News headlines – June 2019

5 Jun 2019    Man of La Mancha
2 Jun 2019    Lunch to celebrate 50 years educating girls
2 Jun 2019    Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009-14) plays for England against Barbarians
1 Jun 2019    Thomas 'Dod' Wainwright 1940-2019
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5 June 2019 - Man of La Mancha

The latest theatre trip for Eastbournian Society members was to see Man of La Mancha on Wednesday 5 June.

The musical, a universal tale of love, hope and adventure, stars Kelsey Grammer as Cervantes, who is being held prisoner awaiting trial from the Spanish Inquisition.

In his defence he transforms the world around him into that of Don Quixote, resplendent with chivalrous knights, grand quests and unabashed love.

The cast also included West End star Cassidy Janson in the dual role of Aldonza/Dulcinea and Nicholas Lyndhurst as the Innkeeper and Governor.

The show, famous for the song The Impossible Dream, was well received, and the group had excellent seats in the stalls at a reduced group rate. Some of those who went along are pictured here outside the London Coliseum before the show.

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2 June 2019 - Lunch to celebrate 50 years educating girls

The year 2018-19 marks 50 years since the first girl pupils arrived at Eastbourne College and we were delighted to help celebrate this milestone with a lunch on Sunday 2 June.

The venue was the Christopher Kirk-Greene function suite in the Winn Building and, with the weather being so good, we were able to have drinks on the outside terrace before sitting down for the meal.

Former pupils and staff came together with memories and a lot of laughter, and they also had a chance to view an archives exhibition of co-education at the College on display in the dining hall.

Headmaster Tom Lawson welcomed the guests and said that the first girls had helped lay the foundation of what the school has become, with girls now taking part, and achieving, in all aspects of school life.

There followed a few reminiscences and anecdotes, with those formerly in charge of Nugent House, David Charman and his wife Ann, along with Vaughan and Jane Schulze, remembering some of the more amusing stories of their days looking after the girls. We also heard from a number of Old Eastbournians confessing to some of the rules they broke and the fun they had while at the College.

Further pictures of the lunch are available in the members area of the website, and you will have to be registered and logged in to see these.

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2 June 2019 - Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009-14) plays for England against Barbarians

Piers O'Conor (Gonville 2009-14) was in the England XV in the Quilter Cup match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday 2 June. In a thrilling match in front of 40,000 rugby fans, England won 51-43, having built up a strong lead at half-time.

Piers was part of a young England squad, and played alongside his Bristol Bears team mate Callum Sheedy in the midfield line-up. Piers is pictured here on the left with Callum, holding the trophy.

Head coach Jim Mallinder said: 'It's a tough thing to come together in a week and play as a team. We talked all week about sticking together and probably having to go the 80 minutes, and expect the unexpected - we defended with our lives and we scored some cracking tries. It's not about individuals, it is about how quickly can you come together and play as a team and I think that is something we did really well today.'

After leaving the College, where he played in the 1st XV, Piers signed a two-year contract with Wasps, progressing from the Junior to the Senior Academy in 2014-15. He was selected for the England U20 squad for the U20 Six Nations Championship, going on to win ten caps for England U20. Other premiership league clubs he has played for include Bedford Blues, Ealing Trailfinders and his current team Bristol Bears.

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1 June 2019 - Thomas 'Dod' Wainwright 1940-2019

We are sad to announce the death of Thomas 'Dod' Wainwright (School 1954-60), former headmaster of St Andrew's School, on 28 May 2019.

Born in India, Dod started prep school at St Andrew's in September 1949. By the time he left in 1954 he had become captain of cricket and shooting, and was head boy for his last two terms.

At the College, Dod was head of house and then head of school from 1959-60. He excelled at sports, on the track as a sprinter, on the rugby field and in the swimming pool, not to mention on the cricket pitch.

He was described by The Eastbournian as 'one of the outstanding schoolboy cricketers of his time'. He spent three seasons in the 1st XI, the last as captain, during which he scored over 700 runs at an average of 51. He would later become an enthusiastic and loyal member of the OE Cricket Club.

After studying at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he taught at St Andrew's for two years before joining the College staff, where he taught economics and history from 1965 to 1969. He was also house tutor in Wargrave, and a coach for cricket and other sports.

He became headmaster of St Andrew's School in 1969 at the age of 28, a position he held until 1984. During his tenure he improved the look and facilities of the school, introduced girls, and saw an uptake in pupil numbers and an increase in scholarships gained, building the school's reputation for academic excellence. He also oversaw the period when Ascham pupils were transferred to St Andrew's, following the closure of Ascham prep in 1977.

A change of country and career followed his departure from St Andrew's, when he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to join the investment bank Smith Barney, before later retiring to Florida. He was married to Annie (pictured with him above), and they had two children, Mark and Sarah.

A family funeral will be held in the US, and a memorial service is planned for the UK later in the year.

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