Continuing the publishing of old GCE papers, this link will take you to the 1969 French 'A' level paper - https://flic.kr/s/aHskCzU2st. As usual, click on the individual pages to expand.
Continuing the publishing of old GCE papers, this link will take you to the 1959 Maths 'O' level paper - https://flic.kr/s/aHskyug7Er. As usual, click on the individual pages to expand.
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.
This year celebrates (!?) 40 years since the class of 1968 - 1975 left the school. I have been sent a picture of the prefects of that final year; this is reproduced below. I note that, to comply with the ruling at the time on the length of hair being above the collar, hairstyles grew high and wide!!
When I took on the task of launching a new website in 2008, one of the first series of articles that was published that year was an account of the move of the school from its original premises to its current location in 1929, produced by the late John Macrae, a stalwart of the school and the Association. When we moved the website to be hosted alongside the School website, this article, one of the most popular in the first couple of years of the original website, became unavailable to visitors to the site. I felt this needed to be rectified and have therefore reproduced the article below - I hope you enjoy it.
This photograph of the Borden Grammar School team who won the Kent Schools 220 yards Relay Championship in 1945 was sent in by Ken George (1937-1945) who was an outstanding sprinter at School. At London University, he clocked 10.1 for the 100 yards, and 23.2 for the 220, which was some going in those days. He once raced against the Usain Bolt of the post-War era, the Jamaican E. McDonald Bailey. Unfortunately, he lost!
Back row, l to r : Geoff Holland, Frank Horlock (the Old Salt), Peter Kitcatt
Front row : John Allard, Ken George, Bill Allard
My great grand-daughter is now into her second year at “big school”. She will be six in a few weeks' time. The other day, she came home after an art lesson, and told her mother excitedly that they had learned all about Van Gogh – about his self-mutilation, his friendship with Cézanne, the way his moods influenced his choice of colours, and so on – and they had all been invited to choose one of his paintings to copy. This is at a normal Church of England Primary School, not some sort of private establishment for precocious or abnormally gifted children. Crickey! I doubt whether I had even heard of Van Gogh until I was in my Forties!