Monday, 12 December 2011
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Saturday, 15 October 2011
- Surely one of the purposes of an "Old Boys Club" is to support old friends from our cadet days - especially in charitable endeavours.
- John Cliff runs Growing People - a horticultural therapy project for people with mental health issues. The project is in with a chance to secure £6,000 from Natwest bank via an online and phone vote. This process is only open until the 24th October so if you feel able to support John in this way, please act quickly.
- To vote on line
- Go to http://communityforce.natwest.com/ and click on the ‘Register’ link at the top of the page;
- Enter your name, email address and password in the form provided;
- You will receive a confirmation email sent to your inbox. Click on the link supplied in this email to confirm your registration; (if you do not receive an email phone Helpline 0800 2100 246 and they will verify your registration);
- Log in on the site, entering your email address and password;
- To vote:
- Click on the Projects Tab
- Click on ‘List’ (blue button)
- Click on ‘by project name’
- Enter Growing Friends in the search box and click on the magnifying glass. When the entry appears click on ‘Read more’
- Tick the ‘I accept the NatWest Community Force Voting Terms and Conditions’ box;
- Click on the “Vote for us” red button.
- To vote by phone
- Contact phone the helpline 0800 2100 246 and leave your name and telephone number
- They will phone back to validate your details and take your vote. (Your call may not be returned until after the closing date but your vote will still count)
- Minicom line 0800 0155 545
Friday, 23 September 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
I am pleased to be able to confirm that the Secretary of State has agreed an Academy Order for Christ’s College Finchley.
This is a major milestone in the school’s development. Subject to governors being content with all legal and financial issues surrounding the conversion the school can become an Academy on September 1st 2011. Head and Governors have been working hard on the process, ensuring that everything connected with the transfer of land buildings and staff to the new Christ’s College Finchley Academy Trust is done properly and goes smoothly. We want to be certain that the school is placed in the best possible position as it faces this next chapter in its development. Further updates will be posted on the website as the conversion process unfolds this term.
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Copied below is an address given by our President, Brian Fuller at the School's Remembrance Day service last year.
About three years ago Mick Crick, the Chairman of the CRA, embarked on a project to try and find out more about the names which appear on the school's two War Memorials.
On each memorial there are over 90 names of boys from this school who gave their lives in the two World Wars.
By this time last year some of you may remember, from the Stockdale Trust display in the dining hall, he had established the locations of nearly all of those names by
checking the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who maintain the cemeteries and memorials of war dead throughout the world.
Many of them lie buried in France where there are over 900 cemeteries and memorials but some are in cemeteries spread across the globe from Canada, Australia, Singapore and Gallipoli in Turkey.
For the last two years, in November, he has been able to visit and place poppy crosses on nine graves of ex-pupils located in the North London area – five are in the cemetery next to this school.
Meanwhile, some others of us had also become involved and we had located and visited the graves or memorials of two ‘old boys’ buried in Cornwall, one in Oxford and, during a battlefield tour, two who had emigrated to Australia and joined the Australian Forces only to fight and die in the Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey. A further eight were found on the Naval War Memorials at Portsmouth and another two at Plymouth.
In October this year, three of us, all ex-cadets, went to visit the World War One battlefields in northern France to visit the graves and memorials of some of those on this memorial. We concentrated on the names on this memorial because we had established that over 70 of those 99 names were in an area stretching some 40 miles from Ypres in the north to Albert in the south along the lines of the trenches which formed the front line during World War One.
Over a period of three days we were able to locate and visit 45 of these in 27 cemeteries and the five memorials at Pozieres, Thiepval, Cambrai, Arras and Loos. Most of them we were able to drive to but one involved travelling down an unmade track and a short trek across a ploughed field. Pushing the car out afterwards gave us a taste of the “Flanders mud”.
At each we were able to place a poppy cross and, from the Commonwealth War Graves register at each cemetery, learn a little more about each individual and how and where he had died. We were struck by how many were barely out of their teens but also how many were junior officers probably leading their men into battle. Christ’s College, even then, were providing leaders – as they still do today.
As we placed a poppy cross at each grave or memorial we solemnly affirmed the exhortation; “They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning – we will remember them”.
The project continues and next year we hope to return to locate the remainder of the boys in northern France including seven who have no known grave but who are remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.
In the dining hall is a pictorial account of this latest visit which I hope you will have time to visit and pause and consider what the boys of Christ’s College gave in those Wars.