Past And Present Meet At St Joseph's And Crackley Hall For Reunion Event

On Saturday 17 September former pupils and staff of St Joseph’s and Crackley Hall gathered for a Reunion Mass, made all the more special by the attendance of current Crackley Hall children and the beautiful tones of the school’s Chamber Choir.

The Mass, celebrated by Reverend Father Kevin Hooper of the Catholic Parish of Kenilworth, was the first opportunity for former pupils to see the newly developed east wing of the building, which was opened at Easter 2016. Mass took place in the new purpose-built hall, which incorporates the original ceiling boss and stained glass window from St Joseph’s chapel. The morning was rounded off with the chance for old friends to tour the school and relive old memories.

Attendees included former St Joseph’s pupils, some of whom joined the school when it first relocated to Crackley Hall following the Second World War.

Nick Baker, Archivist for the Princethorpe Foundation, was on hand with an exhibition of photographs and items covering much of the school’s history, from its establishment as St Joseph’s Convent School by the Sisters of Mercy to the present day. Nick was delighted to be presented with an original school boater, complete with St Joseph’s badge donated by former pupil, Paula Bowskill at the event.

“More than seventy years since the creation of a school at this site, Crackley Hall is thriving as it continues the high standards of education established by the Sisters of Mercy,” commented Rob Duigan, Headmaster of Crackley Hall. “It was a real pleasure to see pupils of both schools, including more recent leavers who continued their secondary education at Princethorpe, join together for this occasion.”

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City Pub Proves To Be Old Princethorpians' Cup Of Tea

The Old Tea Warehouse in the City of London proved a popular venue for the Old Princethorpians latest Pub Meet. A contingent from Princethorpe, led by OPs Alex Darkes, Eddie Tolcher and Headmaster, Ed Hester set off mid afternoon on Friday 10 June to make the journey down South to meet up with London and South East based OPs for the annual gathering. The party numbered around 20 with OPs who left in 1976 mingling with those who left in 2013 and all decades in between. OP event stalwarts, including Peter Rollason and Michael Nagaur, were joined by others from the leavers of 1977 - Mike Binney on a visit from his home in Bangkok, Robin Abeyesinhe and Mike Loughnane and his lovely wife. New faces included Eric Udokwu (1975) who came along with Leigh Middleton (1976). OPs from later years included John Sage who left in 1986, Tony Richards (2007) and Aaron Jaffer (1997) and the real babies of the group James and Carmen Simpson who left in 2013. Making the party go with a swing were former parents Loretta Curtis and Di Downes and in support OPs Secretary, Melanie Butler and Princethorpe's new Development Director, Rachel Hadley-Leonard. The Old Tea Warehouse, just a stone's throw from The Gherkin, came recommended by other alumni associations and did not disappoint. The private Boston Bar was well situated and had plenty of room for the group to sit and chat together over the course of the evening. The sharing platters went down a treat and there was much chat about the 'good old, bad old days', what everyone was currently up to and animated suggestions for a staff vs OPs cricket match on the Sunday of Princefest. Comments Old Princethorpian Chairman, Peter Rollason, "There was a really lovely atmosphere and it was particularly nice to see everyone getting along so well irrespective of whether they had left forty years ago or just three!

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Old Princethorpians Bid Fond Farewell To Sue Millest At Summer Supper

The Old Princethorpians' Summer Supper on the evening of Friday 24 June was a  lovely evening and fitting farewell for our much loved Deputy Head - Pastoral, Sue Millest who is leaving the College after nine years of dedicated service. Young Old Princethorpian, Lizzie Hester, paid tribute to Sue's inimitable kindness and what she has meant to the hundreds of children who have been in her care since she started at the College in 2007.

This year's supper, attended by some 50 past pupils and current and former members of staff, also provided a focus for a landmark 30th anniversary reunion for some of the leavers of 1986. Longstanding members of staff were recognised including Mike Taylor who celebrates 35 years this year.

