As St John’s celebrates 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 have been in touch with many former pupils and their families during the course of our Centenary year. They have shared reminiscences and memorabilia such as school magazines, class and sport photos, whole school photos, newspaper articles and other treasures which we now have in our digital archive. We have used these to help in the preparation of a very special book, The Boys on the Hill, which is a 224-page illustrated history of 100 years of St John’s. Old Boys and their families who have already purchased the book report that they have been delighted to read and reminisce about these formative years, vividly brought to life in the pages of the book.
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CENTENARY EVENTS AND REUNIONS
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we had to postpone our Centenary Black-tie Dinner at Merchant Taylors’ Hall and the planned Old Boys Reunion we were so looking forward to. We will organise suitable events for the St John’s family as soon as it is safe to do so.
At the first Old Boys Reunion, 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 were treated to lunch followed by a performance from our Brass Band, a game of cricket between our 1st XI team and an invitational team mainly drawn from the previous year’s leavers. At a subsequent Old Boys’ event in 2018 the crowd was even larger and we are hoping that a significant number of Old Boys and their families, staff present and past will be able to join us at our next gathering which should be an exciting event after all the months of lockdown. We shall be delighted to show you round our Centenary Sports Hall which will benefit future generations of boys at St John’s and is something Claude Norman, the founding Headmaster of St John’s would not even have dreamed of.
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. We would be very pleased to hear from you. Maybe you would like to write your reminiscences, which we could publish on this website? If so please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are compiling a database of Old Boys who we 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