2011: Farewell Reunion

2011: Farewell reunion

In June 2011 former pupils and staff said a fond farewell to the College Road buildings

In June 2011 an around 800 former pupils and staff returned to Moseley School to mark the end of an era and to take one last look around the East Wing building before its demolished in 2012/13.

The first visitors started to arrive around midday and before long the school playground, which was being used as a car park, was full and an overflow car park at the front of the building was required. Visitors were greeted in the small hall before exploring the building and browsing through old photographs and memorabilia which the archive group had prepared in the library. Group photographs were taken by former teacher Alan Roberts on the school steps while in the canteen, Diane Brooks and her team provided refreshments and a welcome respite from the throng that filled the hall and corridors. In the main hall a giant screen had been set up showing a series of old films and photographs of past school events including the ‘storming of Kenilworth Castle’ from 1965 and ‘Sports Day’ 1959 were aired. During the afternoon former head teacher David Swinfen (1982 – 92) made a rare appearance, with his wife, and awarded our chairman, Roger Green, with a prefects badge!

As ever it was a herculean effort to throw former staff and pupils out in the late afternoon sun in order to prepare for the evening reunion and the party continued in the school grounds until around 7.30pm when the building once more filled up for the evening reunion. Another former Head teacher, Mary Miles (1992 – 2002) enjoyed the evenings events as the lights were turned down low, the music turned up and the booze began to flow, and at just £1.50 a drink, boy did it flow! Former teacher Veronica Raven (née Gates) gave a rendition of the old school song which, surprisingly enough, many people remembered and sung in good voice. It was a great night and as one former pupil put it “people just want to talk, meet up with old friends and talk, have their pictures taken with their teachers and talk.”

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