It has been an exciting weekend for everybody at Atlantic College as it was reunion time!
On Friday 28 of July we welcomed over 400 alumni to the college from the classes of 67,77,87,97 & 07, for a weekend of catching up, talks, tours and a lovely sit down meal in the marquee on the top lawn.
After registering in the St Donats Art Centre, Ritu Sharma held the first session in the Tythe Barn. Ritu Sharma is the President and Cofounder of the Women Thrive Alliance, an initiative of Women Thrive Worldwide, which is a leading voice for global women's rights.
With all of the alumni settled in, and the reunion well under way, it was time for the official welcome from Atlantic College's Principal, Peter T Howe. Peter's speech took place in the marquee where all of the classes were able to enjoy the evening.
With all of the guests now well and truly comfortable in the marquee, Jill Longson, Vice Chair of the UWC International Board gave a speech to the alumni and their families about the wider UWC movement.
The alumni then spent the rest of the evening catching up, reminiscing and looking forward to the weekend activities.
Day two of the reunion had officially started with a guided tour of the castle from the 'legend' Alan Hall. Alan gave a very insightful and knowledgeable tour of the castle to a large crowd and amazed all of them with his attention to detail and understanding of the castle. This tour was so popular he was asked if he would be able to do a second tour on the Sunday - which he happily accepted.
Alongside the castle tour, there was also an 'AC Now' session in the Tythe Barn, delivered to the guests by Teleri Roberts (Development Director) and Peter T Howe (Principal of Atlantic College). This was a brilliant opportunity for the classes of 67,77,87,97 & 07 to have an update of developments for the future.
After a busy morning for all it was time for lunch in the Dining Hall - it was so wonderful having people from all ages, from places all over the world, socialising over food!
Once lunch was complete and everybody was full to the brim, it was time for an afternoon full of activities. The children had the opportunity to play volleyball, kayak, climb or play games on the bottom lawn, whilst the adults could take the opportunity to see the grounds and enjoy some quality time with their class mates.
After a fun filled day, it was time for the second evening, starting with pre-dinner drinks and the official reunion photo in the inner courtyard! Once the photo had been taken, the classes were ready to take their seats in the marquee ready for the reunion dinner.
Once the dinner was complete, the alumni headed to the Bradenstoke Hall for the disco - it was time to put your dancing shoes on!
Sadly the final day was upon us, however the reunion was not over yet! There was another jam packed day planned and the opportunity to the classes to have those precious last moments together.
The day started with breakfast in the Dining Hall. The library then opened its doors, giving the alumni the opportunity to wonder around the place where they used to spend hours studying.
Laura Butler, an alumna from Atlantic College held the fifth and final session in the Tythe Barn discussing children's rights.
At 12pm on the Sunday afternoon, a ceremony was held in the Moondance Sports Hall for Atlantic College as we had received an Engineering Heritage Award for the design of the RIB. Atlantic College's Principal Peter T Howe accepted the award from the IMECHE President, Carolyn Griffiths. This event was a wonderful ceremony for Atlantic College, with a reflection speech from Lewis Smith (UWC Atlantic College) class of 1965 and a speech from the Hoare family (read by Peter T Howe).
With the ceremony coming to a close, everybody made their way to the seafront ready to see the RIB on display in the water, and a drive by from Porthcawl's RNLI Station. The boat workshop was also open allowing everybody to take a tour of where all the boat work takes place.
What better way to finish off a wonderful weekend than with a BBQ on the bottom lawn. We would like to thank the catering team for putting on such lovely food, and Dixies Vintage Ice for coming along with all of your delicious ice cream flavours!
We hope everybody had a lovely weekend and had a good opportunity to catch up with old friends, whilst still making new ones! A BIG thank you to everybody who made a donation and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
(Official photos will be uploaded in due course)