Commented OPs Committee member, Eddie Tolcher, "We wish Sue all the very best with her retirement, she will be sadly missed.

He continued, "A huge thank you to the College's wonderful catering, maintenance and grounds staff who worked so hard on the Committe's behalf and made the evening go so well. Here's to Princefest and the College's Golden Jubilee celebrations in September!"

Old Princethorpians and St Joseph's News

New Foundation Advertising Campaign Gets Personal

The Foundation's new advertising campaign, which launches this week across a variety of media, takes a personal approach to communicate the essence of Princethorpe and Crackley Hall to prospective parents and pupils.

Based on a series of 'real life' interviews, the campaigns Princethorpe and me and Crackley and me, communicate the personal stories of pupils, parents and teachers in an impactful and playfully visual way.

The concept relies on the premise that whether pupil, parent or teacher, everyone seems to have their own personal Princethorpe or Crackley story. The adverts invite prospectives to visit themselves and leave with a few stories of their own.

Comments Melanie Butler, Assistant Head for Marketing, Admissions and Communications, "We've worked with Lutterworth based agency Key Parker to develop the campaign. They have a close connection with the College, through Old Princethorpian Nigel Bromley, Client Services Director, and he and Chief Creative Al Delgado have understood and interpreted our brief perfectly and created a campaign that is unique to us.

"We hope the campaign will resonate not only with prospectives in terms of what they are looking for from a school for their child, but with the whole Princethorpe community - staff, parents, pupils and Old Princethorpians alike. If you have a Princethorpe story we'd love to hear from you and who knows you might be appearing on a billboard soon!"

The Marketing Team will be working with Key Parker over the coming weeks to develop a campaign for Crescent School, the latest addition to the Foundation.

Development At Princethorpe - Getting to Know You

By the time of going to print, Rachel Hadley-Leonard will have been in post for just over four months as the Foundation’s first Development Director. She will have met many Old Princethorpians, parents, former parents, staff, former staff and pupils at a variety of events, not least, Princefest!

As the College continues with its Golden Jubilee celebrations, we are increasing our focus on making a Princethorpe education more widely accessible. To do this we have established a development function whose purpose is to raise funds to enable the provision of bursary support for those children who would benefit from a Princethorpe education, but whose families face real financial hardship which would otherwise deny them such a life-changing opportunity. In addition, there will be opportunities to help fund capital projects which will benefit not only our current pupils, but also those of future generations.

Together with Alex Darkes who becomes Assistant Head (Development), and Loretta Curtis, Development Assistant, Rachel is planning to grow and enhance Princethorpe’s wider community, including alumni, parents, former parents, former staff and in particular, our friends across the world.

Working closely with Melanie Butler and the Old Princethorpians Committee, Rachel will be striving to keep the community informed about developments at the school, aiming to bring them closer to support its future.

The development office has been really busy over the summer, building foundations for successful times ahead. We have been cleansing data, sending out a ‘lost alumni’ postcard, meeting the wider community, establishing a Development Board, formulating a Development Strategy, and learning the ropes of our new ‘InTouch’ database. We have many exciting initiatives to deliver in the coming months and years, which will benefit generations of future Princethorpians, and we plan to launch our plans with an event in early Springtime.

Rachel is keen to meet as many members of the Princethorpe community as possible. There will also be opportunities to become part of a development committee which will help to deliver events and grow our networks. Should you be interested to learn more of Princethorpe’s plans for development initiatives, please do contact Rachel at or telephone 01926 634265/07391 407169.

First-Class Results For Princethorpe’s A-level And GCSE Pupils

From a cohort of 80 Upper Sixth Formers at Princethorpe College, the overwhelming majority have gained entry into the universities of their choice with over a quarter of all grades at A* or A, and over 80% of all grades at C or better. In addition, over 70% of the students were awarded the unique Princethorpe Diploma, encompassing academic success, work experience, extra-curricular achievement and service to others in the community.

