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THE QUAD Spring 2013 –
ORs in print • Message from the Editor • President’s Report • Sports, ORs are still in the game! • OR Reunion in Singapore • Roedean Day 2012 • Roedean sets a new standard in boarding • Centenary Art Exhibition • Place2Be • ORA AGM with after dinner debate • Reunion and Roedean Day 2013
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Jacqueline Baity-Burt (Richardson, No.3 1951 to 1956)
Anita Mays (No. 4, 1970-77)
In the late 1700s in the Highlands of Scotland, Fiona MacKenzie returns from living in London and comes of age during desperate times. Fiona struggles with conflicting emotions; her anguish at her grandfather’s death, her hatred of the occupying English forces under a ruthless commander, and her first love. Determined to follow her beloved and help rescue a fugitive Scottish patriot, Fiona sets out for London in pursuit of justice, adventure, and true love. Meanwhile her mother and stepfather are in India, in Bengal, and meet anguish and death during the revolt and defeat of the British forces there.
It all started at Roedean flying home for the holidays: Flygirl Adventures - an Autoflyography won Anita a place in the final of the national writing competition The book is not only for aviation enthusiasts, it is about adventure, travelling, and life! The book contains many humorous observations of people (all nationalities). It is funny, light hearted and easy going. There’s a sprinkling of ‘celeb’ content as we jet off to Skibo Castle with ‘The Apprentice’, or the Rolling Stones to Berlin!. ‘It is not only a celebration of the aeroplane, flight and of beautiful natural phenomena, but it is also a unique glimpse into a male dominated industry. Most of all, it is a profound appreciation of the extraordinary and often unfathomable beauty of our world, seen from that hard earned seat. You can find out more about Flygirl Adventures at www.flygirladventures.co.uk
Camilla Macpherson (No.1 1989 to 1994) Pictures at an Exhibition tells the story of two very different women, Daisy and Claire, and their loves and losses. Underlying their story is the Picture of the Month scheme that was run by London’s National Gallery during the Second World War. Pictures at an Exhibition follows the path of Daisy and Claire as they visit some of the paintings that were actually exhibited. Daisy during the war and Claire in the modern day. Each chapter incorporates a QR Code which readers with iPhones or iPads can scan in order to view an image of the painting being described at that point in the narrative – this is the first example of QR codes being used to illustrate a work of fiction. You can find out more about Pictures at an Exhibition at www.camillamacpherson.com
Zyrieda Denning (Broby, No. 1, 1975-80) When picking apples in her garden, Alicia is magically transported to a royal place, where she meets Albert, the prince. He introduces her to 26 gardens, with 26 chefs, who create wonderful dishes with fruit and vegetables starting with every letter of the alphabet. A delightful story book, inspired by her own daughter which is fantastically illustrated. Please see ORA Magazine 2012 for more on all authors. All of the above books are available on Amazon.
