We sadly have to pass on the news of the death of Gregor Thomson. He was a student at the school from 1986 to 1992 and was a senior prefect and head of Swale House. He passed away after a battle with cancer on 7 February 2016.
He was born in June 1974 to Scottish parents though he was brought up in the Republic of Ireland. He was a model student, with the school recording that he 'is a real gentleman'. He took A Levels in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths achieving 2 As and 2 Bs.
Another school photo provided by Richard Evans. This one is dated September 1954. As usual, I've added this in 4 parts. Click each part to expand to full size.
Old Bordenian Richard Evans has provided a good deal of material related to the school from the mid-fifties to early sixties. I shall be adding this material to the website over the coming weeks. As a starter, here is the 1960 school photo. I will keep the photo as 4 separate images.
It is with regret that we have recently heard of the death of Joseph Wright, at the age of 26. Joseph attended Borden Grammar School from 2000 to 2007. His death was reported in the Sittingbourne News Extra - the full report can be read here: Joseph Wright - Obituary
Old Bordenian Marc Stewart is appealing for information about men from Sittingbourne who died fighting for their country. The appeal was featured in Sittingbourne News Extra, one of Sittingbourne's local papers, recently. You can read the full article here: Marc Stewart - appeal.
We have produced an easily accessible and printable copy of all the articles posted on the website over the past year, similar to the Maroon publication, which was discontinued in 2009. It includes all material suitable for printed format from January 2015 to December 2015 (with poetic licence, one was early January 2016!!). To access the digest, click this link: Website Digest 2015
This year's Annual Reunion Dinner will be held on Saturday 5th March. The guest speaker this year will be Old Boy Stephen Bedelle who is a veteran of the Falklands Conflict and who served in the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy for more than 40 years. Full details and how to book your place are contained in this document: Dinner_Invitation_-_2016.pdf. Please book by Saturday 20th February.
Malcolm Bradshaw, an Old Bordenian who left the school in the 1960s, has been awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List. The formal citation states:
Malcolm McNeille BRADSHAW
Senior Chaplain, Anglican Church in Greece. For services to interfaith understanding and community charities in Greece.
The Diocese in Europe website provides further details of Malcolm's work and the award: http://europe.anglican.org/news/news/post/1008-minister-among-migrants-awarded-mbe.
We sadly have to report the passing away of Robin Bush. Our thoughts are with his family.
Patrick Ireland, an Old Bordenian from 2001 to 2008, has contacted us with an update on his latest film venture. His story ....
My name is Patrick Ireland and I am a student at the London Film School. I grew up in Herne Bay and attended Borden Grammar School from 2001 - 2008. I very much enjoyed my experience at Borden and was heavily involved in drama & filmmaking whilst at the school.
Prompted by the publication of the 1973 school photo, Paddy O'Reilly (BGS 1973-1981) has submitted the 1978 version, taken in the school's centenary year.