60 Years On (Class of 1964⁠–1968)

8 March 2024

Old Collegians with Rector, Christine Leighton gathered inside Strowan House for 60 Years On

On Friday 8 March, we welcomed back over 40 Old Collegians from the Class of 1964–1968 and their partners to a truly memorable Founders’ Day and 60 Years On reunion. The weekend commenced with the Founders’ Day Assembly which showcased our students many talents. During the assembly, Gerald Wilson, the 1968 cricket captain, presented this year’s 1st XI cricket caps and Francis Twiss presented medals to our rowers. Francis was part of the inaugural St Andrew’s boat that competed in the Maadi Cup in 1968.

The afternoon was filled with vibrant energy as Old Collegians enjoyed watching the Highland Games—a delightful blend of noise, colour, chants, games, songs, and House spirit. The afternoon wrapped up most appropriately with a display from the Pipe Band.

The Friday night Cocktail party saw 60 guests return for a well overdue catch-up, sharing countless stories. Many Old Collegians were impressed at the facilities now available to our students. Past staff members John and Jill Irving, along with Rex Livingstone, were also in attendance. Saturday night marked the formal dinner, complete with the traditional Address to a Haggis. Grateful thanks to Alistair Craw, Richard McLachlan, and John Masson, who assisted Matthew Lee (Year 13) in delivering a dramatic and entertaining address. Peter Smith skilfully emceed the event, with Michael Sidey offering a heartfelt Toast to Absent Friends, and Francis Twiss leading the Grace. Lyal French-Wright the Head Boy of 1968, delivered a memorable Toast to the College.

A special thanks to Catering Manager, Russell Gray and his team for another beautiful meal. It was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend where many special memories were made.

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