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news Bright stands our school in days of storm and sunshine, builded by those whose lives she made her care. Fashioned in plans of vision, walls of courage, tended in love by all who labour here. Beauty may open to our eyes a vision, truth here we seek amid the words of God. Learning together words of age-old wisdom, here may we trace the steps our heroes trod. Here love we calm of coombe and toil of hill-crest, see pillared cloud as token of God’s might; Know the caress of sun, the sting of rain storm, feel in the silence come His guiding light. Far from these walls the host of those who love her, faithful in service for mankind distressed, circle the world with fellowship of school-days, steadfast in action and with courage blessed. While by our deeds is Sidcot’s story written, not for ourselves the labours of each day; God calls our hands, our minds, our spirits eager, bound in the freedom of His living way. George Hutchinson Herbert Hutchinson Music by Edward W. Davies 1945


INTRODUCING

a new look sidcotians!

Things are changing at Sidcotians… To fall in line with the re-branding of the school (keep an eye on the Sidcot website at www.sidcot.org.uk for a fantastic new look that will be coming soon!), Sidcotians is undergoing a revamp as well. Firstly with the introduction of me! I’m Sarah Ritchie and I am working on Alumni & Development at Sidcot. I’m based at the school where I will be developing the Sidcotians network to make sure that you are getting what you want from the service. So if you have any ideas about what features you would like to see, please get in touch! As you will have noticed, another one of the changes is the launch of our Sidcotians Newsletter. This newsletter is designed to keep you up to date with any exciting news and developments at the school, as well as sharing news and information about other Sidcotians, events, photographs, announcements - Anything that we think you would like to see! Another aim for this year is to start organising more events that you and your families can enjoy. These events can take place at the school, or at another venue either locally, or nationally. We know that many of you like to arrange your own reunions and events throughout the year – why not let us help you to publicise it? We can even provide the venue if you like – where better to meet up with your old school friends than at the school itself? I hope you enjoy the first edition of Sidcotians News. If you have something to contribute to future editions, please let me know by emailing me at sarah.ritchie@sidcot.org.uk , or by calling me on 01934 845296. Don’t forget that if you are in the area, you can always arrange to pop in to see me for a chat and a look around the school!


STAR TREATMENT for sidcot art centre Stars from the stage and screen cut the ribbon at the official opening of the new £4-million arts centre at Sidcot School. Actress Zoe Wanamaker, film maker Nick Broomfield and the UK cast from High School Musical, took part in the ceremony to declare the centre open. The new arts centre has been in use since October 2008, but the official ceremony was held on Saturday 21st June this year to tie in with the annual Summer Festival celebration. The centre, which took two years to build, has a drama studio, which doubles up as a 100-seater theatre and cinema, a music performance hall, music practice rooms and a recording studio. It also has a ceramics, plaster and painting studio, a painting and drawing studio and a digital media suite as well as a music technology room. A million pounds towards the cost of the new centre was given from the sale of St Christopher’s School estate in Burnham-on-Sea. A further million came from the Sidcot Building Trust – a charitable trust set up and run by the Sidcot Old Scholar’s Association. Other cash for the project came from grants, and a large number of donations from former pupils, parents, governors and the local community. Zoe and Nick are both former pupils of Sidcot and Zoe was the patron of the appeal to raise the funds for the arts centre. As well as attending the opening ceremony, the pair also gave a short Q&A session with a selection of students. Sidcot Arts Centre continues to be a fantastic resource for the children who make the most of its facilities every day. The doors are also open to the local community, who are able to attend art exhibitions and events, as well as a wide variety of evening classes, from photography to keep fit! For more information about the Arts Centre, as both a facility for the school and as a venue for outside groups and organisations, please contact Alexis Butt, Arts & Lettings Manager, at alexis.butt@sidcot.org.uk


Former student, Andrew Rutter (1943-1950) has kindly let us have copies of his own drawings of the Art Centre!


AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

sidcotian receives top teaching award

Former Sidcot student, Christopher Gee, has been awarded the SSAT Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year in the West of England at the Teaching Awards 2009. Christopher is in his second year of teaching at Priory Community School, WestonSuper-Mare, and has already been promoted to Head of Geography! He has made a fantastic impression at the school, taking on responsibilities such as Student Voice, Inset training and the development of Assessment for Learning, as well as mentoring NQTs. He was an immediate hit with his students when he joined the school - on his first day on the job, one student commented, “I have an amazing geography teacher - he is really funny!” Chris plans to further his career by becoming an Advanced Skills Teacher. He also wants to write educational books, and is currently studying for a Masters degree. His nominator said: “I have never come across anyone who so clearly loves his work for Chris teaching really is a vocation.” Judges said: “Christopher Gee is a truly inspirational and impressive young teacher.” Congratulations Christopher!


CATCHING UP!

emily braine talks about meeting up with fellow sidcotians! Emily Braine (1984-1988) Emily was able to come into Sidcot to share her memories of school life with us, which had the added bonus of allowing her to take the opportunity to have a tour of the school as it is now! The site has changed a lot since her time at Sidcot, with new developments such as the Trevelyan Centre and new library, the Cullis Sports Centre, and the Art Centre having been opened since her departure. However, Emily insists that they had what they needed at the time, so doesn’t feel that she missed out too much! Emily has fond memories of Sidcot, and made some great friends, many of whom she is still in regular contact with today. She was particularly keen to point out the effect that she feels that Sidcot has had on herself and her peers – believing that the morals and values that they were taught at the school has helped to shape them into the people that they are today. Emily is one of a group of about 15 Sidcotians who are in regular contact with each other, and meet up as often as they can. Last November they organised a successful reunion evening in Bristol, which was followed in April by another gathering in Bath, where even more people attended! Both evenings were enjoyed by all, and enabled everyone to catch up with each other and to share their memories of Sidcot! “I don’t know anyone who didn’t enjoy their time at Sidcot, and it’s great to talk about our memories – we will always have that bond. When we meet up it’s as though no time has past at all!” If you would like a chance to catch up with fellow Sidcotians, why not come to our November reunion which will be taking place in Cheddar this year? Alternatively, if you have any ideas for a reunion event that you would like to see, just let us know and we’ll see what we can do. Or if you are organising a reunion of your own – whether it is for a specific year group, or open to anyone – we may be able to help you promote it through our website. We’re here to help!

CALLING ALL THOSE IN YEARGROUP 1959 - 1966!

If you are in this yeargroup, fellow Sidcotian Pam Sickelmore (nee Crosland) would love to hear from you! Pam would like to organise a yeargroup reunion, so if you are interested in meeting up with your old school friends, get in touch with Sarah Ritchie at Sidcot, and your details will be passed on to Pam.


OH THE MEMORIES!

two sidcotians share their sidcot experiences with us Tristan Hann (1991-1995) Tris attended Sidcot between 1991 – 1995, and was in Penn House, which consisted of the four classrooms by the IT room. Tris has a fantastic memory, and obviously enjoyed reminiscing about his time at Sidcot, as once he got started it was hard to get him to stop! Here are some of the highlights! Staff that stood out in his memory are.. Roger Freeman: He was my geography teacher, and I remember him having a very ‘hands on’ approach to teaching. If we didn’t understand something, he would whip out the minibus keys and take us out to show us himself! He used to do random quizzes in class and would throw money at you if you got a question right. How much depended on how hard the question was, and if you got a question right while you were out on the mini bus, you got a ‘sticky willy’ – which was a bun from the bakery on the way home! Rupert Bottomley Mr Bottomley taught history, and was the nicest person you could ever meet. He had huge sideburns, spectacles and a pocket watch – he wasn’t that old but he seemed to be living in the 1930’s! We used to have Penn House socials where we went to the teachers houses if they lived on site – his house was really old fashioned too – I think he had a gramophone! Sue Taylor I always remember people saying they were ‘off to see Sue in the photocopying room!’ She must have had loads of people in there! (Sue is still at Sidcot, and so people are still ‘off to see Sue in the photocopying room’ to this day!) Best memory of Sidcot Is taking part in plays. I played the part of Toad in the performance of Toad of Toad Hall which was organised by Chris Bateman. I really enjoyed it – that was one of my favourite things at Sidcot. And not so great… The sports centre was built while I was there – but before that we used to have swimming in a really old building across the yard. We had to get changed in the main school building and run across to the pool in our towels – whatever the weather! The clever people always had nice big towels! The old building was awful – you had one eye looking where you were going and the other eye on the ceiling to make sure that it wasn’t falling down on you!


