We had a 9:30am start at the College so there was not time to sleep in.
We arrived and were ushered into the hall where I spent 5 years of assemblies etc.
The hal had not really changed at all.
We were welcomed and then entertained by several groups of current students doing song and kapa haka dance.
Afterwards there was morning tea in the staff room and photographs being taken in the hall.
Once we had finished we then went off in groups for a tour of the school.
This is who was attended the jubilee from our 1970 intake group – minus Viv who caught up with us moments after this photo was taken!
Christine, Glenda, Alison, me, Jan in the back row
Jeanie, Karen, Kaylene, Rosie & Liz in front.
We whizzed through the buildings.
Oohed and aahed over all the changes and recalled memories.
Then we found our 3rd form home room so had to have a group photo of the event!
5 of us from 3P1
Jan, Jeanie, Liz, me and Karen.
I found this photo in the library later of our 3P1 class.
The outside of the building has been re-clad and looks very modern plus there are a heap of new classrooms, it is a state of the art college now.
Which I guess in our day it was too, but looking back it was basic compared to now.
The changes are phenomenal.
Some of the things that blew me away were -
the gym for students personal use
new gymnasium dedicated to students who are actually studying PE
unlike those of us who endured it!
There was much laughter and recollections about our gym classes, balloony rompers, and teachers
Some things never change
Fascinating projects on display.
The pages on the high wall were from one girls research project dedicated to designing a table and seat to contain a special needs child.
The sewing/clothing room.
Much more imaginative and colourful than what we did.
A theatre built expressly so the students can experience first hand the circular Shakespearean Globe theatre.
And the music room!
The computerization in the classes is immense.
When we were at college computers were but a science fiction dream!
There were also new classes built & dedicated for computers and wifi links.
After we finished our tour we checked out the library – which was one of my favourite places back in the day.
I was surprised to see so few books but then was reminded that computers have and are taking over
We then decided to head off and have lunch together.
Met up at Springlands cafe and enjoyed some more time chatting about old times and what we had all been doing in the intervening years.
By the time we finished we were all rather tired – showing our ages girls
I took Christine back home and then went to meet Peter & Chris for coffee.
Hadn’t seen them in such a long time and as they were in town for the weekend too it was a perfect opportunity to catch up.
Met them at ‘Fairweathers’.
Karen, Sandra & her Mum Brydie were also hanging out there so was good to see them too.
It was quite an emotional time talking over happenings of recent years since we had seen each other.
Peter lost so many of his close Canterbury Television friends in the CTV collapse during the Feb 2011 earthquake.
And we lost Tim & Cypress this past February.
We all had to leave around 4pm so I went back to Christine’s and collapsed for half an hour and then changed for dinner.
As prearranged we met up at 5:30 at ‘The Cornerstone‘ and had pre-dinner drinks with our group.
Several were not coming to the dinner so it was really good to have more time together.
We arrived at The Marlborough Clubs convention centre around 6:30 and joined the rest of the ladies for the Jubilee dinner.
We managed to seat our 1970 bunch together at one table so we could carry on reminiscing.
Not all came so we were just seven for the night.
Liz, Rosie & Jeanie
Alison & Jan
Christine & Me
During the evening we were entertained by the internationally acclaimed Bella Voce choir from Marlborough Girls College.
Then our guest speaker was Dame Jenny Shipley.
An old girl of MGC and 2nd of 5 daughters of a Presbyterian minister and NZ’s first woman Prime Minister.
I had never really heard her speak before and was pleasantly surprised.
She is a brilliant & most eloquent speaker.
As Christine commented to me afterwards, she spoke constantly for 20 minutes and never once looked at her notes!
We enjoyed a very tasty 3 course meal, lots of talking and socialisation.
All in all it was a great night.
Went home very tired – my third after midnight session