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Issue 5 | Autumn 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

The Autumn Term began on a high note, with the School still celebrating our most successful year to date for A-level results. The proportion of A*, A and B grades achieved rose to 98.5%. By this measure, in 2012 QE is probably the best-performing state school in the country. This was, and is, a superlative academic performance to be savoured by all and, I trust, one that will be emulated in the years to come.

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Royal opening
80th anniversary

On 3rd November 1932, Prince George, fourth son of King George V, was the Royal Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony and symbolically unlocked the School's front door.

The School has been digging through the archives to discover how it was reported at the time.

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OE wedding of the year?

Alistair Bell (OE 1996-2003) was joined by a number of QE old boys when he got married this summer at his university alma mater, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

QE alumni at the wedding included not only Alistair's father, Raymond Bell, but also his brother and best man, Stewart Bell, and the ushers, Ravi Lakhani, Deren Olgun and Veli Aghdiran (son of one of the School's Assistant Heads, Emi Aghdiran).

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Planning a future in poetry

George Mpanga, last year's Chair of King's College Student Union at Cambridge, has been forging a strong reputation as a poet with a focus on social and political issues.

With a performance in front of Prince Charles and success in a major national competition already under his belt, George (OE 2002-2009) is now planning a multi-faceted career, taking his poetry to diverse new audiences.

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A difficult choice

When Aaron Tang (2006-2012) was offered a place to read Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) while he was still in Year 12, it presented him with a serious dilemma. Should he leave QE a year early to take up this prestigious offer, or stay in the Sixth Form and complete his A-levels?

After a term of study in Hong Kong he finds the course excellent, but says only time will tell if he has made the correct choice. Either way he acknowledges his debt to the School.

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Guy's Trust tops £100,000

A charitable trust set up by the family of Guy Joseph (OE 1997-2002) has raised £106,000 this year through a wide range of fund-raising events. Guy was killed in a paragliding accident in the Pyrenees in October 2011, aged 25.

The trust was established to support two causes that Guy was particularly passionate about, namely disadvantaged children and conservation. Members of his family and friends will be travelling to Nepal in the spring to start building work on an Early Childhood Development Centre in his memory.

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With the benefit of experience: author Roger draws on his time leading Special Branch

Former QE School Captain Roger Pearce (OE 1961-69), who enjoyed a police career which saw him rise to become head of the Met's Special Branch, is now a successful political thriller writer.

Roger, who writes based on his first-hand experience, signed a two-book deal with Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, and the first book, Agent of the State, has now been published in hardback.

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A golden evening: 100 attend annual OE dinner

The 117th Old Elizabethans' Association Annual Dinner saw a group who joined QE in 1962 celebrate together 50 years on, with many reunited for the first time since they left the School. Attendance at the formal dinner reached 100 – a significant increase on last year.

Twelve former pupils celebrated the golden anniversary of their joining the School at the dinner in the main School Hall.

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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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QE Rugby Sevens
Sunday 10th March 2013

48th Annual OE Dinner Debate
Saturday 23rd March 2013

Founder's Day: service,
OE lunch & FQE Fete

Saturday 15th June 2013

For more information about 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

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