BARRY NORMAN'S DEATH
OCs will be saddened to learn of the death of renowned journalist and film critic Barry Norman CBE, (HG 1956), on 30 June. His obituary in the Guardian can be seen here. (https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jul/01/barry-norman-obituary)
DEVELOPING TEENAGER CONFERENCE
Highgate School and children's mental health charity, Place2Be, have partnered to launch The Developing Teenager, a teachers’ conference on 6 June which will draw together speakers with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The world we live in today is ever changing; behaviour patterns and advancements in technology all have an impact on the personal development of our young people.
The speakers will present a range of current research findings and their implications on the teenage years, as well as what can be done within the school setting to support the healthy development of teenagers. Key themes for the day include the impact of relationships in the teen years; what schools need to be aware of with gender; the rise in popularity of party drugs and legal highs; and whether technology is a new addiction.
Adam Pettitt, Highgate’s Head, will be opening the conference with a talk on why we need to know about our developing teenagers, and will moderate a panel discussion on the challenges in adolescence. He said:
“At Highgate, we work hard to put our pupils’ emotional growth and wellbeing at the heart of their education. Adolescence, and the need to carve out an identity, leave younger people more exposed to anxieties about one's worth and usefulness, and as a school we help our pupils deal with the huge changes that the teenage years bring. Key to this process is informing all those involved in education about changes and developments, about what works well so as to better to support young people. We want this conference, and the opportunity to hear from and to quiz experts, to make the adolescent’s world an even better one. We want this conference to inform educationalists within our 43 partner state schools and other schools across the country, helping to support young people in meeting the challenges of adolescence.”
Adam is sure that OCs will understand that the recent press coverage of the conference has focused on a small element of Highgate’s long-standing interest in promoting the emotional and educational wellbeing of its pupils. In this context, responding to clinical advice on ways best to cater for the needs of transgender or gender-querying young people, as well as legislation to protect the rights of transgender people, indicates that small changes to uniform and to language can make a huge difference. The changes on which the School is consulting its current pupils and parents would not mean that boys would be required to wear skirts, but could do so if they wished to. This has been uncontroversial in some state primary and secondary schools where the small numbers of transgender pupils have benefited and others have not been harmed.
Child protection, which the School takes very seriously indeed, needs to be informed by advances in clinical and medical research, even if society quite understandably also needs time to accommodate the findings of research and such advance. We will continue to emphasise the importance of good-quality education and information for impressionable young men and women, and to interrogate any changes to ensure that these are not misplaced or faddish. Despite the press coverage, Highgate is not abandoning common sense or well-placed certainties, merely adjusting these in the light of its current pupils’ views, societal change and of clinical advice.
OC LGBT DRINKS
The second meeting of the OC LGBT group proved to be a very enjoyable evening. Around thirty OCs and their partners met for drinks in Islington, joined by the Head and a number of other teachers. We had an excellent mix of recent school leavers who had been members of the school’s LGBT Society, who swapped stories with older OCs about their experiences of Highgate and subsequent careers. We look forward to this becoming a regular event in the OC calendar!
Click here to read Highgate LGBT Society 2016-17 News, prepared by Highgate teacher, Andrew Plaistowe.
1565 SOCIETY LUNCH
On Saturday 4 March, Adam Pettitt and John Mills, outgoing Chairman of Governors, were delighted to welcome a party of thirty OCs and their partners back to the School. Our guests were members of the 1565 Society, established to recognise and thank those who have kindly indicated support for the School in their Will.
The day began in the Junior School, with a fascinating lecture by Highgate’s own David Smith. The lecture covered the history of the Junior School, before focusing on the presence of the Fibonacci sequence in the repeating patterns present in the new Junior School’s amazing design
Guests then moved to the Mills Centre to enjoy a three-course lunch, speeches from Adam and John, and a chance to catch up with Highgate friends old and new.
THE CHOLMELEIAN, WINTER 2016
The Winter 2016 edition of The Cholmeleian is avaliable to download here.
On Sunday 29 January Highgate School Old Boys deservedly won a well-contested match against a spirited Westminster side, to earn their place in the semi-finals of the prestigious Derrick Moore Vets Cup. To read the full Football update please click here
Saturday 3 September saw the OC Sports teams take on the current School teams in Football and Netball. This was the first time the OC Netball team had taken on the School, and it was a closely fought competition. Although the School team took an early lead, the OCs made a strong come-back and were victorious with a score of 25 to the School’s 22.
The morning also saw two football matches, with both the first and second XI in action. It was a mixed affair at half time in the football, with the OCs leading 2-1 in the first XI match but trailing in the second XI game 3-0. All sides worked hard till the end, despite the very warm weather, but the results were a reflection of the half time scores. The firsts finished 2-1 to the OCs and the seconds in a 4-1 victory to the School.
