Alleyn Club Yearbook 114th Issue


Editorial Team Trevor Llewelyn (72–79) Secretary and Editor Matthew Wilcock (06–13) Deputy Editor Pad Creative Graphic Design

The President

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From The Master Dates for your diary

Contact Us

Matt Jarrett Director of Development Kirsty Murdoch Donor Engagement Manager Alison Cole Alleyn Club and Development Office Administrator Kathi Palitz Database and Operations Manager Joanne Whaley Alumni and Parent Relations Manager

College News

Mentoring Programme Professional Networking Old Alleynian Connect

Old Alleynian Endowment Fund

Ned Talks

The Dulwich Roll

Co-curricular Highlights

OA Reunion

Ollie Norton-Smith OA

Dulwich Olympiad

International OA Community College Sport during the Second World War

Cecil Harold Sewell VC

Bursaries OA News

OA Publications Tom Pollock OA

Alex Ramamurthy OA

Matt Waugh OA Carne Ross OA

The DCM Hollington Trust

Clubs and Societies

Fundraising and Financial Report

In Memoriam

Alleyn Club Accounts Notice of the 2019 AGM

Appendices Contributions


Editor’s Welcome Magazine editors often agonise the longest over the image for the front cover of their latest issue. In this the 400th year of the College there was really only one choice for the 114th Alleyn Club Yearbook, that of the clock tower logo designed by Oliver Morland (11—16) while he was in Year 11. As I write, the first event of what will be a tremendous programme of activities for both the College and the Alleyn Club has already taken place, with over 200 Old Alleynians and guests gathering for a dinner in a celebration of sport at the RAC Club in Pall Mall. There is much though still to look forward to, including in October a lunch to celebrate the Bedford rugby match, one of the longest running schoolboy fixtures in the country, the 137th Alleyn Club Dinner at the start of November, and of course what we hope will be the largest gathering of Old Alleynians ever on the evening of Thursday 27 June. Do not forget to sign the Dulwich Roll, a specially commissioned vellum book complete with Coat of Arms and heraldic decoration. The book began its journey in January at DUCKS where even the very youngest members of the school were able to ‘sign’ with a handprint or two. Professional Networking Our series of professional networking events goes from strength to strength, and in 2018 we ran more than ever, with panel

discussions and talks addressing subjects as diverse as the ethos of entrepreneurialism, the growth of financial technology, the challenges of raising funds in the charitable sector, the billable gigabyte and a healthcare evening in which six specialists talked on subjects ranging from the prevention and care of paediatric infection in Africa to lung transplant medicine in the UK. Every talk was well supported by both Alleynians and Old Alleynians, parents and students from local schools and in particular the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership. NED Talks On Founder’s Day 2018 we launched the first in what we hope will be a long running programme of NED talks, modelled on the very familiar TED talks. We too want to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation, something that our opening trio of Dr Malik Ramadhan OBE, documentarian and entrepreneur Ndubuisi Uchea and radio personality Russ Kane certainly managed to do. established early in 2018 continues to grow, linking OAs across a wide range of professions. Read more about some who have become involved inside. Sporting Clubs Our sporting clubs continue to make headlines. The sailors took third place in the Arrow Trophy held in often difficult conditions, a fitting The Mentoring Programme The Mentoring Programme

way to celebrate the end of the society’s three-year term running the regatta. Our soccer players go from strength to strength and as we go to press are nine points clear at the top of the First Division of the Arthurian League and in the quarter final of the Arthur Dunn Cup. On the first Saturday of the Lent term three OAAFC sides took on the top three College sides, a fixture that can only benefit both the school and the soccer club in future years. It was good to see the cricketers explore new fixtures and while they were knocked out of the first round of the Cricketer Cup played two friendly games against the Honourable Artillery Company. compassion by Jim Bush, and while there is a list of those OAs who have passed away in the last 12 months in this issue, their full obituaries are in the process of being put online in the In Memoriam section of the Alleyn Club website. Finally I could not end without thanking the Development Office for the extraordinary amount of work they put in throughout the year on behalf of all Old Alleynians. Our obituary section continues to be written with great care and

Trevor Llewelyn Hon Secretary

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The College’s 400th anniversary celebrations in 2019 must make this the best year ever to be an OA and to reunite at the College and in gatherings worldwide. The Alleyn Club represents all 10,000+ OA members. Young or old, UK or internationally based, diverse in background, we are enabled by our education to get on successfully with everybody from all walks of life, anywhere and at any time. The 400th anniversary year is the very best and most exciting time to re-engage with the College and our fellow OAs. With your involvement, 2019 could achieve twin notable goals: bringing record numbers of OAs to a sensational roster of social, cultural and sporting events; and creating a legacy by contributing to the New Dulwich Experiment, which is striving to build a needs- blind institution for gifted boys from all backgrounds. As an eternally grateful beneficiary of the original Dulwich Experiment, I am delighted that 2019 prompted the Alleyn Club’s first grant of £100,000 towards the Bursary Appeal Fund, hopefully inspiring individual OAs to give back and extend the opportunity we benefitted from to a new generation. Through the great help of the Master and the Development Office, we are now in regular contact with approximately 3,500 OAs, via the OA

section of the website, termly joint e-bulletins and social platforms. And so, we can more readily achieve our objectives: to further professional development and recreational, social and sporting activities for members and to strengthen links between

the Club and the College, including support of the College’s educational purposes. The diagram opposite outlines the basic structure.

