Warwick Academy is the oldest school in Bermuda and is thought to be the oldest school in the western hemisphere to operate on the same site.

To mark the school’s 350th anniversary year, commemorative events are being held throughout 2012. Commemorative merchandise is also for sale — to find out more go to www.warwickacad.bm

Here are the highlights of Warwick Academy’s calendar year:

 

• Opening Ceremony — 350th Anniversary Assembly and tree planting — January 18

• Jazz Gala Evening — February 4

This fundraising dinner featured the popular Warwick Academy Jazz Band, joined by world-renowned trombonist from Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra, Vince Gardner.

• Drama production — The Key Master — February 8-9

This play was about a supply teacher who takes students on a journey through English history and the history of Warwick Academy.

• Special 350th anniversary lecture — March 23

In ‘From Oceania to Suburbia: 400 years of dramatic change for Bermuda’s bird community’, Dr David Wingate, conservationist and world-renowned ornithologist, talked about the island’s changing environment during 400 years of human settlement.  

• Good Friday Alumni and Warwick Academy Kite Flying — April 6

• Bermuda Day Parade — May 24

Volunteers are needed to help with a 350th anniversary float for this year’s holiday parade. Old school uniforms are also needed, for students to dress in uniforms through the decades. Contact the school’s Development Office on 239-9465 if you can help.

• Alumni Cocktail Party — Luau theme — June 8

Organized by the Warwick Academy Alumni Association, this annual event encourages past students to revisit the school and to reconnect with classmates and past teachers.

This year’s party has a luau theme and will be held at the school pool.

Expect leis, a pig roast, special Bacardi cocktails and limbo dancing. The Island Restaurant Group will provide a Hawaiian-themed dinner.

Jane Vickers, director of development, said: “For the school’s special year the Alumni Association would love for 350 students to come back to the school for the cocktail party.”

Further details are available at www.warwickacad.bm. Click on alumni and follow the cocktail party link.

•  Wear Blue for Warwick Day — June 27

“Our hope is that all alumni, past staff and friends of the school will wear blue for the day to show support for the 350th anniversary,” said Mrs Vickers.

“Mark your calendars now so you can dig out your old school tie, house shirt or just any item of clothing that is blue. We want to paint Bermuda blue.”

• Annual Golf Tournament — September 21

The 14th year of the fundraiser, to be held at Riddells Bay Golf and Country Club. This year’s proceeds will go towards bursaries, teacher training and facility upgrades.

Mrs Vickers said: “This special year we have changed it up a bit. There will be a car for a hole-in-one prize, a Swizzle Inn-sponsored hole, and many other great prizes and fun hole competitions.

“We welcome all interested players to join us for our 350th Anniversary Golf Tournament. Please make up a foursome and fill out the form on the website or e-mail jvickers@warwickacad.bm.”

• Opening of Art Auction — September 28. The auction takes place October 12

• Walk and Run for Warwick — October 7

All age groups and abilities are invited to take part in this fun day, which takes place in the parish of Warwick. It concludes with a barbecue and prize giving at the school.

Mrs Vickers said: “The Bear will also take part as his aim is to run 350 km this year. That is quite an achievement when you are all in fur.”

• 350th Anniversary Gala Weekend — November 9-11

“The highlight of the year,” according to Mrs Vickers.

“Overseas visiting alumni will be invited to take part in the morning assembly, followed by a coffee morning and tours of the school.”

All alumni are then invited to take part in activities such as softball, basketball and football games at the school. A friendly golf tournament will also be held at the Fairmont Southampton Resort.

On the Saturday a Gala Dinner is being held at the  Mid Ocean Ampitheatre.

“We would love the various year groups to grab as many of their old classmates as possible, and come out to celebrate with us,” said Mrs Vickers.

“Join us for a wonderful evening reliving old memories and creating new ones.”

For more information contact jvickers@warwickacad.bm or chunter@warwickacad.bm. Special room rates are available for alumni. Go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/warwickacademy before October 8.

• Drama production — Cabaret — November 21-24

“Warwick has a wonderful reputation for its performing arts and for putting on first-class plays. Make sure you buy your tickets early. We sell out fast.”

• Warwick Academy PTA Christmas Fair — December 1

The 32nd school fair, featuring Santa Claus, games, a bake sale, cotton candy, food and refreshments.

Mrs Vickers said: “The prizes are amazing and you can always see children leaving with stuffed animals bigger than they are.”

Alumni

The school is appealing for alumni through the decades to get in touch during its 350th year.

“There are so many wonderful Warwick Academy alumni out there in Bermuda and spread across the world that unfortunately we don’t have current contact details for them.

“We would love to be able to be in touch with everyone and let them know what we are doing this year to celebrate and to keep them informed of what their old school is up to these days,” said Mrs Vickers.

“Please visit the Warwick Academy website at www.warwickacad.bm, go to the Alumni tab and complete the update sheet, or e-mail jvickers@warwickacad.bm and chunter@warwickacad.bm. We would love to hear from you.”

Alternatively, fill out the form opposite, cut out and post to the school.