An important aspect of the Association is the chance for you to meet again your old school friends, teachers, colleagues and parents. We organize regular reunions in East Africa and the UK to enable you to do this. Photos and text about past reunions can be found in the Association newsletters, and in the Photo Archives.
On Saturday May 19th, twenty four Old Turians ranging from class of 2001 to 2006 visited St Andrews, some of the coming back for the first time in ten years. The weekend trip was organised by Cindy Lithumbi '04 and Keni Kariuki '02 who worked tirelessly in coordination with the school to make the weekend possible.
Old Turians arrived by 12pm and proceed to tours of the Senior School. They were lots of laughs as they recalled their days in the boarding houses, early morning cross country runs and having never lost to Greensteads, though this may have been embellished over the years. They were all impressed by the new College with the facilities available for the Year 12 and 13 students. Having left when this section of the school was in the planning process, they were impressed by the finished product.
Old Turians then processed to the Prep School for lunch and tours of the school, a walk down memory lane for those who had attended the Prep School. They were amazed to see the new changes and delighted that so many things had remained the same. The Old Turians all put on their red caps before they went into the tuck shop - old habits die hard.
They had a sport filled afternoon with the boys taking on the Year 12 and13 students in football, the girls in netball. The old boys mixed in with current staff including James Nandabi and Paul Opeacher who played particularly crucial roles as they hung on for dear life and defied the odds in managing a 2 - 2 draw. They lost the games on penalties, but mumbled they had won on away goals! The girls were shocked into action in the second half of their netball game as Turi Girls took a commanding lead in the first half. The Old Turians played a spirited second half but were unable to overcome the large first half lead.
The Old Turians then gathered in Tsavo for a talk to both Year 12 and 13 students on life after Turi that included: university applications, university life and career choices. The students listened keenly and engaged the Old Turians in one on one discussion after the talk.
They then proceeded to the campsite to pitch their tents and into the club for dinner and a short presentation. The Old Turians marvelled at the inside of the club having never been in the club through their years at Turi. They were all too familiar with the banter and laughter they heard coming from the club on Viso weekends as parents and staff mingled at the end of the day. They were delighted to finally be on the inside looking out.
On Sunday morning, some of the Old Turians attended Prep School Chapel before they all congregated in the Archive room to go through old photos, year books and memorabilia from their time at Turi and before.
All in all a fantastic weekend was enjoyed by both the Old Turians and the students, we can't wait to have them up here again next year.
The reunion on 26th February 2011 was a great success. More people came than we expected which was fantastic. Aldro School in Shackleford gave us the use of their dining facilities and 150 Old Turians shared past experiences, news and caught up with each other.
Some of our earlier pupils were able to meet former friends and we all watched the new 80th DVD of St. Andrew's School, Turi. A scrolling photo display was running in the background and showed many photos from each decade, from both the Prep and the Senior School archives. Mr Paddy Moss and Mr Adrian Palmer gave an informal talk about the progress and changes over the last couple of years.
This largely consisted of the opening of the College which accepted its first students in September 2010, and the opening of the new Senior Girls' dorm in the Prep School with subsequent changes to the old Junior Girls' corridor to provide facilities for Art, DT, Food Technology and our new Old Turian office. A great time was had by all, and we all went home exhausted!
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