Trinity Hall travels – Hong Kong and Singapore

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By Dr Rachelle Stretch, Development Director

Above (l-r): Dr Andrew Murray (Admissions Tutor), the Revd Dr Jeremy Morris (Master), Dr Rachelle Stretch, Paul ffolkes Davis (Bursar)

September is a busy month for us – two reunions and the THA Dinner in College, Front Court mailed out and our annual trip to Asia. This year we flew to Singapore – it was the first visit there for myself and the Master. The College hadn’t held an event there for a number of years so we were pleased to have the chance to meet with alumni and host a dinner for 36 alumni and friends – including current students and freshers – at the Tanglin Club. Thank you to everyone for welcoming us and to our investment advisers, Leo and Anthonia, who helped with the arrangements for the dinner.

After two days we flew on to Hong Kong, nervously watching to see if Typhoon Meranti might adversely affect our travel and event plans. We arrived safely and, as always, were greeted by generous hospitality. On Thursday we met with another 36 alumni and friends – again including current students and freshers – at the Ladies Recreation Club. Thanks to Jonathan Pyne for hosting. It’s always a lively gathering and yet again Trinity Hall alums were the last ones in the venue.

We are also grateful to Anthony Ng of the WYNG Foundation and Leslie Chung of the Philomathia Foundation for so generously welcoming us to Hong Kong again and their support of the College.

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The Master with the WYNG Philomathia student essay contest winners

Our Admissions Tutor, Dr Andrew Murray, had been in Hong Kong all week visiting local schools to dispel myths about applying to Oxbridge. Before our alumni dinner we joined him as he gave a talk to around 100 schoolchildren in Kowloon. During the presentation the Master awarded the 11 finalists of the WYNG-Philomathia essay prize competition with their certificates. There had been over 140 entries this year on the topic of waste. The top six had won the chance to come to Trinity Hall for an open day a few months ago and the others took part in the Cambridge Hong Kong summer school. One of the winners gave a very moving account of her experience of coming to Cambridge and having a supervision on her essay: “it was intimidating at first but very rewarding and helped me develop my thinking”.

We are sorry that travel this year coincided with the mid-autumn festival and meant some people were unable to join us. We hope everyone enjoyed the festivities and that we see you next year!