Alina Rennie, OCA Secretary.
Alina leaves Caterham School on Friday 17 July after nearly 11 years of outstanding service as Secretary to the Old Caterhamians’ Association.
We thank Alina for all that she has done and wish her every happiness in the future. Alina's successor will be Eloise Penman; she will join the School on Tuesday 25 August.
In the meantime, emails may be sent to the OCA Office at email@example.com, or you may contact the School by calling Reception on 01883 343028.
Matthew Godfrey (Deputy Head)
New Headmaster of Caterham School Announced
Chair of Trustees, Mr Jonathan Bloomer, announced today that Mr Ceri Jones MA Cantab has been appointed Headmaster of Caterham School with effect from 1 September 2015. He will replace Mr Julian Thomas who will depart for Wellington College.
Mr Bloomer said: 'We had a large number of applications from many Heads and Deputy Heads. After a very competitive process there was strong agreement amongst the Trustees that Ceri is ideally suited to take the School forward, building on all the achievements at Caterham over the past decade.'
Mr Jones is currently Second Master at Tonbridge School, one of the leading boys' independent day and boarding schools. He is a former Head of History at Caterham School and returns to Caterham after ten years at Tonbridge School.
Mr Jones read History at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and is currently completing an MEd in Educational Leadership.
His role at Tonbridge encompassed the day to day running of the school and deputising for the Headmaster. In 2013 he was seconded as Executive Principal to The Marsh Academy in New Romney, which is a maintained academy that Tonbridge School co-sponsors.
In 2012, in collaboration with The Sutton Trust, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and a number of independent schools in Kent he launched an access programme for disadvantaged but academically bright Year 9 students from non-selective maintained academies in Kent. The objective is to encourage these students to aspire to and apply to high ranking universities.
Mr Jones is married to Kay Moxon and they have two daughters.
A MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD, JULIAN THOMAS
I am writing for two reasons. Firstly to thank you for the many good wishes I have received since the Chairman of Governors announced at the end of last term that I will be leaving the School at the end of this academic year. I will have had eight happy years at this wonderful school and will be very sad to move on. Julia, George, Christian and I have found the Caterham School community to be welcoming, generous and warm-hearted: it has been a pleasure to be part of something so special. With such strong foundations, I know that Caterham will continue to develop and flourish long into the future. I have said often to our leaving students that new and exciting challenges should be accepted with enthusiasm and vigour, so perhaps it is the right time for me to practise what I preach. Please be assured of my wholehearted commitment to Caterham throughout the next twelve months; as I said at Speech Day, as far as I am concerned, the academic year 2014/15 is very much "business as usual". The process to find my successor is well underway and I have no doubt at all that we will appoint an outstanding leader to take Caterham through the next stage of its development. Governors hope to make an announcement shortly after half-term.
May I also take this opportunity to say a little more about my forthcoming expedition to Antarctica which the Chairman of Governors also mentioned in his letter. I am excited to tell you that I will be attempting to trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. This is of course an extremely challenging trek with only around 300 people having completed the full journey, without mechanical or wind assistance, since Amundsen and Scott trekked from the coast more than a hundred years ago. I look forward to it with both excitement and trepidation!
In the course of this 950km trek across one of the highest, driest, coldest and windiest locations on Earth, I hope to raise as much money as possible for the charity, Bliss, which gives vital support and care to premature babies. I am also hoping to engage students from Caterham, and around United Learning, in a variety of ways before, during and after the expedition, as well as raising awareness of some of the issues surrounding this beautiful and fragile continent.
I would be so grateful if you would consider supporting me by making a donation to Bliss. If you wish to do so, or even if you just want to find out a little more about my expedition, please visit
You can also follow my preparations on twitter @polecat2014.
Finally may I also take this opportunity to thank the School's governing body who have given me such outstanding support: so much of Caterham School's success results from their unstinting efforts.
With best wishes for the year ahead.
Old Cats Visiting the School
The doors to Caterham School are always open wide to Old Cats and we will welcome you back when you return.
We would kindly ask that you make an appointment before you visit so that the Secretary can accompany you round the campus.
Where Are They Now?
Sadly, we have lost contact with may OCs over the years and would very much like to find them again and welcome them back into the OCA community.
If you know where they are or know how we can contact them, please let us know!
Please click here for the list:
Old Caterhamians' Scratch Golf Team
Calling all golfers - a message from Jem Blok.
The OCA continues to enter a scratch golf team into the Grafton Morrish Golf Competition on a yearly basis and the good news is that the Association has agreed to cover the registration, entry and green fees, leaving team players only with sundry expenses to meet themselves. We need to find six former pupils who would be competitive - in reality that means handicaps of 5 or below, but we'd still be pleased to hear from anyone in single figures to make sure we can at least take part! I look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible. Please do all to pass this request on to any other Old Cats that may fit the bill!
For more information please contact Jem Blok at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A TRIBUTE TO D.G.E.HALL' by Tze Shiung 1987 - 1992
As promised in the latest Newsletter, please
download a fascinating history and tribute to one of our old masters
Hall, Empire, the Evangelists, and History
The Old Caterhamians’ Association
Group is now live on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
can be made through this website.
The Wilberforce Hall
The Wilberforce Hall is now available
to hire for private parties. For more information please contact
JOIN UP! JOIN UP!
We are always hoping to expand our database and attract new members.
Membership costs £12 per annum or £180 for life membership.
If you would like to join up or if you know someone who would, please contact Alina and she will send you an application form and joiners pack.
Please click on the icons below for a joiners leaflet and an application form :
The Christine Walker Gallery
- Are you an Artist or Designer?
- Did you leave Caterham or Eothen and
go on to study Art or Design at College?
- Do you have work you would
like to exhibit in the Gallery?
If you would be interested in taking
part in one of our exhibitions please do get in contact with the
Harestone Valley Road
Get fit at the Stephen Smith Sports Centre
Old Caterhamians' are entitled to use the excellent
facilities at the Sports Centre at a reduced cost.
download a brochure here
Calling all Teachers and Gap Graduates
Are you interested in contributing to some of the many activities taking
place at Caterham School?
We would love to hear from OCs who are able to help with the CCF and the
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or with any aspect of sports coaching.
Contact Mr. Matthew Godfrey at the school on 01883
343028 OR on email@example.com
Also – if you are considering a career in teaching… then
please get in touch. We always need ‘gap graduates’ to assist
with sports coaching, drama, art and music – highly competitive salaries
available with great perks!! This applies as much to recent university
leavers as to more ‘mature’ OCs who may feel like a career
Please do let us know if you are interested in any of the above.
We are always looking for news and more importantly, photographs of old
boys and girls to include in our Newsletters. Please send us details of
your news, stories and achievements! Include a photograph if at all possible.
Amazon Shopping to benefit Caterham School
If you wish to buy something from Amazon, please use the link on the School web
The school will receive 5% commission for each purchase you make. This
income will be directed to school projects and/or trips. As there is no
cost to you, it is a very easy way of raising funds for the school.
Please continue to send us details of your new addresses, email
addresses and contact information. We are constantly updating our
members database and it is vital that we have up to date contact