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Development & OA E-Newsletter, Winter 2017/18
                Desk in Theatre
New lighting desk installed in the Theatre, thanks to donations

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Winter 2017/18

I was delighted to have the opportunity to wish Geoffrey Prall (SHE1936-40) a very happy 95th birthday as he celebrated this with us at the Annual OA Dinner in November.  It was highly appropriate that Phoebe Altman, our current Head Girl and the youngest guest at the Dinner, was able to present this popular and stalwart member of the Aldenham community with a gift on our behalf.

The Aldenham Annual Fund 2017/18 was launched just before Christmas with an ambitious target to reach £50,000 - can we do it?  Already the campaign has generated over £42,000 and a new lighting desk was installed in the Theatre in time for an excellent, Shakespeare double bill performance by the Senior School students.  An electric organ was delivered in the New Year and a plan to upgrade the sound system in the Chapel is now a reality.  So, with your help, it certainly looks as if we are indeed going to be able to provide all of the items in this year's campaign brochure and another deserving student will be awarded a major bursary to enable them to continue their studies at Aldenham.  Thank you very much for your continued support. 

You may already be aware that just before Christmas the School was the subject of a full inspection by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI). I am delighted to report that we passed with flying colours.  Both the Senior School and the Prep School reached the highest possible outcome, with full compliance in every standard and the top rating of EXCELLENT!

I congratulate the staff, the students, their parents and the whole school community on this marvellous achievement.

James Fowler,

Headmaster congratulates Geoffrey Prall on his
                95th birthday
Headmaster congratulates Geoffrey Prall on his 95th Birthday

Development and OA



Thursday 15 March 2018
ISFA National Final - U15s
Wednesday 25 April 2018 Regional Lunch Gloucestershire
Sunday 10 June 2018 OA Day & Kennedy's Gaudy
Saturday 17 June 2018
Open morning
Saturday 23 June 2018 Visitation Day
Friday 29 June 2018 Eros to Eros Run
Friday 29 June 2018 ASPA Ball
Tuesday 25 September
Careers fair
Saturday 6 October 2018
Open Morning
Monday 18 October 2018 80th Anniversary of Chapel consecration
Saturday 10 November 2018 OA Annual Dinner
Monday 17 December 2018 A Level Certificate Presentations


Firstly, I would like to congratulate Lydia Chapman (P2010-12), Editor of the OA Review, on the latest and Lydia's first publication, which was produced in October.  The fresh eyes have enhanced the magazine content and I'm sure that you agree, it was once again a very good read.  Thanks also to Hugh Schermuly (M1974-79), for his continued support as designer.  There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best and brightest alumni magazines around.

It was great to see so many OA friends and guests at the Annual OA Dinner.  The Saturday format proved popular and will be repeated this year, so please do keep the date: Saturday 10 November 2018.  This will be Remembrance weekend and you may wish to take the opportunity to attend the Letchmore Heath parade on Sunday 11th November.  If you want help finding local accommodation on the night of the Dinner, contact the OA Office 

I am working with the OA Committee members to ensure that the services we offer reflect the needs and desires of our members.  The OA Mentoring scheme is going from strength to strength, with over 50 Mentors sharing their experience and offering guidance to younger members of the Aldenham community.

My personal mantra continues to be 'communication, communication' and to that end I am promoting and following OA activities on various social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram as well as working on updating the OA website.

I am very much looking forward to seeing OAs who can make it to the Regional Lunch in Gloucestershire on Wednesday 25th AprilIn the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions, please email me or text 07508 355 144.

James James-Crook (M1968-72)


The Aldenham Annual Fund 2017/18 campaign has so far generated £42,393. The Sixth Form students will be launching their own campaign to help raise income for their Creative Cafe concept.  The Sixth Form Common Room is an area for relaxing, sharing thoughts and reflecting on their studies.  They want the area to be more inspiring and conducive to conversation.  An online giving page can be used to make a donation specifically for this project or another project in the Brochure.  Alternatively if you would like to contribute, and have not already done so, you can use the Donation Form.

