Brighton College Today


Report: Oxbridge Dinner 2014 – Jesus College, Cambridge University

The now traditional annual Oxbridge Dinner was held at Jesus College, Cambridge University, to a guest list made up of current and past Oxbridge members, as well as notable members of the schools upper management. Jesus College is remarkable in both its size and ostentatious passageways and mazes that lead you through it. Once we found the Narnia-esque entrance to the hall, the delightful Rebecca Findlay greeted us. A drinks reception of prosecco saw the awkward formalities of having to make small talk with the Oxford clientele that much easier to bare. Needless to say, the comical late entrance of an Oxford geographer made the incessant photography a delight (Thank you William Sayer).

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29 Oxbridge offers for Brighton College pupils - A new record!

Pupils throughout the Upper Sixth are receiving offers from their chosen universities at a superb rate. With some 400 offers already made, and more rolling in on a daily basis from the country's leading universities, our Upper Sixth pupils have plenty to be excited about and all their hard work is clearly paying off! Particular congratulations are due to the 29 Brighton College pupils, listed below, who have thus far received offers from Oxford and Cambridge universities – the best in the history of the school, and breaking the record set in 2013.

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John Spence (L. 1975-80): "5 star hippie"

John Spence (L. 1975-80) gave an inspiring HM Lecture about his multi-million dollar business yesterday evening, regaling the gathered audience with amusing tales of his early working life and experiences, and latterly his success with starting a business from scratch on the beaches of Goa.

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Luke Appleton (BCJS. 2005-08) completes the gruelling Tough Guy endurance event in support of the Bremer family

I travelled up to Tough Guy in Wolverhampton on Saturday 26th January with Jess and Mum, and two of my school mates, Yiannos and Conrad who were also doing the run. Dad (Joey Appleton (D. 1979-84)) bottled out as he was still in plaster recovering from ankle ligament surgery. Some excuse! We woke up on the Sunday morning to be greeted by the great British winter weather, high winds and pouring rain. Just what we wanted! Our bravado from the previous weeks now turned to apprehension as the race time grew ever nearer.

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2013 Christmas message from our President

Christmas is a time of giving and of time spent with loved ones, and wherever you are this Christmas I wish you well. I am tremendously proud of my connection with the College, and especially with the Old Brightonians. This year I read with great pride about not only the achievements of the school, which are nothing less than astonishing, but also of the wonderful acts of kindness and generosity within the Brightonian community. In his end of term letter Richard Cairns wrote of the sense of community that the College enjoys; 'I want everyone who leaves here to feel that by their presence they can make the world a little bit better. I want them to recognise that they can make a difference and should.' I would like to urge my fellow OBs to embrace this philosophy.

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Head's, Abraham and Williams are the winners of the Brighton College Entrepreneurship Programme 2013

The stage was set, the 'dragons' were seated and the cameras were rolling. The seven finalists waited nervously for the chance to present their ideas to the judges and to the assembled L5th, U5th and L6th pupils.

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Father Robert Easton (School Chaplain)

Some of you may perhaps know that Father Robert Easton has been absent for most of this term due to major surgery. We are thrilled that he is well on the way to recovery and wish him all the best. Sadly though this does mean that this year there is no midnight mass in the chapel on Christmas Eve.

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Letter from the Head Master, end of term, Christmas 2013

Dear Old Brightonians, A day from now, term will end. The signs are clear already. Yesterday, boys and girls were sporting Christmas jumpers in aid of the Rocking Horse charity. Today, the porters are lugging bottles of wine, chocolates and flowers across the quad to favoured teachers and House tutors. Vast quantities of cake and chocolate will be consumed in the final few lessons. Christmas lunches will be served, crackers will be pulled, hats donned, jokes told and so the longest term will come to its inevitable conclusion. The college will fall silent. Only a few cold, sad seagulls (and the Bursar) will remain.

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REPORT & GALLERY: Staff Rugby, 1st December 2013

The Brighton College staff rugby team had their first outing of the year in a well-supported game against Bowden House from Seaford.

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Ryle Boys - Charity Fundraising for Crisis at Christmas

The boys of Ryle House are aiming to raise awareness and funds for the charity Crisis, which helps the homeless.

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Victoria Baines (F. 1990-95): "Satire, folk devils and cybercrooks: two thousand years of crime in forty-five minutes"

Dr Victoria Baines never intended to have a life of crime. Twenty years ago, when she was studying for her A Levels, she fully expected to have a career in acting or academic research. But one thing led to another, and after getting a PhD in Roman Literature she suddenly found herself working for the police as an intelligence analyst. She has helped to dismantle international drug trafficking networks, investigate police misconduct and protect children online.

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Mia Williams (Upper 5th, Williams House) gets through to Open Mic UK National Grand Final!

Mia made it through to the Open Mic UK Grand Final which will now take place at the NEC in Birmingham in January! She sang "Empire State of Mind (New York)" by Alicia Keys.

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Brighton College's "Charity Week" drive - Raffle tickets on sale now!

Many thanks to OB John Spence (L. 1975-80) for donating the top two prizes for the pupils fundraising efforts. Three of our terrific Upper Sixth boys (Osaid Ather, Junaid Mahomed and Varadh Kalidasan) are promoting various fundraising events this week. Alongside events held in universities and colleges across the country the boys hope to raise as much as possible for orphans and other children who find themselves in need, often in war-torn parts of the world.

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REPORT & VIDEO: "Heads of School" Dinner 2013

The College welcomed back Heads and Deputy Heads of School on the evening of 14th September, stretching from 1951 up to the present date for a Heads of School Dinner.

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Tatler Schools Guide 2014

"We gave Richard Cairns our Best Head of a Public School award last year – something of a no-brainer because it seems this man can do no wrong. Pupils love him, staff revere him and even Michael Gove calls his leadership 'visionary'."

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