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Next Meeting of the F.P. Association

The next meeting of The Gordon Schools’ Former Pupils’ Association will be held at the offices of Rizza’s factory in Steven Road, Huntly, on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. The agenda is to be announced.

 

Two Former Pupils Retire

Last orders were taken last week after nearly fifty years at the bar.

The Huntly Express, 21/04/17 

 

Congratulations to Rizza’s of Huntly

Congratulations to owners of Rizza’s of Huntly, Philip and Nora Morrison, on being awarded ‘The Herald’ Rural Family Business of the year. They are pictured with family members Fiona and Donald. Nora Morrison is President of the Former Pupils’ Association. Press cuttings:

Rizza’s 1 Rizza’s 2

Huntly Express

 

Guest Book Signed

John A.M. Bisset - ”Attended school 9/1939 for a year ... Remember my friend John Law.”

Alan Gordon - ”I attended the Gordon Schools between 1982 and 1986. I was in Gordon House.”

Sharon Gray (nee Taylor) - ”I attended Gordon Secondary School from 1985 ...”

Darren Millar - ”Hello. Is it me you’re looking for?”

Joyce McGroarty (nee Finlay) - ”Great to find Lorna Chisholm ...”

Steven Arthur (Bushy) - ”sorry I missed the school reunion ...”

Heather Small (Anton) - ”Happy memories!!”

Glynis Lorina Eastmond - ”Was at the school from 1956 to 1960. ...”

Carol McCartie - ”I was a pupil 1974 - 1979.”

Charles MacPherson - He asks:”Anne McCauley Aren’t you Charlie Smith’s sister?”

George Riddoch - better known as Ridgy - attended The Gordon Schools from 1939 to 1951.

Brian Sandison: ”I remember about half the faces in Stanley’s photo of 1A boys 1959/60 ...”

J. Brown, 2004 to 2009, presently at Abertay University.

Philip Roger, 1968 to 69, Fairhall Farm, ”looking to get in touch with the Paterson family who lived at the end of our driveway”.

Maureen Newlands, nee Richards, 1962 to 1966.

This entry in the Guest Book is from Charlie McPherson: ”Nice to see some of the old class mates in the photos!”

David Smart signed the Guest Book (09/07/15). He is hoping that someone may have photographs of 1a girls and 1c girls (1959/60).

Stanley T. Fraser signed the Guest Book (28/06/15). He offers to share a photograph of class 1a boys from 1959/60. (The photograph has now been received. Thank you, Stan Fraser. Please click to see 1a boys - 1959/60.)

The Guest Book has been signed by Willson Raeburn Morrison. In his message he mentions John Anderson, Gordon Beverley and Ann Begg.

On February 11th, 2015, the Guest Book was signed by Jimmy Mason (”... recalling fond memories”) and Robert Wilson, who now lives in London.

Fiona Morrison signed the Guest Book on May 26th, 2015. She was a pupil at The Gordon Schools from 1966 to 1969.

 Class of 1959-1960

David Smart has made available the photograph of class 1b from session 1959-1960. To view, please click on the link:

Class 1b 1959-60

David has asked if anyone can make available an equivalent photograph of class 1a or 1c from that same session for placing on the website. See Guest Book. A photograh of 1a boys has been made available by Stan Fraser. Please click to view: 1a boys - 1959/60.

He has also passed on the whole school panorama from 1955. This is on the photographic page of the website. Panoramas

Angela Shearer MBE

 

Angela Shearer received her MBE from the Queen at the Palace of Holyrood in June. 

175th Celebrations: Vintage Night

As part of the 175th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of The Gordon Schools, a Vintage Night was held in June.

For further details see: Vintage Night Poster

Introduction

A welcome from the President.

 

The Association

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Next Meeting 2017

The next meeting of the Former Pupils’ Association will be held on Monday, September 25th, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the offices of Rizza’s icecream factory in Steven Road, Huntly. The agenda is to be announced. 
 
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Magazines

The 2014 edition of 'The School Road' has been printed and is now on sale.

 

The Early Years

Maragaret Dempster Perfect Attendance Card 1921The Former Pupils’ Association of The Gordon Schools, Huntly, was formed in May 1925. How did it happen?

The first entry in the original record book of minutes of meetings of the Association is for 1 April 1925. The record says:

‘A meeting of those interested in the formation of a Former Pupils’ Association was held in the school buildings this evening. Mr Brebner, headmaster, who called the meeting, presided, and briefly explained the advantages of having such an association and outlined some of the work it might accomplish.’

A committee was formed. Mr Joseph Dunbar, who was the proprietor of the ‘Huntly Express’, accepted the office of President. It was decided that a magazine would be published.

A motion to have the annual subscription set at five shillings was defeated and the subscription was set at two shillings and sixpence.

Circulars were sent worldwide, seeking members. Former pupils, who had travelled far and wide, were encouraged to join, to make contact with each other and to keep in touch.

By 9 June 1925, membership stood at 150. Over £30 had been collected in donations. The sum of one guinea was put towards a gift of a special prize for pupils in school.

An appeal was made for people to help in the production of a magazine. The formation of a debating society was put on hold.

Events and Activities

The Association has always placed a strong emphasis on raising money and making donations to charity. The new Association provided funds for the Cottage Hospital Extension Fund. Money was also donated to underwrite prizes and bursaries in school. Books were purchased for the school library.

Equipment was bought for a newly-created former pupils’ badminton club. Poles for nets were made locally. Badminton rackets were provided at a cost of three shillings and sixpence each. The very best shuttlecocks were bought, costing nineteen shillings and six pence per dozen. Membership fees were set at five shillings and six pence for a session.

 

 

 

 

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Personalities

Miss BainSome background information about the personalities mentioned in the ‘History of the Former Pupils’ Association’

Local Historian, Patrick Scott, Huntly, has kindly provided some biographical details and other background information about some of the personalities mentioned in the ‘History of the Former Pupils’ Association’.

Read the full text on the 'Personalities' page.

Early publications

Downloading these pdf files will require suitable software,e.g. Adobe Reader. They are also large files and will take some time to download over slow connections especially dial-up.

 
To hear the School Song sung by pupils of The Gordon Schools, click on this link or paste it into your Internet browser:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-6InF_1CWI