Putting their fierce rivalries behind them, all the teams gathered to enjoy a post-match BBQ in the sunshine and analyse the action from the morning.
Many thanks to the OC representatives and SpEx staff that made these fixtures possible.
(For a full report of the 2nd XIs match please click here)
On Saturday 18 June, Highgate hosted a reunion for OCs at Highgate, Westward Ho! and Hartland Abbey during the wartime years. The day proved a great success with just over 20 OCs and guests gathering to reminisce about their time at the School. The day began at the School Museum with a short talk from the Chairman of Governors, John Mills CBE, on the historical context of the V-1 flying bomb which landed on Senior Field on 28 June 1944 – some shrapnel from which is on display in the Museum.
Following the talk, OCs made their way to the Head’s house, where they enjoyed the chance to catch up over lunch. Many thanks to Adam and Barbara for hosting the lunch and to all those that helped make it such an enjoyable occasion.
On Thursday 19th May an OC reunion was held for all those that attended Highgate between 1990 and 2000. Over 40 OCs gathered at Assaggetti restaurant, run by the Fraquelli family (Andrea and Alberto are both OCs), to meet up with old friends and school teachers and reminisce about their days at Highgate.
A great evening was had by all, and Jon Polledri (SH, 1987, incoming President of the Cholmeleian Society) was delighted to reconnect with so many OCs and former teachers. Many thanks to Dave Amatt, Henley Smith, Mark Short, Keith Pullinger, Simon Appleton, Stuart Evans and everyone that came along to the reunion. We hope to see you all at the next one!
Please click here to view a photo gallery from the event
We are sad to announce the death of Lord Neill of Bladen (WG 1939) on May 28, 2016, aged 89. Educated at Highgate School and Magdalen College, Oxford, he became a barrister in 1951 and a QC in 1966. Knighted in 1983, he was made Baron Neill of Bladen in 1997 and was an active crossbench peer.
Highgate School and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club have announced an innovative partnership to create a new sixth form school in the heart of Tottenham, with the support of the Department for Education (DfE). Please click here to read more.
It is with great sadness that we announce the deaths of two Highgate colleagues, Paul Aston and Mike Morelle.
Paul Aston passed away on Saturday 30 April. Paul, who taught Design Technology, had been ill with cancer for some time. Paul joined the staff in 2001 and was a member of the management team with responsibility for health and safety and co-curricular education. He was a stalwart member of the car club. Our thoughts are with his widow, Liz, and family. A memorial service is planned and we will let you know when the date is announced.
Mike Morelle passed away on Friday 22 April. Mike joined the Highgate staff in 1970, and was Head of Chemistry until his retirement in 1995. Our thoughts are very much with his widow, Jessica, and daughter Sophie. The funeral will be held privately, but a memorial service will be held to which OCs will be invited.
In December, The Diabetes and Endocrine Unit at Imperial College NHS Healthcare St Mary's Hospital honoured OC Professor Robert Elkeles (WG 1955) by installing two plaques with his name. He had worked at the hospital from 1978-2014.
120 OCs and guests attended a reception and Cholmeleian Society dinner at the House of Lords on the evening of Friday 27th November, hosted by Lord Rupert Redesdale, President of the Cholmeleian Society, who has been a Life Peer and member of the House of Lords for 24 years. Click here to read more.
Congratulations to Highgate School's Girls Senior Fives Team (1st pair), who have won the Black Cup for the fourth year in a row.
On Friday 6th November, OCs now residing in the North of England gathered for lunch at Brasserie Blanc Restaurant in Leeds. Click here to read more.
On Wednesday 4th November, pupils from Highgate and Partner Schools visited Essex Court Law Chambers, where they were treated to a series of talks by several fantastic speakers. Click here to read more.
On Saturday 12th October, a plaque was dedicated in St George’s Church, Ypres, to the 228 OCs, staff and pupils, who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914-18. Click here to read more.
Professor Andrew Pettegree, form the University of St Andrews, delighted a fifty strong audience of OCs, parents, students and teaching staff with a brilliant discussion on Sir Roger Cholmeley’s England in the European context. Click here to read more.
The Telethon has now finished and was a great success, with 660 OCs being contacted. Our team of recent leavers enjoyed learning about the history of the School from the OCs to whom they spoke, as well as gaining a huge amount from the life experience that our OCs have to offer. Added to this, OCs contacted in the campaign pledged over £80,000 over the next four years, in support of bursaries, partnership teaching and facilities. A huge thank you to all those OCs who donated or took the time speak to our callers. Click here to read more.
