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Versa: Issue One

Versa is a biannual publication and will be published every autumn and spring term. Versa will replace the former magazine, OA Bulletin and will offer a comprehensive insight into the many facets of alumni life.

22 YOUR SAY Over the

22 YOUR SAY Over the summer we conducted a survey of our alumni in order to both understand the needs of OAs and to improve the way we communicate with you. Here is a snapshot of the results obtained which are helping to shape our activities moving forward. 303 OAs took part Ages ranging from 18 – 99 You want more casual events and gatherings £ 51% 91% of OAs received some form of financial support from St Albans School of OAs want to attend events on the School site CCF & Rugby most popular School interests £ 154 OAs offered some form of educational support to current pupils More articles + You want Class reunions at key milestone years about OAs, historic features and career profiles in this publication

23 UPCOMING EVENTS Calendar Wednesday 13th December Carol Service St Albans Abbey Tickets are strictly first come, first served. OAs are welcome to bring a guest and are warmly invited back to School after the Service for some festive mulled wine and mince pies. Friday 15th December Recent Leavers’ Drinks (Class of 2017) The Peahen, St Albans To celebrate finishing your first term at university, we are inviting all recent leavers from the Class of 2017 to a get together this Christmas holiday. Hot food will be provided and your first drink is on us! (This event is exclusively for the Class of 2017) Thursday 1st February 2018 An Evening with… Chris Wilkinson OA St Albans School Library Chris Wilkinson (OA 1963), the founder of Wilkinson Eyre and a world-leading architect, will be giving a lecture in the Library. Pupils, OAs and parents welcome. Saturday 3rd February 1st XI Hockey Team V Aldenham School School Pavilion, Woollams OAs are welcome to join us in the School Pavilion to watch the 1st XI Hockey Team take on Aldenham. The match starts at 13.45 and refreshments will be available. Thursday 1st March Durham Regional Dinner Kings Lodge Inn Open to all OAs (including Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Graduates of Durham University) who live in Durham and the surrounding areas. We are planning to host a meetup in March at the Kings Lodge Inn, Durham. Please let us know if you are provisionally interested in attending by emailing Sarah Osborne on Tickets for most of our events will be available to book online via the OA section of the School website or by telephone/post/email via the contact details below. Development Office Tel: 01727 515187 Email: St Albans School, Abbey Gateway, St Albans, AL3 4HB HOW WE USE your data The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force in May 2018, extending the data rights of individuals. It requires us as an organisation and a charity to update our data processing policies and adopt appropriate and extensive measures to protect your personal data. Presently, we hold information on you as an OA on our database, including your name, address, email and telephone number. Depending on the extent to which you have been involved with the School, we may also hold information on donations you have given, Gift Aid declarations and possible correspondence we may have had. It is important to note that we will never share your data with other organisations or individuals. We are committed to respecting your privacy and the GDPR will enhance our data policies, not replace them. Currently, we contact individuals on our database with School news, event invitations, fundraising campaigns and occasional surveys. We have always given you the opportunity to opt-out of these mailings. However, under the new regulations coming into force, we may need you to opt-in to specific mailings and how you receive them – giving us affirmative consent to use your data. We will continue to keep you informed about the incoming regulations and will be back in touch if action to opt-in is required. We hope you enjoy hearing from us and being part of the Old Albanian community. If you have any questions about how we handle your data, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Development Team at