Former headmaster D E Turner has died
Date: Nov 3rd, 2009 7:44:25 pm - Subscribe

The much respected former headmaster of Falcon, Dougal Turner, died on 31st October 2009 in South Africa.

Leading the condolences were these words from Andy Laing, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Falcon (slightly edited for the web)


I am sure that, without exception, the approximately 1500 boys who were privileged to experience the Headship of Mr Turner will be grieving right now.

DET, as he was known to all of us, was a legend in his time and will always remain so. We do not need the Turner Hall to remind us of him, and of the contribution that he and his wife Jill made to Falcon. Memories are already being recalled through dozens of emails that are coming in, and they speak of such things as ‘incredible command of the English language, unsurpassed public speaker, incredible role model, such an impact on our lives, headmaster of highest repute, quiet but firm, will always remember,’ and so on. I have always believed that the greatest test of a schoolmaster is not exam results etc. but how he is remembered by his charges. Mr Turner scored well over 100%.

Looking around Falcon today, the Turner influence is everywhere to be seen. In fact Mr & Mrs Turner gave us most of what we have today – built the foundations, steered the College through its formative years following painful birth pains, from the early sixties to the mid eighties, through Federal days to UDI, through the war years, and then through the early years of independence and the dissident era.

Nobody else could have achieved this, and that is why it left such an indelible mark on the lives of almost 1500 young men. To have achieved this and at the same time to have engendered such affection for themselves in the hearts of so many, speaks volumes about the kind of people the Turners are. They really are held in the very highest esteem.

The very sad announcement was made on Saturday morning at the annual inter-house gala. There were audible gasps from those assembled. Then we observed a minute of absolute silence around the new Bryce Hendrie swimming pool. Many of us were choked up.

And so on behalf of Old Boys and Staff, the Board of Governors, today’s staff and boys, I extend to the Turner family our very deepest and sincerest sympathy at this time. Thoughts and prayers so numerous and so sincere that they are almost tangible, flow from all corners of the globe, and we stand with the Turner family in a grief that is shared by so many.

Andy Laing
Chairman of the Board of Governors, Falcon College

Note: if old boys or staff would like to convey condolences to Mrs Turner and family, please write c/o

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FOG Exhibition, 1st June-8th July, Muchelney, Somerset
Date: May 14th, 2009 8:46:15 pm - Subscribe

Pru Taylor (1972) has an exhibition of paintings you might want to see. Pru is the daughter of Alan & Mary Taylor. (Alan was Head of Art from 1970 - 1994). She is also sister to Jane (Falcon's first girl pupil), Matthew (Founders), and Felicity (also a FOG).

To see Pru's paintings - inspired by the landscape of Zimbabwe, some in particular by the land around and beyond Falcon, click on this link.
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News of Quiet Waters
Date: Feb 23rd, 2009 11:43:56 am - Subscribe

  • To date the Falcon area has had 680 mls of rain, which is well over the mean of 625 ml.
  • As a result, the Park is looking magnificent, with both Longden’s Dam and Mbonisa Weir spilling.
  • We appear to have had a good crop of Impala lambs born in December. There are also newly born Bushbuck, Duiker, Klipspringer and Warthog. At least three of the Zebra mares look fairly heavily pregnant and should give birth in the next month or so.
  • The bird life is wonderful with waterfowl on the dam and weir. Africa jacana (Lily trotters) have been seen on the upper reaches of Mbonisa, while Oxpeckers have been seen clambering over the Giraffe, looking for ticks. The Guinea fowl and the Francolin have bred especially well with chicks all over the place.
  • During the Christmas holidays, our large male Giraffe broke through the game fence into the Wilderness area. I suspect that he may have been ‘spooked’ by a Leopard. He disappeared for a short while, but was soon back patrolling the fence line on the wrong side. The call of his ‘harem of eight wives’ was too strong and just after Christmas, he crossed the cattle grid at the entrance gate and back into the park - clever boy!
  • For the last three weekends the five chalets in the campsite have been full, which has brought in much-needed funds. It is already booked up for Founders’ weekend.
  • After the mid-term exeat, I will be starting lessons leading to the Zimbabwe Hunters’ and Guides’ Leaners’ Licence. The exam will take place in November this year and there are about ten boys interested in doing it. Obviously, Quiet Waters will be used for practical lessons on trees, grass, bird and mammal identity - also for tracking and spoor identification.
  • It is hoped that in the last weekend of this term, a Mountain bike rally will take place, with an interesting and challenging course running through Quiet Waters, the Wilderness area and the Southern Paddocks. This is subject to the approval of the Head. A fun event such as this would not only do much to promote Falcon and Quiet Waters, but will also help generate much needed funds.
  • On the downside, we have had a large female Giraffe die and a Bushbuck ram, in the last two weeks. The Giraffe was one which was introduced into Quiet Waters in 1991, so it could have been because of old age. The Bushbuck unfortunately got caught up in a fence.