Out of 160 GCSE candidates at Princethorpe College, 40% of grades are at A* or A, over two thirds at grade B or better and 20% of pupils achieved at least nine A* or A grades.

There were many distinguished performances, but the best individual results were from Isabel Meade and Anna Harper-Lawrence who both achieved 11 A* grades.

Headmaster, Ed Hester, said that he was delighted with the results. “We have had another great year and the results show that the hard work of both students and staff has been rewarded. Whilst we are of course delighted with their academic achievements, these students have many other fine qualities: kindness, respect and a strong sense of right and wrong which will be as important for them - if not more so - as they move on to the next phase of their lives. We all wish them well for the future”, he commented.

From left to right, Emily Wood, Harry White, Izzy Snead, Tom Brindley, Ed Hester, Headmaster, Evie Bonsall, Nick Bond and Sophie Nicholls

Merger Between The Princethorpe Foundation And Crescent School In Rugby

The Princethorpe Foundation and Crescent School have merged with effect from 1 September 2016. The Crescent, a flourishing independent junior school in Rugby, retains its own identity but becomes a Princethorpe Foundation school. Award-winning provider Nature Trails will continue to operate the on-site nursery.

Parents and staff at both organisations were informed of the decision in an announcement by their respective Chairs of Governors on Monday 4 July.

Crescent Headmaster, Huw Marshall, continues in the role until the end of this academic year, having recently announced his intention to retire. He will have the support of Ed Hester, the Senior Head of the Foundation, and the fellowship of Robert Duigan, Headmaster of Crackley Hall, Princethorpe’s junior school and nursery based in Kenilworth.

Comments, Pat Lines, Chair of Governors at Crescent School, “The merger brings benefits to both parties in terms of long term security, opportunities for development and shared resources, expertise and leadership. There will also be opportunities to provide our pupils with a broader range of teaching, learning and extra-curricular activities.

“It will be business as usual for the Crescent with the same excellent standards of teaching and pastoral care, though with the backing of the Princethorpe Foundation campus developments will be brought on stream far quicker than would have been possible.”

Continues Mary O’Farrell, Chair of Trustees for the Princethorpe Foundation, “Over fifty former Crescent pupils currently attend our senior school, Princethorpe College, this and the already excellent working relationship between both leadership teams is testament to the excellent fit between us in terms of ethos and culture. We are very excited about working together for the benefit of our joint long-term futures.”

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Image shows from left to right: Crescent Headmaster, Huw Marshall, Princethorpe Foundation Senior Head , Ed Hester and Crackley Hall Headmaster, Robert Duigan, Headmaster.

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House Of Commons Makes For Jubilee Night To Remember

“A fabulous night to remember,” perfectly sums up the College’s Golden Jubilee Year launch event at the House of Commons on Saturday 21 May. A 100-strong contingent from the wider Princethorpe Community, who had successfully applied for tickets in the lottery, gathered in the iconic surroundings of Westminster Hall, dressed in their finest black tie apparel and eagerly anticipating the evening ahead.

The party included representatives from all parts of the Princethorpe community - former and current parents, trustees, staff, pupils and friends of the College.

As the tourists made their way home, our party was divided into four groups to go on private guided tours of both Houses of Parliament. Expert tour guides gave a fascinating insight into the history and current workings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Following in the footsteps of former Prime Ministers such as Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and Margaret Thatcher, the groups heard about the traditions, customs and quirks of Parliament, before getting the chance to stand in the famous green and red benches. Guests marvelled at Her Majesty’s throne in the House of Lords and the ornate décor, carvings, paintings and statues throughout the historic building.

After the hour-long tour the party made their way to the Terrace Pavilion for pre-dinner drinks, as if on cue the sun broke through the clouds and bathed everyone in sunlight. As boats plied their way up and down the River Thames and with Westminster Bridge and the London Eye as our backdrop, small groups mingled and chatted happily over Pimms and Prosecco.

