News headlines – December 2014

11 Dec 2014  –  Tom Reeson Price (Gonville 2008–10) scores try in record Oxford Varsity win
5 Dec 2014  –  Independent inspection rates Eastbourne College as 'excellent'
1 Dec 2014  –  Old Eastbournian reunion dinner in Perth

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11 December 2014 - Tom Reeson Price (Gonville 2008–10) scores try in record Oxford Varsity win

Tom Reeson Price (Gonville 2008–10) scored a convincing try in Oxford University's 43–6 victory over Cambridge in the Varsity match on Thursday 11 December.

He was also featured in the Daily Telegraph's report on the match the following day and is pictured here as he breaks through to score.

The Telegraph said: 'After Tom Reeson Price galloped over for Oxford's third try, Cambridge's defence crumbled, and their opponents eased past the 35 points they scored in 1909 to set a record score for the fixture'.

This is Tom's second Blue, having played in the 2013 Varsity match which Oxford also won.

Tom is reading archaeology and anthropology at St John's College.

He is the third OE to win a Rugby Blue since 1951, when Robin Harrison (Pennell 1942–47) played for Cambridge.

In 1991 Mark Chapman (Gonville 1982–87) won his Blue also playing for Cambridge.

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5 December 2014 - Independent inspection rates Eastbourne College as 'excellent'

Eastbourne College has been rated as 'excellent' and 'outstanding' in eight out of ten areas considered by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), following an inspection carried out in September 2014. In the other two areas the rating was 'good'.

In summary the inspectors concluded: 'Eastbourne College is highly successful in meeting its primary aim, namely to provide a broad and holistic education which prepares pupils to lead happy, positive and fulfilled lives.'

The report also stated:

  • The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent, as demonstrated by their high levels of performance in public examinations, within lessons and extra-curricular activities.
  • Pupils demonstrate excellent learning qualities. The quality of teaching is excellent and has improved since the last inspection.
  • Pupils’ personal development is excellent. Both boarding and day houses provide a stable and supportive environment and house staff are central to the evident sense of enjoyment which the pupils show.

Headmaster Simon Davies commented: 'The excellent outcome from our recent inspection is a tribute to the very hard work and professionalism of all who work at the College, to the relationships between pupils, their parents and the College, and to the hard work and dedication of all the boys and girls at the College who throw themselves wholeheartedly into a very wide range of academic and extra-curricular activity.'

The full report can be found on the Eastbourne College website at http://www.eastbourne-college.co.uk/Inspection-Reports

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1 December 2014 - Old Eastbournian reunion dinner in Perth

Richard Brooke-Smith (Gonville 1969–73) reports on the recent OE reunion in Perth, Western Australia:

Our annual reunion dinner was held in Perth on Monday 1 December at the Terrazza Cafe Restaurant in Applecross, and being a Monday night we had a good area to ourselves.

We had two new OEs who managed to join us for the evening. David Howell (Powell 1960–64)  made a special effort to come, which is difficult for him as he works most evenings. Sally Clark (née Edwards) (Nugent 1974–76) was a special guest this year from Sydney, who happened to be visiting her parents here in Perth. She even brought her mother Eileen along who had lived in Eastbourne for many years. Sally usually attends the Sydney reunion so being in Perth at this time she took the opportunity to join our dinner here.

This year the following people attended: Richard and Bernadette Brooke-Smith, Cecil Walkley (School 1944–48), Brian Tullis (Pennell 1946–51) and his wife Anne, David Howell, Sally Clark and her mother Eileen Edwards, and President of the Eastbournian Society David Winn (School 1954–59). Unfortunately Ken Barton (School 1944–47) was unable to join us this year, he has always been a regular supporter of our dinners over the years. Cecil Walkley is still keeping up his running and competes occasionally in 5km events albeit at a slightly slower pace than most.

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