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Issue 9 | Spring 2014
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 Spring Term began on a high note following the announcement in the New Year's Honours List of an MBE for our Chairman of Governors, Barrie Martin, for services to education. In the ensuing weeks, I was struck by the warm reaction this news generated from so many, including Old Elizabethans.

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The Queen's Library opens

The new Queen's Library has now opened to Sixth-Formers. Offering ample space for independent study and reading, it is fully networked, with 96 computer terminals. The Library will become available to all younger pupils later in the year.

"It is a light, airy place which brings Years 12 & 13 right into the heart of the School, and they are enjoying being there," says the Headmaster.

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High-flyer's assured progress in finance

After gaining straight A* grades in his four A-levels, Drew Williams opted not to go to university but instead entered straight into the world of financial services.

Just 19 months later, Drew (OE 2005-12) is already attracting attention in his chosen field, having been shortlisted for the national Apprentice of the Year award.

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Collation for Cambridge contemporaries

Matteo Yoon (OE 2003-10) sent Alumni News this photo of a recent meal which brought together a number of Old Elizabethans all studying at Cambridge.

Organised by Yemi Ogunyemi and Bilal Khan, the meal was held at Bilal's college, Sidney Sussex. All of those pictured were at QE in broadly the same period as Matteo.

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Daniel's glittering path
to the Bar

Daniel Isenberg (OE 1999-2006), who has won a string of law prizes and academic scholarships, is now working towards becoming a barrister after a brief spell as a civil servant.

These include first place in a competition run jointly by the Guardian and the influential UK Supreme Court Blog for his essay entitled Do we need more or fewer dissenting voices in the UK Supreme Court?

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From war to the dawning
of a new era

David Pardoe's memoirs give a fascinating insight of his long years at QE, from arrival at the age of just nine in 1942 - which proved to be quite literally the dark days of war for the pupils - to his departure at the dawn of a new Elizabethan age.

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Veteran of Afghanistan campaign welcomes
QE boys to Sandhurst

Captain Charles Russell (OE 1997-2004) hosted a visit to Sandhurst by a group from the School's Combined Cadet Force.

Charlie, who is currently a platoon commander on the permanent staff at the Royal Military Academy, answered searching questions from the 15 boys when they called in at the Officers' Mess for coffee.

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New Year's Eve wedding
for Nick

Current QE teacher and old boy of the School, Nicholas Bird, welcomed more than a dozen fellow alumni and colleagues to his wedding on New Year's Eve.

Nick (OE 1995-2002), is a Physical Education teacher and is in charge of water polo - a sport which has gone from strength to strength at the School in recent years. Several boys gained national places in the GB water polo squad this term.

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The Elizabethan Union's 49th Annual Dinner Debate boldly plunged into the current national news agenda...
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Founder's Day: service; OE lunch; Stanley Busby Memorial Cricket Match (School XI vs old boys' team) with OE refreshment tent; FQE fete
Saturday 21st June 2014

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

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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