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A diamond celebration for the class of '63

We recently hosted a reunion for the Class of 1963 here at School. Andrea Caish (née Baker) shares her happy memories of the day.

"Five years ago about 20 from our year met together on a beautiful October day at the Bristol Golf Club to celebrate 55 years of life after Clifton High School. Now a smaller, but no less enthusiastic, group gathered on a similarly lovely day but this time we were delighted to have been invited back to school.

The development team, led by Liz Bond, had planned a wonderful return for us – starting with coffee and “rose” biscuits in the main entrance hall, followed by a most interesting talk by Mr Luke Goodman, Head of School, then a tour of recent additions to the school buildings and culminating in a delicious salmon lunch provided by the catering staff.

There was much catching up to do and we merrily chatted and chuckled as we enjoyed remembering our days all those years ago. The walk through the tunnel brought back so many memories of the nervy approach to “O” level exams which we had taken in the gym and also gym lessons! Gone were the ropes and wall bars of our youth and instead state of the art gym equipment to rival any local fitness centre. There was also the pool for which we had raised funds but never had the opportunity to use. The new Walters Sixth Form Centre is amazing and is undoubtedly a splendid addition, situated in the old doctors’ practice on Clifton Park, which the school recently acquired and with the addition of a new-build extension. It includes a kitchen area as well as study facilities.

On we went to view the art and design rooms and the outdoor lower school play area. It was during this part of the wander that one Rosarian spotted the room she had while head of the boarding house! 

During lunch in the hall, there was a display of books, photos and the grey/green uniform to peruse with yet more memories evoked. One member of our group had brought her photo album and we all had stories to share.

Liz and her team worked so hard and made us feel so welcome – they would be delighted to do similarly for other reunions so do take the opportunity to get in touch with her. They really do go the extra mile.

2027 will see the school celebrating 150 years and there will be a chance to support the future of the school.

Despite everything I have detailed, the school still very much retains the family feel which we all remembered and loved. Long may Clifton High School continue to thrive and to provide superior education and a family friendly environment for all students – yes, including the boys now!!"

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