Written by Jane Haviland (F. 1979-81)
Tuesday, 01 June 2004

Hello Old Brightonians wherever you may be in the world. I would like to get more of you involved on an international basis - maybe a representative from each country or continent? Please could you email Fiona Aiken in the OB office (address below) if you are interested in sending in news from say the USA, Australiasia, Asia or a mainland European country and we will arrange a page on our website for you. I was working in Pakistan a few years back and whilst waiting in the Mott MacDonald office in Karachi I bumped into Andrew Gubbin, who had been there for sometime. It was lovely to see him and to catch up - it also proved what a small world it is out there. When I was in New Zealand 18months ago I wrote to all the recorded OBs there - they all got together for an evening and are hopefully still in touch. It is a great resource if you do happen to go travelling or working overseas, particularly for the school leavers/gap year students, to know that there is an emergency contact available. So please use the resource it is there for us all to use.

Thank you to all the Old Girls and staff who came to the 30 Years of Girls Reunion dinner last November. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I have had letters saying that it was one of the best OB events ever held at the College, thank you to the music department as well for providing the choral during the reception drinks. For me it was particularly good to see the Grigors and Wilmotts and other people from my years (79-81), the speeches were fun and quite enlightening to hear how things had changed from when girls first started over thirty years ago now, I don't think that the boys still expect the girls to do their washing! I hope not anyway!!

This will be my last letter as President as I will be resigning in November, it has certainly been an enjoyable experience and I have learnt a lot by undertaking this role. Thank you for your support and I hope to see you at the OB Day in September, will the Old Girls beat the college again at netball, I wonder? If there are any girls out there who are interested in playing either Hockey or Netball either in a one off or regular basis please contact Nicky Stanton or myself through the OB office as we are trying to establish a "new tradition" of Old Girls sporting events. I do have to say that having played my first game of netball for 22 years last year I got quite a shock, I am sure it was never as fast or professional when I was at school. It was great fun and thank you to all those to came - lets do even better this year!! Also there is an OB visit to Ypres led by Antony Seldon in November the weekend prior to Remembrance Day to lay a plaque in memory of those OBs who lost their lives in the Great War, so if you would like to come the places are limited so please do contact Fiona as soon as you can to secure your place.

I'll sign off now, have a good summer and the very best of luck to all those taking exams this year and I hope to see you in September at the OB Day.

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