In recent years, while sustaining our support for ten active OA sporting and



OA Endowment Fund

Development office

Dulwich College (Master)

Alleyn Club (President)

OA relations programme

Careers and professional networking • Entrepreneurs, Healthcare, Law, Finance, Third Sector • Mentoring and career advice

Careers department

Reunion programme • Regional events (Wessex, Kent & Sussex etc.) • National events (Annual Dinner, Founder’s Day) • International events (N America, SE Asia) • Milestone reunions by year group

Clubs and societies

Communications • Annual yearbook • Half-termly e-bulletin

• Online portal (Old Alleynian Connect) • OA-to-OA marketing and advocacy

social clubs, we have increasingly sought to be more inclusive, reaching beyond the thriving existing sports clubs and regional societies in order to engage more OAs in professional networking and mentoring activity. In 2018 an online survey attracted over 1,200 responses. This exceptional response demonstrates the vigour of interest and ideas of our body and reflects the ever-evolving needs and desires of all generations. We heard loud and clear that many value and want more professional networking and mentoring events. The recent Entrepreneurship event attracted more than 150 OA, Alleynian and parent attendees. Access to the equally successful Healthcare event

was opened up to JAGS and affiliated school pupils.

the dedication of the Development Office and College staff as well as the commitment of past-President Andrew Tomkins, the current and retiring Alleyn Club committee and the loyal volunteers who keep all the OA clubs and societies flourishing. I am truly honoured to be your President in this special year for Dulwich College.

Being relevant to and connecting with our younger members is a re-doubled focus. Improved communication through social media and a new contact database for better interaction are under way. More relaxed and mixed social get- togethers and more varied events are also on the cards. OA Day on 27 June will include partners, and many of the 400th anniversary events will be with partners and parents too. Bringing forward a truly memorable calendar of 400th anniversary events relies on the arduous work of hundreds; we are deeply grateful for



also taking the opportunity to look forwards; to think about where we might be not only in the 2020s, but also on our 500th anniversary. When I was interviewed for the post of Master, back in 2008, I said that one of the things that made the job so appealing was the chance it gave me to guide the College towards or through its 400th anniversary. I said that I would have four aims as I took up my Mastership: to make the buildings and landscape of the College as attractive and fit for purpose as they have ever been; to ensure that the components of a holistic Dulwich education were well understood, at and beyond the College; to increase the number of pupils at the College on means- tested fee-relief; and to make our partnerships, at home and abroad, integral to an understanding of what Dulwich College is all about. I hope it is felt I have lived up to the promises I made to the governors and to the wider College community on my arrival as Master in 2009. The building of The Laboratory and the restoration of the Barry Buildings are major milestones in a Masterplan to provide teachers and pupils with an inspirational environment in which to teach and learn. These two projects sum up the spirit of the College: a pride in our heritage, of course, but also a commitment to preparing pupils for

the future. Tradition and innovation are delicately balanced.

In terms of the education provided at Dulwich College, an ever-increasing number of prospective and current parents and pupils are celebrating the fact that we are a school known to be dedicated to preparing boys well for their public exams while offering innumerable opportunities for them to engage in free learning; the learning that goes on beyond the classroom and through which they learn so much that will serve them at university and in the workplace. I am confident that the benefits of the investment of time and resources that we have put into our local and international partnerships will bear rich fruit in 2019 and beyond, either through bodies such as the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership or in the Dulwich Olympiad, which will see the visit to Dulwich of over 600 pupils and more than 100 members of staff from the Dulwich Colleges in Asia. Beyond all this, I believe that the most important contributions we as a community can make to the future of the College in 2019 is to turn our full attention to achieving our social mission. Our vision is of a school where pupils learn and grow alongside peers who come from all backgrounds and are part of a diverse and talented community. It is often said that one of the distinctive

For all of us associated with Dulwich College, 2019 has been long-anticipated. For an institution to reach its 400th anniversary is a major milestone and one that I look forward to celebrating with as many Old Alleynians as possible. Over recent months I have been discussing DC 400 with OAs of all ages and based all over the world. It’s clear that one highlight for many of you will be the OA Reunion on Thursday 27 June, at what will be the largest gathering of alumni during the anniversary year, if not ever. The importance of the OA Reunion is not just that it stands at the heart of the 400th year and affords a chance to look back. But it also provides the opportunity for you to share your wisdom and support with current pupils, which can only help them look forward to their lives beyond Dulwich and towards the world of advanced study and work.

