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Football, music, reunions and rain! Kermesse season 2016 in pictures

lundi, 13 juin 2016   (0 Comments)
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Last Saturday's rather soggy Kermesse at La Chât brought the 2016 season to a close. The events at Campus des Nations and La Grande Boissière on the previous two Sundays managed to avoid the otherwise ubiquitous rain that Geneva has experienced in recent weeks.

As always there was a strong showing from the alumni community at the Kermesses, particularly at LGB and La Chât. The Ecolint Alumni Office and the Alumni Association cooperated once again to present an alumni stand at each event, with the Yearbook collection and other materials from the archives on display.

Particular thanks to the alumni that volunteered to help out before, during and after the Kermesses. Your contribution was greatly appreciated by the respective PTAs.

LGB (28 May 2016)

The Alumni Office invested in some new beach flags this year to improve visibility of the stand. We also had a display of class photographs for each decade anniversary group, going back to 1956 at LGB and 1976 at La Chât. (The first graduates from Campus des Nations left in 2008.)

The LGB Kermesse kicked off with the return, after a break of a few years, of the traditional Alumni vs Students football challenge. The alumni team featured Dan Shaw (LGB '96), Chris Goodyear (LGB '96), Gada Simeso (LGB '96), Anthony Hanna (LGB '97), David Pfefer (LGB '96), Jeff McClure (LGB '96), Martin Lee (LGB '96), Louay Samawi (LGB '95), Nick Owen (LGB '86), Philip Sicre (LGB '86), Amanuel Abate (LGB '87), Peter Hachfeld (LGB '08) and Joe Shaw (La Chât '98).

The alumni team got off to a good start, scoring a couple of early goals, but in the end the younger legs of the student team won the day. Pictured above is Dan Shaw mid-leap, immediately after scoring one of those first-half goals. Shortly after the match, Dan joined Patrick Lunt (LGB '96) in the Greek Theatre, where their former school band Boot Hill re-formed to mark the 20 year anniversary of the Class of '96. Their late bandmate Beni Braun was ably replaced on drums by Stef Pasternak (La Chât '94).



Three generations of the Knight family were in attendance at LGB: on the right Michael Knight (looking remarkably well fifteen years after his retirement); on the left his daughter Emma Hayter Knight (LGB '91); and in the middle one of Emma's daughters, now students themselves at LGB.

The Yearbook collection proved popular once again, both with alumni on a nostalgia trip and with current students looking for photos of their teachers, older siblings and parents. (A reminder that the complete Yearbook collection is available to alumni on this website. A website user account is required to access them.)

Muriel Eckstein (LGB '96) captured the essence of Kermesse day at LGB very well in this photo she posted to Facebook.

Campus des Nations (4 June 2016)

As our youngest campus, with the Saconnex site celebrating ten years in operation this year, the Nations' alumni community is naturally much smaller. There was nevertheless a steady stream of visitors to the stand at the Kermesse.

 And of course a wonderful selection of international food and drink on offer, among the games, stalls and entertainment. 

La Chât (11 June 2016)

The La Chât Kermesse also kicked off with an alumni football match, this time with two teams of former students squaring off against each other in memory of the late Adam Smolik (La Chât '89).

Originally slated to referee the match, Phil Wingate, who has been playing regularly with alumni teams for around thirty years now, instead helped to even up the teams by playing with the older alumni. The alumni who played were: Gavin Adcock ('87), Pedro Kroha ('90), Andy Pattison ('87), Tiago Pinto-Pereira ('99), Mark Cameron ('02), Elliot Bentzen ('98), Ian Bentzen ('01), Oliver Plane ('87), Robert Klein ('88) and his brother Tom, along with a Sean and a David whose family names we've been unable to confirm.

Phil Wingate is retiring from La Chât at the end of the month after an incredible 37 years teaching there. Even more time for football perhaps?!

Sadly the weather did not cooperate as it had for the other two Kermesses, both of which switched on the sunshine for just the required number of hours. By contrast, as per this umbrella, at La Chât there were plenty of watery dialogues!

Secondary Principal David Woods was soaked to the skin but still smiling. Ecolint DG Vicky Tuck and Marketing Director Michael Kewley were happy to take shelter at the alumni stand.

Nick Bates, also retiring at the end of the month after 29 years teaching at LGB and La Chât, dusted off his multiple chess boards once again. Despite one or two close calls, he finished the day undefeated (as usual).

Beatrice Hoesli, still going strong at La Chât and an important point of contact for the alumni, was present on the stand as ever, catching up with many of her former students.

The La Chât Yearbook collection drew plenty of attention from the many alumni in attendance.

The Class of '96, in particular, enjoyed looking back at the fashions and hairstyles of their school-days.

One familiar face to drop by was former teacher Gus Ritson, who retired from teaching in 2010.

Despite the rain there were plenty of smiles from the La Chât '96 twenty-year reunion group, who were heading on out to celebrate in Nyon that evening.

Thanks to everyone who dropped by the alumni stands to say hello over the past three weekends – and especially, again, to the alumni who volunteered to help at their respective Kermesse. See you next year!

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