Our 50th Anniversary celebrations began yesterday evening with the inauguration event, which was attended by representatives from all sectors of the Oak House community. Representatives from the current and ex-Oak House staff; current and ex-Patronato members; current and ex-pupils; founding families and invited guests, joined us for a wonderful evening of memories and reflection.
We were privileged to welcome two extremely interesting key-note speakers. Professor Victoria Marsick, a member of the school’s Advisory Board, and Director of Adult Learning in the Department of Organisation and Leadership at the Teachers College, Columbia University, spoke about the importance of developing the “soft skills”, which are the skills which set students up for success in their careers, but also empower them to lead happier, healthier lives. Our second speaker, Ferran Latorre, is not only a remarkable mountaineer, and a talented journalist, but he also inspires and motivates others to overcome obstacles and follow their passion, through his inspiring conferences.
Representatives of the Founding families of Oak House willingly participated in the preparation of a video, which, together with the slide show of old photographs, gave us a wonderful insight into the early years of Oak House School. A rendition of the school song “The Heart of Oak”, sung by an ex-pupil Carla Kissler, provided an emotional end to the formal proceedings.
During the cocktail many memories were exchanged amongst the invited guests.
Thanks are extended to everyone who attended and played their part in making the evening such a success and to everyone on the school staff, whose additional efforts in the preceeding days and weeks, contributed to the success of the evening. Thanks are also extended to the members of the 50th Anniversary Working Party, who generated the ideas for the celebrations.
Particular thanks are extended to Vicenç Orobitg and Sylvia Rodríguez for their major contribution in the area of communication and preparation of the event.
Happy 50th Anniversary, to all at Oak House School , where we have been Building the Futures of young people for 50 years.