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2016 OE Reunion Dinner

Tuesday, 11 October, 2016 -- Helen Wilson

130 OEs and their guests gathered at Eltham College on Saturday evening for the 2016 Reunion Dinner.  Joining the OEs were teachers, both past and present, for an evening which marked leaving dates from 1956 through to 1996.  The Class of 1973 also attended the dinner to celebrate 50 years since joining the school.

The evening commenced with tours of the school, taking in the Chapel, Science Block (or New Block as it was referred to until the 1960s!), Tuck Shop (swimming pool and gym for some OEs), the main school building, ABH theatre and Music (previously the Boarding House).

Headmaster, Guy Sanderson, joined the OEs for drinks in Central Hall, where pictures of each year group were taken.  Sadly, the Class of 1986 were missed, apologies for this. Dinner was then served in King George’s Hall, which for many OEs had doubled in size since they had last eaten there. 

All the images from the evening can be viewed on the OE Flickr site.

Memories of each year were displayed in the Old Library, and many OEs brought in pictures from their own collections to show.  The sports team photos in the passage between Central Hall and the KGH, are always very popular with both OEs and their guests.

A great evening was had by all and many OEs told us that they were delighted to return to the school and catch up with classmates and teachers alike. 

The 2017 reunion will be for the Classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002 and will be held at Eltham College in October 2017. 

Quotes from OEs who attended the dinner;

"Thanks so much for providing such an excellent reunion event.

“Delightful and informative in every way!"

"It was a great evening and good to catch up with old friends."

"I just wanted to drop you a brief note to say 'thank-you’ for an excellent evening last Saturday. Although sadly there were only four of us representing our year at Eltham, nevertheless we had a great time in reminiscing and catching up on news, and several of those younger than we, remembered us (looked up to us!!!??) as their seniors at the school.”

“It was good to hear of the continued high standard of excellence at the school in many fields, and see how well the school buildings have been maintained.”

"Just a word of thanks to you and your team for organising such, a successful reunion evening which was reflected in the late night. "

"Please pass my thanks to everyone involved with organising yesterday's reunion; it was good to see so many faces from days gone by!"

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for organising last night.  Much fun was had by all...great to catch up with everyone and see the school looking so smart"

"Well done all and thanks for a really enjoyable evening!"

“Thank you again for the invitation and the opportunity to go down memory lane. Thanks also to the staff, the refectory and all who made it such a great evening.”

“Thank you so much for hosting us all on Saturday, and many apologies that we were having such a good time you had to ask us to leave in the end!  I guess that's a sign of an enjoyable evening.  It was lovely to see some old faces. “

“It was good fun going back 45 years, in some ways as if nothing had changed! Sorry my friends were a bit unruly still….  I couldn’t really control them.  Good to visit the toilets we flooded out, and the staff room where a boarder once sneaked in at night to steal a set of Chemistry books as his grades were not good. The official line was that they were stolen from a car.

It is indeed still a “Fine School,” to quote C  Porteous."

"A huge thanks for making Saturday such a success. It was the biggest get together of Class 81 since the leavers' tea, I think, and we had a wonderful evening of catching up and reminiscing. It was lovely to see several other familiar faces too, and also to hear that some of the children of our crowd are at the school, or considering it, and some also got married at Eltham!"