A chance to catch up
- OP Sports Festival 2018
We were delighted to see over 150 OPs taking part in our OP Sports Festival on 24 March, with many more coming along to spectate. The day started with Tim Harrison (2017) smashing the 10 mile Roman Road Run record by over two minutes, finishing in 55:57 (beating Mr Fox by 40s). OPs took part in football, basketball, netball, men’s and women’s hockey, and touch rugby. A minute of applause was held before the men’s hockey matches in memory of Rajen Mahendra (2010). Our thanks go to the Perse Sports department for all their help and assistance, and to all OPs who helped organise the teams on the day.
- Perse Business Network
Our latest Business Network event took place at Allen & Overy, London on 22 February 2018, generously hosted by Jane Paterson-Todd(Current Parent). As well as an opportunity to network, Old Perseans, Parents and Friends of the School gathered to hear from economist and journalist Liam Halligan.
We hold two Perse Business Network events per year. To find out more, or to join our mailing list, please contact us.
- USA 2018
Our Sixth Form team took a trip Stateside in 2018 to learn more about university admissions in US institutions. Whilst there, they were able to meet up with a number of our North American OPs.
Boston Brunch: Sunday 18th February 2018
After a snowy night in Boston, some Old Perseans who live or study in Massachusetts met at the home of Chris Covey (2003) and his wife Susie (formerly a teacher in the History Department at The Perse), who kindly hosted the gathering. Joined by current staff Jonathan Green, Sam Black and Richard Morgan, the group shared memories from experiences of The Perse in the 1960s right through to last academic year.
Over plentiful coffee and a brunch banquet, thoughts were shared on a wide range of topics and the current staff learned a lot about what it was like studying and working in America. With a broad range of perspectives and experiences, the conversation (much like the coffee) flowed through into the early afternoon.
New York Dinner: Wednesday 21st February 2018
This event was kindly hosted by Simon Hornby (1977), who organised drinks and a buffet dinner in a function room at Bocca di Bacco in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.
While most attendees were based in and around New York, there were also longer journeys made from Washington DC and Toronto to attend this gathering. The experiences of The Perse spanned across five decades, while subsequent careers have included law, business, media, software, education, research and government to name a few. Naturally this made for a really interesting evening sharing memories, thoughts and hopes for the future.
This is the second event in New York for Old Perseans and Simon Hornby would love to hear from those who are keen to attend future events.
- Doug Collard's Testimonial Match
On Sunday 25 June, OPs, staff and friends of the School came together for a cricket match in celebration of Doug’s 38 years at the Perse. A match report and photographs can be found here.
- Benefactors' Event 2017
Following last years’ event at Gonville and Caius College, this years’ Benefactors’ Reception was held at The Perse. The Head was delighted to have the opportunity to personally thank over 100 donors for their gifts to the School. We also heard from Old Persean Dr Alex Lyon (1992) about his time at the School and work as a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at Imperial College London and a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
- Community Lecture: 'Survival in Solitude' - Terry Waite CBE
On Wednesday 17 May 2017, Terry Waite CBE came to the School to give an inspiring insight into his life – ‘Survival in Solitude’. A write-up of this lecture can be found online here.
- Half Century Club lunch
We were delighted to welcome back over 40 Old Perseans and their guests to our inaugural Half Century Club lunch on Saturday 13 May 2017. The Half Century Club brings together Old Perseans who left the School over fifty years ago, and provides an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and reminisce together about memories of The Perse. Photos of the event are available online here.
The next Club lunch will take place in Spring 2018.
- 1989-1993 Reunion Dinner
We were delighted to welcome back over 50 Old Perseans and their teachers to the School on Saturday 6 May for a reunion dinner. Photos of the event are available online here.
- 1969-1973 Reunion Dinner
We were delighted to welcome back almost 50 Old Perseans to the School on Saturday 22 April for a reunion dinner. Photos of the event are available online here.
- Edinburgh 2017
We held our third reunion for OPs in Scotland on Saturday 18 March, which was an intimate gathering of alumni at Bon Vivant in Edinburgh. We enjoyed delicious cuisine and interesting conversation, which included many memories of life at The Perse, as well as thought-provoking discussion of topics relating to OPs’ far-reaching expertise and careers, from economics to engineering.
- Community Lecture: 'Fundamentalism, Radicalization and Terrorism – Making War, Making Peace, and Making Sense' - Lord John Alderdice
On Wednesday 1 March 2017, Lord John Alderdice came to the School to give a topical and thought-provoking lecture on ‘Fundamentalism, Radicalization and Terrorism – Making War, Making Peace, and Making Sense’. Drawing on his background in psychiatry and his varied political career, Lord Alderdice considered how human psychological development could impact on how large groups of people behave. A write-up of this lecture can be found online here.
- Hong Kong/Singapore 2017
It was a great pleasure again to visit alumni and friends in Asia in February. We were yet again very warmly welcomed so far away from home. OPs enjoyed meeting old and making new friends over delicious dinners hosted generously by Sir David Tang (1973) in Hong Kong and Somerton Sio (2006) in Singapore.
These were great opportunities not only to reminisce about The Perse past but also to engage in interesting discussions about what the future holds in store for our School.
- Community Lecture: 'Britain and Europe, past and future' - Professor Harold James (1974)
On 16 November 2016 OP Harold James (1974) returned to the Perse stage to deliver the first lecture in our Community Lecture series. Around 250 people gathered in the School hall to hear Professor James speak about the relationship between Britain and Europe, and the fall out of the ‘Brexit Revolution’. It was an incredibly fascinating topic, and provoked much debate from the audience. For those who couldn’t make it to the lecture, a write-up is available here.
- Oxford Reunion
On 28 October 2016 we welcomed a number of OPs to a drinks reception at the Turl Street Kitchen in Oxford. An enjoyable evening was had by all, with many OPs able to catch up with old friends and share experiences of university life.
- New York Reception
The Head and Director of Development travelled to New York in September for a reception at the Terrace Club for OPs and friends of the School in North America. James von Klemperer (1974), President and Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, spoke about his work – including his design for the upcoming One Vanderbilt building. It was great to see some old friends and make new ones and we have planted the seeds for a local OP network – more details to follow.
- OP Cricket 2016
On 24 June, a number of Old Perseans returned to take on the current 1st XI. It was an exciting match, with Captain Alex Hooley (2009) and Chris Pepper (2015) striking up a strong partnership of 56. It was Chris’ first outing in an OP match, and there was sibling rivalry on the pitch with his younger brother Michael playing for the 1st XI. The Old Perseans were 181 all out but the 1st XI were 183 for 3, winning by 7 wickets – an emphatic victory for the School boys.