A chance to catch up
Community Lecture: ‘Britain and Europe, past and future’ – Professor Harold James (1974)
On 16 November 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.
On 28 October 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.
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.
Business Network Reception
The second Perse Business Network reception took place on Thursday 16 June, kindly hosted by Taylor Wessing partners Adrian Rainey (1992) and David Mardle (past parent). Around 30 OPs, current parents, past parents and friends of the School met to network and hear from Richard Mason (current parent), Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, who spoke about challenges of innovation in biopharmaceutical companies.
In June we returned to Gonville and Caius – the college of our Founder, Dr Stephen Perse – for a reception to thank our benefactors for their generous support. The Head was delighted to have the opportunity to personally thank over 150 donors for their gifts to the School. We also heard from Deputy Head, Sarah Richardson, about the fantastic outreach work the School has been doing in the local community, and plans to expand this further. Despite the unseasonably chilly weather, a pleasant afternoon was had by all in the magnificent surroundings of Gonville Court.