Whilst celebration of our history will be a key part of 2019, we are


features of OAs is that they can talk to anyone, without deferring or condescending, and I believe Dulwich is at its strongest when it has a social diversity that helps to prepare pupils for the great range of people they will encounter in their adult lives. I hope that you will consider playing your part in achieving this social mission: a New Dulwich Experiment. The role of OAs in this will be crucial and the

College is grateful to the Alleyn Club and its President, James Thornton, for committing to this vision in the anniversary year by offering a matched gift for funds raised for bursaries (see p. 35). There are many challenges facing Dulwich College and every school in the UK (maintained or private or charitable) in the 2020s. You will hear

me talk about how we plan to face those challenges in the weeks and months to come, but it is in a spirit of celebration of all that has gone before, and in happy anticipation of all that lies ahead, that I invite you to read the Yearbook and to think about when you might join us over the course of what promises to be the most memorable of years.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Please see below a list of College and OA events for your diaries. Do keep an eye on the College Website’s What’s On section for further announcements. More information about the OA Reunion and the Dulwich Roll can be found further on in this Yearbook. Date Event Location

All Year Round

Dulwich Roll

The Roll will be at all College & OA events


Alumni Oxford Dinner

Balliol College, University of Oxford


2019 Society Benefactors Event

The Laboratory, Dulwich College


Canon Carver Lunch

George Farha Auditorium


Olympiad Opening Ceremony

Dulwich College


Chichester OA Lunch

Chichester Yacht Club


Quatercentenary Ball

Dulwich College


Chapel Choir 21st Anniversary Concert

All Saints, West Dulwich

17/06 – 22/06/2019 Film Festival

Dulwich College, Edward Alleyn Theatre

GE Moore Lecture, David Thomson, Dulwich goes to the Cinema


Dulwich College, Edward Alleyn Theatre


St Paul’s Cathedral Service

St Paul’s Cathedral


OA Golf Day

Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Golf Club


OA Reunion

Dulwich College


Founder's Day Evening Fireworks Concert The Chapel


25th Camberwell Scouts 90th Dinner

Dulwich College


Thwaites Bach Competition

Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich Village


Rugby Reunion v Bedford

Dulwich College


137th Alleyn Club Dinner

Great Hall, Dulwich College


Durham OA Reunion

Durham Castle


COLLEGE NEWS January Barry Buildings ‘Topping Out’ On the first day of the Lent term 2018, we celebrated the ‘topping out’ of

the restoration project to the exterior of the Barry Buildings. The Master, accompanied by governor Bunt Ghosh and Chief Operating Officer Simon Yiend, fixed in place the last and highest finial at the apex of the west elevation of the Centre Block, marking the conclusion of a year’s work to the exterior of Barry’s iconic building. February Biomedical Society enjoys an entertaining talk by Adam Kay On Tuesday 6 February our Biomedical Society hosted a visit from Adam Kay (93–98). After leaving Dulwich Adam studied Medicine at Imperial College and then worked as an obstetrician in various hospitals around the country. During this time he began to write comedy and perform stand-up and was half of the highly successful duo ‘Amateur Transplants’. In 2017 his first book, This is Going to Hurt , won the Books Are My Bag Readers’ Choice Award and became a Sunday Times best seller. Based on hilarious (and sometimes shocking) anecdotes about his time working as a doctor, it also serves as a stark guide to the realities and demands of the job. British Prime Minister Mrs Theresa May meets Dulwich College Shanghai students Dulwich College International was proud to exhibit at an education

showcase event in Shanghai, China. UK-China Future Classrooms was a prestigious event attended by British Prime Minister, Mrs Theresa May, who was in China for three days of talks and partnership deals in the education sector, together with the Chinese government.

talked about his project to mark the centenary of the first day of the battle of the Somme. Finally, the evening looked at the significance of the trench newspaper, the Wipers Times . May Year 10 Free Learning Day, ‘Dulwich Digital’ The day kicked off with Frank Meehan, Co-Founder and General Partner of SparkLabs , the leading tech accelerator group in Asia, discussing the future trends in technology and creative arts and the role of start-ups in helping young ‘techtrepreneurs’ find their path and harness their ambitions. The boys enjoyed a day away from the curriculum, exploring what trends future tech will bring to the workplace and everyday life. Lord Sterling visits Dulwich College On Tuesday 1 May Lord Sterling enjoyed morning tea and a tour of the College Archives. A number of our senior rowers had the opportunity to hear some fantastic stories from Lord Sterling and to ask him questions about his life and work as founder and chairman of Motability, a charity providing cars for people with disabilities, and about the building of the Royal Rowbarge Gloriana .

Dulwich College Parkrunners To help promote running as a healthy

lifestyle choice, we announced the launch of Dulwich College Parkrunners to link together

members of the College Community (boys, parents, OAs and staff) and to get out and run at the weekends. Come and join us and our team online at March Reflections on the Great War An audience of 200 met for the GE Moore lecture on 13 March. As 2018 marked the centenary of the end of the First World War, we wanted to reflect on that tumultuous event. The first part of the evening saw Dr Nick Black talk about the website that the College has developed which is dedicated to the 536 OAs who died in the conflict. This was followed by a presentation by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller (77–84), who


June Upper School English students meet Michael Ondaatje Eight Dulwich boys all set on pursuing English at university were lucky enough to meet the Booker Prize-winning author and Old Alleynian Michael Ondaatje (54–62) prior to an event to launch his new novel, Warlight . September Alleynian wins the ‘E Plate’ Congratulations to Sean Butcher in Year 12 who, over the summer, was awarded the prestigious E Plate

