Events & Reunions

            

Up Coming Events

St Cat's invites you back for a Boarding Sleepover!

Saturday 7th- Sunday 8th April 2018

Calling all alumnae from 1985 – 2017 -  Last chance to sleep in your old 6th Form rooms  

In July, we are pulling down The Unit and the Barbara Platt (BP) to make way for a new three storey Sixth Form boarding house. To mark the end of an era, we invite you for one night only to relive your memories as a boarder.  Former boarding staff are invited.  Let us know if you would like us to invite anyone in particular.  Take a trip down memory lane with a Candlelit Compline Service, Open House, roll call, trip into Bramley for snacks, chill time with friends and breakfast in the Dining Room.  Get a group of your St Cat’s friends together and enjoy a night as a boarder without the stress of homework and curfew. 

Saturday 7th April

  • 4.30–6.30pm - Arrival and afternoon tea.  Catch up with former boarding staff & current teachers.  Allocate rooms
  • 6.45–7.15pm - Candlelit Compline Service.  Looking for volunteers for Chapel Choir! 
  • 7.30–9.00pm - Open house with ‘pizza and prosecco’  
  • 9.00pm - Roll call in the Lecture Theatre
  • 9.30pm - Chill time with your friends before lights out!

Sunday  8th April

  • 9.00–10.00am - Breakfast in the Dining Room
  • 10.30am - Farewell

To join us please contact:Dawn Pilkington, Association Director  
association@stcatherines.info  |  01483 899692 

Past Events

Alumnae Carols by Candlelight, December 2017

It was wonderful to welcome over 80 alumnae back to St Catherine's for mulled wine, mince pies and a hearty dose of carol singing!  There was much laughter and fun in the 'Aquarium' before the service as recent 2017 leavers caught up with friends and news of University life and a real buzz as past and current parents, staff and alumnae from the 1960's all mixed and shared memories of St Catherine's life.  Once the candles were finally lit we all enjoyed those Christmas carols that received the most votes and the warm and special atmosphere of Chapel by candlelight.  This event has grown year on year and we look forward to filling Chapel again next year.

Hong Kong Reception, October 2017

Over 70 of the Association Community in HK gathered at the Regal Hotel for a joyous and noisy Reception!  Past and current parents, alumnae and some current girls on Half Term, enjoyed meeting each other, swapping tales of School life, updating each other on their careers all whilst sampling a delicious buffet. Mr Albert Alonzo, Governor, Mrs Alice Phillips, Headmistress and Ms Pippa Carte, Development Director were thrilled to receive such a welcome and to have the opportunity to meet so many of the community.  The event was an opportunity to share with the HK community the School’s exciting plans to 'Create the Future' at St Catherine's.  For those that were unable to attend you can view a video here of the speeches.  We had alumnae from 1972 to 2015 at the event and the year groups of 2006-2009 made it a reason to gather with over 8 of their number!  The hours flew by, and there are many photographs which you can view here.  Our grateful thanks go to Mrs Andrea Chan and Mrs Susanna Mok for their support.

Beijing Reception, October 2017

The Association Community in China were invited to join Ms Carte, Development Director for drinks at the Shangri-La Hotel in Beijing. Parents gathered and news of School was shared and the girls interest areas discussed and potential careers explored.   A parent WeChat group was formed on the night to connect the St Catherine’s community in China!  If you missed the Reception and would like to be included, do email pippa.carte@stcatherines.info  A photograph of the reception gathering can be viewed here.  Ms Carte also received a very warm welcome from a number of families in Beijing during her visit and she is most grateful for the hospitality of the St Ctherine's communi

2002 15 year reunion 

On Saturday we welcomed back 10, Year of 2002, alumnae celebrating their 15th anniversary. The event was coordinated by Jo Adams (Martin) and she brought along her 6 week old baby daughter.

The event started with a glass of bubbly and the girls looking through various items from the archive. In particular there was much laughter at both their U3 mug shots in houses and their sixth form photos. Even in 15 years they could not believe their hair styles and clothes!

After a tour of the school through their old classrooms and a long time in front of the wall of tiles outside the front office, until everyone could find the tile they had made to mark the millennium, they enjoyed a moment of peace in the chapel – which now has cushions!! Before ending the tour looking at their house boards and checking that there were still toilets at the end of the long run.

It was then off to either the home economics room for a baking lesson with Mr Friend or a game of badminton with Mrs Folley.

The afternoon finished with a delicious cream tea in the dining room. 

 

Golden Girls' Reunion - Leavers of the 1940s & 1950s

Friday 23rd June 2017

On Friday 23rd June we were absolutely delighted to be joined by 82 alumnae of the 40s and 50s who came from Italy and the four corners of the UK for this very special reunion. 

View the videos from the day of happy School memories here and memories of boarding here.

We began the day with a Chapel service where we celebrated the long connection the ladies have with the school. Mrs Zena Skinner (1944) and Miranda Greenway (nee Johnston) (1960) read the lessons and 3 current pupils from L6 and L4 gave a wonderful music concert on the piano and violin.

A delicious lunch was enjoyed by all in the gym, followed by a walk around an interesting display of photos and memorabilia from the School archives.  We were delighted that many of the girls had brought photos and reports from their days at School to the reunion, so these could be scanned and added to the archives. 

The ladies enjoyed being shown around the School by current pupils, visiting old haunts including School Block and boarding, as well as the new Anniversary Halls and Speech Hall Library.   We were also very pleased to capture some of their memories on video, as they toured the School.  All these stories really help to bring the School’s history to life.
Any ladies who were unable to make the reunion are most welcome to come and visit the School.  Do get in touch so we can arrange a visit with you.  

Dawn Pilkington, Association Director either on 01483 899751, email: association@stcatherines.info