ST. AUGUSTINES GRAMMAR SCHOOL
5th January, 1976
My dear Parents,
When I last wrote to you on the last day of the Michaelmas term, I was awaiting news of the examinations for entry to the Colleges of Oxford and Cambridge. I am sure that you would all like to know how our boys have done.
Cornelius Gregg has obtained an Open Award guaranteeing him a place at the Queens College, Oxford, to read History. He is not our first entrant to Oxford, but he is the first of our students to win an Open Award. Now that Mount Everest has been climbed many more will be encouraged to make the ascent.
The following three students have obtained places on condition that they complete matriculation requirements:
Christopher Start to Balliol College, Oxford, to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Mark Brennan to Downing College, Cambridge, to read Natural Sciences
Rory Mescall to Jesus College, Cambridge, to read Natural Sciences
Tuesday, 6th January, is the Feast of the Epiphany, and this year we shall be observing it at school. The Auxiliary Bishop of our Diocese, the Rt. Rev. John Brewer, will be celebrating pontifical Mass in our Chapel at 11 a.m., and you are very welcome to join us, but if you wish to come please arrive at about 10.40 a.m. so that we may give you a suitable seat, because it is difficult to arrange the seating for a congregation of about 700 such as we have.
Enclosed with this letter is one from my First Deputy and Director of Studies, Mr. Matthews, explaining to you our present policy concerning examinations.
Finally, please accept my thanks for your generous contributions to our Chapel Fund, please allow me to say also that some of you seem to have forgotten my appeal in my last letter of 19th December. Any contribution will be most gratefully received, permit me to wish you every blessing during this New Year.