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UPDATE: Maitland Old Girls to host school reunion

Disappointingly due to the current situation, the annual luncheon organised for ‘Old Girls’ of Maitland Girls’ High School and interested ex-students of Maitland Grossmann High School , will not be held this year.

Maitland Girls’ High School Old Girls’ Union look forward to seeing those interested in 2021.

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Lots of noise, lots of chatter and a large rendition of the school song.

That’s what ex-students attending this year’s Maitland Girls’ High School reunion luncheon in September can expect.

Combined with laughter and the sharing of photos and stories, Maitland Girls’ High School Old Girl’s union member Lee Osborne says the event will be a chance to maintain a link with the past.

“It’s a great opportunity to reminisce and catch up with people you might not have seen in years,” she said.

“We are really looking forward to it.”

The annual event is open to all students who attended throughout the school’s extensive history.

Mrs Osborne, formerly Miss Moore, believes opening the event up to all year groups, including current school captains, encourages larger numbers and greater diversity.

Maitland Girls’ High School 5th Form and 6th Form 1972.

“There could be anyone from a 90-year-old to a teenager attend,” she said.

“But we all share a common bond.”

The 6th Form graduate of 1972 says the Cumberland Street site holds precious memories for many former students.

Her fondness for the establishment grew from her time as class prefect to a role as careers advisor on the teaching staff, which she held from 1990 until her retirement in 2017.

“Life takes funny turns,” she said.

“I loved my job. And it was fantastic to be here and help students find their chosen career paths.”

Maitland Girls’ High School was established in 1884 with 17 enrolled students.

“It’s one of the oldest high schools in NSW,” Mrs Osborne said.

In 1987 the school became co-educational, changing its name to Maitland Grossmann High School.

“The name went to and fro because we wanted to keep the initials MGHS,” she added.

“It was named after the longest running principal Miss Grossmann, who served from 1890 to 1913.

“We kept our motto too; Labor, Omnia, Vincit – work conquers all.”

Old Girls’ of Maitland Girls’ High School and interested ex-students of Maitland Grossmann High School are invited to attend the annual reunion luncheon to be held at Telarah Bowling Club on Saturday 12 September.

For more details, contact the secretary on 4930 1431.

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