Events & Reunions

            

Up Coming Events

Manchester Reunion, Sunday 19th November 2017, 6.30 – 7.30pm

The Association Community is invited to join Mrs Alice Phillips, Headmistress, and Mrs Dawn Pilkington, Association Director, for a drinks reception in Chetham's School of Music from 6.30-7.30pm. We would welcome the opportunity to hear your news as well as sharing news of past events and future plans at St Catherine's. 
We do hope you will be able to join us.  Email association@stcatherines.info or call 01483 899692 to confirm you are coming by 27th October 2017

Alumnae Carols by Candlelight, Monday 18th December 2017, 6.30pm-8pm

You are invited  to our Carols by Candlelight Service, for recent leavers, on Monday 18th December from 6.30pm. If you are living locally, home from University or on your gap year it will be a great opportunity for you to meet up with your friends from school and sing your favourite Christmas carols in the school chapel by candlelight. The service will be approximately 30 minutes long with 8 carols and a few readings - if you would like to do one of the readings please let us know. We will be serving mince pies and mulled wine before the service between 6.30pm - 7.30pm to give you all a chance to catch up on each other's news before the service. The service will finish at 8pm.  The night will still be young so consider it the perfect launch pad for your Christmas MNG (Monday Night Guildford) with friends!

Past Events

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