As St John’s approaches our 100th anniversary in 2020, we are very keen to involve as many former pupils and their families as possible in the build up to the occasion.
St John’s Old Boys
We are publishing a series of memories and reflections from old boys over the years the first of which is available here.
Additionally we are organising some special events for old boys. At the first of these, held in June of 2016, we welcomed over 400 Old Boys and their families representing at least 80 years of association with the school. They were given a tour of the buildings and grounds (many remember the school before it moved to its current site) and treated to lunch followed by a performance from our Brass Band and a game of cricket between our 1st XI team and an invitational team mainly drawn from last year’s leavers.
Many of our visitors brought with them photographs and other memorabilia to add to a display of old school magazines, class photos, newspaper articles and other treasures that we have in our collection. Our former headmaster, Mr Kelly, is currently working on a commemorative book which will tell the story of St John’s and hopefully show pictures and other memories of the staff and boys for whom the school formed such an important part of their lives.
At a subsequent Old Boys’ event in 2018 the crowd was even larger and we were able to give a few details of plans to mark 100 years together with a special Centenary project which will benefit future boys at St John’s.
St John’s alumni can be found in all walks of life and in practically every country around the world. We have celebrated sportsmen, writers, artists, actors, musicians, academics, explorers, politicians, members of the armed forces and a veritable army of boys who have gone on to become influential men in their chosen fields of endeavour.
In the build up to our Centenary, we are compiling a database of Old Boys who we can keep informed about celebratory occasions and other significant events in the life of the school. Our contact list currently stands at c1300 records although we estimate there may be up to 5000 Old Boys still living. If you would like to add your details to the list or can provide details of others who should be included please write to email@example.com