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 newsletters which are sent via MailJet. To ensure you receive your copy 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 enjoy being able to welcome Old Novaportans back to their old school for a chat and a tour round school. If you would like to visit, please do get in touch so we can book a date and time. Our Development Manager, Caroline Cheal, would love to hear from you and can be contacted on email: email@example.com or by phone: (01952) 953823.
We have enjoyed a number of reunions recently and are very happy to help if you would like to arrange a reunion at school for your old classmates.
We are looking forward to meeting a number of ONs on 18th October 2019 for a 50th reunion for all those that joined the school in 1969. If you would like to meet up with your former classmates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to pass on your details to the event organiser, Gwynn Evans.
Gwynn and a number of the 1969 starters attended a 'warm up' event in October 2018 and all those that were able to make it enjoyed a great day. In the words of the Headmaster: "Yours was obviously a lively cohort"! We are looking forward to the October 2019 event!
In February 2018 we were delighted to welcome back over 20 of our ONs who left Adams in 1983. After gathering in the Big School Library to view some of the old pictures and documents we had found, the Headmaster provided an update on some of the major developments st school since they were last here, which was then followed by a tour of school.
Many thanks to Martin Pitchford, Steve Garton and Paul Jennings for their work in organising the reunion, we look forward to welcoming everyone again to mark 50 years since you left possibly!
In July 2018 we welcomed back some of our ONs who left in 1968 as they marked a special 50 year reunion. It was wonderful to meet everyone and to be able to give them the opportunity to look around Longford too.
Class of 1974 Reunion - September 2017
Class of 1979 Reunion - May 2016
Class of 1965 - 50th Reunion in 2015
Sports Dinner 2019
We will be holding a special Sports Dinner at school on Saturday 16th November 2019 and would be delighted if you could join us.
We will have 30 tables available on the night, with each table accommodating 10 people, and we are lining up a very special guest speaker too! How about booking a table and having a class reunion on the night? More details will follow shortly but in the meantime please save the date and spread the word.
ON Sports Weekend 2019
December 2019 - more details will follow soon!
ON Rugby Sevens - August 2019
Our Tom Bates Old Boys Rugby Sevens day was another great success this year with glorious weather to mark the occasion. The event has been running for eight years now thanks to ONs Michael Hill and Adams Stevens and more recently ON Richard Storrow. The standard of rugby was very high and it was great to see parents and ONs coming along to watch.
Richard says: "We'd love to keep the event running so that ONs can keep coming back long after they have left school to see old friends and teachers. I'm looking forward to next year already!"
Many thanks to Richard for organising and thanks also to our refs on the day: Rob Mulhern, Stuart Blount and ON Jim Willetts.
Please take a look at the photos from this year's event and save the date for next year’s Sevens- Sunday 30th August 2020.
A Celebration of Sport - May 2019
Earlier this year we were very lucky to be able to borrow Haberdashers' Hall for a very special ON event in celebration of the many sporting achievements at Adams, past and present, while also recognising the continued importance of sport at the school by sharing our plans for a new pavilion. Over 100 ONs attended from across many year groups and they were delighted to have the opportunity on the night to catch-up with some of their old teachers including Rodney Jones, Rob Mulhern and Phil North, and former Headmaster Jim Richardson, making it a very special night indeed.
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.