Our alumni network exists to maintain a link between the School and our Old Boys, known as Old Davenians. We are extremely proud of our sense of community at Davenies; the relationships and friendships that are formed here last a lifetime. After boys leave, their relationship with the Davenies community continues and we are keen to hear of their endeavours and successes as well as provide opportunities to reconnect with former school friends. All boys, regardless of when they left, are eligible to join, all we require is permission to add their details to the Old Davenians’ mailing list. If you are an Old Boy and would like to join the Old Davenians network, please complete a Keeping in Touch Form and return to Mrs Steffi Plumridge, Marketing Officer. We are proud of our Old Boys and always keen to hear of their stories, successes and endeavours.
Amongst other events, we welcome our Old Davenians back each year around the time they start university (or work) for an opportunity to catch up with friends and staff before embarking on their next adventure. Sadly we have had to postpone the get together for the Class of 2015 this September owing to current restrictions on social events; we look forward to welcoming you back just as soon as we can.
Catching Up with Our Old Davenians
Charlie Merriman features in the film adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century Italian literary classic, The Decameron.
The Heptameron is a tale in which the Plague is ravaging Renaissance Italy and a group of Florentines hide out in a villa to tell stories and wait out the epidemic. Drawing a striking parallel, in modern day Italy, the escalating pandemic of the Coronavirus resulted in nearby villages and towns being quarantined as Charlie, who plays Dioneo, and the rest of the crew were filming! The film was shot by a group of award-winning British filmmakers, working for independent film production company, Raunkiaer Films and is currently in post-production, aiming for a film festival release later in 2020.
Old Boy Callum Stewart (OD 2012) delighted the congregation as he joined the School to play the violin during the Carol Service at St Mary’s Church. Callum was a keen musician during his time at Davenies, and it was fantastic that he took the time to share his talents with us once again.
Old Davenian (and current parent) Mr Mark Batten gave an engaging and inspiring talk to the senior boys about his challenging work on oil rigs. The boys were given an insight into life as an oil rig engineer, notably the intense and potentially dangerous nature of the job, but also the opportunities to work with cutting edge technology. Altogether a super event and our thanks go to Mr Batten for his time, energy and expertise. If you would like to share your knowledge and expertise with the boys, please do contact Mrs Steffi Plumridge.
Mr Rycroft and Mr Cooke were thrilled to show a group of Old Davenians round the School who were at Davenies in the late 1950s. The Old Boys got together to reconnent with each toehr, reminisce about their time at the School and see what had changed (and what still looked vaguely familiar) since they left 60 years ago! It was a pleasure to welcome them back to Davenies.
It was wonderful to welcome back Alumni and their parents from 2014 for the Old Davenians’ Coffee Morning. The get-together provided the opportunity to catch up with friends and staff and see how the School has changed in the last five years.
We wish them well all the best in their next adventures.