Leavers from 1977, 1987, 1992 and 1997 were joined by former staff and partners for our annual reunion event at the school on Saturday 10 June. A big “gold star” was awarded to the assembled group of 1997 leavers who arrived with the biggest contingent of 23 Old Girls!
The theme of this year’s event was “Sport – Then & Now”. Old Girls and former staff were treated to displays of sporting success from across the decades with a range of photographs, videos and memorabilia from our archive and from the personal collections of many alumnae themselves.
After welcome drinks and the opportunity to reminisce and meet up with friends, the Headmistress, Mrs Dougall gave updates on many exciting new developments within the school itself, which obviously included the official opening of our new Sports & Fitness Centre by Dame Katherine Grainger DBE back in the spring. Mrs Dougall also spoke about the success of our inaugural professional networking event for alumnae working in the law. These events will now be a key feature of our annual alumnae programme, the next one taking place on Friday 22 September at the Oxford Union with a focus on “Women in Leadership” where will be welcoming guest speaker Dame Helen Fraser DBE.
Olivier and his team did not disappoint with their gastronomic wizardry and laid on a delicious buffet lunch. Many of the old girls actually asked if they could re-join the school just for the lunches!
Our Prefect team led by Head Girl Clare Rawlinson ended the day with guided tours of the buildings and facilities. Our Director and Deputy Director of Sports were on hand in the gym to showcase our fantastic fitness facilities. There were some surprising displays of keenness and agility displayed by some of our more mature former members of staff which were a sight to behold!
We concluded the day with lots of group photos and of course lots of laughter.
Many thanks to everyone who attended and helped to make the day such a success.