Head, David Goodhew at the TES Awards, see page 3
MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER FOR LATYMERIANS (ALUMNI OF LATYMER UPPER SCHOOL)
The Latymerian Council (UK) 1969 Geoff Lavers 1973 Steve Faktor 1976 Paul Taylor 1979 Mike Cooper 1990 Harmeet Ahuja (Chair) 1991 Rajesh Goyal 1994 Kunwar Ahuja 1992 Laurence Hopkins 1996 Talat El-Sherbiny 2008 Suzanna Rennie The Asian Latymerian Council 1966 Victor Apps (Chair) 1971 Malcolm Hanney 1990 Arif Anwar 2002 James Durnford 2002 Leela Lamont (née Pandit) 2009 Archie Preston The Australasian Latymer Council 1946 Basil Walby 1955 Clive Trotman 1956 Jim Tilley 1969 John King 1994 Eddie Gapper 1995 Thomas Correia 2004 Aleco Lazaridis
GRADUATE CORNER We congratulate the following Latymerians upon their recent graduation, or on gaining professional qualifications. Please do not be shy about sharing achievements! We look forward to hearing of this summer’s graduates and we are still publishing details of 2016 and 2017 graduations. 1974
■ Julian MAHY BSc, Science, Open University.
■ Pedram ARYAN BSc, Bioprocessing New Medicines and Business Management, University College, University of London.
2007 ■ Oliver WHITEHEAD MSc, Sports Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University.
2009 ■ Sarah BROWN MB BCh, Medicine, Queen’s University, Belfast.
■ Albert BATES MPhil, Classics, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. ■ Harry ECKERSLEY BA, 1st, History, King’s College, University of London. ■ Charles TAILLANDIER-UBSDELL BA, 1st, Japanese, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. ■ George VAN HORN MSci, Biology, University of Bristol.
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2013 ■ Matteo DEL MAESTRO BA, History, University of Bristol. ■ Ekta GOHIL BA, History and Politics, Queen Mary College, University of London.
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■ Tom BANTOCK BA, American Studies, University of Sussex. ■ Jack THOMPSON MB ChB, Medicine, University of Bristol.
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■ Carlo MOLE BA, History and Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. ■ Emily SMITH BSc, Biology, University of Bristol. ■ Ivana SMOKOVIC BSc, 1st, Mathematics, University College, University of London. Sarah BROWN (2009) at her graduation
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LATYMER WIN 3 AWARDS AT PRESTIGIOUS 2018 TES INDEPENDENT SCHOOL AWARDS
The Head receiving one of the awards 2018 TES Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel
Latymer celebrated a hat trick of awards at the sector’s most prestigious ceremony – the tes [Times Education Supplement] Independent School Awards in February winning: ■ Independent-state school partnership ■ Senior school of the year ■ Independent school of the year The judges summed Latymer up as, “putting the best possible case for being a public school in this day and age.” As tes pointed out, Latymer helps to show the contribution to communities that independent schools can make. A map showing the state schools that Latymer works with stretches out to every part of its corner of West London, from Chiswick and Barnes to Shepherd’s Bush and White City.
The judges for the Senior School of the Year said: “Latymer Upper School’s new innovative learning strategy makes the school a worthy winner of this category. With a focus on learning and scholarship, promoting the habits of heart, head and hand, and with dedicated time for teacher learning, coaching and action research, the school has developed a well-thought-through and comprehensive strategy, which has been carefully evaluated to ensure even greater impact on student learning. Well done!”
A round up of the School’s news since our last edition.
Head, David Goodhew told Latymer’s staff: “Latymer won three awards, which is remarkable by any standards. It was an extraordinary evening, made possible by the hard work and dedication of all staff at Latymer. To be recognised in this way, among so many other excellent schools was one of the proudest moments of my professional career.” Photo credit: tes
The staff contingent join the Head on stage to celebrate
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is elected Fede Dal Brollo (Year 9) Youth Mayor Hammersmith & Fulham
The Latymer Consort sang Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on 20 November.
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The Careers Department, assisted by the Latymerians’ Council’s Careers Task Group of Laurence HOPKINS (1992), Bobby UBEROI (1991), Shadi GHALI (1992) and Stan CHAUDHRY (1991) have used a variety of speakers and advisers this year, drawn from friends, parents and Latymerians. Laurence, who is with Morgan Stanley, gave a careers talk on ‘Working in the City’ and acted as an advisor at the School’s careers evening. We are grateful to George IOANNOU (1995) of Wipro, Ken DALY (1988) of JML Group, Simon UNDERWOOD (1982) of Menzies LLP, Lotte JONES
The new School Minibus with a vibrant wrap around
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of Blue Rubicon (1998) and Chris EDWARDS (2000) from Essential Security who recently gave some Sixth Formers a week’s work experience and an internship. Simon Ware who guides overseas applications is grateful to Latymerians who brief students about joining US universities. We thank Helena ESSEX (2016) and Nick MAYHEW (2017) for sharing their insights; Nick is an applicant and Helena is at Pomona College, CA.
Others who have assisted include Ricky TAVARES (2002), Olivia TAYLOR (2012), Keith POHL (2009), Daniel JAFFE (2010), Roger SMITH (1982), Martin BRENNAN (1981), and Ed ZITRON (2004). Many more assist fellow Latymerians with advice, contacts and mentoring via our platform, Latymer Connects.
The runners set out towards The Mall for the 5k Two Bridges Run in aid of Inspiring Minds, our Bursaries campaign. Latymerians, pupils, parents and staff raised £11,489.
