Thank you to the classes of 1960, 1961, 1962, 1970, 1971, and 1972 for a special weekend, celebrating friendships and honouring Kingswood

We welcomed back a wonderful group of OKs, celebrating their combined 50- and 60-year reunions. The classes of 1960, 1961, 1962, 1970, 1971 and 1972 arrived back on campus on the 8th of July. Friday night included a splendid steak braai at the Wyvern, where connections were rekindled, and laughter and stories flowed.

Class of 1970, 71 and 72, 50th Reunion

Class of 1970, 1971 and 1972 Reunion Photo [From Left to Right]

Back Row: Neill Pike, David Redman, Mark Hazel, Stoney Crafford, Rob Ballantyne, Norman Collett, Rory O’Niell

Middle Row: Trevor Lombard, Mike Bladen, David Smith, Tikkett van Wyk, Jan Munnik, David Raymer, Allen Stark, Roger Wilkinson, Charles Friderichs, Alistair Matthews, Hans Botha, Rob Charlton

Front Row: Dickey Elliott, Bary Vorster, David Dowthwaite, Clive Ingram, Trevor Aspeling, Jan Botha, Len Bekker, Alistair Collier, Micheal Dean

Absent from the photo in attendance: Rob Moss and Peter Raymer

Class of 1960, 61 and 62, 60th Reunion

Class of 1960, 1961 and 1962, 60th Reunion Photo [From Left to Right]

Roy Hart, Glen Witte, Wybe Meinesz, Mop Bandey, Dennis Newcombe and Midge Hilton-Green

Absent from the photo in attendance: Mitford Thomson and John Roderick

Saturday morning saw a visit to Commem. A funeral set for the same time meant that the OKs had to quietly sneak up to the gallery to see if they could find their names in the collection of wood carvings, which grow deeper and deeper with each passing year. This was followed by a brunch in the museum and a campus tour.

The tour proved to be a highlight, as the groups gathered and shared memories of their Kingswood lives. Stories of boarding house antics, classroom banter and legendary Kingswoodians filled the air, transporting the reunion groups back in time.

The day was made even more memorable by the 1st XV Rugby’s emphatic win. The sun set on a wonderful day, as the group ended off on a high at the Reunion Dinner at the Wyvern. Good food was accompanied by good stories and laughter filled the air as classmates reminisced.

The weekend was brought to a perfect end at the 60th Anniversary service of the Kingswood Chapel on Sunday. The occasion was significant, as 60 years later, 1962 Head Boy, Glen Witte read the same passage he read in the first-ever Chapel service. Beautiful voices echoed through the Chapel, as we wished the reunion group farewell. Our sincere thank you to all those who attended the memorable weekend.