Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 5235 Bridge Trust Society Year 13 Boys and Girls of HGS, who will soon be leaving their Alma Mater for ever, have an opportunity to join an organisation created in 1878, when the School was then known as ‘The Bridge Trust School’. It was called, unsurprisingly ‘Bridge Trust Society’ and its purpose was to forge bonds between people who have travelled the same academic paths, participated in the same sporting events and followed the same traditions and wish to maintain contact with friends through the years, wherever they might be in the world. Even if you are still at school you can join, especially if you wish to play football, cricket, golf or swim, through one of our four sporting sections. We have a wonderful sports ground just metres away from the School ground, in Romilly Avenue, where football and cricket take place and where our new £125,000 pavilion has just been built. We have raised £3,025 by a ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign partly thanks to a donation from HGS commemorating past Headteachers, and most successfully by auctioning Naming Rights to various rooms in the pavilion which gained us £9,100. This is our centre and where a lot of our Social events take place. Swimming takes place for Year 7 pupils and upwards at Handsworth Leisure Centre and golfers play at various courses throughout the Midlands. Senior pupils join our Annual Dinner to give the Head Boy and the Head Girl of the School a real taste of public speaking when they tell us of the School’s academic and sporting achievements during the year. Some of our members attend School events such as Prize Giving and the Remembrance Service, some are Governors of the School and some are Charity Governors. The School and the Society will always be closely linked; you, as current pupils, will be our future members – come and join us. Membership is free while you are in full-time education. HGS Bridge Trust Society Annual Dinner On Saturday March 5th our Senior Prefects attended the annual dinner of the Bridge Trust Society, which is the title given to the Handsworth Grammar School Old Boys’ Association. The dinner was held at Handsworth Golf Club and the Senior Prefects were accompanied by Headmaster Mr Bird and Assistant Head Teacher Mr Conway. After being welcomed by the Society President, Mr Ashley Winters, our school Head Boy Adam Saleem made a speech to the guests which outlined the school’s sporting achievements over the last twelve months. This was followed by Head Girl, Priya Badhan, who spoke about the academic success over the last year and the developments within the school. As ever, our students were made very welcome by the guests at the dinner who included some former pupils who attended the school as far back as the nineteen forties and fifties. The former students were delighted to tell stories of their time at Handsworth Grammar School, and all were delighted to hear that we have resurrected the House system in school. The senior team consist of Head Boy, Adam Saleem; Head Girl, Priya Badhan; Deputy Head Boy Arron Dalvair; Deputy Head Girl Jardel Robinson-Hylton, and Chair of the School Council, Josef Feiven. Photo shows (from left to right): Adam Saleem, Jardel Robinson-Hylton, Ashely Winters, Priya Badhan, Arron Dalvair and Josef Feiven. Mr Conway Mr Conway 35 BRIDGE TRUST SOCIETY FOOTBALL The HGS Sixth Form team suffered a narrow 4-3 defeat to their more experienced opponents from the HGS Old Boys’ Football Club on Friday 29 April. The match was held at the HGS Old Boys’ Romilly Avenue headquarters which will soon have a brand new pavilion and changing facility to add to the excellent playing facilities. The game was played in a terrific spirit as the students took an early 2-0 lead with goals from Fahim Ahmed and Sonjeet Paul. Yet constant pressure from the Old Boys’ eventually resulted in a defeat, despite a third goal from Shuja Mehmood. The student team were assisted by Mr Conway playing in the middle of defence alongside Amrit Sandhu and ably supported by the energetic Pavandeep Marva in goal who made a number of fine saves. The boys very much enjoyed the post-match hospitality and hopefully some of the student team will go on to play for the Old Boys’ in the near future. Thanks to Society President, Ashley Winters, for organising what we hope will be an annual fixture, and we hope to see some of the HGS student team going on to be playing and non- playing members of the Society for many years to come. CLUBS AND SOCIETIES