Last weekend was busy up on ‘the mountain’ as Stanford Lake College celebrated its 20th birthday with various festivities and fixtures.
St. Dunstan’s College from Gauteng joined Stanford in the celebrations with cultural and sporting fixtures from across the board being enjoyed by students from both Colleges.
Activities ranging from debating and chess to rugby and hockey, the two schools did battle over the Friday and Saturday.
Friday’s celebrations included an opportunity for the Old Stanfordians to have a run out on the new astroturf followed by a ‘black tie’ dinner to celebrate the launch of the Stanford Lake College Society – a society bringing together the Alumni, parents and teachers past and present as well as anyone who has contributed in any way to the success of the College over the past 20 years.
It was a magnificent affair with all who attended enjoying the opportunity to reminisce about the successful journey the College has made.
Despite a damp Saturday, the two schools once again went toe to toe on the sports pitches with Girl’s Hockey and Rugby taking centre stage.
A function to officially open the new state-of-the-art, water-based astroturf – the first of its kind in South Africa with full FIH accreditation – was enjoyed by those who have, over the years, helped ensure that this superb facility has become a reality.
The two 1st team captains then cut the celebratory cake before the Headmaster of Stanford, Mr Craig Carolan and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Don Westcott cut the ribbon to officially open the new facility.
The 1st X1 Girl’s teams then concluded the opening as they played their fixture.
To finish off a wonderful day the College hosted a ‘Food and Music’ festival where Jacques Mouton, Bad Peter, Barefoot Breeze and Rubber Duc played to a dedicated, hardy group of supporters who braved the cold and wet weather.
Those who stayed were treated to some exceptional music with all four acts providing a superb show for the crowd. It was a worthy way to finish off an excellent weekend of celebrations and one that will be remembered by all who attended for many years to come.
SLC are grateful for the support of their sponsors who made the weekend the great success it was.