Food glorious food.. Food was ok, I used to have salad a lot and jacket potatoes as that was always good. We also used to get something called ‘Cheesy Beano’ which was basically beans on toast with cheese on top – but made in huge batches! I still remember belly of pork with chips on Fridays too! Businessman in the making.. I took part in the Young Enterprise Scheme with Jeff Lake who was the Business Studies teacher. We formed a company called Time Out and we sold CD clocks! We bought a load of cheap CDs and put the clock mechanism in. We actually did quite well, but we did think it was a bit of a laugh. At one of the presentations that we did we decided to try and get as many song lyrics as we could into our speech! We also went in fancy dress. I remember we did a trade show in the Galleries, and I got interviewed by Bob Crandon for ITV news. I was Managing Director of Time Out, and when I was on the news they had written “Tristan Hann, Managing Director, Sidcot School” on there – I thought that was really funny! Business Studies was great – I remember going on a trip to Berlin so visit some companies – we ended up going clubbing which was very ‘interesting!’ If I could go back to Sidcot for a day now.. I would make the most of the opportunities that are there. I’d love to be able to make use of the new drama centre. When I was at school I didn’t appreciate things really – I just did what I had to do to get to the end! But now when I look back I realise all the things I could have done, and the opportunities that were there. I would definitely have taken part in the school production of HMS Pinafore – I didn’t do it because I didn’t want to sing! But if I had done it I would have got an A in drama. I wish I’d got that A in drama! I met some fantastic people at Sidcot – people from all over the world! It was great to be able to mix with varied cultures. Tris is now a Director for family firm, JTS, who supply snacks to the licensed trade. He is married with two young daughters, and lives in Cheddar. Despite not getting his A in drama, he still enjoys it, and can be found taking part in productions at Wells Little Theatre!


OH THE MEMORIES!

two sidcotians share their sidcot Isobel Middleton (1977-1983) experiences with us My time at Sidcot, as for so many before and after, took me from the tender age of 11 through to early adulthood at 18 so, for me, this particular alma mater was probably one of the most important influences in my life. My experiences there largely shaped me into the person I am today and all these years later, Sidcot still holds a special place in my heart. I think I can say, without risk of too much contradiction, that I’ve turned out to be quite a well-balanced individual, with decent principals and ideals, a sense of independence and a resilience all moulded by my time there. Oh, and a robust sense of humour, because let’s face it, if you expect to survive seven years at boarding school without one of those you’re going to be bitterly and repeatedly disappointed. I don’t know if Sidcot remains the same today. I’ve driven past on a couple of occasions recently as my partner currently works in Bristol and we even took a sneaky wander around the gardens one half term. There’s obviously been a lot of money spent on the place since I left and it’s expanded considerably – now including a whole prep school, computer labs, sports centre, stables etc etc. In my day the prep school was The San, the height of sporting sophistication was a single squash court and the Dickensian delights of the old swimming pool, and we had two early Apple computers somewhere up near the TD room which were the singular passion of a couple of nerdy anoraks in the year below my own. (Apologies to said anoraks – no doubt vastly wealthy IT innovators and business tycoons by the age of 30...!!) I suspect that despite these changes the ethos remains the same. And that Sidcot still produces individuals with aspirations and gumption and a determination to work or buck the system either way. Fingers crossed. Some of my memories of my time at Sidcot follow: Waking up with the bell – The warm detergent atmosphere of the laundry room in school house – Mrs Broughton pairing socks which was also a punishment inflicted for bad behaviour after lights out. The old school house bathrooms with rows of baths and a few lousy showers with wooden louvre doors. Doing hand washing at the weekend with a spin dryer that traversed the bathroom if you overloaded it. Baked Alaska with Myrtle at The Cottage.


