A Warm Welcome to All Elthamians and Friends of Eltham College
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
To commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, Eltham College has organised a number of special events.
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.
On Tuesday 7th of October the Eltham College Economics and Business Society welcomed its first external speaker of the year. Rosie Wakeling an OE who left in 2008, now working for Accenture, a consultancy firm that operates in over 56 countries and employs over 280,000 people.
Fred Ryder attended Eltham College from 1939-43 and passed away two years ago at the age of 86. His daughters Jan Perks and Sue Bush (in photo) visited Eltham College to see where their Dad had come to school and learn a little more about his days here.
Devonshire Terrace in London was the venue for the Class of 2004 reunion drinks on Thursday 14th September. Former teaching staff Mr Barron, Mrs Galloway and Mrs Donaldson, were joined by current staff Mr McGrahan, Mr Thomas, Mr Cotterill and Mr O’Dwyer and 30 OEs.
OE Russell Dellar gave two of our Sixth Form students the opportunity to join international law firm Bird & Bird on a week long placement in the summer. 12 students submitted applications for the placement and the successful candidates were Olivia Courtney and Jack Miller.
A Link with Old Elthamian's RFC has seen four new assistant coaches join the Eltham College sports department this season. All with excellent rugby pedigrees, they have already made a huge impact on the boys development.
Eltham College are particularly fortunate to be graced with an Olympian as their new Hockey Professional, Calum Giles.
The Development Office team has expanded to include Alex Zdnuek who joined us at the start of 2014.
Sixth Form student Jack Melling was given the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament by his host for the day OE Lord Knight (1983).
Jack Oliver OE (2009) came an unlucky fourth in the 77kg weightlifting event in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Sunday 27 July.
Paul Henderson is the eighth Headmaster to have been in charge since we moved to Mottingham in 1912, and only two (Mr Turberville and Mr Porteous) have served longer. Our school has made great progress in his fourteen years here, for which he can justly take credit.
Mr Paul McCartney left Eltham College at the end of the term after 37 years. He will be greatly missed, by pupils and staff, curent and past.
The annual OE XI v Eltham College First XI took place on Sunday 22nd June.
Sunday 22nd June 2014 was a very sunny day and offered a warm welcome back to Eltham College for the Old Elthamians who left in the 1940s and 1950s. For some, it was their first time back since leaving school many years ago and for others, who have been able to return, it was the chance to once again visit the school.