Class of 1968: 50 years on

It was an absolute pleasure to host an afternoon of tour and tea, for a lovely group of alumnae who left the school in 1968. The whole GHS environment, including buildings, facilities, and, of course, its community of pupils and staff, has understandably grown much larger and modernised, taking on a diverse appearance since their schooldays; the English corridor and old Head Girl notice boards instantly became familiar, as did the exterior of Morton House!

As we wandered around, the group reminisced about a completely different educational establishment from the one it is now. Some longed for the opportunities in Art, Drama and Sport that current pupils are now able to take for granted. GHS Music, however, clearly won the prize for longevity as their Symphony Orchestra, ensembles and choirs were incredibly strong and played a very important part in their extra-curricular life, in the same way they do today.

We were mightily impressed with the enormous changes to the school campus over the last 50 years.

Penny Mawdsley, GHS 1957 – 1986

Penny Mawdsley wrote in her letter, “As you will have picked up from comments as we went around, we were mightily impressed with the enormous changes to the school over the last 50 years – although we were somewhat overwhelmed by it all, not least the clear signs of super-diligence and dedication displayed by the whole school community. We doubted whether we personally could have coped psychologically, let alone physically, either as pupils or teachers, with the relentless demands of working in an all-round highachieving school like GHS today… but we congratulate you all for working so hard to provide inspiration – in spades – for the girls lucky enough to experience being educated in this special place.”

Mrs Louise Stone