College to mark the moment of the Armistice, exactly 100 years ago. Members of the CCF contingents from both Dulwich College and Alleyn’s School were represented, with the College CCF now including some 25 cadets from JAGS. The Last Post was played as the Chapel clock struck 11, and a two-minute silence was observed. Both contingents then marched up College Road to Dulwich for lunch. The College lost some 864 of its former pupils and staff in the two World Wars and since, with 536 of those being lost in the Great War alone. More details on the stories of the latter can be found at December Carols by Candlelight at Southwark Cathedral The College’s annual Christmas Carol Service was given in Southwark Cathedral on Friday 7 December 2018. The Chapel Choir and Brass Consort led a large congregation in traditional seasonal hymns and performed carols by Boris Ord, John Rutter, Max Reger and Rachmaninov.

not only their own works but also the extraordinarily rich vein of novelists who have been through the College since the 1880s, including A E W Mason (1878–84), P G Wodehouse (1894–1900), Raymond Chandler (1900–05), C S Forester (1915–16), Michael Ondaatje, Graham Swift (60–66) and Simon and Tom themselves. The evening ended with the Master reading a work by one of the College’s poets, Mick Imlah (68–75). November Armistice Day marked at the Old College War Memorial On Sunday 11 November hundreds of local residents joined representatives of the Dulwich Estate and the Foundation Schools around the War Memorial in the courtyard of the Old

(English Champion) in the MSA British Kart Championships. October A Cradle of Writers

More than 200 people attended the GE Moore lecture on Thursday 4 October. The main speakers were three OA writers, Patrick Humphries (63–69), Simon Brett OBE (57–64) and Tom Robb Smith (87–97). They were together in conversation with the Master, Dr Joe Spence, regarding



One of the great successes of Professor Andrew Tomkins’ (54–63) presidency of the Alleyn Club was to raise the profile of the Mentoring Programme. No longer abstract concepts, ‘Networking’ and ‘Mentoring’ are now the bases for multiple relationships between OAs, across borders, generations and interests.

valued skills in your sector?’ to ‘I am thinking of selling my company, how on earth do I go about it?’ or ‘I am considering a move to Moscow, can you put me in touch with someone who lives there?’ and ‘Is anyone hoping to get into radio? I would be more than happy to give them some advice.’ With your support in signing up as mentors and mentees, we can find suitable matches for those looking to relocate or looking for a change in career.

Our Mentoring Programme is an informal, friendly scheme. To give you a flavour of what it is about, we have included some feedback from those involved in mentoring. Be sure also to read Ben Christy’s interview of Carne Ross on p.46. If you would like to get involved, email alleynclub @ with your full name, whether you want to be a mentor or a mentee, and what specifically you are looking for or hoping to share.

We have been asked a whole range of questions, from ‘What are the most

A request from the Secretary of the Alleyn Club to get involved


Felix Allocca OA (05–16) I am going into my third year at Durham University, where I am studying Politics. Looking ahead to applying for internships in wealth management, real estate and insurance, I approached Dulwich to see if they could help me out with some work experience. The idea was to get a feel for a few different industries before applying to internships and graduate schemes. The OA and Careers Department were rather helpful, immediately coming up with email addresses and phone numbers of OAs who could help me. I ended up having a useful conversation with an OA in Insurance, who has since pointed me in the right direction when I go to apply for the relevant internships. I would recommend that all OAs do the same in order to allow the OA network to develop further still.

Russ Kane OA (62–71) I was delighted when I was approached to help mentor Rob Double, who (and on his own head be it) wanted to enter the shark-infested waters of that most treacherous of seas – the media. Having started out as an advertising copywriter in New York and London, before moving on to be a TV comedy scriptwriter and then turning to broadcasting, I hope that I was able to give a solid overview, sound practical advice and be a ‘sounding board’. This is not a career for the faint-hearted, so I was frank and honest and advised Rob to set realistic goals. It takes time, talent and perseverance – and the reality is nothing like the nonsense proffered by the slew of TV ‘reality shows’, which should be re-named ‘unreality shows’. Rob knows that he can call me any time to bounce something off me or, frankly, just to have a good old moan or scream. This is a damn good initiative and should have been implemented eons ago. Proud to be part of it.



area of expertise, as well as those leaders who proved very generous in sharing their knowledge. We hope to see many of you in 2019. Here are a few of the highlights and pearls of wisdom from the last year. Entrepreneurs The Laboratory’s Auditorium provided a fitting setting for an evening about a sector fuelled by innovation and risk-taking. The Entrepreneurs’ Forum, chaired by Dr Spence and Jo Cruse, weaved together a few lessons for any budding entrepreneur. ‘Soft’ interpersonal skills are essential if you are to get the best out of the people who work with you and for you, but you won’t get very far without a good lawyer or accountant. Above all, ‘reach out and ask for help’ was the advice echoed by all panellists: a network of friends, family and professional

