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In February this year, the Class of 2012 Facebook group began buzzing with talk of organising a 5-year reunion. Fast forward six months to last Saturday afternoon and The Mitre pavilion was abuzz with the fervent banter over 80 ODs.
The result of the Bishops-Bosch rugby match did little to dampen the excitement of seeing old friends. Once guys had shared a few beers and had got past the more tedious surface-level interactions, it was reassuring to hear how similar the life challenges we have faced since leaving the Bishops cocoon have been. Despite the advantages we took for granted at school and all the successes we enjoyed since our valedictory, the most valuable conversations were those about hard lessons learned as young adults.
As is to be expected at any reunion, it was not possible for everyone to make it. Thanks to the guys who wrote in to update us on what they are up to outside of Cape Town. Unsurprisingly, it hasn’t taken long for our jet-setting classmates to find their way to the US to the UK to Asia and Australia. All the best to those guys preparing to make their way overseas at the end of this year.
Also missing on Saturday was Gregory Hutchinson. Instead of holding a moment of silence, we paid our respects to our kindest classmate by passionately singing a verse of Hymn 295. Pardon those of us who had forgotten some of the lyrics, Hutch!
Saturday’s reunion would not have happened had it not been for the initiative and dedication of six 2012 ODs on the planning committee. These guys sacrificed many hours over last few months to do it all from brainstorming, tracking down classmates, hustling discounts, placing food orders, arranging music playlists and unloading bakkies full of beer. Cheers to Aidan, Andrew, Egor, Jordan and Tobias!
Many thanks must also go to WP and Nicole from the ODU for allowing our class to use the Mitre pavilion and for kindly facilitating the vision of the planning committee.
Fortunately, all of our efforts paid off. The feeling amongst the guys who attended was that our first reunion was fun and informal enough to go down as a great success. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another 5 years for our paths to cross again!
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