After a break of three years, Oakham’s Academic Scholars from Forms 1 to 7 gathered for their annual formal dinner, an opportunity to enjoy a fine meal and conversation in the convivial surroundings of the School’s Barraclough Dining Room.
The evening began with Senior Academic Mentor, Dr Darren Sheppard, welcoming the assembled Scholars and senior members of staff. He thanked the Form 7 Scholars on their contribution to the academic life of the School in general, and to the Scholars Society in particular, not least their current responsibilities as mentors to younger Scholars.
Form 2 Scholar, Thomas, then read the Scholars Society poem, John Keats’ ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer,’ before the two-course dinner was served.
As he does every other year, Dr Sheppard took on the role of after dinner speaker and gave a talk entitled ‘How Good is Their Rest?’ in which he argued that education is as much about preparing young people to make the most of their leisure time as it is about preparing them for the world of work.
Form 7 Scholar, Ranulph, said: “We had a really great evening: food for the mind and for the body!”
Find out more about the Scholars Society at Oakham School.