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Dinner at Elstree on Friday, 20th September in honour of  Anthony Thomas who started teaching at Elstree 50 years ago.

George Ponsonby (1968 – 72) writes:

Once during your years at school, if you are very fortunate, you might be taught by an inspirational school master or mistress, someone who has an exceptional talent at teaching, motivating his or her pupils and getting the very best out of them, and who perhaps leaves his or her mark on you for the rest of your life. That school-master for me was Anthony Thomas and this coming September, it will be 50 years ago that he joined the teaching staff at Elstree School. Terence McMullen, who had taken over as Headmaster the previous year, made Anthony his first appointment; and what an appointment it turned out to be. Anthony took the French department by the scruff of the neck and in next to no time, many of his boys were getting top grades in their French Common Entrance. Not content with that, he promptly took athletics and rugby to a new level and introduced us all to astronomy and rifle shooting and much more besides. In the winter term of 1974, the first XV rugby team won all their matches, a feat never before achieved. To celebrate this milestone Elstree have very kindly offered to host a dinner in Anthony’s honour on Friday September 20th, I do hope you will be able to join us.

Please save the date in your diary and join us for what will be an opportunity to catch up with Elstree friends and reminisce about the ‘good old days with AWKT’. Please spread the word amongst Old Boys with whom you are touch. Formal invitations will arrive with the Summer edition of Echo.

1950s Old Boys

If you were at Elstree between 1945 and 1959,  please would you contact Colin Parker at





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