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I hope you all enjoyed reading last year’s magazine - which hopefully inspired and encouraged you to get back in touch with each other and the ORA. I would like to thank you all for your wonderful contributions for the next ORA magazine which is being designed at present. Personally, last year was a very busy and exciting time for myself and my family. My husband and I set up and organised a 3 day event, ‘Best Of Britannia’ - an uplifting and inspirational showcase for all things made beautifully in the British Isles. We had speed boats. We had handbags. We had marmalade vodka. Best Of Britannia is not specific to a single sector. It is an opportunity over 3 days
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to shop, discover, collaborate, network and experience all things British made. I would like to say a special thank you to Sophie Bradley (No.1, 2001-07) who in perfect, confident Roedean style immediately rose to the challenge in helping out at the event after being somewhat dropped in at the deep end at the last minute! Please join us at the next showcase on the 3.4.5 October 2013, The Farmiloe Building, Clerkenwell, London. Details on: www.bestofbriattania.com If you are interested in exhibiting please do not hesitate to be in touch. Lorna Wallis (Hall, No.3, 1980-86)
Adela Hussain, Lorna Wallis, Sasha Glynn and Juliet Wiggins at Best Of Brittania
P R E S I D E N T ’ S As I approach the end of my tenure, I am buoyed by many happy and inspirational memories of amazing times and even better people. I would like to thank everyone who supported and encouraged me personally. I am particularly indebted to the members of the ORA Committee, the ORA Country Reps, 125th Anniversary Ball Committee and the Development Office at Roedean who have been immensely generous with their ideas and time throughout. My successor will be voted in at the AGM on 25 February 2013. I would be thrilled if a large number of you are able to attend to wish her all the best in person and help her get off to a really
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positive start. I know she will embrace the role with her unique brand of wisdom, energy and humour and be an excellent President. I intend to remain on the ORA Committee with special responsibility for Networking. I will be working with a small team to seek to grow and enrich our various Social Networking sites and connect ORs with one another. Our numbers on Facebook and LinkedIn have more than doubled this year and we have just launched an ORA Twitter feed (@twittORAtti) which follows ORs and their businesses. Please join in the fun, follow us and encourage the ORs you are connected to too. This will help us all to make the most of our very special and unique connection. Sasha Glynn (No.1, 1980-87) email@example.com
I am incredibly proud to call myself an OR due to the kindness, understanding and friendship I have found in all of you and the people I have worked with at Roedean. You are all awesome!
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The Old Roedeanians arrived in high spirits for an afternoon of netball as the sun was shining and there were no gale force winds. What happened to our memories of school days battling the elements? Two teams of very over excited ORs set off for the courts, to be welcomed by Alison Goulet (Head of PE) and Jane Carnaghan together with Jenny Eade, the latest addition to sports staff. The present girls were smartly decked out in their team gear - which was in contrast to the mish-mash attire of the ORs! The matches started with the younger generation attacking from the off and taking the lead. However, experience overcame youth once the old girls had got in their stride - and remembered the three second rule! By the end of an hourâ€™s play the ORsâ€™ determination and desire to win was rewarded across the two courts with strong victories. A quintessential Roedean tea was then enjoyed by all, and the Roedean sports captain thanked the ORs and proposed a rematch next year. Many ORs were then taken on a tour to see the show bedroom in House 1.
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If it is half as good as the OR netball it will be a day not to be missed for participants and supporters alike!
To express an interest, take part or if you have any suggestions for any other OR sporting fixtures please email our new OR Sports Reps Victoria Lyons (No:3. 2001-6) and Helen Williams (No:3. 2005-7) on firstname.lastname@example.org
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A gathering of ORs residing in Singapore met up for an informal reunion in Dec 2012 at the Regent Hotel, Singapore.
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Some ten ORs from various houses and years turned up and we had a great time networking and catching up with each other.
Back (L-R): Justinna Pank (nee Doyle, No: 2 1983-86), LiLing Ng (No:2, 1998-2004), Amelia Shum Kyle (Shum, No: 4, 1988-93), Michele Cheo (No:3, 1991-1993), Prim Chalitaporn (No:2, 1997-2001), Katie Behrens (Powell, No: 4 1982-88); Front: Josephine Yong (No:2 1984-86), Suditi Stanley (Muttu, No:3 1979-84), Gillian Hamilton Rogers (Hamilton, No:4 1995-2001), Hyui Chok (No;4 1997-2001)
There will be a follow-up OR gathering in March/ April 2013 with hopefully a bigger group of ORs from Singapore, and possibly others from the region. Please contact Josephine Yong at: email@example.com
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Roedean Day was a great success with close to 100 ORs, former staff and their guests in attendance. We were welcomed to School with champagne, sparkling elderflower and canapés in the classroom next to the Cloisters. There was an opportunity to celebrate the work of the current students (and compare it with our memories of the past) with the exhibitions and shows in the Theatre and Art Studio. After a delicious lunch in the dining rooms, we had the option of a tour of the boarding houses or a trip down the tunnel to the beach. Many of us made our way over to the sports pitches to watch the houses compete at Sports Day. The ORA Golden Mile team, ably captained by Claudia Purley (No:1. 1995-2002) managed a very close 3rd to the Staff and
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parents teams. It must be our year to win in 2013? The weather was beautiful – much like the days we all remember during summer term.