A staff selfie, 2BR
RAISE and RAISE Prep Our fundraising aim to extend bursary provision at the School is not just supported by parents, staff and Latymerians, but also by our students themselves. RAISE is the student-led fundraising club which is run with the support of the Foundation Office team. They fundraise for the Bursaries Appeal through a range of regular events such as a Film Night and a disco for lower school students. Furthermore, student leaders come up with various initiatives such as designing and producing merchandise to be sold, such as the Latymer sweatshirts. This year, RAISE has contributed over £4,000 already, through their Christmas Fair stall, sales of RAISE sweatshirts, a Krispy Kreme sale and a bake sale, as well as their annual film night featuring a familiar Latymerian face, Hugh GRANT (1978) in Paddington 2.
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RAISE Prep launches Following the success of the Upper School’s RAISE Club, Latymer Prep School has launched ‘RAISE Prep’. From now on, Prep pupils’ fundraising activities for the Prep Bursary Fund will come under the ‘RAISE’ umbrella and Upper School RAISE members will help and advise them. RAISE Prep was launched in March in an assembly to Prep pupils, led by RAISE Senior Ambassador, Alex Wright (Lower Sixth). He explained how RAISE works in the Upper School, highlighting the fact that it is very much student-led and he encouraged pupils to come up with their own fundraising ideas. The first official RAISE Prep fundraising event will be a summe r term swimathon. Talking about the launch of RAISE Prep, Andrea Rutterford, Principal of Latymer Prep School, said: “The Prep students have been fundraising for the Prep Bursary Fund through existing events to this point, but going forwards the Prep will be a part of the wider RAISE group. This is exciting as it will provide excellent opportunities for students from across the Upper and Prep schools to work together, united by a mutual passion for breaking down the financial barrier to a Latymer education.”
DISTINGUISHED LIST NEW ENTRANTS
The Latymerian Council has approved the addition of the following to the list of Distinguished Latymerians: ■ Brigadier Alan ROSS (1940) Retired British Army Officer. ■ The late Professor Phil PALMER PhD (1973). Phil was Head of Astrodynamics at Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey. ■ Bill SHEPHERD RD (1987) Managing Director, Photon Fire (Engineering). ■ Professor John HOLMES DPhil (1991) Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, University of Birmingham. ■ Dr Richard WYATT RD (1962) Consultant Anaesthetist.
Letters to the Editor…
Just as a memory jog, I remember Yuri Gagarin’s visit to London in 1961. We were allowed to line the New Road (A4) as his convoy processed past School. I can remember well his high peaked cap and his delighted smile when so many English schoolboys were waving at him! I wonder if any other Latyme rians remember this, and were any photos taken. Geoffrey HARRIS (1962)
We have compiled a roundup of news about Latymerians and posts spotted in the media.
NEWS OF LATYMERIANS
■ Dr Connal PARR (2003) is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Humanities at Northumbria University, Newcastle. Last autumn he launched his book, Inventing the Myth. ■ Dr Peter DUNCAN (1971) is Senior Lecturer in Relationships, Politics and Society at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Stephen DAVIES (1973) is Professor of Cell Biology at UCL.
■ James FAKTOR (2009) was capped for the Czech Republic at Rugby on 28 October when they beat Poland 19-14 in the 2018 Rugby Europe International Championship. He has since played against the SupaBarbarians (South African Barbarians) and has won further caps against Portugal, Switzerland and Holland. In London, James plays for the HAC RFC.
■ Jordy JURITZ (2013) was in a four-strong Oxford University ‘BioMod’ team that presented their design for a new riboswitch at the International Bionanotechnology Conference in San Francisco. Their switch controlled how genes switch on/off the production of cellular protein products in cells. Jordy is reading Physics at Mansfield College. ■ Arik KERSHENBAUM (1983) has started a new position as College Tutor and Director of Studies at Girton College, Cambridge. ■ Marwan MIKDADI is Executive Principal of expanding Kensington Park School and Paul VANNI (both 1991) is joining him there this term, from St Paul’s Girls’ School, to become KP’s Headmaster. Marwan was previously at Bancrofts. https://www.kps.co.uk/news-article/paulvanni-from-st-pauls-girls-school-appointed-head-masterof-kensington-park-school
James and his granddad, Peter (1948), who sadly passed away in March James with dad, Steve (1974)
LtoR Paul and Marwan
■ Jo CONFINO (1979) has moved from The Guardian to the Huffington Post where he is the Executive Editor. ■ Peter ROSENGARD (1964) had no idea Sir Richard Branson was going to mention him in an interview. You can view the clip here: https://virg.in/o2N ■ Congratulations to Hester ODGERS (2014) and Dom WALDOUCK (2006) on gaining their Oxford Blues in the 2017 Rugby Varsity. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/42237662
Hester and Dom
Hugo GULLIVER, Filip LJUBICIC (both 2007), Charlie BROOK-PARTRIDGE (1988) and Ben FREEMAN (2015) met up at the 2017 University of London Boat Club’s Dinner.
■ Yasmin KHAN-OSBORNE (2016) played for Cambridge University Jays (2nd team) in their Netball Varsity clash with Oxford.
Sophie SHAPTER (2013) coxed the winning Cambridge Womens’ crew in this year’s Boat Race.
