The obligatory pre-meeting lunch!
Few things in life are really priceless. Our bond of friendship and the pride we share that is borne out of the privilege of being pupils of that august school, the Victoria Institution, is one such example.
Then, there are moments that will last our entire lifetime and nothing can take them away from us. The afternoon which a few VIOS, their wives and a daughter enjoyed in Cambridge recently in the company of a fellow schoolmate, who is also a don of the university, is such an occasion.
Of course, we all have our private moments of exhilaration and joy but those that stem from our school days are also special in their own way. That is why we are all looking forward excitedly to the Grand Celebration of the VI in 2012. And believe us – those who were there on 23rd October 2010 to reconnoitre the venue – when we say that there is no place finer and more fitting for that event than the University of Cambridge. That university has inspired so much of the ethos of our beloved old school and the spiritual link is so palpable.
Khaw Kay-Tee, our VI luminary who is the Professor of Gerontology, a Fellow of the Gonville and Caius College and who has been bestowed a CBE for her contribution to medicine on the Queen’s Birthday in 2003, was our host that afternoon. We were treated to such rare sights and delights that money cannot buy. Like being in a classical academic dining room filled with portraits of intellectual giants who are themselves part of that establishment or even having coffee and cakes in the private study of Professor Khaw! A selection of the pictures you see here sums up our breathtakingly awesome afternoon.
Alan Tan Woo Tee, who heads the Organising Committee, will furnish you with the master plan for the Grand Celebration of 2012 as soon as Kay-Tee has completed her booking enquiries for half-board accommodation at one of the colleges and Lee Kor Voon has checked out the facilities of a functions room at a nearby hotel. Complementing the main event will be attractive programme options for both the VIOS and their partners.
All that remains at this stage is a reminder of the pleasures you have had when you and other fellow Victorians were on those memorable trips and outings away from our school.
Well, the 2012 Grand Celebration is about all that and more; it’s an event of a lifetime. Your lifetime, our lifetime, so be sure to be there!
And please spread this good news to all Victorians of all ages. As the saying goes, the more the merrier!
With fraternal best wishes,
You can be proud of Prof Kay-Tee, a kind and an accomplished VIOS!
Professor Kay-Tee's study at Caius College
The undergraduate dining hall, Caius College
Is he the real Albus Dumbledore?
See you all here in 2012!