Highgate School has started its first ever Telethon! Running throughout the first two weeks of September, a group of thirteen recent leavers will be telephoning OCs to update them about School news and ask them about their experiences at Highgate, and invite them to make a donation to support Highgate.
To find out more about the Annual Fund, please click here.
To watch a video about the Annual Fund, please click here.
We are sad to announce the death of Mike Gadsden (TL 1956) on Wednesday 7th October 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Former President of the OC Society, Michael will be sadly missed. A service of thanksgiving for his life will be held at St Paul's Church (Blandford Road, St Albans AL1 4JP) at 3pm on Friday 23rd October followed by tea in the church hall. Any Cholmeleians who knew Mike are welcome to attend.
Congratulations to renowned OC violinist Daniel Hope (EG 1986), who this October will be presented with the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music alongside other stars of the classical scene. Full details of the award here.
BBC broadcaster Peter White MBE talks to Rob Halfon, our Featured OC, about having a disability and being in the public spotlight, in the first episode of the new series of 'No Triumph, No Tragedy' on BBC Radio 4.
Congratulations to young OC Henry Zeffman (TL 2012), who has recently won this year's prestigious Anthony Howard Award for young Journalists. Along with a cash prize of £25,000, Henry will now undertake successive intern fellowships at The Times, the Observer and The New Statesman, while writing a 5,000-word essay on British politics and government - the proposal for which helped him win the award. More detail on the award can be found here.
Congratulations to those OCs who have been re-elected as Members of Parliament - David Burrowes (NG 1982), Robert Halfon (QG 1982), Bernard Jenkin (WG 1972) and Jeremy Lefroy (EG 1971) all kept their seats - Enfield Southgate, Harlow, Harwich and North Essex, and Stafford respectively - with considerable majorities for the Conservative Party.
Hundreds of OCs attended a thanksgiving and commemoration service at St Paul's Cathedral today, followed by a celebratory lunch at Merchant Taylors' Hall. Pictures from these events can be seen here and here, and Canon Mark Oakley's inspirational sermon, which moved pupils, staff and OCs alike, can be read here.
We congratulate OC violinist Daniel Hope (EG 1986) has been appointed as the Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and received a warm reception. He will take up post in 2016. More information here.
Ion Trewin (TL 1956), literary director of the Man Booker Prize, sadly passed away on April 8th 2015. He had a long and illustrious career in the literary world, formerly holding the posts of literary editor for The Times' and editor-in-chief at publisher Weidenfeld and Nicholson. A full obituary from The Times can be read here.
Award-winning OC filmmaker Julian McDonnell (SG 1984) has created a set of video tours to take you on a journey through all that is interesting, beautiful and strange about London. From the smallest police station in London to where to get a good pint, Julian covers everything you never knew you needed to know about the nation's capital.
Brian Pearce (WG 1949) tells us that at the end of January Andy Simpson (MG 1952) with his wife Jan had supper with him and Margaret Pearce in Port Alfred Eastern Cape. It was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion made a bit special by the fact that this was the first occasion on which a non-South African resident OC had met with our SA representative.
Humphry Barnikel (Staff 1972 - 2007) met up with several OCs for lunch in Sydney at the Jewel On The Bay restaurant while visiting family in the area. The guests were Humphrey Barnikel and his wife Elizabeth, then OCs and partners Ballauff (Chris & Janet), Bowan(Peter), Bowan(John), Rumball (David), Watson (Maurice & Margaret), Wilson (Miles) and Etheridge (Bill & Trish). A total of twelve attended and there were seventeen apologies. Much information was exchanged and familiar faces reconnected and the lunch finished in good spirits at around 4pm.
Tim Acton (WG 1950) is a stalwart of the Australian OC scene, and hosted another successful lunch on Sunday 7th September 2014, at The Marine Hotel in Brighton, Melbourne which was well attended by OCs and their partners Tim reports that "as always it was most convivial and enjoyable, with much reminiscing of happy days at Highgate School"
The OCs of Victoria have been meeting regularly for many years and are particularly looking forward to the visit by the Head Master in December next year, which will be undertaken as part of the 450th anniversary celebrations.
No group photo was taken this year as the restaurant was very busy but Tim has kindly provided us with this picture of himself in Highgate School regalia of the past.
Bernard Shapero (SG 1976), a rare bookseller with a shop in St James, has his home featured here in the Sunday Times.
The Rt. Hon. Robert Halfon (QG 1982), Conservative MP for Harlow, has been appointed as Permanent Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Conservative Home link.
Zafar Rushdie (KG 1992), son of author Salman Rushdie, on how he and his wife met and their wedding. Times article.