For the first time in Aldenham's history the School's Under 15 football squad has secured a place in the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) final, having beaten Eton 3 - 2 in the semi-final.
The match will be played on Thursday 15th March, at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton Albion's ground in the Midlands.  This is going to be a very exciting occasion for the whole school and we would like to encourage as much support as possible for the players, so please do come along to cheer them on if you can.  There is plenty of parking at the ground and the entry fee is just £3 at the gate.

At the recommendation of Nick Hall (K1962-67) we have chosen The Old Lodge in Stroud, for the next OA Regional Lunch.  With room for up to 58 guests, we are hoping for a lively gathering in the panoramic restaurant, which has unrivalled views of the Cotswolds.

The date for this event is Wednesday 25 April, meeting at 12.00 for drinks and lunch at 1.00pm.  This is an ideal opportunity to spend a relaxing afternoon with friends and a drive through the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. Emma Murray (CR2017-Present), Assistant Head, Co-curricular, External Affairs and Head of Sixth Form will be joining the Headmaster on this occasion to bring you the latest news from Aldenham.
Full details and a booking form can be found on the OA website or email

The new format of a Saturday evening and a pre-dinner concert proved popular with all those who attended and the OA Committee has agreed to repeat the formula.  The evening began with drinks and electric guitars, followed by Beethoven and a repertoire of Musical theatre songs.  Performers included current pupils and OAs, Alice Erman (P2005-12) & Vicky Garson (P2010-12), who were accompanied on the piano by James Fowler, Headmaster.  There was something to suit every ear in the audience, which ranged in age from 17 to 95!  The three course Dinner was delicious and the Headmaster, as Principle Guest Speaker, invited Geoffrey Prall (SHE1936-40) to talk about his memories of Aldenham when he was a boy of 13, you could hear a pin drop in the Dining Hall as Geoffrey spoke fondly and with great charm.

The President, James James-Crook responded and thanked the Headmaster and the School for their continued support of the OA Society and its activities.  He congratulated the sports and social clubs on some excellent achievements and announced the formation of a new OA Choir. Particular mention was made of the Aldenham Fives Club and Andrew Rennie (M2006-13) on becomming the Eton Fives Association, Regional Champion recently, the first OA to achieve this impressive title. 

The date for the next Annual OA Dinner is set for Saturday 10 November 2018 and OAs who would like to perform in the concert are invited to put their names forward.
  Contact James James-Crook directly at:

Pictures taken at events are available to view and download in the Event Galleries and on the OA Society Facebook page.

There is always a warm welcome at Aldenham for its former pupils, and this attracts regular visitors back to the School, for large organised events, small private reunions and ad hoc visits.  We were delighted to host a 60th Anniversary Lunch for a group of Paull's OAs, which was organised by Alex Titcombe (P1957-62) and also attended by: Chris Draper (P1957-62) and his wife Pat, who live in Germany, Bill Fone (P1957-62) and his wife Melonie, Micki Hidayatallah (P1957-61), who travelled from California with his wife, Jayne, Peter Philips (P1957-61) and David Smith (P1956-61), who brought his wife, Margaret.  They joined us on the day of the House Music competition and obviously brought luck with them as the first all-girls House went on to sweep the board in the competition, winning all categories except one!

Former Head Boy of 2012, Stephen Wright (K2005-12) and & Head Girl 2012, Lydia Chapman (P2010-12), were both back at Aldenham on the same day, for different reasons.  Stephen presented Engineering as a career to Sixth Formers and Lydia as a Mentor.  It was great to see them both so obviously thriving.

We also had a visit from school friends Carl Failmezger (M1982-83) & Simon Clark (M1979-84).  Carl was only at Aldenham for a year, before returning to America to study Classics at Dartmouth College (USA), but has kept in close contact with his friends ever since.  Simon and Carl were delighted to meet their former teacher, Terry Ford, who is still with us.


