We’re delighted to bring you the latest edition of OS News for Trinity Term 2019.
The Oratory Community
We firmly believe in the Oratory Family, a community where everyone is included: pupils and their parents, Old Oratorians, former parents, current and former staff, and friends.
The Oratory Family is invited to join The Oratory Community – an online social and professional networking platform - designed to connect the Oratory Family wherever they are in the world.
The Oratory connection doesn’t stop at the end of the Upper Sixth. Old Oratorians are a powerful community and something its members want to be a part of forever. Old Oratorians carry their warmth and affection for the school with them long after they leave the school and wherever they are in the world.
Our Old Oratorians have followed very diverse career paths, from the retired Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, to Lord Berkeley of Knighton (the composer Michael Berkeley), a newly appointed Privy Counsellor, CEOs of charities, military leaders, actors, sportsmen, journalists, and top business men.
The strength, cordiality, and camaraderie of the Old Oratorian community is not to be underestimated: it is a wonderful, supportive network always willing to help where they can, and truly embodies the spirit of our Founder: Cor ad cor loquitur.
The Oratory School Society
The Oratory School Society Committee provides support to the Development Office and manages the Pereira Award.
The Pereira Award is a monetary award for the Upper Sixth Form and Old Oratorians who wish to undertake an endeavour in the spirit of George Pereira (1865-1923), an Old Oratorian who served in the army as a Brigade Commander (Boxer Rebellion; 2nd Boer War; WWI). Pereira was an impressive explorer, fluent in Mandarin and was the first European to walk from Beijing to Lhasa.
The award will be considered for any adventurous travel, journey or activity which is ‘original, shows independent thinking, understanding of different cultures, communities or languages or is simply in the spirit of Old Oratorian camaraderie’. This could be for charity, personal development or for some form of research project.
Past winners have included Paul Bettesworth (1996-01) who completed a 6,200m technical Himalayan Summit Climb – Lobuche Peak in the High Khumbu Valley of Nepal, and James Richardson (2001-08) who ran 200 miles in 20 races.
For more information please contact [email protected] or fill in the form below.
The Oratory Schools Foundation
The Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1971 by Sir James Comyn (OS 1933-38), Old Oratorian and Governor of the School. The Foundation has provided bursaries to pupils; helped to fund numerous gap year projects all over the world, which have been to benefit others; and provided additional facilities for the school.
The Foundation receives donations and legacies but is primarily funded from investment income and the proceeds of the 200 Club. To join the Club, or for more information, please download the form or email Jamie Sehmer on [email protected]
Keeping in Touch
Old Oratorians keep in touch with us and with each other via our social networking site The Oratory Community. The platform allows you to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. It provides the opportunity for professional networking – giving opportunities for such things as mentoring, jobs, internships, and introductions. There is also plenty of room for social interaction through groups and discussions. Past copies of The Oratorian Magazine can be found on here as well as details of all events for Old Oratorians. We also encourage you to share photos and memories of your time at school.
We love to see Old Oratorians back at the school, and the pupils are always keen to hear about your time at school and learn what you are doing now. If you would like to speak at an enrichment talk or attend one of our careers fairs, that would be enormously welcome.
We also organise reunions at the school or in London and speakers are always welcome. Details of our upcoming events are listed on the Oratory Community.
In order to stay in touch we need you to register your details on the Oratory Community. This will ensure that you receive all communications – including invitations to events, The Oratorian Magazine, and e-newsletters.
If you have any questions please do contact Rachel Rawlings, Head of Development and Alumni Relations; Dora Nash, Alumni and Archive Officer, or Tom Hennessy, Alumni Events: [email protected] / 01491 68 3591.
This is the moment in Oratory history for pupils to shape the future. Pioneer girls are rising to the occasion.
A big thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our 160th year on Saturday 22 June.
Congratulations Rufus, Luke, Tok, Ben, Harry, Oliver; Arnauld, Oskar, Harry, Tim, Tony; Ben, Tom, James & Ignacio