The 106th Reunion Dinner proved to be a fantastic success as 118 Old Shebbearians and guests enjoyed an evening of good food, excellent speeches and lively conversation.
This was the first dinner attended by the new headmaster, Simon Weale with his wife Rebecca, and his amusing speech, tempered with some serious points about the future role of the OSA, clearly made a favourable impression on all those from a range of Shebbearian generations.
James Hancock, the outgoing President, spoke of the honour he felt at having been able to hold the position and said that he had thoroughly enjoyed his year which had enabled him to return to college on a number of occasions for a variety of events.
Michael Tucker then took the chair as the incoming President and said that he too was looking forward to his time in office.
As well as the head boy, Julius Gemmel, and head girl, Ellen Chamberlain, Matt Newitt (Head of 6th Form) and Karen Purdew were the guests and they said how much they enjoyed the occasion, catching up with some they had taught, as well as meeting others who had attended the college long before they arrived as teachers.
It was particularly pleasing to see so many relatively recent leavers at the dinner and a healthy number of female Shebbearians amongst them.