OEs add to Founder's Day festivitiesFounder's Day took on special significance this year, when the Headmaster welcomed over 170 OEs and guests for a reunion of those who left the College prior to 1960.
Mr Borthwick comments, "This is one of the largest OE gatherings ever held and demonstrates the lasting popularity of the traditional Gaudy". In recent years the College has initiated House reunions, with the last Gaudy being held in 2006.
Many of the guests had not been back to the College for 50 or 60 years. One such guest was Iain Frew (H 1954-59) who comments, "If I'm honest there was almost too much to take in during a single visit, after so long. The College seems to be the same as the memories we hold yet it now seems a rather different place. It's as if there had been a giant game of musical chairs! Every building is serving a new function and every function is in a new place. I exaggerate, I know. Does it matter? Of course not but it was striking, and confusing, after such a long absence. Of this I am sure: the College is a much more comfortable place than it was all those years ago! It is much better suited to the young people of today. It also seems much tidier and the grounds looked lovely."
Despite the morning chill, guests enjoyed drinks on the Headmaster's Lawn before proceeding to Big School for lunch. Following lunch, Director of Drama, Kim Chandley, presented Revue: Dance, Drama & Song, which showcased a number of pupil performances across a range of areas. The Venerable Archdeacon Ian Russell (Cr 1947-51) comments, "Compared to the house plays from my time, who would have imagined the range demonstrated in the Revue that is now available to pupils".
The guest speaker, Jeremy Diamond (H-S/F 1952-58) reflected on the benefits of his Epsom College education and why he supports the Education Trust. He commented, "What did I learn - apart from Amo, Amas, Amat? Well, I gained my life's guiding principles: right from wrong; honesty; fairness; tolerance; endurance; team work and last, but not least, a sense of generosity, thoughtfulness and compassion for those less fortunate."
In the latter part of the afternoon, guests had the option to take a pupil-guided tour of the campus, attend a talk by College Archivist, Alan Scadding, or tour John Piper works led by Mrs Katie Lenham, Head of John Piper Art School. The afternoon concluded with tea in Big School and a message of thanks from the Headmaster.