St. Joseph’s Convent High School Reunion Friday November 16th 2012

Michele Lewis (Left) & Paddy Landers (R) sporting the old summer boater & winter felt hats worn many years ago. Both Michele and Paddy are members of Friends of Tredegar House. Paddy is also a N.Trust Host Volunteer working at Tredegar House.


REUNION OF “OLD Girls”  by Michele Lewis

On Friday November 16th 2012,  a cold wet blustery day, the serene surroundings of Llantarnum Abbey echoed to the sounds of “Old Girls” of St. Joseph’s Convent High School Tredegar House. The invitation was extended to all girls from the 1951-1966 ears. 

This Old Girls Reunion, the first for nearly 10 years was the culmination of months of hard work by the organisers.  Michele Lewis, Paddy Landers and Veronica Walsh, who had spent the previous 6 months contacting old girls from around the globe and arranging the afternoon at the Abbey. 

At first it was likely that there would only be about 15 in attendance but this number soon crept up to 75.  Girls came from Germany, Ireland and all over the country.  The squeals of delight as friends met friends unseen for many years were heard all over Ty-Croeso.  For many who could not attend previous reunions it was the first time they had met since leaving school.  Very quickly the groups mingled; looked at photos, exchanged addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.  All were delighted to watch a film of the school taken in the early 60’s by members of St. Mary’s Camera Club.

The Sisters welcomed everyone with open arms as many of them not only taught at the school but were old girls themselves!

A happy day was enjoyed by all and for many of the old girls the Mass, dedicated to the deceased staff and pupils of the school, in the Abbey’s lovely chapel was a fitting end to a memorable day.

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