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Central Foundation Host Girls' School Reunion

On Tuesday 9 April 2019 Central Foundation Girls’ School (CFGS) opened its doors to over 200 past students and some of its teaching staff dating back from 1944 to 1970.

The school then called Coborn Grammar School for Girls was named after Mrs Prisca Coborn who founded the school in 1701 as intended by her will.

The event was organised by the Coborn Grammar School for Girls Reunion Committee members who attended the school in the following years:

  • Linda Hutchinson, 1959
  • Kathy Davis, 1965
  • Marilyn Waite, 1965
  • Vanessa Mansfield, 1969

Not only did they organise the lunch, they also treated past students with a trip down memory lane by retrieving from the school archives photos, school records and memorabilia. The mini exhibition also included a photo of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth who visited the school in its 250th Anniversary year in 1951; and the CBE medal that was awarded to Miss Mary G. Philpot, Headmistress from 1929 to 1956.

When asked why 2019 was a poignant time to host a reunion, the ladies agreed that even though they have kept in touch with others, and students from their year group, they and their teachers are getting older so now was an apt time to meet, particularly as the oldest person attending the event was over 80 years old.  

The committee hold the school in great affection and saw it as a wonderful opportunity to come together and reminisce about school days. As Kathy Davis (nee Smith) Reunion Committee member said:

“We had a great education and we have fond memories of the school and the teachers.”

For past students who were unable to attend the reunion but would like to see the photos of the day and connect with old friends, they can join the Coborn Grammar School for Girls Facebook Group at: facebook.com/Coborn-Grammar-School-for-Girls