Women from the Durrington School class of 1958/9 have paid a special visit to the school to meet the students of today.
The visitors are among 600 former students who have signed up to inspire the current generation to career confidence and academic success.
Durrington School is one of 400 state secondaries and colleges registered with the education charity Future First to harness the experience of former students to motivate the current generation through ‘old school tie’ networks.
This trip was organised by alumna Joan Luesley who went on to become a PE teacher at the school. The ‘old girls’ toured their former classrooms and the hall, and reminisced about learning to make beds and domestic routines in the home economics area and climbing up gym ropes in their dreaded brown sports uniform. Durrington was all girls in their day and they fondly recalled girls crossing the ‘white line’ which separated their school from neighbouring boys’ school to snatch a kiss with their boyfriends.
Karen Jefford, community and enterprise manager, said: “They were such a lovely bunch of ladies with so much spirit and enthusiasm still at the age of 70. They had so many great stories to tell. They also made a generous donation to the school, we plan to purchase a school trophy recognising the outstanding work of our current students. Our class of 1959 will be credited for their support of this.”
The school’s alumni work in a wide range of fields from forensics to law and engineering. It would like to contact more former students in established professions and recent leavers in further education, whether they live nearby or have moved. Ms Jefford wishes to hear from former students on email@example.com.
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