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Important Notice-The 2020 Reunion has now been CANCELLED. Please see the Lockdown Special Edition of the Newsletter for more details
OPA 2020 Lockdown Special Newsletter

The Old Paludians Association New Constitution has been APPROVED by members voting in the Virtual AGM on 17th April 2020. Details may be found in the Lockdown Edition Newsletter.
Important Notice-Proposed New Constitution

Welcome to the Old Paludians Association

The Old Paludians Association, established in 1915, is the official alumni association for Upton Court Grammar and direct predecessor schools from 1912.

Membership of the Association is open to all former students and staff of Slough Secondary School, Slough High School for Girls, Slough Grammar School for Boys, Upton Grammar School, Slough Grammar School and Upton Court Grammar School.

As a result of the generosity of Old Paludians, the Association sponsors awards of equipment, books or funding towards special projects for the school.

Members of the Association bring a wide range of experience and expertise which is an invaluable resource for the school and both current and former students.

Announcements

1979 SHSG Biology Field Trip to Slapton Sands - as posted by Deborah Green (Deborah Ison) on the SHS group. ... See MoreSee Less
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Posted by Lis Harvey (previously Binstead - daughter of Mr Binstead) in the SHS Group some quite interesting photos from SGSB from the 1940's and 50's. Please identify anyone you recognise. Unsurprisingly.....GAD is easily identifiable. ... See MoreSee Less
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The original school, Slough Secondary School, was founded in 1912. Only a few years later in 1915 the country found itself in the thick of the world's first mechanised war and staff and senior students were being drawn into the conflict.It was against this backdrop that an association for old girls and boys was proposed.In 1915 the first social meeting of the new Association was held in the school hall. At the suggestion of the first headmaster (Mr W Francis Smith) the name "Old Paludians" was adopted (from the Latin "palus" meaning a "slough" - and more accurately from the genitive case "paludis" meaning "of slough").The only surviving photograph of the school hall, a photo of the school orchestra, was taken 20 years later in 1935....... At about 2.35pm 😀 ... See MoreSee Less
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The original school, Slough Secondary School first opened 106 years ago in January 1912 in William Street (in the centre of Slough).It was not a secondary school in the sense the of "Secondary Modern" schools established by the 1944 Education Act but was the first major co-educational selective secondary school in Slough resulting from the Balfour Act of 1902 at a time when secondary education was not compulsory.Slough Secondary School continued for 24 years until 1936 at which point it was split into Slough Grammar School for Boys which opened in new premises at Lascelles road in 1936 and Slough High School for Girls which stayed on at the William Street premises until moving in 1939 to a new site at Twinches Lane.From the Old Paludians Archive, an original Slough Secondary School "swan" badge still survives.... ... See MoreSee Less
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In 1936 Slough Secondary School was split into Slough Grammar School for Boys and Slough High School for Girls. Connections between the schools remained strong in the nearly 46 years they were separated until the reunification in 1982.The Old Paludians Association is committed to maintaining the legacy of Slough High School and keeping memories alive - not least because the current Old Paludians Association is actually the continuation of the Girl's branch of the original OPA founded in 1915 and which split along with the school into Girl's and Boy's branches in 1936. ... See MoreSee Less
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Keeping in Touch As most of us have a little more time than usual on our hands, at the moment, we thought it might be a good idea to produce a "Special News Sheet" to fill with contributions from our members. The idea is that we compile a mini Newsletter to email to members. All those stories that you were going to share at the reunion - the one that never happened last month, anecdotes from your years at school, possibly any interesting projects that you have started since social distancing took hold of us ( for example one member has found that the company, Fender, has online guitar lessons which they have started ), in fact anything that you think would be of general interest, would be most welcome. These should all be "up beat" as we want to connect with other members in a way that will lift each other's spirits until we can once again meet together. There would be no reports, no formal notices, just input from yourselves. If you agree that this would be a good way of keeping in touch and would like to contribute by sharing stories and memories in this difficult time, please email The Editor with your copy. We would love to hear from you.editor@oldpaludians.orgP.S. There are a few days left to record your vote for the Virtual AGM on Friday 17th April 2020. The single item on the agenda is the adoption of the proposed new constitution. It is a very important change and ALL members are strongly encouraged to visit the Virtual AGM page, read the details and "attend" by recording a vote.Thanks.oldpaludians.org/opa-agm-17th-april-2020/ ... See MoreSee Less
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OPA Annual AGM and Reunion 2019 will take place at Upton Court Grammar School, Lascelles Road, Slough. SL3 7PR. The booking form is available at oldpaludians.org/old-paludians-association-reunion-2019/Please extend this invitation to any Old Paludians you may know who are not members of the Old Paludians Association. Please keep an eye on this page as there will be numerous updates over the course of the next few weeks. ... See MoreSee Less
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