A warm welcome to our newest members of the Old Brightonians; our leavers of 2015. On Thursday 25th June we celebrated at the College with a service for our leavers, and after the traditional leavers photographs on the lawn the College then celebrated with a Graduation Ceremony for Upper 6th Leavers.
Last night the England U20 team were victorious against 2012 Champions, South Africa, achieving a place at this year's Wold Rugby U20 Championship Finals
1st Round Away to Harrow Wanderers.
The Old Brightonians travelled to Harrow School for the 1st round of the Cricketer Cup. We have not played at home for several seasons now, but that is the luck of the draw. We have a long history of cricket against Harrow both at school level and in the OB's Cup. Our last two visits have been unsuccessful against The Wanderers. One sticks out in my mind in particular when we lost to them in the semi-finals of the competition back in the early noughties, the furthest we have reached in the Cup since we won the competition back in the 60's.
One of our most accomplished sporting alumni, the prolific scorer of runs and keeper of wickets, Matt Prior, has retired from all forms of cricket following medical advice relating to a recurring achilles tendon injury.
Old Brightonian, Tom Prideaux de Lacy, saw his name in lights at the first Test Match between England and New Zealand at Lords. He was there as a guest of The MCC as a reward for scoring a century against them whilst representing Brighton College in 2014.
Despite the rather grotty weather, by 10.30 on Thursday we had over 40 Old Brightonians, as well as a few long suffering partners come together in Scott’s Café for a quick cup of coffee and a welcome from Alan Bird – Deputy Headmaster.
After last year’s chastening performance 6 OB’s set off for Knole Park ,Sevenoaks more in hope than expectation. The top 7 out of 16 schools from the South region would qualify for the Grafton Morrish Finals, to be held 24-27 September at Brancaster & Hustanton, Norfolk. The format, on a tight and windswept course was 3 scratch stableford foursomes, all scores to count.
The first inaugural ‘Medical Conference’ took place in the Rose Lecture Theatre on the evening of Wednesday 6th of May. Over 50 Upper Fifth and Lower Sixth students were in attendance, including some from Cardinal Newman and Hove Park schools.
Head Master Richard Cairns is re-introducing the classic Brighton College Boater for the first time in 47 years. The decree is a moving homage to the 147 Old Brightonians who died during the Great War, and will be in force from Thursday 23rd April to coincide with St. George's Day.
The sun was shining as the first few intrepid OBs made their way up the stairs to find each other for Brighton Drinks on Thursday.
The Old Brightonian Golf Society made their annual pilgrimage down to Sandwich in April for the Festival of Foursomes that is the Halford Hewitt. Early confidence in the team was rocked by the unfortunate withdrawal of reinstated pro Michael Mudie (Ha. 1998-2001) due to work commitments. However this was viewed as the strongest squad we had assembled for many years and there was a sense that we might be able to pull off a shock by beating last year’s champions Merchiston.
Huge congratulations to James Chisholm (Du. 2011-13) and the England U20 team who lifted the 2015 Six Nations trophy on Friday at Brighton's Amex Stadium.
This year’s President’s Luncheon was held on Thursday 5th March in the wonderful surroundings of the Library at The Travellers Club, hosted here for the second year running. The Club was founded, in 1819, 'for gentlemen who had travelled out of the British Isles to a distance of at least five hundred miles from London in a direct line'.
Matt Machan and team mate Alasdair Evans did most of the damage as Scotland hammered Ireland by 179 runs in Scotland’s World Cup warm-up match in Sydney.
Machan helped Scotland post an imposing 296 for six batting first with a superb century, the 23-year-old Sussex player scoring 103 off 108 deliveries with four sixes and six fours at Blacktown Olympic Park Oval.
The 1st XI continued their preparation for the 2015 season with the annual friendly match against the Brighton College Old Boys on Wednesday evening. Returning from their New Year's pre-season camp at Manchester City's Academy training facility, they were keen to put what they had learnt into practice under the floodlights at Whitehawk FC. The Old Boys had brought down a strong team, featuring two past 1st XI captains (Ben Hornby and Harry Herbert) and players who graduated from the College over the last 6 years.
Congratulations go out to Sarah Taylor (Fe. 2002-07) who has won the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year. Sarah was part of the England team who took home the Ashes earlier this year and was named the T20 International Cricketer of the year back in January.
It was a chilly evening in November when the class of 2004 congregated back in the College in the newly renamed Scott's Café (previously the Café de Paris). Just past seven o'clock the first few Old Brightonians intrepidly made their way across the threshold, through the (currently scaffold-ridden) gateway and across the quad – ten years since they left as pupils.
Old Brightonians, including previous members of the Common Room and other ex-Brighton College staff, pupils, masters and parents came together for a moving Remembrance Service on Sunday 9th November. Houses in attendance were Aldrich, Durnford, Hampden, and Seldon. Wreaths were laid at the altar and at the 1914-18 and 1939-45 War Memorials by School Prefects and Head Master Richard Cairns, and CCF colours laid by representatives of the three armed services.
