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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 24, 2018, at 7 p.m. The items on the agenda are still to be drawn up.

 

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

For more details please click on Guest Book above.
 

Wilma Dean-Prasad - "Living in Dallas Texas now"

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 2018

The next meeting of the Former Pupils’ Association will be held on Monday, September 24th, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the offices of Rizza’s icecream factory in Steven Road, Huntly. The items on the agenda are still to be drawn up. 
 
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Magazines

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

 

Early Magazines

Magazine 1 coverHonorary President, Sir Edward Troup, in his Foreword to the first publication said that, “In this magazine the old will be able to tell the young the story of what they did in bygone days; the young will keep a living record of the interest and activities of newer times.”

It is also clear from Sir Edward’s Foreword that the memory of the losses of former pupils who died in the First World War still weighed heavily on the minds of those in the Association.

Mention was made of the newly installed stained glass memorial window at the turn of the stairs in school and of the one hundred and forty-four former students whose names were etched on the window and who gave their lives in service of their country.

The words of the school song should be considered with that in mind. They were written by the long-serving Rector, Mr James, who felt the loss of former students deeply. You can grasp that sense of loss in the words that he wrote. Yet there is hope for the future contained in it.

You will realise how far back in time we have travelled when you appreciate that older former pupils reading that first magazine in 1925 might just have been students when the Duchess of Gordon was still alive. The Duchess had founded The Gordon Schools in 1839, in memory of her husband, the fifth and last Duke of Gordon. She died in 1864.

In the second edition of the magazine, published in December 1926, Sir Edward Troup suggested calling the magazine, ‘The Old Gordonian’. He referred to former pupils as ‘Gordonians’. This did not seem to catch on.

In those early years, the publication was called ‘The Magazine Of The Huntly Gordon Schools Former Pupils’ Association’. It was published by the ‘Huntly Express’.

The cost of printing the annual magazine proved to be a burden from the earliest time to the present day. In 1928, printers in Glasgow were contacted, to see if there might be savings made by printing in central Scotland.

1939 magazine coverAt a meeting held on 8 October 1934, a letter was read out from Mr R J Troup in London. He had designed a new cover for the magazine. He also suggested that the magazine should be re-named, ‘The School Road’. His suggestions were adopted. This title has continued to the present day.

Early plans were put in place by Mr Brebner, Rector, in order to celebrate the centenary of the school in 1939 in an appropriate manner. The director of education was contacted. A joint planning group was formed. Committee members were drawn from the School Management Committee and from the Former Pupils’ Association. It was agreed that the magazine planned for 1938 would be held over until February 1939, to include articles celebrating the centenary.

 

 

 

 

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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

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