Morning swims – running across the Boys’ Playground in a towel and a pair of flip-flops – it was invariably freezing and there would be thick steam rising above the pool. Freezing cross country runs up The Coombe and via Shipham– in hockey boots and gym knickers – guaranteed to get you red, chaffed thighs and therefore loathed by nearly everyone, except the most dedicated smokers who saw it, naturally, as an opportunity. Disaster Fund Lunches – that particular salty, snotty Scotch Broth combined with the nasty pale blue plastic mug and a tasteless Golden Delicious made you feel you were in a disaster of your own. Netball on the Boys’ Playground in Winter. Gym Knickers again. Were they sadists?! Assembly – handing out hymn books. Watching the VI form come in to sit at the front looking so grown up in their own clothes and wondering if we’d ever be like them... Sunday morning meeting – the art of reading a slender paperback without being seen. QB or Quaker’s Bum...still used in my family to describe a numb backside. End of term film shows. Glorious. I remember weeping openly at the end of West Side Story. Behind me a great deal of heavy snogging from the usual suspects. You know who you were... End of term Pirates in the gym. Don Marshall (Chemistry Teacher) and his Fiat 500 which was once packed with snow (through the sun roof!) and later physically kidnapped by a group of burly lads. It was later discovered in the gym. No mean feat. British Bulldog on the Girls Playground. Almost the entire school would play in late summer evenings. Brilliant! Spider plants. Hot summer weekends spent just hanging out of windows, talking, drinking tea. Snowy afternoons when lessons were cancelled and mass tobogganing allowed instead. School plays. Always ended with a tissue full of lard to take off the make-up. Nice. Choir. Being demoted to alto for talking too much. Still rankles. Music lessons. The smell of warm cork board. A poster of Julie Felix! Cacophony from the practice rooms. Miss Stirling teaching us Hawaii 50 in recorder club....a lot of tongue work as I recall. Getting caught smoking by Mr Lindley. Mortifying. Getting caught drinking. Stupid. We thought they’d never know even though we stank of bonfire and cider and none of us could actually stand up in roll call. Toast and dripping at supper in the Boys Shed. Top. Skateboarding into the wall at the bottom of the slope on the Boys Playground. Repeatedly. Packed lunches. Sandwich spread and the first time I’d seen a pomegranate! Wavering Down, Crook Peak...long weekend walks and bike rides with mates. Up hills, crags, down old railways. Caving! The cycle home against the wind in a cold, wet wetsuit was almost unendurable... Raiding the boys. Being raided by the boys.


Having two minutes to get changed after games. You got quicker... Endless hours wasting time just messing about in the Book Room. Dancing to Grease, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Genesis and Supertramp. Toast. More toast. Sixth Form Takeover Day. Sports Day. Invariably Nansen won. A good tea in the pavilion. The Swimming Gala. Everyone crowded in around that long, narrow pool. The front row got a tarpaulin to cover their knees. The roar of the spectators and the churning water. General Meeting. Camping with parents in Tom’s Field. Exams. The agony... End of term. Trunks out and packing. Cars full of spider plants! Waiting for your lift out on the Meeting House wall, or getting the coach to Temple Meads. Mayhem. And someone always got caught smoking! There are of course loads more, and some certainly cannot be repeated here, but I guess that gives a flavour of how it was for me. When I left Sidcot I went to Birmingham University to study drama and theatre arts. I then made a rather circuitous route into theatre, starting as a designer in fringe theatre, a stage manager in pub theatre and then finally as an actor in theatre and television. I’m still at it nearly 20 years later but have branched out into voice-over work as well. I’m currently writing a play and have a television script in early development so who knows what’s next?

