Reunions in 2013
We look forward to welcoming many ONLs back to Canons in 2013. Please 'read more' for full details of the plans for ONL events in 2013.
As part of the Old North Londoners' Association programme, the 50th anniversary reunion for the class of 1961 was held on 21st September. 39 former pupils enjoyed returning to NLCS and catching up with old friends over lunch in the Drummond Room. I found that coming back to NLCS had unfurled many fond memories of the school for ONLs.
Mary Tucker (née Walker) recalled that NLCS was a wonderful underpinning of what she needed in life. Susan Selbey, who flew all the way from Australia in order to attend her class reunion, mentioned that NLCS has taught her that everybody has a talent to find and nurture. I also bumped into Susan Bennett (née Rose), who had taught art at NLCS, and especially remembered German pen-friends which was one of the most enjoyable things she had embarked upon at school.
Barbara Nathan (née Michaels') fondest memory was sitting in the half-garden which over-looked the lake. She mentioned that coming back to one of the most influential houses of women was an unnerving experience, it was one that was also worthwhile, and seeing the school so vital was lovely.
Many of the ONLs were impressed by the changes made to the school but were also appreciative of the subtleties that remained unchanged.
Article by: Dikshali Shah - Yr 11
On Wednesday 14th September, over 30 women returned to NLCS to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their graduation from the school. Seated round many tables for lunch, ONLs had a chance to catch up, reflect on their time as students, and discuss the remarkable changes to NLCS that they had witnessed on touring the school. Most ladies were delighted to see that the grounds still looked so nurtured and beautiful, commenting particularly on the fact that they "love some bits look the same." The ladies also praised highly the new Performing Arts Centre, which to them was one of the most noticeable changes to the school. Some ONLs had even seen the production of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream' in the PAC, which they thought of as ‘wonderful.' Although the stories and memories of these women varied greatly, one common reflection was the horror of the 14-degree outdoor swimming pool, in which they had to swim weekly.
ONLs spoke animatedly about returning to the school for future reunions for as long as possible, one lady slipping in: "as long as I can be wheeled in!"
Article by: Dhara Shah - Yr 11
"My fondest memory of the school was starting Canonaid with my friend, which I am delighted to see is still running today!" - Lindsey Sharpe (née Marshall)
"I love the pond, and it is nice to see it is still the same. The water-lilies on it were my favourite part." - Susan Kirkwood