Invitation to lunch in Da Costa Dining Hall

Posted 30 MAR 2021
Old Scholar News

Back row L-R: Tim Prince (FRR 2020), Glyn Morris (WDK 1958), Alex Wurm (DAC 1989), Phil Grummet (FLL 1950), Headmaster Tim Browning, Alan Dawes (MAC 1949), Philip Marshall (SHT 1964)
Seated L-R: Ian Steele (FLL 1942), John Wurm (SCH 1949), David Dridan (FLL 1949), Lionel Dawes (MAC 1949)

Unable to hold many events scheduled for 2020, the School sought new ways to show their appreciation to those who have been part of the School community for many years.

From July through to early November 2020, the School was delighted to welcome small groups of old scholars back to campus for lunch in Da Costa Dining Hall.

In a year which marked the 150-year anniversary of the St Peter’s Old Collegians, the lunches provided opportunities for old scholars to celebrate this milestone occasion while meaningfully re-connecting and reminiscing about their days as students.

For some old scholars it was the first time they had left their homes to connect with others due to ongoing COVID restrictions and they were truly appreciative of the opportunity to be welcomed back to the School by students, their peers and the Headmaster.

Many opted for a tour of Pentreath, home of the Middle Years program, the state-of-the-art Burchnall Sports Centre as well as a glimpse into the plans for the next chapter of Big Quad. The invitation to join the Headmaster in his Study was for many a very different experience to that experienced during their School days.

Mr Malcolm Montgomery, School Captain in 1956 was grateful for the invitation and said of his return to the School, “It was a most stimulating visit. The opportunity to meet the Headmaster and learn about the vision for the School was fascinating. We were astonished to hear of the innovative learning opportunities now available for the students and the plans for the renewal of the Big Quad.”

Malcolm, who boarded from 1952 to 1956, was amazed at the transformation of School House which is now the Pentreath Building and home of the Middle Years program. Malcom said, “The facilities in Pentreath are truly remarkable. When I was at School the first floor was a large open room which housed 60 boarders, with 30 beds lined up overlooking Main Oval and another 30 overlooking Caterer. It was wonderful to return to the School and witness the changes the School is making to deliver a 21st century education”.

Lunches hosted by the School Captains and Philip Marshall (SHT 1964) will continue during 2021 and old scholars of all ages are welcome to attend.

To register your interest, please email foundation@stpeters.sa.edu or call +61 8 8404 0528.

Image: Philip Marshall (SHT 1964), Ben Oborn (W&A 1951), Tim Prince (FRR 2020) and Don Sarah (DAC 1954)