Where does simple, friendly conversation about one’s career end and Professional Networking begin? Our networking events may provide you with a clue. As the room fills up, it’s always a pleasure, glass of drink in-hand, to watch the evening unfold. One OA expressed the sentiment, ‘When you meet someone at other events, and it turns out they went to the College, you suddenly have so much more in common and humorous tales to share. It’s like that ... but here everyone in the room is part of the same community.’ We have had a wonderful year, welcoming students and graduates looking for entry into challenging fields, professionals coming to see what is new and current in their

mentors is essential to smooth out the inevitable highs and lows, the good days and the bad days that come with running your own business. Thank you to Jo Cruse and to our panellists, Sam Bamert, Rob Barber (90–95), George Hughes-Davies (07–12), Victor Jakubiuk (07–09), Anna Lewis, Sumit Rai (93–98) and Ndubuisi Uchea (03–10). The City In February our host Amit Bhola (95–00) welcomed us to an evening in the Citigroup Centre, Canary Wharf, for a panel discussion on Financial Technology (FinTech) chaired by OA and deputy editor of The Economist Tom Standage (83–87). The panel comprised Murad Baig (87–89), working in Blockchain applications for Deloitte, Vince Darley, Vice


Law More than 100 OAs, Alleynians, parents and guests met on what was the hottest day of the year so far at City law firm Stephenson Harwood near Moorgate, to be part of what was an intriguingly titled discussion on the Billable Gigabyte. Alex Mole (89–96) in the Chair expertly steered a discussion between Claire Wright, Corporate Partner at Allen & Overy, and Kishan Chandarana (96–01), Head of Legal at the London Metal Exchange, on the use of technology in the legal profession. We may not be able to put the iPhone-owning, social media-using genie back into the bottle, but many in the room did wonder if empathy is being lost in the race to innovate. Technology can be a powerful friend but should always come second to a face-to-face meeting or a phone call.

President of Growth at Deliveroo, Stefan Lucas, experienced FinTech investor and mentor, and Anil Stocker, co-founder and CEO of MarketInvoice, which allows small businesses to access the funds necessary to grow. Tom challenged the panellists to use language that would make the discussion accessible to everyone in the room, though ‘product road maps’, ‘data mining’ and ‘machine learning’ found it hard to stay out of the conversation. In the end it was reassuring to hear that this was a sector in which success came through a combination of passion and hard work. The final message was reassuringly simple: find out what you enjoy and are really good at, and do not be afraid to fail. Never take the easy option to follow the pack if a more exciting opportunity arises: it is by learning to adapt that you will always be able to stay ahead of the curve.

prompting us to meet old friends and make new acquaintances over drinks and canapés. With not a mobile phone to be seen, conversations continued long into the evening. Third Sector Bell House, former residence of Masters of the College and a one-time Junior Boarding House, was the scene of our Third Sector Professional Networking event. Our keynote speaker was Nuala Mole, founder of the AIRE Centre, which offers free legal advice and help on individuals’ rights in Europe. In a powerful and hugely personal talk, Nuala touched on a wide range of thought-provoking issues including the plight of sexually exploited and trafficked young people, victims of domestic violence and migrant homelessness in London. She also touched on the reality of raising funds. ‘These people deserve a Rolls Royce service, yet it is difficult at times to even pay our running costs.’

Perhaps to re-iterate the point, the formal discussion ended with Alex


Her tenacity and determination to do what she thinks is right was clearly echoed by one of her closing remarks, ‘when you see something is going wrong – do something’. What better advice to round off the evening?

chemical clock reaction to explain how chemical kinetics can engage students wishing to move into a career in STEM research. Hammad Jeilani (09–16), Thomas Franchi (05–16) and Chris Law (11–16) are only two years into their medical degrees but they have already begun to shake up the world of medicine with their simple idea of using drone technology to bridge the gap between hospitals and their patients. A packed audience listened to Dr Elisa Lewington-Gower speak passionately about her work as a registrar in lung transplant medicine at Harefield Hospital. Dr Matt Rowland (92–97), who works with young adults who have suffered a stroke, spoke about his use of MRI sequencing to explore brain injuries in young adults. Finally Professor Andrew Tomkins OBE (54–61) spoke of a lifetime spent trying to improve the prevention and care of

paediatric infection in Africa and the Middle East.

The evening concluded with a networking session in the Auditorium. The passion of the speakers was reflected in the conversations which stretched long into the evening. If you would like to be involved or have an idea for an event contact the Alleyn Club at alleynclub @

Healthcare In November, we welcomed to

The Laboratory the year’s largest number of speakers, from a wide range of specialities in the medical profession. Each spoke briefly before taking questions from an audience of students from Dulwich, JAGS and Elmgreen School, and OAs, parents and staff. Dr Zaki Kanaan (86–91) took us on a very personal journey through his career in dentistry, reflecting particularly on the power of giving the gift of a smile. Dr Rachel McIlwaine, Director of Science at the College, used a simple but effective

Do keep an eye on the Dulwich College website for news about future events. We will soon be putting up information about the next events in our series to take place in 2019, including OAs in Healthcare, OAs in the Law, and OAs in the City. We look forward to seeing you there.


Welcome to Old Alleynian Connect

The start of February ushers in an end to all our New Year’s Resolutions and throws open the doors to Old Alleynian Connect. We extend a very warm welcome to our new online network for OAs – a place to make contacts, find a mentor, and share memories and opportunities. Over 400 OAs have signed up in the last few weeks and we look forward to welcoming many more. What is Old Alleynian Connect? In short, it is an online network for you. You will find the latest College news, job opportunities, the chance to find a mentor or mentee, and you will be able to get in touch with any OAs you might have lost contact with through our Directory.

