Former pupils of Adams are known as Old Novaportans or ONs for short.
When pupils leave we ask them to provide their contact details so that we can keep in touch with them. We send out a regular e-newsletters letting them know what is going in the school and sharing news and updates about fellow ONs.
Old Novaportans are a valuable source of advice and feedback to our current pupils. They can offer up to date advice on applying to the UK’s leading Universities as well as careers advice for various professions. Large numbers of ONs return for annual events such as UCAS Preparation Week and the Careers Fair and we are very grateful to them for giving up their time.
Occasionally we organise re-union events, where ONs can meet with staff and stay in touch with the school. One of the most popular ways of keeping in touch is the annual ON Sports Weekends. Held just before Christmas each year the weekend includes highly competitive matches of football, netball, rugby, basketball and hockey that are enjoyed by large numbers of ONs competing against the current teams.
We love to hear from our former pupils and we know, from the numerous comments we receive, that other Old Novaportans also love to hear about what their fellow ONs are up to. If you’ve got something to tell us about please email email@example.com.
We issue regular newsletter which are sent via MailChimp, to ensure you receive yours straight into your inbox please subscribe at the bottom of the page.
Our annual school magazine, The Novaportan, was relaunched in 2010. An online version of the current issue (2016/17) is available to view here.
For further information please e-mail the Marketing Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why not keep up-to-date with the latest news straight into your Inbox. Simply subscribe to our e-newsletter with MailChimp and you’ll receive regular updates and reports from the school along with details of any ON events. If you can’t recall the exact date you left please just use 1st January in the year of your leaving. We won’t share this information with any other organisation.
We appreciate hearing from ONs who can help out at any of our school careers events, offering advice to our pupils. There are four key events in the careers calendar:
November 2018 – Interview practice for early applicants applying for Oxbridge, medicine and veterinary degrees.
25th January 2019 - Careers Convention: An afternoon event offering our Years 9-12 pupils an opportunity to talk to representatives from a range of organisations with workshops and some formal presentations too.
31st January 2019 - Careers Insights Evening: Talks on Higher Education and careers for Year 9 pupils and parents.
4th April 2019 - Apprenticeship Information Sharing Evening: For Year 11 and Year 12 pupils.
20th June 2019 – Careers Insights Evening: Talks on Higher Education and careers for Year 10 pupils and parents.
12th July 2019 - Careers Forum: A very informal event at which our Year 11s and Lower Sixth pupils welcome the opportunity to talk to ONs who are currently attending or have recently completed their studies at university or a training scheme and are able to tell pupils about their course, their company or their university.
If you are able to help at any one of these events, please email us.
Every year we welcome ONs returning to their old school for a visit.
In 2018 we are holding events for ONs from two year groups:
On the 9th February we were delighted to welcome back over 20 ONs who left Adams in 1983. After gathering in Big School Library and viewing some of the old pictures and documents we had found they heard from the Headmaster who brought them up to speed on some of the major developments since their time. The ONs then enjoyed a tour of the school with upper sixth pupils before heading to Longford for more tours with the junior boarders.
Many thanks to Martin Pitchford, Steve Garton and Paul Jennings for their work in organising the re-union, we look forward to welcoming everyone again to mark 50 years since you left possibly!
In July 2017 we welcomed back the ONs who left in 1968 to mark 50 years since they left the school. It was wonderful to welcome them all back and they greatly enjoyed their day.
Old Novaportan Gwynn Evans has approached the school about holding an event to mark 50 years since his year group started in 1969. The provisional date is October 11th 2019 and we hope to welcome as many former pupils as possible. If you are one of those and would like to take part please do get in touch with us at email@example.com and we will put you in touch with Gwynn.
Gwynn and a number of the 1969 starters attended a 'warm up' event in October 2018. Everyone enjoyed a great day, in the words of the Headmaster "yours was was obviously a lively cohort", so October 2019 promises to be even more fun.
ONs are warmly invited at any time. Please don’t wait for a reunion – if you are going to be in the area, simply contact the Marketing Office; we would be delighted to organise a visit for you, with a tour of the school led by current pupils.
We always love seeing ONs sharing their memories and revisiting their favourite places in the School. Regardless of age, there are memories shared by ONs from every generation as both boarders and day pupils.
23rd September 2017 - 50 years of boarding at Longford Hall with tours of school and boarding.
ON Sports Weekend
Many thanks to all those who returned to take part in or watch the very competitive ON sports matches which took place just before Christmas. Pictures can be found in the gallery below.
If you would like to take part in the 2018 event in December and are not in touch with players from your era, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can put you in contact.
Tom Bates Sevens
Sunday 26th August 2017 at Longford
The event began a number of years ago to keep alive the Old Novaportan rugby tradition far beyond the December game for first year leavers. We have had a strong turnout every year so far, but we’re always looking to get as many teams playing as possible!
Old Novaportans of all ages are invited to come back for the August Bank Holiday weekend and join the family fun. Normally there is a BBQ running all day so you are can come along with some food and drink and enjoy the sunshine.
Teams are currently made up of leavers as far back as 15 years ago, so if you’d like to play but aren’t sure if anyone else in your year group will be there, please contact Richard Storrow at email@example.com.
After the end of World War One in which many Old Boys were killed or injured, money was given to the School in their memory to be used for projects to benefit the pupils and these funds were added to after the end of the Second World War. These funds form the assets of the War Memorial Trust, as well as subsequent donations in memory of former Old Boys.Plaques in Big School record the names of those who died on Active Service.
The Trustees (all Old Boys plus the current Head Master) have the responsibility for managing the invested funds and spending its income, and over the years have donated funds to all sorts of school-related projects including Tennis Courts, Swimming Pool, Science Block, seating, refurbishment of Big School panelling, honours boards ,and many other schemes , the principal criterion being for the benefit of current and future students. Most recently the Trust has funded the creation of the Chaloner Trophy awarded to the overall winning House at the end of the Spring term, as well as the new House notice boards and the big TV screens in the Gym.
The funds are entirely independent of Governors’ and other School funds.
The Trustees always welcome new donations , whether these are by bequest, outright gift or funeral collections.
Any enquiries please to the Clerk to The Trustees, Mark Freeman, whose email address is MFreeman@henshalls.com. We will be very pleased to hear from you.
Jim Vallings, Chairman ONC War Memorial Trustees.