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It was all smiles at Roedean, despite the inclement weather, as old friends gathered together at their former school in June to catch up and reminisce on school days.
2011 Reunion at Roedean Day attracted exceptionally high numbers of attendees with over 180 former students, family and staff members returning – many for the first time since their leaving date.
Old girls who attended as students from the 1940’s through to the current day, revisited the school to mark/enjoy the end of Roedean’s 125 year celebrations and to reunite for their own individual milestone anniversaries – with parties celebrating 10, 20, 30, 40 and ‘60 Years On’ reunions.
Throughout the day, Old Roedeanians relived happy memories of life at Roedean by enjoying a busy programme of activities, including a wonderful dance and drama showcase by current girls, taking tours around their former boarding houses, marvelling at exquisite Art displays and reminiscing over old photos and memorabilia in the Archive exhibition.
Girls reconnected with old school friends and teachers over drinks in the Cloisters and made new acquaintances with Headmistress, Frances King and Karyn Kelly the new Alumni Relations Officer. This year's school leavers were formally welcomed to the Old Roedeanians' Association (the "ORA"). After sharing stories over a fabulous lunch in the Studios, the happy group enjoyed a bracing walk in the sunshine and a trip down the tunnel to revisit the beach, and then made their way across the cliff tops to enjoy House 1’s victory at Sports Day and cheer on the Old Roedeanians to a hard fought and well deserved second place in the ‘Golden Mile’ race.
Enjoying the hospitality and shelter of the Strawberry Tea Marquee, and from comments posted on our Facebook page, ORs summed up the day as follows:
Georgia Bolter (Hawkins, No.1, 1986-91) - 20 Years On reunion group said, “(it’s been) brilliant to see everyone. No-one seems to have changed a bit - what a lovely day. Although the school looked somewhat crumblier than I remembered, you all looked even more gorgeous.”
Naoko Watanabe (No.1, 1985-88) who travelled all the way from Japan for reunion wrote: “It was AMAZING to see you all again!! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and all the LOVE!!!”
Gillian Smellie (Aikin, No.1, 1973-81) - 30 Years On reunion group organiser and Year Rep said: “(I have) had the most astonishing and almost surreal weekend, am feeling a little overwhelmed, incredibly happy and rather proud of my contemporaries, we are a pretty impressive bunch :-)”
Full report and more quotes
Order photographs of the day from Graham Franks (£5 each)