Posted on behalf of Gordon Macdonald
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Michael V Potts 1950-2008
Date: Dec 10th, 2008 8:14:41 am - Subscribe
Mood: sorrowful

Many of you will remember Mike Potts ( Founders 1968 ), who for years ran the FOBS 100 Club in the UK (though we had contributors from around the world).

Sadly, he passed away suddenly on 29th November. The funeral is on Friday in Tunbridge Wells (get in touch with me if you think you can attend).

Mike was a great character, who was probably the first person to speak to me at the first FOBs do I went to. Full of his own particular charm and interested in what you had to say.

He flew 737s for Danair and British Airways for many years but unfortunately had to give this up on account of ill health. He was also a keen golfer and I guess we now know why he was not able to join us at the FOB event in September this year. He leaves a wife, Dorothy, and a daughter, Genevieve.

He will be greatly missed. If any of you who knew him would like to post their recollections of him on Bushtick, I will collate them for his family.

Colin (Hervey 1979)
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Falcon Shoot 2008 - pictures
Date: Aug 6th, 2008 6:24:10 pm - Subscribe
Mood: bruised

More pics in the gallery section - this time from the Falcon Shoot enjoyed by a select few at Broomhills Shooting Ground on 1st August.
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Falpet Photos
Date: Jul 18th, 2008 6:54:33 pm - Subscribe
Mood: knackered

Check out the Gallery section to see some pictures of the FalPet 2008 commando assault course contest between Falcon and Peterhouse old boys. Thanks to Alison Tate for providing the pictures.
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Falcon Shooting Day - 1st August 2008
Date: Jul 8th, 2008 6:25:26 pm - Subscribe

Sign up before it's too late for a fantastic day of clay pigeon shooting in Hertfordshire. Check out the Events page for details.
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Falcon Old Boys Day - 21st June 2008
Date: Jun 18th, 2008 3:38:06 am - Subscribe
Mood: energized

On behalf of the College...

This Saturday we will have...

Rugby vs Christian Brothers College (CBC) at Falcon College

Falcon 1st XV game will kick off at 16:00

There will be Supper and drinks at the Bushtick after the game. It would be fantastic to see as many of you as possible there.

In addition John Laing, Daniel Courtiade, Gonzalo Guinea, and Raymond Smart will be taking part in the Falcon parachute jump at the North London Parachute Centre to commemorate the Falcon Old Boys Day.
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US$10,000 donation from Moneygram
Date: May 22nd, 2008 6:34:03 pm - Subscribe
Mood: elated

Moneygram, the well-known international funds transfer organisation has approved an application for contributing US$10,000 towards a new Health Care Clinic at Falcon. Many thanks to Moneygram for their huge generosity. See the Sponsors page for more details.

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Falcon wins FalPet Cup
Date: May 18th, 2008 1:42:44 pm - Subscribe
Mood: hungover

Well done to the Falcon Team who sneaked into winning place on the FalPet Cup yesterday, beating Peterhouse by just 25 seconds. Full report to follow somewhere hopefully. cool.gif
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