■ Tom HANSON (2011) played a military officer in Murder on the Orient Express. Tom, as understudy, played Romeo in Kenneth Branagh’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick last year. He was recently seen in a two-part episode of TV’s Silent Witness. ■ Imogen POOTS (2007) appeared in Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse early in the New Year. She was nominated for a 2018 Olivier Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
The traditional dunking of Sophie, the cox
■ Hugh DURRANT (1965) was also nominated for an Olivier Award, in the ‘Best Costume Design’ category for his creativity in Dick Whittington staged at the London Palladium. Ophelia LOVIBOND (2004) collected an Olivier Award at the ceremony on behalf of Denise Gough. ■ Hugh GRANT (1978) has enjoyed great success with his latest film, Paddington 2. The student-led fundraising club RAISE held a special screening of this film in March, in aid of our Inspiring Minds campaign. Hugh stars as Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal in May. ■ Jonathan TAFLER (1976) has been playing Mr Paravicini in The Mousetrap at St Martin’s Theatre and his play, The Rules of Palship about the young Noel Coward was broadcast on Radio 4 late in 2017. His IMDb profile records his other recent work.
■ Wulfie BAIN has been President of the Oxford University Football Club, and his Latymer school team mate, Joe GREGORY (both 2015) has been secretary of the Cambridge University Soccer Club this year. They met, again, in the Varsity at Barnet FC’s The Hive, to both gain a second Blue. Also playing for Oxford for his second Blue was Tom FAKTOR (2011). Photo credit: James Robson Photography
Wulfie leading in dark blue, Joe two back in light blue
■ Producer, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seb STONE (2000) has released a new album, Alchemy. Doing all the writing, arranging, production and mixing himself, Seb is proud to announce that the album is available on iTunes, Amazon Digital, Spotify and in other good digital stores. www.sebstone.co.uk
■ Brian FISH (1931) has published his autobiography, Across Ten Decades. ■ Michael HURSEY (1960) recently finished his autobiography, Nobody Important, exploring his ancestry. Of particular interest is Royal Marine sergeant John Webb (b 1790) who eloped with ‘a noble lady of Worcestershire’ – real Jane Austen stuff! Did her parents chase after the carriage and drag the lady back home?
■ Oxford won this year’s Hockey Varsity, 2-1. Cambridge fielded the PADT sisters, Bella (2017) and Sophia (2015) in their team; Sophia gaining a second Blue. Bella and Sophia
There is, of course, a section on his Latymer experiences, including the episode when a pupil, unknowingly shut the Headmaster’s (Fred Wilkinson’s) head in the edge of a classroom door and continued to push hard on it shouting, “No, you shan’t come in!” Michael could see Mr Wilkinson’s face turning purple! Michael went on to read Drama, German and English at Bristol University. He became the head teacher of a large comprehensive school in the Midlands, a magistrate, an Ofsted inspector, a consultant to the National College of School Leadership and a member of the Parole Board. His brother, John (1951) taught Music at Latymer 1954-9 and is still teaching in Canterbury. ■ George JACKSON (1995) conducted the live orchestral accompaniment to the film Love, Actually (starring Latymerians Hugh GRANT and the late Alan RICKMAN) at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane during a British tour in December. As part of his steadily rising and successful career, George conducted the LSO in a chamber concert at St Luke’s in Old Street recently. ■ Alex RAWLINGS (2010) can converse fluently in 14 languages; he has published his book, How To Speak Any Language Fluently.
■ Peter THICKETT (2014) set up a production company whilst working as a brand strategist within an advertising group. In January, he put on Curlew River by Benjamin Britten in St Bartholomew the Great (near St Paul’s Cathedral). anteterminumproductions.com ■ Jamie QUINN (1993) is a DJ and a drum and bass artist who performs as Matrix. In recent years, in collaboration with Futurebound, he has enjoyed three top 30 entries in the UK Singles Chart. Ryan
■ Dr Ryan ROBINSON (2006) has started up Aeropower.com, which recycles bird feathers to make them in to useful products.
■ Ivana SMOKOVIC (2014) and Daphne BURT (2015) kindly visited us to speak to our L6th mathematicians last term. Professor David PIMM (1971), Colin WALL (1965), Julian HALL (1992), and brothers, Leon (1994) and Mark (1992) CUTLER have all visited to tour School.
LATYMERIANS OVERSEAS News of Latymerians living or working abroad:
CANADA ■ The 9th Latymerians’ Yuletide Banquet in Toronto took place in December at the city’s Cricket, Hurling and Skating Club. Pictured LtoR: are Trevor JONES (1957), Ian RICHARDS (1972), Elmar MARIPUU (1969), Peter BASEY (1964) and Hugh GRANT (1960) who attended with their partners.
■ Arjuna IMBULDENIYA (1995) recently performed only the third robotic assisted total knee replacement in the NHS at The West Middlesex Hospital and he currently pioneers computer and robotic assisted hip and knee surgery. ■ Louis GEARY (2010) took legal action against the Daily Mail for copyright infringement, after it printed photos from a charity calendar he created as a student. He won a £5,000 settlement which he donated to charity. Louis is an innovation consultant at London and Dublin-based agency, jump! Innovation. Photo credit: Edward Jonkler
NEWS OF LATYMERIANS
■ Jas BEDNARSKI (1995) is a professional photographer; his website is Of Hills & Horses.
Photo credit: Louis Geary
■ Paul MILLIKIN (1964) was featured in the BBC TV programme marking 100 years of the RAF commemorating the grounding of the RAF’s Vulcans. I am grateful to Professor Richard COLLINS and Jon RAKE (both 1964 plus John was ex-staff) for noting this. Paul was OC of the RAF Vulcan Display Flight and the photograph shows the crew after the last RAF operational flight. Paul (left)
■ Elmar MARIPUU’s (1969) one-act play Moving On ran from 14-18 March at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto.
