Last year, we established the St. Anthony's School Association for our community of over 6,000 Old Antonians. This is a network for all past pupils, and former and current staff of St. Anthony's to connect with each other and the school. Being part of our alumni community provides a wide range of benefits - whether that be taking part in our events, meeting other Old Boys, or just staying in touch. This rapidly expanding alumni community is an excitingly active space ensuring a lifelong connection to the school for all our past pupils. We hope that those of you not already registered will do so by visiting www.alumni.stanthonysprep.org.uk
The kick-off for this celebration consisted of alumni reunions held at the school during the last two weeks of March. For these events, we welcomed Old Antonians from the 40's – 90's back to the school to reminisce on their time at St. Anthony's.
Many alumni brought memorabilia to donate to the school archives as well as memories and stories to share with their former classmates.
Following a drinks reception, tours of both the Junior and Senior Houses were conducted by members of the Founder's family – Nigel Pitel, former Headmaster of the school and Tim Patton's nephew; and Sarah Anderson, Tim's niece and the school's current bursar. His sister, Sally, also attended one of the reunions. The affection they have for the school is deeply moving and also rightly humbling. Almost every Old Antonian, when asked why they remember the school so fondly, comments on the fact that 'they were allowed to be themselves and… how much fun and laughter there was'.
Paul Keyte, Headmaster
Alumni and parents have been extremely generous in supporting this mission. However, the number and size of bursaries that the school provides have increased substantially over the last few years, increasing the pressure on this resource. Our fundraising efforts for the Bursary Fund are now more important than ever.
With our anniversary in mind, we have set ourselves an ambitious target to raise £250,000 for our bursary endowment fund to ensure we can continue to provide for future generations of Antonians. We hope you will choose to support in whatever way you can. While we appreciate that not everyone will be able to make this gesture, we encourage you to participate in whatever way you are able to, as smaller gifts combined together can provide life changing opportunities for individual children. Our goal is to make an increasing number of full fees awards for deserving children. We hope to achieve this through the Regular Giving Society as well as through developing our endowment fund, through which we can fund children who will flourish individually and have a positive influence on others.