Re­unions rekin­dle mem­o­ries

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ESTHER ASHBY-COVEN­TRY

Twenty-nine for­mer Ron­calli Col­lege stu­dents, now in their 30s, or­gan­ised their own re­union in Oc­to­ber.

Some mem­bers of the classes of 1993, in­clud­ing Ti­maru res­i­dent Felic­ity Bruce, de­cided to get to­gether.

‘‘(It was) to have a laugh at our geeky teenage selves, share sto­ries from the last 20 years and cel­e­brate life.’’

More than 50 stu­dents started in year 9 in 1993. They formed two classes, with 32 of them con­tin­u­ing to year 13, Bruce said.

Or­gan­is­ing the re­union was made eas­ier by the use of Face­book.

‘‘In Ti­maru you’d bump into your class­mates’ par­ents in the su­per­mar­ket or Stafford St and just ask for their phone num­ber. Only a hand­ful can’t make it, a few are over­seas or in the North Is­land.’’

The re­union kicked off with some catch up drinks at a lo­cal bar on the Fri­day evening with a few Ron­calli alumni from other years, in­clud­ing net­ball coaches, a few re­tired teach­ers and for­mer head boy Nigel Bowan.

A school tour on the Satur­day morn­ing was led by re­tired his­tory teacher Bernard Pavletich and year 13 stu­dents Matt Cochrane-Ben­nett and In­dia Domi­ganeir whose moth­ers were both from the class of 1997.

A meal at a Ti­maru restau­rant con­cluded events on the Satur­day night with a few nos­tal­gic tunes from the ‘90s.

‘‘We even had our own Spo­tify mix for the oc­ca­sion,’’ Bruce said.

Craig­head Dioce­san School also hosted a re­union of the classes of 1967, 1987, and 15 stu­dents whose fi­nal year was 2003 or­gan­ised their own get to­gether. A school spokes­woman said the school had started a new ini­tia­tive where re­union groups were in­vited to the school on the Fri­day of Labour Week­end when a chapel ser­vice, tour and lunch with cur­rent stu­dents was held.

Ti­maru Girls’ High School is pre­par­ing for the class re­union of 1967 from Novem­ber 10 to 12.

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