On Saturday 4 October, 23 former pupils and staff came back to Cokethorpe School for a tour and an opportunity to see their old bedrooms, classrooms and stomping grounds. The OCs came from far and wide; the closest OC travelled the short distance from Witney whilst the furthest travelled for hours from Bangladesh!
After a very animated tour of the School the group went to the Corinthian Room for refreshments and to continue with the story telling. The Headmaster and staff were delighted to hear about the OCs’ time at the School and the anecdotes of their mischief!
It took Ian Ogborn (OC 1987, Queen Anne) two and a half years to organise the Reunion and with great success. Ian said: ‘Friday was really exciting as we waited to see old friends travelling to Witney the day before the official Reunion. It was a pleasant shock seeing others appear without prior warning. As soon as one story was told it sparked another memory, soon with everyone adding their own snippets. Saturday was just as exciting and everyone felt a mixture of nerves and anticipation at seeing everyone and finding out what was in store when we arrived at the School. We were all deeply engrossed in the tour and felt like future parents sending our children to the School. It was wonderful seeing the painting of our Headmaster David Goldsmith on the wall, this being the man whose guidance prepared us for the rest of our lives. Everyone had their own memories and private recollections of Cokethorpe and for a brief moment we were transported back to our school days. The speeches in the Corinthian Room were the icing on the cake. It had been 27 years since we had all been together in that same room. A lasting memory we shall all take to the grave.’
The School would like to encourage more Old Cokethorpeans to organise their own reunion events. The School can host a limited number of reunions on a first come first served basis. Please contact Nicole Rolfe in the Foundation Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01993 892352 for more information.