Hundreds gather for St Peter’s School's inaugural OP Day

Lance Corporal Farthing of Fulford Barracks with Paddy Stephen of St Peter’s School, one of the organisers of the event.

Lance Corporal Farthing of Fulford Barracks with Paddy Stephen of St Peter’s School, one of the organisers of the event.

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HUNDREDS of people gathered at St Peter’s School in York for the school's inaugural OP Day.

York’s oldest school welcomed hundreds of former pupils for its inaugural OP Day, which took place at St Peter’s School at the weekend.

More than 300 pupils, "Old Peterites", staff and parents took part in a programme of events that included a service of remembrance, Retiring Captains’ Matches and wine tasting.

The day started with the remembrance service for the 100th anniversary of World War One. A number of Old Peterites, some of whom attended the school six decades ago, joined the current St Peter’s choir and the congregation. The service ended with a roll of honour to commemorate those who fell in the Great War.

Attendees had the opportunity to tour the School and try out the school’s sporting facilities, before enjoying a hog roast lunch.

OP Day culminated with the annual Retiring Captains’ Matches, which see the outgoing first teams in rugby, hockey and netball compete against the school’s current pupils.

A minute’s silence was held before the start of the matches to remember those pupils who lost their lives in the Great War. Lance Corporal Farthing of Fulford Barracks played the bugle call for the Last Post and Reveille.

With a 1-1 draw in the hockey and 15-15 draw in the rugby, a result of 24-15 in the netball match saw the School claim the 627 Trophy for 2014.

Head teacher Leo Winkley, said: “We were delighted to see so many past and present pupils take part in our OP Day. It was fitting and moving to start the day commemorating the 78 Peterites who gave their lives in the Great War. I am very pleased that OPs from so many generations were able to join us.

“The friendships across the years were evident during the Retiring Captains’ Matches in rugby, netball and hockey. This sporting centrepiece provided an inspiring start to the new term. We look forward to keeping in touch with those pupils who are moving on to the next stage in their lives.”

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