Just before eight o’clock we were summoned to our seats in the adjacent Churchill Dining Room. The distinctive green and cream portcullis bedecked room echoed with excited voices as the guests found their way to their places at nine tables and were called to order by Headmaster, Ed Hester.

Before dinner was served, Ed Hester invited guest of honour Mark Pawsey, MP, a former parent of the College, to say a few words. Welcoming the assembled throng to his ‘place of work’, Mark quizzed the guests over their Parliamentary knowledge and wished everyone an enjoyable evening. Mark handed over the speech baton to Mary O’Farrell, Chair of the Trustees who spoke of her long association with the College, the special bond between the school and all those associated with it and gave thanks to the foresight, commitment and vision of the MSCs and the three Headmasters present, Ed Hester, John Shinkwin, the first lay Headmaster, and Fr Alan Whelan, MSC.

Fr Alan then proceeded to say Grace and dinner commenced. A delicious menu followed comprising: First Course - Flaked ham hock with broad bean salad, piccalilli dressing and sour dough bread or Minted garden pea panna-cotta with aged Greek feta cheese, oven dried peppers and pea tendrils (v) Main Course - Pan fried Gressingham duck supreme and confit leg croquette,sweet potato mash, roasted beetroot and honey sauce or Wild mushroom and garden herb frittata with brioche croute, confit of fennel, courgette, toasted pine kernel and truffle oil (v) Palette Cleanser - Pimms O’clock - Pimms sorbet, orange gel, diced strawberry, mint, apple blossom (v) Dessert - Raspberry Peach Melba - Vanilla mousse, raspberry poached peach, raspberry sorbet and macaron. After coffee and petit fours were served the final speeches of the night ensued with Ed Hester saying his own welcome and giving thanks to key Princethorpe people, including Mary O’Farrell and her fellow trustees, who work so tirelessly on behalf of the College.

He gave special mention to the three old girls of St Mary’s Priory, one of whom, Mrs Maria Cecilia Cordoba Good, had travelled from Florida to share the special evening.

He spoke of his own journey with the College, first as a parent and over the last few years as Headmaster, of the great strides taken in terms of developments and progress at the College and ambitions for the future including future building projects and the renovation of the area known as Little Switzerland. He also wished Alex Darkes, or Mr Princethorpe as he referred to him, well in his new role in charge of Development, tasked with making a Princethorpe education more accessible to children who would benefit from it.

He then introduced one such Old Princethorpian and bursary recipient, Jacob Stone, who left the College in 2012 to say a few words. Jacob spoke eloquently and movingly of his experience, of searching for and finding a school ‘where he could thrive not just survive’. The four years he spent at the College were filled with opportunities and memories which helped him grow and develop as a person. Now in his third year studying medicine at Southampton University, he hopes to work as a doctor in Sub-Saharan Africa. Concluding his speech Jacob said the Christian values and ethos of Princethorpe would remain with him for a lifetime and thanked the College and staff for really changing his life.

The final speech of the night and the task of proposing a toast to the College was left to Old Princethorpians Chairman Peter Rollason, who in his own inimitable style, spoke fondly and eloquently of what the school means to him, of Old Princethorpians and their varied calendar of events and how pleased he was to see the plans for the Golden Jubilee finally coming to fruition. His impassioned toast to the College, got the biggest roar of approval of the night as the guests raised their freshly charged glasses in unison.

As the last guests departed, some to make a weekend of it in London, and many to catch the coach homeward bound to Princethorpe, a few die-hard revellers took the opportunity for a final photograph in front of Big Ben, before heading off to Leicester Square to continue the celebrations!

A huge thank you to all those who attended and made the evening such a success and to all those involved in organising such a memorable evening. 

To view the photos from the evening click here

Princethorpe's Very Own Jubilee Tour de France - Register Your Interest Now!

Headmaster, Ed Hester, OPs Chairman, Peter Rollason and former Head of Economics and Business Studies, Peter Griffin are looking for some fellow cyclists to join them for a French Golden Jubilee Cycling Pilgrimage next May Half Term.

