Funds raised by former students from Tadcaster Grammar School have been used to benefit new and current students.
The Old Calcarians, a group of ex-students from the school, formally presented a new House Sports Day Shield to Headteacher Geoff Mitchell in fond memory of their time at the school.
Also in attendance were Rob Solk, Head of the PE Faculty; Paul Walker, Calcaria House Leader and the Head Boy and Girl, Alistair Souch and Amy Ledgeway.
Established in 1994 by Doug Pattinson and Ian Hall, The Old Calcarians was set up for former students who attended Tadcaster Grammar School when it was situated in Tadcaster on the old London Road, in the 1940s and ‘50s.
“Ian and I set the whole thing off for people we went to school with,” said Mr Pattinson.
“The group was so called after the Roman name of Tadcaster being Calcaria, not one of the school House names.”
More than 100 attended the first reunion and it has been going ever since, with ex-students spread throughout the country and even the world, coming to functions from as far away as New Zealand and Canada,” he said.
“We meet five times a year for lunch, but as the years go by we are all getting older and meeting up is becoming more and more difficult,” he stressed.
“Any funds we have usually goes to subsidise these social events, but as they get less frequent we had built up a surplus of funds and decided we wanted to offer it to the school,” added Mr Pattinson.
“The Old Calcarians fraternity is not just about the loyalty we have with each other, but memories of our school days, and we wanted to give something back to Tadcaster Grammar School.”
Mr Pattinson contacted Mr Mitchell and offered the money and Mr Walker, who is also a PE teacher as well as Calcaria House Leader, suggested that a House Sports Day Shield would be a good way of utilising it, as it would have the biggest impact and benefit the largest number of students.
“The new House Sports Day Shield is a very welcome addition to our collection of shields and trophies and will have its first presentation during 2014 Sports Day,” said Mr Walker.
“We are grateful to The Old Calcarians and especially Mr Pattinson, who has put a lot of time and effort into making sure that this splendid shield has been designed and made to perfection.”