Trip down memory lane for Portsmouth High Class of ‘84

The Class of '84' at the reunion on Saturday. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142700-9253)
The Class of '84' at the reunion on Saturday. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142700-9253)
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IT’S been 30 years since these ladies left school and now a reunion has taken place to celebrate their time there.

Portsmouth High School welcomed back the Class of 1984 for a get-together.

20/9/2014 (RS)''The Class of '84' returned to Portsmouth High School on Saturday, after thirty years.''Pictured is: (l-r) Paula Bowden (48) from Petersfield, who was the head girl in 1983-1984 with current head girl Ellie Webb (17) at the reunion. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142700-9076) PPP-140920-163311001

20/9/2014 (RS)''The Class of '84' returned to Portsmouth High School on Saturday, after thirty years.''Pictured is: (l-r) Paula Bowden (48) from Petersfield, who was the head girl in 1983-1984 with current head girl Ellie Webb (17) at the reunion. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142700-9076) PPP-140920-163311001

The ladies gathered for coffee amid excited chatter and laughter as they viewed photographs of their year group from 30 years ago.

Paula Bowden was head girl in 1984. She said: ‘It is fantastic to see all the gang together and nobody has changed.

‘It is wonderful to see Mrs Spender who taught us lacrosse and sport.

‘We remember the time in the playground when a big wicker basket arrived and out jumped a St John’s boy in blue pants.

‘Some of the teachers rushed to cover him with a science overall and he was whisked back to St John’s College.’

The reunion was organised by Amanda Triccas.

She added it was good to see a lot of former students attending the reunion.

‘When you first see people and recognise them they then become the 11-year-old girl that you first knew,’ she said.

‘It is really lovely that so many people have come.’

After coffee, the ladies were shown around the school by the current head girl team.

Some had attended the junior school including Caroline Fielder, nee Blatch.

She said: ‘I remember playing in the Dell aged four.

‘I always remember being very happy but we were never allowed to speak at lunchtime which was hard.’

Ellie Webb, 17, is the current head girl at Portsmouth High School and was helping to give a tour.

She said: ‘It is fantastic to meet these ladies who were here 30 years ago.

‘I think the ethos of the school is the same still with lots of sports, hard work and lots of fun times as well.’

Headteacher Jane Prescott added: ‘It is always a pleasure to welcome back girls to the school at whatever age or stage they are at.

‘We can only grow from others’ experiences and our alumnae network is brimming with ladies who have different careers and capabilities.’

Portsmouth High School is part of the Girls Day School Trust (GDST).

The GDST Alumnae Network is an community of nearly 60,000 former students and staff of the 24 schools and two academies of the GDST.

It’s the biggest network of its kind in the country.