The charity event is open to all over 18s associated with the College who are prepared to take on the Challenge of a 120 mile cycle ride between the two French towns which are close to Princethorpe's heart, namely Issoudun and Montargis, home to Princethorpe's founders the MSCs and the Benedictines of the previous St Mary's Priory.

Each competitor would need to pledge to raise £250 for charity to earn their place on the coach that will leave Princethorpe on Tuesday 30 May and return on Saturday 3 June. Along the way there will be plenty of cycling (60 miles on Day 1 (Wednesday) and 60 miles on Day 3 (Friday), with a rest day in between), plus stop offs en route as the pilgrimage wends its way between the two towns via Sancerre.  The pilgrimage will take in a stay at the Chevalier Centre in Issoudun and culminate in Montargis.

Comments, Ed Hester, "We have planned the five day trip to allow plenty of time for chateaux and wine tasting, we estimate the cost including travel, food and accommodation will be around the £500 per person mark. Places will be limited to 30 riders, though we may be able to accommodate some non-cyclists in a support capacity too!"

Those interested should email to register their interest by 1 December 2016.

So if you've always fancied yourself in a yellow jersey, this could be your time!

Bumper Turnout Of St Mary's Priory Girls For Princethorpe's Golden Jubilee

As part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, twenty-five of the former St Mary’s Priory girls attended a reunion at Princethorpe on Saturday 24 September; their last meeting at the school having taken place in autumn 2014. Beatrice Delachenal (née Gaspard) attended from Belgium, whilst Ann Wilby made sure that the re-union coincided with her European holiday, travelling all the way from her home in Sydney, Australia. She attended with her sister, Pauline, who lives fairly near to Princethorpe and who has been a regular at reunions for many years. Amongst those attending was Biddy Allen (née Baines) whose late father, Lewis, was the manager of the College’s home farm.

Organised by OPs Janet Haynes and Mary Wheildon with assistance from Loretta Curtis at Princethorpe, those attending met first for coffee and reminisced before having lunch in the Sixth Form Atrium, where they were welcomed by headmaster, Ed Hester. After lunch they had a tour of the school before gathering in the New Church to sing their school anthem Except the Lord build the house, accompanied on the organ by Princethorpe’s Will Uglow. Many took time to look at the archive display in the library which had been put together by Nick Baker, complete with past copies of Peeps of Princethorpe the annual St Mary’s Priory magazine, which was published up until 1965. Nick also displayed an early 20th century illuminated manuscript – a product of the Princethorpe Benedictines - which the school has recently acquired. Others ambled along the Lime Walk and around “The Plan” (mile walk) past the Hockey Field behind Switzerland, recalling the arduous Jog Trot every morning when they were boarders. Janet Haynes (née Campion) boarded, but her parents only lived the other side of the woods, giving her the opportunity to seize occasional food parcels from home!

St Mary’s Priory was established in the mid-nineteenth century by French Benedictine nuns from Montargis who had been forced to leave their homeland in 1792, amidst the turmoil of the French Revolution. They settled first in Brighton with the help of Mrs Fitzherbert, then variously in London, Norfolk, Yorkshire and finally Orrell Mount in Lancashire, before buying two hundred acres of Warwickshire parkland in the 1830s, where they built the first post-reformation monastery in England, establishing a school for up to 80 girls. Octogenarian, Margit Tumin (née Neumann), who has attended reunions for many years, left Vienna alone by train as an eight-year-old with no English, bound for St Mary’s Priory. She is still not sure why this should have been her destination, but it was the start of a happy lifelong relationship which continues to this day. The late Beryle Peeke who taught History at St Mary’s Priory from 1942 until its closure in 1966, also continued to attend all reunions, missing one only shortly before her death in 2013. Miss Peeke would regularly travel by train from Kent to London Victoria to have lunch with “her girls” and share Princethorpe memories.