We at the College and the Alleyn Club truly want Old Alleynian Connect to be a success, but for that to happen we need OAs to post on the website and get talking to one another – you never had a problem with that during class, so do not suddenly wax shy!

Three steps to sign up: 1. Create an account – takes less than two minutes if you sign in through Facebook or LinkedIn. 2. Share something – post an offer of being a mentor on the feed or in a group. Share a photo of yourself and friends when back at school. 3. Ask for something – be selfish! Ask for help with a career move, a picture of your class from ‘67 (because you cannot be absolutely certain that you threw yours away), or simply make it known that you want to meet up with old friends.




The Old Alleynian Endowment Fund was established in 1932 to provide financial assistance to OAs and pupils at the College for their education or for training for an occupation or profession. Assistance is generally provided in the form of an interest- free loan, to be repaid when the beneficiary’s financial situation allows, often in instalments, but help may exceptionally be given in the form of an outright grant. Financial support is not in the first instance intended as a priority for OAs studying for undergraduate degrees, although in exceptional circumstances the trustees will consider applications of this nature. The trustees may also transfer up to 5% of the Fund’s assets annually to The Master’s Fund for disbursement to current pupils or young OAs in connection with one-off co-curricular activities. The backgrounds of the beneficiaries vary widely, although the arts and acting are well represented, with around a third of beneficiaries seeking to develop their careers in this area. Despite the challenging employment market, it is once again gratifying to note that several beneficiaries, having completed their

courses, are now in a position to begin repayment of their loans having found worthwhile jobs. There has been limited demand for new loans during the past year, although one new beneficiary, who had recently been working in the College Archives, has now begun a Master’s degree in Medieval History at Leeds, whilst another, having completed a Master’s degree in Geophysical Hazards at UCL, is progressing to a PhD at Oxford in 2019. Seventeen OAs, to whom a total of £78,000 is currently being loaned, are beneficiaries of the Fund at present. There are currently six trustees, with the Master invited to join the bi-annual trustee meetings. The accounts of the Fund are examined annually by David Johns (70–75), who is stepping down this year after a seven-year stint, and to whom the trustees extend their thanks for his painstaking and thorough work. The Fund reports on an annual basis with a year end of 31 December. Current assets total approximately £168,000 including outstanding loans.

trustee, and collectively the trustees welcome further applications for support. The application process is straightforward, involving an initial meeting with one of the Fund’s trustees; a decision on whether to support funding, and the extent of any loan, is agreed by the trustees collectively. A number of beneficiaries have commented favourably on the help and support afforded by their trustee contacts in terms of their career development. The Fund again acknowledges a generous donation from the Alleyn Club. Additional support is, of course, very welcome. Initial contact should be made in this regard to the Chairman as, in accordance with recognised practice, I am standing down this year having served a seven-year term as both Hon Treasurer and latterly Hon Secretary. Applications for financial support should initially be addressed to the Chairman, Ivor Warburton (57–65), who in 2019 is also acting as Hon Secretary, via email at Warb34stc @

Nick Rundle (69–76) Hon. Sec.

All beneficiaries remain closely in touch with their sponsoring


A letter from Pierre-Louis Denaro, a recipient of the Endowment Fund, to Dr Joe Spence, the Master, and Iain Scarisbrick, the Deputy Master Co-curricular. Pierre is now Head of Medical with the Senegalese Federation of Surfing and Founder of the European Institute of Sport Physiotherapy.

Dear Dr Spence and Mr Scarisbrick, G’day from Dakar, Senegal!

I am very excited to write to you after two incredible weeks in Japan. We returned to Senegal yesterday full of elation over what the team has achieved and with a severe dose of jet leg. Regardless, I wanted to share the experience with you as soon as possible, as it is impossible to underestimate how grateful we are for the amazing help we received. The team arrived four days before the start of the contest, giving us time to adjust to the time difference, get to know the waves on which we would be surfing and figure out how not to accidentally offend Japanese culture! The contest started with a huge swell left over from the major typhoon which hit Japan a week earlier. We had two objectives: to reach the quarter finals and to place higher than Morocco. Given that Morocco failed to qualify, the job was halfway done, and we were left to represent Africa, together only with surfing powerhouse Team South Africa. Our women reached the second round and the men made it to the third, just one round before the quarters. Nevertheless, we couldn’t be more proud of them, not only for their performance but also to be surfing in Japan – a great feat for any Senegalese athlete. Overall, we finished 28th out of 42 nations present, beating our previous world ranking of 37th. Argentina took home the gold medal. All things said, it was the greatest experience I have ever had. To be in the professional surf environment, and to be around the top professional athletes whom I have admired for several years, is an enormous joy and privilege for me. To be wearing the national jersey, bearing the flag, walking in the parade of nations, and of course surfing in Japan was simply a dream. My desire is to continue working within this niche of sports medicine, and, as I had hoped, I was able to speak to several high-profile teams and other significant people within the industry about joining them in the future, so I will most certainly spend this week following up with them. I wish to give a heartfelt thank you to both of you, Dulwich College and everyone behind the trust fund. It is so wonderful for OAs to have access to such resources, and I am sure it is not the first time that it has proved instrumental in helping someone achieve or pursue a goal. I really am very grateful for everything, and of course proud as ever to be an OA. I could continue forever, but I will leave you with some of the most memorable photos of our time in Japan. All the very best, Pierre-Louis


Congratulations to Dr Malik Ramadhan who has been awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list. Malik was working in A&E at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel on 3 June 2017, the night of the London Bridge terror attack.

