Summer Reunion on Saturday 25th June 2016
By Mrs Robyn Crabbe (Blackburn, No. 1, 1972-77)

Roedean Reunion 2016 was a colourful day and so filled to the brim, that it even overflowed into a languid Summer’s evening, as the sun gently set over the Cloister Quad.

As our reunions go, this year’s was quite an epic one as the usual timetable for the day had some added extras, such as an Excellence in Governance Forum and even an EGM.  As these important events centred around the Studios (aka the downstairs dining rooms), our Reunion Welcome Base for the day was in House 2.  School staff and ORA Committee members were there to meet and greet visitors on arrival in the House 2 vestibule.  All went very smoothly with ORs gliding in at different times throughout the morning.  By the way, I absolutely have to mention and particularly, for any coffee lovers out there….. the coffee was absolutely Fabs! in the House 2 Common Room (ODR) and accompanied by the daintiest little croissants & danishes.  I digress ……

Many chose to see the School Play “I Could Always Find Tears” by Robert Rigby, whilst House tours by present pupils were A1 and most informative.  The usual tunnel expeditions were undeterred by the whimsical weather. Once a Roedeanian, always a Roedeanian, setting off in sunshine and returning slightly windswept and damp from sea mist and light rain.

Jackie Sullivan, our amazing Archivist whose hub is in the old Main School Hall / Library, had arranged a splendid collection/ display for O.R.s to enjoy of old but immaculate condition Djibbahs, uniform, memorabilia etc.
The GCSE and A-Level Art Exhibitions carried forward their usual extremely high & cutting edge standards.

In the Blyth Room (old gym), Sheena Kandhari (No. 2, 1988-90) brought her elegant display of Stella & Dot jewellery to lead us into temptation…… Annabel Glauser (No. 1, 1983-89) her modern muse Roedean Mugs. All a must see if not discovered as yet.  

Drinks before lunch had a positively “party” atmosphere and there was a warm and bubbly ambiance of convivial chatter and laughter that emanated from the Cloisters.  Good thing there were no Prefects on duty….

Lunch went with quite a flair as we welcomed a new and quite wonderful Maitre D par excellence. He did a First Class job and there is no doubt that all who dine at school will be extremely spoilt.  The Head Master charmingly spent time chatting to each of the tables in turn, which was enormously appreciated.

If you didn’t manage to make it this year, School and the O.R.A very much look forward to welcoming you next Summer.  As always, special thanks go to the school staff and to the students for welcoming and hosting us.

 ………. And so another year in Roedean’s history and summer celebrations draw to an end.  Have a wonderful summer all and recharge for September’s adventure of a new academic year.


N.B.  The Old Roedeanians London Reunion Lunch is taking place at the Sloane Club on Friday 9th September 2016