OBA Reunion Dinner 2014 - report & photos

More than 60 Old Bordenians met on 22 March at UK Paper clubhouse in Sittingbourne for the 2014 annual reunion dinner of the Association.  

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Additional photos from the occasion are included below - click on each of the "thumbnails" to expand to full screen. 

Guest speaker was Leslie Olive, music master at Borden Grammar School in the 1970s, who went on to combine a career in education in Surrey and Suffolk with his talent for forming and running choirs and latterly his own full, and professional, symphony orchestra.

Les spoke passionately about the importance of education and the difference between education and business as he toured the room with microphone in hand to elicit the views of some of his former pupils. Both Ken Coker and Greg Barry spoke movingly about their time at school and what music and inspirational staff members had meant to them.

The new president of the Association, and head teacher at Borden, Jonathan Hopkins, responded to the toast to the School and Association with a comprehensive account of his teaching career and his family life. He thanked the old boys for their donation to school funds enabling the recent purchase of a new minibus and he recounted his first year at the School and the challenging conditions he had encountered including an Ofsted inspection within his first few weeks. He said he had been pleasantly surprised by the strength of support from the PTFA and the old boys and by the underlying spirit of Borden which, he had been advised by another staff member, gets under the skin.

Members will be notified of the date for the 2015 annual reunion dinner in due course via the website and by email.

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