Salut les copains!


THANKYOU FOR THE MUSIC!

neil griffiths shares his lyrical talents with us

Neil Griffiths Our Sidcotians are a talented bunch! And one particular musical genius has very kindly let us share one of his first masterpieces, which was composed during his time at Sidcot!

Neil Griffiths frequently entertained his peers with his singing, expertly accompanied by his ukulele! Here are the lyrics to one of his songs, to be sung to the tune of “Lola” by “The Kinks”. (Versus) I came to school in 1991 when the gulf war started thats why I had to come to sidcot...la la la to sidcot. I’m not dumb but I can’t understand why people said that boarding school was that bad at Sidcot...la la la at sidcot. La la la at Sidcot. (Bridge) Well I left home just a week before, and I’d never ever been that far before, but me matron smiled and took me by the hand....she said “Hey Kid, this school aint that bad” (Versus) Now girls mix with boys and boys mix with girls, its a mixed up muddled up shook up world at Sidcot....la la la at Sidcot......la la la Sidcot..... Neil left Sidcot in 1995, and is now a props man for film and television. He has, however, continued with his song writing and you are able to hear how he has progressed from these promising beginnings by visiting his site at www.myspace.com/negriff Neil writes songs both for himself, and for other people, saying that “They would be ashamed if they saw this!” “I remember Tim Bailey, the music teacher, being very supportive towards anyone who had a musical imagination.”


REMEMBER REMEMBER

...the 14th november

annual reunion is just around the corner! The reunion will take place from 7.30pm on Saturday 14th November, at the Riverside Inn & Restaurant, Cheddar, where you will be able The

to catch up with fellow Sidcotians in a relaxed, informal environment. A finger buffet will be provided. Why not take the opportunity to pop in for a drink and a chat? It’s the perfect excuse for you to get a group together for a great night out!

If you would like to attend, please let me know by Friday 6th November. Please also let me know if you would like to bring a partner. RSVP to Sarah Ritchie at sarah.ritchie@sidcot.org.uk or by telephone on 01934 845296.

GOING ONCE.. GOING TWICE

auction of promises at sidcot

We are currently in the process of organising an Auction of Promises which will be held at the school to raise money for the Sidcot Development Fund. If you have anything that you would like to donate to this auction please get in touch – any donations of items or services would be very welcome (feel free to be creative!). The date of the event is still to be confirmed, however details will be posted on the Sidcotians website as soon as they become available. If you would like to donate any items to this event, please contact Sarah Ritchie for further details.


CONGRATULATIONS! sidcot students celebrate exam success Students at Sidcot are celebrating this year as for the first time Upper Sixth students leave the school with either A levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. The IB is marked out of 45 and has a University Admissions Score (UCAS score) that is used to compare to A levels. The UCAS points for Sidcot’s A level and IB results equate to an average of 3 A grades at A level. This is the third year in a row that Sidcot students have achieved this fantastic score.

Sidcot IB Students 2009

10 A level students gained 3 or more A grades to join the 11 IB students who gained the equivalent of at least 3 A grades in their IB Diploma when IB results were announced in early July. The so called ‘hard’ subjects of Maths and Science continue to be Sidcot’s strongest with 92% of our Maths A Level students gaining A or B grades; this is no mean feat as 38 students are included in this statistic. 20 of those Maths students also took Further Mathematics with 17 (85%) gaining an A or B grade. This fantastic news comes hot on the heels of being presented with the Good Schools Guide Award for the best Further Mathematics A-level results for boys in the country. Science students also enjoyed brilliant results with 79% of our Physics students gaining A or B grades. Congratulating the students and staff at Sidcot, Head John Walmsley said: “Sidcot is a school that accepts students with wide ranging abilities; so these excellent results are a tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone at the school in enabling students of all abilities to achieve their personal best. Sidcot is proud to continue its record of Sidcot A Level Students 2009


