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Former Hawthorns pupils reunite to celebrate 35-year anniversary

PUBLISHED: 16:53 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:53 25 March 2015

Mrs Elaine Forsyth (centre) with former pupils and staff at the 35-year reunion

Mrs Elaine Forsyth (centre) with former pupils and staff at the 35-year reunion

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The Hawthorns School recently welcomed back former pupils, parents and staff, to celebrate Mrs Elaine Forsyth's 35th anniversary as Head of the Pre-Prep section of the School.

Miss Elaine Pratt was appointed in 1980 with just nine children on the roll, aged between 4 and 7. The children were taught in Elaine’s sitting room, the dining room was the assembly room and library, and the utility room their cloakroom. 35 years later, Miss Pratt is now Mrs Forsyth, and the Pre-Prep at The Hawthorns has nearly 230 children, two nurseries, a fantastic state of the art building for Reception to Year 2, an ICT suite and adventure play areas.

37 guests, including former pupils, parents and staff, all of whom were part of the Pre-Prep in the early 1980s, attended the reunion, and the evening was a huge success, full of memories, laughter and rekindled friendships. Many of the guests toured the School to see how much has changed since the 1980s, and for

several, it was the first time they had returned to the School since then. While they were amazed at the developments in the Pre-Prep and throughout the School, there was much that they remembered fondly from their childhoods, and there was great excitement rediscovering their old dorms (now used as classrooms and offices) and the cellar where Mr Tim Johns held a model train club before he became Headmaster in 1991.

Elaine Forsyth commented, “Thank you to everyone, past pupils, parents, governors and staff, for helping to make it such a memorable occasion. I loved every minute of the evening from proudly showing people around the new facilities to catching up on their news from the last 30 years. It was great fun showing past

pupils pictures of themselves, along with classmates they had forgotten about! I hope that many renewed friendships have been made and we will keep in contact.”

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