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Issue 2 | Winter 2011/12
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 new
alumni section of our website.
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Headmaster's update

As I approach the end of my first term as Headmaster of Queen Elizabeth's School, I am acutely aware that I have inherited the mantle of an outstanding predecessor whose great leadership and energy have hugely enhanced and enriched the School, and who has thereby ensured that our mission to produce young men who are "confident, able and responsible" continues to be fulfilled.

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QE: the top state boys' School in 2011

Queen Elizabeth's School has received another national accolade, with the Sunday Times' 21st annual Parent Power guide naming it as the country's top boys' state school. QE this year maintained its position in the maintained schools league table, again taking second place overall behind The Henrietta Barnett School, a girls' school in Hampstead.

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Former pupils retain links with school in India

A growing number of QE alumni are staying in touch with the Sri Sathya Sai English Medium School in Vallanad, Kerala – a village in South West India. In 2011 several old boys took the time to pay a visit, each spending time at the school which QE has supported since 2002.

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Tenor Rhys Bowden
builds his musical career

Talented tenor Rhys Bowden (1996-2003) has been building a name for himself as a professional classical singer since leaving the School. This year alone has seen him singing in Rigoletto for Scottish Opera and performing twice with Surrey Opera - once in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring and once as Luiz in The Gondoliers - while other performances have taken him to destinations including the Isle of Wight (Monteverdi's Vespers and Smetana's The Bartered Bride) and Fareham (Mozart's Requiem).

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Former School Captain's study of African tribe leads to place at Cambridge

2011 leaver Sam Sherman (School Captain 2010-2011) is studying Anthropology at Cambridge; the result, he says, of his study of the Maasai tribe as part of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) that he took alongside A-levels. Along with his other studies, Sam spent a year on his EPQ – which was introduced at the School in 2010. Equivalent to half an A-level, the EPQ offers students the chance to study a topic of their choice in depth.

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Battling it out in
University Challenge

Ben Pugh (2002-2009) has helped Pembroke College, Cambridge, reach the quarter-finals of the BBC's University Challenge.

He played a leading part as his team beat St Anne's College, Oxford, in the first round early in the Autumn and then again this month as they saw off Nottingham University by 280 points to 125.

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The School is always delighted to hear from our former pupils, whether they would like to get involved in QE events, or simply have news to share about themselves or former classmates. To get in touch with our Alumni Office, please contact

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QE Sevens,
Sunday 11th March, 2012

47th Annual Old Elizabethans
Dinner Debate
6pm, Saturday 24th March,
Main School Hall

Founder's Day,
Saturday 16th June, 2012

For more information about any of these events, please
contact the Headmaster's Office

Through this e-newsletter and the new alumni section
of The Queen Elizabeth's School website, the School
is aiming to strengthen its links with former pupils.

If you wish to find out more about having an active role

in supporting the school as a past pupil, please contact:
Forward to a friend Give to the school Visit the new QE online shop
Queen Elizabeth's School
Queen's Road, Barnet,
Hertfordshire, EN5 4DQ

Tel: 020 8441 4646
Fax: 020 8440 7500

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