NED TALKS 2018 Founder’s Day showcased our first ever ‘Ned Talks’. Given by OAs for OAs – and everyone else. These talks champion innovative thinking, offer reflective moments, and revel in the shared experience of having once been a DC boy.

to tell. To start us off, we had Dr Malik Ramadhan OBE (85–92) in The Laboratory. A lead A&E surgeon, he gave a very amusing talk in his scrubs under the title of ‘How to manipulate a hospital into keeping you alive’. Younger OA Ndubuisi Uchea, documentarian and entrepreneur, talked about his need for flexibility in work and personal life. We wrapped up with radio personality and

comedian Russ Kane (Capital Radio’s ‘Eye in the Sky’), whipping up the audience as well as cracking the whip at a few of them. Worry not, no OAs were hurt in the process. We are looking forward to further Ned Talks in 2019: if you would like to step up and give a 10–15 minute humorous, inspiring and/or entertaining talk, please do make yourself known to the Alleyn Club at alleynclub @

Ned Talks are a play on the popular Ted Talks and a nod to our founder, Edward Alleyn. We were lucky enough to have three engaging OAs, all of whom had fascinating stories


The Dulwich Roll January–December Worldwide

Throughout the 400th anniversary year members of the worldwide Dulwich community are invited to sign a specially commissioned vellum book complete with Coat of Arms and heraldic decoration. The Dulwich Roll will begin its journey at DUCKS in January, before travelling to the Junior School and beyond in the following months. Between resting stops and signing opportunities from Singapore to Sydney, the Roll will be available for public viewing in the Archives as well as at 2019 events, including the Alleyn Club Dinner. The Roll will then be preserved in the Archives, awaiting the College’s 500th anniversary.

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CO-CURRICULAR Highlights in 2018

As Deputy Master Co-curricular I am responsible for overseeing the delivery of co-curricular activities at the College, ensuring we maintain a genuine breadth and depth of opportunity for pupil involvement across a full range of activities. Co-curricular activities include: Community Action where approximately 250 pupils from Year 10 upwards are involved in a variety of community projects. Our charity

fundraising is organised by School, with each running its own events to raise money for good causes close to home as well as internationally. The Union of Societies in the Upper and Middle Schools, along with Clubs and Activities in the Lower School, Junior School and DUCKS are as popular as ever. Each School runs a House Competition, which includes cultural and arts-based competitions as well as sports events.

Pupils have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of Sports (nearly 30 now) before, during and after school, with matches against other schools and in national cup competitions taking place during the week and at weekends. The College also runs a variety of Musical and Choral groups, with performances at leading venues taking place throughout the year. In Drama , each School runs a House play as well as a School play during the year.


The majority of pupils participate in adventurous activities . We have over 100 pupils from Dulwich College in the cubs, scouts and explorers as part of the 25th Camberwell Scout group . From Year 9 pupils can join the Combined Cadet Force . Approximately 80 boys join the cadets in Year 9 and there are over 150 boys involved in total. We enter national competitions and have won a number of these in recent years including the Guthrie Cup. Roughly 100 pupils in Year 10 sign up to the Duke of Edinburgh Silver

Award which they complete over two years. Then about 30 pupils take on the Gold Award in the Upper School. Add to this the more than 250 outings and 75 expeditions taking place each year and the co-curricular aspect of a Dulwich education is complete. 2018 proved no different in being a very busy year. It is difficult to summarise with some highlights, we have done so much, but these would be: in Sport, the Rugby team winning the Champions Trophy in December

2017; in Music, the performance of Britten’s War Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall in February 2018; and in the CCF, the winning of the Guthrie Cup in November 2018. Looking ahead, the Olympiad in March 2019 is going to be a highpoint for the co-curricular field.

Iain Scarisbrick Deputy Master Co-curricular



Thursday 27 June 6–11pm

This is the flagship event for OAs in Founder’s Week, replacing the lunch on Founder’s Day, with all OAs and their partners warmly invited to join us to celebrate the 400th anniversary. This will be our largest-ever gathering – come and reconnect with old friends and teachers in a very informal setting. We will have street food, music, drinks, and tours to see the magnificently restored Barry Buildings, Laboratory and Boarding Houses. All this will take place as the day’s cricket draws to a close. The Alleyn Club is generously funding this event and there will be complimentary food provided throughout the evening, together with a complimentary first drink.

For those of you travelling from afar we have a list of accommodation for each budget, but please note accommodation is extremely limited around the College. We can also provide you with phone numbers of local taxi companies. For anyone who wishes to get a group together, the Development Office would be pleased to assist with establishing contacts.

