Much to the delight of the chamber choir and Alex Sansbury (U6th, Hampden) who memorably performed with the Pink Floyd legend, David Gilmour generously entertained guests with performances from his latest album Rattle that Lock, and the evocative Wish You Were Here.
The Brighton College Roll of Honour lists 147 former pupils killed during the Great War. One of the first two officers killed in the conflict was Second Lt. Vincent Waterfall, of Hampden House/Chichester House, aged just 22. Old Brightonians fought and died in Palestine, at the Somme, at Ypres, and in the final push for victory in the week before the Armistice was signed, on 11 November 1918.
Fundraising is continuing to provide a visible memorial of the sacrifice of 147 Old Brightonians who died. There are 72 boys sponsored now, with a further 75 remaining to commemorate.
In a new documentary Chris Terrill shines a light on the wives and girlfriends of Royal Marines, filming them on a 104 mile 'yomp' - a 36 hour non-stop march along the entire length of the South Downs Way.
Earlier this month, I gave a short talk to our 4th Form Academic Society. Deciding on a theme was tricky, but since I’d recently worked on the school’s roll of honour – ensuring it was ready for our new memorial statue – the theme of ‘conflict’ seemed fitting. I thought it would be interesting for our pupils to consider how old staff and alumni experienced war. I consequently picked five ‘treasures’ associated with Old Brightonians, and presented them as ‘mystery objects’. Using high-level questioning and critical thinking, the group successfully rose to the challenge, while learning more about the history of their school.
Dr. Jeff Allan (Ha. 1968-73) who, with his son Ben recently set the new electric car record for Land's End to John O'Groats, is this November's OB of the Month.
The Daily Telegraph has confirmed that this summer’s exceptional A-Level results place Brighton as the top fully co-educational school in England, ahead of many much more selective schools. The results also show Brighton pupils once again achieved the best results in Sussex at both A-Level and GCSE.
Rev. Canon William Dawson remains Brighton College’s longest serving Headmaster, having lead the school between 1906 and 1933. He supported the College through the First World War and instigated a significant rise in pupil numbers – so significant that we were apparently bursting at the seams! It was a great pleasure to welcome Rosemary Sidwell and her husband Richard back to the College
Last Saturday saw the return of our 2005 leavers to the College, a decade on since they graduated as pupils. The group were welcomed back in Scott’s Café (or Café de Paris in 2005) with a glass of bubbles and some familiar faces in the form of Mr Grocott, Assistant Headmaster and Mr Smith (Common Room 1973-2011).
If you are planning a visit to Brighton and would like a tour of the College and your old House, it is much better to contact us first so that we can be prepared for your arrival and have the time to show you around properly.
We are always delighted to see OBs back at the College but it can be disappointing for both you and us if we cannot allocate enough time to your visit due to other commitments. These days we are governed by strict health and safety laws, safeguarding and security measures which mean that visitors have to be accompanied around the campus.
These rules apply as much in the holidays as in term time as the College has various commercial lettings involving large numbers of children. It is a frustrating situation for all of us when you are not able to see all that you want to, and we would appreciate your consideration in helping us make it easier for you.
Please telephone Angelina in the OB office to let us know when you would like to visit on 01273 704 226.
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