The St Aidan’s Alumni Office aims to create a living bridge between our past students and their families with the current school community. These links are fundamental to the School allowing the current school family to be enriched by past experience.
The word 'alumni' comes from the Latin word 'alere', meaning to nourish intellectually by its institution. St Aidan's past students are lifetime alumni of the school - offering all former past students the opportunity to express pride and esteem in their school, and to celebrate with each other individual and school achievements.
Our Alumni Office is a source of school history providing information through a continually updated database. By working closely with the Foundation Board and Marketing Department we enhance exposure of St Aidan’s to the wider community. The Alumni Office is linked to the Old Girls' Association assisting with the day to day running of the Association. We create the Alumni pages of The Huddle a publication prepared bi-annually and sent to all past students.
By facilitating reunions we ensure past students are kept in touch with each other and St Aidan’s future direction. Every year the Alumni office organises the twenty, forty and sixty year reunions. These events are held at St Aidan's. Each ten year group is are contacted and encouraged to reunite and share school memories. The Alumni Office facilitates mentoring between past and current students. Past students are invited to the School to give talks and share their expertise.
The Alumni Office is managed by Sue Russell (Gibson 1979), who has St Aidan’s in her blood. Her mother Janette Gibson (McKay 1954), has been a vital leader within St Aidan’s for decades as a School Captain in 1954, Chair of School Council (1992-2000) and a Director of the Foundation Board (2003-2004).
Wendy Biggs (Moore 1979) is our Archivist in the Alumni Office. Wendy also has a long standing connection with St Aidan's as a past student.
Little Piece of History
The following quote was from Mrs Hartland (Headmistress from 1929 to 1947) during the school’s Silver Jubilee in 1954:
“The greatest joys in life come to those who build with vision, who with stars in their eyes on a worthwhile goal, creep step by step nearer their heart’s desire. What vision we had! What plans for future expansion and beauty! The growing up was slow work, but it carried so much happiness, so much comradeship and so very much fun. Though there have been many changes through the years, it is a joy to know that there has been no change in the human side – our girls today have the same keen outlook, the same love of their School, and the same spirit of sacrifice if needed. Our School parents are as hard-working, as free-giving, and as proud of the School as of old. This community spirit, this happy and understanding relationship between school and home has made St Aidan’s a school of worth and distinction.”
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