Alumnae Events

Future Alumnae Events 

25 years at Hardingstone 

Queen opening HardingstoneCome and join us for our 25th Anniversary in Hardingstone Celebration on Saturday 14 October 2017, a special occasion for all those who left the school between 1993 and 2016, staff, former staff and friends of the School. The afternoon will run from 12 noon until 4pm beginning with a lunch in the Dining Hall. During the afternoon there will be an opportunity to tour the School, see an archive exhibition and catch up with friends and staff over afternoon tea. 

You are most welcome to come to the Lunch and/or the afternoon activities. Please book your place and pay for the lunch using the link here. The afternoon tea is free of charge but please let us know if you are coming for catering purposes by using the same link here

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible on the day!

Previous Events 

Od Girls and Associates' Annual Lunch  2017

We were delighted to welcome over 100 guests on Saturday 28 Janaury to the Old Girls and Associates’ Lunch. As always, the dining hall was filled with our alumnae chatting and reuniting with friends from their school days as well as former members of staff. This year amongst the guests were 2 tables of leavers who are regulars at the event, the class of 1956 to 1959 and another from the Class of 1960. The leavers from 1965, enjoyed reminiscing on their table of 13 – all of whom will be celebrating a special birthday during this academic year, 70! Other year groups returning included a group of 9 who left in 1984-85 and group from the class of 1990. We were also pleased to welcome back for the first time a group of 8 who left in 1979.

old girls lunch

The staff table was popular, as usual and it was great to welcome former Headmistress, Mrs Linda Mayne and the Reverend Yvonne Chapman, a previous Deputy Head as well as many other past and present members of staff.

Dr Helen Stringer, Headmistress welcomed everyone and thanked the committee for all of their hard work in organising the lunch. Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet, with thanks to the catering team, some had a tour of the school and all enjoyed catching up with friends.

old girls lunch
old girls lunch

 

 

Welcoming back the Class of 2016 

We were delighted to welcome back our recent leavers, the Class of 2016 to a drinks reception on 11 November before our Awards Evening. It was a wonderful atmosphere as girls were reunited with each other and staff and shared stories of their first weeks of university life.

CLASS OF 2016 REUNION

Dr Stringer, Headmistress said a few words about how delighted she was to see the girls back and hear how well they are getting on. She also unveiled a 'Class of 2016' bench to go in the courtyard which was kindly donated by the girls and their parents to be enjoyed by future genrations at the School.  

Helen and bench
girls on bench

Afterwards they attended the Awards Evening along with many current girls and their parents to celebrate the achievements of the students in 2015/2016. Kenneth Tharp OBE, Chief Executive of The Place, the UK’s leading centre for contemporary dance development gave an inspirational speech and presented the prizes.  

Netball Match - Staff and Old Girls vs NHS 1st/2nd Teams

On Thursday 7 January we welcomed back some of our old girls who teamed up with the staff to take on the 1st and 2nd Netball teams. As you can imagine it was extremely competitive from the word go and the team talks during intervals were extremely animated! Having said that there was a very energetic and enjoyable atmosphere.

 

nETBALL 2
 nETBALL 1

Many thanks to everyone for taking part, we look forward to next year's fixture!

OGA Annual Lunch 2016

On Saturday 30 January we were delighted to welcome into school over 120 guests to the annual Old Girls and Associates’ lunch. There was a wonderful atmosphere with a buzz throughout the room of old friends chatting and laughing, enjoying the opportunity to catch up. Guests mingled over drinks before sitting down for a delicious buffet lunch.

lunch 2016 2
lunch 2016 1

Among the guests were reunion groups from 1959, 1960, 1966, 1976, 1988 and a table of more recent leavers from the class of 1997. There were old girls present who left us in 1955 right up to 2012. We were also pleased to welcome former staff, current staff, former Headmistress, Mrs Linda Mayne and current Headmistress, Dr Stringer. Dr Stringer said a few words expressing how pleased she was to be attending the event for the first time and the importance of our alumnae in their contribution to the school’s history. She thanked Carolyn White, Chair of the Old Girls, the committee and all the 

lunch 2016 3volunteers who helped make the lunch such a special occasion. She concluded by leading a round of applause to thank the lunch school catering team for providing such a fantastic spread.

There was a raffle held at the event with the proceeds going towards the school bursary fund. At the end of the lunch, a large number of old girls enjoyed a tour of the school and particularly lingered in the Edward Cripps Room which houses the school archives with the photos and portraits on the walls bringing back many memories.