St Mary’s Priory was also well represented at the House of Commons Golden Jubilee Dinner in May, when locals Mary Wheildon and Jane Duppa-Miller attended, joined also by Maria Cecilia Cordoba-Good, who made the journey from Miami. Like Margit Tumin, Maria Cecilia was also a long distance learner: when she was at Princethorpe her parents lived in Colombia, where she still has family today.

In addressing those gathered at the recent re-union and replying to Ed Hester, thanking him for the school’s hospitality, Mary Wheildon said: “I’m not sure that we should be called OPs, perhaps VOPs would be more appropriate as we are Very Old Princethorpians!”

The next St Mary’s Priory reunion is planned for 2018.


Picture: St Mary’s Priory reunion September 2016

Grab Yourself A Princefest T-Shirt!

Get your hands on one of our Princefest t-shirts whilst stocks last!

£6 incl Postage and Packaging or
£5 for collection

These limited edition t-shirts are the perfect way to celebrate our Golden Jubilee and will make brilliant Christmas or birthday presents! Made of 100% cotton, we have a range of sizes available: youth large, small, medium, large and extra-large.
Please email to check stock and place orders

BACS Transfer:
Sort code: 40-18-17
Account: 82689111
Ref: PC3052 plus your surname

Cheque made payable to:
The Princethorpe Foundation with the Ref: PC3052 plus your surname on the back to be sent to Miss Liz Brown, The Bursary, Princethorpe College, Princethorpe, CV23 9PX.

Buy Your Copy Of The Golden Jubilee Book Now!

Members of the wider Princethorpe community are invited to buy a copy of the Golden Jubilee Book - A Spirit of Family: a portrait of the first fifty years of Princethorpe College by Nick Baker and Alex Darkes, published on 1 September 2016.

To mark the College’s Golden Jubilee, Nick Baker (Foundation Archivist) and Alex Darkes (Assistant Head) have written a book charting the school’s history from 1966 to the present day. With 160 pages and over 600 photographs from the archive, many reproduced in full colour, this book looks at different aspects of College life: the environment; teaching and learning; music; liturgy; sport; drama; celebrations; beyond the classroom and Old Princethorpians.

There are also short introductions to the other institutions associated with Princethorpe, such as St Mary’s Priory, St Bede’s College, St Joseph’s Convent (now Crackley Hall), Feldon, Abbotsford and The Crescent schools.

The authors gratefully acknowledge help and source material from the Leamington History Group for the Feldon School section of Chapter 4.Further reading at:

Here's a sneak preview from the frontspiece:

It’s 1792 and the stormy political backdrop in France, against which church property has been nationalised and solemn vows ended, forces a group of Benedictine nuns to flee the country in search of asylum. Their planned destination is Flanders, but the journey is too risky and instead they cross the Channel and end up in Brighton. For the next forty years or so they stay briefly in various places including London, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Lancashire before finally settling in Princethorpe, where they construct St Mary’s Priory in 1832, which is the first post-reformation monastery to be built in England.
The nuns lead a contemplative life and run a small girls’ boarding school for over one-hundred-and-thirty years until dwindling vocations and falling pupil numbers force them to sell the priory and seek a smaller house in Oxfordshire. In the meantime, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart who opened a boys’ school in Leamington the 1950s, which they were now rapidly outgrowing, buy the priory from the Benedictines, opening Princethorpe College with under two hundred pupils in 1966, rising to nearly nine hundred in 2016.

This book tells the fascinating story of the school, its pupils, staff and friends during its first half century and is the first major work to emerge from Princethorpe since the History of the Benedictines of St Mary’s Priory published in 1930.

The book costs £20 per copy, which can be collected from the College or alternatively posted to you at the additional charge of £5.00 for postage and packing.

Please email to make a purchase.

Means of payment for the book are as follows:

Online by logging in or registering at Once logged in go to Events and choose Golden Jubilee Book, you can pay by PayPal, debit or credit card.

