The new Headmaster of Brighton College has certainly made his presence felt, what with making Mandarin Chinese compulsory for all students and teaching History to the Fourth Form! With his worldwide search for a young lad to benefit from the Peyton Scholarship, he has also enjoyed considerable media exposure.
On my recent visits to the College it is good to feel the warm welcome for OBs continues under his leadership and already Richard Cairns has proved himself to be a strong supporter of our Association. Such a mutually strong relationship can only benefit the College and I look forward to many more OBs returning to see the changes which are making it one of the most successful co-educational schools in the UK.
If you have children or grand-children and are looking at options for schooling, can I strongly recommend you consider Brighton College. Even if your own memories of school are less than magical, it’s well worth taking a look at what’s on offer now. I seriously don’t think there are more rounded, personable, confident young people anywhere. And no, I don’t get any commission for saying so!
This year is proving a busy one for the Association and there is no shortage of reunions in the pipeline, but we can always do much more. If you haven’t seen your contemporaries for a long time let us help you to bring your pals together. That’s what we’re here for. Already, we’re working on reunions for the Class of 1981 and 1991, we’ve helped to bring together Old Dunfordians to celebrate the House’s first centenary, and more than a third of the tickets have already gone for the Annual Dinner in November at which former Minister Ann Widdecombe is our first ever female Guest of Honour.
We are preparing to launch a new initiative for OBs living and working overseas and I would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in getting involved. Please email me for more details, but have no fear, we’re not looking for a massive commitment.
Among the forthcoming events are the popular London Drinks on 9th May. We’ve moved to an OB-owned venue this time and look forward to a good turnout. Please come and join us for what should be a very sociable evening. As well as being a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones, it’s great for networking too.
Old Brightonian Day takes place in September and we hope to have a number of former staff in attendance. If you would like to see a particular member of staff please let me know and we’ll do our best to entice them along.
Finally, can I point you in the direction of our on-line shop? Many people have called to ask how they can order ties, scarves and other items so we have made it easier than ever to do so from the comfort of your desk.
Thanks for supporting your Association and I hope to see you soon.