Sunday 7th September 2014
On Sunday 7th September, a beautiful sunny day at the start of term, former staff and pupils enjoyed the annual Association Day. For many, the chapel is the most memorable building at school and the day started with a service there, taken by the Rev Dr Benji McNair Scott who talked on a theme of ‘Celebration’ to tie in with the 10th Anniversary of The Association. Hattie Lucas-Clements, Choir Prefect, directed the Scratch Choir of boarders and alumnae most ably. The retiring collection raised funds for Afghan Connection.
After morning coffee there was more music on offer in the chapel from a talented group of current pupils, organised by the Music Prefects Charmaine Chan, Laila Sticpewich and Holly Calder. The mini concert was warmly applauded and thanks must go to all involved.
The lacrosse match between the school and the alumnae teams was well supported and resulted in victory for the alumnae. Emily Fitzsimons (2013) and Nancy Day (2014) had kindly put the alumnae team together.
Association Day is open to all members and their families and this year we were particularly delighted to welcome four groups of alumnae having mini reunions from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1980s. For many of them it was the first time they had returned to school since leaving and the highlight of the school tours was the new Speech Hall Library where enthusiasm for the transformation of the Old Speech Hall was voiced by many.
Over a delicious roast lunch, we heard about the travel experiences of Caragh Bennet (2013), Annie Cole (2014), Jacinta Jackson (2013) and Katie Standen (L6) who had benefited from generous Association travel awards.