OPA Newsletter May 2020

OPA Newsletter May 2020

The latest edition of the OPA Newsletter will be published on the Website  on Tuesday 12th May 2020.

Because of the unprecedented times in which we all find ourselves, there will not be a printed version – this will be an e-version only.

New Book by Patrick Tobin (OP 1960)


The Gong Tormented Sea, the Norman Kingdom of Sicily and the Byzantine Empire

Patrick Tobin (OP 1960) who taught History at St Benedict’s from 1963 to 1971 has completed a book which he started whilst he was teaching at the school; it will be published on 20th May 2020 by the Escourt Press, Winchester.

It is very much a St Benedict’s Project. Professor Christopher Mulvey (OP 1960) has provided invaluable help towards publication and Edward Fennell (OP 1968), a pupil of Patrick’s in the 1960s, has also participated actively. There will be many other Old Priorians with memories of Patrick’s teaching who might now be interested in this outcome.


The Ray Codd Memorial Cup

The Ray Codd Memorial Cup

OPRFC Presidents XV vs Rosslyn Park Nomads XV

Saturday 14 March 2020

See Details of Postponement at: POSTPONEMENT

Ray Codd, Captain 1st VII 1966

Join us to honour one of the school’s sporting legends, celebrate the school’s sporting success past, present and future and watch some great rugby – on the pitch and on the screen!

Ray Codd (OP 1966) was one of the school’s sporting legends who sadly died last year.  Ray was Captain of the First XV as well as the captain of the cricket and athletics teams. He went on to captain Rossyln Park RFC and then Middlesex RFC after which he had a long and successful career in sports education.

This inaugural event is an opportunity to honour Ray’s memory and is also a celebration St Benedict’s sport across the generations.   The Old Priorians President’s XV will face Rosslyn Park Nomads for the first time at Perivale and it’s worth noting that we will be fielding 25 OPs of various vintages including some as far back as the 1980s! And of course, it’s a chance to get together with old friends.

There will be food, at least two bars as well as a supervised bouncy castle for smaller children.

Gates open at 1pm with KO at 2.30pm and the presentation of the Cup at 4.30pm.

All profits from this event will go to the school’s Floodlights Appeal. The plan is to have floodlights in place for the start of the 2020/21 season and we are sure you will all agree that this will hugely enhance St Benedict’s sports offering.

The event is free to attend though you can also purchase a seat in the covered stadium seating for £25.

For health and safety purposes you must register your attendance. You can do this here:  http://www.trybooking.co.uk/OXD

We hope to see you there!

St Benedict’s Connect

St Benedict’s Connect


We are delighted to invite you to join St Benedict’s Connect – a new, dynamic networking platform which will allow Old Priorians to connect and reunite online. St Benedict’s Connect will be pivotal for remaining connected, sharing news and career opportunities while hearing about School developments and events.

St Benedict’s Connect makes it easier to utilise the benefits and opportunities of being a part of the unique Old Priorian community.

Highlights of St Benedict’s Connect include:

Directory: Find and re-connect, personally or professionally, with fellow Old Priorians from all over the world.

Employment Opportunities: Search for or advertise job vacancies, internships or study placements. Meet the people you should know and advance your career – this is a key aspect of St Benedict’s Connect, especially for our recent graduates and others seeking employment opportunities.

Events: Find out about Old Priorian events, sign up to attend or publicise your own reunions and get-togethers. Engage with Old Priorians all over the world, so you can stay involved wherever you are.

Giving Back and Mentoring: Become a mentor and help support the next generation of Old Priorians to achieve their ambitions or offer careers advice and information by clicking the “Willing to Help” button.

Groups: Follow or start a group with a common interest.

Messaging: Receive and send messages to other Old Priorians in a variety of ways: through St Benedict’s Connect, by email or by linking your account with LinkedIn or Facebook. You can manage what you receive and share by amending your own profile settings.

Your Profile and Feed: Make instant updates to your contact details and other information. Share news of projects you’re involved in or exciting events in your life.

Please be assured as per our Old Priorian Association Privacy Notice your privacy rights are protected and you may delete your Connect Account at any time.

Sign up is quick and easy. Join us now at


Please be aware that the “Connect” site is best used with the Chrome browser

The Old Priorian Association do hope you will take the opportunity to join us on St Benedict’s Connect and enjoy using the platform.

We look forward to connecting with you!