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Class of 88, 30th Reunion

Friday afternoon 1st June 2018 saw the arrival of the core of the class of 88 at Gosho Park, where luxury villas were allocated, beds booked, receding hair lines, extended waistlines and multiplied chins laughed at, and general warm greetings exchanged. We all then raced off to “Flat Rock” where an impromptu bar had arisen (thanks to Flash, Bruce Tapping and Stu Hay). Further fellows arrived from different holding pens, and no time was lost wrapping our laughing tackle round bottles of ice cold beer. 

So many people and so little time meant that one thrust oneself headlong into filling in the gaps of, in many instances, the last 30 years; Where are you? How are you? How is life treating you? Almost without exception the buggers were interested, concerned and pleased to hear of one another’s endeavours in their many and varied forms. In what seemed like no time at all the sun had subsided and we shot back to our villas for a quick - cold shower - with beer - before driving the short distance to the Springvale Pavilion.

At the Pavilion we were treated to the privilege of handing out jerseys to the incumbent First 15 and thanked by a rousing and spirited rendition of [Kurika Wwawa Shee Shee Shee]. The organising committee, in conjunction with the caterers, laid on a first class meal, punctuated by various entertainment including; a welcome toast by Howard Blackett (incumbent rector), Grace by John Green acre, a toast to Loyalty by Guy Carey, a brilliant recollection of his and our time at the school by former master Jon Trafford, and finally a vivid and unnecessarily detailed recollection of his memories of life as a squack in 1983 - (stained sheet day included) by Barry Style.

Uncertain what time the bar closed, but a quorum retreated to the camp fire in Gosho Park where continued excitement at seeing one another caused us to continue consuming industrial quantities of beer and wine into the very small hours…..5am

Saturday saw an early start and despite blood shot eyes, residual adrenaline carried us through to a quick tour of the Chapel, the Admin Block, the Megahey Centre, and a general wonder around the magnificent looking quarter deck area, where we collectively remembered our glory days, quietly reflected on inadequate time spent in the library or similar. I think we were all blown away by the pristine condition of the estate and the facilities and the many and marked improvements that the last 30 years have bought to the school – The dorm we looked at was sheer luxury – relatively anyway!

We wondered down to pick up the first team hockey and various other of the school teams playing sport and it was not long before we had all assembled in a fantastic marquee, responsibility for construction of which lay with Clive and Sue Moore Gordon and in which we were fed and watered like kings. Not a minute went by when one didn’t have a beer in one’s hand and a snack in the other. Visitors were plentiful, and an awesome day was spent catching up with old mates both Petrean and other. I recall being passed a pudding which I think was natural yoghurt and fresh blueberries – and it struck me that it (pudding) probably contained more nutrients than I was fed in my six-year stint at school……. but the point being gargantuan effort, attention to detail and awesome touches characterised the day.

The First team put a on a fine display and, despite a slower start than the punters predicted – the correct result ultimately prevailed.

The day went past in a flicker of a mombe’s tail, and I barely recall a part of it where I didn’t have a beer in my hand and/or wasn’t using up bullsh*t bandwidth with old mates from Peterhouse or indeed Falcon. I for one ended up at a braai with some of the Tinokura parents at the nearby school and in a flash of lucidity realised that I had peaked for the day and thankfully had the foresight to take myself back to Gosho.

All in all, a fantastic week end – everyone that was assigned anything gave 120% percent, from those that travelled, to those that catered to those that spoke. The whole vibe was overwhelmingly positive and, dare I say it, quite emotional – it was awesome to see so many so positively influenced by their experiences at Peterhouse, which we all agreed were not always positive experiences but the impact of which were in the main bonds of friendship the likes of which I am not sure that our children will experience and for which I am sure we are richer people!

A massive thank you to Rich Moores for the vision and execution, to Claire, Corralee, Flash and Sue, Micky and any others and spouses that put shoulders to the wheel!

Report by Andrew Mills

Reunion Attendees

ELLIS
Flash Moore-Gordon & Sue
Rory Young
Bruce Tapping
Brendon Paul
Steve Prowse & Ang
Mick Rambo & Cath
Alan Stidolph & Julia
Grant Hofmeyr
 
MALVERN
Rich Moores & Claire
Barry Style
Anton Hingeston
Peter Hidebrand & Louise
Chris Brooker
Bruce Mel Thomson
 
SNELL
Tony Saywood & Charmayne
 
PAGET
Justin Bird
Derrick Sanyas
Douglas Sanyas
Stu Hay
Marc Greene
Matt Connor
Anton Brown
 
 
GRINHAM
Mark Thomas & Sammy
Stuart Tippett & Jules
Andrew Mills
Simon Fernhead
Walter Shamu
 
FOUNDERS
Daryl Waterfalls
Stuart Cumming
Matthew Costello
Jumbe Nelson
 

STAFF
Jon Trafford

Phil & Gerry Ward

John Greenacre

Guy Carey

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