Headmaster’s Newsletter: 28 March 2024

Message from the Headmaster

Mr Guy Sanderson

Dear Parents,  

We are now in the heart of Easter Week.  Today is Maundy Thursday that includes the special service attended by the monarch to distribute Maundy gifts.  This heralds the start of the Easter weekend when Christians celebrate the resurrection and the victory of life and salvation over death and evil. This theme has been re-told to students and staff in our own Easter services and assemblies this week led by the Chaplain.  As well as the start of an early Easter, this is also the start of a well-deserved holiday period for the whole school community. 

As the term ends, our Chaplain, Jim Houghton, is about to start a well-deserved and exciting sabbatical in April, travelling to Uganda with his family for a few months to live in Namugongo, Kampala.  While there, he and his family will be involved in a number of schools, working with one of our charity partners. He will also be doing some theological teaching at a university in Kampala and his wife will be involved in local engineering projects.  I am sure we will hear from Revd Houghton about his experiences as he goes along, but on behalf of everyone in the Eltham College community, we wish him and his family well and look forward to his return in time for the start of the new academic year in September. During the Summer Term, the Chaplain’s duties will be led by a number of colleagues and Peter Cheshire, a former pupil and teacher at Eltham College, who is also a lay minister at a local church in Bromley.  We are very grateful to Mr Cheshire for being willing and able to take on this role while Revd Houghton is away. 

Also during the holidays, there is a wide range of school trips and expeditions taking place.  These include a Geography field trip to Iceland, a Design Technology trip to Florence, a German trip to Munich, an Art visit to St Ives, and a Drama trip to Athens.  Some of our students will also take part in a robotics competition in Southampton.  Good luck to them as well as to all those heading to Wales to take their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.  

For those of you with sons and daughters spending at least some of the holiday period revising for GCSE and A Level exams, here again are the Revision Tips recently prepared by Ms Gordon which we hope will be helpful.   

This term’s co-curricular programme has closed with a flourish.  Our musicians put on an excellent concert at Blackheath Halls last weekend while this week’s ‘Chariots of Fire’ drama production has been another triumph with some with excellent performances in a re-telling of the Olympic sporting achievements of one of Eltham’s most famous former students, Eric Liddell OE. 

In Sport, the term has rounded off with some more excellent wins against Hurstpierpoint for our 2nd XI, U14A and B teams and U12A boys’ hockey teams, while our U13A-D teams won all their matches against Bancroft School.  In netball, our U15A, U14A, U13A and U12 A and B teams all won their fixtures against St Dunstan’s.  Finally, well done to our U13 girls’ water polo team who have qualified for the National Finals in May after wins against Colfe’s, JAGS and St Dunstan’s in their London Qualifying round. 

Finally, I wish you all a happy and restful Easter break, and particularly to those families with sons and daughters undertaking revision for GCSE and A Level exams next term.  

Best wishes,  

Guy Sanderson