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Alumni2021-03-18T13:19:11+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

Were you in the Ardvreck 7s team?  Were you in the Pipe Band?  Are you free in November?  2021 is the 25th anniversary of the Ardvreck 7s which was first held in 1996 (2020 covid restrictions prevented play). 
We are looking for boys who played in the 7s team, and who also play the bagpipes, to come back to Ardvreck on Sunday 7th November to welcome our guests to this wonderful occasion. If you would like to be part of these celebrations then please DM us or email alumni@ardvreckschool.co.uk.  Please pass this message on to anyone you think might fit the bill!
It was 15 years ago that this very happy bunch left Ardvreck.  Yesterday they had a mini reunion for them all to celebrate their long lasting Ardvreck friendship.  Our 2006 leavers are George Leslie Melville, Fergus Bevens, Gardie James Duff, Fergus Campbell, Millie Mountain, Annabel Blackett, Crinan Nelson Strachan, Tara Gladstone, Emily Townsend, Nancy Roman Hamilton and Camilla Ambler.  Please come back and see us one day!
Harrison McKinney (OA21) did himself proud this weekend when he took part in the Scottish National U15s Athletics Championships at Aberdeen.  Harrison came 6th in the 80m hurdles (with a new personal best!) and 6th in the high jump. It must have been quite daunting for a 13 year old but what a great experience.  Well done Harrison! #scottishathleticschampionships
Doesn't he look smart!  Matteo Carida came back to Ardvreck this morning to drop off his sister at the start of Ardvreck's Autumn term.  Matteo was our Head Boy last term and is now off to Fettes College .  Good Luck Matteo! #alumni #fettescollege #headboy
We were thrilled to hear that Findlay McLean (OA19) has been selected to canoe for Team GB at the Junior European Canoe Championships in Slovenia next month.  Findlay's sporting passion found a superb home at Ardvreck, with the School's strong outdoor ethos encouraging pupils to embrace all that is on our doorstep in Highland Perthshire.  Good Luck Findlay!
Huge congratulations to OAs Hamish Landale and Flora Fitzpatrick who have been appointed Captains of Glenalmond College for the next academic year.  It is often said by Heads of Senior Schools that young Ardvreckians join their school with exceptional life skills, a sense of self-acceptance and a can-do attitude. Ardvreckians are known as the children who are always the first to volunteer and the last to complain and are always such great characters.  We wish Hamish and Flora every success in their new roles and hope very much to see them both at Ardvreck next year. #alumni #leadership
Are you looking for a job for the Summer?  Would you like to come back and work at your old School?  We are looking for two enthusiastic 16-22 year olds to help at our Summer Camps from Monday 12th July to Friday 6th August. The camp runs from 8.30am to 5.30pm each weekday.  Please email camps@ardvreckschool.co.uk for more information.
Ailidh Richardson (OA10) studied Oral Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and is now a student at the University of Dundee studying Dentistry, as well as undertaking a postgraduate certificate in medical education. COVID-19 has had a considerable impact on her studies resulting in the majority of teaching moving online and all clinical teaching postponed. As a result, the decision was made that an additional year would be required in order to catch up with this clinical teaching. In March of this year, Ailidh became a COVID vaccinator within NHS Tayside working around her online lectures.  She has loved bumping into friends and staff from Ardvreck in the vaccination clinics!  Many of us will particularly remember her smiley face and we have no doubt she is a very reassuring presence! 

#nhstayside  #COVID19 #alumni
Delving into the archives today we found a number of school magazines and this one, in particular, caught our eye.  We wonder if anyone recognises themselves!  We would love you to tell us  what you have been up to since being an Indian, camping, sprinting, supporting Scotland, skiing, dressing up, playing rugby or just being with friends at Ardvreck. #alumni #archives
We are very impressed with Thomas Godfrey-Faussett and Robert Leader (0A 13) who are joining three other boys to raise money by cycling 450 miles and climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales.  The six day challenge takes place between 20th and 25th June with all money raised going to Maggie's and My Names Doddie Foundation.  Both boys were extremely keen on sport at Ardvreck so it's no surprise that they are taking on such an epic sporting challenge to raise money for such worthy causes.  Good luck boys! #maggies #mynamesdoddiefoundation #alumni

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.