News headlines – February 2020

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28 Feb 2020    George IV: Art and Spectacle
13 Feb 2020    College to host 2020 ECB David English Bunbury Festival
12 Feb 2020    Eastbourne College headlines for 2019-20
6 Feb 2020    Talk on Eastbourne in the war proves popular again
6 Feb 2020    Henry Chesney (Reeves 2010-15) offered place at Royal College of Art
5 Feb 2020    Legal networking at the Middle Temple
1 Feb 2020    Quizzers have fun at the College
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28 February 2020 - George IV: Art and Spectacle

The Eastbournian Society's latest cultural trip was to the exhibition at the Queen's Gallery in London: George IV: Art and Spectacle. Around 20 society members enjoyed the visit on Friday 28 February.

George IV formed an unrivalled collection of art, much of which remains in the Royal Collection. As Prince of Wales and, from 1820, king, he purchased paintings, metalwork, textiles, furniture, watercolours, books and ceramics in vast numbers, many of these works by the finest artists of the day.

Bringing together Dutch and Flemish masterpieces, magnificent portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Sir Joshua Reynolds, delicate French porcelain, intricate goldsmiths' work and elegant books and drawings, the exhibition presented George IV's life through the art that enriched his world.

The group also enjoyed a talk about Princess Charlotte, the king's daughter, given by one of the expert guides. Some of the visitors then walked to Westminster Abbey for 5.00pm evensong.

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13 February 2020 - College to host 2020 ECB David English Bunbury Festival

The College is delighted to announce that it has won the right to host one of the most famous events in the British cricketing calendar. The 34th edition of the renowned England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) David English Bunbury Festival, will play out under the blue skies of the sunshine coast between 2 and 7 August.

The announcement was made public today by Cricket World Magazine and the ECB who released this press statement to their hundreds of thousands of followers nationwide.

Former Kent and Nottinghamshire professional and Director of Cricket at the College, Rob Ferley, stated, 'Having played in the Bunbury Festival back in 1997 along with future England player James Tredwell [now part of the College’s coaching team], and subsequently forging a lifelong friendship with him, the opportunity to be part of the 2020 Festival and to help nurture the next generation is something that we are really proud of.'

In 2018, the Bunbury Festival was rebranded after formalisation of its position on the ECB Player Pathway. The Festival’s pedigree boasts over 80 Bunbury 'graduates' going on to win international caps, and hundreds more playing county cricket.

Last year, College cricketer Danial Ibrahim was selected for the Bunbury XI against the West Indies; the same year that witnessed record-breaking talent in the form of Tawanda Muyeye.

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12 February 2020 - Eastbourne College headlines for 2019-20

The College has recently produced a leaflet summarising headlines for the current school year.

Quoting from The Tatler, which says that the College has 'some of the best facilities in the country', the leaflet emphasises recent academic performance, with A-level scholars achieving 89% A*-A, and an A-level 10-year average of 75% A*-B.

Alongside academic excellence, there is a vibrant music department, rich creative arts, exceptional sport and extensive co-curricular activities, as well as an impressive 320-strong cadet force. Please click here to view a PDF version of the whole leaflet.

This is also a chance to remind you that if you are considering a College education for a child in your family, or know somebody who might be interested, the next College Open Morning is on Saturday 29 February. Please spread the word.

To book your place simply go to the College website at and fill in the form.

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6 February 2020 - Talk on Eastbourne in the war proves popular again

A talk about the town of Eastbourne during the Second World War proved to be popular with Eastbournian Society members, with around 40 of them turning up on Wednesday 6 February, some of whom are pictured here.

This is the second time the talk has been given by College archivist Paul Jordan, as it was a sell-out when he first presented it last November.

Paul spoke about the many changes in the town brought about by bombing raids, and looked at the impact of rationing and the evacuation of children (initially to Eastbourne from London and then later, with the threat of invasion, out of Eastbourne to safer places elsewhere).

He concluded with a reminder of the human cost of the conflict, with some 180 civilians killed and many hundreds more injured. They are now remembered at the Civilian War Memorial by the Wish Tower on Eastbourne seafront.

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6 February 2020 - Henry Chesney (Reeves 2010-15) offered place at Royal College of Art

Henry Chesney (Reeves 2010-15) has been offered a place at the Royal College of Art to study for an MA in architecture.

Jayne Harriott, Head of Art at Eastbourne College, said:

'Henry, who studied art to A-level, was a highly committed A-level pupil who loved all things architectural. He is excited to experience the amazing facilities at the RCA and develop his interest in social architecture.'

Henry recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in architecture from the University of Greenwich.

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5 February 2020 - Legal networking at the Middle Temple

The latest in the Eastbournian Society's series of careers and business networking evenings was held at Pump Court Chambers in the Middle Temple in London on Wednesday 5 February.

It proved to be a popular and informative occasion for College sixth formers. It was also good to have Old Eastbournians present who are currently at law school and who have recently graduated from their universities.

The event was kindly hosted by Maria Henty (Blackwater 2001-06) who is a barrister specialising in family law. She told the story of her own career path and shared some anecdotes of the challenges and benefits of a career in the law.

She finished by emphasising the importance of pupils practising and developing their communication skills so that they can be confident and positive in whatever career path they eventually choose.

Some further pictures of the evening are in our members area. You will have to be registered and logged in to the website to view these.

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1 February 2020 - Quizzers have fun at the College

The Eastbournian Society's annual quiz night and dinner scored top points this year, with some 70 ES members coming along to enjoy puzzling over a few rounds of brainteasers.

The quiz, held on Saturday 1 February, was hosted by John Thornley and Lulu Brown in the Winn Building function rooms.

Some 150 questions were asked throughout the evening, so it certainly proved to be quite a challenge for the teams.

But with a curry supper and the exciting prospect of a prize of a Mars bar each for the winning team, the evening proved to be a fun and sociable one for all who came along.

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