Careers Co-ordinator, Aysen Tekin (CR2017-Present) wants to encourage as many OAs as possible to support the mentoring scheme and to share their knowledge and experiences with current students through talks, workshops and one to one support.  Having joined the School in September 2017, Aysen is impressed with the communication that is maintained through the OA Society and events. 

A Careers Fair will be held at Aldenham on Tuesday 25 September 2018 for Sixth Form students and we are currently looking for exhibitors who can offer their time between 6.30pm and 8.30pm to give information and guidance on personal development and career paths.  If you feel this is something you would like to get involved in please contact Aysen directly on

Members of the OA Society will have seen in the last issue of the OA Review that there was a focus on careers in the Arts.  The Editor, Lydia Chapman (P2010-12), would like to thank all the contributors to this feature.  It is fascinating to see the variety of work that Aldenhamians go on to do and this careers focus will be a regular part of the magazine in future.  Lydia is now looking for OAs who are working in a business environment or running their own business.  If you want to provide information about your line of business - please do get in touch. 

Lydia would also particularly like to hear from old girls, as we celebrate 100 years of Women's Suffrage - How did Aldenham affect your future?

You can write directly to Lydia at: or write to


The new General Data Protection Act (GDPR) will be introduced in May 2018.  We will need your permission to keep in touch with you with news from Aldenham School and the OA Society.  Future mailings will ask you to 'opt in' if you want to hear from us, we hope that you will choose to do so.

We will not share your details with any third party.

Remember that you can get the latest news from Aldenham and the OA Society from the websites and also by following us on Facebook and Instagram

The next event will be held in London or Watford, date & venue to be confirmed.  Please let the OA Office know if you would be interested in attending or if you would like to host a networking meeting:  

The last Kennedy's reunion was held on OA Day 2012 and it's time to meet again.  The focus for OA Day 2018 will be Kennedy's and personal invitations will be sent to all Kennedy's OAs who we have contact details for in the spring. Please spread the word and if you know anyone who is on the 'Lost' list please ask them to get in touch if they would like us to write to them.

All OAs are of course welcome to come to OA Day and there will be a full programme, starting with coffee, registration and a Chapel service, followed by a drinks reception and then lunch in the Dining Hall.  The John Dewes cricket match will be played and there will be plenty of time to enjoy our beautiful grounds.

Full details will be available on the OA Society website and to register interest please contact:

See above right for more dates for your diary!

Visit the School and the OA Society websites for the latest news

Members of the OA Society can log in and go to Event Galleries to see pictures of OA events.  If you do not have or have forgotten your unique Username and Password contact:


The newly formed OA Choral society is made up of a variety of musicians who are keen to continue to support the School Choir at concerts and events and will also organise their own events and tours.    Alice Erman (P2005-12) is taking the lead with support from John Wyatt (CR1994-2016). 
Anyone interested in joining the OA Choir can contact Alice directly:


Please see the OA Society website for the latest news and fixtures for both of these active sports clubs. New members are welcome to join the OA golfers and footballers for their next season, contact details are on the Sports and Clubs pages of the OA Society website

A reminder to all football enthusiasts that the School's U15 team will be competing for the ISFA title on Thursday 15th March 2018.

The Aldenham Fives Club has continued its winning streak and members are enjoying both team and individual success.

Congratulations to all the players and club members.  To find out more about their activities go to the website or contact Phil Lyndon (K1976-81) - Email:

Did you know that the very first Eros to Eros race was run in 1976.  It was initiated by Richard Saville (K1973-78) and Jim Robinson (CR1974-85).  Richard returned to Aldenham in 2003 to run, after an absence of 26 years, having moved to Australia.

Who will join us for the race on Friday 29 June 2018?  Regular runners include the record holder Paul Cheetham (CR1996-99 & 2003-07), Alan Phillips (M1977-82) and his friend Martin Love.

We want to encourage more OAs, parents and former staff to take up the challenge.  Contact: to register your interest.

