‘Don’t leave it so long next time’ ex-Bishop Challoner pupils told at 35-year reunion

School reunion snapshot... student Gloria (green shirt) with class of 1982: Sandra Bell, Edith Bell

School reunion snapshot... student Gloria (green shirt) with class of 1982: Sandra Bell, Edith Bell, Bernadette Bell, Florrie Hart, Helen Lewis and Jean Buckmyer in their old school togs. Picture: BISHOP CHALLONER - Credit: Bishop Challoner

Past pupils went back to school at Bishop Challoner Girls’ Secondary in Stepney after 35 years’ absence.

They hadn’t seen each other since 1982 when they last walked out through the school gates, only to return last Friday for a reunion.

The ex-pupils, most of them now parents themselves, toured the new campus in Commercial Road with some of today’s pupils and talked about school life then and now.

“I wanted to know how my school friends were doing after 35 years,” reunion organiser Caryl Harper said.

“Bringing the original Challoner ‘family’ back together was important. Old friendships have been rekindled—now everyone wants this to be an annual event.”

Some former pupils, now in their 50s, came in their old school togs. They joined in school prayers after a list of remembrance was read for former classmates and teachers no longer with us.

The reunion bash continued in St Mary and St Michael church hall where old school pals had a chinwag about “the old days” and danced into the evening.