History 'O' Level paper - 1962

As we approach the end of the traditional GCE examination season, I thought it would be appropriate to reproduce a number of examination papers from earlier years.  These were published on the original website a few years ago, but were lost when we moved to the new site in 2013.  I have added the papers to the OBA Flickr site as it is easier to expand the papers to a legible size.

This link will take you to the 1962 History 'O' Level paper (now GCSE) - https://flic.kr/s/aHskytcSE5. Click on the individual pages to expand.

Year 12 Work Placements required!

Martin Green, head of Year 12 at the School, has asked if any Old Bordenians are able to offer a work placement to students. Martin says:

"I have asked our current year 12 students to arrange a work shadowing placement for themselves for the week of 27th June - 1st July as experience of the work place is vital as they approach the end of their school education. A number of our students are struggling to find places this year as firms are often unable to have a student with them for a week.

Could I ask that you forward this message to your members and ask them if they (or their friends and family) might be able to offer a year 12 student a placement.

If there are any Old Bordenians, in any line of work, that are able to help, please could they contact me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I will pass their details on to appropriate students.

Many thanks for your help.

Martin Green

Head of Year 12"

Brian Tyler - obituary

We are sorry to hear that Brian Tyler passed away peacefully on 24 April, 2016, aged 86.  The funeral service took place on Tuesday 10 May at 1pm, at the Garden of England Crematorium, Bobbing.  

Peter Lusted, OBA vice-President, commented "I cannot claim to be one of Brian's contemporaries, but first met him when I started playing for the Old Boys Football team, aged 17 in 1968.  Brian was the "old man" playing wide on the left side.  It soon became clear that this "old man" was a player of some quality and could certainly teach the young Old Boys a thing or two.  I subsequently learnt that he had played for Portsmouth. Brian was one of life's and football's gentlemen and it was always good to see him at Old Boys' Dinners and have a chat.  A sad loss indeed."

Wartime Heroes Remembered

Wartime Heroes book cover

Recently a new book has been published which will be of interest to Old Bordenians.  Written by Sally Jenkins, daughter of Old Bordenian Bob Jenkins and dedicated to his memory, it is called Wartime Heroes of Borden Grammar School Remembered.  It comprises around 250 pages, including just over 40 pages of School history from 1878 onwards.  The bulk of the Book, however, is devoted to a collection of biographical details of over 60 of the 90 or so Old Boys killed on active service in WW1 and WW2 - a poignant reminder of the debt of gratitude we owe to so many young men who gave their lives.

It is part funded by Swale Borough Council and published by the Sittingbourne Heritage Museum, 67 East Street, Sittingbourne ME10 4BQ. where copies are available.  Copies are also obtainable by post (cost £10.95 inc P & P) ; enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Old Bordenians Football Club - Reunion

The Old Bordenian Football club 11-a-side team ceased playing in 1992 and, although a 5-a-side section formed shortly afterwards, there was nothing to bring them all together again. Therefore it was decided to create an event which would hopefully do just that. Nothing strenuous was considered, so it was just a meeting in a pub without the need to play football!