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Tribute to Frances Marshall

Sadly, the lovely Frances Marshall, former teacher of Music at St. David's, passed away last month. Her funeral was a wonderful celebration of her life followed by afternoon tea at St. David's College.

This tribute to Frances has been written by Tim Hall who along with former SDC teacher Pete Leavers was officiating at Frances' funeral:

ODA Sports Travel Scholarship

This year, Old Davideans Oli and Jonny Seldon donated a £750 sports travel scholarship to SDC. This has been awarded to Roy Eniagu one of our superstar First XV to enable him to go on the rugby tour to Georgia. The boys are there right now! SDC is the first ever school to take a rugby tour to Georgia! We will keep you posted on their progress!

Pictured below, Dan Lycett, Director of Sport with Roy Eniagu; Oli and Jonny Seldon with Dan Lycett; the First XV at SDC and the touring team with teachers Dan Lycett, Andrew Bohana and Steve Delaney.

John Ellis

It is with great sadness that we report the news that Old Davidean John Ellis (Ellis-Cockell) died suddenly while on holiday with his wife Deanna. John will be known to many of you from his years on the ODA Committee, many of them as Chairman.

Will Seymour, former Headmaster and John's Housemaster during his time at St. David's, writes about John as a St. David's pupil and his dedication to the ODA over the years:


On a beautifully still day we witnessed the launching of a legacy. The James Webb Centre was officially opened. Family and friends gathered with staff and pupils to dedicate the centre to future generations of students who will benefit from the expertise of SDC staff combined with the use of cutting edge technology. It was a privilege to meet with James' mum and family on a very emotional but joyous day.


Both the Ladies' Lunch in the Minstrel Hall and the Old Davideans and Parents versus Pupils and Staff Cricket Match were a great success! Old Davideans and Parents won by 5 wickets! Pupils and Staff are up for next year's challenge!! There was also a raffle after the lunch to raise money for the ongoing Sports Pavilion fundraising campaign.



Some of the retired and current SDC staff had the privledge of witnessing the wedding of Alice Haydon (Old Davidean, former Head Girl, joint Chair of the ODA and SDC Governor) to Johnny Seldon (Old Davidean, former Head Boy and ODA Committe Member). Both Alice and Johnny have given so much to the school both as pupils and Old Davideans. It was a wonderful day with Old Davideans Oli Seldon (Johnny's twin brother) and Owain Davies as best men and Old Davideans Caroline Baylis and Beki Grey (otherwise known as the Bayliss twins) as Alice's bridesmaids.