MAURITIUS ■ Exile, Views Form a Distant Land is the latest book published by Dr John ROBERTS (1958) and includes 190 essays previously published in his column in the local current affairs Weekly John donating his book to our Librarian, magazine in Terri McCargar Mauritius: John supposes this is the ultimate outcome of those mornings spent in the Essay period when it was run by his masters, Archie Davies, Wilf Sharp and George Offiler.
SPAIN ■ If anyone is planning to holiday on Lanzorote, then the Lanzorote Guidebook, edited by Nick BALL (1984), might be a very useful read.
TURKEY ■ Tony RISTIC (1987) is currently working in Ankara as a senior international expert helping the process of social dialogue between labour market groups for a project co-funded by the European Union and Republic of Turkey. When not on international assignment, he lives in Epsom with his wife Natasha and two sons Oscar and Max. Tony and his brother Mark (1986) regularly attend alumni events and stay in touch with pals from their era.
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■ Sidney STEIN (2012) is now teaching in New York.
A correction to our last edition regarding Stuart Dorrian. We reported that Stuart had worked for 16 years at Latymer. In fact, Stuart led Latymer Prep for 16 years, but prior to that he was Head of Lower School and Head of English in the main school, starting in 1987. Stuart continues to teach Sixth Form English part-time at Latymer.
Latymer was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Ms Cath Hopley in November. Cath had taught Biology for 12 years and was involved with promoting open water swimming. Raised and trained in South Africa, her lessons were consistently outstanding. Cath enjoyed leading extra-curricular activities such as DoE, Skern Lodge in Activities Week and Swimming. Colleagues fondly recall her enthusiasm for Latymerians, especially the ‘naughtier ones’, many of whom she called “cookie”. Colleagues in their early teaching roles years, were grateful for her advice and support as a brilliant teacher mentor. She is sorely missed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVicIDAlWRQ&t=9s
THERE HAS BEEN A SPATE OF SAD NEWS ABOUT FORMER STAFF: Jan Beyers, a recently retired chemistry teacher and dad to Laura (2011), lost his fight with cancer late last year. Jan was educated at Stellenbosch University, with three degrees (BSc BEng Bed) and had a keen sense of humour. He coached Latymer Hockey and Rugby teams in addition to his care and diligence in the classroom and laboratory teaching his students. Jan was also teacher in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for several years.
Rev Glen Iball and Joan Chandler with John Butterworth (middle)
John Butterworth taught Biology and led the 34th Hammersmith (Latymer Upper School) Scouts in the 1970’s and 80’s. A popular master and a great entertainer at Camp Fires and in the Jantaculums, leading fund raising by holding mammoth jumble sales. John also composed songs for Lower School plays. He was Head of Lower School and oversaw the School’s entrance exams and their administration. He became Head of the International School of the Algarve before retiring to live with his family in Thailand. Lately he battled bravely with cancer, but passed away during March.
Congratulations to Latymer’s Head of Physics, Dr Zen Rogers who was one of six secondary teachers to receive a 2017 Teacher of Physics Award from the Institute of Physics.
We were notified of the passing of an ex-Head of Physics, Dr Tony Seddon whose two sons Jon (1985) and Toby (1987) attended School, our condolences extend to them. Tony was a strong figure in the staff room, full of humour, keen on crosswords and he was in addition Head of Careers. Tony was self-taught expert on writing BBC B computer code which at the time was popular at Latymer. Many A-Level Physics students greatly appreciated his fine teaching. Len Woods, in 1953 Len became School Secretary, (a role later renamed as Bursar) that involved overseeing the School’s finances, maintenance, vehicles, staff contracts and payroll and he led the non-teaching staff. Len carried these tasks out for over 30 years, he began by sharing an office with the indomitable Mrs Hall; Len retired in 1985. During Len’s service, he saw the transition at Latymer from being in the Direct Grant scheme to our full independence. When Godolphin and Latymer went independent he was briefly their Bursar too. He actively supported Parents’ Gild activities and was approachable and supportive of all the staff. He married Judith, the Headmaster’s Secretary, in 1980.
A selection of tributes from our Facebook page
Geoff Tait, who Geoff taught French and Spanish from the 70s-90s inspiring many A-Level linguists to study modern languages at university. He organised exchange trips and school tours, as well as coaching junior rugby XVs, Geoff passed away last term in a local nursing home. Geoff was a popular master and had a good empathy with the ‘character pupils’ during their middle school years. Geoff was in charge of careers advice and founded our European work experience programme.
Why QPR is the natural football club of Latymerians. by Alan SENDOREK (2000)
QPR / LUS
Alan works as Head of Strategy at QPR Property I recall being sat down at the kitchen table as a ten year old and asked by my parents which school I wanted to go to. Latymer was top of the list, but I can’t remember exactly why. I’m certain that a contributory factor was Latymer was in Zone 2 meaning a termly travelcard from my home in Staines would include weekend travel to Shepherd’s Bush, maximising my chance to go to more QPR matches. If I chose Latymer to fan the flames of a nascent passion for QPR, it worked a treat. Twenty five years and hundreds of games at Loftus Road later, I am now working on QPR’s stadium project to find a sustainable new home for the club. The current stadium is the third smallest in the division, with virtually zero potential for non-match day use. Expansion on the existing site is impossible due its tiny size and the residential nature of its surroundings. The challenge is to secure QPR’s future in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, where the R’s have been based for a century, with a ground that is both bigger and can be utilised all year. But, it was only when I looked into the club’s history that I discovered how intertwined it is with the School. In short, QPR is the natural football club The cross crosslet, featuring on for Latymerians. Latymer’s 1624 Society’s badge
Firstly, there is QPR’s crest. Not the current one, designed in 2016, but the one used 1953 to the 1970s, which was essentially the coat of arms of the Borough of Hammersmith, containing the cross crosslets of a well-known local philanthropist called Edward Latymer, whose act of charity in 1624 led to Latymer Upper School. A second reason is even more remarkable and just discovered. During our research into QPR’s previous grounds (there were a dozen or so before settling at Loftus Road in 1917) we tried to pinpoint the position of the Gun Club on Wormwood Scrubs that was the club’s home during the 1890s before going professional. Research from the Hammersmith and Fulham Archive, the Latymer Archive, and contributions from local historians has determined the most likely location is the School’s Wood Lane playing fields. So 120 years ago, as Latymer Upper was being founded, it seems QPR were playing home matches at what is now Latymer’s playing field. Today, we enjoy a strong partnership between the two organisations. The school is utilising the network of QPR’s Community Trust (the club’s charitable arm) to advertise its excellent bursaries programme to children in the north of the Borough. And, in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017, the school and the football club worked together to help a new Grenfell Athletic football team to get up and running. Latymer has always attracted fans of other clubs like Fulham and even followers of the Russian-owned team in blue from down the road. But QPR surely is the natural choice of Latymerians? I hope the partnership between the two will remain strong for many years to come.
