It was an evening filled with nostalgia that celebrated old (and new) friendships and golden memories gone by. This year's Alumni Summer Reunion, which took place on 20th July at the Carlton Hotel, saw nearly 100 former students and staff reconnect as they chatted the evening away over dinner, drinks, and a 90s music playlist.
This year's Reunion was a special one, as we celebrated 10 cohorts that have graduated since our first batch in 2009. Mr Renato Rainone took a trip down memory lane as he gave a few words recounting his most unforgettable moments with all cohorts from 2009 to 2018. Brother Larry led the room with an opening prayer, followed by a welcome address by Mrs Maria Ciola, Director of Advancement, Communications and Admissions. She announced the release of the latest issue of Infinitas, the official magazine of the Alumni Association, as well as the launch of this community portal. She also encouraged everyone to come forward if they have any ideas for the Association or would like to be more involved with alumni activities in the future.
Ian Chai ('09) then delivered his final address as President of the Alumni Association, stepping down from his post after four years. He moves to New York next month to further his studies.
Performances by alumni musicians Sarah Chong ('10) and Ivan Abisha ('18) who sang classic 90s hits such as "You've Got A Friend In Me" and "Don't Look Back In Anger" respectively were well-received.
Other members of staff present at the Reunion were everyone's favourite Aunty Glenis, Mrs Susi Teo, Mr Dan Brown, Mr Andrew Nurney (who returns to SJI International this year), Mr Tony Scheelbeek, Mr Greg Thorpe and Mr Lee Baker.
There was no shortage of banter and stories throughout the evening, as the alumni intermingled with one another taking turns recalling their days on campus and bringing one another up to speed on their careers and adventures since they last spoke.
Seeing the past, present and future come together at the Alumni Reunion was a powerful affirmation that friendships forged at SJI International truly never ends.