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Issue 4 | Summer 2012
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

I write this having recently bidden farewell to our Year 13 leavers and having also enjoyed meeting many Old Elizabethans at the 2012 Founder's Day Fete organised by the Friends of Queen Elizabeth's. More than ever, I am sensible of the great contribution made to the wellbeing of the School by the wider Elizabethan community, including alumni of all generations, parents and other supporters.

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Cricket & Crocodiles

Founder's Day saw the revival of an old QE tradition – a cricket match between the current First XI and an old boys' team.

The match was last played regularly in the early 20th Century, although it was revived in 1984 for one year only as a retirement 'gift' to former pupil and master, Eric Shearly (1920-2005). Revived permanently by the Headmaster, the match is now to be known as the Stanley Busby Memorial Match, in honour of Mr Busby, who was a QE parent and also a Governor from 1989-2011. His widow, Margaret, was among the VIP guests on the day.

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Olympic hopes
and memories

London 2012 is almost here – and Queen Elizabeth's School is hoping for fresh success as well as reflecting on past Olympic glories.

Rower Tom Aggar (OE 1995-2002) recently received confirmation that he is part of the British team for the Paralympics, where he will be defending his single sculls title. Tom won gold at Beijing in 2008, when rowing made its Paralympic debut, and has never been beaten in five years of competition.

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Former international swimmer and water polo player leads British Fencing at London 2012

Former QE pupil Piers Martin
(1987-1995) is hoping for top podium places for British fencers at London 2012 after leading the transformation of the sport in the UK since 2008. Recruited to be the Chief Executive Officer of British Fencing and appointed to the National Olympic Committee four years ago, Piers has made full use of his own international sporting experience, which began while he was still at the School.

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Overcoming early difficulties

When Claude Francois Muhuza arrived in the UK in 1996, aged just six, he spoke no English and had received no formal education. Since that time Claude (2001-2008), who was guest of honour at this year's QE Junior Awards ceremony, has not only achieved high academic success, he has also thrown himself whole-heartedly into supporting human rights causes. In October he will be heading out to Nicaragua on a three-month volunteering placement with the charity, Raleigh International.

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Fifty years on: QE's pioneering expedition behind the Iron Curtain

When summer marks the 50th anniversary of QE's pioneering expedition to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe – reportedly the first-ever British school party to visit Russia.

The month-long trip in two Dormobiles covered 5,000 miles, with the party of three teachers, 12 Sixth-Formers and two former School Captains mostly camping along the way.

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Fishing for news
in the Yemen

Joe Sheffer has been shot at, interrogated and deported, but remains committed to his chosen career as a freelance photo journalist and cameraman based in Yemen, widely known as one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Joe (OE 2000-2007) specialises in covering news in the Gulf and East Africa, and his news features have appeared in The Times, the Guardian, Private Eye and Global Post. He also works regularly for Channel 4 News.

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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 contact our Alumni Office, please email

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OE Association Dinner
Friday 16th November 2012, when our guest speaker will be John Keeley, one of the OEs on the 1962 School expedition to the USSR and Eastern Europe.

For more information about this and other alumni events, please contact the Headmaster's Office

Through this e-newsletter and the 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:
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Queen Elizabeth's School
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Hertfordshire, EN5 4DQ

Tel: 020 8441 4646
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