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Welcome to the Old Paludians Association

The Old Paludians Association, established in 1915, is the official alumni association for Upton Court Grammar and direct predecessor schools from 1912.

Membership of the Association is open to all former students and staff of Slough Secondary School, Slough High School for Girls, Slough Grammar School for Boys, Upton Grammar School, Slough Grammar School and Upton Court Grammar School.

As a result of the generosity of Old Paludians, the Association sponsors awards of equipment, books or funding towards special projects for the school.

Members of the Association bring a wide range of experience and expertise which is an invaluable resource for the school and both current and former students.

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OPA Annual AGM and Reunion 2019 will take place at Upton Court Grammar School, Lascelles Road, Slough. SL3 7PR.

The booking form is available at

oldpaludians.org/old-paludians-association-reunion-2019/

Please extend this invitation to any Old Paludians you may know who are not members of the Old Paludians Association.

Please keep an eye on this page as there will be numerous updates over the course of the next few weeks.
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The original school, Slough Secondary School, was founded in 1912. Only a few years later in 1915 the country found itself in the thick of the world's first mechanised war and staff and senior students were being drawn into the conflict.

It was against this backdrop that an association for old girls and boys was proposed.

In 1915 the first social meeting of the new Association was held in the school hall. At the suggestion of the first headmaster (Mr W Francis Smith) the name "Old Paludians" was adopted (from the Latin "palus" meaning a "slough" - and more accurately from the genitive case "paludis" meaning "of slough").

The only surviving photograph of the school hall, a photo of the school orchestra, was taken 20 years later in 1935....... At about 2.35pm 😀
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A Reminder:
The Annual AGM and Reunion will be held on 24th March 2018.

The deadline for booking is TOMORROW - 5th March 2018.

An online booking form is available at the OPA Website.

Please share this with any friends who might be interested in attending the Reunion. Former students and staff of Slough High School for Girls, Slough Grammar School for Boys, Upton Grammar School, Slough Grammar School and Upton Court Grammar School are invited and encouraged to attend.
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The original school, Slough Secondary School first opened 106 years ago in January 1912 in William Street (in the centre of Slough).

It was not a secondary school in the sense the of "Secondary Modern" schools established by the 1944 Education Act but was the first major co-educational selective secondary school in Slough resulting from the Balfour Act of 1902 at a time when secondary education was not compulsory.

Slough Secondary School continued for 24 years until 1936 at which point it was split into Slough Grammar School for Boys which opened in new premises at Lascelles road in 1936 and Slough High School for Girls which stayed on at the William Street premises until moving in 1939 to a new site at Twinches Lane.

From the Old Paludians Archive, an original Slough Secondary School "swan" badge still survives....
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The Old Paludians Association Annual Reunion and AGM will be held on Saturday 24th March at the Sixth Form Centre, Upton Court Grammar School, Lascelles Road Slough.

Former students and staff of Slough High School for Girls, Slough Grammar School for Boys, Upton Grammar School, Slough Grammar School and Upton Court Grammar School are invited and encouraged to attend.

Please extend this Reunion invite as widely as possible among your contemporaries to help maximise attendance and awareness. We'd be most grateful.
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OLD PALUDIANS ANNUAL REUNION 2019

The meeting was held at Upton Court Grammar School, Slough.  Apart from OPA Committee members, the meeting was attended by: the Mayor of...

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UCGS Senior Prize-giving 2018.

Members of the Old Paludians Association Committee were pleased to be able to attend the Upton Court Grammar School Senior Prize-giving ceremony...

Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2018

The OPA Reunion 2018 was held on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the: Restaurant and Sixth Form Centre, Upton Court Grammar School, Lascelles...

OPA Reunion 2019.

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Old Paludians Newsletter March 2018

The Old Paludians Newsletter Founded 1915 Editorial It has again been a pleasure to receive news of Old Pals from around the country and beyond. What particularly interests me...

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2016

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2014

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2013

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Centenary Reunion 2012

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2011

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Slough Grammar School 2010 Garden Party

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2010

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2009

OPA Annual Reunion 2009 - 21 Mar 2009 An Annual Reunion for Old Paludians and former members of Slough Secondary School,...

Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2008

OPA Annual Reunion 2008 - 15 Mar 2008 An Annual Reunion for Old Paludians and former members of Slough Secondary School,...

Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2007

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2006

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2005

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2004

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2003

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Old Paludians Annual Reunion 2002

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Year 13 students at Upton Court Grammar School bid an emotional farewell to staff and each other on Friday 18 May, marking the end of seven years at the school.

In an hour long assembly led by students Alexa-Kara Deltchinov and Avleen Sarai, there were singing and dancing performances, speeches, awards and a video celebrating students’ time at the school. The eighteen year old students reminisced about their experiences and successes, and wished each other well for the future.

Amongst the tears of joy, there was a strong sense of determination for the forthcoming A Level examinations, as most students hold conditional offers from a range of universities and degree courses.
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Upton Court Grammar school students in year 9 created innovative ‘showstopper’ recipes as part of a Food Technology competition. The students’ brief was to create an item within one and a half hours, from scratch, with a ‘wow factor’.

Amongst the food items produced were macarons, profiteroles, a Chinese chicken Curry and cup cakes.

The winning rendition was the macarons made by Nidhi Vaidyanath, age 13.

Food technology teacher Emma O’Regan said “Giving the students a chance to be creative really gives them a chance to flourish!”
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Staff and students of Upton Court Grammar School said their farewells to two long standing teachers this week, as they move on to new professional challenges.

Mrs Ravinder Ghei began her career at the school in 1994 and held many positions including Head of Business and Economics and Senior Assistant Principal. She was instrumental in many areas of school development, and made a significant impact on the recruitment of new entrants to the teaching profession in Slough by leading the local alliance of initial teacher training. Serving on the Senior Leadership Team, Mrs Ghei also provided guidance to pastoral leaders providing real developmental opportunities to thousands of young people, many of whom progressed onto outstanding careers of their own. She has now taken up the position of Director of a Teaching School in Berkshire from April.

Also saying her goodbyes was Ms Sukhjit Gill, Head of Computing since 2012. In addition to leading her department and teaching ICT skills, and Computer Science at GCSE and A Level to the highest standard, Ms Gill also pursued her passion for providing support to homeless members of the community. She founded the UCGS Outreach programme, leading teams of Sixth Form students of Upton Court Grammar School to pursue donations of food and clothing and distributing these around central London. In addition to helping vulnerable members of the community, Ms Gill taught students the value of selflessness and extending charitable support to the less fortunate. She is continuing her teaching career as Head of Computing at a Surrey independent school in April.

Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “Mrs Ghei and Ms Gill have made significant contributions to our school community. They will both leave an impressive legacy that we will work to maintain. They will be missed by staff, students and their families, and all at Upton Court Grammar School wish them well in their future endeavours.”

Picture attached : Sukhjit Gill (left) and Ravinder Ghei (right)
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Eighteen students from Upton Court Grammar School visited an anatomy exhibition and two art galleries in Amsterdam on Wednesday 15 March 2018. This was to support the year 9 and 10 students’ learning of GCSE Biology and Art.

The first point of call was Bodyworlds in the Damrak area of central Amsterdam, where students studied human anatomy at an exposition of plastinated human bodies and tissue specimens; this method of preservation involves adding polymers to human tissue developed by Professor Gunther Von Hagens for enhancing the learning experience.

To support the Art curriculum, the school party visited the Stedelijk Museum of contemporary art and the Van Gogh art gallery, where students observed classic paintings of the renowned artist.
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Olympic silver medallist Victoria Thornley visited Upton Court Grammar School on Wednesday 7 March, and met with GCSE sports and sports’ council students. Ms Thornley, a former equestrian rider and model, was the first graduate of the Sporting Giants talent identification scheme to win a medal when she struck gold at the 2009 World U23 Championships.

She then represented team GB in the 2016 Rio Olympics in rowing, winning a silver medal.

During the talk, she inspired students discussing how earlier set-backs made her more resolute to succeed, and motivated students interested in sports to pursue their passion to achieve similar successes in the future.

Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “I am delighted to be able to give our students access and exposure to successful and influential people, such as Victoria Thornley. Our students were very grateful for her visit and left inspired to pursue their own aspirations."
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More able students from Upton Court Grammar School met a representative from the University of Oxford on Thursday 8 March, discussing opportunities at the world famous educational establishment. Dr Joe Organ of Brasenose College, Oxford, inspired the 13 – 15 year old students to set their sights high and aim to join similar Universities in the future. Students learned about degrees on offer, entry procedures and structure of lessons, as well as life as a student in Oxford.

Each year, a number of students from Upton Court Grammar School join Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and other Russell Group Universities in a range of courses such as Medicine, Law and Engineering. Dr Organ spoke in particular about former UCGS student, James Roper, who joined Brasenose College, Oxford in 2016 to read Mathematics, having gained three A* grades in A Levels.

Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “Many of our students aspire to attending the best universities in the world and we are proud that we prepare them to do so. We are grateful to Dr Organ for meeting and working with our students to help them to prepare for applying for higher education courses."

The year 9 and 10 students will visit Oxford in the summer.
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Member of Parliament for Slough, Tanmanjeet Dhesi, met staff and students at Upton Court Grammar School on Friday 23 February in his first visit since being elected in 2017.

Mr Dhesi was particularly interested in the school following the announcement of that it is the highest achieving school by attainment and progress in Slough, and tenth best school in England and Wales, following the publication of Progress 8 data last month.

The MP met with the Head, Mark Pritchard, toured the new facilities of the school and met with students across all year groups, including students of Government and Politics A’ level. Students discussed a range of political issues with Mr Dhesi, including the Labour Party’s stance in the Brexit negotiations, votes for 16 year olds and university tuition fees. Mr Dhesi will be visiting Upton Court Grammar School again in July to preside over the annual academic awards ceremony.

Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Dhesi to our school and to give our students the opportunity to meet their local representative in parliament. Our students showed that they were engaged citizens and aware of and concerned about key political debates of the day. Their optimism and desire to bring about positive change in our community is inspiring.”

Picture attached : Slough MP Tanmanjeet Dhesi with staff and students of Upton Court Grammar School.
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Seventeen girls from Upton Court Grammar School attended a workshop about law and debating at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 5 February. The visit was part of a wider project aimed at motivating academically gifted girls to transcend gender barriers that still exist in modern Britain, and aim for future careers suitable to their ability.

The tour of the Houses of Parliament including visiting a statue to which members of the Suffragette movement chained themselves to in protest of inequality in voting rights for women in 1918, and viewing art portraying the legislations they influenced.

The students observed MPs debating Brexit issues, as well as Lords discussing about women in politics, which spurred interest in a workshop to debate closing the gender pay gap.

The visit was part of a more able girls’ project being run across all schools in the Pioneer Educational Trust.

Head of Upton Court Grammar School, ‪Mark Pritchard‬, said “At Upton Court Grammar School we aim to give all students the necessary access and exposure to people and experiences that will inspire them and help them to fulfill their aspirations. I am incredibly proud that our school is part of this pioneering project that aims to empower young women. These students are a credit to our school and, I am certain, will be tomorrow’s leaders.”
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Our students show leadership in having set up CODE GREEN club ♻️ Raising awareness of environmental issues and actively making our @UCGSchool environment better #Service

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Taking students out of their comfort zones, encouraging teamwork and giving time for #Unity #Curiosity #Growth & #Service are key features of life @UCGSchool. Our sixth form are bringing all this to life today through adventure learning.

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The Summer 2019 Exam Certificates are now available for collection from reception. Please go to the website for details if you are unable to collect in person. Well Done to all @UCGSchool students on your achievements! #Service

Here is a superb summary of the period of recovery for the Weimar Republic under Stresemann! Thanks to Jay in Y11 for sending me this.

P.S. Remember to use the acronym DIFFERS to recall the actions he took to repair Germany's problems in the 1920s!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYc8fX527PQ&feature=youtu.be

We are looking forward to welcoming back students & staff to @UCGSchool on Monday 11.11.19.

We will begin our term with Remembrance assemblies for all year groups, reflecting on the values that men & women have given their lives to protect.

#Unity #Curiosity #Growth #Service

Final tweet from this account! Follow @UcgsHistory for future updates from the History department, as well as student revision resources, suggested reading, podcasts, articles and documentaries! 📚

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