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Issue 13 | Summer 2015
Welcome to Alumni News
An e-newsletter produced by Queen Elizabeth's School
for all our old boys. We trust you will enjoy reading
it and will also take the opportunity to visit the alumni
section of our website.
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Headmaster's update

This term, we have again enjoyed the privilege of welcoming a varied list of guests to the School, all bringing their particular expertise to enrich our boys' education.

To name but a few, Dr Elizabeth Glennon, from King's College London, provided our Year 13 biologists with hands-on experience of genetically modifying bacteria, while senior boys also benefited from a visit by two 2012 leavers, Jonathan Fiber and Oli Palmer, who spoke on how to get the most out of life at university. Jonathan and Oli have just graduated from Warwick with first-class degrees.

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Living history

Three Old Elizabethans from the post-war generation have been working with today's youngest QE boys as part of a new Year 7 History project about the School.

Kenneth Cooper (OE 1942-1950), Alan Solomon (OE 1951-1957) and John Keeley (OE 1956-1963) regaled pupils with their experiences as schoolboys from the early 1940s to the early 1960s during a specially organised visit to the School.

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Stay in the game: leading lawyer's gritty advice to prize-winners

Barrister Peter Morcos (OE 1999-2006) was the Guest of Honour at this month's Queen Elizabeth's School Junior Awards Ceremony.

Called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 2012, Peter began his legal career fresh from winning a string of awards during his higher education, which took him to the University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln College, Oxford, and London's BPP College of Law.

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Honoured by the Queen

Christopher Sandamas (OE 1978-1983), who is Chief Clerk in the Private Secretary's Office at the Royal Household, has received a personal award from the Queen.

Christopher was made an MVO (Member of the Victorian Order) in last month's Queen's Birthday Honours. Founded in 1896 by Queen Victoria, the Order is given by the Queen to people who have served her or the Monarchy in a personal way. It is entirely within the Sovereign's personal gift.

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Sound move:
Lewis changes career

Old Elizabethan Lewis Crabtree has begun a new career, got married and called in at his alma mater as part of a team of visiting experts - all in the space of a year.

Lewis (1996-2003) retrained in 2013-2014 as an acoustic engineer, having previously worked in accountancy. He then took up a job in the field in October 2014.

He came to QE in June as a designated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador. Also last month, he married Winnie in a small family ceremony in Wandsworth, London.

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A life of service

With his successful career as a GP in a socially deprived part of London, Dominic Roberts could perhaps be forgiven for feeling he has paid his dues to society.

But far from sitting back, Dominic (OE 1989-1994) is now hoping to serve in a challenging new arena: he is applying to become a doctor with the Royal Naval Reserve.

"This is an interest that has come in later life: I wasn't in the CCF at School or anything like that," he says. "I want to strive to do something different and help to try and make the world a better place, having seen the atrocities taking place currently. I also have a love of being at sea."

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Resilience, perseverance... and Red Square revisited

No fewer than 12 Old Elizabethans went to the wedding of Ramesh Paripooranananthan and his bride, Millie – an indication that 11 years after he left the School, he retains very fond memories of QE!

In fact, Ramesh (OE 1997-2004) is clear that the School was instrumental in laying the foundations for his burgeoning career as an architect.

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Hard work and long
hours – but there are compensations

Lawyer David Taylor may not have planned to emigrate to Australia, but he is certainly now making the most of all that life in Sydney has to offer.

David (OE 1991-1998) read Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge after leaving the School, before going on to spend two years at Nottingham Law School. He then undertook his solicitor training in international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

"Having been in London for all of my life and worked at a large City firm, it was time to try something different," he says. "Australia was not the original plan – I just knew I needed a change from London.

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OE Cricket Club 75th anniversary: match report
Old boys of the School took on present pupils in a specially arranged match... Find out more

OE Association Dinner
Friday 20th November 2015

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