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most small companies has found 2020 very challenging so far. Ivy Education has adapted to the changing landscape and has been able to deliver all of their services online and start creating new products and services. Alastair explains: ‘After the initial success of our online courses, we are planning a host of offerings for our families, including in-person camps, group tuition sessions, and mock exams. Moreover, we will be expanding into the international market this autumn, with our newest team member ensuring that our excellent services and expert knowledge of the British schooling system is delivered across the globe.’ For more details visit: www.ivyeducation.co.uk . DISBROWE, JOHN (C, 1942-1946) John has been in touch from New Zealand and plans to embark on a six thousand kilometre trip around the south island with a cousin, when restrictions lift. Over 20 years ago he completed a five thousand kilometre journey with his late wife, at the time of their 40th wedding anniversary. We look forward to hearing about his adventures! DONOVAN, FLORENCE (G, 1993-1995) Florence is a full-time musician, producing, composing and performing under the name Dos Floris. During lockdown she wrote a song called All in it Together involving over 40 members of the public - fans, friends and fellow musicians, (including Caroline Ramsay who is married to OSE Alexander Ramsay (E, 1993-1995)) – who sent in video clips of them singing the chorus. The end result, which is brilliant, can be seen and heard on YouTube, here: www.youtu.be/Cbvh7uPxupw .

They have so far raised £700 from sales of the song and hope to reach a target of £2,000. If you would like to support Florence, then visit www. dosfloris.bandcamp.com . All funds related to this track will go to the Musicians Union Hardship Fund, a vital support for musicians during these tricky times. E ENGLISH, CAMILLA (K, 2006-2011) Congratulations to Camilla (MB BCh BAO, BSc (Hons) who qualified as a doctor in 2019. Read her account of life as a junior doctor during the pandemic on p . 14.


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Susie also founded her catering company, Susie’s Larder, in 2016. Since then, she has started a food blog and is writing a cookbook. In addition, she works as a freelance events and food photographer and, with her discreet, sensitive style and her sociable nature, she aims to capture the true essence of any occasion and the people attending it. Find out more at: www.susieflory.com or follow her on Instagram @susieflory . G GLASS ANIMALS The four-man band, Glass Animals (all OSE who left in 2007) are celebrating top-ten listings in both the UK and US album charts for their new and third release, Dreamland . They are also celebrating the return of drummer Joe Seaward (A) from the near-fatal road accident he suffered two years ago, from which any level of recovery seemed doubtful. The band was on tour in the States when the Covid lockdown was coming into force and delayed the release of the new work until August. Front man and songwriter Dave Bayley (C) drew inspiration in part from the difficult times watching Joe struggling to regain the ability to speak and move, let alone perform. Drew McFarlane (H) and Ed Irwin-Singer (A) complete the quartet. GLYN, PHINEAS (F, 1998- 2003) Phin (Phineas) Glyn, alongside fellow OSE Georgia Tennant (née Moffett) (J, 1998-2001), created and produced Staged . It is a six-part BBC comedy series, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, and is set during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. It received great reviews including one in The Independent that declared: ‘BBC One’s new thespian comedy nails the quirks of life under lockdown’

F FAULKNER, MICHAEL (F, 1960-1965)

Congratulations to Michael, who was awarded an MA in Art History by the Open University last December.

FLORY, SUSIE (J, 2010-2015)

Susie has recently founded The Inside Out Series podcast. Each week, with the help of a different guest, Susie aims to discuss ‘taboo’ topics (mental health, food waste, entrepreneurship, autoimmune diseases etc) in a light-hearted way. Listeners can tune in to learn more about the guests’ area of specialism or hear about their life experiences. Susie feels strongly about sharing stories with the idea of helping others and she hopes that, through the power of storytelling, the podcasts may offer young people a wider perspective and teach them some important insights and skills that aren’t taught in school.


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