Rosy Meek (No. 1, 1995-2002), Claudia Purley (No. 1, 1995-2002), Sara James (No. 2, 1997-2002)
ROEDEAN SETS A NEW S TA N D A R D IN BOARDING
You can read more about this in the special 125th Anniversary edition of the ORA Mag.
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The ‘spartan’ rooms and ‘erratic’ heating recalled by some ORs will become a distant memory, replaced by the sort of contemporary rooms one might find in an Alistair Sawday guide.
The project, which involves the refurbishment of 200 bedrooms, bathrooms, studies and common rooms, will set a new standard in boarding when it is completed in autumn 2013. The first phase, to bring Lawrence House - you may know it as the San - back into use for the first time in a decade, was completed slightly ahead of schedule this last summer. Houses 3 and 4 are living there together until Easter 2013, when they will move back. Houses 1 and 2 will then move into Lawrence. The project is being managed by award-winning London architects BuckleyGrayYeoman (BGY) who immediately appreciated Roedean’s Arts and Crafts heritage. As lead architect Paul Gray explains, ’We’ll be breathing new life into the Houses whilst preserving the distinct personality and character of the school.’ BGY’s designs feature a soft palette of House colours, boutique hotel-style bathrooms and completely transformed Old Dining Rooms – with an island kitchen and large dining table - which will become the heart of the new Houses. Bedrooms will have a lockable drawer, increased storage and warm wooden fittings to maximise the light.
One of the central principles of the project is the salvage and re-use of interior fittings. Original wooden banisters, cast iron radiators, tiled fireplaces, brass door handles and iron coat hooks are being carefully protected on site or removed and restored. As a result, the soul of the Houses – for example, the lopsided newel posts smoothed by thousands of OR hands - will be preserved for future generations. Despite the labyrinthine nature of the Houses, and the wind whistling around the scaffolding, the labourers are enjoying the project.
We are thrilled by the progress so far, which is on time and on budget, and very much look forward to showing you around Houses 3 and 4 at Roedean Day (22 June 2013). For updates, please see: www.roedean.co.uk/boarding-refurbishment/
It was while stripping House 4 that one of the labourers found a relic from Roedean’s wartime spell as HMS Vernon - a canister of Mills Web Equipment Khaki Cleaner No. 700. This light green powder was mixed with water and used to clean, waterproof and restore the khaki colour of the soldiers’ equipment. We are intrigued to see what else might be discovered.
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Current pupils were seen, tentative at first, peering in to see what the fuss was about, and later seen rushing in, having gathered friends to share the experiences of those ‘gone before’ and occaisionally being fortunate enough to meet them in person.
Our Centenary Exhibition was a powerful vehicle for the reuniting of former pupils with the Art Studio. A huge amount of organisation was involved and months of planning and rafts of emails were needed before all strands were brought to a spectacular conclusion. The exact date of opening is not known in our archive – but it is thought to have been in 1912. If anyone has any more information please let us know. Work was exhibited from Sylvia Lawrence herself-first Head of Art in the new facility. Dorothy Martin –the illustrious art teacher known universally as ‘DB’, just had to be ‘present’ and her fabulous watercolours and stunning designs for The Studio tiles joined with the work of former pupil and world-renowned artist Enid Marx.
Intermingling with these were pupils from every era of Roedean –some thorough and established professionals and others, joyous amateurs. Painters, sculptors, graphic designers, photographers, fashion designers, potters and architects all displayed their work in the Old Reference Library which was miraculously and cleverly transformed into a ‘top London Gallery’ by cunningly-arranged white-painted boards.
The list of exhibitors goes on and on (please see the OR 2013 Magazine for full details), and I am just thrilled that there are so many ORs in the creative field. The highlight of the 3-day event was the official Centenary Reception where more than a 100 guests celebrated with us. We were so pleased that Molly Gledhill could be with us that day, as she had had much to do with many of the exhibitors during her long career as Head of Art. The event was opened in a lively manner by Clarissa Hulse – Textiles and Homewear designer, whose colourful designs are frequently highlighted in the national press. I would like to thank her for agreeing to perform our opening ceremony and allowing us to exhibit her gorgeous designs.
