The countdown to this year’s BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards, which features Old Oakhamian Stuart Broad, is now on!
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It’s been a busy, successful year for OO Claire Bodanis (nee Windsor, ’92), and her husband, David, with both publishing books to great acclaim.
On Monday 14 December at 6pm, a guest list of over 100 OOs from the classes of 1960 – 2016, all got together to celebrate Christmas in a very different way. In true 2020 style, the Christmas Drinks took place on Zoom and it was wonderful to see the OO Community come alive online, sharing memories and enhancing the festive spirit together, despite the current restrictions.
A Year in the News like No Other
It was great to catch up with our OO President, David Gilman (89), to discuss his role at Sky News. Sky, like many other organisations, have had to find new ways of working to adapt to the recent COVID time. Having recently directed the U.S. Election, David explains how directing the news in 2020 has been an experience like no other.
It was, if my memory is correct, Friday 14 December 1990. It was the last full day of the Autumn Term and I had been the Housemaster of Rushebrookes for just over three months.
Old Oakhamians continue to make national news, particularly our sports stars - with Stuart Broad being nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 and Lyndon James securing a new two-year deal with Nottinghamshire CCC.
Live theatre returns to Oakham School this week, with the Scholars’ production of Decky Does a Bronco by Douglas Maxwell.
Headmaster Henry Price was delighted and honoured to be invited to take part in the popular Legally Speaking Podcast, hosted by Old Oakhamian (04) Rob Hanna.
The Oakham School community would like to extend their warmest congratulations to Old Oakhamian Lyndon James (17) who has signed a new two-year deal with Nottinghamshire CCC.
Congratulations to Old Oakhamian and illustrator, Libby Armstrong (18), who has launched her new business, “Libby Armstrong Illustrations”, during lockdown
The Oakham School community are all delighted to extend our warmest congratulations to our former teacher of Physics, Helen Pollard, who has been awarded an MBE for her services to Physics education.
Old Oakhamian Cameron Jordan (’18) is in line to make a premiership debut from the bench for Gloucester Rugby in their match against Saracens tonight after joining the club this Summer
On 30 August 2020, OOs James Beanland (04) and Ben Turnbull (12) are taking on a cycling mission to raise funds for The Matt Hampson Foundation.
Both James and Ben still play rugby locally and are going to tour rugby clubs and grounds where they have previously played in a one-day biking bonanza. They will begin and end their journey at Oakham RFC and will pass a number of clubs, including Market Harborough, Lutterworth, Leicester Tigers, Syston, Melton Mowbray and many more. The route will take them at least 140 miles (222K), climbing 6,500+ feet and passing 18 rugby clubs in total.
Old Oakhamian Stuart Broad has firmly secured his place as one of the world's finest cricketers after taking his 500th wicket in Test Cricket.
Oakham’s sporting alumni galvanised during this difficult time, offering sporting advice and guidance in the form of a unique series of interviews held with Director of Sport, Iain Simpson.
Members of Oakham’s Biology Society enjoyed a virtual ‘café scientifique’, where they listened to four accomplished Old Oakhamian scientists discuss their broad experiences working in science, and to reflect on their post-Oakham journeys. The online event, hosted by teacher of Biology, Dr Andrew Nicoll, was attended by Form 6 pupils from Oakham School, Harrington School and the Loughborough Schools Foundation. Dr Nicoll was joined by Dr Lotty Brand (09), Florence Schanschieff (14), Abi Mustard (15) and Dr Jamie Blaza (06) whose expertise extended from molecules to ecosystems, and spanned from laboratory research to the commercial world via field work.
At the end of May, Emily Nagel (12) joined Sir Ben Ainslie CBE in a virtual race viewing event to discuss their recent success with Team GB at the inaugural race of SAIL GP Season 2. Together they did a post-race analysis of the two days of racing in Sydney, answering a range of questions about their preparation through to the decisions they made throughout the two days of racing.
Finding herself with plenty of time her hands due to the lockdown, Ella Deregowska (17) decided to put her talent and passion for painting towards a valuable cause. Inspired by various fundraising activities, and spurred on by friends and family asking her for portraits, Ella started to take commissions - with all proceeds going to the NHS.
Old Oakhamian Abigail Mustard (15), Information Officer for the Rutland Osprey Project, has been keeping everyone up-to-date with video commentary and blog posts as part of the Rutland Osprey Home School initiative.
A new composition by Old Oakhamian, Morgan (18), will be sending a message of hope to BBC Radio 3 audiences as part of the BBC’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’ arts festival.
