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Issue 8 Summer 2013 w 125 125th Anniversary Appeal gains momentum YEARS 1889-2014 S p


My predecessor, James Davey, launched the OI 125th Anniversary Appeal on 29th June


2012. This was (slightly) in advance of the Club’s birthday, in 2014, with the aim of raising, by next year, one million pounds for the new Music School, bursaries and sport.


My thanks to all Ols who have supported the Appeal. At launch £380,000 had already been donated and pledged by OIs. I am pleased to be able to report that your support has lifted the total donated and pledged to £575,000. This is a magnifi cent effort, and especially so when considering the times in which we live.


There have been developments since the launch in all three areas of our Appeal. The Govenors have confi rmed that building work on our Music School can commence in Spring 2014, the Club’s 125th year. The Governing Body of the School are meeting as we go to print, possibly to give the go ahead. The further development of the Rushmere Sports Centre received consent by the planning committee last


A message from the Chairman Guy Main


month for two extra astro hockey pitches and six tennis/ netball courts. They should be built this year. Finally, the Phoenix Fund was launched at the end of 2012 to provide assistance to parents who, through a change in circumstances, fi nd the future of their children’s education at Ipswich School in jeopardy. Support for this fund has grown this year, thanks to the generous support of a number of OIs. We are now seeking to raise £425,000 to reach our target of £1 million. To have reached such a stage one year after the launch of the appeal is impressive.


Please contact Graham Papenfus, Development Director (gnp@ipswich.suffolk.sch.uk), if you would like to be part of this appeal. Graham is working with a number of Appeal representatives and one challenge, for fun, is to see which year leaving group can raise the most for the Appeal.


Please do support the Appeal if you are able to, at a level with which you are comfortable. Large donations are welcome, as are smaller ones. Please contact Graham for more information, and for comments on tax-effi cient giving.


Guy Main Benefactors recognised in Chapel


I am delighted to report that the OI Club events of the fi rst half of 2013 have been fun, convivial and well attended. Thank you for playing your part! Reports of many gatherings follow. I hope they will inspire you to keep involved or, if you are currently on the fringes of the Club, to join us. The number of ‘new faces’ at most events is exciting: I hope you all feel part of your Club.


A particular highlight was the OI Sports Festival, our fi rst at the School’s Rushmere Sports Centre, which was a great success. More sport was played due to the opportunities the new facilities offer, and a mix of ‘social’ and ‘focussed’ matches allowed those of various sporting abilities and levels of fi tness to take part. The additional capacity allowed us to invite current pupils and their parents to join us, and showcase the Club and some of its activities. And the post sport gathering was much enjoyed.


Next year the Club marks its 125th birthday. That the Club is active and growing is a testament to those who established it and who have served it (and still do serve) in various capacities. Of course, without the bonds and friendships formed during and after education at Ipswich School, OIs and the Club would not be what they are today. With the opportunities and benefi ts we enjoyed as pupils in mind, many provided by those we never knew, it would be good to reach the target of the OI 125th Anniversary Appeal (of which more later in this newsletter) either before or during the early part of 2014. Then we will have even more to celebrate.


The annual Benefactors’ Evensong this year not only recognised support from a wide range of OIs, parents, Trusts, companies and Friends of the School but also unveiled a Benefactors’ Board in the Chapel, recognising seven individuals and a Trust who have made a signifi cant contribution to the School since the establishment of the Development Programme in 2005.


We were thrilled that Karl Daniels, Edward Hyams and Nick Ridley,


Trustee of The Lord Belstead Charitable Trust, were able to join us at the unveilling.


Nick Ridley, Andrew Winter, Karl Daniels, Nicholas Weaver & Edward Hyams


In this issue: Club news • Social events • OI Features • Music • Sport • Forthcoming events


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