In May 1985, The Daily Telegraph gave us some welcome publicity under the heading 'Shiplake in Shipshape'. This was a review of our 'Facts Booklet', an idea of Hans Wells-Furby's that purely contained 72 points about the School. The intention of which was outlined in the OVS Autumn Newsletter:
Sadly, no copies of this first edition of 'Shiplake Facts' seem to have survived. This may be due to the fact that the final 250 copies were sent to the Industrial Society, upon their request. They were sent out in an 'improve your image manual' to industry. Please do get in touch if you have a 1985 original. A second edition of Shiplake Facts, that came out in the election year of 1987, can be read here.
In the autumn of 1985 the reconstructed Burr House was officially opened by Sir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Education. Almost 500 people attended the opening ceremony, this piece below written by the Architect, is taken from the programme for the event.
We love this extract from the OVS Autumn Newsletter written by OVS secretary Hans Wells-Furby about the new buildings.
Also in 1985:
- At the end of the Summer Term, pupils from Shiplake submitted work to the "Beautiful Berkshire" Art Competition. The Shiplake work was considered by the judges to be the best overall.
- Following the success of the Jubilee Expedition to Nepal, a second expedition took place to the Langtang area to the north of Kathmandu.
-The A Level results were the best in our history and the other academic passes were well up to expectations.
- The First Paris Art Trip took place and was a huge success!