BACS Transfer:
Sort code: 40-18-17
Account: 82689111
Ref: GJ3051 plus your surname

Cheque made payable to:
The Princethorpe Foundation with the Ref: GJ3051 plus your surname on the back to be sent to Miss Liz Brown, The Bursary, Princethorpe College, Princethorpe, CV23 9PX.

Princefest Kick-Starts The College’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations

What a way to kick-start the College’s Golden Jubilee celebrations! On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September, Princethorpe opened its doors to festival goers of all ages for the much-anticipated Princefest.  

Although a little soggy on Saturday, the weather certainly didn’t dampen people’s spirits with a good crowd ready for the 12noon opening. By 1.00pm Princefest was electric with live music across both stages and current and Old Princethorpians gearing up for their sporting battles.

Thanks to our dedicated spectators, and the valiant sporting efforts of our OPs and current Princethorpians, there was a fantastic atmosphere up at the pitches in spite of the rain. In Rugby, the OPs proved triumphant in retaining both the John Shinkwin Trophy and Alex Wallis Memorial Match against the Kenilworth Babas for another year.  Across the range of sports the prized Alex Wallis Memorial Shield also went to the OPs, although this year was a much closer contested tournament. There were many fine performances in all sports with each team putting the other through their paces! For a full breakdown of the day’s results, please see the bottom of this article.

As Saturday afternoon progressed, a vibe that could rival Glastonbury was bubbling alongside the sporting activities! Princefesters were treated to a range of festival favourites including children's activities, a funfair (which was jam-packed for most of the day!), silent disco, archive exhibition, delicious food and shopping stalls – not to mention the eclectic musical mix that was on offer. 

OP Tom Cross did a sterling job as Princefest’s MC for the day. From Princethorpe’s own School of Rock, and OP bands Luna Kiss, The Recruits and Boudika, to Sticky Wicket & His Swing Orchestra and local favourites, The Commonjets, there was something to suit everyone’s taste. Drawing the evening’s festivities to a fabulous close was headliner and 21st Century One Man Band, Thom Kirkpatrick – a definite crowd pleaser!    

The three hundred or so intrepid campers woke to a drier Sunday morning and enjoyed a welcome breakfast from the Tuck Shop.

After the full on fun of Saturday, Sunday was a much more mellow affair. The Celebratory Mass led by Fr Alan Whelan MSC and Fr Teddy O'Brien MSC infront of a packed Chapel congregation, brought a fitting reflective element to the proceedings and was followed by a delicious relaxed hog roast lunch. For the rest of the afternoon the wider Princethorpe community enjoyed more trips down memory lane, tours of the school and a welcome chance to catch up after many decades in some instances.

As the weekend drew to a close, many left tired but happy, clutching their copies of the Golden Jubilee book and the odd Princefest t-shirt.

Once more, we extend a huge thank you to the Princefest team, all the staff and pupil helpers and the Princethorpe community for making the first event of our Golden Jubilee Year so memorable. As predicted, Princefest lived up to the Princethorpe tradition of fun and friendship aplenty!

If you are interested in purchasing a Golden Jubilee Book (£20 for collection) or a Princefest t-shirt (£5 for collection) please email

To see more images and to view the fantastic Princethorpe film by OP Tom Pilling of Dusk Productions click here.

Princefest Sports Results

Girls’ Hockey:

OPs Old vs. OPs Young: 1 – 1

OPs Old vs. College: 1 – 0

College vs. OPs Young: 0 – 0

Boys’ Hockey:

OPs Old vs. OPs Young: 1 – 2

OPs Old vs. College: 0 – 1

College vs. OP’s Young: 3 – 1


OPs Old vs. OPs Young: 17 - 10

OPs Old vs. College U18: 17 - 3

College U16 vs. OPs Young: 8 - 13

College U18 vs. College U16: 19 - 12

OPs Old vs. College U16: 19 - 2

College U18 vs. OPs Young: 5 - 10


OPs vs College:  12 – 5

OPs vs Kenilworth Babas: 26 - 12

Golden Jubilee News