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Old Prep Supper

Last week we celebrated one of the most important and enjoyable events in the Prep calendar: Old Prep Supper. Having begun their school journey with us at Junior Prep (and, for some, Pre-Primary) together, the 2019 Old Prep Matrics joined us in Memory Hall to re-group, re-cap and enjoy an evening of memories, funny stories and excellent food.
As always, all our Old Preppies (including staff and Council members) gathered on the stage to sing the Prep Song: “I’ll Sing You One-Oh!”, led by Lorraine Mullins.
Griffin Dorm has been designed almost solely around the Monkey Dorm Races. After dinner, everyone piled into the Griffin dorm. Preppies clambered up on top of cupboards. Then the races began! Lions, Tigers and Griffin competed against each other: current Preppies, Matrics, Stooges, DSG girls, Junior Preppies and even the Old Prep waiters and waitresses joined in!
Old Prep Association Chairman Mr Gavin Keeton addressed those gathered, saying, “Ask any Old Preppie what their overwhelming memory is of being at Prep and they will tell you what a happy place it was. This is partly because when at Prep you were still young, and life’s challenges were much easier than they are now. But when you think that over our more than 130 years most Old Preppies were boarders – little boys and girls aged 7 taken away from Mom and Dad for the first time, and for most of our history without smses or cellphones, and many didn’t see their parents again until half-term – this memory of a happy place is actually rather surprising. How was that possible? It was possible because Prep was always and remains a large family. What makes that possible is the extraordinary love and commitment of the teachers and support staff who are the “parents” in this family. It is impossible to say why or how, but being a family has become the very DNA of Prep.”

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