The ‘Hopkins Society’ has been formed to foster, promote and develop cultural interests and activities within the Oratory School. The society is named after the famous Victorian poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, who was a master at the Oratory School under Cardinal Newman in the 1860s.
Hopkins’s poetry was hidden for nearly thirty years after his death in 1889 and was first published by his friend, Robert Bridges, the Poet Laureate, in 1918. Subsequent editions of Hopkins’s poetry and letters added to his growing fame and reputation and he is now regarded as one of the most important poets and literary critics of the Victorian era. Perhaps his best-known poem is ‘The Windhover’, after which the Oratory School 6th Form public speaking society is named. It seems fitting that Hopkins should give his name to a society which aims to stimulate and widen an appreciation of culture and the arts in the Oratory School, an endeavour which would have been enthusiastically endorsed and supported by the poet while he was himself a master at the school.
Activities from the Hopkins Society calendar include, a Jazz Supper Evening, a Summer Art exhibition, and a Christmas Fair, as well as organizing visiting speakers and trips for the boys to attend operas, concerts, ballet and theatre. The Society is always on the lookout for new ideas to promote the arts to the boys both within and outside the school.
The Hopkins Society: Stephen Burrows (Chairman), Tony Stroker, Annette Dart, Karen Farley, Yvonne Cutler, and Linda Coupland (Secretary). Anyone interested in joining the Society should contact Linda Coupland on email@example.com