Reunions rekindle memories
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.