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Denis Piggott

Chairman

Example paragraph text and incredibly conscientious Alan Streeter, has we think fared well, or as well as could possibly be hoped. The short Ofsted review of last term was incredibly positive. I saw for myself the strength of Alan and his senior team in responding to their enquiries, in showing off the school to its best advantage. Despite the significant disruption to their education since March 2020, Year 11 left the school having committed to intense learning and testing since returning to school in March. Gradually, the reputation of Beacon High is improving in the community by word of mouth, which is being reflected in increasing numbers coming to the school at a time when the number of children and young people in Islington and surrounding boroughs is reducing, and where there are significantly more school places than pupils to fill them. So, as we near the end of this term, Alan and his team deserve a resounding and loud cheer.

News from committee members

George Ives

Example paragraph text and incredibly conscientious Alan Streeter, has we think fared well, or as well as could possibly be hoped. The short Ofsted review of last term was incredibly positive. I saw for myself the strength of Alan and his senior team in responding to their enquiries, in showing off the school to its best advantage. Despite the significant disruption to their education since March 2020, Year 11 left the school having committed to intense learning and testing since returning to school in March. Gradually, the reputation of Beacon High is improving in the community by word of mouth, which is being reflected in increasing numbers coming to the school at a time when the number of children and young people in Islington and surrounding boroughs is reducing, and where there are significantly more school places than pupils to fill them. So, as we near the end of this term, Alan and his team deserve a resounding and loud cheer.

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Keeping in Touch

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Thank you, Jill, for that uplifting message, and for highlighting the magnificent contribution made by all concerned to guiding the school through turbulent times to what is shaping up to be a bright future. Thank you, too, to Dennis Warwick, who below reminds us of the fun times at the last AGM and lunch we were able to enjoy together. As George Ives reports, we are on course to meet up again in October. Do come along if you can. There’s an order form at the end of this newsletter.

It is particularly gratifying to hear from OCs here and around the world and find out what they’ve been up to. Read on for some great photos and tales of heroics on the football field. Remember, if you do get in contact with us, tell us the years you were at the school. It’s a great reference point, and a memory jogger for your old classmates out there who may be reading this.

Holloway Heroes

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Thank you, Jill, for that uplifting message, and for highlighting the magnificent contribution made by all concerned to guiding the school through turbulent times to what is shaping up to be a bright future. Thank you, too, to Dennis Warwick, who below reminds us of the fun times at the last AGM and lunch we were able to enjoy together. As George Ives reports, we are on course to meet up again in October. Do come along if you can. There’s an order form at the end of this newsletter.

It is particularly gratifying to hear from OCs here and around the world and find out what they’ve been up to. Read on for some great photos and tales of heroics on the football field. Remember, if you do get in contact with us, tell us the years you were at the school. It’s a great reference point, and a memory jogger for your old classmates out there who may be reading this.

Obituaries

Paul Graham Smith, Headteacher at Holloway School from 1988 to 1997, died on 24th July 2021, aged 74. Paul always supported the Old Camdenians, both as President during his term of office and after he left. His funeral in Nuneaton was filmed and will be made available on the Old Camdenians website.

Born on 15th June 1947, Paul dedicated his life to education. He will be sadly missed by all. Our condolences and best wishes go to Stephen Smith, Paul’s brother, and his family and friends.

The following tributes are from those who worked with him

Penelope Harris: I remember the moment I was introduced to Paul. He had been appointed as Head of South Hackney lower school. He specialised in English and would therefore become a member of my English Department. I remember his eyes: direct warm quick and friendly. I knew we would get on really well.

Old Camdenians Grand Reunion Lunch

At preCovid Prices

To be held at Beacon High School, London N7 0JG (tel.0207 607 5885). Please click here to download the attendance form which should be completed and returned to George Ives, 32 Amersham Hill Gardens. High Wycombe, HP13 6QR. Tel:-01494 524 501. Email – george.ives@btinternet.com

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