The Trustees of the Aldenham School General Charitable Trust are looking to change the name to Aldenham Foundation Charitable Trust over the coming months.   The Trust's objective is to further the charitable purposes of the Aldenham Foundation, which includes: Aldenham Senior School, Aldenham Prep School and St Hilda's Prep School in Bushey.  The Trustees work closely with the Governors of all three schools on fundraising activities and in the management and application of funds.  Money is raised for the benefit of the Schools within the Foundation, as well as for other charities as determined by the Trustees.  A High regard is kept for any restricted use of funds as stipulated by donors.


Members of the Richard Platt Society have all kindly left a gift in their Will to the School.

A gift was received in December 2017 from Colin Shield (SHO1945-49), who sadly died on 23 May 2017 at the age of 85.
Colin had pledged this gift in October 2016 and became a member of the Richard Platt Society.
The names of Kenneth Flatt (M1933-36) and Paul Spencer (P1943-47) have been added to the list of benefactors acknowledged each year, at the thanksgiving service on Visitation Day, in recognition of their kind and generous gifts.

Richard Platt himself left orders in his Will for the establishment of the School to acknowledge his own fortune. Whatever the reason and whatever the gift, a commitment of this sort will provide the School with a secure Bursaries Fund and enable it to offer academic, cultural and sporting facilities that will attract the quality of student that is synonymous with Aldenham.
If you would like more information please contact the Development Manager, Ann Saffery


If you have a special event to celebrate, such as a BIG birthday or family occasion next year, please remember that a spectacular marquee will be available to hire over the weekend following the ASPA Summer Ball, which will take place as usual on the evening of the last day of the summer term - Friday 29th June 2018. Why not take this opportunity to use the facility in the lovely setting of Aldenham? For full details of facilities to hire at Aldenham contact Andy Dawson (SHO1989-94), or visit the School website

OA Dinner President's table
The President, James James-Crook (M1968-72), front right, with OA friends and guests at the Annual OA Dinner

OA Committee 2017/18
Members of the OA Committee and School representatives

Electric Organ -gift from John Apthorp
New electric organ, a gift from John Apthorp (P1949-53)

Nick Hall OA Day
Nick Hall (K1962-67), front right, at Kennedy's reunion 2012

Geoffrey & Phoebe at OA Dinner
Head Girl, presents 95 year old Geoffrey Prall with a gift from Aldenham at the Annual OA Dinner

Choir members at OA Dinner
Alice Erman (P2005-12), centre, and OA Choir friends at the Annual OA Dinner

Andrew Rennie with Fives Trophies
Andrew Rennie (M2006-13) with Fives Trophies at the Annual OA Dinner

Paull's Private Lunch Party
Old Paullines visit their House after a 60th reunion lunch

Head Boy & Girl 2012 & Principal
L-R: Stephen Wright (K2005-12) & Lydia Chapman (P2010-12), with Andy Wiliams (CR2009-Present), Senior School Principal

                  Failmezger, Simon Clark & Terry Ford
Carl Failmezger (M1982-83), Simon Clark (M1979-84) with Terry Ford (CR1979-Present)

David Hayes & Aysen Tekin
David Hayes (SHO1963-68) with Aysen Tekin (CR2017-Present), Careers Co-ordinator

Aysen & Sam Kaye
Aysen Tekin with Sam Kaye (P2001-08), now Operations Director at Club Excel Leisure

Owen Collier Careers in Finance talk
Owen Collier (B2012-14) explains his journey to a career in Finance

Kennedy's Boys
                  on OA Day 2012
OA Day & Kennedy's Reunion 2012 - Will you be back this year?

OA Choir in Cambridge
OA Choir - Cambridge Tour Summer 2016

Platt window
Richard Platt Society

Marquee for hire at Aldenham - July 2018

If you have any comments or feedback with regard to this e-newsletter please contact:
Ann Saffery
Development & Alumni Manager
Tel. 01923 851612

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