St Augustine's alumni reunite for big 40th

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 28 March 2014 Updated: 28/03 09:01

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FORMER students and staff are set to step back into the classroom as part of a school's 40th birthday celebrations.

St Augustine's Catholic High School will be hosting a reunion evening on Thursday, May 22, from 7.30pm for anyone who attended the school from its opening in 1974 to 2000, as well as all present and past staff members.

Headteacher Tony Quinn said: "Staff and students are very excited about the activities that have been put in place to mark this our 40th anniversary year.

"This will be a superb opportunity for former friends and colleagues to meet and reminisce. These after all have been the forerunners who have led to our school occupying the high standing it does today. Under my headship, I hope to take St Augustine's to further successes both academically, vocationally and spiritually."

Among those set to return are three students who attended in the late 1980s and '90s - who have all ended up working at the same firm in Worcester.

Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard, Tony Gibb and Sarah Rooney - who is also married to a former St Augustine's pupil Darren - are all based at Thursfields LLP having taken different routes to begin their law career since leaving in 2002, 1990 and 1998 respectively.

Lauren said: "My experiences at St Augustine's made me the person I am today. The teachers inspired me to work hard in order to achieve my goals and I made true friends that I have kept to this day."

Former student Ben Sidwell, now a television reporter, went to the school from 1984 to 1989 and lived in Inkberrow at the time.

He told the Standard he had been back a few times, including handing out awards during prize giving evenings but said 'hardly anything' had changed in the 25 years since he left.

"It's very strange to walk back into somewhere where you spent five years, where you grew up.

"I think the kids have got more on offer now, there is so much more you can do. It was a nice school to be at and still is I think."

He added one of his most prominent memories was being among the first sixth formers to get a pool table and stuffing newspaper down the pockets so they did not have to pay for games.

Tickets costing £5 for the reunion evening, which includes musical entertainment, a pig roast, a tour of the school and a photo gallery viewing, are available by e-mailing cb298@st-augustines.worcs.sch.uk or calling 01527 550400.

Former students can also e-mail their names, education, employment and life history details along with a current photo to ska4@st-augustines.worcs.sch.uk to be included in the alumni.

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