Article on School evacuation

We often reflect on the adversity facing us in the current times and note the upheaval for the School and its students during the pandemic.  It is therefore timely to be reminded of a perhaps more disruptive upheaval when the School was evacuated during the Second World War. 

Nitere Porro - what does it mean?

Mark Sayer offers us this reflective view on the School motto and his schooldays. 
I am pretty sure that I knocked over a bottle of Nitere Porro in the Chemistry Lab, one lesson. Never mind what year I was in; which decade was it ? Fortunately, someone mopped it up and saved it … and they’re using it again.

1945 OBA Dinner - article

A recent article appeared in the Sittingboune local paper recalling an article from 75 years ago detailing the 1945 OBA dinner.

"The first Old Bordenians dinner held after the end of the war was attended by more than 90. After a pleasant and satisfying meal created despite food shortages, a toast to the School was proposed by a young member of the RAF, Sgt Denis Jarrett, who asked members to raise a glass to, affection for the past, pride for the present, and faith for the future. Headmaster Mr G Hardy congratulated all Old Boys who had seen active service and, before making a toast to the Old Bordenian Association, Mr A Millen said, now that peace is here, may this organisation become one of the finest sporting fellowships in the county."
Some famous names in the history of the Association are mentioned in the article.
Denis Jarrett served the Association throughout his entire life, serving as Editor of The Maroon for many years, also a Governor of the School, played hockey for Kent, as well as being Head of Westlands School for many years. For his services to education he was honoured by the Queen. (Denis Jarrett, MBE (
George Hardy was the Head from 1941 to 1968, during which time the School sent many boys to the Russell group of Universities, including Oxbridge. Certainly during the 50's and 60's a number of boys secured State Scholarships, which was the height of attainment.
Aubrey Millen was a schoolteacher locally, served the Association and played in goal for the Hockey team. His widow Marion presents the goalkeeper award at the annual hockey awards dinner.



Closing episode of Ron Swan memories

In September we published articles detailing the early life and school memories of Ron Swan, who attended the School 1936-1941. Ron's family have now provided a further and final instalment bringing us up to date with Ron, likely our oldest living Old Bordenian. 



Further memories of Ron Swan

We recently published some pre-war memories of Ron Swan (1936-41) and we now publish the next phase of his time at the School, which includes evacuation to Pengam in South Wales. We are grateful, once more, for Ron for sharing these.

Memories of the War

OB Norman Wigg has previously provided a personal history of the Battle of Britain over Kent. Now he has penned a further article on his wider memories of a Kentish schoolboy during WW2.