The Kazakhstani Minister of Education, Zhanseit Tuimebayev, the Mayor of the City of Almaty, Tasmagambetov I N, and the British Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Paul Brummell, were guests of honour at the official launch of Haileybury Almaty yesterday.
Haileybury UK had strong representation at the celebrations, with ex-Haileybury musicians, Josh Edwards, Olivia Godlee, Oliver LePage-Dean and Emily Wetherall, performing. The four finished their A Levels in June this year.
Other representatives from Haileybury (UK) included the Chairman of Governors, George Staple, QC, Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, Michael Gatenby, and the Bursar, Martin Halsall.
A special ceremony to bury a time capsule in one of the walls of the new School took place in the morning. The time capsule was transported to Almaty by three Old Haileyburians, Alistair Philpott, James Symes and Tom Laskey, who were taking part in the Mongol Rally.
More than 500 guests, including prospective parents to the new School, attended a special presentation in the evening at the Ankara Hotel. The Director of Educational Development for Capital Partners, who are funding this project, Alister Bartholomew, led the event. The Chairman of the Board of Capital Partners, Serzhan Zhunmashov, and Andrew Auster, the Founding Headmaster, also gave presentations.