A cricket match at Wood Lane, umpired by Headmaster C J Smith showing original pavilion, circa 1900
Occasionally we hold Latymerian events away from London in our ‘On the Road’ series when we organise gatherings to enable Latymerians to catch up with each other and hear about the School’s news.
ON THE ROAD: BRISTOL SOCIAL Held in Rack’s Bar in St Paul’s Road, Clifton, Nigel Orton, Sally Markowska and Alice PAVESI (2014) met with a large number of Latymerians over evening drinks. The majority were students at Bristol or Bath universities, but some were living and working in the area. Bristol remains one of the most popular undergraduate destinations for the School’s leavers.
Polly GREEN (2015) and Ciara JENKINS (2014)
Noémie CETNAROWICZ, Joe FORREST and Kieran STANLEY-HIRST (all 2014)
Kaine WRIGHT (2015) and Khalid EL-KOUBANI (2014)
Last November we were in Bristol and Edinburgh.
ON THE ROAD: EDINBURGH SOCIAL Ruby Danowski and Sally Markowska travelled to Edinburgh to convene an evening gathering in Voodoo Rooms. A mix of those living in and around Edinburgh and those studying at Edinburgh University met up to share news.
THE LATYMERIANS’ DINNER, AT SCHOOL Charlie BEHAN (2012) and Mark HUGHES (1999)
On 27 November, over 120 Latymerians gathered in the festively decorated Main Hall for the 104th dinner. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces as well as new ones and the guests ranged from the Classes of 1945 to 2010, as well as former and current members of staff and our School Captains. The dinner’s guest of honour was Professor Sir Jim SMITH (1973) who has enjoyed a distinguished career in scientific research. Sir Jim is currently the Director of Science at the Wellcome Trust and he gave an engaging speech about his work in stem cell research and its medical implications.
Maddie CHISOLM-SCOTT (2017), Zoe KESSLER (2016), Sophia JAVID and Ellie JEANS (both 2017)
Jim is one the “heroes” for our Inspiring Minds campaign, which aims to double the number of children on bursaries at Latymer so that we can continue to recruit bright and able children regardless of their background. The dinner was an enjoyable and nostalgic evening for all who attended. This year it will be on 23 November; get ready to book your ticket!
CAMBRIDGE LATYMERIANS’ DINNER The dinner this year was in Christ’s College and kindly hosted by Professor Jonathan GILLARD (1982), a Fellow of Christ’s. Forty-eight attended, comprising a good mix of current and former Cambridge students, plus several of our staff. Guests were able to tour Charles Darwin’s room in the college and there was a short talk on Darwin’s work by Dr Arthur Norman before we enjoyed a superb meal in the College Hall. A chance discussion in the bar afterwards between Dylan BOGOD (2016) and Colin SINCLAIR (1986) revealed that Dylan’s Churchill College room is the same one Colin occupied three decades earlier! Dylan is reading Engineering, Colin is a Development Engineer. Dylan BOGOD (2016) and Colin SINCLAIR (1986)
LtoR: Arianna RABIN, Callum HALE-THOMSON, Alice PAVESI, Alex HILL and Eve DELANEY (all 2014)
OXFORD LATYMERIANS’ DINNER
A large turnout at the Oxford Dinner in Balliol College in March marked the end of the Lent term. The Dinner Chair was Andrew BROWN (2014) who fondly recalled some of his times at school in leading the toasts. The Head gave news of the School’s successes in many fields, not least at the TES Awards. (See School News page 3).
ARCHITECTURE AND CREATIV E INDUSTRIES NETWORKING EV ENING
Theo MORRIS (2006) and Stefan SHAW (2002)
Leonard PULSFORD (2014) and former teacher, David Baker
This event was hosted by Allsford Hall Monagagher Morris in their Old Street offices. Over 100 Latymerians and current students attended, together with pupils from some of our partner scho ols in the state sector. The attendees were treated to talks from three Latymer parents: Cressida Cowell on how her book ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ was animated by Dreamworks, Jonathan Hall on his practice’s rejuvenation of several London buildings including BBC Television Centre near our playing fields and Hugh Broughton on how his company rebuilt the Antarctica Research Station. The re was plenty of time for networking opportunities over refreshments afterwards. Look out for other careers netw orking opportunities in our events’ programme over the next year.
THE 2018 LATYMERIANS’ FUN RUN The snow, in the guise of ‘Storm Emma’ and the ‘Beast from the East’ hit the UK in the run up to this event and reduced participation, although the melt had occurred in W6 by the start. A total of 28 apologies for absence were received, some with creative ‘sick notes’! As usual, some of the runners’ supporters took the opportunity to enjoy walking part of the course. The lunch afterwards was in the convivial atmosphere of Auriol Boat Club. Guy BOWLES (1980) won the ‘race’ in a time of 27m 4s. LtoR: Guy BOWLES (1980), Geoff NEWMAN (1973), Matt SENDOREK (1969), Ben LINSTEAD (1985), Thomas JAGGS, Alistair MOORE (both 1998), Charlie and James MUIR (1962)
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View our new website: www.latymerfoundation.org our fundraising success. This regular pipeline of funds allows us the security to plan our bursary provision for the years ahead. We really value the wide participation of parents, staff past and present, pupils and Latymerians, who help us to extend our bursary provision year on year. All age groups participated in the ‘Two Bridges Run’, including the young, the old and the prehistoric (the T-rex is usually known as Upper Sixth student, Aos Al Hasani)
The year 2024 will mark the 400th anniversary of the Latymer Foundation. As you may remember from your school days, Latymer was founded on the generosity of local philanthropist Edward Latymer. He bequeathed his wealth in 1624 for the education of local children, and in 1895 Latymer Upper School opened on the current King Street site, effectively starting the School as we know it today. This bequest was for the education of the ‘poore boyes of Hammersmith’ and it is with this vision and ethos in mind that we look to mark the anniversary by doubling our means-tested bursary provision to support up to 25% of our pupils. Latymer has always been a socially inclusive school, educating children from across West London, irrespective of their family’s means. Achieving our aim of being able to offer a bursary to as many as 1 in 4 pupils would make us one of the top independent schools for bursary provision in the country. You will see from an item elsewhere in this newsletter about the student club, RAISE, that the whole school community is energised from the Prep School upwards, in supporting our fundraising. Alongside larger gifts, which of course make such an impact and are gratefully received, it is the many modest and regular donations that also build the base for
David (1971) and Jon DRORI (1979) with Robert Orme after his lecture on Picasso in aid of the Inspiring Minds campaign last October
Author David Mitchell joined us for an evening ‘In Conversation With’ Kirsty Lang (a former Latymer parent) in March
We are grateful that so many Latymerians support us by donating, providing careers support and advice, or leaving a legacy so that we can secure Latymer’s vision and ethos for years to come. Unlike many schools, we do not charge Latymerians for membership of their alumni association. Many generous Latymerians consequently choose to support the Foundation, by giving whatever they can. To donate, please see the cover surrounding this edition of Latymerian. We have a busy programme of events that raise money for the Inspiring Minds campaign, whilst providing fun and in many cases unique experiences to attendees. Latymerians are warmly welcome to these events, and many events are open to partners and families too.
Celebrating 70 years of the German Exchange the Johanneum
For example, legendary former Head of History of Art, Robert Orme generously gives his time towards our cause with his popular series of events, and Taylor DOWNING (1971) recently ran a trip to the Imperial War Museum for many Latymerians and parents. In November, the Foundation Office Team also held our first ‘Two Bridges Run’, and more recently, BBC journalist Kirsty Lang hosted an evening with author, David Mitchell, to coincide with World Autism Awareness Week. We are currently preparing next year’s events programme – if there’s anything in particular you would like to see on the calendar, then please get in touch. We hope to see you back at a school event soon.
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ALUMNI EVENTS POLITICS NETWORKING London’s City Hall top floor ‘Live Room’, with its spectacular views over Tower Bridge and beyond, was the setting for a Politics networking event in April. Hosted by the Chief Executive of London Mayor’s Policing and Crime Office, Rebecca Lawrence – a Latymer parent, this event brought together journalists, those working in public service, politicians and many students from Latymer and three of our partner schools, including Kensington Aldridge Academy who we linked with in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. John Gilbert and students past and present
Andy SLAUGHTER MP addressing the gathering
Following an introduction from the Head, David Goodhew short presentations were given by Rebecca Lawrence, Hammersmith’s Labour MP Andy SLAUGHTER (1978), former conservative MP and public affairs advisor Neil Carmichael, activist and lobbyist Stefanie Lehmann, and commentator and McMafia author Mischa Glenny on how they became active and their experiences. Latymer’s Head of Politics, John Gilbert signalled time for the main thrust of the evening, which was networking and finding out about opportunities to work, or become active in this sector. In total, well over a 15 hundred attendees enjoyed the evening.
We congratulate the following Latymerians who shared their special news with us. Do let us know of your wedding, births and any other celebrations. Brian SYLVESTER (1956) has happily reported his marriage to Yvonne last September at the Donnington Grove Hotel and Country Club, Newbury. Brian is a Past President of the Guild of Toastmasters (London), a Town Crier in Newbury, Chairman of the Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery, a Freeman of the City of London and a Freemason. Brian and Yvonne
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Presenter & DJ Olly STOCK (2001) married Ruby Harrison on 27 May at Ham Green House, Pill, North Somerset. Michael Lindal (known at school as Michael GREEN) was ‘best man’ and Tim CASTLE was groomsman. Other Latymerians present were Daniel HIRST, Tom LASCELLES, Max KEBLE-WHITE and Joe CONLON-PERRY.
Sally SIMONDS (2005) is now Mrs Higgin, having ‘tied the knot’ on 23 September at St Nicholas Church in Chiswick. Alex DAVIS and Erica WILLIAMS (2005) were both present.
