This Saturday I had the great pleasure, along with Mrs Kennedy of attending The Holt Association lunch. The Holt Association is for former staff and students of The Holt School who amongst other things, meet for lunch at school twice a year.
It was lovely to speak to so many former students and hear their stories from the old and not so old days. I think between everyone there, they covered every Headteacher from Miss Love (1944) to Mrs Roberts (2001). One lady was moved to tears as she told me about some of the traditions she remembered so well, such as comportment classes and the whole school lining up in height order for assemblies! They also made me smile as they talked about their uniform and how they tried to customise the “berets” they had to wear in the 50s and 60s and even how they rolled up their skirts! It seems that is not a new thing!
Here is a photo from Valerie Harris’s form, who were Weavers. This was taken in the 50s when there was a school tie and summer dress.
What was clear on Saturday, was how much The Holt, the teachers and the friends they had made meant so much to everyone, and how staying in touch is so important in this fast moving age we live in. We want all our students to leave us with special and fond memories of our school.
If this has made you nostalgic about your school days and you were a Holt girl, please do get in touch with Linda Carroll Ca@holt.wokingham.sch.uk , it would be great to see you at the next reunion. We had a lot of Weavers there on Saturday, so let’s see if we can meet some more former Clothworkers, Goldsmiths, Haberdashers or Spinners, and more recently added, Lacemakers and Tanners.
In other news this last week, we had a great assembly led by Mr Gray and the students who completed the “Life signs” expedition to Kenya in the summer. Their message was about moving out of your comfort zone, which the team certainly sound like they did. Part of their mission involved some construction work in a village as well as teaching some of the local schoolchildren. All were new experiences for them! This links well into our theme of “stoicism” in that the more you push yourself out of your comfort zone by taking on new things, the more confident you become at doing new things and the more you then feel able to take on. A good first step with this is by joining a new enrichment club. Ask your son/daughter if they have joined any clubs yet, and if not, you could encourage them to look on Frog to see the enrichment timetable.