Join Hitchin Boys' School Old Boys' Association and meet your old school chums!
Our New President Andrew Parr
Andrw Parr joined the School straight after graduating in French at Swansea University and gaining a Dip. Ed. from Queen's Belfast. Initially teaching Music and RE as well as French, he tried his hand at Spanish and European Studies over the course of his 36 years at HBS. He was variously a Year 7 and 12/13 tutor, school librarian, Head of Modern Languages, Teacher Governor, Assistant Head of Sixth and, for his last 22 years, Deputy Head(Pastoral) and Head of Lower School. Having virtually no sporting acumen, he joined forces inseaed with the late John Gardiner to write songs for school musicals which were premiered at HBS before being widely performed globally: Dracula Spectacular, Dazzle and Bad Day at Blackfrog Creek
In retirement he is a licenced lay minister in St. Mark's Church, Hitchin where he is also organist. He continues to take assemblies at HBS from time to time.
He is married to Dierdre, a former teacher at HBS, they have two adult daaughters. He still writes mussic and is learning Italian with his wife with whom he has begun to discover a country previously unknown to them.
He is greatly looking forward too a new asssociation with the school that was so central to his entire working life and in whose continued successes he takes greaat pleasure.
David Stancombe our President Emeritus
He was elected in 2009 as a measure of the Association’s appreciation for his work as Hon. Sec from 2000 – 2009.
His term of office culminated in a most successful centenary celebration which included the production of “We were there” - in conjunction with Stuart Halsey – memories of the School by Old Boys representing most of the decades in the 20th Century, The book was published to coincide with the centenary and is now a collector’s item.
David also organized a most enjoyable centenary concert performed by past and present members of the School.
And finally he oversaw the organization of the Centenary Dinner which was attended by over 350 Old Boys from all over the country and overseas.
David taught at the School for 30 year before retiring in 1995. He is married to Sheila, an old girl of HGGS, and their four sons were also pupils at the School. They now live in Norfolk and welcome visitors. (But contact: 01366 328 153 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org) to make sure they will be there.
Reunion 23rd April 2016
It was quite disappointing to only have 65 attend the Reunion this year as it was a very enjoyable evening. Peter Offer was the guest speaker and he regaled us with some moments from his career as a continuity announcer with the BBC. Head Boy Joe Wilmot gave a strong presentation and Martin Brown was proud to present his report on the School, especially the fact that the School had just been passed as Outstanding by OfSted.
I do hope that more of you will put the date, shown to the right, into your diaries now !!!