There were two reunions in 2002. The usual OPA March Reunion, and a short reunion held in June in conjunction with the garden party held by the School to celebrate the 90th year of the founding of the School.
An Annual Reunion for former pupils of Slough Secondary School, Slough Grammar School, Slough High School & Upton Grammar School took place from 14:00-17:00 on Saturday 29 June 2002 at
Slough Grammar School,
In January 1912, Slough Secondary School first opened its doors to just 40 pupils. In late June 90 years later, Slough Grammar School opened its doors to several hundred Old Paludians, to former Head Girls and Head Boys, Staff, Governors and present pupils and their families in order to celebrate this milestone. The Chief Education Officer for Slough planted a tree to commemorate the event which coincided with the Golden Jubilee year of HM The Queen. Throughout the afternoon there was a concert performance of excerpts from “The Sound of Music” – and a little disconcerting for a moment when the cast took a break and appeared in the canteen in costume! A lunch was given for Governors, the former Head Girls/Boys, current Head Girl/Boy and other dignitaries including – dare I count us as dignitaries – the Old Paludians Committee!! Mrs Lenton gave a short speech outlining the tremendous changes both in the School, in education techniques and the world in general. Indeed, 90 years ago she herself would have been forbidden to be teaching since she was married – a job only for single ladies! There was a toast to “The Grammar School” and Jean Tyler, Chairman of the Old Paludians, presented Mrs Lenton with a bouquet. The time passed so quickly – the website demonstration room and the archives room were crowded, the corridors were lined with photographs, news cuttings, stories of the bravery and exploits of former students in two World Wars and programmes of drama productions from the past nine decades. Also on display was the celebration tapestry specially devised by two members of staff. Visitors came from many parts of the UK – and even Australia. On behalf of all the Old Paludians we thank Mrs Lenton for her generosity in inviting us all to enjoy the special atmosphere of such a very happy occasion. Once again we ‘invaded’ the School, we met with many old friends, made many new ones and lots of mini-reunions were taking place proving there was just not enough time to exchange news of the past 30, 40 and even 50 years! Photographs will be posted as soon as possible. See you all again on 22 March 2003 for our own Reunion – and dare we look ahead to the 100th Anniversary?
Valerie Storie – Secretary of the Old Paludians
PS: The results of the PSA Prize Raffle were as follows:
1st Prize Holiday N. Patel
2nd Haircut J. Naughton
3rd 50 Smith
4th Ring C. Brown
5th Hamper Ajay Shah
6th Tefal Fryer J. Sulh
7th Kettle Philip Mipsud
8th Clock Hannah Graham
9th Book Mrs. M. Kemp
10th Wine Laurie Brokenshire
(All names are given left to right. Further photos are available on our Old Paludians Photograph webpages).