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Rupert Lunnon OD January 1979 – July 1982

It is with great sadness that we received the news that Rupert passed away on Sunday 30th January following a 30 year struggle with MS.

Tim Hall writes about Rupert:

Rupert is fondly remembered by many past pupils and a number have kept in close touch with Rupert since leaving St David’s and during his long illness.

Ann, Rupert’s mother, has faithfully looked after Rupert and we remember her in our thoughts and prayers at this time as she grieves the loss of her son.

Helen Thompson

Some sad news

Helen Thompson passed away early on Saturday January 9th. She worked as a support teacher in the Cadogan Centre for many years and lots of you will remember her patience and kindness as an individual tutor. She always went the extra mile to get to know and help her students. When she retired she lived in Deganwy and had many interests: entertaining her numerous friends, walking, art appreciation and travelling the world.

Helen will be sadly missed; her generous, selfless nature, whether as a teacher, a friend or colleague was an example to us all.

Online Chapel

As St David’s is once again closed and teaching online, our Sunday evening chapel services have moved to the online YouTube platform as they did in the last lockdown. We welcome all Old Davideans to attend so that we can all remain part of the extended St David’s community while we navigate another national lockdown.

Shirley van der Bijl

We have received the sad news that previous art teacher Shirley van der Bijl passed away in her sleep on October 21st. Her son Andre contacted us to say she had so many happy memories of her working time and friends made at St David’s.

Tim Hall fondly remembers both Shirley and her husband Jean who taught French and Art at St David’s:


Old Davidean Paul Spencer is already a 3 time Guiness World Record holder and now he is planning his greatest World Record attempt to date.

THE PLAN: “Wouldn’t it be cool if I rode around the world?”

Paul is currently mapping out a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – to pedal around the world starting this year. As a life-long traveller, he sees this opportunity as a dream he can achieve.
“Is that insane or just plain mad?”

Maybe it’s a little bit crazy (or mad) to the rest of the world. But for Paul, it’s simple.


The shiny new Archive Room at St. David’s is shaping up nicely. We even have a lovely new carpet! Please do send us a message if you have any school memorabilia that you would like to donate or loan to us. It really is turning out to be an exciting and fascinating project.

Notice the “Chantry School” plaque on the’s the story: