A Warm Welcome to All Elthamians and Friends of Eltham College
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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).
Congratulations to OE Conor O'Brien (2014) who was recently awarded his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award in a ceremony attended by the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Adrian Baulf (1963) OEA President, welcoms 2015 Eltham College Leavers and invites all OEs to a drinks reception in London on Thursday 8 October 2015.
The Class of 2015 are celebrating excellent exam success and confirmed first choice university places following the release of their A level results.
Calum Franklin (2000) talks about his career and working at Holborn Dining Room in London, where he is Head Chef.
The guest of honour at the 2015 Speech Day was Andrew Sentance (1976), Senior Economic Adviser at Price Waterhouse Cooper.
On Sunday 5th July, the Eltham College 1st XI welcomed the Old Boys for the annual cricket fixture.
Ali Maltby (2010) talks about his visit to Kisasa school and Harsha Ramesh (2015) plans his trip to Kisasa with the help of the OEA.
Victoria Tyler (nee Bailey) never thought after leaving school 26 years ago that she would return to Eltham College to stand in the Chapel and hold assemblies talking about toilets! Well, she did!
OE Dr Jason Gould (1997) ran a session at Eltham College at the beginning of May with the Sixth Form on dealing with exam stress.
Headmaster Guy Sanderson accompanied Simon McGrahan over to the States to meet Old Elthamians living and working in New York on Thursday 14 May.
We were delighted to welcome back to Eltham College OE Sophie Roche (2008) at the Higher Education Sixth Form evening back in April. Sophie spoke to the Lower Sixth about joining the Grant Thornton school leaver scheme, Accelerate, as an alternative to full time higher education.
Eltham College students interested in a career in Media, Marketing or PR were able to hear from six OEs who work within these industries.
The Oxbridge dinner this year was once again held in Magdalen College, Oxford thanks to our host OE Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (1986). This year we were joined by Headmaster Guy Sanderson, who read History at Trinity College, Oxford.
We were delighted to welcome back to Eltham College OEs Alec Cameron (1993), Jamie Franklin (1998) and Russell Dellar (1987) on Wednesday 4 March to speak at the Sixth Form ‘Careers in Law’ evening.
Held in Antony Barnard Hall on Tuesday 24 February, the Engineering and Technology Careers Forum was very well attended by both parents and pupils.
The Eltham College Economics and Business Society welcomed OE Harriet Long (2010) who graduated from Exeter in 2014 after studying Marketing and Management.
From antics in the boarding house to visits into the Headmaster's study, Ken McEwan tells his story of being a pupil in The Grange.
The 2014 OE Winter Reunion was held on Sunday 14 December in the grounds of Eltham College.
A group of entrepreneurial OEs returned to Eltham College in November to talk to students about what it is really like to be the boss, the challenges that are faced and how to take your business idea from concept to reality.
To commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, Eltham College has organised a number of special events.
OE Matt Lisley (2012) came back to Eltham College in November to speak with the Sixth form Geology and Physics students. Matt is currently studying Geophysics at Imperial College London and spoke about his course and what life is like at a London university.
New Headmaster, Guy Sanderson, invited OEs to join him for drinks at Simpson’s-in-the- Strand on Thursday 9th October. It was a chance for Guy to meet many OEs and to speak to them about what it meant to him to take on the role of Headmaster at Eltham College.
The 4s and 9s Reunion dinner was attended by the Classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1989 and 1994. Held at Eltham College on Saturday 11th October, for many this was the first time back at school since leaving.
On Tuesday 14th October, an invited panel of OEs and Parents spoke to the students about the advantages of studying a modern language to degree level.
Michael Barton (2010), a physics graduate with high functioning autism, will give a talk describing how autism should be thought of as a difference rather than a disorder and how he has found ways to use his autistic attributes to his advantage. The talk is part of a national speaking tour.