OEA Secretary Notes
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My career has taken me to London, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Zurich and Geneva. However Guernsey does have this inevitable draw which has seen our family, and many others, moving back to the island for a number of reasons. One significant motivation in our case was for schooling; College remains a bastion of fine education and it punches far above its weight in many disciplines. Both my boys are now happy ensconced in College life (despite the continued protests of those teachers who remember their Dad).
It was with great pride that I was elected to the role of Honorary Secretary of the OEA at the 2018 AGM. As I mentioned in my brief speech at the Guernsey Dinner, it is a very tough act to follow as James Ovenden was a hugely popular Honorary Secretary bringing a huge amount of enthusiasm, professionalism and humour to the role.
Turning to the dinners the 163rd event was held at the RAF Club in Piccadilly on the 14th October 2017. There was healthy turn out of 52 diners, and it was very pleasing to see a number of new OEs in attendance. The Guest of Honour was Ian Chapman (9031), Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, who gave diners a fascinating insight into his quite mind-blowing world. Following an update on all matters College by the Principal Jenny Palmer (8989), Floreat was proposed by Gary Hunt (6890) providing a humorous conclusion to the evening. The Guernsey dinner took place in the College Hall on 30th June 2018 with 95 diners in attendance. Jenny again provided an update on College life, and the Guest of Honour was Lyndon Trott (6722), who provided an inciteful and entertaining view on his time at College and also his time within the Guernsey States.
Sports wise, the OEA has dominated the fixtures in 2017/2018. In the cricket, the OEA beat the College 1st XI by 7 wickets, in the football the OEA beat the College 1st XI 5-3 on penalties, and beat the College 2nd XI 8-3 in standard play. In the hockey, the OEA beat the College 1st XI 4-3 in a very close game, and there was a 4-4 draw against the College 2nd XI.
A number of OEA awards have been made to Elizabethans in the last 12 months. Peter Brock received an award to participate in the British Exploring Society Yukon Expedition, Harry Bisson received an award to participate in the National Scout Jamboree, and Billy Ogier received an award to participate in the London International Science Youth Forum. In addition, the OEA has provided funds for the 6th Form Leavers Drinks Reception, purchased professional covers for Elizabeth College Junior School music sheets and also made a contribution towards the Elizabeth College Choir trip to Mont Saint Michel earlier this year (where the choir received special permission to sing at this amazing venue). Finally a contribution was made towards a hockey trip for the Elizabeth College 1st XI to play before the Oxford v Cambridge Varsity Match, however this trip was sadly cancelled.
We do urge Elizabethans to approach the OEA if they need funding for a particular trip or project; many different types award will be considered by the OEA Committee, and James and I will be attending a number of College Assemblies later this year to raise awareness of OEA awards and how the application process works.
My thanks go to the OEA President James Ovenden, to the OEA committee, Dot Carruthers and Sara Wright in the Foundation Office and finally the Bursar Mike Spillar for their continued support and assistance.