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35 Years of Co-ed Celebrations

Former staff and students returned to Hymers College to celebrate the admittance of girls into the school in 1989
Véronique Bouchet, OH 1975-77 and Jackie Lefton (née Sprinz), OH 1975-77
Véronique Bouchet, OH 1975-77 and Jackie Lefton (née Sprinz), OH 1975-77

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming alumni from over the decades to celebrate our 35th anniversary of becoming co-educational.  It was a very joyful occasion, consisting of a delicious lunch as well as plenty of laughter and reminiscing.  Many photos were taken as our alumni reunited with former classmates and teachers.

We were delighted to see so many former staff back with us, as were our former students who were excited to be back at their alma mater and share some tales with those who taught them.  We welcomed back former Headmasters John Morris, OH Staff 1980-2006, and Peter Bingham, OH Staff 1984-95 (Junior School) who were instrumental in the co-ed change, alongside Mary Chorlton, Senior Mistress, OH Staff 1987-2006, who many of the girls that returned for the event wanted to say hello and thank you too.

What a lovely afternoon! How well organised as always.

I was very touched by all the comments made about my part in the changes 35 years ago. They made me feel somewhat nostalgic for all the happy times I had at Hymers.

Thank you for a lovely occasion earlier today.  It was great to meet up with folk again and to see the enthusiasm with which everyone spoke regarding the move to co-education.  I much enjoyed it; thanks for organising the day.

Thank you very much for organising the event yesterday - was great to catch up with staff and pupils; really enjoyed it.  A good few years of service on this photo.

Mr Walmsley, Mr Nicholls, Mr Morris, Mr Fitzpatrick and Mr Meadway

Boys and girls from the 70s and 80s travelled back to Hymers and brought their families back to Hull for the occasion. We were especially delighted to see Véronique Bouchet, OH 1975-77, and Jackie Lefton (née Sprinz), OH 1975-77, who were the fifth and sixth girls to join the school.  This was the first time they had returned to the school and also to see each other in person since leaving Hymers College.

After lunch, our alumni also had the chance to have a tour of the school and take a trip down memory lane to see many familiar sights and new ones!

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