College – Issue 40

THE QUADRANGLE Reunion reports

20 Years On

launched to help support an initiative for Harry’s wife Kate and their two young boys, Archie and Patch.

Will Vink (12892)

30 Years On

The young guns enjoyed their first official invite back into College grounds. On walkabout many a memory was retraced – my personal highlights: an MJRM chapel reading, losing my first game of chess against George Bostock in the Hare Memorial Library (the highlight was setting up the board), and lastly Henry Aitken unearthed the original driftwood staff from the ’03 Lord of the Flies production. Not to worry, it’s now back where it belongs. Special thanks to Lizzie and Shelley for the "one per person" drink vouchers – they were especially useful on Friday night. Few managed to make the official pre-lunch tour the following morning. Dinner on Saturday night was a South American affair. Thanks to Gareth Reed for organising the venue and fare. It was a master stroke selecting “Entrée and Main” over “Main and Dessert” as Rollickin Gelato was across the lane. Special thanks to Casa Publica for keeping our beverage intake to a minimum. Overall, a successful event and a good mix of familiar and foreign faces. Looking forward to seeing you all at the 175th in four years. Thanks for your hospitality, it was great to meet current College staff and the wider group of Old Boys. Many of you will fondly remember Harry de Latour who was tragically killed in a farming accident last September. A Give-a-little campaign has been Back Row: George Bostock, William Vink, James Baddeley Middle Row: Lloyd Johnson, Blake Callesen, Rob Benton, Richard Baddock Front Row: Michael Morgan, Guy Lemon, Gareth Reed, Edward Glubb, Henry Aitken

With the 20 Years On reunion being cancelled because of the Canterbury earthquakes in 2011, it looked like the class of 1991 would again miss out due to Covid restrictions for large gatherings. Thankfully, the country moved down alert levels just in time to allow a good number of Old Boys to meet up – many for the first time since they last walked out the College gates in uniform. On the Friday evening, we gathered in the Dining Hall for a cocktail party, with all the reunion year groups chatting about the old school days and catching up on what everyone had been up to since leaving College. After final drinks were called, we were kindly provided with vouchers for Fat Eddie’s on The Terrace, with many groups moving on and reminiscing until the early hours. It was a slow start on Saturday morning, but we again gathered on the Quad, with many more joining for a tour of the Houses and school facilities. While all the Houses seemed relatively unchanged, everyone was impressed with the significant upgrades to ultra-modern learning Back Row: Ben Millton, Tom Hargreaves, George Ritchie, Duncan Patterson Middle Row: Ben Acland, Hamish Fairbairn, James Collett, Ben Huston, Dan Bonifant Front Row: Hayden Bishop, Simon Hay, Mike Sheppard, Charles Morkane, James Polson, Euan Johnston

College Issue 40 2021


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