A proud moment for the Chisholm family and a great moment for Brighton College. All 3 brothers played for Quins last night v Exeter. The brothers, all former Brighton College pupils, were joined by another old Brightonian, Jordan Turner-Hall, for the fixture at The Stoop.
I wanted to drop you a line after returning from Tanzania to thank you for your donations towards "Mt Kili Madness", specifically Cancer Research UK. I'm nearing an overwhelming £9,000 so with a fundraising dinner still to come, I should go beyond £10,000 which was beyond my wildest expectations.
We were very fortunate to have three successful Old Brightonians return to the College to share their knowledge and experience with current 6th form pupils last Thursday at a Media and Marketing careers evening. Jamie Thomson (Ha. 1972-75), writer, publisher and Dark Lord extraordinaire, spoke about writing as a career and the routes into getting published.
The last time we were together at the Bristol, on our last day of school, the Channel Tunnel had just opened, Nelson Mandela was two months into his Presidency, and the Apple that had fired Steve Jobs was failing to convince the world that it needed a portable digital assistant known as the Newton.
A warm welcome to our newest members of the Old Brightonians; our leavers of 2014.
The Head Master hosted a garden party for donors to the school last weekend, against the delightful backdrop of the 1st XI playing Bedes. A wonderful afternoon was had by all – prefects hosted tours around the College, peeping in on the rehearsals for the Dance Show in the Great Hall, the spectacular Art Show in the art studio and a look in on New House and Head's House (where some of our donors very much enjoyed playing on the subbuteo table).
What wonderful weather and what wonderful company we all enjoyed at the Pioneers Club on Thursday 15th May.
Matt Lasis (Du. 2009-11) to represent British Universities at the Loughborough International Athletics
Matt Lasis, Old Brightonian and elder brother of current Athletics Captain James, has been selected to represent British Universities at the Loughborough International Athletics.
NEWS (13th May 2014): Brighton College's most recent building, New House, has received a prestigious award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence.
An exquisite evening of merriment and nostalgia was enjoyed by guests on Saturday at the 40 Year Anniversary Celebration Dinner of Co-Education at Brighton College. We were delighted to welcome back Lucinda Harris (Fe. 1974-75) and Rowena Maynard (Fe. 1973-75); two of the seven very first girls to enter the male preserve of Brighton College in September 1973.
Brighton College proudly carries the name of the most successful coeducational establishment in the UK. To reveal some of their memories of the late eighties and early nineties when girls were very much in the minority, Samantha Washington (nee Fox) (Fenwick 1989-93) and Tosin Ajayi (nee Akinluyi ) (Fenwick 1990-92) were invited to share their experiences: Tosin as a sixth former and Sam as a junior girl. It was a challenge at times, but one which they embraced, and they have been extremely successful in their careers and lives.
REPORT: OB New York Dinner, Friday 4th April 2014 (co-incidentally the "Ambassador's" 21st Birthday!!)
The Old Brightonian USA group held its fourth annual dinner at the beginning of April at the beautiful Lotos Club on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Around 20 OB's and their guests enjoyed a first class 5 course dinner in the company of the Headmaster, Richard Cairns and the Deputy Headmistress, Jo-Anne Riley.
ITS OVER! It started at 6am this morning, and by 10.45am it was all over! Stamina wise I was fine, but a few old rugby injuries started to make themselves known after about 3 miles.
The OBGS annual Spring meeting was held at West Sussex golf club as an early preparation for members of the Halford Hewitt squad.
Wednesday's Charity Gala at the BADA Fair in London turned out to be something of an Old Brightonians' reunion... as seems so often to be the case!
A man of few words, Steve Radojcic threw himself into the evening on Friday 7th March, holding court with his usual style and panache. He has asked the OB office to pass on his thanks to all those who helped organise the match, namely Teds Littlewood (Ry. 1990-95), Dan Heal (Ry. 1990-95), and Tom Aiken (Al. 2003-08). Special thanks to Stephanie Littlewood for coming up trumps with a cake, despite the fact it was neither Rado's birthday nor the end of season match against Hurstpierpoint.
The inaugural President's Luncheon was held on Thursday 6th March at The Travellers Club, Pall Mall. The Club was founded, in 1819, 'for gentlemen who had travelled out of the British Isles to a distance of at least five hundred miles from London in a direct line'.
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).
Huge congratulations to Sarah & the England team on back-to-back Ashes victories - succeeding so brilliantly where England's men failed...
If ever a venue was most likely to draw a big attendance for one of the regular OB London Drinks evenings it was surely the Paramount Sky Bar on the 32nd floor of London’s Centre Point Tower. The attendee list was appropriately over-subscribed – a terrific indicator for the New Year.
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.
Brighton College young cricketers have enjoyed coaching sessions with John Spencer, a former English first class cricketer. A right arm medium pace bowler, John played for Cambridge University and Sussex and was named the Sussex Cricket Society's Player of the Year in 1975.