Reunion Attracts Over 500 Former Pupils.
More than 500 former classmates, teachers and parents rolled back the years at one of the biggest reunion days in modern times at Solihull School.
Past pupils who started as long ago as the 1930s enjoyed a variety of tours, workshops and sports matches – along with lunch and afternoon tea – at the Warwick Road campus of the independent school, founded in 1560.
Some guests attended lessons in figure drawing, language learning and jewellery making. Other subject options included exploring the nature of memory and happiness in a Psychology class and testing common sense in a Physics roadshow.
The outdoor activities included rugby, netball and hockey matches between past and current pupils, with presentations made to the winning teams by former England rugby coach and past pupil Martin Green. Former England cricketer Darren Maddy, now Master in charge of Cricket, also gave a batting master class.
Elsewhere, visitors could view final rehearsals for the School’s production of Spamalot in the Bushell Hall, and listen to the memories of Denis Tomlin, a former teacher who became Second Master, Headmaster and Governor in an association of more than 50 years with Solihull School, in the new Archive Room named after him.
The School’s Senior Management Team, Old Silhillians’ Association Committee, and current teachers and Sixth Formers, were on hand to guide guests around other modern facilities including the David Turnbull Music School, George Hill Building with its new classrooms, and the Alan Lee Pavilion.
Former pupils and teachers continued to enjoy each other’s company into the evening, with a buffet dinner, drinks and dancing at the Old Silhillians’ Clubhouse.
Alison Bond, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, who organised the event, said: “We were delighted that so many former pupils accepted our invitation to meet up with their old school friends and teachers, and re-establish and strengthen their links with the School. Guests went away saying that they had a wonderful time, and I hope we will see many again at future events.”
Peter Turner, a former pupil who left in 1960, commented: "It was a great day and one that a lot of people will remember for a long time. It was marvellous to meet up with so many old chums and former teachers.”
He added: “A big thank you must go to the organisers for the very informative tours, excellent catering and brilliant afternoon events."