Lt Cdr Thomas McPhail (89-97) embarked on the two-year Military Staff Course with the German Armed Forces in Hamburg prior to continuing his naval career in the diplomatic arena. Chiwetel Ejiofor (90-95), BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee for ‘12 Years a Slave’, was awarded the CBE for his services to drama in the Queen’s birthday honours. His recent work has included the title role in a recent adaptation of ‘Everyman’ at The Olivier Theatre in London and he currently stars alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the Marvel film adaptation of Doctor Strange. Chiwetel performed in many College productions during his time as a pupil, often directed by Peter Jolly (72-80); Director of Drama and starring alongside fellow Alleynians and girls from JAGS, including Sally Hawkins (sister of Finbar Hawkins (82-89)) who also received Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
Sumit Rai (93-98) visited the boys studying Design and Technology and talked about his career in the field of electronics, computer science and design. The boys heard how Sumit used his College- learned skills to devise ingenious and innovative products. These products and ideas resulted in his small London based business being ranked above many multi-national corporate competitors. Electronics, computer science and design. He very kindly donated two 3D printers to the Design and Technology department. Dulwich College Beijing, Dulwich College Shanghai, Dulwich College Suzhou, and Suzhou High School. He became an international best- seller with his Child 44 trilogy, which won numerous awards and was adapted to film. OAs 2000s Alex Seaman (93-00) a Visual Effects Supervisor at Double Negative (whose works include Casino Royale and The Danish Girl) visited The Laboratory as part of the Careers Department’s Digital Networking event. Alex also brought with him the Oscar that the company won for their work on Interstellar. In September, Christopher Stark (99-06) made his debut performance in the BBC Proms as conductor of the Multi Story Orchestra. Not though in the traditional venue of the Royal Albert Hall but in a car park in Peckham, South East London. Tom Rob Smith (87-97) visited the Shanghai and Beijing Literary Festivals meeting students at
The grid like concrete structure of Peckham’s Multi Storey Car Park became the setting for a celebration of the American Minimalist composer Steve Reich in his 80th birthday year with Chris and the orchestra he co- founded in 2011 with Kate Whitely, taking centre stage.
OAs 2010s With the increase in Sponsored
Degree Programmes and to celebrate the National Apprenticeship Week, the Careers department welcomed back Richard Apthorp (08-13) who is currently on the PwC Flying Start Degree Programme. Richard spoke to a group of Year 11 and 12 boys about what it is like being employed by PwC, one of the ‘big four’ firms. He is currently studying at Newcastle University for a BA (Hons) in Business Accounting and Finance and working towards becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. There was a strong presence at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from OAs. The Young Pleasance’s staging of Alice Unhinged which received outstanding reviews involved Jerome Reid (04-15) as stage manager and
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