Members of Oakham School’s Medical and Biology Societies were privileged to participate in a special seminar where Old Oakhamian Dr Navin Leanage (07) talked about his first-hand experience battling Coronavirus on the NHS frontline.
The School community may not have been able to gather together to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, but that certainly doesn’t mean that this important date went unmarked at Oakham.
Oakhamians past and present are raising money for Rutland Foodbank by running or cycling the equivalent distance from Oakham Cricket Club to The Grange in Edinburgh in just 7 days.
David Gilman (89), Old Oakhamian President and Senior Director at Sky News, visited the School on Friday and spoke to the Form 5 iMedia class about his journey from Oakham, to the studios of Sky News.
On a crisp, sunny winter’s afternoon, a perfect day for football, the Old Oakhamians claimed the Ed Farmer Trophy with a clean sweep of the Oakham School First, Second and Thirds XIs. This event is to celebrate and commemorate the life of Ed Farmer (15) a talented and able sportsman.
Old Oakhamians gathered from across the UK to attend the annual Old Oakhamian President’s Dinner, which this year took place in the Barraclough Dining Hall at the School.
Kat Klohe (OO ’07) visited the Social Science Faculty on Friday before the OO President’s dinner to share her experience of Oakham School, her life experience after Oakham and to raise awareness of neglected tropical diseases and how they hamper the development of Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs).
Oakham School welcomed back 9 Old Oakhamians last weekend to take on the current 1st VII netball team in a battle of ‘youth versus experience’.
Since leaving School, students from the classes of 2015–18 have been busy forging successful careers in their chosen sport.
Congratulations to Old Oakhamian Sam Wolstenholme (17) who has signed a two-year contract as a professional with Wasps Rugby Football Club.
Oakham School was delighted to welcome back Annie Whitehall (11) to speak to current students about her undergraduate study and career in politics, business and communications.
Oakham School is delighted to both celebrate and commemorate Old Oakhamian Dolores Sanders’ success in being named one of Innovate UK’s ‘Women in Innovation Award’ winners – with a fantastic plaque unveiled in her honour outside the Smallbone Library!
It was wonderful to welcome back a number of younger OOs from the classes of 2012 to 2017 on Saturday 19 January to give a charity concert in aid of the National Foundation for Youth Music.
Oakham School was thrilled to welcome back Old Oakhamian and Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Emily Nagel, to speak to students, staff and members of the local sailing community.
Current Old Oakhamian President, Ben Walsgrove (87) and OO Chairman, Jon Wills hosted a magnificent Black Tie Dinner for over fifty guests with a Back to School theme on Saturday 24 November.
Two Old Oakhamians have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Championships of Full-Bore Shooting.
A gathering will be held in the Chapel tonight to mark the centenary of the final OO casualty of WW1, John Henry Heathcote Bradley (Oakham 1913-1917).
Congratulations to Old Oakhamian Matt Ramshaw (18) who has won the Sultan of Johor Cup 2018 with the GB U21 side and as part of the Elite Development Programme.
Crista Cullen captained a specially selected OO squad against a team of current students in an ‘All-Star’ hockey match played on the newly opened Crista Cullen Astro!
‘Well-rounded’, ‘open-minded’ and ‘fun loving’ are familiar attributes among Oakhamians, but it would be a challenge to find a person who encompasses these qualities more than Jon Wills, who is retiring after 38 years of service to the School.
Old Oakhamian Kathryn Lane (13) and her former Oakham PE teacher Ellie Watton are featured in the powerful England Hockey #BehindEveryGreatPlayer campaign, which celebrates the importance of supportive role models in achieving sporting success.
Congratulations to Old Oakhamian and Rugby legend, Tom Croft (04) who has just won Leicester Tigers’ Outstanding Service Award.
On Sunday, OO and critically acclaimed actor Richard Hope (71) led a workshop in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (QET) for some of the Drama Department’s scholars and GCSE students.
OO Club President 2017-2018 and MD of I-Design Furniture Limited Ben Walsgrove describes how three friendships he formed while at Oakham have been integral to shaping his post-school career.
As Old Oakhamian, Leicester Tiger, England player and British and Irish Lion, Tom Croft this week announced his retirement from professional rugby, his former coach, Ian Smith, reflects on his many achievements.
Featured on Forbes Magazine’s ‘30 under 30 2017’ list, Phoebe Gormley (12) the founder and owner of Gormley & Gamble recalls the journey that has led her from Kilburn Road to Savile Row.
Old Oakhamian and GB's Olympic Gold medallist Crista Cullen talks about her time at School, her pathway to sporting success and plans for the future.
We are absolutely delighted that Old Oakhamian Kathryn Lane has been named as part of the Tokyo Olympic Hockey Squad.