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Old Russellian Drinks on Mid-Summer Day

This year we changed the venue for the London Drinks to the Terrace bar at the South Bank Centre. Despite the evening being rather overcast, the late sun burst through lighting up the London eye in glorious sunlight. This new venue was allowed more terrace and green space for everyone to enjoy their first drink bought for them by the Old Russellian Chairman, Adrian Edwards.

About 25 former students not only met up with former class mates or CCF members but also enjoyed meeting up with much older ORs who were keen to chat about their former school experiences. The staff that attended found it interesting to see what everyone was doing now whether they were still at University or in the world of work.

DAKS/Simpson Visits Royal Russell

On Monday 24 June, Royal Russell School welcomed friend of the School DAKS/Simpson.

DAKS is a British luxury fashion house, founded in 1894 by Simeon Simpson in London. DAKS holds royal warrants granted from three members of the Royal Family, one of 15 firms to do so.

A tree will be planted in their honour as recognition for all they have done for the school.


The Old Russelian Golf Day was a great success with a great turnout. The winner was Andy Rogers who is pictured with the OR president, Adrian Edwards. Longest Drive went to Ian Windle, Closest to the pin to Nigel Rocca, runner up was Robin Parker.

Riverside Reunion

A number of former students, current and retired staff met up and enjoyed an evening at The Anchor on Bankside last Friday to enjoy a drink from the Old Russellians and catch up on news.

Visit from former pupils 

Last week we had a visit from Sohee (Sophie) Kim (North House 1995-98) and Sanghee Cho (Oxford House). They were at Royal Russell when Paul Knight was in charge of North House and Nick McMahon ran Oxford House.

Sohee studied Maths, Geography, Art and Business at A level and went to Surrey University to complete an MA in Business and Tourism Management. Sohee is married with a seven year old son.

Sanghee studied Maths, Physics and Business before a year at Kingston University.  He then returned to Korea to complete two years of military service before returning to the UK to study International Business at Westminster University. Sanghee is married with a six year old daughter.

Year 10 Careers Fair

On Thursday 3 May,  Royal Russell hosted a superb Careers Fair for all Year 10 pupils and their families in Great Hall and the Auditorium. Please click here for the full article.

Molly Goriely (1923 - 2014)

Molly Goriely died on 11 December 2014.  Please click here for the tribute written by her daughter, Tamara.


Geoffrey David Forster (1941-2017)

Please click here for a short tribute by Geoffrey's brother Bill


The First 40 Boys at Ballards

Please click here for this article, which has been kindly submitted by Neil Barbour who left Ballards in 1925.

An Article from Diana James (at school 1960-1964) who now lives in Queensland, Australia, sent in just after the Manchester Terrorist Attack in May 2017


Evening time, here in Australia,  I heard news on the radio of Roger  Moore's death at the age of eighty-nine. I thought back to the times when I was  a teenage girl at Royal Russell School. On Sunday evenings, the older girls in Reade House were allowed to watch a television programme. We eagerly looked forward to this treat all week and unanimously chose to watch The Saint starring the dreamy Roger Moore who played Simon Templar.  I recall us trying to find enough chairs, or a place on the floor, and then being huddled in St Andrew's common room. We excitedly waited for the set to warm up, and watched in black and white, daring intrigue set in exotic locations amongst stunning scenery. We hung  on to every word. As a group we were thoroughly entertained and as well enthralled.

Around this time, in the early sixties, The Rolling Stones held a pop concert in Purley. I am not sure how long it took, and it seemed forever, but permission was eventually given for a party of girls.  Ticket and public transport was very expensive, so only the lucky ones attended. They returned  to school, after experiencing the time of their lives, perfectly safe and sound. The topic of the concert and the outrageous Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were  hot news for weeks. Little did we realise then, how famous this band would become. I wasn't a great fan, as I thought Mick Jagger a bit too swanky and he had a huge mouth and enormous say nothing of his skinny wiggling hips. Some girls had an instant crush on him.

Girls today haven't changed, but times have. There were many dangers then, but we grew up in a slower safer world. There was no terrorism as such. Communism was our threat. We studied geography at RR by looking frequently at a huge oil map of the world,  very carefully rolled down over the top of a  blackboard. There was a lot of pink and the pink bits were all ours! It was time to dream....and we dreamt of many foreign places, as well where to find rubber trees and work out ordinance survey maps.  Indeed, in those days,  it surely was  fact, that the world was our oyster.
Comparing those long ago special times I experienced as a girl, with the recent Manchester Pop Concert terror attack, and wonder about the future.

I am sure the children at RR today, will be thinking deeply about the issue and  dearly of ways to support and help the victims.
Best regards



Sam Furness was at RRS from 1993-2007 and if you are interested in a fantastic, inspirational idea of how to get creative over a year, using your enthusiasm/passions, then watch this! Well done Sam and good luck to you!







John Piggin is collating all the delegations which have represented RRS at THIMUN since 1981. If you were a Hague delegate could you please send the following information  to the O.R. Society: Year, Country Represented, Members of the Delegation, and any appropriate photos. Thank you in advance!

1987 Re-Visited (Russell Stevens - at school 1979-1987 and Head Boy 1986-1987)

The golden visit to MUN in New York, the delegation standing outside the United Nations building in New York. From L-R; Ross MacDonald, Martin Hawes, Nawroz Abbany, Andrew Law, Andrew Jackson, Mr Roy Bushin, Sherry Pestonji and Russell Stevens. We naively thought we could catch a taxi wearing our Palestinian scarves… in the end we had to hide them.