providing the best non selective education for students living in Bristol and Somerset and still continues to outperform some of the strongest selective schools in the area. I am delighted for our A Level and International Baccalaureate students who will now move out into the world as confident young adults ready to face the next challenge in their lives at University or in Gap Year placements.” “Sidcot is one of only 5 schools in Somerset and Bristol to offer the IB Diploma and the first round of results in July were impressive with an average grade of 32 points, 2 points above the national average and equivalent to 3 grade As and a B at A Level. 50% of our IB students gained the equivalent of 5 A-Levels, 4 at grade A and 1 at grade C or above. These brilliant results demonstrate the quality of teaching we provide as a school and how we all rose to the challenge of taking on an entirely new learning experience”. This success if not purely confined to our 6th form students, with the GCSE pupils also doing exceptionally well in their exams. This year 96% of our students gained at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE (including Maths and English) compared to the National average last year of 47%* (including Maths and English). 50% of Sidcot’s overall grades were an A* or A, compared to the National average of 21.6% and 49% of Sidcot’s students received 5 or more A or A* grades in their chosen subjects. English GCSE at Sidcot bucked the national trend with a 100% pass rate of grade A*-C compared to a fall in the National standards, with only 62.7% of pupils achieving the benchmark C grade or higher. “I am delighted at this year’s outstanding results which once again demonstrate an amazing achievement for a school teaching children with wide ranging abilities.”

Sidcot GCSE Students 2009


STOP PRESS!

we look back at sidcot’s unofficial newspaper, the spiv! In 1947, Sidcot pupils Anthony Baker and Christopher Sladen founded the unofficial Sidcot magazine, called The Spiv. Other contributors included Martin Davies, Alan ‘Hank’ McCombie who was the political cartoonist, and Paul ‘Pussy’ Diamond who was the jazz critic. Artwork was produced by Anthony Baker, Andrew Rutter and Michael Askins. The Spiv claimed to “Present the school to the school, fearlessly championing what it thinks and constantly upholding the freedom of the press.” For those of you who were not lucky enough to be able to read The Spiv first hand, here is an article from Volume II, Number 2, Saturday March 26th 1949; It is a sad thing when a well-meaning and so far as we can see inevitable act has unfortunate consequences. When we say, therefore, that the general effect of a certain ruling by G.W. Hutchinson in the Summer term of 1943 has been thoroughly bad, no condemnation is intended. We merely record the facts. At that time the standard of table manners in the school was appallingly low. Jungle law predominated. One snatched or starved. Mr Hutchinson’s method of dealing with the situation was to forbid anyone to ask for anything for himself: Instead he would attend to his neighbour’s needs and his neighbour would attend to his. The result was, for the time being, a great improvement in dining hall manners. But, after a while, a sinister element became perceptible. “Would you like the bread” ceased to suggest any concern for the other person’s well being and became a hint… and later an obvious request… relating to oneself. The method was not working. A new pupil suddenly precipitated into meals of this kind is sadly bewildered. I myself, who did not begin to eat here until I had already been at the school for several years, replied, truly gratified, that I would not like the bread, and left it at that. Outside the school the Sidcotian was somewhat lost. I remember how one I had invited out to tea commented repeatedly on the enormous amount of jam that I was consuming and drank again and again from an empty glass in order to arouse my innocent mind. Nowadays, people are beginning to forget Mr Hutchinson’s order: and behaviour on the third-form tables suggests that the juniors are reverting to the caveman method. But the unpleasant, obvious hint remains everywhere, frequently delivered in an unpleasant and truculent manner. We recommend wholeheartedly that “Would you like the salt” be excluded in favour of the much pleasanter and franker “May I have the salt, please?” The Spiv was published as a weekly newspaper for a very eventful two years, during which time it was reported to have been “Withdrawn by staff command, removed by staff initiative, threatened with libel action, severely shaken by internal disagreement and closed down for seven months!”


Some extracts from The Spiv...


FROM THE ALBUM sidcot through the camera lense

Ballet in the Junior School

Current Headmaster, John Walmsley

Sidcot Art Centre at dusk


Front of school

Swimming pool in the Cullis Sports Centre Sports Hall in the snow


NEWS IN BRIEF... calling all creative ex students!