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Judith and Martin HARLING-COWARD (1999) are congratulated on the birth of their first child in January, a girl called Aurelia Carmen.
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The wedding of actor Augustus PREW (2006) to actor, writer and producer Jeffery Self took place on 13 January 2018 in Culver City, LA, California. Attendees included his brother, Somerset PREW (2008) and many Latymerians: Gabby ENDACOTT, Tom STEWART, Ray BROWN, Matthew NOBLE, Slavica DELEVIC, Annie FIRTH, Ross WALKER, Jonty DONEBAUER, Tim LE ROUTEGEL, Piers OLENSKI, Max IANESELLI, Ben MARGERESON, Lottie RICE and Oscar HUMPHREYS.
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Dr Paul FULDA (2003) married Alexandra Ellis in Gainesville, Florida, on 28 May 2017. They were joined by fellow Latymerians Max SMITH, T Rory Chris SPEARPOINT, and Nick ERS EEV -CH MILLER DAVIES (all 2003), with his brother, Owen FULDA (2001) ra as best man. Paul and Alexand currently live in Washington DC, but were moving back to Florida in April 2018 when Paul begins an Assistant Professor position at the University of Florida. rs, LtoR: Max Smith, Rory Miller-Cheeve a Chris Spearpoint, Alexandra Fuld and Nick Davies (in front)
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Sixth Form were married last Two Latymerians who met in the their classmates. Sophie of y August in the presence of man 9) both graduated from (200 ON ERS SHINA and Michael AND are communications as a Oxford, Sophie works in healthc PharmaGenesis and Michael ord Principal Consultant with Oxf is a trader at Barclays. Lake Como, Italy. Michael’s Their wedding was in Varenna, 6) with Toby SIMMONDS Brother, Simon ANDERSON (200 r groomsmen were James (2009) were both ‘Best Man.’ Fou BOWMAN and Ben rge Geo T, FAKTOR, Jack SENNET e Marius NIGOND, Angus PETERHANS. Others present wer KEVILLE, Tom SKINNER, is Chr RETSON, Jack FOGGARTY, MONNERY (all 2009) and Amity EASTER-UTLEY, Victoria Alex BURNETT-SCOTT (2013).
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We mark the passing of the following Latymerians who have sadly passed away recently. ■ Navtej AHLUWALIA (1987) Navi left Latymer and became a barrister. He was the Assistant Director of the AIRE Centre, an organisation giving the public and lawyers high-powered ‘Advice on Individual Rights in Europe’.
Museum, London where he rose to become Principle Scientific Officer. The University of Wales awarded his two research doctorates. Gwilym became Professor of Zoology at the University of Maryland, USA, then Professor of Agricultural Zoology, at University College in Dublin.
He had a superb ability to cut to the nub of complex legal arguments. Garden Court Chambers say that ‘His overriding Navi wish was to be of benefit to others’. Navi’s Sikh faith was a strong consolation to him as he battled illness.
■ Dr John FINCH BSc PhD FRS (1948)
■ Frederick Michael BARRETT BA BSc (1952) Fred obtained a degree in Agriculture at Reading University and later in Humanities from the Open University. He was a founding member of the School’s 1624 Society (for those who recognise our charitable aim to provide bursaries in their legacies). ■ Ronald Douglas BRICKELL (1943) Ronald was a member of the Latymer 1624 Society. ■ David Rogers BROUGH (1946) David joined the school in 1938 and the next year was evacuated to Norfolk. He later served with the Royal Engineers, mostly in Germany. David eventually settled and formed an architect practice in Norfolk, specializing in period restoration. He passed away in April 2017 leaving his widow, Olwyn with whom he shared an interest in music; both were organists. ■ John Brian CLARK MA (1953) John sadly died on 4 November 2017. John was School Captain in 1953-54. He fondly remembered some of his school teachers, especially Larry Elliott Head of Geography who guided him to read Geography at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. John played football and cricket for the Old Latymerians at Whitton. John resided in Australia until he returned to the UK in 2006. He always enjoyed receiving the print version of this newsletter. His late father, Arthur (1916) and his late uncle Percy (1923) also attended Latymer on scholarships, so his bond with the School goes back a century. ■ Dr Brian Philip DAY (1942) Brian had been a GP who had enjoyed a long retirement. He was one of four brothers who attended Latymer: David (1940), Colin (1941) and Alan (1947) together with their cousin, Frank (1933).
■ Professor Gwilym Owen EVANS PhD DSc FSB (1942) Gwilym studied Zoology at Aberystwyth, University of Wales and went on to have a distinguished academic career, initially as a research scientist at Rothamsted Experimental Station, and then at the Natural History
Gwilym published over 100 papers in international scientific journals, and was author of two books. He retired in 1983, and he was honoured to be a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He leaves a widow, Angela.
