A chance to catch up
- 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.
- OP Sports Festival 2017
On 1 April we welcomed back almost 200 OPs and spectators for our largest alumni sports event to date. The morning action saw the OP team win at basketball, alongside two wins each for the School and alumni sides in football. The School teams won the netball (33-23) and girls’ hockey (5-0), once again showing why they deserved their place in the National Finals. The OP boys fielded two hockey teams, made up of ‘older’ and ‘younger’ OPs. The ‘older’ OPs reached a 2 – 2 draw against the current boys’ 1st XI, before beating the ‘younger’ OPs 3 – 2. The ‘younger’ Old Perseans then fought back against the 1st XI to win the match 2 – 0.
The afternoon also saw two Old Persean sides go head-to-head in the Hugh Vodden Cup match. For the second year in a row it was the Over 21s who were victorious, and so it was Captain Joe Sherrington-Scales (2012) who collected the trophy from current Head of Rugby, Liam St John.
- 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.
- Benefactors' Reception 2016
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.