An article was published in a recent edition of the local newspaper, the Sittingbourne News Extra, showing the new boys of 70 years ago! This is reproduced below (with acknowledgement to SNE):
Of the 103 Old Bordenians whose names are now commemorated on the School's war memorials, the most recent casualty is Michael John Simpson. After having left Borden in 1972, he briefly served in the ranks of the Royal Engineers before being selected for officer training at Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Staffordshire Regiment, he was soon posted to Northern Ireland: 'The Troubles' were then at their height and while leading foot patrol in Londonderry, Michael was shot by an IRA gunman on 3 October 1974. He died as a result of his injuries three weeks later, aged only twenty-one, and was posthumously mentioned in despatches for the gallantry he had shown during his final patrol.
Were you one of the many "first formers" that started at Borden Grammar School in September 1968, the year that saw an increased intake from the majority of previous years, split into three forms - 1 East, 1 West and 1X?
A number of former Borden Grammar School pupils are taking part in next year's Brighton marathon to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of former headmaster, Harold Vafeas. The full story was published in the Sittingbourne News Extra. Click on the picture below for further details.
Old Bordenian Philip Goldacre has landed a role in a new play at the Royal Court Theatre, London. The article in this link to our Flickr site - Philip Goldacre - was featured in this week's local newspaper, the Sittingbourne News Extra (reproduced with kind permission of SNE).
Another successful and enjoyable reunion of the Old Boys Football Club Veterans took place during the evening of 15th June 2017 at the UK Paper pavilion in Sittingbourne. This is now becoming an annual event.
On Friday 19 May 2017, a small number of OBA committee members gave a presentation to Year 13 school leavers, outlining the benefits of membership of the Association and its relevance to school leavers as well as older former students. The presentation is available here: OBA presentation to school leavers - May 2017.
All the pictures taken at the Annual Dinner on 25 March 2017 have been uploaded to the OBA Flickr site - click here for OBA Dinner 2017 - Flickr album . This site makes it easier to view, enlarge, etc. the photos.
The 2018 Annual Reunion Dinner will be held on Saturday 24 March 2018. Please note this date in your diary! Further details will be announced in due course.
Continuing the series of articles produced by Norman Wigg (see Recollections of the Battle of Britain below), here he recalls his days at the school.
For the next five years, I caught the No26 bus from Teynham, to Sittingbourne, getting off at the post office, then walking up through the alleyway past the Bull Inn, to arrive at the Grammar School. In the evening, I caught the bus outside Burton's to return to Teynham. As my father was a bus driver, I got a cheap season ticket, but that was about all the financial help my parents did get. I cost them a lot of money, in the next few years, but they never complained.
We have received the following employment opportunities for current pupils at Borden Grammar School from a local Insurance Broker, based in Oad Street, Borden.
The Insurance Broker contacted us back in 2013 and 2015 with similar opportunities. Neil Barlow, director of the company, now has a further opportunity for two apprentices to start in the summer. Neil is also offering work experience opportunities for 1 or 2 weeks. Neil has written to the School and the Association with the following offer: