OE Dinner celebrates co-education at the College
The College was delighted to welcome nearly 140 OEs, members of Common Room and guests to the OE Club's Annual Dinner, the biggest turn out for very many years. Before the dinner, a few of the first members of White House enjoyed a drink in the House with Faith Smith (Housemistress) and some of her Prefects. Main Hall was the venue for the Drinks Reception and guests were able to view the Archive exhibition on co-education, commissioned especially for the dinner, which was displayed along the corridor.
Guests then moved to Big School where OE Club President, Amanda Mathers (Wh 1988-90), warmly welcomed seven of the very first White House pupils, along with their male contemporaries, the current Housemistress of White House, Upper Sixth School officers, a number of current and former members of Common Room and the many OEs who left the College between 1947 and 2013. Amanda also welcomed former Headmaster Tony Beadles, who was responsible for introducing girls into M4 in 1996.
After dinner, Headmaster Jay Piggot spoke of the history of co-education and the College's strategic intent to increase girls to 45% of the pupil intake. The College is already well on the way as this year, for the very first time, there are slightly more girls than boys across the Lower School year groups. Mr Piggot also talked about the success of the school, from awards received to pupils' outstanding exam results in recent years.
One of the first members of White House, Joanna Cripps (nee Robinson), and her contemporary Chris Musgrave (Holman) gave an amusing speech about life at the College when the first girls arrived. Mention was also given to Roy Moody, who attended the dinner in celebration of his 80th birthday this year. Roy, who was Housemaster of Holman from 1970 to 1985, was delighted to spend the dinner in the company of a number of his former charges.
Other current and former members of Common Room at the dinner were David Lees-Jones, John Davidson Kelly, Norman Rice, Doc Young, Mike Hobbs, Ian Holiday and Carol Creevey.
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