A hundred and more years ago there was a tradition to have an annual day of celebration (19 November) to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the then Headmaster The Revd T.P. Richards. This was called John's Ann. Although Richards was a Welshman, his Oxbridge education meant that his pupils associated him with that stereotype of Englishness: John Bull.
On September 7th we reinstate that day of celebration and this time we can have no doubts about the accuracy of calling the day John's Ann. On Thursday, 7th September, it will be 50 years to the very day (it was also a Thursday) when the Headmaster entered the school as a pupil. He joined the teaching staff in 1978.
The staff and pupils celebrated the event in chapel with a wonderful presentation and speeches from the Head Girl & Boy. A Form 4 student, Séan Madudu, also dedicated a song to the Headmaster. Later on in the staffroom there were more festivities with a wonderful Cupcake arrangement and a presentation of a gold pen to mark the occasion.
From pupil to Headmaster - congratulations Mr Rafter on reaching a fantastic milestone!