Moving on? Keeping in touch is easy!
The Symondians’ Association’s aim is to bring together ex-Symondian students and help them stay in touch with each other. We hold sporting and social events throughout the year, support the College through sponsorship and provide an opportunity to seek career advice from other members.
Formerly known as the Old Symondians’ Society, the society changed to an association on April 8th 1911.
The name Symondians’ Association was adopted in 2012.
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The Annual Dinner held in Winchester is the largest setpiece event of the year for the Association.
The highlight of the evening is a performance by members of the Music Department who have received bursaries from the Association, and a speech by the Principal.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
A very popular annual event, fantastically well organised with beginners and experienced shooters all welcome.
Sporting and Social Activities
The Society provides a number of opportunities for former students to meet up socially or to relive previous sporting triumphs.
Three well-established golfing events occur annually. The annual Triangular Tournament with Old Edwardians and Old Tauntonians plus our own Old Symondians Cup. Both are held at Hockley Golf Club.
The Peverell Cup is an enjoyable tournament which raises funds for charity and is usually held on the day of the Annual Dinner.
The College vs The Association has been relaunched after a long absence and has become a significant social as well as playing fixture.
Supporting The College
In the spirit of our founder, the mercer Peter Symonds, the Association raises money for bursaries and grants awarded to the college. We regularly award grants to college departments.
In recent years we have supported Music, English Lang/Lit, Maths, Geography, Law, BTEC Business and Career Departments. In the years ahead, with an increasing membership, we intend that this financial effort should increase.
The Association has strong ties with the Guild of Mercers Scholars in the City of London; several members are Guild Masters to ex students from the College who have become their “apprentices”.
A Greeting From TSA
Having been a member of the Association for over forty years and Secretary for fifteen, I am proud to be the President of the Symondians’ Association.
My repeatedly expressed concern has been to encourage former students of the College to join their alumnus, whilst not ignoring the enormous legacy left by those who have gone before.
In recent years we have attracted an increased number of College leavers who have taken advantage of our fouryear-long subscription ‘holiday’. We have maintained an attractive social programme throughout the year and seek additional events to benefit all ages.
All our activities are publicised in a full and informative Newsletter (The Symondian) which aims to include items and articles for widest interest. Thanks to the loyalty and generosity of our membership we have, within the last year or so, expanded our programme of financial support for the College.
This is at a time when government stringency has forced all state sector educational institutions to cut back on all but what may be considered core essentials. In a time of austerity, The Symondians’ Association has stepped in to support the student body, notably in extra-curricular activities and career progression facilities.
This is the least we can do as a recognition of the excellence that Peter Symonds College achieves year-in and year-out. But think what could be done if every College leaver and former scholar joined us.
I look forward to meeting more new members.
~ Stuart Mariner
To join the Association, please click here.