News headlines – September 2017

23 Sep 2017    The annual London walk
16 Sep 2017    The Old Eastbournian reunion
16 Sep 2017    Arnold Embellishers mark the installation of anniversary sundial
9 Sep 2017    New parents meet the Headmaster at Eastbournian Society reception
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23 September 2017 - The annual London walk

Some 20 Eastbournian Society members met at Green Park tube station on Saturday 23 September for a guided walk arranged through the London Walks Company.

Always a popular event, this year we visited the Old Palace Quarter and focused on the area of St James's between Piccadilly and the Mall, finishing at St James's Palace.

The guide was ‘brilliant’ (this was the consensus), the weather perfect, and the area fascinating architecturally and historically.

‘I have been to this area many times but had no idea how amazingly interesting it is’, said one of the group.

They are pictured here in St James's Place, a street rich in plaques relating to famous former residents.

The annual London walk is one of many such events that we organise away from the College, including theatre trips, and visits to historic buildings and other places of interest. You can see the full listing on our Forthcoming events page.

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16 September 2017 - The Old Eastbournian reunion

The annual reunion for Old Eastbournians and former staff was held on Saturday 16 September, and we were pleased to see a large turnout of attendees, with over 170 at the College during the day. The cohort this year was for all OEs who left the College in the sixth form between 1969 and 1983 inclusive.

Unfortunately the planned OE Stags rugby match was cancelled because the opposition failed to show up, but the 1st XV did manage to play in the afternoon (in somewhat wet conditions), winning 15-7 against Skinners' School.

There was intermittent heavy rain throughout the day which had an impact on the guided tour of the College in the afternoon, but a number of guests were able to see the Nugee Building, the first part of the Project 150 development which opened earlier this year.

This was followed by tea in Big School and a chance for OEs to look round their former houses, guided by current sixth-formers. A Chapel service was followed by pre-dinner drinks in the Warren Atrium, and dinner in the dining hall at 7.30pm.

Headmaster Tom Lawson welcomed around 140 guests to the evening dinner, followed a little later by Bernard Drake, former economics teacher at the College, who gave a warm and amusing speech with his reminiscences of life at the College during the 1970s.

Our thanks go to the catering staff for the carvery dinner, and to Lulu Brown (Nugent 1980-82) in the Eastbournian Society office who organised the day's events.

Further pictures of the reunion day are in our members area; you need to be registered on the website and logged in to see these: Reunion Day 2017.

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16 September 2017 - Arnold Embellishers mark the installation of anniversary sundial

The Arnold Embellishers held their Annual General Meeting at the College on Saturday 16 September, after which they assembled in Old Wish Road to mark the installation of the new sundial.

The sundial is the latest Embellishers project, created to celebrate the College's 150th anniversary this year.

Installed on the south-facing wall of the Nugee Building, part of the Project 150 development, it is the work of celebrated sundial designer David Harber.

He is pictured in the front row, standing next to Chairman of the Arnold Embellishers Vicky Henley, holding a commemorative plaque which will be mounted on the wall.

You can read more information about the activities of the Arnold Embellishers on their web page by clicking here.

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9 September 2017 - New parents meet the Headmaster at Eastbournian Society reception

Parents of pupils who have joined the College at the start of the 2017-18 academic year were invited to a reception by the Eastbournian Society on Saturday 9 September.

The event gave them a chance to meet members of staff, including Headmaster Tom Lawson, who welcomed them to the College community.

David Stewart, Eastbournian Society Director, then gave a short presentation about the society, pointing out the benefits to pupils of having access to an international network of Old Eastbournians able to offer advice on careers through the series of networking events held throughout the year.

He also talked about the social aspects of the society, including lunches and dinners, theatre trips, talks, walks and visits to places of interest.

All parents are automatically members of the society, as are former and current members of staff, Old Easrtbournians and others who support the College.

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