The OI Club runs a comprehensive programme of reunions and sporting events throughout the year, including reunions (including overseas), music, and sporting events, as well as social occasions such as black-tie dinners and the annual Summer Lunch.
Sports events, which always include a strong social element, cover cricket, fives, cross-country and golf. this also includes the annual Sports Festival with hockey, football, netball and usually table tennis. The 2013 Sports Festival was the first occasion on which the School’s new Rushmere Sports Centre was in use.
Reunions are primarily social occasions, sometimes designed to bring together those who left School during a particular period, or OIs working or studying in a particular geographic location. In addition to reunions in Ipswich, recent get-togethers have been held in Bristol, Edinburgh and Cambridge, while London-based Drinks in the City (held 2-3 times a year) is always well supported. Overseas reunions have taken place in places as far apart as New York, Hong Kong and Novgorod to name just three.
A recent reunion included paintballing, whilst another was run in conjunction with the Ipswich School Festival of Music. The annual Summer Lunch for OIs who left over 50 years ago is always popular.
Two black-tie dinners with an invited speaker take place every year. The London Dinner is always held at a prestigious venue, in April and the Ipswich Dinner (to which, partners of OIs are invited) is shortly before Christmas in Great School. The form and theme of the annual President’s Event is chosen by that year’s club President. Recent Presidents have held charity fundraising events, a musical concert celebrating the 200th anniversary of OI Philip de Vere Broke’s capture of the USS Cheapeake in the war of 1812, and a Songs of Praise in the School Chapel.
Details of forthcoming events can be found by choosing Future Events in the menu in the left hand margin. You can also find details of events on the OI Club’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and are circulated regularly to all members with email addresses. Follow the OI Club on Twitter @oldipswichians.
All OIs, together with their spouses or partners, are welcomed to (almost all) Club events. Your thoughts and views on different themes or ideas that we can incorporate into our reunions are also welcome – please get in touch with any suggestions.
To download the full annual OI events list please click here