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Alumni2021-11-01T10:40:58+01:00

ARDVRECK ALUMNI
OUR CHERISHED OLD ARDVRECKIAN COMMUNITY

Since 1883, Ardvreck has been preparing boys, and later girls, for further education and life beyond. For over 135 years the school on the hill has inspired each child to develop their full potential through a spirit of achievement and educational adventure, in the process making friends for life. Every pupil at Ardvreck becomes an Old Ardvreckian and is warmly welcomed into the wider family community.

Our aim is to maintain strong links with our Old Ardvreckians and we encourage you to ensure that we have your current contact details so that we can keep in touch with you about upcoming events and OA news. If you have lost touch with the school, or know anyone else who has, we would love to hear from you.

In time, we hope to expand our alumni services to provide regular newsletters and invitations to OA events, as well as putting pupils back in touch with each other. Old Ardvreckians are always most welcome to return and visit the school, and can be assured of a warm welcome. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where we enjoy sharing Old Ardvreckian news, photographs and memories of Barvicks, dams and dens and the Crabbie Hall to name but a few!

If you have not heard from us recently or if you think we may not have your current contact details, we strongly encourage you to email our Alumni Secretary, Annie Le Roy-Lewis, at alumni@ardvreckschool.co.uk. If you do not have access to email then please call Annie on 01764 653112 so that she can update your postal address.

Ardvreck School history

WELCOME FROM THE HEADMISTRESS

Welcome to our family of Ardvreckians. We hope to entice you back to Ardvreck through our new Alumni campaign. We want to reconnect you to friends and memories of your time here, whilst keeping you up to date with today’s Ardvreck through news and events. Perhaps we can even persuade you to attend a Barvick?

I am delighted to introduce you to our Alumni Secretary, Annie Le Roy-Lewis, who knows the school very well and has a passion for helping maintain links between the school and its Alumni.

I very much look forward to meeting you in person one day, either at an Alumni event or when you visit the school. We guarantee our Alumni a very warm welcome.

ARDVRECK SCHOOL TIMELINE
OLD ARDVRECKIAN INSTAGRAM

OLD ARDVRECKIANS ON INSTAGRAM

One of the places that returning Old Ardvreckians ask to see is the trophy cabinet and the chance to see their name on the winning cup when they ran, jumped or threw their way onto the podium at Sports Day.
We now have more children and more Sports Day events and to that end we are on the lookout for eight more cups to be used on Sports Day to ensure that all our boys and girls have the chance to remember that winning moment and to join their illustrious forebears in the trophy cabinet. If you have a suitable cup (used or new) that you would like to donate to the School them please message us or email alumni@ardvreckschool.co.uk.  No heirlooms or plastic please!
Happy Birthday to Christopher Hutchinson who is 100 years old today.  Christopher was at Ardvreck from 1932-1936 and came to visit us recently with his family.  We wish him a very, very happy day.  To find out more about Christopher's time at Ardvreck please visit https://www.ardvreckschool.co.uk/alumni_mr_hutchinson/
Ardvreckians have many attributes and one of them is modesty.  Which is why it has only just come to our attention that Ollie Carmichael (OA99-04) was awarded an MBE in the military division of the New Year's Honours List.  We are thrilled to hear the news and send Ollie many congratulations from all at Ardvreck.  After Ardvreck, Ollie attended Glenalmond College, where he was Captain of Coll, and then King’s College London where he achieved a First Class Honours degree.  He is currently serving in the Scots Guards.
We always relish visits from our Old Ardvreckians but recently we had a very special visitor.  Mr Francis Finlay (OA55) came over from New York to see his prep school and to see the Finlay Hall for which he was a major benefactor. The Finlay Hall has been an intrinsic part of Ardvreck life for 22 years and not just as a Sports Hall.  It has ‘hosted’ Spring Flings, judo competitions, Friends of Ardvreck Quiz Nights, Speech Day, Common Entrance exams to name but a few.  We are very grateful to Mr Finlay and all those who donated to the building of the Hall at the turn of the century.
We are delighted to celebrate more Old Ardvreckian rugby success by congratulating Seb Stephen and Finn Spurway (both OA18) who recently played for Caledonia U17 team in the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Regional Championship Finals.  More up and coming OA rugby stars of the future!
We are delighted to share that you can now add Ardvreck School as part of your education on LinkedIn! We welcome as many of you to add us as your profile and follow our page! 
https://www.linkedin.com/school/ardvreck-school/

ARDVRECK – A BRIEF CHRONICLE

Here you will find a timeline of some key events that make up significant dates in Ardvreck School’s history and evolution.
It is by no means an exhaustive list!

