It’s always great to hear from folks having school and workplace reunions, and I was very impressed to see the well organised and attended celebration of the first Shire Oak Grammar School intake in 1961.
It was held on 4th September at the school, organised by former pupil Mick Jobburns and his friends and was very popular.
Mick is keen to reach out to other former schoolmates and teachers with a view to future events, who may not have been aware of this reunion.
Mick wrote to tell me about it:
Shire Oak Grammar School 60 Year Reunion
On Saturday September 4th 2021 a reunion was held at Shire Oak Academy for the initial intake at Shire Oak Grammar School in 1961.
The event was attended by approximately 60 pupils and one teacher, Mr Relph James.
Mr James came over from France and former pupils came from all over the UK. Prior to the reunion an Oak Sapling was planted in the school’s Memorial Garden to commemorate pupils and teachers who are no longer with us. Over a period of months the organising committee of Mick Jobburns, Derek Broadhurst, David Hughes and Robert Hopcroft traced as many people as they could.
The afternoon comprised a running buffet, slideshow, Zoom virtual reunion for people unable to attend and guided tours of the school. Conversation was free flowing and numerous school freindships were renewed.
Shire Oak Academy and particularly Sara Read were unstinting in their support giving us the venue, equipment and time free of charge.
The day was that much of a success that there were calls to repeat it as soon as possible.
The two photographs show Mick Jobburns, Robert Hopcroft and Derek Broadhurst planting the Oak Sapling and a group enjoying the festivities.
Thanks to Mick for telling us all about this, and if you were in the 1961/62 intake and would like to hook up with your former schoolmates and haven’t already, please do comment here on this post or mail me at BrownhillsBob at Googlemal dot com and I’ll hook you up with the gang.