NOSTALGIA: Remember...25 years ago?

Remember...25 years ago?

Remember...25 years ago?

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A group of drama students at the Convent School in Alnwick in March 1990. Do you recognise any of those featured?

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A reunion for former pupils and teachers of Our Lady’s Convent High School, in Alnwick, is taking place this summer.

The event, on Sunday, July 5, is being held at St Mary’s Convent of Mercy, on Bailiffgate, using the old boarders’ canteen with access to the memorabilia room. It starts at 11am.

For those who wish to, some pupils will be attending mass at St Paul’s at 9.30am that day.

More information will be available via the Facebook page for the school – https://www.facebook.com/groups/OLCHSAlnwick/
For those that don’t have Facebook, or who want to find out more about the event, ourladysconvent.highschool@yahoo.co.uk
On October 13, 1890, Mother Evangelist Costello, Sisters Gertrude Morley, Baptist Caffrey, Veronica Trenchard and Magdalen Mason arrived in Alnwick from Cordier Hill on Guernsey. They were invited by the parish priest, Fr Robert, to take charge of the school, visit the sick and instruct converts.

The community of Alnwick has faithfully carried out these apostolates since 1890. They joined the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy in 1983.

The convent began to expand rapidly and in 1897, the chapel, refectory and bedrooms were added. In 1913, a new extension was built to accommodate the fee-paying school, opened in 1893. In 1962, the new high school was opened on South Road for day girls and boarders. Sisters also taught in the town’s state schools.