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Aiglon was pleased on Friday, 2nd February 2018 to host an official opening ceremony for the new Parsons Building.
Converted from the old Exeter boarding house, which was originally opened in 1971, this new space is now Aiglon’s academic hubs. The new space now contains two floors of updated classrooms, the Studies, IB, Learning Support Offices and Geography Department. It is also home to Aiglon’s new library, the Centre for Enquiry.
The ceremony on Friday was held to both open the building and recognise the lifelong contributions of Philip and Bibi Parsons to Aiglon College. More than sixty guests made up of Aiglon staff, former staff, trustees, governors, alumni, friends and family were present at the event to honour Bibi. You can watch the event streamed live on Aiglon’s Facebook page.
The ceremony featured speeches from Richard McDonald (Head Master), Tony Jashanmal (Chairman of the Board of Governors), Louie Snyder (Trustee) and Norman Perryman (Former Staff). Bibi herself also welcomed all the guests and spoke in thanks for the honour bestowed upon her and Philip before the event concluded with a ribbon cutting and aperitif.
A display has been placed in the building’s academic hallway to honour Philip and Bibi as well as tell the story of their history at Aiglon, and the development of the building.
Future plans include renovating the entrance area, facade, lower classrooms and main hall.
Text of Commemoration:
“This building is named in honour of Philip and Bibi Parsons to
commemorate their exceptional contributions to Aiglon College.
From joining the School in 1962, Philip and Bibi were instrumental in
carrying John Corlette’s educational legacy forward; they embraced
the challenges and opportunities of Aiglon’s second quarter century
with a blend of warmth, courage, resilience and humility building an
enduring foundation for Aiglon’s future generations.”