The Alumni Reunion
The Burford School Alumni held their first reunion on Saturday 23 September and what a huge success it was. Ex-students and staff from a number of decades travelled from far and wide (including Australia and Romania) to come and reminisce.
After a brief introduction to the day’s proceedings by our Chairman, Stuart Norridge, and the Headteacher, Kathy Haig, our guests headed down to the West Dining Room for afternoon tea. The tea and cakes prepared by our school chef, Carlene Black, were absolutely superb and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
An opportunity to wander around the school, explore different departments to see how they have changed over the years, visit the Acre and see our current residents, Matilda, Womble and, of course Mr Fuddles, was welcomed by everyone. The Boarding Bus – lent to us for a few days by the Boarding School’s Association – was on display giving former boarders a sense of how much more homely boarding has become over the years.
There was much fun and laughter as guests searched for themselves or friends in the fantastic photo display running from the 1930s up to the present day.
During the day guests enjoyed music from one of our string quartets and the school jazz band played three stunning sets of music throughout the evening while guests tucked into the delicious BBQ, chatted with old friends and made use of the PTA bar!
We look forward to the next reunion!
Photographic Evening – 19 October 2016
On the 19 October 2016 we played host to a number of ex–Burfordians who came in to look at an eclectic collection of photographs ranging from the late 1800s to the 2000s. There were lots of images on view, showcasing the whole school and different year groups, as well as photos from boarding, musicals, drama, trips, sports and general school life. All of the photos form a small number that are housed in the school archives, and Mr and Mrs Norridge are currently hard at work collating and attempting to name each and every student and event – surely a mammoth task! It was great, therefore, to have so many students from the 1950s to recent leavers and current and ex-members of staff turning up to help us with this enormous identification task. We would welcome any copies of photos that you would like to have added to the Archives. Though please remember to name the people if you can!
Please send any images to Catherine Bishop our Alumni Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On 2 July we held our first alumni event inviting past students and staff who had signed up to join the newly established Burford School Association. We combined this event with the opening of our newly refurbished and re-thatched pavilion and the annual match between our 1st XI and the visiting MCC team.
The weather held and it was lovely to have some very recent alumni together with a number who had left us many years ago.
Mr Luke Ryan, Captain of the Oxfordshire Minor Counties Team, very kindly cut the ribbon on the pavilion and Mr Richard Martin, one of our Governors who has been instrumental in launching the alumni group, gave a short speech. After a tough match the MCC triumphed but everyone agreed that it had been a wonderful afternoon and we look forward to many more alumni events in the coming years.