Rossall celebrates 40 years of co-education

Rossall School celebrated 40 years of senior girls this weekend at a special Afternoon Tea held at the School during its annual Old Rossallian Weekend.

In this academic year 40 years ago, eleven 11 year-old girls entered the School under the care of Mr Cyril Fayle in James House. This is where they remained until Dolphin House (which still stands today) was completed the following year.

Former students and staff joined the Head, Ms Elaine Purves, and current students and staff for an afternoon of reminiscence, many catching up with school friends they had not seen for a number of years. There was much hilarity as guests’ recounted stories of mischief from their school days.

The School had put on an exhibition for the day. Guests enjoyed looking through old school photographs and memorabilia from the School’s Archives.

During her welcome, the Head reflected on the important influence girls have had at the school over the past 40 years. A special welcome was given to Miss Tracey Bennett who had travelled from New Zealand to be there. Old Rossallian Rev. Deborah Parsons also spoke about what it was like being one of the first cohort of girls at the School back in 1977/8, whilst current Deputy School Captain, Olivia Gregory ensured that guests were brought up to date with what it is like being a girl at Rossall in 2018.

Long serving member of staff and current Head of Junior School, Mrs Katie Lee, finished proceedings with a number of entertaining stories involving guests who attended the Afternoon Tea; there was plenty of laughter and a few red faces!

The ladies were invited to write down their memories on cards before placing them on a special Memory Tree; these will now be included in the School Archives.