Clarissa Hulse (No:1 1978-1986)
The general public was invited in as part of the Brighton Artists’ Open House Scheme for the Brighton Festival and we had upward of 300 visitors on one day!
‘It was never meant to be a retrospective exhibition of perhaps faded plant drawings of bye-gone times, but instead, it was definitely and vibrantly ‘Looking Outwards, Aiming High’ and we are so very proud of our pupils’ achievements in many different styles and situations. The idea is to form the basis for a networking and sharing outreach, helping each other and also encouraging our present pupils to reach out and upward in similar manner. That would indeed be the best ‘birthday present’ Roedean’s Studio could possibly have.’ Sue Stanway Head of Art
Angela Shaw (Kino, No.2, 1964-71) Molly Gledhill (1961-89)
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The last eighteen years have been amazing, not without trials and tribulations but growth both personal and organisational is never without pain. I realise how little I knew, how much I’ve learnt, and how much I’ve still to learn.
Way back in 1963, as a sixth former, I was hugely fortunate to benefit from taking part in Roedean’s community-based programmes, and frontline work opened my eyes to gaps in communities and the need for non-statutory services to fill these. From the moment that I set up Place2Be gathering impact data has been built into our DNA; this enables us to be confident that the charity’s work makes a real difference, encouraging all children to feel they can talk about their problems, without stigma, so they grow up with prospects not problems.
Place2Be is the UK’s leading charity offering emotional and mental health services in over 170 schools, supporting 64,000 children. Children aren’t all born with the same life chances, and we can’t stop bad things happening to them, but Place2Be can give children the ability and resilience to help them cope, thrive and make better choices for themselves. Please make a donation to help give children a brighter, fairer future. • www.place2be.org.uk/support-us/donate-now/ • Send a cheque made payable to Place2Be to Fundraising Department, Place2Be, 13/14 Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London, EC1V 2PT • Call 020 7923 5519 Thank you for your support, Benita Refson ((Ronson) No.1, 1960-64). Please see ORA Magazine 2012 for more info.
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“Who wears the trousers in 2013 – The balancing act – is it possible to keep everything in the air and not feel like a clown?” We all try to juggle the demands of home life, work and personal freedom and seek perfection in all but what if any, are the secrets of success? Following on from the huge success of last year’s event (see quotes in red) this will be a unique opportunity to pick the brains of an experienced and talented group of OR’s in the field of emotional health. They have all promised to let us in on some of the secrets of their successes and provide us with many pearls of wisdom. We encourage you to join us because we know you will be inspired by them. The debate will be Chaired by Seema Sharma (Bahal, No.2, 1983-85) who was a panel member last year.