This will be our largest-ever gathering – come and reconnect with old friends and teachers in a very informal setting



Co-Artistic Director/ Director of Spies Like Us OLLIE NORTON-SMITH

Ollie Norton-Smith (04–15) is the Co-Artistic Director of theatre company Spies Like Us. He directed Our Man In Havana and Woyzeck having written the script for both productions with Hamish Lloyd Barnes. Below are excerpts from Ollie’s blog about putting on a show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Starting with one silly idea… ‘We got started because I had a silly idea. A very silly idea. I had read Graham Greene’s classic spy satire a few years ago and fallen in love with the evocative world full of colours and smells and silliness that he created. The hero of the novel, who is accidentally recruited by the British Secret Service in a dazzling instance of assumption, sells vacuum cleaners and fabricates his reports, sending drawings of vacuum cleaner parts but pretending they are military installations in the mountains. I thought it would be funny to create a show where every single thing that the audience sees is created

with parts of a vacuum cleaner. So, we did it. Trusting in the ideas you have is vital at this early stage.’

‘Spies Like Us are hugely gifted, and it feels like you are being let in on a secret when you watch one of their shows.’ Everything Theatre


Image is everything… ‘From Andre Agassi, to Haruki Murakami, to my old school’s career advisor, the world is not short of people who insist that image is everything. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is perhaps the epitome of this notion, as the city is awash with posters and advertisements. Standing out, then, is vital. With this in mind: 1) Do not try to appeal to everyone; 2) Experimentation pays off; 3) Be responsive and adaptable; 4) Do not underestimate word of mouth – in real life or online!’ Be a sponge… ‘The potential to reinvent and reinterpret stories is often what draws us to them in the first place, as we also want to be excited about what we make!’ Plan, plan, plan… ‘The importance of breaking a scene down again and again cannot be underestimated.’ Do you like it? ‘The most important question I always return to in the rehearsal room is whether I like it. I think it is dangerous to set out to try and please other people and, in a way, despite the competitiveness of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh is incredibly forgiving – if there is a show for every audience, there is an audience for every show.’ Hit the ground running… ‘Your first port of call should be your venue’s press office and industry desk. Tell them about yourself, your show, what makes it special, say thank you for all their hard work (they will likely have been setting up and getting ready for days already before the Festival opens its doors to the show-offs like you and me). Offer them a comp to your show, bring them something to keep them going – in Edinburgh, never underestimate the power of biscuits!’ Love it… ‘Love every moment. For a month, Edinburgh becomes indisputably the greatest city in the world, and I hope you have the most amazing time. You will meet people you would have never met otherwise, and chances are you will be in contact for a long time, if not the rest of your life – advice frommy 53-year-old mum!’


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day of swimming and basketball at the Olympic Pool and Copper Box respectively.

Opening Ceremony, 10am Monday 25 March The opening ceremony will be held at 10am on the North Gravel and will include all College pupils, the Olympians, staff and parents. This will be followed by music sessions with the London Community Gospel Choir in the Great Hall, a touch rugby tournament, and a chance to be involved in an art project as part of Dulwich Creative Week. Tuesday will see a full day of athletics at the Olympic Park Community Track for our sports students while art students spend the morning at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. In the afternoon, drama students will visit the Globe and Rose Theatres for workshops and then see an evening West End show. Athletics at the Olympic Park Tuesday 26 March

Welcome to Dulwich College Sunday 24 March DCI Olympians and staff arrive at the College to enjoy a welcome from the Union of Societies in the Auditorium and the boarding community in the Marquee. As well as a talk on the College’s history in the Great Hall, students will tour the Sports Centre, Barry Buildings, Edward Alleyn Theatre and playing fields. DCI students will also sign the Dulwich Roll. Throughout the week all the students will support their peers across the range of co-curricular events; it will be a busy and exciting timetable for everyone. The Dulwich Olympiad 2019 Sunday 24 March – Friday 29 March A celebration of sport, drama, music and art, the Dulwich Olympiad 2019 brings together students from the commonwealth of Dulwich College International (DCI) schools to participate in workshops and events, and showcase their talents in competitions and performances. Our intention is to mount an event which is memorable for all concerned, reflecting and celebrating our shared holistic vision of a Dulwich education. We will celebrate the shared and particular traditions and innovations offered throughout our great commonwealth of schools, and enable international students to help us celebrate our quatercentenary.

Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Wednesday 27 March

Music students will spend the day at the Queen Elizabeth Hall rehearsing for the evening concert at 7pm. Drama performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Thursday 28 March Drama students will spend the day at the Queen Elizabeth Hall rehearsing for the 8pm performance.

Closing Ceremony, 2pm Friday 29 March

Following the closing ceremony, all Olympians will take part in a shared activity celebrating the week. In the evening, dinner at the College will be followed by a social event for students to bring the Olympiad to a more informal close.

Dulwich Creative, Pop ups, Hayward Gallery and Olympic Park

Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 March

On Wednesday sports students will take part in football and badminton tournaments at the College. As part of Dulwich Creative Week, pupils will view the ‘Make Your Mark’ exhibition and engage in creative activities. On Thursday music students will prepare and perform ‘pop-up’ music concerts around the College while art students visit the Hayward Gallery to take part in workshops. Sports students will head straight to the Olympic Park for a full


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