New Year ND6 Reunion Party
Last Friday, 3rd January, our ND6 New Year Reunion Party took place at The Fairmile in Cobham. Over 30 students from the Classes of 2018 and 2019 attended the event and, clinking celebratory glasses of Prosecco, relished the opportunity to catch up on each other's news. Friendships were reinforced and fresh ones forged as the girls discovered new experiences in common. They also enjoyed chatting to Mrs King and some of their old teachers including Miss Harber, Mrs Franco and Mrs Wallace.
Said Helena Roberts, now in her first year studying Design Crafts at DMU Leicester: "We all keep in touch via social media but it was lovely to catch up in person."
The Reunion for this year's ND6 Leavers will be held in December 2020.
Ros Roberts, Alumnae Manager
Time for tea as our ‘old girls’ go on a trip down Memory Lane!
FoND’s very successful Afternoon Tea Garden Party this summer also provided a wonderful setting for an emotional reunion of over 40 Notre Dame ‘old girls’, ranging in age from 30 to 90.
Former Head Girl Freda Wallin (nee Farr), who celebrated her 90th birthday last December, was guest of honour and attended the tea with her younger sister, Frances Harryman (Farr) who was also Head Girl during her time here. To mark the occasion, Chaplain Georgia Hopkins – another alumna and Head Girl in 1991/2 – presented Freda with a beautiful blue and yellow bouquet of flowers. It was fitting that Georgia was accompanied by a representative of the next generation to come through the school – her four year old daughter, Gabrielle, who attends the Nursery. Maybe Gabrielle will be Head Girl one day too!
The tea was also attended by Sister Anne Gill, Sister Faith Ede, Sister Maria Quinn and Sister Anne Bayley, who remembered many of the guests and in some cases, either taught them or were actually at school here with them. All the alumnae enjoyed the exhibition of old photographs plus the chance to leaf through yearbooks and photo albums. The tea was followed by a tour of the school, hosted by teachers and Year 10 volunteers. The ‘old girls’ loved seeing how the school had developed, while their hosts learned a huge amount about Notre Dame’s history.
The event came to a close at 5pm, with each guest departing with a gift from the school and a lot of happy new Notre Dame memories. As one said: “The school has grown and changed so much, but in many ways not at all. It still has the same wonderful, friendly atmosphere and I’m so thankful I came here. It truly made me the person I am and I will always have very affectionate memories of my time at Notre Dame.”
Excited chatter about university and gap year experiences filled the air at Wildwood in Cobham just before Christmas, when nearly 40 Year 13 Leavers from the 2017 and 2018 cohorts gathered for the annual ND6 Reunion Party. Fortified by copious servings of pizza and celebratory glasses of Prosecco, the girls relished the opportunity of comparing notes about their progress since leaving school. They also enjoyed catching up with the many teachers who dropped in to say hello. Said Head of Sixth Form, Janine Harber: “It was wonderful to hear how the girls were getting on and see them renew old friendships and forge new ones as they discovered new experiences in common.”
Together again after 32 years
Sarah Macdonald (Harding) tracked down 40 former pupils who left between 1985-7 and many of them attended a reunion at the BFI Bar and Kitchen in London recently. Name badges were issued but proved unnecessary because, as Sarah said: “Everyone was just little bit older and a whole lot wiser!” The Notre Dame girls wasted no time in catching up on each other’s news and the room was filled with excitement, laughter, tears of happiness and admiration for one another. Added Sarah: “It was the most amazing experience and a wonderful night. We are all firm friends again, so this will be the first of many Reunions.”
Summer Fete 2017
It was lovely to see so many of you at our last Summer Fete. We very much hope to have another fete in 2020 – watch this space for more details.
Why not join our Alumnae Facebook Group, Notre Dame Cobham Alumnae, With over 150 members and growing, it’s the ideal way to organise social events or swap news with old friends.