is simply not true.
Since graduating from Leicester University with a degree in English and History over 20 years ago, I’ve turned my childhood love of dance into a career that has taken me from the outlandish contemporary art world in London, to the De Vos Institue of Arts Management in Washington DC, sharing ideas with arts leaders from Nepal to Zimbabwe.
We were particularly pleased to welcome back Russell Dellar (1987) in November for the ceremony officially appointing Oliver Deal and Harry Ridge as Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy of the Junior School
Recently I took part in a national a cappella singing competition. The whole event was televised and shown on BBC2. ‘The Naked Choir’ with Gareth Malone, challenged UK based vocal groups to perform and produce music using their voices alone.
I could never have imagined when leaving Eltham College, that 22 years later I would be running an unmanned aerial filming and flight training centre in South Wales. Indeed when I first formed the business in 2010 while still in Bromley, there were no thoughts of moving away and certainly no thoughts of living on a hill farm!
A poppy from the Tower of London installation went on permanent display in the Chapel vestibule in readiness for the 2015 Remembrance Day service.
John Brown (1956) returned to Eltham College back in the October half-term to show his Grandchildren around the school.
It was a great turn out at the 2005 reunion drinks at Devonshire Terrace in September. With over 30 OEs joining the reception, there was lots of catching up to be done!
“Honest", "hard-hitting" and "inspirational” were just some of the words used to describe the Working in Medicine Careers Forum, held in the ABH Theatre on Tuesday 6 October. We were delighted to welcome back six OE panellists including eminent Professor of Haemato-Oncology, Ray Powles CBE (1956).
The centenary of the death of WG Grace, probably the most famous cricketer in the history of the game, fell during half term and a special event was held in Beckenham, where he is buried. Following a dedication at the Grace grave by the Rev Derek Carpenter, a reception and service were held in St George's Church exactly 100 years after WG's death on 23 October 1915.
OE John Naylor left 1950 and came back in September, for his first visit to Eltham College since leaving 65 years ago. John was joined by his wife, sister-in-law and brother-in-law for the tour of the school and grounds.
Julius Sweetland (2001) has developed OptiKey, an assistive on-screen keyboard which runs on Windows. Designed to be used with a low cost eye-tracking device, it will bring keyboard control, mouse control and speech to people with motor and speech limitations, such as people living with Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
Josh de Maid (2015) knew that he wanted to be a pilot from a young age and has now commenced a training course with CTC Aviation and is hoping to qualify in 2017.
My father changed his job and became Chief Executive of the London Borough of Bexley. Having been born in Lincoln I was, aged 13, initially very reluctant to move and live in Bexleyheath.
I joined Eltham College and, for me, it turned out to be a new lease of life and I was very happy there.
During the summer, Eltham College took a production of Sweeny Todd to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which featured nine OEs in the cast and band.
2015 Leaver, Harsha Ramesh, took a trip to Tanzania this summer before starting his PPE course at Pembroke College, Oxford this autumn.
James Hopkins (2008) has opened the Fireball pizza company in Bromely. Read here how James went from Law graduate to pizza chef, via Washington!
Returning to school for the beginning of term in September felt at once very routine and yet entirely alien. I joined Eltham College in 2004 at the age of seven. During my time here, drama has been the source of many rewarding experiences. From my first leading role in The Rocky Monster Show to my final performance in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I have been able to develop both as an actor and a person. By July 2015, after eleven formative years, it was finally time to become a ‘Leaver’. Except it wasn’t!
It was a summer wedding for OE Tom Branch (2000) who married Polly Waterson, daughter of staff member Penny Waterson and sister of OE Douglas Waterson (1994).