College Jubilee Cocktail Evening

March 11, 2013 at 8:38 AM

DSC_3801.JPGAt the conclusion of the first day of celebration, well over 300 past and current staff, Trust Board members and Old Collegians gathered on a balmy evening in the Jack Paine Centre, spilling out on to the courtyard in the late-summer sun. For many of the older, returning students, this was the first time they had visited the stunning Arts and Technology block that lends itself so well to a function such as this. There was much laughter and reminiscing as friends and former classmates caught up with one another and chatted to teachers they hadn’t see in years.

As the ‘elder statesman’ for the evening, Jack Paine received much attention from Old Collegians who remembered him fondly from his disciplinarian days as Deputy Headmaster to both Reverend Dr Adam MacFarlan and Nigel Toy. In his short address, current Head of College, Steve Cole acknowledged the role that Jack had played, in the early years in particular, as Adam’s ‘right hand man.’

During the course of the evening, long serving staff member and current College archivist, Mr Warwick Bell encouraged the Old Collegians to consider the archives ‘when cleaning out the attic.’ Mr Bell is currently in the process of moving the archives to an area close to the library and would welcome past photographs and memorabilia for display.

The guests chatted on long into the evening; a most successful event enjoyed by many.

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