The Society was founded by Miss Kidd, Headteacher of the school from 1912 to 1930. So it has been in place for 117 years and counting…………………….
The aim of the Old Girls Society is to keep former students and staff in touch with each other, and with the school. Originally all members were contacted by post, but now many receive information by email, which is easier and less costly.
The members currently meet once a year for the Annual General Meeting, which is normally held in March at the school. A short ‘business’ meeting, held in the school hall, always ends with us singing ‘Land of our Birth’ the school hymn we all remember, which is no longer sung in the school. This is followed by lunch which consists of a cold buffet, a selection of desserts and tea or coffee. Members of the committee arrange and prepare all the dishes most of which are homemade. The lunch is very popular and the room is usually buzzing with chatter and laughter as friends meet up. After lunch a Guest Speaker, usually an ex-student or member of staff, but occasionally a complete outsider, gives a talk on their chosen subject, which may be their training or career, travels or voluntary work around the world, fostering a Russian orphan or teaching the “Darling Buds of May” children, or any other topic. In 2017 Mary Smith, former Headteacher, talked about the book she has written called “A Schoolgirl’s War”. The book tells the story of MGGS in World War Two through reminiscences of old girls who were there at the time, and it is beautifully illustrated by drawings and paintings left in a scrapbook by Miss Helen Keen, the art teacher during those years. Copies of this book can be bought through the school. Each year there is a ‘Bring and Buy’ stall in aid of Barnardo’s, the Society’s chosen charity.
All ex-students and ex-staff are eligible to join the Old Girls’ Society, the annual membership is £10.00 and life membership is £50.00. Details of the AGM and Lunch are sent to members in February, together with an annual newsletter and Minutes from the previous AGM. If you would like to become a member please complete the Old Girls’ Society Membership Form.
The Old Girls’ Society has made donations to several students over the years, to help with fundraising towards the cost of various activities, for example, an expedition to Uganda for community project work. Since 1998, the Society has given an annual award of £50 to the student whom the school considers has contributed most to school life in general. The OGS prize is presented at Speech Day each year.
The AGM is open to all ex-students and staff of the school; you do not need to be a member to attend. Any non-members wishing to come along should contact Dawn Munn, the Membership Secretary, by email at email@example.com. You will be emailed an invitation with details and a reply slip, which you will need to return by post to the treasurer with the appropriate remittance. The cost is £10 per person for members and £15 for non-members. Members will receive their invitation by email or post.
The AGM and Lunch 2022 will be held on Saturday, July 9th at 12:00 and we look forward to seeing members and friends there.