In 2007, ahead of the 2012 Centenary Celebrations, the Cordwalles Old Boys’ Club was reinstated by Charlotte Usher. The long and arduous task to trace and contact over 4000 Old Boys’ began. Some 9 years later, we have an active database and are in contact with over 1800 Old Boys be it by email, telephone or by post. The search for the remainder is ongoing!
Since it’s relaunch, the Old Boys’ Club has held numerous events including re-starting Old Boys’ Day which is now held in April/May, allowing OB’s to come along and support the Brown and White during the Rugby Season. An informal OB family day is complemented by a braai up at the Pennington Pavilion. Functions are held in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Zululand and London.
There are plans to develop the overseas alumni and to host further events in the UK in the coming years. In October, we welcome our High School Old Boys who are about to sit their Matric exams for their 5 year reunion. This is a much loved event in the school calendar by both the boys, parents and staff and helps to establish the OB Club amongst the group going forward.
The aim of the Old Boys’ Club has always been to bring together the Cordwalles Community across the decades and to re-establish friendships which were forged here at Cordies. The many wonderful reports from OB’s of the events, in particular the fabulous 2012 Centenary Ball, at which over 180 Old Boys from all decades – including the late Roy Gathorne (Headboy in 1934) and Rex Pennington (Class of 1936) – were in attendance, bear testimony to the strong affection that the majority of ‘boys’ have for their prep school.
Prep School associations are rare and Cordwalles has a club of which we can be rightly proud. With its rich history dating from 1912, glorious campus and beautiful buildings, there is much to draw an OB back. We hope you will wish to come along and re-live some of those childhood memories, trace a long lost friend and generally see what has been happening at this great prep-school of ours, the school that gave us our strong foundation for life.