It was a moment of great excitement and anticipation as we held our first Alumni gathering on Friday the 24th of June, and all involved in the Alumni Association were delighted to welcome former pupils and staff to two events in our marquee on the terrace last Friday.
During the afternoon our visitors were treated to tours round the school by our wonderful tour guides, who really impressed everyone with their knowledge, enthusiasm – and also their patience, for those moments when those on the tours spent time reminiscing with staff, or even trying to work out which classroom the room they were in was in their day!
One visitor commented that ‘they were absolutely charming and very patient as we kept stopping for chats; a real credit to the school.’
Following the tours, everyone was treated to a cream tea, and spent time catching up with their friends.
The late afternoon/evening session began with welcome drinks followed by entertainment provided by Mr Green and members of Canzonetta. We would like to say ‘thank you so much’ for giving up another evening at school, particularly as you had had a concert the evening before; it was very much appreciated by everyone there. This session was rounded off with current and former choir members joining together for a rousing performance of – what else – but ‘Rhythm of Life’!
Before a buffet supper and fun entertainment provided by Magic Martin, Mr Scott welcomed former pupils and staff, and a presentation was made to Mr and Mrs Jones to say a huge ‘thank you’ for their dedicated and loyal service teaching Music at St Joseph’s since 1975.
There was a real buzz that evening and it was an absolute delight to have the opportunity to catch up with everyone, from those who were at the school during the 1950s, to the class of ’92, and much more recent leavers, some who have just started college and university, as well as those who are now working in many and varied occupations, including the Army and the Royal Navy.
This event was the first of many to ‘kickstart’ the new Alumni Association. Many of those visiting this evening have offered to come into School and talk to pupils in assemblies, to give careers talks, and to support pupils through giving them vital interview practice before applying to various sixth form colleges. If you would like to help support our pupils in school, please do get in touch with us at email@example.com We’d love to hear from you, and please keep in touch with us with all your other news too. We have an embryonic Alumni page on the School website, and we’d like to expand it by letting people know about all the wonderful things you have done since leaving St Jo’s – and your memories of the School too!
Finally, please save the date for our next summer reunion which will be held on Saturday, 24th June, 2023. Those who attended this year are already looking forward to getting together again next summer and many of their friends are hoping to joining us too. Hopefully, a Saturday event will make it easier for everyone to head down to Cornwall, and make a weekend of it. Looking forward to see you then!