We welcomed ex-students John Cornell and friends who had organised a reunion. They were students at the Ingatestone Secondary Modern School in 1960 and were keen to take a trip down memory lane. John explained that he lived in the Meadows at the back of the school and actually watched the land being levelled to allow the school to be built in the late 1950s. They met with the Headteacher and had a tour with Sixth Formers to see how much the school has changed over the years.
John has had a very successful career as a professional photographer. He took many photographs of his school days during the last 2 years he spent here and he shared these with the Headteacher, along with a video of Sports Day.Surprise visit from ex-student
We had a surprise visit from an ex-student, Paul Sumner who left the former Ingatestone Secondary School (now Anglo European School) in 1966. On leaving the school he spent four years at Colchester Art School and is now an artist living in Australia. He has just completed some work for the Exodus Foundation who provide food, primary healthcare and crisis support to Sydney’s homeless, for which Paul is a strong advocate. He has an exhibition coming up in Sydney called “Falling through the Cracks”. He really enjoyed his tour of the school with Deputy Head Boy, Brady Asumang, although he commented on how different the school looked now to 1966.Ex-student Adem Aydin visits the Anglo
We were visited by ex-Anglo student Adem Aydin who is currently a Photojournalism and Documentary Photography student. He is working on a project looking at the process of becoming an Anglo European student, telling the story through images and texts. He has photographed parents, teachers, students and ex-students to capture the unique educational experience that we offer. He also photographed David Barrs, Headteacher. Adem studied at the school between 2008 and 2015 and said: “I felt a real sense of the Anglo Family that we all hear about so much. One of the most important aspects of the story is the students who are currently being educated with the school’s values. Aesthetically, the story is conducted with environmental portraits, which aim to show individuals at different stages of the journey in the places they find themselves currently. So for instance, an image of students in a class learning a language, represents what the school has to offer”. Adem went on to say “The story is academic at this point, but the nature of my course and work aims to give coverage to stories that we feel need to be told, and this is exactly the case for the Anglo European’s story. It is a story that I would love to share.”
We are looking forward to seeing the final project.Ex-student invited to Barack Obama’s Youth Town Hall
Ex-student and ex-Head Girl, Edith Whitehead, was invited to Barack Obama’s Youth Town Hall in London as part of her work with Bite The Ballot. Edith was our Head Girl in 2011, and her legacy was to raise the profile on social media at Anglo! The work of her organisation was commended by the President himself.Former student discusses Sino-US Trade Relations on BBC World News
Former Anglo European student and Global Risk Insights Analyst James Tunningley discusses Sino-US Trade Relations on BBC World. James was invited on to the program to talk about US-China Trade Relations on the back of the Director-General of the WTO visiting London and the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing.
Feel free to watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/h7HojSEuKrs