We were delighted to host multiple generations of Old Johnians at the OJ Dinner on Friday 24 November 2023. The evening was a joyous celebration, brimming with warmth and camaraderie.
Commencing with welcome drinks, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Surrey House, OJs were then guided on tours by our current Surrey House pupils, igniting their enthusiasm as they delved into the contemporary life of Surrey House while fondly reminiscing about their own cherished memories from their time at St John’s.
The OJ Dinner is always a special moment in the St John’s calendar, offering a precious opportunity for OJs to reconnect with old friends, share stories with contemporaries, and form new connections with fellow OJs across different years. Amidst the enchanting glow of twinkling lights in the Dining Hall, OJs explored carefully curated archive displays, weaving together a rich tapestry of memories spanning the last 75 years of Surrey House.
Following a delectable three-course meal, toasts were made to The King, the Duchess of Gloucester (Patron of the Governing Council) and to St John’s School community.
The Chair of the Old Johnian Committee, Mark Cooper, radiated joy as he celebrated three new Honorary Old Johnians, including Bill Chubb and Richard Hughes, who were unfortunately unable to attend, and Lise Parker, who was warmly welcomed to the Old Johnian community during the evening.
The Head, Alex Tate, shared his delight at returning to St John’s as the new Head, and expressed his hopes for the future. The Head recognised the profound importance of the OJ community as part of the St John’s family and extended his heartfelt gratitude on behalf of all at St John’s, to Mark Cooper for his several incredible years of service as Chair.
We very much look forward to warmly welcoming more OJs back to St John’s again in the future.