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Alumnae Michele with ND6 Student

Lots of happy memories and a love of literature and languages – that’s what Michele Farmer took with her when she left us in 1990. Thirty two years later, she has returned… 

Lots of happy memories and a love of literature and languages – that’s what Michele Farmer took with her when she left us in 1990. Thirty two years later, she has returned… 
Michele’s visit was arranged after a chance encounter with the Prep School’s Director of Music, Julie Shaw, who discovered Michele was an ‘old girl’ and invited her to the Prep School’s Spring Concert. In a further coincidence, Michele discovered that a family friend’s daughter – Sofia G-P - was now in the Sixth Form so a tour was arranged and Sofia duly stepped forward as guide! 

Alumnae Michele with ND6 Student

Michele – whose married name is Gawthorpe – thoroughly enjoyed both the tour, a coffee with Julie and the concert. “It was a spectacular afternoon. I loved seeing the school again; everyone was so welcoming and Sofia and Julie were wonderful hosts. While much has changed, the school still feels like the friendly welcoming environment I remember so well. The concert in the evening was just sensational and I was thrilled to sit next to another ‘old girl’. We chatted about how wonderful it was that her own daughters are now at the school.” 
Michele, who now lives in Warwickshire, spent six happy years at Notre Dame and went on to become a teacher herself, teaching Spanish at a Catholic mixed school, which she describes as having a very similar ethos to ours. Recalling her schooldays she said: “My love of literature was born at Notre Dame and I still have my 1987 copy of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and my 1989 copy of ‘A Passage to India’. I also loved my A level Spanish lessons with Mrs Heathcote-Yorke. 

Alumnae Michele's School Books

“Sofia’s Mum and I met when they lived in the Midlands. It’s an amazing coincidence that Sofia is now at my old school – it really is a small world!” 

Ros Roberts, Alumnae Manager


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Career news – what are you doing now? Do you have a business or interest you’d like to promote? Have you recently been promoted or moved to an exciting new job? Would you like to meet up with other alumnae in the same industry?

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We’re also happy to help you trace old friends so if there’s anyone you’ve lost touch with, let us know and we’ll publish a list in the newsletter to see if anyone else can help. If they are already on our database, we’ll also contact them on your behalf to see if they are happy for us to release their details.

Please send your contributions either by email to or write to Ros Roberts, Alumnae Officer, Notre Dame School, Convent Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1HA. You can also give me a call on 07958 276065. I look forward to hearing from you and please be assured that any photographs you send in will be carefully looked after and returned to you.