On Saturday 26 September, the school played host to the annual OGU reunion lunch, attended by twenty five former pupils. Old girls once again travelled from all over the country with Cynthia Micheletti nee Robertshaw (BGGS 1950-1958), making the journey from Cape Town, over 9,000 miles, to meet up with her former school friends.
The spread of leavers ranged from as earlier as 1947, with Old Girl Ann Clegg (nee McDonald) who attended the school from 1942-47, right up to the 1980’s.
A large group of ladies reminisced about their time at the school in the 1950’s with many leaving in 1956 and 1957.
Members enjoyed meeting current pupils and taking a tour of the school, taking in the displays of pupils’ work and special events and finally culminating in refreshments in the stunning library. A particularly favourite part of the school, the senior library still houses the beautiful Robert Thompson oak furniture and provided the perfect setting to catch up with old friends and peruse through the archive collections.
After the tour, the Old Girls were escorted to the dining room for a delicious lunch. See the gallery at the bottom of the page for more photo’s of the 2015 reunion.
On Saturday 4 October, over fifty OGU members attended the annual Old’s Girls Reunion lunch. This year saw the majority of Old Girls travelling from across the region, whilst Cynthia Micheletti nee Robertshaw (BGGS 1950-1958), once again made the journey from Germany.
A special 60 year reunion of the Upper Thirds of 1954 was well represented with many of the former pupils still firm friends after all these years. Additionally, a group of ladies who left in 1984 also celebrated a special reunion year – 30 years on.
Members were delighted to be met by current pupils and given a tour of the school, showing particular interest in the school archives and the old library with the beautiful Robert Thompson Mouseman oak furniture. The group of Old Girls, including the three ‘Green’ sisters; Jennifer, Sally and Katharine who left the school in 1968, 1970 and 1977 respectively, enjoyed looking through the archive of old photographs and school publications, and talking to members of the student leadership team.
Jane Tinker recognised many of her friends and classmates on one of the whole school photographs in the school gallery whilst Eveline Wilkinson (BGGS 1945-51) and Pat Smith nee Whitaker (BGGS 1944-50) reminisced about their form room G1, now used as a school office.
After the tour, the Old Girls were escorted to the dining room for a delicious lunch and the chance to catch up with old friends, some of whom had not seen each other for over 50 years. Everyone agreed that it had been a successful and memorable day.
See the gallery at the bottom of the page for more photo’s of the 2014 reunion.
On Saturday 28 September, over fifty OGU attended the annual reunion lunch. Cynthia Micheletti nee Robertshaw (BGGS 1950-1958), who attends every year, traveled from Germany while Sue Sayles nee Wilkinson (BGGS 1963-1970) made a special journey from France.
Members were delighted to be met by current pupils and given a tour of the school, showing particular interest in the school archives and the old library. Rachel Killock nee Mason (BGGS 1953-60) and Gillian Haigh nee Dracup (BGGS 1953-60) (pictured above) were particularly thrilled to find themselves on a photograph in the school gallery.
Old Girls enjoyed looking through the archive of old photographs and school publications, and Beverly Hills nee White (BGGS 1962-69) recognised many of her friends in a 1968 edition of the school newsletter, The Chronicle.
After the tour, the old Girls were escorted to the dining room for a delicious lunch and the chance to catch up with old friends, some of whom had not seen each other for over 20 years.
On Saturday 29 September, over a hundred OGU members attended the Open Morning and the annual reunion lunch. Elizabeth Adkins (nee Cullingford) who left the school in 1958 came all the way from Chicago.
Miss Foulds, a former member of staff who joined BGGS in 1951, also attended and was thrilled to be reacquainted with so many of her former pupils.
On Saturday 1st October, over 80 OGU members travelled from as far away as Alaska, Germany and Norway as well as throughout the United Kingdom to attend the school open morning and annual OGU reunion lunch.
Elaine Wardell nee Burnell (BGGS 1950 – 1957) travelled from Alaska to proudly show her husband, daughter and granddaughter where she was educated.
Cynthia Micheletti nee Robertshaw (BGGS 1950-1958) who lives in Germany attends the reunion every year and Patience Lister (BGGS 1981-1988) who lives in Norway attended for the second year in a row.
Ex staff included Mrs Foulds who joined BGGS in 1951, Miss Marjorie Robinson who taught at BGGS from 1957 – 1985 and Miss Briggs who was an Old Girl of the school and already a long serving member of staff when she took over as Lady Royd Headmistress in 1959. She taught until 1987 and has kept in contact with the school ever since.
Members were delighted to receive their blue BGGS welcome bags containing details about the open morning activities, results and destinations, a copy of ‘The Leader’ – the school newsletter, their OGU lunch ticket and complimentary packets of Yorkshire Tea.
The OGU raffle raised £60 for OGU funds and prizes went to:-
1st prize – Hamper from Bettys, Mrs Hazel Greenwood (nee Brown) (BGGS 1953-1962)
2nd prize – BGGS Christmas Cake – Mrs Janet Laughlin (nee Shackleton) (OGU Secretary)
3rd prize – Fresh Flower Arrangement – Mrs Julie Green
Members commented on how wonderful the school looked and were delighted to be shown around the school by our present girls acting as tour guides. The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed catching up with friends, some of whom had not seen each other for over 20 years. The weather was glorious which all added to a most memorable day.