President’s Blog #77

Firstly an evening in the School concert hall for a delightful musical soiree when it was a pleasure to host a table of senior OW wives who thoroughly enjoyed the performances.

Next into the School junior library to be interviewed on the role and work of the WA President and reminisce on my own school days by the editor of the Junior Library Chronicle. Then into the School founders room for a WSPA committee meeting and later into the new North Entrance meeting room for an introductory meeting with the newly appointed Alumni Relations Coordinator.

On Friday 24 May it was into the immaculate School Andrew Quadrangle and magnificently set out Big School for the 124th WA Annual Dinner with 160 attendees who all enjoyed the very convivial company of their fellow OWs together with a delicious meal all the while entertained with musical interludes from the School musicians. The entertaining speeches were followed by the traditional School song except that all nine verses of the 1889 version of Carmen were heard.

Next a brief visit to the new School staff dining room to congratulate the members of the 44 Club on their 75th reunion lunch resplendent in their galleon club ties, then the 1957 leavers on their own reunion lunch the following day. Then up into the School founders room for an information meeting with the HM on the vision for the WA moving forward and a brief stop at a sunny Croham Road to view the set up for the first open air cinema event by the WSC.

A busy weekend started with a brief visit to the School founder’s garden for the School boat club BBQ and to discuss the possibility of an OW rowing link up with the club, before moving into the Raeburn library for the friends’ summer meeting to hear a fascinating talk on Lionel Morris OW ,the Red Baron’s first official kill, by his relative Jill Bush.

The next day into the Andrew Quad to meet up with the very well attended 1989 leavers reunion and up to the clubhouse to survey the Whitfest laid on by the WSC and lastly into the founders room for a main committee meeting concerning matters of state.

Richard Blundell, OW (1956-63)