“THANK YOU for everything, the event was a SMASH HIT - Top of the Pops if you will.” Natalie Nzeyimana (Headgirl 2009, No.2, 2003-9 )
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• Seema Sharma (Bahal, No.1, 1983-85) After 20 years in dentistry, Seema has her own training and consulting company, Dentabyte Ltd. Emotional health strikes a chord with her as her charity, The Sharma Foundation, is working with the British Asian Trust, one of the Prince’s charities, to roll out a schools pack to children in the UK to learn about how their peers living in Mumbai slums tackle adversity and develop the drive and resiliance to improve their lives. Her aim is to spark entrepreneurship in young children which can be channelled for both personal success and social causes. More about this at www.children2children.co.uk/ and www.seemasharma.co.uk
• Rosalind Adler ((Ashley), No. 4, 1965-71) Rosalind is an actress and writer and has also, with Lea Sellers (Channel 4 News, Question Time etc.), co-founded Media Skills For Women which helps women find their own voice and style when they speak in public or face the media. Women often feel that being a good speaker must mean speaking like a man. This seems anachronistic in 2013 and so Ros encourages women to enjoy the right not to choose, for example between being sensitive and successful, authoritative and attractive. These are, and always have been, gratuitously false dilemmas. For more information: www.rosadler.com, www.mediaskillsforwomen.com “I found it a stimulating and hugely inspiring evening - serious, entertaining and great humour all at the same time.” Emily Thornton (No.1, 1985-89)
• Ranjana Appoo ((Choudhuri), No.4, 1985-88) Ranjana is an inspired and sensitive holistic health professional. She teaches and practices LiberatingTouch®, EFT(Emotional Freedom Techniques), Jin Shin Jyutsu and is also an artist, writer, health researcher and AAMET Trainer of Trainers. Co-creator of LiberatingTouch®, an art that can help anyone to progressively step into their Truth and discover their innate power to heal themselves in all areas of life. Ranjana also succeeded in overcoming chronic health challenges and so dedicated herself to the study of nutrition, complementary therapies and holistic health. For more information: www.emotionalhealthcentre.com. “ Last night’s meeting was really inspirational! Especially for those of us that just left Roedean and are taking our first steps in the working world. We should have them more often!” Oluwafunmbi Adeagbo (No.1, 2006-10)
• Alexandra Rock ((Idreos), No. 4, 1974-82) Alexandra is a Nutritional Therapist who has established her nutritional therapy practice in London. She has always been passionate about healthy eating and the pursuit of an active and relaxed lifestyle as the means to enjoying optimum well-being. Alexandra’s areas of special interest include: women’s health, postnatal depression, children’s health and stress management. Alexandra, together with business partner Jackie Ruddle, launched their own business: Rock & Ruddle which offers a range of high quality natural bristle hairbrushes in beautiful designs. They have both drawn upon their experience in marketing with L’Oreal to create Rock & Ruddle. For more information: www.alexandrarocknutrition.co.uk, wwwrockandruddle.co.uk “The ladies on the panel were such superb ambassadors and I hope Roedean continues to turn out such powerful and inspiring alumni. It was great to see some familiar faces and indeed to meet new ones from both before and after my time.” Alexandra Dixon (No.1, 1986-90)
• Benita Refson OBE ((Ronson), No.1, 1960-64) Benita’s experience as a counsellor working with adolescents gave her the passion to found Place2Be in 1994. She knew it was necessary to reach children’s problems sooner rather than later. This way their problems didn’t grow with them and they could view life with a sense of hope and engage with their learning. Today’s school children face all kinds of challenges that threaten to derail them, from gang culture on our streets to challenging home lives. Unless they are given the means to cope, their feelings of sadness, fear and anger can easily spill over in the classroom - and in society. For more information: www.place2be.org.uk/ support-us/donate-now/
It is anticipated that this will be a very popular event so we suggest you book your tickets as soon as possible. Refreshments from 5:30pm; ORA AGM 6:30pm and Dinner 7:30pm For more information email ORAEvents@oldroedeanians.co.uk.
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Drama, Dance, School Lunch, Friends, The Golden Mile: Roedean Day is always a great day out for ORs and their families. We will be welcoming all ORs but especially the 60, 50, 40, 30, 20 and 10 Years On groups (1953, 63, 73, 83, 93, and 2003 Leavers) and all those who left in years ending in “3” and “8”. The success of recent reunions has made it clear to us that ORs seem keener than ever for an excuse to get together and some years are making
it an annual event. Every year there are a number of impromptu reunion groups that join in the fun and if you would like some help from the ORA to gather a group of your peers then please get in touch. Jackie Sullivan, Roedean’s archivist, may even be able to put together an exhibition of your era if you let us know a group of you plan to attend.
Please contact: Lois Johnson, Membership Secretary for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
This issue contains a brief summary of all the wonderful events held over the past year and a glimpse of those planned for the coming year. A big thank you goes to all those who contributed to this issue of the Quad and ORA Magazine. If you would like more detailed news especially of your friends please subscribe to the ORA Magazine by emailing email@example.com or using the booking form on www.roedean.co.uk (ORA pages). All proceeds go to the ORA Scholarship Fund.