Monday 3rd December: the stage was set, the 'dragons' were seated and the cameras were rolling. The six finalists waited nervously for the chance to present their ideas to the judges and to the assembled L5, U5 and L6. Having battled through stiff competition the previous week in the heats, they knew that it was not going to be easy to reach the final three and claim the investment money.
The support that OBs give the College is always appreciated, and this term the 4th form were treated to talks by composer Nina Humphreys (F. 1989-91), opera singer Phoebe Haines (W. 2004-06), TV presenter and journalist Vanessa Cuddeford (W. 1996-98) & Romina Richardson (W. 2003-06), architect Shirley Waldron (F. 1976-78) and chartered surveyor Marcus Dorfman (R. 1997-2002).
The Sunday Times has published its latest table of the UK's Top 400 schools and I thought you would be interested to see the attached extract. The table places Brighton College as the second highest performing co-educational school in Britain, the fifth highest performing boarding school in the country and the only school in Britain to have improved its academic performance every single year for six years. It also places the College above many of the country's most selective schools. Brighton is the only Sussex school in the Top 100.
Preceding the College Chamber Orchestra performing the piece "Rosa Mundi" by OB Paul Lewis on Wednesday 21st November at the Autumn Concert, Paul very kindly came in to listen to the ensemble on Monday and spoke to the pupils about the inspiration behind the hautingful beautiful piece, a tragic love affair and a beautiful Rosa Mundi rose that bloomed outside his window as he worked on the arrangement.
Inspirational, driven, passionate – all words that spring to mind to describe the speakers, judges and advisors involved in the L6 Entrepreneurship Day. Firstly, we met the judges, successful Old Brightonians, Aidan Bowen (L. 1983-87), Robin St Clair Jones (D. 1973-77) and Rob Little (A. 1980-87).
Fourteen current and recently graduated Oxbridge Old Brightonians came back to the College on Thursday evening to talk to our current Oxbridge hopefuls.
Once again the sun shone on the Diamond Jubilee Pavilion as the Head Master welcomed some 100 donors and supporters of the project to enjoy an afternoon of sport, on Saturday 8th September, at the recently re-named Jubilee Ground. Some had not visited the ground at East Brighton Park for many years – 72 years in the case of Old Brightonian Richard Batt (H 1936-40), who joined the College shortly after the school acquired the playing fields in 1926. Others were more recent and frequent spectators, being current parents at the school, and some admitted that their donations were made from 'enlightened self-interest' as they celebrated the fact that the Diamond Jubilee Pavilion would afford some welcome shelter from the elements on rather less glorious days!