Through their membership of the Old Fishes’ Association (OFA), Old Fishes retain the strong sense of community experienced during their school days and also benefit from a lively social and careers network. The Old Fishes’ Association includes past and present students and their parents, staff and their families, as well as friends of New Hall from the local community and the wider world. The Old Fishes’ Association maintains regular contact with past students via newsletters, reunions, social events and the careers network.
Why ‘Old Fishes’?
The term Old Fishes has been used for former New Hall students from as early as 1799. At the time of Catholic persecution in mainland Europe, the founding Religious Community were forced to leave the Low Countries and to move to England. Whilst they were seeking a suitable venue in England, the nuns referred to students as “Fishes” in their correspondence, so as not to alert the authorities. The name stuck and, subsequently, when students left New Hall they became known as ‘Old Fishes’. It is a unique and fascinating story that unites everyone associated with New Hall with the rich heritage of our past. It also makes an interesting talking point at dinner parties!
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