1883

W E Frost leaves Glenalmond and sets up school at Dalmhor in Crieff

1884

School moves to Springbank

1885

School moves into its own new premises at Dalvreck

1905

Rifle Club founded. First Rugby Blue – J. Burt-Marshall for Cambridge

1908

Semi Jubilee celebrations. Purchase of surrounding ground.

1909

First O.A. Dinner – North British Hotel (now the Balmoral), Edinburgh.

1915

Ardvreck beds on Ambulance barges

1917

First Ardvreck Scouts – not attached to the Baden-Powell movement.

1920

Unveiling of the St Michael’s War Memorial

1921

Joan English born. 1st girl pupil at Ardvreck. (Margaret English born 1925).

1922

Bill Frost dies. Buried at Ochtertyre.

1925

The Usher Pavilion erected. First ‘Founder’s Days’, July 5th.

1927

Electricity replaces gas at the school.

1929

First general O.A. Dinner – Grosvenor Restaurant, Glasgow.

1930

Formation of 43rd Perthshire Scout Troop.

1931

Building of Crabbie Hall, Open Fives Court rebuilt beside the covered one.

1933

Jubilee Celebrations. Access Tunnel to the games field built under the Comrie Road.

1939

Acquisition of The Heugh

1942

Ardvreck boys provide ‘comforts’ for the troops.

1955

First O.A. Rugby Cap for Scotland – W S Glen.

1956

Start of Ivor Ramsay Essays

1960

School becomes an Educational Trust

1962

Ardlarach built. The San becomes ‘Brae of Ardvreck’. Launch of the new House system: Barrie and Scott formed from the Greeks, Buchan and Burns from the Trojans.

1964

Construction of the classroom block. Demise of the Five Courts.

1968

First Day Pupils

1970

Appeal: Classroom Block extended. Modernisation in Heugh and Main School.

1973

Present Swimming Pool completed replacing one by R Turret.

1975

Appeal: levelling and draining of the top pitch.

1976

Admission of girls.

1979

First edition of The ‘Ard Times. Launching of Friends of Ardvreck. Start of Pre-Prep.

1982

Launching of the Centenary Appeal. First School Ski holiday – Zell am Ziller in Austria.

1983

Centenary Celebrations. Opening of the Centenary Building.

1984

Opening of MacLellan House, The Heugh having been sold.

1985

Opening of Erskine House.

1987

Ardvreck’s first visit to Rua Fiola.

1989

Opening of the Music School. First Ardvreck Prep Schools’ Netball Tournament.

1990

Levelling, widening, lengthening and draining of lower games pitches.

1991

New Pavilion opened, replacing the Usher pavilion.

1992

Swimming Pool covered. New Classroom Block completed.

1993

First Hosting of the Triangular Athletics at Ardvreck. 50th issue of ‘Ard Times. Pre-prep and Form 2 move to new premises.

1994

Victorian Era Celebrations of the Centenary of the change in the school’s name. Opening of Ardvreck Nursery Department.

1995

National V.E. Day holiday. Friends Reels Party in the Crabbie on a V.E. Day theme.

1996

Inaugural Ardvreck Invitation Rugby Sevens Tournament.

1998

Francis Finlay, O.A., cuts the first turf for the Finlay Hall. First school visit to Chateau de la Baudonniere.

2000

Millennial Match at Culdees Castle between Ardvreck 1st XI and a Gentleman’s XI, Centenary of one played there in July 1900. Opening of the Finlay Hall. Demise of the old Carpentry Hut. Andrew Foster Assault Course constructed. Advent of Ardvreck Pipe Band.

2003

Participation for the first time in Scottish Schools’s Clay Pigeon Championships

2004

New record set in St. Patrick’s Shield, British Prep Schools’ Trophy 798/800.

2005

Ardvreck boys British Prep Schools’ Ski Champions.

2006

Canadian Delegation collects Piper James Richardson V.C.’s pipes after 75 years in the school museum.

2008

125 Celebrations.