John passed away on 5th December. John graduated in Physics from King’s College, London where he also gained his PhD in Biophysics. He was a distinguished Molecular Biologist, elected FRS in 1982. He was based for much of his career in the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory at Cambridge. ■ Derrick Frank HAVIS (1945) Derrick’s career included being Head of the Film Unit for the British Navy’s Scientific Service and later for British Aerospace. ■ The Venerable Edward Matheson NORFOLK BA (1940) Edward left Latymer to study History at Leeds University where he met his wife, Mary. He prepared for the priesthood at Mirfield. Following a curacy in Greenford he spent the rest of his work in the St Albans Diocese, culminating as Archdeacon. An active retirement followed in Sidmouth, Devon. In the war, Edward rowed in the School’s 1st, V111 when the Boat Club was relocated to Eton College. ■ Jonathan RIDGE (1987) Jonathan passed away after a short illness. His life pursued the natural world and a love of an outdoor life. He followed a youthful passion for birds and was in his local RSPB group active in North West London and Hertfordshire. Jon produced a number of local annual reports for the British Trust for Ornithology. ■ Robert Michael ROGERS JP BSc (1949) Mike’s National Service was a commission in the Royal Signals. At university, he gained Tennis and Squash Blues. His career started in GEC’s research labs, Wembley, then he worked for GKN Birwells in Birmingham before taking on a sales manager role and company directorships. Mike enjoyed sailing and he was a Yacht Master; he also served as a Magistrate. ■ Major William Stanley SANDERS-CROOK MBE MIMgt (1951) Bill had a long and busy career in the British Army until 1977. He was a Major serving in the infantry, with the Paras and the Rangers in Germany, Cyprus, Suez, Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore, MOD, Northern Ireland and Brunei. He represented the Army in Cross Channel Racing Canoeing and held the record for the Devizes-Westminster Race. Bill was awarded the MBE in 1972. In retirement he wrote four novels, became a company director and was the CEO of a £50m charity, Globe Run. He sang as a second bass in the Wells Oratorio Society.
■ Albert George TERRY BSc (1941) George joined Latymer on a LCC Scholarship in 1936, the son of a delivery porter. When he left in 1941, he joined the RAF as a fighter pilot. After the war, accountancy training beckoned. In 1948, George was sent to audit the School’s accounts and this led to him being offered a post at Latymer as our School Secretary. George took an interest in teaching and undertook his degree in Geography part-time at Birkbeck College, London much encouraged by the then Head of Geography, Dr Briault. In 1953. On graduating, George joined the teaching staff.
George showing Mrs Thatcher around Latymer, 1971
George was a successful form master, took sports teams and led overseas travel. He found cameo roles in Jantaculums (the School’s Christmas dramatic review); and was fully involved in school life, yet he also found time to write a textbook. He was elevated to Second Master (Head, Kenneth Sutcliffe’s Deputy) and ran the school administration very ably and efficiently, showing a fine eye for timetabling and a willingness to find solutions to make changes. He was respected by the staff as evidenced by a tribute from Peter Fanning (English Department ‘70s), “A classic Deputy Head in the best sense of the word. Steady, unflappable and he was always very supportive”. Headmaster, Maurice Isaac in a piece to mark George’s retirement described him as always being ‘firm, fair, and flexible’. George retired in 1990 having been on the pay roll for 52 years. He and his wife, Shirley frequently returned to attend staff and alumni events. George joined the Latymerians’ Council and he was also a member of our 1624 Society. His brother, Desmond (1951) had attended Latymer, as did his sons, Philip (1980) and Colin (1982).
George, coach of a cricket X1
■ John Felix WEINBERG (1976) John attended Latymer with his brothers, Peter (1976) and Michael (1987). ■ Raymond Alan WIBBERLEY (1956) ■ David Anthony Llewellyn WHITBREAD MA FRSA (1954) David was active in the Gild, Freston Society, cadet corps and took part in Johanneum exchanges where he recalled making good companions. He felt inspired by his teachers and appreciated a very supportive Head. David went on to Selwyn College, Cambridge after Latymer and after National Service in the RAF he worked for the MOD, then the Local Government Association (as their Head of Education) and he became Vice Chair and Treasurer of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). He was a Vice President of NFER when he passed away in January. George with Fred Mayo and Maurice Isaac back stage at a Jantaculum
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LATYMERIANS’ NETWORK: EVENTS 2018 17 MAY – 1624 SOCIETY TEA An afternoon tea for those who have included Latymer in their estate plans. Partners welcome. Contact Jane Myerson: email@example.com 25 MAY – LATYMERIANS’ GOLF DAY At Hoebridge Golf Club New participants (and guests) are welcome and are invited to contact: Ian MACLEOD (1962): firstname.lastname@example.org 4 JULY – ARCHIVES TEA View memorabilia from your era at School and help us caption photographs. Contact Malcolm Smith: email@example.com to book.
4 JULY – HENLEY TEA Tea in the Stewards’ Enclosure at the Henley Royal Regatta. Partners welcome. Please book online. 7 JULY – HENLEY BBQ An informal Saturday evening BBQ run by and for past Boat Club members, their friends and partners – open to any Latymerians. School rowing blazers to be worn if possible. Booking details will be online soon. 6 SEPT – RECENT LEAVERS’ RECEPTION 6-8pm. A reunion for the Class of 2017 and the Class of 2013. Book online soon.
Latymerians. If you have The Latymerians’ Network offers a series of interesting events for sponsor a gathering, or or organise to like would you or events, any suggestions for future Foundation Office. Many the you wish to arrange to visit and tour the School please contact g Latymerians includin nity, commu our in all to of our Foundation Office events are open programme. Appeal s Bursarie the towards funds raise events These and their partners. Details are on our website, where bookings can be made.
Other events in the autumn will be posted on our website soon. These will include our ‘On the Road’ series of social gatherings when we plan to hold events in Leeds and Manchester. Are you living is the US on the West Coast then watch out for details of events in California during late October.
3 NOV – CAMBRIDGE LATYMERIANS’ DINNER Christ’s College. 7.30pm Black-tie dinner with some Latymer teachers for those studying at Cambridge and any Latymerians who wish to experience a College Dinner. 23 NOV – LATYMERIANS’ DINNER Dine in the iconic School Hall and meet fellow Latymerians. 7 for 7.30pm. Pre-dinner tour of School for those who have not visited in recent years. Due to space constraints we cannot accommodate partners at this event.