Alumnae return to St Mary’s for 75th Anniversary Mass & Lunch
More than 150 alumnae arrived back at St Mary’s on Saturday for a wonderful reunion to launch the 75th anniversary of the school. Old girls and ex-staff came together in the Chapel for Mass, led by Father Louis. The congregation sang their hearts out to ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Christ be our light’. Bidding prayers were beautifully read by various alumna and Sister Gemma, governor and alumna, gave a heart-warming address.
Then came a most delicious lunch in ‘the Ref’, prepared by chef, Taher, and the St Mary’s catering team. Tables were packed full of chattering alumnae all catching up and reminiscing about fond times at St Mary’s. Afterwards, with the fire lit in the main Hall, there was time for coffee and the St Mary’s signature brownies with strawberries, while headmistress, Maria Young, gave a talk.
Mrs Young spoke eloquently about how delighted she was to be the headmistress of St Mary’s and how excited she was to take this 75- year-old school forward into the future. She asked alumnae to herald the school and the independent sector in general. She then set out two of her key objectives for the year: Firstly to ask alumnae for their help in offering work experience, internships, and mentoring for current sixth form girls. Secondly, she presented the school’s fundraising plans for Beech Tree bursaries and the development and refurbishment of facilities such as the Science Block, the Walled Garden and boarding facilities, in line with plans to re-open Mulwith, given the current demand for boarding places.
There was time for tours of the school and for ladies ranging from their 80s down to early 20s to roam around, excitedly seeking out their old dormitories and classrooms. It was wonderful to see so many enjoy such a special time together and a befitting way to launch the school’s 75th anniversary year.
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