Currently Sidcot’s brand new Arts Centre is looking for ex pupils who would like to get involved in an Old Scholar’s Exhibition in March 2010. Building on the popularity of our June Festival Exhibition this year, which included a large amount of old scholars work, next year we hope to have a larger display of work solely from former Sidcot pupils, and would like to have this exhibition up for a whole month. We are inviting all ex pupils to include something in this exhibition - it could be art work that you have produced recently, or at school, or anywhere in between! We are looking for 1 - 4 pieces of art per person and all mediums and subjects are welcome. If you are interested please contact Alexis Butt, Arts and Lettings Manager, on 01934 845228 or email alexis.butt@sidcot.org.uk for more information.

sidcotian’s book for sale! “People don’t grow by being measured; Recollections and Reflexions of a Dyslexic Grandmother” By Brenda Crowe Diagnosed at the age of eighty as being dyslexic, Brenda Crowe’s book recounts a life living with unidentified dyslexia and first hand accounts of the problems that she faced. Holding an honorary OU degree and a Silver Screen Award for Experimental Film, and as an author of a book, Brenda has overcome many obstacles during her time. As well as commenting on the difficulties of dyslexia, the book also looks back to her childhood in the early part of the last century, and for many readers it will trigger memories of their own early days. Copies are available from the school at £8.99 plus £1.70 p&p. Please contact Alexis Butt on 01934 845228 or alexis.butt@sidcot.org.uk to order a copy.

baby grand piano needed

The school is currently looking for a baby grand piano to sit within the new Recital Hall within the new Arts Centre. The piano is to be used for school practices and complement our stunning new Recital Hall. If anyone knows of anyone who is willing to donate or sell a baby grand piano please let us know!

christmas shopping?

It’s that time of year - time to hit the shops in preparation for Christmas! And it can be a costly experience - so wouldn’t it be great if you could actually get PAID for doing your shopping? Well now’s your chance simply register at our brand new site (www.buy4schools.co.uk/sidcot155) and not only will you receive £5 just for joining, you will also receive cashback on all purchases you make! There are over 2000 stores to choose from, including major supermarkets, M&S, Debenhams, Boden, Toys R Us, itunes, Vintage Wines, Red Letter Days... the list goes on and on. You can even renew your car or home insurance! Cashback is split equally between Sidcot and yourself - so aswell as earning yourself some money, you are also contributing towards the Sidcot Development Fund, which enables us to continue to provide fantastic facilities to enhance the education of current and future students, as well as provide financial assistance to those in need. Registration is easy, and it’s free! All you have to do is visit the web site and click on the links to your chosen retailer to start earning cashback on your purchases!


KEEP IN TOUCH! events November Reunion: Saturday 14th November, 7.30pm Riverside Inn, Cheddar. Auction of Promises: date tbc. Sidcot School. Do you have an event or reunion that you would like to see here? Get in touch!

announcements Just married? New baby? Graduated from university? Just landed your dream job? If you’ve got something that you want to shout from the roof tops, let us know and we’ll publish it in the next issue of Sidcotians News!

does anyone know...? If you are trying to locate someone from Sidcot but are not having much luck, perhaps another Sidcotian can help. Let us know who you are looking for, and if we are unable to help ourselves, we will publish it in the newsletter and someone might just have your answer!

contact us Do you have an interesting story to tell? Do you want to share your memories of Sidcot? Have you gone on to do something exciting after leaving school? If so, we’d love to hear from you! If you would like to contribute to future editions of Sidcotians News, or if you have any queries about the Sidcotians network, please get in touch by emailing me, Sarah Ritchie, on sarah.ritchie@sidcot.org.uk or by calling me direct on 01934 845296 Sarah Ritchie Alumni & Development Sidcot School Winscombe North Somerset BS25 1PD

Sidcotians News: October 2009  

Alumni newsletter for Sidcot School

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